About the Property
Once you see this historic two storey townhouse, you won’t want to stay anywhere else!
Filled with natural light, this end unit is ‘tucked away’ in an exclusive, historic Foundry building next to the ‘Truman Little Whitehouse’. There are only 3 residences in our building!
There is an over sized antique brick patio and a raised deck area. The tropical garden is fully fenced with tall palm trees and hedging.
A well maintained garden and roomy outdoor patio is perfect for your morning cup of coffee, cocktails before going out to an Old Town restaurant or cooking up a casual supper on the garden propane grill in your own private paradise!
One designated parking space with custom carport is located directly at the garden gate for maximum convenience with unloading of baggage and groceries.
Enter through the French doors on the right and discover the wide, open living and dining rooms areas!
Lofty twelve foot ceilings, classic central staircase and antique exposed brick walls all contribute to a sense of grandeur and comfort - You will instantly feel the authentic vibe of Old Town Key West!
The living room has a flat screen TV and a DVD player. There is surround sound for listening to relaxing music provided by the two high quality speakers attached to the ceiling - great acoustics!
The kitchen is fresh, bright and fully equipped with everything you will need to practice your culinary talents.
There is a bar area that sits 3 people for cocktails to keep the chef entertained. Margarita glasses are housed in the cupboard over the stove.
The main floor also has a separate laundry room with full size washer and dryer and stores beach towels for guests to use at the pool or beach.
An ironing board and iron are stored in the upstairs bedroom closet, in case you want to take in a play at the local Red Barn Theater. Blow dryers and curling irons are in the both upstairs bathrooms.
There is a convenient main floor 2 piece powder room located beside the laundry room.
This is one of only two existing Foundry homes that has a center hall plan, over sized garden/patio with the ability to use a grill.
This home is a 2 level dwelling - most other units have 3 levels and propane grills are not permitted.
'Island Queen' is the only end unit with this unique wide and open floor plan and large outdoor space. Truly one-of-a-kind!
Both bedrooms upstairs have private adjoining bathrooms, televisions, extra pillows, towels and sheets.
LOCATION is second to none! - Walk to the marina, sunsets and all Old Town Key West attractions in minutes. You just won't need your car!
You can choose the exciting nightlife or stay at home and enjoy the slower pace of the lush Truman Annex community and 'Island Queen', visit the pool and read a book.
Let this historic home relax and recharge you after a busy day of touring and fun activities!
Many of our guests choose to return to our 'Island Queen' home year after year.
Be sure to read our Reviews to assure yourselves of a truly memorable vacation in Old Key West.
We cherish our historic Foundry home and we truly think you will love it at 'Island Queen'!
For Adult Couples Only! - Minimum Age Requirement is 35 years old.
'Island Queen" is a few short blocks from the infamous Duval Street with its restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife and is located directly in 'Old Town'.
If you need to refresh, you are just steps away from your peaceful 'Island Queen' home - your refuge!
Each bedroom has an adjoining bathroom and there is TOTAL privacy between the two bedroom suites.
This is the only 2 level townhouse available for a short term vacation rental in the entire historic Foundry neighborhood of the Truman Annex community.
End unit for added privacy and natural light; this Foundry building is located directly beside Truman's historic "Little White House" and there are only 3 residences in this exclusive Foundry building.
Largest Garden and Patio Area in the Foundry neighborhood of Truman Annex t available for short term vacation rental.
'Island Queen' offers an outdoor grill, extra spacious, private gated garden to enjoy morning coffees and gather for a cocktail before dinner. Truly one-of-a-kind!
5 minute walk to Key West Sunsets at nearby marina.
We absolutely love and care for our 'Island Queen' home. We make ongoing upgrades and renovations for our guests and for us to enjoy - You will not be disappointed!
We are extremely careful who we rent our home to - please tell us about yourselves! We need to be assured you will take very good care of our home and its contents.
Our property is kept in top condition and offers you an exceptionally clean environment.
'Island Queen' and the entire Foundry neighborhood are Non Smoking Zones.
Please ask us to send you a Copy of our House Rules at 'Island Queen' for your careful review, as these Rules are a condition of this Rental and must be strictly adhered to during your visit.
