Bungalow, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
Key Colony Beach Realty
About Key Colony Beach Realty
The Owners purchased this Bungalow in 2009 and Key Colony Beach Realty manages our property. We LOVE OUR CONCH STRONG COMMUNITY following Hurricane Irma's Wrath! We live in North Carolina, and we vacation anywhere there is water- but our favorite vacation destination is our No Bananas Bungalow at Key Colony featuring a quiet and charming tropical lifestyle. It is the perfect setting to DO A LOT or DO NOTHING! WHY DID WE NAME IT NO BANANAS BUNGALOW? Check out the property description. All VRBO inquiries are directed to our property manager, Key Colony Beach Realty of Key Colony Beach Fl. If you have any issues receiving a response to your inquiry via VRBO, please contact Key Colony Beach Realty directly at 305.731.5619. Thank you!
Key Colony Beach Realty purchased this Bungalow in 2009
Why Key Colony Beach Realty chose Key Colony Beach
The owners chose this property while vacationing in the Florida Keys and embraced the low-key island lifestyle. We came across a tiny little key called Key Colony Beach, considered the 'Gem of the Florida Keys' that seem to be caught back in time for all the right reasons! This Key offers the SIMPLE LIFE. We also found a forgotten little bungalow on this off the beaten path key that we just couldn’t get out of our heads. So we rushed back home to North Carolina and figured out a way to make it our very own AND of course to share. We renovated the bungalow in 2009 and gave it lots of tender loving care and boat loads of keys personality! HURRICANE IRMA DAMAGED THE BUNGALOW AND IT HAS NOW GONE THROUGH A COMPLETE "to the studs" RENOVATION WITH NEW TILE, CABINETRY AND FURNISHINGS. The NO BANANAS bungalow is still our favorite DO NOTHING destination!
What makes this Bungalow unique
We love the No Bananas Bungalow lifestyle whether we do a lot or DO NOTHING. Since Key Colony is nestled in the middle keys we can easily see all the sights up and down the Florida Keys in just a few hours each way. Whatever we ultimately get into, we always start our day by enjoying a cup of coffee on the patio watching the boats, egrets and pelicans pass by. Our second cup of coffee is enjoyed on a stroll down the street to INCH BEACH to pick up shells to add to our collection in the shell basket made out of vintage lobster ropes at the bungalow. Recently we started a new tradition by writing the date and a message on a shell to remember our vacation and then we toss it in the basket. It will be interesting to see if our guests follow in that tradition. We hope so! We actually like to end the day pretty much as we started it, except now with a cool beverage and a stroll to SUNSET PARK for a breathtaking Sunset. For more information on our Keys Life, check out 'The Keys Life' section at our website.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 4
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
We absolutely loved this little house!!! It was so clean great location and Inch Beach topped it off
We loved the house and booking was so easy! The house was very clean and just so cute. Very well stocked with everything thing you would need for your stay. Perfect size for our family of 4. Great location just one block from inch beach. One note is to bring beach chairs! We will be back for sure to this location. Casey at the rental office was also awesome.
No Bananas Bungalow is in a really convenient location for a Keys vacation. Easy drive to anything in Marathon, just over an hour to Key West, and about 30 minutes back north to Islamorada. Everything is clean, updated, and well stocked. We did have a problem with one of the air conditioning units while we were there but it was immediately addressed by the property management company (located right down the street). Inch Beach is within walking distance as is Sunset Park (for great sunset views). Only drawbacks - (and this is completely nit-picking, I admit) - the listing says there is a hair dryer and their is not one. Probably did my hair some good being air dried for a week though. Also, there are only two beach towel available. Fine for us since there were only two of us. However, the house sleeps four so it would be nice to have four towels available. Such small issues though. We would definitely stay here again.
