About the Property
2/2 Main House, 1/1 Bunglow, Large Pool And Hot Tub On Beautiful Old Town Lane
Hidden at the end of one of the most beautiful lanes in Old Town, Casa Escondida awaits you with its tropical seclusion and quiet serenity. Nestled amongst mature tropical landscaping, the main 2/2 house features an indoor/outdoor ethos that is reflected throughout. The bright cathedral ceiling living room spills out onto the covered and screened in patio, the master bathroom French doors open to the large swimming pool, and the master bath invites you to take a plunge in the outdoor heated spa.
The separate 1/1 guest cottage is almost too cute for its own good – your guests will not want to leave! Bright, cool, and unassuming, this small space has all its own charm.
The house is located on one of THE most desired locations in Key West – on the end of one of the most beautiful and quiet lanes in center of the old historic district and arguably one of the most pleasant neighborhoods. “In the middle of it all, yet worlds away,” would be a great description. The Historic waterfront is a short four blocks away, as is bustling Duval street. Less than two blocks away you’ll find the best Cuban coffee at 5 Brothers, Help Yourself organic restaurant and produce market, homemade pasta at Mangia Mangia, and the famous Michaels restaurant. This is the Key West living everyone is looking for.
THE LIVING AREA
The living room and dining area opens up to a covered and screened in porch, allowing you to enjoy your meals and relaxation inside or out. Two comfy couches in the living room invite you to curl up with a good book, with plenty of natural light from the large windows and multiple French doors.
THE POOL AREA
This is where you’ll end up spending a lot of your days. Composed of both sunny and shaded areas, the pool area features a large pool, a separate hot tub with air jets, expandable teak table with 6 matching chairs, and 3 Barlow Tyrie teak chaise lounges with pull out drink trays. There is also a gas fired BBQ grill for afternoon cookouts.
In tightly packed Key West, gardens can be a luxury, and this 6,425 sq. ft. property has the room to spread out. The tropical garden is framed overhead by a spectacular Royal Poinciana tree and surrounded by my majestic palms. The understory plants have been carefully chosen to provide year-round flowers, from colorful hibiscus, native and exotic flowering trees and butterfly attracting plants, to the wild orchids growing throughout the property. There’s always something blooming at Casa Escondida!
There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house, plus the detached guest cottage and bathroom. All of the bedrooms have flatscreen TVs and cable/DVD players. The master bedroom has double French doors that open to the pool via a private screened porch and features cathedral ceilings and a king sized bed. The second bedroom has double French doors that open to the private front porch and has a queen bed. The cottage has a queen bed and private bathroom, as well as two small private decks with outdoor chairs.
• Central Air
• Ceiling fans
• Pool and outdoor hot tub with therapeutic air jets.
• Off-street gated parking for two cars
• Lush, mature landscaping and wild orchids throughout property
• Outdoor furniture and chaise loungers
• Outdoor shower
• Full size washer/dryer
• Gas BBQ grill
• Cable, DVD players and flat screen TVs
• Wireless High-speed internet
• Bose Bluetooth wireless speakers
There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house, plus the detached guest cottage and bathroom. The master bedroom has double French doors that open to the pool via a private screened porch and features cathedral ceilings and a king sized bed. The second bedroom has double French doors that open to the front porch and has a queen bed. The cottage also has a queen bed and private bathroom, as has two small private decks with outdoor chairs.
Master Bath is bright, airy, and colorful with cathedral ceilings and whimsical tiles. The second bathroom has two entrances, one for the bedroom and the other accessible from the kitchen so it can serve as a guest bathroom. The detached cottage has a private bathroom with shower.
Lawn / Garden
In Key West, gardens can be a luxury, and this 6,425 sq. ft. property has the room to spread out. Fully the tropical garden is framed overhead by a spectacular Royal Poinciana majestic palm trees.
There is a gas fired BBQ grill for afternoon cookouts.
Deck / Patio
Covered, screened in patio overlooks the pool area and is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and evening entertaining.
Composed of both sunny and shaded areas, the pool has a separate hot tub with air jets, teak table with 6 chairs, and 3 teak chaise lounges. Hot tub heating included, Pool heating extra charge. Pool and hot tub do NOT have a protective fence, cover, or door alarms. If traveling with children who cannot swim, please find another property.
This property is everything that you could want in Key West, but that can be surprisingly hard to find... A location in the Historic Old Town, at the end of a quiet lane (no traffic noise!), with a large lot, a big pool, privacy, and the classic indoor/outdoor living that Key West is known for. The Andersons spent a long time looking for this special place!