'Island Queen' is located in the lush gated community of Truman Annex in Old Town.
Harry Truman's 'LIttle White House' is directly adjacent to our building.
Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum just 2 blocks away contains artifacts from shipwrecks as far back as the 1700's.
The Old Customs House on the way to Mallory Square is now a vibrant Art Gallery - a 5 minute walk from the garden gate!
The infamous Duval Street with its shops, bars and restaurants is two blocks away.
The location of 'Island Queen' is second to none - you will be able to walk to everything or rent a bike and travel all around the Island along the oceanside with its beaches and bays.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Fort Zachary State Park is a 15 minute walk and a 5 minute bike ride!
Visit the brand new and beautiful Truman Waterfront Park on the way to Fort Zachary Beach! You can snorkel and swim at the natural beach at Fort Zachary State Park and this park has all the amenities you will need, restrooms, snack bar, outdoor cafe and cocktails.
Bring your beach shoes, as it can sometimes be stony getting into the sparkling turquoise sea for a swim.
Favorite Places To Eat
Read out 'Inside Scoop' for suggestions.
Martin's on Duval Happy hour (4 - 6 p.m.) is the greatest - everything is half price! Try the fantastic red and white wines by the glass, succulent frenched lamb chops, escargots in garlic butter and the shrimp skewers - you won't need dinner afterwards!
Book a lunch reservation in advance of your stay at Latitudes on Sunset Key - the watermelon and tomato salad and the lobster roll (without the bun) is very refreshing and tasty - share a gelato and brownie dessert - all while sitting under the front porch gazing out at the sand and the open ocean with swaying palm trees - what a stunning setting to enjoy and at reasonable cost! The Sunset Key ferry will pick you up at the marina and take you out to Sunset Key and back for free! See the Town of Key West from a different vantage point and enjoy the short boat ride to your destination.
Eaton Fish Market on Eaton Street also serves great lobster rolls at lunchtime and if you want fresh fish to grill up in the garden, this is the place to go around 11 a.m. in the morning for the best choice.
Don't overlook Fausto's Fine Foods on Fleming Street for prepared food to bring back to your patio for lunch and dinner. Fausto's makes a delicious curry chicken salad, fresh coleslaw and a fantastic meat loaf usually on Tuesdays, but get there just before lunchtime (11 a.m.) or they will be sold out!
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Lawn / Garden, Kettle, Dining Area, Grill, Dining, Ice Maker, Pantry Items, Dining, comfy seating for 4 people, Washing Machine, Clothes Dryer, Stereo, Outdoor Pool, Living Room, pier fishing, paragliding, swimming.
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Jan 01 2022 - Jan 01 2023
Cleaning Fee: $180
Tax Rate: 12.50%
Rental is: $2900 per week (7 nights) + $180 cleaning fee + 12/5% County and State taxes
Cleaning Fee $180.00 Security Deposit is refundable $1,000.00 (provided no damages)***ADULT Accommodation ONLY: 35 years plus, MAXIMUM Occupancy: 4 persons
Check-ins/outs SATURDAYS only (some exceptions may be possible in October, November and December, )
All payments are made through Visa Bank Card, Visa Credit Card, DIscovery Visa, Master Card or Capitol One Master Card.
A Reservation Deposit ($1000) is payable at time of booking and in addition to, the Rental Rate.
On your occupancy, this Deposit automatically converts to a Security Deposit, that is refundable; provided no damages to our property or its contents.
50% of total Rental is payable 60 days prior to your date set for occupancy.
Remaining 50% of total Rental is payable 30 days prior.
Cancellations must be made at least SIXTY-ONE (61) days in advance of your date set for occupancy and no penalty will be charged; however, there will be a $300 administration fee deducted from your Reservation Deposit of $1000 (Refund for 61 day required advance notice of cancellation will be $700)
We have HOUSE RULES, as a condition of the Rental Agreement and will send you the HOUSE RULES for preview at time of booking.
Last updated on November 15, 2021
Rosemary and Mark Armstrong
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: My husband and I made our first trip to Key West in 1997. Astounded at all of the sites and sounds, we fell hopelessly in love with Old Town Key West! - The Victorian architecture, the charming and colorful Conch cottages tucked away on the small narrow lane ways, the stunning sunsets and the casual rhythm of island life - there is always the unexpected!