We can’t thank you enough for your kind and detailed comments! We agree, we also love how our bungalow and sweet key community is a little hidden gem off the beaten path from the main overseas highway, but yet so convenient to all of the main attractions up and down the big keys. We are glad you enjoyed how clean, updated and well stocked the bungalow is. Hey! Thanks for the heads up on the hair dryer and the beach towel feedback. It seems the “end of a busy bungalow summer season” has kidnapped these tiny but necessary essentials. Awww... we wish you had notified the property manager, they would’ve re-supplied the bungalow immediately. But, we loved how you embraced the low key “beach hair don’t care” lifestyle instead. That sounds like a fun plan to us. We are also glad you contacted the property manager immediately about the bedroom air conditioner - it turns out that it needed to be replaced and so the bedroom now has a new AC unit. Oh my goodness, It sounds like you really enjoyed our favorite thing too... walking to Inch Beach and Sunset Park. We love to grab a beverage and walk to Sunset Park for breathtaking Florida Keys Sunsets and then stop by Inch Beach on the way back to the bungalow for the amazing “afterglow show” with those cotton candy skies swirling at dusk on the beach. What an ethereal experience. Truly our favorite time of the day. We are so glad you enjoyed your Florida Keys vacation and that our bungalow added to your enjoyment! Thank you for choosing NBB! We hope to have you visit again soon!
Cute place in the Keys!
No Bananas was such a cute, well-appointed place - perfect for our family of 4. Sea Colony is a nice community and well-located; we enjoyed paddleboarding in the canals, viewing sunsets, relaxing/swimming at the Cabana Club beach, and traveling up and down the keys to scuba/snorkel from this central spot. The bungalow is just like the photos - really well-decorated with so many nice touches. A great place to experience the Florida Keys!
Wow! We love how you managed to fit all of our favorite activities in the Florida Keys into your vacation! Thank you so much for your kind comments! We are glad that NBB suited your family of 4 perfectly and that you enjoyed our conch keys decor and details. It makes us smile that our bungalow enhanced your overall Florida Keys experience! We agree! We also love how centrally located our little bungalow and our key community is to everything up and down the Florida Keys. It is a hidden gem off the beaten path, but yet so convenient to everything you want to experience from Key Largo to Key West. Thank you for choosing NBB! We hope to have you as guests again next year!
All in all nothing to complain about. I like it very much and if available I‘ll come back.
But not anymore during mini lobster season...way to many people 😎
We are so glad to have you back again! We know we’ve never met, but we certainly remember your kind email of concern right after the Hurricane Irma destruction. We are glad to have you back in our NEW renovated bungalow. Your comment about Lobster week made us laugh! 🦞� You are right! Some people love the lobster frenzy and others vow to avoid it! Now we know where you stand. 😎� Again, Thank you for your kind comments! We hope to have you visit again soon. NBB
Small, but quaint.
The NBB is a obviously newly renovated home on KCB. It's all new appearance of decor and appliances really catches the eye, and is also useful and convenient. The pictures are very accurate as far as decor goes, but it's a lot smaller than it appears in pictures. Not to take away from the place, if fit our party perfect, but for anyone seeking a larger home, this is a 2 and 2, and the "in room bathroom" is not in the master. It is also not a central heat/air home, so the house does get warmer during the afternoon hours. They advise you to close the sun block drapes, but then you lose the aura of looking outside at the water/boats/passerbys, so it kind of is a moot to have a house on the water. Speaking of boats, if you have a boat trailer, you wont be able to park one there. The driveway is closed off with landscaping. A small 15-20' trailer will probably fit if angled right (to comply with the 20' rule) Trailer parking is $50 at the KCB City Hall, though, you just wont be able to wash down your trailer/boat after use due to no parking at house and no wash down at city hall parking.
My only issue with the checkin, was the realty company would not let me park the boat there prior to the 3PM check in. I was already staying at another home in KCB and drove by the NBB several times to see if "tennants" had a boat at NBB, which they did not. I asked to just park the boat at NBB, not to check into the home, and said I wasn't allowed. So from the 10AM check out to the 3PM checkin at NBB we had took the boat out for a pleasure cruise.
Other than that issue, the neighbor was friendly (it's a duplex). Both neighbors currently do not have boats, so you will have the dockage space to yourself for the most part. The drop down dock is very nice and convenient.
All in all, we enjoyed our stay at the NBB but will look for something bigger and with more parking.