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Oct 01 2021 - Oct 31 2021
Nov 01 2021 - Nov 30 2021
Dec 01 2021 - Dec 31 2021
Jan 01 2022 - Mar 31 2022
Apr 01 2022 - Apr 30 2022
Cleaning Fee: $300
Pet Fee: $200
Tax Rate: 12.5%
A deposit of 50% of the total rental (including taxes and fees, including pet fees) is required upon signing the emailed or faxed rental agreement. Checks must be received with your signed agreement within 10 days of reservation confirmation. During this ten day period we will hold the unit without obligation, after ten days the unit will no longer be held unless arrangements are made prior to the end of the ten day period. Balance is due 60 days prior to arrival for all spring, summer and fall rentals. Balance is due 90 days in advance for January, February and March rentals.
A security deposit of $1,000 is due with the final payment. A refund check will be issued promptly after departure. You will only be charged if damages occur, for extraordinary cleaning and laundry, telephone charges, pet damage, garbage not disposed of properly in outdoor containers, extraordinary utility bills, smoking damage, or other issues beyond normal wear and tear.
There is a $300.00 cleaning fee applied to the rental.
Rentals and services are subject to Florida Sales Tax of 7.5%. Additionally, Monroe County imposes a 5% Tourist Development Tax on any rental less than six (6) months. For more info:
No pets, unless approved by owner.
Cancellations must be made in writing to the owner, Jack and Liliane Anderson, 800 Caroline St., Key West FL 33040 or by email islandjesse@
Cancellations MUST be made 90 days before scheduled arrival date for January, February, and March rentals, and 60 days before scheduled arrival for all other months. Any cancellations made less than 90 days (Jan, Feb, Mar), and 60 days (other months), will be non-refundable.
Cancellations made more than 90 days prior to arrival date for Jan, Feb, and March, and 60 days for all other months, will be subject to a $200 cancellation fee.
Last updated October 19, 2021
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: Jack Anderson, originally from Tacoma, Washington, and Liliane arrived in Key West in 1986, having recently completed an adventure on the family home – a 42 foot sailboat.
Four years prior, they had sold their thriving leather crafts business in the French Alps, said goodbye to friends and family, and boarded their steel hulled ketch, Nividic, with their 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son in tow. Setting sail for the Canary Islands, and then crossing the Atlantic, the family spent the next four and half years sailing in the Caribbean, eventually arriving, with $23 left, at Land’s End Marina, behind the Half Shell Raw Bar at the Key West Bight.
Always the sailor and leather craftsman, Jack started making leather jewelry and selling at the nightly sunset celebration on Mallory Square. Soon, Local Color opened next door to the historic Turtle Kraals, at the original location of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville store.
As the businesses grew, Jack and Liliane, with children still in tow, would travel the world, buying jewelry, clothing, and accessories in far flung locales – Bali, Mexico City, the highlands of Guatemala, Ibiza, Vilnius, Paris, India, the Dominican Republic…
Always evolving, the Andersons designed their own clothing lines for the tropics and Key West jewelry collections.
Today, you can see all of these influences when you shop at Local Color and Commotion, and there’s always something new! And it is still very much a family affair.
In 2014, the Andersons bought 814 Carey as their retirement house, but they're not quite ready to settle down, so this property will be selectively available for another few years!
Why this property? This property is everything that you could want in Key West, but that can be surprisingly hard to find... A location in the Historic Old Town, at the end of a quiet lane (no traffic noise!), with a large lot, a big pool, privacy, and the classic indoor/outdoor living that Key West is known for. The Andersons spent a long time looking for this special place!
Calendar last updated: August 20, 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions
What's your Hurricane Policy?
HURRICANE POLICY AND TRIP INSURANCE
Hurricane refunds or rescheduling are not offered. Guests are advised to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to protect their vacation rental investment from costs due to an impending storm, hurricane warning, or mandatory evacuation. This insurance offers a comprehensive cancellation and interruptions policy, which protects your rental property investment in the event of a cancellation due to a sudden emergency before or during your trip.
Trip Insurance in Case of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane
If traveling to Key West during Hurricane Season (June 1 – November 30), we strongly advise you to purchase Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance to protect your vacation rental investment in the unexpected event of an impending storm.
Below are a few popular options:
Red Sky (Trip Preserver)
Travel insurance is reasonably priced (typically running about 7.5% of total trip cost), and with it you can confidently plan your Key West vacation, assured that you will receive hurricane related compensation in the event of a storm.
