This gorgeous classical Key West Estate property is quite possibly the most stylish blend of historic Victorian-Caribbean with stunning island-modern that we have seen. An exceptional degree of refinement was reserved for the sophisticated renovation and décor of this circa 1930’s Key West Victorian house plus Caribbean bungalow cottage. Displaying a perfected tropical style the architect and designer artfully intertwined a romantic look-back into architectural history with a superior eclectic cosmopolitan island charm.
Located in Key West’s famous Old Town Historic Seaport neighborhood on two full lots, The Caroline House Estate vacation rental is comprised of two dwellings – a classic 2-story Key West Victorian house, and a hidden 1 ½ story Caribbean bungalow. The curb-side view is of the nouvelle-Victorian house that displays all the Key West style of it’s gracious historic neighbors while offering all the modern amenities. Classic front porches outline the entire width of the 1st and 2nd floors and an abundance of sash windows outlined in traditional wooden shutters and French doors invite in the sunlight. Pale blue porch ceilings reflect the historic island authenticity of the house along with the essential white picket fence made complete with capital posts and a lantern lamp with lights that appear to flicker like candles.
THE CAROLINE HOUSE (Main Victorian House)
INTERIOR LAY OUT:
A brass plaque on the outside wall near the door announces you have arrived at ‘The Caroline House.’ Once inside the house, the stunning blend of the-old-with-the-new begins right away. You are first met with the welcoming charm of the Key West Victorian wooden banister staircase that is situated to the front-right side of the house.
Entrance: The arts-and-crafts staircase defines the luxurious entrance to the house and leads to the 2nd floor straight ahead, where the three bedrooms in the main house are found. The expansive runs of original heart pine wood that make the interior walls of the house have been painted with absolutely brilliant tropical colors you find on the feathers of a scarlet macaw parrot. A bold move in such a classic historic home, the colors are balanced at the impressive 12 foot tall ceilings with traditional wide white crown molding, and then perfectly paired below with original restored varnished wooden floors.
Downstairs - left side (as you face the house): Immediately to your left of the staircase is a spacious entrance hall, fit to receive the most discerning guest. Take an immediate left again to find the fabulous Victorian sitting room with yellow-gold painted walls and styled in eclectic tropical modern fashion. Cushy floral barrel chairs surround a round bamboo and glass coffee table and prints of colorful parrots the sitting room walls.
A square arch leads directly to the next room, a bright red dining room furnished with an oversized round mahogany dining table and chairs. The interior decorator has perfectly placed a long mahogany side board that runs the entire length of the dining room under the sash windows. A striking bouquet of red coral is placed in the middle, and then framed with a pair of clear designer lamps topped with coral red shades to match.
Another square arch flows directly from the dining room to the spacious living room where a designer sofa and chairs have been chosen for comfort and style. The large wicker sofa with nautical striped upholstery is flanked by an oversized ottoman that doubles as a lounge table. A pair of khaki print occasional chairs and an antique side table is set to the side. Carefully chosen art pieces, real sea shells and decorative lamps are masterfully placed and grass mat rugs complete the up-scale tropical look of the room.
A large flat-screen TV is prominently placed in the living room for group enjoyment, and mounted above the TV is an impressive taxidermy of a sword fish.
Straight ahead is yet a third square arch that melds into the left side of the spacious kitchen, where a double set of French doors lead to the spacious deck and swimming pool. But before we consider details of the kitchen and the pool grounds let’s look at the right side of the downstairs starting from the front.
Downstairs – right side (as you face the house): The classic hard wood front entrance hall points all the way to the back of the house where your senses are ultimately treated to a remarkable blend of a Key West historical kitchen with contemporary culinary luxury. But first, on the way to the kitchen, you pass through a beautiful office kiosk that is set with a wooden desk large enough for two. Folk-art prints from Mario Sanchez and a rustic shutter create a charming Key West office décor. Continue through to the other end of the office to the right side of the living room, and then a final interior passage joins the living room with the kitchen.
