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Quiet Open Water Estuary Overlooking Nature Refuge

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 90 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4))

Relax in this peaceful, open-water, bird and wildlife sanctuary with private views of the State Park. From your living room sofa, only 9 feet from water's edge, you can watch fish swim and birds fly, or if you prefer, you may simply sit and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide. In these environmentally friendly surroundings, you can observe, in a way you never have, marine life and native birds in unobstructed waters. Just off the property you can find nature trails leading to quiet beaches. The patio offers views of a back yard aquarium and the spectacular beauty of the Florida Keys. Launch our canoe or kayaks into this ecological paradise and paddle your way along easy-to-follow, marked mangrove trails. *

You will be very comfortable is these extremely clean and well-appointed surroundings. This property has brand-new everything: New Sealy Posturepedic beds, new furnishings and linens, iPad 2, wireless internet access, two flat-screen TV's with all premium movie channels. Saltillo tile floors, new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

*Includes canoe, kayaks and binoculars

We are a few minutes from Marathon and only 1-1/2 hours from the Miami International Airport, and an hour's drive to Key West, which makes this a centrally located vacation destination.

Keywords: Quiet and Peaceful

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Mandarin
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

Why The Owner chose Layton

* Long-term leasing also available.

* Please call or email for availability of calendar.

* There are no cleaning fees.

* $6000 holds your dates.

* You may pay balance when you arrive.

* The property and its contents should be returned to its

original condition. Except for the laundry.

* Cancellation policy: deposit is fully refunded with a 60 day notice

Payment Options

* All major credit cards accepted.

* Money orders, cashiers checks and personal checks also accepted.

General Information

* Parking is available for 2 cars.

* Boat dock available only by reservation.

* Boat trailer parking at local ramp.

In order to maintain the excellence of our accommodations and insure

that all guests share this ecological experience, we ask that you

adhere to the following regulations:

* All guests must be a minimum 21 years of age - valid I.D. required.

* Accommodations are for up to 4 adults - no overnight guests allowed.

* Smoking is permitted outside only.

* Sorry, no pets allowed.

* Please note this is a wildlife refuge, we recycle plastics, glass

and newspapers.

* The fish are our treasured residents, so we ask that you not fish

off the sea wall.

* There is a no disturbance policy after 10:00 PM.

* Payment in full is required upon arrival.

What makes this villa unique

You will have the opportunity to relax in an open water nature preserve, offering private views of the State Park. From your sea wall, watch the annual migration of east coast sea birds. From the patio watch spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the day walk across the street and watch a breath-taking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Or just hang out in the hammock and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ecological paradise. Take morning or afternoon walks through the nature trails in the State Park and comb the beaches in undisturbed tranquility. Open your windows and enjoy the cooling ocean breeze. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, barbecue and hammock.

* All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Layton in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • mountain biking
Amenities include: iPad 2, wireless internet access, two flat screen TV's with all premium movie channels and NFL Sunday Ticket, new state of the art washer and dryer, canoe, kayaks, binoculars, beach chairs and umbrella, beach mats, tiki hut, new Weber stainless barbecue gas grill, hammock, picnic table, outdoor furniture, yoga-stretching mats, books, snorkel/mask and fins, fishing poles and light tackle, bait freezer, cable, A/C, two queen beds, fold-out sofa, ceiling fans, refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee maker


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average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

A true 5-star experience

  • 5 of 5

We tend to be wary when there are more pictures of the outdoors than the indoors but Jerry's little flats in paradise break a lot of our standard rules. We are birders and naturalists and some of our most exciting sightings were 10 feet from where we were having tea. The apartment is comfortable, clean and well-appointed but you wont be spending much time indoors. The host is unusually generous with savvy advice about local restaurants, fishing, parks, pests, & weather. He knows his territory. He is even more generous with unexpected amenities like kayaks, snorkeling/fishing gear, a park pass, bicycles, & lanterns. All this extra gear is high quality and in good repair. The value of these amenities make this property an unexpected bargain. The claims about the natural diversity literally at your door are not exaggerated. If you love nature you may never leave the patio. In fact there's a hammock out there if you can't tear yourself away. Doing business with the host was trouble-free. Layton is tiny and quiet but there's a destination Italian restaurant (Acquapazza) just a couple of blocks away. The indoors is nothing fancy but it was attractive, practical, & sturdy. The bathroom was very clean and the shower is a standout. The kitchen is a little dark but perfectly serviceable. We got a chuckle out of the whimsical coffee tables. Jerry built this place for fun in a stunningly beautiful place and it delivers, big time. Rent it and get your feet wet! Highest recommendation!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan

Beautiful & well appointed

  • 5 of 5

Just got back & wish we had stayed! Beautiful site, grand view & waterfront exposure. The condo is very nicely furnished and many amenities have been addressed. Can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at This property in October for two weeks.they have thought of everything,shampoo,conditioner,toilet rolls,tissues,pump soap and ordinary soap in the bathroom.

Kitchen was well equipped,and coffee maker,juice maker,large stove and fridge freezer.the only thing that I found that let this down is the fact that it is a large villa that has been separated into four apartments,and the second week we had some very noisy people above us who loved moving furniture.the other down side was that although they say that there are new mattresses on the beds I found them very uncomfortable,also for two weeks there were no clean sheets we had to wash and dry the ones that were on the bed,apart from that this is a nice place to stay,and we can recommend the Cuban Restaurant up the road excellent value.


  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bastrop, Texas

Great Place and a Better Time!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a place, we loved it. The listing was very accurate and the amenities were more than we could ask for. It had everything we needed and then some....whether it was kayaks, snorkeling gear, beach chairs, fishing gear, beach umbrellas, etc, this place had it. It was very secluded, quiet, and convenient to Marathon and Islamorada. The property was very clean and well maintained. Jerry could not have been a better host with all the details when we started our stay. The pictures are nice on the website, but up close and personal the views are even better! We would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys seclusion, but also enjoys being close to so many activities. Thanks, Jerry and we plan on returning in the near future!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Honeymoon Happiness

  • 5 of 5

My new husband and I chose this gorgeous villa for our honeymoon and loved staying here. The location could not be any more convenient and yet it seemed so secluded and private. Beachfront accommodations abound in the Keys, but being on the water in an inlet provided a view of nature that was breathtaking. Enjoying my morning coffee while watching the fish, crabs, birds, rays, etc was a treat I will never forget. Even better was the opportunity to get even closer and kayak. The inclusion of the kayaks is a fantastic perk, as well as the other included supplies. Flying in, we did not bring beach chairs and a cooler, but there is a storage shed with everything you will need to go enjoy a day at the beach. Speaking of inclusions - the iPad is a fantastic one, we were able to leave our laptop at home!

The beds are comfy and the place has a lived in, but very clean and well cared for vibe. I would not hesitate to stay here again or recommend it to others going to the Keys. Jerry, the owner was very nice and knowledgeable.

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

After a 'mad' week on South Beach Miami this was the perfect place to unwind. From the well equipped appartment to sitting on the dock watching Ospreys, Rays, Manatees etc etc. Kayaking around the waterways off the patio was briliant. Thanks Jerry for your hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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*Activities include: fish and bird watching, reading and relaxing, wildlife photography, canoeing, kayaking, beach combing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, sailing, power boating, hiking and exploring nature trails in the State Park.


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