Most days, we ride our bicycles to do the shopping or to go to the beach and leave the car parked under the carport.
We enjoy a carefree, yet active and stimulating life here in wonderful Key West - hardly attainable anywhere else in the world. There is so much fascinating history and stunning natural beauty!
The authentic island flavor of Bahama Village and the lush grandeur of the Truman Annex Community have resonated with us all these years and continue to provide us with a refuge from a frantically fast paced world elsewhere. A relaxed Conch way of life is definitely for us! How about you?
Why this property? Our Foundry Building is an historic structure circa 1860, located within the gated community of the Truman Annex, formerly a U.S. Naval Base. The wide open main floor of our home struck us with its spacious, airy atmosphere.
The 12 foot high ceilings stunted all of the other properties we had seen looked at. The exposed brick walls, full of character, remind us constantly of the rich and colorful heritage of Key West!
There are only 3 residences in our building. We love to grill and eat our dinner in the garden. and value the large, rare outdoor space, palm lined garden and brick patio.
The garden offers quiet privacy, tremendous daytime relaxation and nightly enjoyment.
What we fell in love with was the wide open center hall plan and the unique lay-out of our home!The two upstairs bedrooms are extremely separate with their own adjoining bathrooms for total privacy especially when 2 couples are staying for vacation.
Our home has 2 levels and this was very important to us. We had previously owned a 3 level Foundry home for a couple of years. We found this arrangement awkward, as our friends would have to trudge past our 2nd floor bedroom up yet another flight of stairs to their bedroom.
The only drawback to our current 2 level home and ideal layout for privacy is... everyone we know wants to come for a visit at our Island Queen Foundry home!
What makes this home fantastic is you can go out to the frivolity of the infamous Duval Street and always have the option to retreat to 'Island Queen' and the garden for quiet time together or fun with friends.
Your car is parked at the garden gate - convenient for luggage and groceries.
The home has an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere you wont easily forget, after your stay is over.
Not only is it the best location - Island Queen is a one-of-a-kind property!
This home is loved and it shows.
Since all of our guests have been most caring and respectful of our home and our belongings, we are regularly making improvements for ourselves and our guests to enjoy. We love our home and you will, too!
Calendar last updated: November 15, 2021
Guestbook comments from the owner:
Spent 2 weeks at the Island Queen and it was money well spent. The property is well maintained and clean - both inside and out. The Annex is quiet location (except for landscaping and garbage day Mondays!). The owner, property manager, and cleaning folks were very accommodating to our schedule. This will be our first go to place again in Key West. Thank you Rosemary!.
This was our second stay at the Island Queen. The first was several years ago and we have made other trips but unfortunately we were unable to secure reservations because it is so popular. Key West is paradise and the Island Queen is the perfect place to stay while visiting. It is always well maintained, clean, beautiful as you can see from the photographs, close to everything, off street parking, quiet and comfortable. Rosemary is great to work with in setting up your reservation and communication before you arrive. The check in/out process with Patty was easy and quick. This is always my first choice when I visit!
This was our second stay at “The Island Queen” ... & it didn’t disappoint us! The home was beautiful & immaculate (thanks to a wonderful cleaning woman - who was also very nice & professional)! Truly amazing, since we really thought that there would be signs of Irma somewhere around ... but, none to be found! Key West in general really bounced back quickly from the hurricane! The weather was delightful ... & it cooperated through our whole stay! We can’t wait to return once again ... for the “Island Queen” is one of our favorite spots away from home! Thank you again, Rosemary & Mark, for sharing your beautiful oasis with us!
We have stayed in the Truman Annex in Key West for several years. This was by far the nicest home we stayed in. Very well cared for , updated bathrooms, spacious. Rosemary is very easy to deal with. She clearly loves her property and takes very good care of it. Great location! Highly recommend!
Doesn't get much better than this. Convenient to Mallory Square and surrounding area. The old foundry building with the charm of brickwork that defines this property is wonderful! Already have booked for February. Owner responds quickly.
