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The Golden Heron - Large Historic Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 28 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

The Key West Golden Heron is a Gold Star Landmark home, walking distance to the beaches, shopping and famous Duval Street, yet quietly situated in Old Town.

One of the most spacious and charming high-end homes on the island, the Golden Heron has been a Key West landmark for many years. Originally the neighborhood grocery store (circa 1906), this home affords an ideal corporate/executive retreat. The large custom painted front room provides a beautiful place for a romantic wedding reception. It is larger and more unique than many other 5 bedroom private homes on the island, and virtually the entire interior of the house has been painted by a noted German artist.

Many famous personalities have come to the property over the last 100 years, and many historical events have transpired here. For example, in 1955, the house served as one of the locations for Tennessee William's Oscar-winning film 'The Rose Tattoo'. Architecturally, this building exemplifies the unique style of Dade County Pine 'Post and Beam' construction found in historic Key West homes. The house interior blends wicker, mahogany and teak furnishings to provide an historic Key West 'feel.'

In 1999, the Golden Heron was awarded a Gold Star by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. It was one of 5 homes selected on the island, and over 1100 people toured the property. It was also selected as a showcase Key West home in the 2007 House and Garden Tour.

With its 11 foot high ceilings, Dade County Pine, beautiful mahogany doors and shutters, a multitude of glass doors and windows designed to admit maximum light while minimizing heat, and wrap around overhang for the sidewalks, the property allows you to experience what Key West living must have been like in bygone eras (only now with the help of central air-conditioning and roughly 20 ceiling fans). The brand new, in-ground pool and spa heats to 104 degrees and boasts a 14' wide waterfall with grotto. The lanai features beautiful Brazilian teak decking and the gourmet kitchen features a subzero refrigerator, Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher and Dacor microwave with Uba Tuba granite and solid cherry cabinetry.

The main house consists of 4 bedrooms (3 with king size beds, one with a queen size bed) plus a full size new sofa sleeper. 2 full baths and two half baths, plus a large 1 bedroom 1 bath guest apartment (with king size bed and kitchenette) which can be joined into the main house (offering 6 total beds).

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More Details

Scott Brainerd
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 6, 2017


Key West House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM / Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Main level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Main level - in king size bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , 2nd floor bathroom shared by two bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Guest unit bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Powder room off kitchen - close to pool
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , Near pool
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Main level bedroom with half bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main level bedroom with full bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2nd floor bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 2nd floor bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Guest unit with king bed & full bathroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Main level living room
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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The Golden Heron - Large Historic Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Family Fun in Key West

  • 5 of 5

I am writing this review from the point of view of a family of 6 with kids ages 18, 16, 14 & 12.

Timing: April 2017

Golden Heron was the perfect house for our family of 6 and in a great location to easily get around Key West without some of the craziness of Duval street after dark.

The House

+ Very big with enough bedrooms, beds and space for our family to spread out.

+ Beds were comfortable with plenty of blankets

+ Kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed to cook

+ Nice small pool that the kids really loved after some 80+ degree days exploring

+ Nice private backyard to enjoy the weather and sitting outside for meals

+ Key West charm and history

+ Plenty of TVs in almost all rooms

+ Internet was fast and reliable

+ Good air conditioning and plenty of ceiling fans for those extra hot days


+ The location is perfect.

+ Easy bike ride to everywhere you want to go on the key

+ Right next to park with tennis courts, baseball field and basketball field. We played tennis several nights at the lighted courts

+ One block from local grocery store and several good restaurants

+ Far enough away from Duval street that you don't get the rowdy crowd but easy bike ride or taxi ride if you like the party scene

+ 5 minute bike ride from Higgs beach & 10 minute bike ride to Smather's beach

Owner & Property Manager

+ Scott (the owner) and Clyde (the Property Manager) were both excellent to work with.

+ Clyde (the property manager) was very fast to respond to questions or needs and was able to stop over within 5 minutes if we needed anything.


+ The best thing we did was rent bikes for the entire week from "the Bike Shop" on Truman, which is 2 blocks away from the house. They were super nice and gave us a discount because we rented six bikes. 95% of our travel was via bicycle. We only needed a car to go to Publix to get groceries. Next time we come to Key West we will not get a rental car but just rent bikes and use taxis for the rare occasion we needed a car.

+ Sunset at Mallory Square was great. We enjoyed the street shows and watching the sunset.

+ Duval street gets pretty crazy after dark, but during the day it is nice to walk the entire length for the unique shops and people watching.

Possible issues

+ There are quite a few homeless people. They did not bother us but they were around the park.

+ A lot of wild roosters who will get very loud in the morning, which is their job.

Overall, excellent trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house great location

  • 5 of 5

Great house, property manager is very accommodating

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful family home

  • 5 of 5

The Golden Heron it's a beautiful family home, great size for a big family, close to everything. We loved it!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good Location, Great Amenities

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here over Christmas and New Years. The house was perfect for us. It's got a great Key West feel, with lots of space for a larger group. Everything you need is readily available. Big kitchen, TVs in every room, and a nice pool for the hotter days. The location made it easy to get around whether walking, biking, or driving. The owner and the property manager were accessible and helpful throughout.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oak Park, Illinois

Beautiful Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a very spacious home with lots of Key West charm. Great layout! Lots of entertaining spaces including a lanai (indoor/outdoor TV room). Private pool with a grotto surrounded by lovely tropical gardens. Great restaurants nearby & within walking distance to Duval. I would stay here again...very comfortable home. Management was very easy to work with.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Spacious and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect property for that Key West Islas getaway. It's close to everything, Duval St, the beach and an unlimited number of great restaurants!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: health/beauty spa, horseshoes, boating, shopping, kayaking, basketball court, minature golf, shuffleboard


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2017 - Dec 1 2017
28 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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