Thank you for your kind review, and we’re glad that you enjoyed your stay at NBB! We’re also glad that you appreciated our new renovation, and that you found the décor eye-catching and the modern appliances useful and convenient. We have enjoyed working hard to thoughtfully improve on a vacation idea from the past, while preserving the nostalgic Florida charm we fell in love with, including its original midcentury modern architecture, jalousie windows and original glass sliders. The bungalow occupies the same footprint as it did when built in 1971, similar to many of the "Botels” of KCB that were built when “Shelter Key” was first developed as Key Colony Beach in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. A little fun trivia: The charming duplex “Botels" were advertised in the 1960's as hotels for the fisherman that also featured modern amenities for the fisherman’s wife - referred to as bungalow style hotels, or "BOTELS ” – an innovative and upscale alternative to traditional Keys “fishing camps” with fewer and less luxurious amenities. Given the vintage footprint of the bungalow, we named our guest rooms “Sun" and “Sea" and described each of our guest rooms’ layout as they were built “back in the day” as they say – rather than using conventional terms like “master bedroom” or “kids’ bedroom”. The Sun guest room can actually be “locked” as a separate bedroom and bath apartment with a separate entry access door, which is convenient when sharing the bungalow with friends or family that would prefer more privacy.
You are also correct that we do not advertise NBB as having central air. The AC units are visible in the photos and their locations are listed in the description. The new wall AC units are a modern and convenient upgrade, but they still offer a retro vibe and remind us of our fun childhood days vacationing in Florida and the iconic “hum” that is so familiar.
Many consider it an amenity that our bungalow offers sunset views. Therefore, we have a note posted in the bungalow advising guests to pull the light-blocking canvas curtains when they leave the bungalow to enjoy a day of boating, fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing (or even a late lunch or a dip in the pool at The Cabana Club), to insure maximum cooling during late afternoon in the summer months.
We’re also glad you enjoyed our new 37.’ step down dock, dock box and new fish cleaning station with 50’ hose for in-water washdowns.
We haven't received feedback regarding boat trailer parking before, so it got us wondering, and we asked our property managers to measure the space in the parking area available for trailer parking. They confirmed that we have a 30’ area of driveway space for boat trailer parking in front of the landscaping – which is commonly used for boat trailer parking by our guests. Unfortunately it is not enough space for a large (over 30’) center console or powercat trailer (like yours),
Over the past 10 years (and despite a partial setback from Hurricane Irma), we’ve enjoyed transforming the side yard from the previous owners "not-very-attractive parking lot" into a relaxing garden space that offers a tropical view from the bungalow windows, with mature palm trees, Adirondack chairs, and teak loungers for lounging, playing, sunbathing and entertaining.
We love the magic of the sunsets in the Keys and have enjoyed many of them with a cocktail in hand from the Adirondack chairs in our little bungalow courtyard.
Again, we’re so glad that NBB “fit your party perfect,” and Thank you for choosing No Bananas Bungalow for your recent Florida Keys vacation!
Banana bungalow blast
Loved our stay! Great fishing and really enjoyed the cute little cottage. Would definitely stay again!!!! House super clean... beds really comfortable...only downfall was no paper products when arriving so toilet paper was a must right away.
Thank you so much! We are so glad the fishing was great!!! Maybe it’s that “No Bananas ol’ Fishing tale good luck charm” We are also tickled that y’all enjoyed your stay in the bungalow and especially found the beds to be comfortable and everything super clean! Oh my goodness - We are surprised to hear about the paper products. It is standard for our maids to take care of that. Thank you for letting us know. We love that y’all are planning to return to No Bananas Bungalow! We look forward to having you back very soon! Thank you!
FREE MEMBERSHIP to CABANA Club- A private beach and swim club featuring a sandy ocean beach, 65 foot cooled and heated pool, cocktail lounge, sun deck, game rooom, snack bar. Full Service Restaurant with sweeping ocean views, Island Bar and Large Pier.
FREE MEMBERSHIP to INCH BEACH - A GATED and PRIVATE White Sandy Beach with Picnic Tiki Hut and Recreational Lawn only a very short stroll down the street. Inch Beach offers breathtaking views, spectacular swimming, shelling, tranquil inch slice of paradise!
Visit SUNSET PARK for spectacular Sunset Views a short stroll away from bungalow.
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