We have stayed in various locations at Key west but after staying at Island Queen this will be our go to spot. Amazingly close to Mallory Square and Everything, complex and unit pristine. Very comfortable for two couples. Beautiful Space---Bedroom separated for privacy.
Beautifully decorated and very clean. Nice patio also. So close to Mallory Square and Duval St. Very nice people to deal with. What a great vacation!!
Beautifully well-maintained unit, perfect for 2 couples. We were so comfortable there, it's just like home! Very quiet and private location, yet just a short walk to Mallory Square, Duval St and multiple restaurants. We really enjoyed sitting out in the courtyard under the shade of the palm trees. Can't wait to go back!
Very nice property. Very convenient to everything in Key West.
We enjoyed our stay at this house so much last year that we booked it again as soon as we came back. It's a beautiful clean house and we liked the location which was an easy walk to Duvall St., the beach and docks but gave us s quiet place to unwind and rest. It's perfect for four people with separate bedrooms on each side of the house. We loved having dinner in the court yard and felt safe in this gated community. Really cool that Truman's White House was right around the corner. Highly recommended!
Another AMAZING stay at Island Queen!
This was our third stay at Island Queen and I swear each time it gets better and better! The house is so welcoming and truly feels like a home away from home! The location could not be any better. Walking distance to pretty much everything and close to the action but quiet and peaceful! Check in was so easy, and the house is super clean and well maintained. The owners are lovely and kind and always happy to help with anything you need, I HIGHLY recommend !
Stayed: October 2021Submitted: October 26, 2021
Hi Jon,Thank you so much for your wonderful and kind comments about us and our home, 'Island Queen!' As guests, you are the best! Please come and visit again soon.Rosemary and Mark
Beautiful place and kind and wonderful hosts, the place was nice and very well maintained and the hosts were warm and helpful we enjoyed the stay and very much would stay here on our next stay in Key West
Stayed: June 2021Submitted: July 03, 2021
Hi Loie,It's so nice to know your family had an enjoyable stay at 'Island Queen' and thank you very much for taking care of our home during your vacation. You are always welcome to come and stay again in the future!
"Island Queen" is Island Gem
We truly enjoyed our stay at Island Queen. The villa is centrally located in walking distance to everything. It is a perfect rental for two couples as the en suite bedrooms are separated upstairs. Furnishings are comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked for cooking if you decide to stay home instead of dining in any one of the many great restaurants Key West has to offer. Our host Rosemary was very warm and helpful during our booking process. We cannot wait to return for another stay at Island Queen
Stayed: May 2021Submitted: May 21, 2021
Hi Judy,Thank you so much for your kind words about us! We are delighted that you had a great vacation at 'Island Queen' and we hope you come again in the future! Your great care of our home during your vacation is very much appreciated!
What a beauty
We just got back from a week stay at this beautiful condo! My husband and I brought my daughter and her husband with us, and the private bedroom and bath arrangement was exceptional for 2 couples. Just a gem right near Mallory Square offering privacy and peace and quiet and a short walk to Duval. Truly a gem
Stayed: March 2021Submitted: April 06, 2021
Hi Marlene,Glad the whole family had a great time at 'Island Queen'! We aim to please!
Perfect spot for two couples
This was our 10th trip to Key West, and our first trip staying in a condo, rather than a hotel. This place is perfect for two couples. The lower level was a wonderful spot to spend time together in the mornings, or winding down in the evenings. Then head upstairs to the two bedrooms which are separated from each other by the stairway for complete privacy. Once in our room we never heard a peep from outside the room. Even the bathrooms are separate from the bedrooms. The bathrooms are very nicely equipped with great showers. The outside patio was a great place to enjoy morning coffee, and sometimes the occasional rooster. The first level has really high ceilings, which means the 18 steps up to the bedrooms was sometimes a challenge after a long day of enjoying the tastes of Key West. Keep that in mind if stairs are a challenge. The location is perfect. For the price we spent for 7 days you’ll have a difficult time finding a hotel room as nice for one couple, let alone for two.
