You know that incredible experience of Déjà vu? When you enter someplace for the very first time, and instantly you get that sense that you’ve been there before? When I first visited this vacation rental house, it happened to me. My mind sparked, the place seemed wonderfully familiar, and I felt an instant kinship with the surroundings.
As I toured the house and the grounds of the property, I quickly realized that my brain was just catching up to my fondest memories of favorite beach vacations in other parts of the Caribbean. The creative blend of tropical color and playfully elegant style reminded me of a favorite vacation villa in St. Barth’s and an endearing beach house in The Bahamas. A carefree beachiness permeates every room of this two-story wooden house and it had taken me right back to bliss. After that moment of recall it was then pronounced the Villa Déjà vu Key West. *
Ideally located, this property is set at the end of a quiet historic ‘dead end’ lane, just off the more elegant area of Upper Duval Street, in Old Town. Each house on the little lane is completely unique, mostly ‘build-as-you-go’ creations of skilled ship builders and carpenters in the 1940’s. This historic wooden house, originally built in 1943 has an uncharacteristically unornamented front entrance for Key West, and is set right up to the edge of the lane. But don’t let this illusion of simplicity fool you. Most of the outdoor space is reserved for the very spacious private backyard, which today has been turned into a showcase tropical pool garden.
The entire property was recently given a complete renovation and new interior design to bring it to vacation rental standards. But in keeping with Key West historic guidelines, the footprint and façade of the house remain in tact. The layout of the Villa Déjà vu Key West vacation rental is ideal for family groups or groups of friends. The floor plan provides 2 spacious separate floors which are adjoined with a covered indoor/outdoor staircase, with a large indoor living room, and pool garden with large deck for all to gather. The 2nd floor is set so it almost feels like two houses in one.
Since the unique layout of this property is anything but straight-forward, the best way to understand it is to do a virtual walk-through. What better place to begin our tour, than the front entrance.
The front door takes you directly into an outdoor tropical style entrance hall, where you find the usual expected accoutrements of a chair and mirror for last minute fussing. (Immediately to your right, is a door that leads to the master bedroom, but let’s leave that late for later when we look at that bedroom.)
From the entrance way a door takes you into the downstairs hallway. When I first stepped into the hall, I was awestruck by the floor-to-ceiling mural depicting a Key West lane, painted by locally famous artist Rick Worth. The next thing you’ll notice is the artistic wide-planked wood floor that was distressed and painted a wonderful Caribbean blue that leads straight ahead to the large, and very island-stylish, galley kitchen.
Kitchen: The fully equipped L-Shaped kitchen spans nearly the length of the house, and makes a bend toward the left at the end creating even more counter space. Lots of artistic touches make this a fun room to be in. I love the counter-height cottage style table and yellow art mural of a vintage Cuban menu board. A bank of sash windows is set above the counters at the back to bring in plenty of sunlight.
Bedroom / Bathroom One: With your back to the front entrance, looking toward the kitchen, the first door on your left is bedroom one. Here you’ll find a King size bed with artistic handcrafted furnishings including wooden bed platform bed, lime-green headboard, and unique round bamboo end tables. Original distressed wide-planked floors are left a natural color in this room.
The bathroom for this bedroom is just out the door, a few steps past the cottage-style kitchen table to your left. The bathroom is decorated with Caribbean island theme art and offers a full shower, and was recently refitted with an apron front sink and dark-wood vanity.
Living Room: The sunken’ living room is on the opposite of the hallway from the first bedroom and bathroom. Spacious, artful and colorful all the way, there are too many special touches to mention. Bright and cushy canvas furnishings set against the wide-planked wooden floors and a reclaimed wooden Key West Navy trunk create relaxed island feel. A large white handcrafted ‘picnic-style’ dining table, lit with a pretty chandelier, is placed overlooking the pool garden. A large wide screen TV is hung on the wall towards the kitchen in case you need it. A vintage ‘Discovery Undersea Tours’ sign is featured as a show piece on the opposite wall from the TV.
Master Bedroom Suite: The master bedroom suite includes a sitting room / office, bedroom, and en-suite bathroom. The sitting room adjoins the left side of the living room, as you face the kitchen. In the photograph, you see the wicker chaise painted a coral color, and the corner of the writing desk painted a white patina.
Straight ahead, is the master bedroom with a King size bed using similar artistic handcrafted furnishings as bedroom one, including a wooden platform bed. This time the artsy headboard is made with reclaimed shutters that are painted white patina along with the end tables. An added feature is the doorway that leads to the entrance hall, and the stairs that lead to the 2nd floor. Wood floors are left a natural color in the entire suite, except for the bathroom which has earth-tone tile. The master bathroom, which adjoins the sitting room, is shown with the antique wall mirror adorned with a starfish.
Second Floor Bedrooms and Bathroom: A hidden switch-back staircase off the downstairs entrance way, leads up to the 2nd floor bedrooms via a private entrance. A covered sitting porch, with classic Key West gingerbread railings, spans nearly the entire width of the 2nd floor of the house. Nestled behind mature tropical trees, the porch provides an exotic outdoor space with a private down look view of the lane below.
