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Classic waterfront estate in beautiful Sombrero Beach-- with 200' of dock space.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 12 -- optional 6th bedroom and bath .

To get a detailed accounting of rental costs please enter your rental dates in the upper right corner of the site and look for an instant quote. See COMPLETE rates section for additional information.

Casa Del Sol is a classic waterfront estate situated on a large corner lot. The interior includes a new gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and premium appliances. An old world charm is captured through the use of arches and stone columns. All rooms, including bedrooms and baths are large, airy, and sun drenched. At either end of the house, the two master bedrooms extend out onto beautiful covered balconies and include full private bathrooms. The floors throughout are laid with a rustic travertine marble.

A large brick patio and pool area on the water side overlook 250' of dock space. A covered barbecue area with built in appliances to include a DCS premium gas grill, power burner, Big Green Egg smoker, and sink are surrounded by mature landscaping. An inviting setting for family and friends of all ages.

Casa del Sol is a family home and was not built or designed as a rental property, and consequently reflects the attention to details often lacking in today's rental market .

Casa Del Sol is Marathon rental # PLR 2012 00436

Weekly Rentals: Weekly rentals in the Keys {and generally elsewhere } are based on a Saturday - Saturday occupancy. Check - in is on Saturday at 3:00 PM, and check - out is on the following Saturday at 10:00 AM. If other times are required \ requested this must be discussed with the homeowner or rental agent. To get a detailed accounting of your rental costs , just enter the dates of your stay in the upper right hand corner of the site and then get an instant quote. Casa del Sol is Marathon PLR# 2011 - 00436.

# 335110 Gooseberry Island: Please also check out our private island in Kittery Point, off the coast of Maine, ' Home Away ' # 335110. Gooseberry Island is located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor and has an unobstructed view of the open ocean, three light houses , two pre - Revolutionary war forts , as well as the harbor itself. The beautifully appointed cottage and near by rustic cabin can accommodate up to six people. This is a totally private island with no other dwellings ----- your own private kingdom ! Excellent swimming, beaching, and fishing right from the island. Please see our site for complete details and pictures.

Please also see "Home Away" # 4087681 to view our newly renovated 1740 cottage. Very privately located, It has 6 bedrooms and 5 1\2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Also in Kittery Point, Me., the cottage is situated directly on the ocean on a 3 1|2 acre point with 925 ' of waterfront which includes a deep water dock and dock house. The views of the harbor and open ocean beyond are unsurpassed.

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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , two sinks, walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    powder room - toilet , sink
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Additional full bathroom in the optional " Fish Room ".
  • Bedrooms two and three share a full bathroom. There is an additional full bathroom with the addition of the optional "fish room" which is available ONLY to guests staying in the main house. The fish room is an additional $500. for the week.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sets of bunk beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , Optional 6th bedroom in the "Fish Room"
  • The two master bedrooms have king size beds, are large, and include private outside covered porches with stone arches and stone columns in the Mediterranean style. The third bedroom also has a king size bed, and the fourth has two sets of bunk beds. The master bedrooms have their own private bathrooms, while bedrooms three and four share a full bathroom. The fifth bedroom has a king sized bed and full private bathroom. All bedrooms have full carpeting, and all bathrooms are laid with marble floors. An optional 6th bedroom { The "Fish Room" }, is a very private and wonderful space separate from the main house. It includes a beautiful bedroom with king size bed , 10' ceilings , and a desk built into a bay window overlooking the waterfront. There is a full bath room including a glass enclosed walk in shower. All counter tops are granite and the floor is marble. It includes WIFI, cable TV, and central AC. Used as an overflow for the main house at only $500. additional cost per week.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Casa Del Sol , unlike most houses in the Keys, is built at ground level. This translates to ease of entry as well as no stairs to navigate to put away those heavy groceries! Being able to walk directly out to the pool and barbeque area without going up and down stairs is a real advantage. Imagine yourself running up and down those stairs to tend to the outdoor grill !! A deposit of $1000. is due at the time of reservation , and the balance of the rent is due 90 days prior to the rental week. Trip insurance is suggested and is not expensive . It is available on line { see CSA } Pool heat is available at an extra charge for those that want it. If the pool is heated to maintain a constant temperature of 84 degrees, the weekly charge is $250.. There is a small folding bed, also a booster seat . We also have a child gate and a 'pack 'n play.


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Classic waterfront estate in beautiful Sombrero Beach-- with 200' of dock space.
average rating of 4.957143 based on 70 reviews

Perfect despite Irma

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house for a multi-generation vacation. There were 10 of us ranging in age from 3 to 73, and the layout of the house was perfect to both allow gathering of the whole family, as well as allow for privacy when desired. My parents appreciated the in-law suite on the first floor so they didn't have to struggle with the stairs, and the rest of us enjoyed the 2nd floor suites, especially the balconies. We enjoyed seeing iguanas on the roof and sidewalks, there were 2 manatee sightings, and my son and dtr-in-law were thrilled to catch nurse sharks right from the walk fronting the house two nights in a row. The grandkids, 3 and 6, spent most of their time happily playing in the pool; I just love the sound of happy children and splashing water! The landscaping was lovely, the outdoor space comfortable, with both shady and sunny areas throughout the day. It was sad to see the devastation Irma left behind, but we found the locals positive and friendly. More than once when we asked if there was something we could do to help with recovery efforts, we were told thank you, that we already were by not canceling our vacation, thereby helping rebuild the economy in the Keys. Nan next door was friendly, helpful, and readily available when we had questions. Thank you, Austin's, for sharing this wonderful house! We definitely plan to go back :)

