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Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 3 baths, sleeps 10

TRULY ONE OF A KIND, FABULOUS WATERFRONT PROPERTY - 4 BR/3BA - 3 BR/2BA home plus an attached 1 bedroom/1bath cottage. Includes your own wonderfully secluded private salt water tidal lagoon with fish, lobster, and all sorts of plants, and aquatic life !

New swimming pool with infinity edge and poolside Tiki hut just added December 2014. Heating and Chilling available.

Come relax in this very private and peaceful amazing water front property on the Gulf, with fantastic views of the water from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and screened porch. Boat dock for boats to 40 feet. Parking for your trailer and extra vehicles on adjacent lot. Four Kayaks for your enjoyment. PLR2011-00266.

The House: The main house includes 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Two master bedrooms provide a much needed respite from the busy life that you have come to the Keys to escape from. The private master bedroom and bath are located on one side of the living room, and the remaining 2 bedrooms and bathroom are accessed from the opposite side of the living room. The second spacious master bedroom and bath is attached to the main house, separated by a car port for additional privacy. The kitchen is open and comfortable to cook in with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, stainless steel range, dishwasher, and a large picture window with pass through to the large, enclosed patio. This gulf front home comes with all the amenities you would need or want, including a generous flat screen HD television in the living room, an outdoor gas grill, cable television and high speed wireless internet.

The Property: Easing out to the backyard through the expansive French doors, you will find a very coveted, one of a kind private 13 to 15 foot deep saltwater tidal lagoon, where you can snorkel and swim in the privacy of your own backyard. Please do not intimidate or catch the fish and lobster, they are our pets. Or you can relax on the generous screened porch, as you watch the kaleidoscope of colors dancing in the magnificent sunsets. The 50 foot dock will accommodate most boats, or jump off the end of the dock for a swim or snorkel in the gulf. 4 Kayaks are available for your enjoyment. Paddle on out to the deserted island for an adventure. An additional lot separates the house from the other houses on the street and can be used for parking your boat trailer, or extra vehicles. An abundance of landscape lighting around the backyard provides an amazing ambiance at night for a private swim in the lagoon.

The lagoon: There is no other body of water like this in the Keys. If you are familar with the TV show 'Flipper', you might be amused to learn that the dolphin Flipper once swam in our lagoon. The lagoon is a healthy aquatic habitat, which is healthy for your skin; unlike a chlorinated body of water such as a swimming pool. Chlorine is toxic to plants and fish, and also to humans. Because the lagoon is not treated with any chemicals (which would harm the fish and plant life) and is connected to the gulf via an aqueduct, the visibility and conditions in the lagoon are dependent on the conditions in the gulf. As the gulf water warms, the warm water provides more nutrients for plant life and plants become more abundant. Since lobsters eat plants and algae, expect to see more lobster off the dock by the jetty to the south, when the water warms. Be sure to get your lobster license though, if you wish to savor the taste of these delicate creatures. Fines are steep for poaching. Please do NOT catch the lobsters in the lagoon, as they are our pets, and help control the plant life. With a small aqueduct connecting the lagoon to the gulf, the water level will rise and lower about 2 feet with the changing tide, when the ocean ebbs and flows. Come with your mask and snorkel and adventurous attitude as you explore the marvels of the lagoon and the gulf. If you are squeamish about walking in the gulf or lagoon, remember to bring your water shoes ! If you desire a pristine, sandy beach, rather than an aquatic habitat, the renowned Sombrero beach is about one mile from the property. Of course, there will be no privacy, and you will have to compete with all the other tourists that have no access to water from their property. The water depth in the gulf by the dock varies from about 4 feet to 6 feet. If you venture out to the bay, the water level may be as shallow as 3 foot or as deep as 10 feet. Life jackets are provided.

We hope you enjoy your stay. And please, call us immediately when you arrive, if everything is not to your satisfaction.

PLR #2011-00266

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Mark Benton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We certainly enjoyed our time in the Fabulous Home in Marathon Keys

Dining in and out was spectacular... the Kitchen is nicely stocked, and the Grill worked great

our favorite was breakfast on the porch......and the Palapa

Dinner out on the town was excellent... left some brochures for others

Loved our day at the Crane Point Reserve...and Sombrero Beach
Feb 2014
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Marathon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Additional outdoor fresh water shower on the dock.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
  • Separate one bedroom guest house has king bed and private bath.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • reefs
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please call/email if you have any questions !!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.8292685 based on 43 reviews
Saugerties, NY, USA

Excellent house...beautiful sunsets off the dock!