Step inside to a beautiful tropical 2nd floor suite with dark hard wood floors. Painted in white, and styled in soft colors, the 3rd bedroom is furnished with a queen sized bed and built in closet.
The 4th bedroom, which also provides a queen size bed, is located behind a white louvered wall at the back corner of the 2nd floor. White wicker and white patina framed mirrors in this bedroom make a striking contrast with the dark wood floors. The full bathroom for the 2nd floor carries the tropical white wicker on white theme. It provides a vanity with marble top, tiled floor, and a shower.
Pool Garden Grounds:
The spacious private back yard with swimming pool, sun deck, and lush landscaping is focal point of Villa Déjà vu Key West. Access this space through a double set of French doors topped with wide transom windows, just off the living room. A large blue awning covers the deck and is set as an outdoor living room with nice wood furnishings. A playful sign over the couch sets the tone, “Welcome To The Beach.” Even though you’re not right on the beach, South Beach is just a few short streets up Duval Street, but with this kind of privacy you just might end up spending most of your time right here. A combination of high fencing lined with an impressive variety of tall mature palm trees surround the decked courtyard and make a private backdrop for the nice size swimming pool with trickling waterfall.
Laundry: There is a laundry closet with a washer / dryer on the pool deck, on the back wall of the house near the kitchen.
The general design of this property lends itself perfectly to small gatherings of families and friends and should be considered an ideal spot for a gathering of family or friends.
*Note: This is a private vacation rental villa, not to be confused with the former Déjà vu Resort in Key West that was closed in 2008.
Amenities: Tucked back at the end of a ‘dead end’ lane hidden from view. Large back yard with private swimming pool, large sun deck, and lush landscaped garden, outdoor covered living room, privacy fences. 2nd floor porch overlooking lane below. Fully equipped kitchen, a/c, cable TVs, stereo, internet. Laundry room with washer / dryer. Linens and towels are provided. Catering can be arranged. Maid service can be scheduled.
Activities: Elegant Upper Duval St. – A few short streets from South Beach, close to the Southern Most Point of the United States. Café pedestrian neighborhood features wonderful eateries and internationally famous fine restaurants, coffee & tea house, fine gift and clothing stores, art galleries Grand Vin wine tasting, home made ice cream and frozen yogurt. Here you start at the top of Duval St. near the Atlantic Ocean and can take the 20 min stroll to the Gulf of Mexico (remember it takes 3 to 4 Key West streets to equal the distance of a typical city block). Sailing, boating, diving, museums, nightlife.
Area: Elegant Upper Duval Street neighborhood. Walk out your door and down the lane to all you want to see in Historic Key West. Historic area originally built around the Gato Cigar Factory in the 19th century. Lane where this house is located features a unique one-of-a-king collection of hand crafted historic wooden homes. Close to best restaurants, clubs, Hemingway House Museum, Light House Museum, Custom House Museum, aquarium, Ship Wreck Museum. Walk or bike to all Old Town features from here.
Restrictions: Smoke free house. No pets! (Please don’t ask). We do not accept guests less than 25 years of age unless accompanied by a family group or guardian.
Nov 18- Nov 22
Nov 30- Dec 5
Dec 9- Dec 12
Jan 20- Jan 25
5 nights $3900
Jan 25- Feb 1
Mar 21- Mar 28
|Nov 30, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019||$3850||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 21, 2019 - Dec 27, 2019||$6325||$1100||7 night minimum|
|Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020||$7500||$1200||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 4, 2020 - Jan 10, 2020||$5025||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 11, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020||$5025||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 24, 2020||$5325||$1000||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 25, 2020 - Jan 31, 2020||$5600||$1100||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 1, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020||$6200||$1100||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 15, 2020 - Feb 21, 2020||$6600||$1100||7 night minimum - Sat/Sat Only|
|Feb 22, 2020 - Apr 17, 2020||$6200||$1100||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Apr 18, 2020 - May 24, 2020||$5100||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 25, 2020 - Jun 12, 2020||$4675||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 13, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020||$5100||$875||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 8, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020||$4150||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 16, 2020 - Oct 24, 2020||$7225||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Oct 25, 2020 - Nov 7, 2020||$4675||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 8, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020||$5100||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 16, 2020 - Nov 19, 2020||$4675||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 20, 2020 - Nov 28, 2020||$5100||$875||7 night minimum|
|Nov 29, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020||$3950||$875||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 19, 2020 - Dec 25, 2020||$6425||$1100||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2020 - Jan 1, 2021||$7600||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Jan 2, 2021 - Jan 8, 2021||$5225||$1030||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 9, 2021 - Jan 15, 2021||$5225||$1030||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 16, 2021 - Jan 22, 2021||$5225||$1030||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jan 23, 2021 - Jan 29, 2021||$5800||$1130||5 night minimum - 'within' Sat/Sat Only|
|Jan 30, 2021 - Feb 12, 2021||$6400||$1130||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 13, 2021 - Feb 19, 2021||$6900||$1130||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Feb 20, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021||$6400||$1130||7 night min Sat/Sat Only, but 3-5 nights within 60 days|
|Apr 10, 2021 - May 30, 2021||$5250||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|May 31, 2021 - Jun 11, 2021||$4800||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Jun 12, 2021 - Aug 8, 2021||$5250||$900||5 night min, but 3-4 nights within 60 days|
|Aug 9, 2021 - Oct 1, 2021||$4300||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 2, 2021 - Oct 21, 2021||$4800||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Oct 22, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021||$7425||$1200||7 night minimum|
|Nov 1, 2021 - Nov 6, 2021||$4800||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 7, 2021 - Nov 14, 2021||$5250||$900||7 night minimum|
|Nov 15, 2021 - Nov 19, 2021||$4800||$900||3 night minimum|
|Nov 20, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021||$5250||$900||7 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021||$4100||$900||4 night min. or 3 night min. 60 days prior to arrival.|
|Dec 18, 2021 - Dec 25, 2021||$6625||$1130||7 night minimum|
|Dec 26, 2021 - Jan 2, 2022||$7800||$1250||7 night minimum|
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“Amazing company to work with! The home we rented was perfect for what we requested!! It was clean, well equipped and a lot of extra little touches (beach towels, umbrella's, games, etc). Would definitely rent through VHKW again!