We advise you to choose the best policy to meet your needs and purchase travel insurance early. There are a few general rules, to be aware of: Buy insurance within 15 days of paying for the rental or making a trip deposit. Keep in mind that it’s too late if insurance is purchased on or after the day a storm is named. At that point you won’t be eligible for any hurricane-related compensation, including a refund for a canceled flight or payment for the vacation rental.
What Happens if a Hurricane Interrupts Your Trip to Key West?
You’ve booked your flights, rented your vacation home, purchased trip cancellation and interruption insurance, and now you’re prepared just in case. But what if a storm does point our way? What happens if you’re on your way to Key West or already checked into your vacation rental when a storm is named?
First, stay calm, it’s easy to stay updated during hurricane season on-line and on TV. The National Hurricane Center / NOAA in Miami, Florida provides constant tropical outlooks in the Atlantic, along with everything we need to know for tracking storm formations. If they anticipate there will be sustained winds of 74 mph or higher within 48 hours, a ‘hurricane watch’ is issued, and this lets everyone know to be ‘on guard,’ that weather conditions are favorable for severe weather and to prepare for action. When a ‘hurricane watch’ status is declared, our guests are required to pack up and leave the vacation rental and evacuate Key West, to assure they are safe from harm and any discomfort that a storm may bring.
In the event of an impending storm, we must do our best to protect all our guests and our properties, and follow the official orders for evacuation. At this point our staff becomes busy preparing homes for a storm by securing storm shutters, storing outdoor furniture, gathering our own emergency kits, and evacuating ourselves and our families.
After a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Passes
If a named storm quickly passes or misses Key West completely, you may be able to return to Key West to finish your vacation stay. If you resume occupancy of the reserved property you hereby acknowledge that the property will be “as is” and that all amenities (pool, Jacuzzi, outdoor areas, BBQ, etc) may not be available or in clean usable condition for some time after the storm has passed.
Regardless of what happens you can rest assured that your trip interruption and cancellation insurance will compensate you for vacation days lost.
The last major hurricanes to hit Key West were Irma in 2017, and before that, Wilma in 2005. Even with the severity of those storms, Key West managed to get things cleaned up and back in action in a very short order. Key West is a small very diverse community with a strong sense of connectedness among our island residents. Our motto is “One Human Family,” and when disaster does strike it is amazing how quickly residents pitch in to help each other get everything back on track, and our island beautified for all to enjoy. But, regardless of our hometown compassion, for those of us who have been through hurricanes, we know how big the toll can be in terms of stress as well as dollars. We invite our guests to come to Key West in the summertime - to expect the best, but be prepared for the worst, just in case there is a storm.
This house is in the perfect location that is quiet and private. It’s literally in the center of old town and just a short walk to everything. It is very comfortable and has a great layout. The cabana is in a building on its own right next to the main house. In the main house, the master is on one side and the other bed/bath is on the opposite side with the living space and kitchen in-between. There is a front porch with rocking chairs and the back pool area is a great space to cool down and relax. It has a comfortable patio area and a screened in Florida room that is the perfect place to lounge with family and friends. We’ve stayed in many places in key west and this place is by far the best.
Stayed: April 2021Submitted: August 21, 2021
Perfect House in Key West
Three friends have stayed here for three winters from January to March and love it -- we treat it like our own homes. It is spread out, great sunporch, pool, and hidden in the middle of Old Town. A favorite of all the houses I have rented for the past 20 years.
Stayed: January 2021Submitted: August 16, 2021
Second Year—Love It!
Great home! The Andersons are great hosts. Easy/responsive communications. Had minor maintenance issue and it was fixed quickly. Perfect quiet location and the pool is a great luxury. 5 minute bike ride to Duval and surrounds. We’ll definitely return.
Stayed: July 2021Submitted: August 15, 2021
incredible and relaxing
If you are looking for a great place that is close enough to everything but still has that at home quite during the night this is the place. The property is wonderful. There is an enclosed back porch adding to the living space. The perfect place to relax and unwind. The pool and hot tub are the best and offer an additional place to cool off with friends and have a few drinks. You can walk almost anywhere you would want to go but we always recommend bikes or scooters. They make getting around the island easier no matter where you stay. Lastly and most important to me was the owners. They are wonderful to deal with and so kind. They bend over backwards to make your stay pleasant. The only negative thing I can say is that the property is not ours. But for several years now it has been our temporary home away from home. If you choose to stay here you cannot go wrong
Stayed: October 2020Submitted: August 12, 2021