Flower Power House
5 - 6BR (Sleeping Porch) 4BA
Boho beautiful, the free-spirited presence of the Key West Flower Power House vacation rental, has much more in common with the real Key West than the shiny hotels around town. Kindred to memories we share about ‘the good old days,’ this 1938 wooden house was first renovated by unconventional ‘hippy builders’ in the 1970’s who were creatively rethinking the use of space of Old Town wooden dwellings, around the same time the first street buskers where inventing the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.
Breaking down barriers between indoors and out, nearly every room received French doors so architectural design labels of mid-century modern or Key West Victorian, a spacious living room was added, with soaring ceilings and transom windows that rise clear to the roof peak. Refusing to be limited by stultifying design, original glassed in porches became alternative sleeping spaces, while the adjoining carriage house became a whimsical seashell cottage.
Decades after the hippy and military days of Key West, our company continues to watch this house be re-invented by artistic owners who’ve added their own sense of bohemian flair, embracing an eclectic mix of new with old, reflecting a love for island art and the Caribbean Sea. Nothing boxy or modular, no-way modern-flat pack style anyway anywhere. Informal island comfort is presented with a love of tropical color, a down-home style that celebrates the beauty of nature and what’s naturally imperfect. To sum it up, our Flower Power House harkens back to what Key West still means for many – anti-style, freedom from convention, an occasional gypsy chicken mingling with guests in the garden.
Interior Layout: Ultimately, the house was reconfigured to offer three separate areas that are joined together as one. The ground level, at the front of the house, features a spacious living room, with cathedral ceilings and connecting fully equipped kitchen. Here we also find two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The 1st bedroom offers a king size bed and the 2nd bedroom a queen size bed. French doors open to the porch in both of these bedrooms. Accessed through bedroom two with a doorway for privacy, is a sleeping porch. Set with two twin beds, it adequately functions as a 3rd bedroom and is ideal for children sleeping close by.
A 4th and 5th bedroom, one full bathroom, a galley kitchen, and sitting room and are found on the 2nd floor, which is accessed via an exterior staircase. A split floor plan provides maximum privacy with a master bedroom with a glassed in porch and king size bed on one side of the house, and two twin beds with a window view to the pool on the opposite end.
Back downstairs, and connected at the back of the house is the adorable 1.5 story 6th bedroom. Set in the artist-owner's cute re-design of the carriage house, this is an intimate boho space that was once featured in Coastal Magazine. Exterior French doors connect with the garden in the back and front. With a sense of playfulness, stucco pastel faux painted walls inside form a colorful creamy backdrop for a flamboyant adornment of sea shells like icing on a cake. Open beam ceilings on the main level plus a kitchenette and a comfy sitting area set with shabby chic finds, make the cottage suite feel larger than it is. A bunk in the corner provides an extra sleeping space if you need it.
A short hall-way stairwell leads to the half-story 2nd level sleeping space with a king size bed and a one-of-a-kind witty ‘she-sells-sea-shells’ theme bathroom. Definitely tropical and different than what we live with day-to-day, this space is an artists’ boho love nest. French doors off the back open to the garden to create a little private sitting space steps from the rest of the house.
Exterior Layout: This house is part of a private gated mini-compound set back from the street. Covered porches that run the entire length of the house maximize the opportunity for indoor-outdoor living. Step down off the porches to the large landscaped garden and just beyond enjoy a 40’ X 16’ swimming pool (no heat) and more gardens ample for lounging. Outdoor furniture is place for lounging on the porches and around the pool. A little piece of old Key West, not too shiny, no-way modern sterile.
The swimming pool and middle part of the garden are shared with a recently updated 3 bedroom town home on the opposite side of the compound. For a larger group, please inquire about renting our Family Reunion compound property, which includes this townhome called, A Tropical Tradition.
Amenities: Spacious tropical garden. Large 40' X 16' feet swimming pool (no heat, shared with two other properties - A Tropical Tradition and Coco's Poolside Retreat if they are rented at the same time). TV's, a/c, stereo, phone, washer dryer, linens and towels provided, fenced yard, large porches, two kitchens plus kitchenette.
Activities: Conveniently located to grocery shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and deli restaurant and bakery. Close to the beach (a short walk), favorite Salute Restaurant on the Beach, parks, Key West Wildlife Center. Ride your bike to Duval Street and the southernmost point of the U.S. in less than five minutes. Walk to Duval Street in 20 minutes. See this favorites list of Things to Do in Key West for more recommended activities.
Area: This home is ideally located in the White Street Gallery neighborhood of Old Town Key West in a historic neighborhood just a few streets from White Street and Higgs Beach. Play beach volleyball, rent hobi-cat sail boats, swim, snorkel, swim, fish, from the White Street Pier. From this location you can quickly walk to the famous beach restaurant, Salute on the Beach, Fausto's Fine Food Palace (fine wine, cheeses, and gourmet foods), Sandy's Cafe of Cuban coffee, numerous art galleries (White Street Gallery area), and yoga and exercise studios. Duval Street shops, attractions, and the Historic Seaport District is a ten minute walk.
Restrictions: Smoking permitted only outside please. No pets. We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian.
Sept 18 - Sept 25
Sept 28 - Oct 9
Oct 16- Oct 31
Rates and Terms are subject to change without notice. Above rates do not include taxes and fees. Click here for more details on additional fees. Please contact us for specific pricing and to confirm rates. Rates in US Funds. (305) 294-7358 Ext 1 - email@example.com
VHKW offers promotional specials for purchasing trip insurance for stays between Aug 10 and Oct 20. Please call for more details.
“Great house with a bungalow feel. Walking distance to everything we needed, off street parking, and was great to have a pool. Had a blast!
“Great experience with VHKW. Good communication and easy to work with. Would definitely use again! Great rental property as it was as beautiful as was advertised. Very pleased.
“The house was great the cottage just the right size for newlyweds we had a great week
“VHKW and all of their employees are fantastic. We had a wonderful family reunion in Key West this Christmas and everything was perfect. Thank you.
“The Family Reunion compound was a great place for 16 of us to stay. We enjoyed the pool and used the common area to gather in the mornings for coffee as well as plan our days in Key West. The location was convenient to bicycle to both the Southern most point as well as up to Mallory Square. A geat time was had by all!!
“We had a Bachelorette group of eight stay for one whole week in the Flower Power house. It was so spacious and had a very comfortable feel to it. It really was a great house and we all really enjoyed the courtyard and the privacy it gave us. We were able to accommodate everyone so they had their own spaces. The maintenance staff was very helpful when we had issues (more like operator error), and the cleaning staff were super nice. Overall a lovely house, in a GREAT location. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Highly recommend this home and would book again in a heartbeat.
“We loved our family reunion at the Flower Power house, cottage and one of the townhouses - 17 of us in total. We had to ask for maintenance for one of the bathrooms on a Sunday and they were there almost immediately. We would recommend vhkw to anybody.
“Maintenance and rental were very quick to fix things for us, allow us to check in a little early, allow us to depart late and then allowed us to return to the house for An extra night when our When our flight was canceled
“A group of us stayed here for a wedding weekend and it was perfect. The main house is set up a little weird the bedrooms are connected to each other but wasn’t an issue for us since we didn’t spend a lot of time there. The house is within walking distance to a grocery store and Sandy’s, a good place to eat for any meal on the go! VHKW was easy to work with. Would definitely use them again if we make it to Key West again!
* This property may not be available for the dates above due to other inquires and pending reservation.