Stayed: January 2021Submitted: March 06, 2021
Hi Frank, Thanks for your kind comments! We do love our high ceilings but you do have to climb stairs to get to the bedrooms, unlike a hotel room - this is true. For us, it's not too bad because we don't like low 8' high ceilings. We love the light and the feeling of space the 12 foot high ceilings offer during the daytime and evenings. You didn't mention the convenient 2 piece on the main floor for avoiding extra trips upstairs! LOL Thanks for your thoughtful review and hope you come again.
I cannot say enough positive things about the wonderful ‘Island Queen’. The location in Truman Annex is the best in Key West. It’s quiet, yet close to everything you want to see and do. The home itself is wonderful, it truly has everything you could possibly need. The furnishings are top notch in every room and the bathrooms are awesome! The kitchen has all the equipment you need and the outside gas grill is great. We could tell immediately the care, pride and attention to detail the owners take. They were wonderful to deal with from reservation to checkout. I have been traveling to Key West for almost 30 years and this is best place I have stayed. In this era of Covid, I felt completely safe at the Island Queen knowing that everything was throughly cleaned and ready for our stay. We were sad to leave this beautiful place and hope to return again!
Stayed: February 2021Submitted: March 01, 2021
Hi Sue,We are delighted that you had a great time staying at 'Island Queen'! We consider 'Island Queen' to be our home and we try very hard to take care of our property for ourselves but also for the enjoyment of all of our guests! Your kind and superlative comments are very much appreciated - we do want others to know they will not be disappointed on arrival and we are happy to share our home with special people like you! You are always welcome!
This is a one of a kind rental. Beautiful home, spotless, perfect location, the most comfortable beds, etc. The owners were wonderful and easy to deal with but the icing on the cake is Connie! The woman that takes care of the place. We were there during the tropical storm/eta storm and Connie checked on us and went out of her way to make sure we were safe and had everything we needed in case of an emergency situation. Thank you Rosemary and Connie for a great place to stay and enjoy Key West
Stayed: November 2020Submitted: November 21, 2020
Hi Beth,So glad you had a great time staying at 'Island Queen'! We appreciate your kind comments.Rosemary
Great Winter Getaway! Wonderful! 5-Stars!
Yes, this end unit is "One of a Kind"! Many thanks to Rosemary & Mark. Their spacious, quiet & immaculate home has been our great winter escape. This was our third stay at this remarkable townhouse in one of the best locations in Key West. Many amenities are provided, including a well-equipped kitchen with all needed appliances & utensils. Large washer & dryer are in laundry room. Owners have also provided beach chairs, beach towels, & bar-b-que grill with outside seating in their private courtyard. We will definitely book this property again for our next visit to Key West.Bill & Margaret Al & Ronnie
Stayed: February 2020Submitted: March 04, 2020
Hi Bill & Margaret, Al & Ronnie,Delighted that you had another great stay at 'Island Queen'!We really appreciate the care you take of our home and hope you come again for many years in the future!Thank you for taking the time to post a review; others depend on your comments when they want a great Key West vacation.We really try to make our home the best place to stay in Truman Annex!Regards,Rosemary
Another Wonderful Week at the Island Queen!!
I believe this was our 5th or 6th year we've stayed at the Island Queen and we are never disappointed. Thanks to Rosemary and Mark's meticulous care of their home, there are never any surprises. This property has always been immaculatey kept, continuously updated and offers such a unique opportunity to experience the island lifestyle. Location cannot be beat as everything Key West is just a quick walk away. Rosemary's property manager Connie was so great and very easy to work with. You can trust the owners to be as professional as they come. All the details are fine tuned and always taken care of and our security deposit was refunded before we even made it home. You just can't ask for more from a vacation rental property and its owners. We will always look forward to returning to this great property! Thank's once again for a wonderful week at your Key West home!!
Stayed: June 2019Submitted: June 27, 2019
Hi Joel, It gives us great satisfaction to share our 'Island Queen' home with you! Thank you for noticing we make every effort to provide an accommodation you and your friends love staying at. Connie is a real blessing and we are extremely fortunate to have her as our property manager. You and friends are always welcome at 'Island Queen'!
