Two Bedroom, Two Bath W/lighthouse View - 1 Block To Duval, 2 Blocks To Beach
- english, spanish
About Ralph Bassett
Philadelphia-based, have local property manager on-site for any needs.
Ralph Bassett purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Ralph Bassett chose Old Town
NEVER RENTED prior to 2015, newer house with modern amenities.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
I can't say enough good things about this house. The location was perfect - close to town but very very quiet. I had rented a place a few blocks further down Whitehead last year and it was so noisy from Duval St at night, but this place was perfect.
Everything was exactly as expected, things were neat and clean and everything was well-managed. I really enjoyed my time there, and will be back hopefully soon.
Thank you Lance - appreciate the review
I actually had to leave this rental a week early. I was promised a refund and never received it. I called the manager multiple times and besides once I never heard from her. The neighbors who are actually the owners were alcoholics and rude. They stayed up drinking until late at night with very young children. Some days there were 12 people staying in a house that has one bed. I was threatened by the men owners and as a single female, I no longer felt like my life was safe. I would be on the patio and hear them talk about me for days on end. Even when I was inside I could hear full conversations, so there needs to be some sealing done. They would also have their guest park in front of my gate blocking me in with no way to leave. The inside gate can only hold one car not 2. This was the absolute worst vacation. There are multiple owners and they share the property in June, so multiple new people coming and going. Also like the people before, the floors should be redone since they are sensitive to water and humidity. I also had a huge problem with mosquitoes and easily spent a $100 on candles. There were also times when the gardener or handyman came over unannounced and working and I had no idea what was going on. I come downstairs one morning and just see a man with a hammer at the door then he just starts banging away. There are no blinds on the door or some of the windows. The neighborhood was also not the safest.
Best location for everything. No problems whatsoever. Love the decorating and separate guest accommodations. Could use just a little extra tlc on cleaning on floors and outdoor furniture but I️ would def stay there again.
Thank you - I have let the house manager and cleaner know so they can ensure it is cleaner. Post hurricane there has been a lot of dust and that could also be adding to the issue. Thank you again and hope you return.
Amazing Location - Could Use Some TLC
We LOVED staying here--- the location really can't be beat in terms of proximity to Duval, Fort Zach, Hemingway House, and Southernmost Point (to name a few!). The area is quiet and safe, and it did feel like a home away from home. It was plenty comfortable for myself, my husband, toddler, and two dogs.
That being said, we did run into a few bumps with the house; the water feature in the pool didn't work, but was promptly fixed. The outdoor lights in the front and back didn't work and were never fixed, which definitely put a damper on hanging out in the pool area at night, and as a result we could never rinse off in the outdoor shower at night due to it being too dark. The toilet drain in the tank of the cottage was broken and the sink totally clogged, which we ended up fixing ourselves (it was just quicker than reaching out to the property manager about it.) There are a ton of light switches in both houses that either don't work, or are unclear with what they do (i think it would be best to have a list of what room switches activate what--- there really are that many of them!) and we ended up buying a blender and leaving it at the house because the kitchen didn't have one (hello, margaritas?!) it was also frustrating to learn that the floors are EXTREMELY sensitive to water, which made us kind of paranoid about coming back inside after the beach or pool.
Honestly, these issues really aren't a big deal, and i think it's just a matter of having a handyman occasionally check on the house before a renter comes. it definitely wouldn't prevent me from renting the house again, and it really was a great accommodation for the month!
I do apologize. The small landscaping lights do not work and were never mentioned in the listing, but there is ample light with the outdoor chandelier and lights on both buildings. I have since added solar lights, however, to help alleviate this issue. The pool water feature is not for guests and was never mentioned either, this strains the pool filter.
Your Search Stops Here!
I'm a retired female and was looking for the perfect, private, affordable, and of course cutest place I could find for a month in Key West. I searched every website for 2 months and finally found Buoy's Backyard. I looked no further. There's the "Main House" and a precious "Cottage" in back...Perfect for guest. I'm so glad I picked this house in the Upper Duval area where there's nice shops, galleries, & great restaurants around the corner. Traveling alone, I couldn't have felt safer. Ralph, the owner, was great to work with. Can't say enough good things about him! Debbie the House Manager was very helpful and expedient if I called her about anything. Pictures do not do this house justice for it has been remodeled in a beautiful color scheme. I mean really, who's ever stayed in a rental that had Southern Tide bedding? Thanks Ralph! Will miss this place!
Great Month in Key West
My husband and I just spent a month at this property and had a truly enjoyable experience. This is our second time renting this property and we would definitely recommend it. The location is great - close to Duval St. but down at the quieter end. Easy walk to everyplace. Lots of restaurants/bars close to the house; close to Ft Zac State Park with a nice beach/picnic area. Property was well kept and clean. Pool was a plus. We enjoy having a separate casita with bedroom/bathroom for guests. It makes it very private.