photos by Barry Fitzgerald
An exclusive island style brownstone perfectly nestled in Key West's most prominent gated waterfront neighborhood known as "Truman Annex", this striking tri-level historic building has all the architectural allure of a 19th century urban brownstone with an unparalleled modern Caribbean reinterpretation. Originally built in the 1800's as the "Foundry Building" for the Civil War "Fort Zachary Taylor," an architectural transformation in the mid 1990's redesigned this unique brick building to become luxurious town homes surrounded by peaceful tropical gardens set near the turquoise sea.
Interior Layout: As a contemporary luxury town home this beautiful Island Brownstone vacation rental property offers a dramatic and spacious layout with features and details that include extra high ceilings, artistic crown molding, lots of windows and French doors, and second floor balcony off the master bedroom. The front entrance is outlined with a stately white picket fence and a little bricked tropical garden complete with sitting porch. Tall white double French doors with transom windows lead into the open-air tiled living room and galley kitchen.
The conversion of this structure from brick foundry to contemporary town home made maximum use of the extraordinarily tall building space. The end result is three floors with three distinct living areas. The first floor lay-out is comprised of the living room with soaring ceilings, galley kitchen with "breakfast bar," and powder room (half-bath). The living room is set in tones of deep-red, brown, green, and gold that blend harmoniously with the red brick exterior of the historic building. Groupings of tropical art placed on sage colored walls surround an upscale array of contemporary bamboo, water hyacinth, and golden wicker pieces. The overall effect is relaxing calming and elegant. A dramatic oak stair case set to the back of the living room seems to draw one in to the upstairs bedrooms.
The second floor of the Island Brownstone is where you find the master bedroom with queen size bed, full en-suite bathroom and private balcony with single pane French doors. This spacious bedroom is nicely furnished with bamboo and wicker bed and armoire, and offers a full size closet. The second floor also houses the conveniently located laundry center hidden behind closet doors just outside the bedroom door.
The stair case then leads to the third floor where you find the 2nd spacious bedroom and a full 2nd en-suite bathroom. This bedroom has also been furnished with 2 twin size beds (that can also be made up as a king sze bed), and offers a full size closet. Keeping with the modern tropical theme this bedroom has a bamboo and wicker bed and dresser.
The unique floor plan of this row house incorporates the stair case into the third floor bedroom with dramatic art in the foyer landing and a privacy door at the bottom of the stairs. While there is no balcony on the 3rd floor, large windows invite the sunshine in and offer a nice view of the beautiful grounds below.
Note: Since both the 2nd floor bedroom and the 3rd floor bedroom are separated by entire floors, and each have their own private en suite bathrooms they can both easily function as "master suites." In this sense, this property can be ideal for two couples who both prefer a "master bedroom."
Grounds: The resort-style swimming pool for this row house complex property is found around the corner to the front side of the building, and then "kitty-corner" across the lane. The setting is immaculate and beautifully landscaped complete with lounge chairs for sunning and cabana pool garden area for relaxing in the shade. Another wonderful feature of this residence is one private designated parking space which is located just outside the little front garden entrance to this unit.
2nd Floor (Master bedroom) - 1 Queen bed.
3rd Floor - 2 Twin beds (Can be made up as a king size bed)
Extra Sleeping - Living room has a Queen size sleeper sofa.
Amenities: Heated resort-style swimming pool, perfectly manicured tropical landscaping, private porch, BBQ Grill, fully fenced, fully equipped kitchen. Central A/C, washer / dryer, flat screen TV's, C/D player and stereo. Linens and towels are provided.
Activities: Quick stroll to the beach and historic Fort Zachary State Park, shopping, restaurants, night life, museums, sailing, boating, snorkeling, diving, beach, theater, and family activities. Everything is within walking distance. Leave your car at home.
Area: Down Town Key West. Located in “Truman Annex” Just steps away from all Key West Old Town features. Grounds throughout the gated "Truman Annex" complex are park-like - exquisitely landscaped and manicured to picturesque perfection, making it a delightful neighborhood to walk and bicycle. From here you are just a few minutes walk to Duval St. and the center of downtown Old Town Key West. White picket fences, freshly clipped hedges, green grounds and fountains create an impressive back drop for your stroll around this unique neighborhood. Original military officer's homes that display romantic classic Italian and Greek Revival architectural styles have been renovated into large private luxury mansions. Just out the gate towards the ocean is Fort Zachary Taylor, now a State Park with one of the nicest beaches on Key West.
Parking: This condominium has private designated off-street parking. However, from here you really never need to get in your car. Enjoy walking or biking everywhere you'll see more that way.
Restrictions: Smoke Free House. No pets (please don't ask). This property is offered as an exclusive vacation rental in Old Town Key West. The property is located in a private gated residential complex and is definitely not suitable for staging loud parties. Only well behaved children are welcome. This property is not "child-proof." We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian.