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Modern Luxury and Privacy Just Steps from Duval

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Would you enjoy truly modern luxury within walking distance to Key West's best restaurants, clubs, and art galleries? If so, this is the vacation house for you! We are set within Key West's Historic District, a block from famous Duval Street, 2 1/2 blocks from the Hemingway House, 7 blocks to beaches on The Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico!! The house is in the middle of all of Key West's action, yet it is a quiet compound. The Property consists of two separate houses. The Front House is available only.

Basking in the sun on the elevated private sundeck

Cooking in the ultramodern kitchen with Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances

Pampering in the elegant Bizazza Bathroom

Savoring dinner on the cobblestone patio

Enjoy Florida-living at its best with large window-walls that frame views of the zen-style garden, the deep water pool, and the heated spa. This beautiful garden features palm trees, bamboos and tropical foliage framing the dry creek and dry pond. In addition, off the Main Entrance is a petite courtyard in which sunlight filters through a monastery bamboo and Japanese privet onto the private granite patio.

The two-story home featuring ultramodern architecture designed by Searle Lamaster Howe of Chicago is unique to Key West. Located in Old Town, the structure is constructed of board-formed concrete and houses two bedrooms, two baths, a spacious living/dining room, and a private second floor sundeck with its own shower.

The interior has an open plan with soaring ceilings, elegant lighting and European appliances. It is furnished with European and Carribean furniture; the bedrooms have European Beech walls, and the bathrooms offer Italian marble and Bisazza tile walls and the latest European fixtures.

In back is a large rock-laden garden and patio with a generously sized pool and attached heated spa.

Keywords: Single-Family House with private garden

More Details

Don and Kim Wilson
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2017

About Don and Kim Wilson

Don and I are grateful for every guest that chooses to stay at our Vacation home here in Key West! We love meeting each guest and doing what we can to meet their individual needs and requests that result in a stews-free stay in Paradise! from Chicago; but the sun, the island vibe, and the friendly people of Key was irresistible! Every day is a day in paradise -- as opposed to the endless cloud cover of Chicago. Don and I are both modernist; Kim is an architect and Don lived in Europe for many years.... Don and I purchased the two-house property in 2006. In 2008, we tore the front building and built the front house. Architecturally, Key West is a very conservative City and we found building a modern house very challenging. But, it was a labor of love and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Since 2009. we have been operating it independently as a Vacation Home. We love sharing our home with all of our guests, treating each guest individually, working to make their Experience in Paradise better than they could imagine.

We look forward to meeting you soon!!

kind regards,

Kim and Don

Don and Kim Wilson purchased this house in 2008

Why Don and Kim Wilson chose Key West

We purchased the property because we could tear down the front house and built a contemporary structure in its place.

What makes this house unique

Luxurious and modern living -- no expense has been spared.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came here for a short vacation with myself and two daughters and loved it! Hate to recommend it in case we cannot return. As a father of two young adult daughters I was concerned for safety. No need to worry!! Don and Kim's property is very secure with the gates and the 8-foot fence allowed us to be comfortable and safe in the backyard pool and spa. Thank you for a great Vacation!
Dec 2015
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Downtown House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Located in Master Bedroom on 2nd floor, Queen size Beds (1) Located on 1st floor Bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One Twin-size Futon-Bed located in upstairs hall One Full-size Convertible_Bed located in Living Room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Large Garden featuring boulders from the Red Sea, Eastern Tennessee and Western Pennsylvania


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(73 traveler reviews)

Modern Luxury and Privacy Just Steps from Duval
average rating of 4.9452057 based on 83 reviews
Houston, Texas

Perfection for a stay in Key West.