  • 5 of 5

We had a mix of family/friends and the layout worked great. It is quite spacious with several areas to kick back and relax. Even with a full house, you can get away and find a quiet spot. My husbands favorite was having his morning coffee out by the dock, sitting in a comfy adirondack chair. Very peaceful with a local group of Pelicans and Seagulls to watch. The palapa seating was comfy and a great place to read or take a nap as was the patio furniture. We sprawled out everywhere!

When you first walk immediately look through the back wall of glass to gorgeous water views. The pool...the lagoon...then the Gulf. We loved how just a block away was the city hustle and bustle...all the stores, restaurants, gas stations, beach, boat tours, etc. but you walk into the house, close the door, and you have your own private, personal 'resort'. We had a private massage therapist come to the home and give massages under the palapa. We had a private Chef (Wesley Brage) come cook dinner for us one night. We did a sunset sail, an eco tour, snorkel and fishing trips, and jet skied. Went to several great restaurants. We used Trip Advisor to make many choices and they were all dead on. This house is central to all the Keys. We drove to Islamorada and also down to Key West for one day...and it was the worst day out of 14! Crowded, lines, hot. We couldn't wait to get back to 'our' awesome house and pool. Thank you to always replied to my emails and handled things right away. On arrival, we had 2 small issues and he promptly had the maintenance person arrive on site to resolve them. Overall...GREAT experience in The Keys. I would stay here again and choose Marathon again. No question.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Everything we had hoped for and more

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this home, and our kids had such fun in the swimming pool, fishing off the dock, and looking for the lobsters and parrot fish in the lagoon. The layout of the house was ideal for our group, and everyone just had the most relaxing time. Would absolutely do this again. We did drive around the keys a bit during our stay, but would have been perfectly content to stay at the house and do nothing else for the full week and we still would have loved our time there.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful way to spend a week! The Lagoon is an up close way to enjoy the fish. The lobster visited the shore most evenings. Deep boat dock and a manatee who enjoyed the turtle grass near the dock. Very well provisioned house with very comfy beds! Clean and well maintained.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Spot!

  • 5 of 5

Just have to take a minute to thank you again for providing such a beautiful property for rent. We celebrated my sons 21st birthday there and had a great time! He is in the Navy and really enjoyed snorkeling from the dock every day and my husband caught lots of fish there as well! The house and grounds have every thing you want and need but is also perfectly located to lots of nearby attractions and stores. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love helping create wonderful family memories ! Thank-you so much for taking the time to share your experiences. We look forward to your return !
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A private oasis

  • 5 of 5

Mark and Lynne have created a lovely place to stay in the Keys. I rented the house for my 50th birthday. It was everything they advertised. The pool and surrounding space was better than expected. So peaceful. We all felt as if we were at our own resort. The only issue was one of the kayaks leaked but everything else was great. The accommodations were better than expected and the kitchen was very well furnished. Thank you Mark and Lynne for letting me share your home on such a momentous birthday!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

WOW is all I can say! Our family and friends visit the Keys each year for lobster season and this home was head and shoulders above anything else we have rented in the 10+ years we have vacationed in Marathon. The home is nicely appointed and the detached master suite has its own mini fridge and microwave. Each day we saw multiple fish, lobster and even a small barracuda in the lagoon. The kayaks were a nice bonus and the kids really enjoyed making laps from the safety of the lagoon with them. The one thing that really impressed us was the level of service that Mark provides to his renters. If a problem arises, rest assured that it will be diligently handled and taken care of unlike some of the "management" companies that handle most of the homes in the area. I would HIGHLY recommend this home and owner!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
US 1
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Sombraro Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Marathon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2017
Feb 4 2017 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Last Minute Discount
Apr 15 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Mini
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2017 Lobster
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Christmas 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Years 2017
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Aug 17 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heat/Chill Optional $200
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $350
Tax Rate 12.5%

Optional Pool Heat Fee : $200 per week
Optional Pool Cooling Fee: $200 per week

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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