I must confess, there’s something about walking along an exotic tropical pool-garden path that sends me to an instant state of calm. Palm fronds gently dancing in the breeze, orchids hanging in the trees, manicured gardens, a pristine swimming pool set with comfortable lounge chairs. This is what you’ll experience as you make your entrance to this beautiful Bahamian ‘eyebrow’ style home, nestled away in private back corner of the small Old Town Key West gated community of Windward Park.
Eyebrow houses are a historic architectural style dating back to the late 1800’s, unique to Key West, with the upstairs windows partially covered by the sloped roof, making an ‘eyebrow’ effect to protect from the sun. One of the nicest features is a large front porch, which in our Dancing Palms Villa vacation rental, wraps around each side to provide private roomy deck spaces. As you approach this garden home, notice how the tall skinny palms and a gumbo limbo tree stand akin to the long white porch pillars, almost as if they are set to dance. As you step up on the porch, you’re sure to feel welcomed home – adirondack rocking chairs inviting you to enjoy the southern way to ‘stop … and sit a spell.’
This completely renovated home has the architectural allure of a vintage design, with all the advantages of a modern interior layout and luxury amenities. The front door prepares you for the touch of class you’ll find inside, with the vintage style glass etched transom window above the window pane front door. The entrance leads directly into the spacious open-concept great-room, with the living room on one side and the kitchen on the other. Multiple sets of traditional sash windows on the living room side invite in the sunlight and assure a view of the garden from several angles.
The great-room encompasses almost the entire 1st floor, with a white marble double-level counter top and breakfast bar subtly diving the spaces. The U-shaped galley kitchen commands a complete view of the living room, the perfect layout for cooking and entertaining or watching the 48” HD TV on the opposite end of the living room. The kitchen is nicely equipped with particular cooks in mind, providing high-end appliances and nice serve ware. Beautiful white-washed bead-board cabinets give the kitchen a fashionable coastal style, which fits so naturally in the tropics.
In a complete renovation of this home, the owner/designers chose light wood plank flooring laid vertically, adding to the spacious feel of the room. An island monotone color scheme of sand, cream, white, and bamboo create a sophisticated and relaxing feel. Top quality wood and bamboo furnishings are placed to compliment the room. The end result is a beautiful room that invites you to slow down, kick back and relax. For your convenience, a matching desk is placed to hold a laptop where you can comfortably catch up on email, but hopefully not work too much!
To complete the 1st floor, a hidden laundry closet and full bathroom, are set over to one corner near the kitchen. The same beautiful coastal style cabinets and marble counter top we see in the kitchen are carried to the bathroom. This is a full bathroom with tiled shower and a custom frameless glass door.
A traditional stair case in a far corner of the living room, leads to the 2nd floor. Since both bedrooms and the second full bathroom are upstairs, there’s plenty of separation between the common rooms and the sleeping area. Both bedrooms are stylishly decorated, keeping with the soft sand tone island colors established downstairs. Each bedroom provides a comfortable king size bed, with beautiful headboard, and dressed with very nice quality linens. A high end sisal wall-to-wall carpet is placed in both bedrooms. Two sash windows in each bedroom let in plenty of light, and provide a down-look view of the gardens below. Both bedrooms provides a TV.
You’ll appreciate the privacy provided by the split floor plan upstairs, with the bedrooms on either side of the house and the bathroom in between. The larger upstairs bathroom is fit with the same beautiful marble top vanity we find downstairs, plus a two-person shower with frameless glass shower doors. Designer fixtures and tumbled marble tiles carry through the luxurious tone.
It should be emphasized that this home is special and unique to this small gated compound. It is the only free-standing home amongst 12 townhomes in the community, and tucked away back in the corner for maximum privacy. Unlike the other properties, it does not share an interior wall with any other home. It also has one designated off-street parking space, a coveted commodity on the tiny island of Key West.
Finally, it is worth noting that the owners of this beautiful home enjoy it themselves, when they can take time from their own busy schedule. They are sticklers for maintaining the property in top shape and strive to assure its immaculate condition.
Notes: This is an upscale property is ideal for professionals and executives who have discerning tastes.
Bedroom 1 - 1 king bed.
Bedroom 2 - 1 king bed.