  • 5 of 5

We stay at VRBO properties all over the world and have been satisfied. This is probably the most perfect property we stayed at, maybe tied with one other. The house is beautiful and appears brand-new it is so perfect and spotless. If you have two couples, it is like living at home if you have a really nice house. Private pool and spa, excellent full-size washer and dryer with washing products, everything feels new, no old worn bedding or towels. Kitchen is beyond well-equipped, with inclusion of basic spices, etc. Friendly welcome, off-street parking (which we found is a big deal in Old Town) and amazing location. It's a short block off the heart of Duval, but you would never know it from the lack of noise. Kim anticipated the ubiquitous roosters and told us we would need earplugs for them and provided them. Great showers with super water pressure. You can walk almost everywhere from here.Very responsive to any questions. Mid-week cleaning provided. The Wilsons seemed to anticipate every need and want. Loads of great restaurants within walking distance, as well as all the other attractions.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dona and I are so happy that you and your family enjoyed yourselves in our Key West Vacation Home! Thank you for all of your nice comments. We look to your next visit with us again. warm wishes, Kim and Don
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Dundas, Ontario

Simply the Best

  • 5 of 5

Went with m y girlfriends for a fiftieth birthday get-away weekend and honestly can't say enough good things about our stay here. The location is perfect! We walked to everything, beaches, shops, Mallory square - definitely no car needed here. And amazingly even though it is so well situated it is very quiet and peaceful. The beds are the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on and I have emailed the owner for more info about them. The house is so cool and clean with absolutely everything we needed and wanted at our finger tips from books to beach towels to state of the art appliances. Kim and Don are excellent hosts easily available to answer questions but otherwise never heard or saw them. I have been to Key West many times and hope to go many more times ( and soon). I will always book here first if its available!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don and I are so glad that you enjoyed your time in Key West at our Vacation Home. So glad that had a good time here. We spent lots of time ensuring that our Home is comfortable for our guests ... including the beds and bed linens. We hope to see you again for your next adventure in Paradise!! kind regards, Kim
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Perfect House, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here. We had three adults and two children and the size was perfect; plenty of room and plenty of amenities. Everything in and out of the house was extremely clean and modern. The pool and hot tub were perfect! Enjoyed by both kids and adults. Perfect Home!

The location was excellent as well. Walking distance to tons of restaurants (our favorite meal was right next door at Deuces), shops, and attractions, but set off enough were it's quiet at the home (except for the occasional rooster, which I found rather enjoyable). Perfect Location!

Our host Kim was excellent as well. Great communication prior, during, and after our trip. Was there to greet us upon arrival and made her self available with any questions during our stay, which was very helpful. Perfect Host!

We will return and can't wait!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. Don and I are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your Key West Holiday at our Vacation Home. We hope that you will stay with us again!! kind regards, Kim
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August Stay

  • 5 of 5

This house and grounds are amazing! We had a lovely time spending quiet days in the pool. Everything is within walking distance. Don and Kim are fabulous hosts. We did not see them, however they are great communicators and checked in upon arrival and after our stay to check on things.

I highly recommend Don and Kim as hosts and their wonderful property and cannot wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great house, great location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house with a great location. One block from Duval, so you are close to everything but yet being that block away gives you quiet as well. House is clean, well stocked with all essentials. The owners live in house in back of this one but we never even saw them. Can't wait to visit key west again

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Don and I are so happy that you enjoyed the convenience and quiet/privacy of our Key West Vacation Home!! Please come visit us again! kind regards, Kim
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Lovely home in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful accommodations for what we needed (2 couples) staying in town for a long weekend. Kim was a pleasure to work with and went above and beyond make our stay as enjoyable as possible, sending a list of their favorite local restaurants and sights prior to our arrival. The home is incredibly well cared for and has a stunning, modern vibe to it. We really loved using the pool after long, hot days. If we are in Key West again, this is where we will be staying!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your next stay!! kind regards, Kim
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Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Private Homes, Old Town, Key West, Key West Area, Florida Keys, Florida, USA (In the middle of Old Town -- steps from Duval Street!)

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing


Rates & Availability

Downtown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter Season
Jan 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder Season
May 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Sep 11 2017 - Nov 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Shoulder Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
New Years Week
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 6 2018
8 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Winter in Paradise
Jan 7 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Spring Shoulder
May 1 2018 - May 24 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

The address of the property is 720D Simonton Street. It is located in Key West's Historic District. It is one block from Duval Street and one half-mile to two beaches.

If you have 5 or 6 in your party, please note that we charge an additional $50 per guest per night. We ask for a 50% deposit to secure the reservation; 30 days prior to your arrival the balance and the $500 Refundable Damage Deposit is due. We invoice through PayPal and we accept checks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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