photos by Barry Fitzgerald
Just as you're inspired by an island oasis, so is this tropical Island Oasis Garden Home vacation rental. Cleverly hidden in the heart of Old Town Key West, this small private gated oasis uses a traditional Key West style architecture of tin roofs, wooden planking, sash windows, and charming front porches. Center to the outdoors you enjoy a large rectangular swimming pool surrounded by a lush tropical garden, a private counterpoint to the bustle of downtown beyond the French door gate. Indoors, the feeling is at once open, airy, charming, and breathtaking.
The second floor atrium is what creates the "ah..." feeling of this home. Take the stair case to the second floor to reach the private master bedroom and master bath, and at the landing you find a wide carpeted "cat walk" hallway and railing that extends around the exterior walls to create a wonderful "look down" to the first floor. It's fun to just sit or stand on the cat walk and enjoy the feeling this unique space creates. Take the walk around the wall to the French door that leads to the 2nd floor front porch for a birds-eye view of the oasis garden. An extra long ceiling fan hung from the open wide beams creates a sort of "Casa Blanca" effect.
Since the only rooms on the second floor are the tropically furnished master bedroom suite with en-suite private master bath, the exclusive upstairs location affords maximum privacy. The large master bedroom is carpeted and offers a king size bed. The bathroom has a shower.
The second bedroom and bathroom are downstairs on the first floor. Located at the back of the town home the bedroom offers its own special feature, i.e. a secluded sundeck made with high fencing for maximum privacy (no neighbors on the other side), a sun worshipers dream. The nicely appointed bedroom offers a king size bed, creating a very desirable second "master bedroom." The bathroom can function as an en-suite bath by using a locking door that adjoins the bedroom, as well as a locking door connecting to the living room.
Traditional Key West designers like the authentic feel that wooden floors achieve. In the living room, the owners of this home appreciate this feature and have highlighted it with a complimentary island decor. My favorite combination of Caribbean blue and yellow is blended with primary reds and greens to bring on the tropical charm. Works of art portraying island life decorate the walls. Inviting living room furnishings provide a comfortable sofa and a couple of stylish easy chairs for kicking back.
The tiled U-shaped kitchen is a great use of space that relates to the living room with an eating/serving bar (with stools)... so the cook is sure to enjoy the fun while preparations are made for meals and entertaining. The kitchen is nicely equipped and has new appliances.
The thoughtful owners of this beautiful property are self described perfectionists, and do whatever it takes to keep everything "ship shape." They have also installed a private laundry center with full-size washer and dryer - a unique feature to this town home complex. Another note-worthy feature of this property is its location in the little exclusive compound. Situated towards the back on one side, it is made private from pool side "traffic" and most of the other town homes.
Notes on this property would not be complete without mention of an important detail of authentic Key West architecture - the alluring front porch with picket fence railing. A tonic for the hurried traveler, there is something about the porch that invites you to ease off, lean back, and wile away the lazy sunny days. And let me not forget; this property offers even one more coveted feature in Key West... private designated parking!
Upstairs Master - 1 king bed.
Downstairs - 1 king bed.
Amenities: Swimming pool, lush tropical oasis garden, private sun deck, fully fenced, equipped kitchen. Central A/C, washer / dryer, color cable TV, Music Entertainment System. Linens and towels are provided.
Activities: Shopping, restaurants, night life, museums, sailing, boating, snorkeling, diving, beach, theatre, family activities. Everything is within walking distance. Leave your car at home.
Area: The center district of Old Town Key West is the "residential heart" and the pulse of the island, with Truman Avenue going straight down the middle of it. Historic streets are lined with more and more wooden Victorian homes and cottages built by early ship builders and men of wealth, and more modern interpretations, like this property, are inspired by the historic builders. A hand full of side streets intersect with little lanes with names like Love Lane, Nassau Lane, Poorhouse Lane, and Catholic Lane - each a reflection of a more innocent yesteryear. Earnest Hemmingway lived in this neighborhood and his home is now a museum open to the public.
Parking: This townhouse has private designated off-street parking for one car. However, with this central location you really never need to get in your car. Enjoy walking or biking everywhere - you'll see more that way.
Restrictions: 7 night minimum, even in off-season. Smoke free house. No pets (please don't ask). The property is located in a private residential townhouse 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. Maximum of 4 guests allowed.