The spacious sunlit kitchen is spectacular. It encompasses most of the back of the house and feels even grander with the 12 foot high ceilings, and pendulum designer lighting that show it all off. One entire wall, from floor to ceiling, is tiled with a period correct blue and white Spanish design pattern. Against the traditional tiled wall is the contrasting modern bright white cabinets and glistening stainless steel chef’s kitchen. A large dark wooden table creates an elegant dining area for in-kitchen meals, and is joined via French doors with the back sun deck and swimming pool. Finally, at the very back of the house, off the kitchen, is a walk-in laundry room and a half-bath. There is an outdoor shower just outside the door near the laundry room and downstairs bathroom.
Upstairs - Back to the front door entrance of the main house, the staircase leads to the 2nd floor where you find three beautifully appointed bedrooms off the hallway. The first bedroom is the master suite. Luxuriously styled in tropical gold walls and bedding of soft shades of tropical pink and green, it’s set toward the back of the house and furnished with a traditional king size four-poster mahogany bed, upscale matching Caribbean style furnishings, original art, and a 42” flat screen TV. The completely modernized en-suite bathroom for this bedroom is done vintage style with mahogany vanity and double size walk in shower with dual shower heads.
Next in line down the hallway is the 2nd bedroom. Situated in the middle of the hall, it is very comfortable and offers a 27” flat screen TV. Providing two twin beds and sweetly decorated in pretty shades of coral pink and white with sea-grass headboards, it is possible to push the beds together to make a king size bed.
The 3rd bedroom is at the end of the hall at the front of the main house. Shown in our slide show with a blue and white comforter, walls painted sun yellow create a striking contrast for the queen size mahogany pencil poster bed and matching wood and wicker furnishings. This bedroom also provides a 27” flat screen TV.
Both the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms share a large luxury bathroom with soak tub and in-tub shower that is located at the end of the hall near the top of the stairs. A free-standing sink set against the original heart pine walls captures the romantic era of this remarkable home.
At the opposite end of the bedroom hallway, at the front of the house, is a single pane French door that leads to the 2nd floor porch that runs the entire width of the house and offers a beautiful down-look view of Caroline Street below.
THE CAROLINE COTTAGE (Caribbean Bungalow Cottage)
INTERIOR LAY OUT:
Set on the lot next door to the main house on the other side of the pool garden, is the 1930’s free-standing Caribbean bungalow cottage. A brass plaque on the outside announces you have arrived at ‘The Caroline Cottage.’ From the outside, it maintains it’s traditional historic cottage charm, but inside is a completely different story. Completely modernized to luxurious standard, like the main house in the estate, no detail has been overlooked.
As with the main house, the staircase in the cottage defines the entrance and is also the center piece for the entire interior. The architect made a dramatic statement by taking the ceiling line clear up to the roof timbers. Then the builder hand-crafted an outrageous wooden winding staircase to reach the 2nd floor sleeping loft that was made possible with the extreme vaulted ceiling. The sleeping loft is cozy and feels a bit like a secret hiding place when you’re up there. Two twin beds make an inviting sleeping nook with a view to main room below.
The interior designer makes the same bold move in the cottage as the main house by choosing bright gradient shades of pink and white. The main room in the cottage includes a living / dining / kitchen area. Elegant white woven furnishings have been kept simple and sleek. As with ‘The Caroline House,’ the interior designer selected furnishings for ‘The Caroline Cottage’ that are sophisticated yet casual and elegant.
The compact yet well designed and fully equipped kitchen lines one corner of the cottage and is ideally set to serve as a preparation kitchen for entertaining guests. Beautiful tropical furnishings and soft goods fill every room. A 52” TV is placed for easy viewing throughout the main room.
The master bedroom, located directly off the living room space, provides a chocolate color wicker king size bed that makes a stunning contrast against the flamingo pink walls. On the wall directly opposite the bed is a 32” flat screen TV. The entire cottage is finished with beautiful hard wood floors that compliment the staircase. The cottage provides one full beautiful bathroom on the main floor with a bath tub and in-tub shower.