We had driven through the Keys from Ft Lauderdale and arrived just at dusk. The care taken to make their home welcoming to us upon arrival was noticeable from the start, with the lights warmly lit as we opened the gorgeous French door. This home is so tastefully done and in an exquisite neighborhood, I can't imagine staying anywhere else. Everything worth seeing is within walking distance. Thank you for lending us your beautiful home for the week. We plan to return often.
Stayed: May 2019Submitted: May 28, 2019
Hi Barb,We are very happy to know you felt welcome when you arrived at 'Island Queen'and that you noticed the care we take of our Key West home!We hope you come again and again.Thank you for caring for our home while you were there!Rosemary
"Island Queen" - paradise!
This upscale property with it's expansive courtyard and well maintained landscaping is located in the beautiful gated community of Truman Annex. Having walked by it many times, it was my husband's and my dream to stay here, and we can't say enough about how special it was when we finally did! The owners love for and extreme pride in their home is evident everywhere and if you have high expectations and standards, this is the perfect place for you. Owners' house rules are explicit and easy to follow. This property is well suited for two adult couples and the pictures on this website represent exactly what you will find - beautifully appointed, very clean, and comfortable surroundings. Hotel rooms just don't compare to what you will find here. A car is not needed because within walking distance of this property are many restaurants, bars, historical sites, and sunset viewing locations including the very popular Mallory Square. If bike riding, fishing, water sports, or day and sunset cruises are on your itinerary, you will find many options within walking distance as well. While Fort Zachery Taylor Park is a short distance away and has a lot to offer, it can be a bit of a walk to the beach area. It was a pleasure working with Rosemary, and staying here again is on our bucket list!
Stayed: April 2019Submitted: May 21, 2019
Thanks for your kind comments about 'Island Queen'; we are delighted you had a wonderful vacation! Always happy to share our home with people, who take care of our property - and YOU most certainly did! When we go to Fort Zachary for a beach afternoon, we bike there - it only takes 5 minutes! You can rent them with locks, baskets from Eaton Bikes; they deliver and pick-up from the house; are reasonably priced and have great equipment. We hope you come again next year!Rosemary
Fabulous accommodations in the heart of Key West!
This is our second time spending a week at Island Queen, and it was as wonderful this time as the last. The town home is beautifully decorated, and the layout with two separate and private bed/bath suites is perfect for two couples. The owners take great care to make sure your stay is delightful--upscale furnishings, premium linens, all the necessary kitchen utensils, beautiful bathrooms, outdoor grill and lovely private garden area. The location can't be beat--we were able to walk everywhere we needed to go-- from Duval for dinner and music in the evenings, to Mallory Square for sunsets, to Conch Republic and the harbor area for activities, and of course to the nearby pool which we visited daily. Connie, the property manager, met us upon check-in and took great care of us--she was awesome! If you are planning a trip to Key West, I highly recommend the Island Queen. As I said, we've been twice now and have every intention of going back again--you can't go wrong staying here!
Stayed: April 2019Submitted: May 09, 2019
We loved having you stay at our home, 'Island Queen'! You were so careful to look after everything and treat our home with great care and attention. Thank you most sincerely, for your comments; we try our very best to maintain 'Island Queen' to a high standard. Others will want to take part in all of your activities, as they know from your review - everything is close by. We agree with you about our property manager. Connie is 'one in a million'; she takes such great care of our guests!
We love this place!!
We're just home from our second visit to The Island Queen and it definitely won't be our last. For both location and accommodations you won't find a better place to stay in Key West. It's beautiful. In fact, we had our wedding ceremony in the garden here during our most recent visit! Rosemary is so great to work with and takes such great care of this home. No detail is overlooked. It's within easy walking distance of Duval Street, Mallory Square and Key West Bight where the Conch Republic is located. We spent each afternoon by the pool enjoying the amazing April weather before heading to Duval for dinner and music each evening. You will be so glad you decided to stay here!
Stayed: April 2019Submitted: May 07, 2019
Hi Dawn,It was very thoughtful of you to take the time to write a review of your stay at 'Island Queen'! We are extremely flattered that you chose our home, as the place to make your wedding vows. We wish you both a very happy, true and fulfilling marriage. You are always welcome to be our guests at 'Island Queen'. Congratulations to both of YOU!Rosemary