“Our rental on 516 Duvall Street was amazing, the private pool area and deck was clean, the house was sparkling clean. Paige was very informative and emailed complete instructions for when we arrived. She set us up with a place to park our truck because this house is on a fire lane. the neighbor Felix is just great to get along with. he showed us around his house and thanked us for being good neighbors for the week we were there. The house is not quite in the center of everything but close enough to walk everywhere on Duvall Street and Front Street. everything worked great, new BBQ grill on the deck which we used quite a bit, washer and dryer to do clothes. WiFi works great. a very good rental for a big family. we had 10. I will definitely rent from VHKW again.
“We absolutely loved our stay! Location was perfect - quiet street within walking distance to beaches, shops, restaurants, bars. Communication with rental company was easy and quick. House exceeded our expectations. We would definitely rent again when in the area! Highly recommend!
“We had a wonderful stay at 516 Amelia St! VHKW staff was wonderful to work with and very attentive to your needs.
“My family and I stayed at 516 Amelia Street in the Upper Duval section of Key West. The house itself was lovely. It was spacious, clean, and welcoming. The home decor was cute and really added to the overall charm of being in the keys. Most importantly, 516 Amelia Street comfortably fit 8 of us. We did not experience any issues at this house during our one week stay earlier this month. When we had questions about the property, (pool heater, garbage/recycling collection) the response from this company was prompt, courteous, and professional. Finally, I cannot forget to mention how friendly and personable the neighbors who reside at 514 are! True Key West locals with knowledge of the island and neighborhood!
“We had a great time. The house was perfect for our family.
“We loved the Villa Deja Vu. Lots of room for hanging out and so so close to Duval. This is toward the east side of Duval but it was perfect for our over 40 year old group. Nice and quiet too.
“Girls trip that I will never forget, house was just right, everything we needed was there. Would recommend to everyone, Vacation Homes were very helpful.
“Lovely home, great pool area and terrific location.
“Gorgeous home, great amenities, great location!
“The vacation home we rented from Vacation Homes of Key West was amazing! The private pool was perfect, the kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed for a great extended weekend in Key West. The location of Villa Deja Vu was perfect and within walking distance to most of the main bars on Duval. The house was well decorated and the beds were comfortable.
“Everything was very professionally handled and organized for our visit, we enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to a return trip and will use Vacation Homes of Key West again.
“Everything was very professionally handled and organized for our visit, we enjoyed the entire experience and look forward to a return trip and will use Vacation Homes of Key West again.
“Place worked out perfectly for our stay
“Great house and location.
“Perfect setting and location. Great for families. I would definitely stay here again!
“Nice spacious home with a great little pool! Great location...close to beach, historic sites and Duval.
“This was a perfect home for our family. There was space for everyone and we loved the large living room and pool area. We were so impressed with how well equipped the kitchen was and how clean the house was. Great location as well!!
“I have seldom purchased anything that was advertised and presented as accurately as my recent vacation rental from your company. What I thought I would get is exactly like what I got -- no surprises. And what I got was perfect for my group of six adults. From the location, to the onsite pool, to the interior floor plan, to the clear information about nearby services, your company gave me all I needed to plan my stay and to enjoy it to the fullest. I would gladly book with you again because you gave good value for the price, and good service before and after the sale.
“my family and I rented villa deja vu and it was incredible. it was perfect location and size. we are definitely renting from vhkw next year
“The accommodations were wonderful. I have no worries when I rent with VHOKW.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Deja Vu. It was a beautiful, quiet setting close to everything and worked great for our extended family.
* This property may not be available for the dates above due to other inquires and pending reservation.