photos by Barry Fitzgerald
Key West sunsets are famous, and so remarkably spectacular that each-and-every-day of the year, hundreds of people gather at the Mallory Square dock in Key West to celebrate the days end. As the sun slowly 'sinks into the sea', the Key West Sunset Celebration festivities rev up, and every island visitor should make a point to enjoy the entertainment with the rest of the crowd. But it's also nice to celebrate sunset in private. So take a few minutes and consider the splendorous experience of enjoying a private sunset balcony in your own residence overlooking the harbor, taking in the last light of day, with just you and your loved ones. And with this Private Key West Sunset vacation rental you can do just that!
Holding a perfect perch overlooking the entrance to the Key West Harbor, this spacious luxury condominium is situated in a revered waterfront position in Old Town Key West's up-scale gated community named "Truman Annex". This historic neighborhood, named after the late President Harry Truman, houses "The Little White House" where the president often stayed in the winter months during his term in office. In fact, our fashionable condominium described on this web page, Private Key West Sunset, is situated directly in front of "The Little White House".
In juxtaposition with Truman's historic residence, the architectural design of the condominium is strikingly modern. Standing strong on the waterfront, this large white concrete structure has impressive lines mimicking a grand ocean-going liner at first glance. Situated as it is near the edge of the quay it's easy to pretend you are at sea while you gaze out the window of this spacious condominium, and since it's positioned as an end-corner unit, you have the opportunity to enjoy the unique waterfront view from the living room kitchen area and all 3 bedrooms!
Located on the 3rd level, Private Key West Sunset, is accessed by elevator from the ground floor in the covered parking area where you have a reserved parking space. When the elevator door opens, the unit is just a few steps away. The front door leads inside to a small open entrance area where you immediately capture a stunning view of the waters edge. Immediately to your right you find the fully equipped large galley-style kitchen that sports a fanciful cream and white 'checker-board' tile floor, a full bank of upper and lower cabinets and a breakfast bar that opens to the living room. Perfectly set for entertaining, the cook has full view of the living room, and of course, the turquoise sea.
Straight ahead from the entrance, is the spacious living room and dining room area with full open view of the quay, and large attached balcony where you'll catch your private sunset. The fun loving newly designed interior décor is colorful, fanciful, and entertaining and was completely redone in 2009. Enjoy the detail on the artistic sea-horse chandelier above the dining table with crystal beads and tiny rainbow shades, and you're sure to get a chuckle at the parrot art that warns 'Paradise ain't Cheap'. New living room furnishings are contemporary tropical style of braided water hyacinth and rattan with and fabric done in tropical stripes and pink flamingos.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are located off either side of the living room area. There are two 'master' suites for this condominium, on opposite ends of the unit. Facing the water, turn right (past the kitchen) and you find the larger master suite. Shown on in our slide show with pink flamingo fabric chaise with matching art work over the king sized bed, this luxurious room enjoys window views of the water on two sides and it's own en-suite bathroom.
To find the second master suite, turn left at the entrance hall and proceed to the end of the hall on the right. Shown in our slide show with key-lime green walls and a king size bed with green and yellow plaid bedspread, this suite is a bit smaller than the other master suite, but nonetheless, it commands water views on two sides and offers a full en-suite bathroom.
The third bedroom is found off the hall, with entrances off the hall and living room. In our slide show you can see that this bedroom provides two twin size beds, a twin set of green tropical print barrel chairs, and again, a great view of the water. The bathroom for this bedroom is found just outside the door off the hall.
Exterior and Grounds:
The expansive outside tiled deck off the living room is a focal point for this property. A favorite spot for morning coffee and sunset viewing, your deck also provides a personal birds-eye view of the cruise ships that dock at the 'outer mole'. While the cruise ships are not a daily event, when they do come in it's entertaining to observe the ships from your own deck so we made a point to photograph this property while the ships were in port.
If sun bathing is on your vacation agenda, the large resort-style swimming pool for this condominium is found just off the quay so that when you're swimming and sunbathing you can continue to enjoy your view of the water. The swimming pool scene is unmistakably tropical with palm trees and bromileads framed by sky and the sea and there are plenty of lounge chairs placed around the pool. Another wonderful feature of this residence is a covered designated parking space which is located just beneath the building where this condominium is located.
Master bedroom 1 - 1 king bed
Master bedroom 2 - 1 king bed
Bedroom 3 - 2 twin beds (can be made into a King size bed)
Amenities: Heated resort-style swimming pool, perfectly manicured tropical landscaping, private balcony, 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. Just steps away from all Key West Old Town features. Located in the gated "Truman Annex" complex where grounds are park-like, exquisitely landscaped and manicured to picturesque perfection, making it a delightful neighborhood to walk and bicycle. Just out the gate towards the ocean is Fort Zachary Taylor, now a State Park with one of the nicest beaches on Key West. You are also 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.
Parking: Private designated covered off-street parking for one car. 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 Property. This condo is offered as an exclusive vacation rental in the Truman Annex neighborhood and guests must comply with the neighborhood association rules and regulations. 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. Pets are not allowed under any circumstances. No boat, trailer (bike or boat), or RV parking. Guests must agree to abide by condominium regulations.No pets (please don't ask.)