GROUNDS AND POOL GARDEN:
An incredible feeling of exclusive intimacy has been masterfully created in the pool garden for The Caroline House Estate vacation rental. Located between the main Victorian house, ‘The Caroline House,’ and the Caribbean bungalow, ‘The Caroline Cottage,’ is a large (by Key West standards) free-form swimming pool, spacious pool deck, and lush tropical landscaping. Set as an outdoor living space right off the kitchen and living room of the main house, the pool garden and sun deck will invite you to spend many hours right here. Lounge and patio furniture has been placed for relaxing and sunning. All you need is a cool drink and a good book.
Main Victorian House
All bedrooms are on the 2nd floor.
The Caroline Cottage
Parking: Off-Street parking for 1-2 cars maximum in the driveway – one in front of the other. It is recommended that you leave your car behind and plan on walking and biking if you are able. From this location you do not need a car. Enjoy walking or biking everywhere—you'll see more that way.
Amenities: Upscale Amenities generally reserved for an exclusive Resort. Heated free-form swimming pool, tropical landscaping, and outdoor deck. Main house has gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances; cottage has 2nd full kitchen. BBQ grill, Central air conditioning, full laundry room, Audio Visual Systems, DSL Internet, HD TV. TV’s in all rooms except the loft in the cottage
Activities: Close to adventures and activities including sailing, boating, diving, museums, nightlife. Conveniently located near Fausto's Fine Food Palace gourmet grocery store offering excellent wine selection, sushi deli, and butcher; Close to boutique shopping, art galleries, and a variety of national and international restaurants, coffee shops. Close to the beach.
Area: The famous historic Old Town Key West waterfront on the gulf side of the island and the original lower Duval Street area, encompasses this district. Here the founding fathers and mothers of the late 1800's built the first shipping docks and warehouses, restaurants and grand homes, that stand today as one of the largest and most impressive collection of turn-of-the-century architecture. From larger Greek Revival Victorians to charming shot gun cottages, many of these alluring structures have been restored and renovated to stand in their gleaming glory.
Restrictions: This is a SMOKE FREE house. Absolutely no pets please! We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian.
Notes: It is very rare to find a private home estate with amenities generally reserved for an exclusive resort offered as a licensed weekly vacation rental. The design of this estate property makes it ideal for sophisticated individuals with discerning tastes and is suited for a family or executive group looking for the very finest Key West has to offer. This home should never be considered as an option for travelers looking to stage a party or any kind of event.
This property is intended for a family, professionals and executives who are looking for a private estate home with upscale Quality Amenities.
Apr 4- Apr 16
|Jan 22, 2022 - Jan 28, 2022||$9290||$1791.75||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 29, 2022 - Feb 18, 2022||$10320||$1843.00||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 19, 2022 - Feb 25, 2022||$10840||$1858.50||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 26, 2022 - Apr 17, 2022||$10320||$1843.00||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 18, 2022 - May 29, 2022||$8195||$1463.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 30, 2022 - Jun 10, 2022||$7290||$1406.00||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 11, 2022 - Aug 7, 2022||$8195||$1463.50||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 8, 2022 - Sep 30, 2022||$6645||$1471.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 1, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022||$8195||$1580.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 21, 2022 - Oct 30, 2022||$12030||$2062.50||7 night minimum|
|Oct 31, 2022 - Nov 5, 2022||$7290||$1406.00||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 6, 2022 - Nov 13, 2022||$8195||$1463.50||7 night minimum|
|Nov 14, 2022 - Nov 18, 2022||$7290||$1406.00||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 19, 2022 - Nov 26, 2022||$8195||$1463.50||7 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 27, 2022 - Dec 16, 2022||$6260||$1386.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 17, 2022 - Dec 25, 2022||$10320||$1843.00||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2022 - Jan 2, 2023||$12255||$2101.00||7 night minimum|