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kristen , many thanks for your kind review, especially at this time when the Keys so badly need words of encouragement ! We are delighted that you had such a nice week at our house and do hope that we will have the pleasure of hosting you all again ! Thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Family vacation to a fantastic home

  • 5 of 5

We escaped the cold in Minnesota for a family vacation in the keys. This is an awesome house that our family of 13 just loved. Great layout, awesome views, and the grandkids really enjoyed the pool. Jim and Tudor were so friendly and caring and made sure we enjoyed our stay including tips for the area food and attractions. We highly recommend this house and hope to return again.

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  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike, thanks to you and all your tribe for a nice review. You were wonderful guests and left the house spotless --- THANKS !! We hope that you will return again so that we can get a day of fishing in, thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Southern Pines, NC

Family vacation 2018

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Casa del Sol was a delight. Plenty of room for the entire family, a great dock to fish from and keep us entertained. The house has lots of space and we never felt crowded or jammed up. It’s a convenient location, easy to get to the grocery store and restaurants. Not too far from Key West.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alice, thanks for your kind review --- your group was terrific ! We hope to see you again some day, thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Newark, Ohio

Loved it. Wonderful indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • 5 of 5

5 sibling couples, everyone had their own bathroom, plenty of space. Dining table for 10. Great central keys location, close to everything. Go visit, the keys are coming back and the locals are awesome to tourists. Owners have great people onsite to help with anything and check you in and out.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sandra, many thanks for your supportive review. It is especially gratifying to receive such positive reviews following Irma ! The Keys have worked very diligently to restore everything to it's former glory , but much of the effort would be diminished without our loyal tourist base ! Again, many thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Ponte Vedra/ Jacksonville Beach

Our family fit in the house perfectly

  • 4 of 5

We would rent the house again, close to the grocery store, easy access in the boat to the ocean. Jackie was awesome. Thank you Jim and Tudor hopefully we will be calling you again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Cathy, you were great guests and we look forward to seeing you back again, Jim & Tudor
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Perfect for 3 couples and 4 Kids!

  • 5 of 5

The house and surrounding grounds were beautiful and very tidy. Dock space is excellent with close access to the gulf and Atlantic. We visited shortly after Irma's destruction and Marathon was still digging out from the disaster, but the community and homeowners did everything to make us feel comfortable and welcome.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Genevieve, thanks for your kind review --- you were all great sports ! Jim & Tudor
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Jim Austin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Jim Austin

For years we vacationed in the islands and Central America for holidays. We finally settled on Caye Caulker, in Belize ,where we spent many happy years. In 2000 we wanted to find a place in the US where travel would be easier and medical services better.

Marathon offered all of that yet still had the island feel. Surprisingly it also turned out to be better fishing all around than any of the other places that we had been.

Jim Austin purchased this house in 2001

Why Jim Austin chose Marathon

We chose this property for it's size and privacy. We have five boys and a girl and we wanted to have plenty of room for the whole family. The house needed total rennovation which was good as we were able to do just about everything that we wanted to do with it.

What makes this house unique

Fabulous place for a family reunion or celebration of any kind. Large enough to sleep 14 people .


Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Marathon Municipal
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
several in area
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Key West
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sombrero Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Rt. 1 { Overseas highway --- mile marker 50 }
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Barracuda Grill
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sombrero Beach
Car: recommended

The quaint tropical village of Marathon is conveniently located in the middle of the keys island chain. Fifty miles from Key West, and 100 miles from Miami, it has become the destination of choice for the outdoor enthusiast. Nature watching, abundant marine life, beautiful beaches and world class diving can be enjoyed by the entire family. Home to fabulous sport fishing; whether on the blue waters of the gulf stream or Florida Bay's renown back country, the variety of fishing is unparalleled. Other activities may include a dolphin show, Marathon's live theatre, a game of tennis or golf, or just plain relaxing. Marathon's climate is ideal,with average mid winter temperatures ranging from 65 - 80, and summer from 75 to the upper 80s. Area restaurants are many and varied, most of them built on or over the water. Whether the cuisine is local or international, most restaurants will feature the freshest of fish, lobster, stone crab, as well as the fantastic Key West pink shrimp.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

license holder's fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning -- main house $350 + Tax
Pet Fee $250
Tax Rate 12.5%

Security deposits are returned during the first week of the month following your rental period.

The "Fish Room" is available on request for an additional cost of $500. per week. It is ONLY available to guests renting the house.
Glacier Bay 26' catamaran { Canyon Runner } with twin 150 Yamaha 4 strokes $2250. per week , $1250 for three days. This boat is ONLY available now from Thanksgiving through April.

House rentals are from Sat. at 3PM to the next Sat. at 10AM. Boat rentals from Sat. after 3PM til Friday at sunset. Other times by arrangement.

Pets are an additional $250. per week with prior approval by the owners .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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