|Jan 3, 2023 - Jan 13, 2023||$8905||$1781.00||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 14, 2023 - Jan 22, 2023||$8905||$1717.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 23, 2023 - Jan 29, 2023||$9570||$1845.75||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 30, 2023 - Feb 11, 2023||$10630||$1898.25||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 12, 2023 - Feb 18, 2023||$11165||$1914.00||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 19, 2023 - Apr 8, 2023||$10630||$1898.25||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 9, 2023 - May 29, 2023||$8445||$1508.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 30, 2023 - Jun 10, 2023||$7510||$1448.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 11, 2023 - Aug 7, 2023||$8445||$1508.25||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 8, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023||$6845||$1515.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 20, 2023||$8445||$1628.75||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 21, 2023 - Oct 30, 2023||$12395||$2125.00||7 night minimum|
|Oct 31, 2023 - Nov 5, 2023||$7510||$1448.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 6, 2023 - Nov 13, 2023||$8445||$1508.25||7 night minimum|
|Nov 14, 2023 - Nov 18, 2023||$7510||$1448.50||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 19, 2023 - Nov 27, 2023||$8445||$1508.25||7 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 28, 2023 - Dec 16, 2023||$6450||$1428.25||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 17, 2023 - Dec 25, 2023||$10630||$1898.25||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2023 - Jan 2, 2024||$12625||$2164.50||7 night minimum|
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Main Victorian House - All bedrooms are on the 2nd floor
The Caroline Cottage
“You are the best team to work with thank you so very much
“Great experience. Top notch service and handled our few small issues with the house very quickly. We will definitely book through you again!
“The house was wonderful and in a great location. Everything about VHKW was great! We had excellent customer service from check in to check out. I will definitely use again when we return to Key West. It was a memorable vacation.
“Really beautiful house. Pool larger than photos show and room areas well planned for a larger group. Fantastic location Only improvement areas- pool might need a re-finish, and rear Cottage has a very musty smell. Interior doors (upstairs) stick a bit too. Loved the friendly iguanas!
“Great house, was clean had everything I needed to make sure my friends party was a success. Great location and all the guys loved the house. Would have paid for a late checkout if possible getting nine guys up at 10am after a weekend in the keys was like pulling teeth. Thanks again.
“This was a great house! Great location to everything, plenty of room, nice big kitchen, laundry, outdoor seating,... we loved it!! Thank you!!
“The home was amazing! Big enough to accommodate our large family and impeccably furnished. Every amenity you could possibly need was on site, which made the stay even more enjoyable. The location is close to all the action on Duval Street, without the noise and crowds. Cannot wait to return!
“Outstanding service and home. Perfect location.
“THE GOOD: Excellent location, only two blocks from Duval, harbor etc. and walk to everything! Location was the key for us and we hit it on the nail with this property, Definitely where the action is! Property is great for larger parties and well stocked with plenty of towels, pool towels and well stocked kitchen. Beds are very comfortable, no complaints here. Overall, the house was clean, inviting and comfortable. The pool is a bonus and we used it a few days it is very shady so keep this in mind when renting. Cutting off a few of the tree limbs would help a lot in allowing more sun areas. IMPROVEMENT: The pool house is great, comfortable and a great addition for large groups, but smells musty and we had to buy air fresheners. Not sure what can be done but was noticeable and hard to overlook. Also, the pool house needs a mirror in the main room as there is only one bathroom and it makes it very difficult to get ready when no mirrors anywhere else. Small items, but as they say, details matter. We had a few problems with the air conditioner which was out for four days in two of the rooms, and issues with the TV's(just need to add a sheet of instructions). VHKW was very responsive to all our problems no complaints there as things always break, need repair etc. They did what needed to be done to help solve our problems. Overall, I recommend this house for location, cleanliness and location we were a group of 50 year old women, and while the house could use some updates, it served us perfectly for the week we stayed.
“We love the Caroline House. It was very charming and the location was absolutely perfect. VHKW did a great job. We would rent again for sure.
“House and location of the house is wonderful. We had our entire family there and were very comfortable. Only knock we had the whole time was that we had no tv service. Comcast I know is the one that dropped the ball so I have a hard time holding that against VHKW. I would stay at this house again everytime I visit Key West if we have several people going.
“The Caroline House was wonderful. I am extremely particular when renting vacation homes verses staying in luxury hotels and this property met my expectations. Perfect location, spacious for our group, and appropriately decorated for a high end property.
“Absolutely amazing ! We couldn’t of asked for a better place to stay ! You are right in the heart of everything -walking distance to anywhere you need to go . Property was gorgeous and super clean
“The house was much nicer than we expected. We were pleasantly surprised. All the information was accurate and it was a fabulous location.
“We loved our stay at this house. The historic feel along with modern amenities fit our personality and needs perfectly. Then you add the proximity to the attractions that we frequent most often while in Key West and the result is that we will definitely be looking to stay in this house again in the future.
“Very easy to deal with and the house was amazing. Hope to be back.
“We have a friend group that travels yearly to Key West for a men’s getaway. We have rented various homes over the last 8 years and they have been ok. The Caroline House was absolutely perfect for the 10 of us. The house and guest house are set up masterfully. We had plenty of room and it was very comfortable. The fenced outdoor area had a heated pool with a jacuzzi and a large seating area perfect to enjoy meals. The best part of all was the convenience. Make your reservation, check in online, receive a key code (in the packet available online after check in), arrive and begin your vacation. No check in lines, you simply enter your code, walk into the house and unpack. There was no need to contact maintenance as everything was in fine working order. It was just as easy to check out as it was to check in. Overall a great place to stay. Thank you VHKW, we will definitely be back next year.
“My family and I stayed in the Caroline House for a week, and we were very pleased! We are a group of 13 - ranging from grandparents to newborns, and everyone was satisfied. Even my 5 year old niece, who has extreme allergies and asthma and usually needs multiple breathing treatments when traveling, did not have one issue. The house must be maintained extremely well and kept very clean for her to not need any breathing treatments during our stay! Our only minor complaint - there is just about zero sun in the backyard during the day. We booked a home with a pool specifically because many of us planned to just relax by the pool for the week - however due to extreme shading by the trees, there was only one tiny corner that got any sun during the day. I understand this really can’t be helped - unless someone tree trimming would do the trick? Aside from the lack of sunshine, our stay was just about perfect otherwise.
“This is my 3rd time staying at this house and we always enjoy it. It is perfect for large groups or family gatherings.
“Tremendously enjoyable time staying at The Caroline House. The home provided our extended family the opportunity to spend quality time with each other every day during our stay. There was also enough space for everyone to have privacy, yet feel comfortable and relaxed. The pool shrouded in native vegetation made us forget we were staying in the city. The convenience to all of the amenities - both the marinas and the Duval St. atmosphere was a privilege. VHKW did a great job for us before, during and after our stay - Thank you !
“We had an excellent stay! The house is well appointed and very pretty. Despite some issues with the blow up beds, the maintenance people addressed it satisfactorially. Thank you.
“Great home for a group to enjoy. All the little details and needs are considered and the house is stocked ! Great location with access to Duval .
“We had a wonderful vacation in Florida, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at vacation homes of key west. Our accommodations were 5 star quality, and all of our questions were answered immediately. The beautiful home, and pool area were very comfortable, and very organized. Our reservations, and stay were very professionally managed. We loved each room, and everyone had a favorite spot to relax. The pool and hot tub were very comfortable, and we enjoyed our time on the patio. Thank you for making our vacation a trip we will always remember.
“The Caroline Estate was perfect for our extended stay in January. Great location, great pool and hot tub, and plenty of room. All our guests said great things about the main house and cottage accommodations. Best of all the weather cooperated! We plan to return to this property.
“Awesome house and location. Some dated pool and television equipment caused us to call for assistance several times, but they came within a reasonable time. Parking is tight for 2 large cars. Otherwise, it was incredible (CAROLINE HOUSE) and we WILL be back!
“House was great. People responded pretty quickly to a leak in the attic. Other than one afternoon / evening of leak and repair there were no interruptions. Pool and courtyard were great as was location.
“A pleasure to work with. House was fantastic!
“Always helpful and professional.
* This property may not be available for the dates above due to other inquires and pending reservation.