|Minimum Stay||30 nights|
Newly renovated historic apartment in the heart of Key West. 10 foot ceilings and huge windows allow bright, natural light. Cherry hardwood floors throughout. The bedroom features a queen sized bed, closet, and armoire. In the living room, there is a futon option for overnight guests. New kitchen with modern stainless appliances and new bathroom includes full sized front loading washer/dryer. Private balcony with breakfast/dinner table overlooking William and Caroline St and the Historic Waterfront. High speed internet, HDTV with HBOGo, Netflix, cable, Blu-Ray and portable Bose Bluetooth speakers. There is a pool at Dantes, 1.5 blocks away (just need to buy a drink!).
About the Red Doors
The original building was constructed in late 1868 as a real estate speculation by the Pinder and Curry Families of Key West. At first leased as a cigar factory to Cubans fleeing political turbulence in Havana, “The Doors” has been intimately connected with the Key West Waterfront for over a century. By 1906, with the shift of the cigar industry to Tampa, the Doors had become a ships chandlery. During the depression it was a grocery and hardware store serving both the neighborhood and commercial fishermen.
When shrimping gained real economic importance to Key West in the early 1950’s, the Doors, under a succession of colorful owners and names, became one of the toughest bars on the Gulf Coast. It was always a shrimpers bar and was known successively as the Conch Gardens, The Wagon Wheel Inn, and the Red Doors Inn. It was known informally as the Bucket of Blood. Here occurred many beatings, stabbings, assaults of various and colorfully imaginative sorts and, rumour has it, a number of quiet murders. With the gradual decline of the shrimp industry due to the depletion of the fishing grounds, inadequate conservation measures and growing foreign competition, the Bar itself became economically unviable and was closed in July 1972.
Architecturally, the original building was of typical Conch design, with commercial space open to the street on the ground floor and living quarters for the owners on the second floor. The building is only partially restored and still is burdened by the additions to the left side and rear put on during WWII to increase rentable space. The basic building is shaped with space for a garden in the rear. Architecturally or historically the Red Doors is one of the Key West Waterfront’s most picturesque landmarks.
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.
Jesse Anderson purchased this apartment in 1997
Clean, well-equipped, nice furnishings and perfect location. Easy to walk or bike anywhere. Parking garage just a short walk away with great monthly rates. Owner easy to work with and very helpful. We will definitely be back!
The Red Doors is located in the Historic Key West Bight, steps away from the waterfront and its myriad choices of restaurants, bars, shopping, and activities. Duval street is a mere 3 blocks away down the street made famous by Jimmy Buffett's song..."There's a lady going crazy on Caroline St." You'll find Fausto's Food Market, Old Town's most popular (and only!) grocery a few blocks away, the famous Cuban Coffee Queen (cafe con leche!) and B.O.'s Fish Wagon (best burgers in towns) are across the street, and Pepe's Cafe is next door. Frankly, if you've come to experience Key West, there is no better location!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£811|
Published rates do not include 7.5% State sales tax and 5% County tourist tax, $150 cleaning fee and other additional fees.
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 90 days in advance for January, February and March rentals, and 60 days in advance for all other dates.
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 $150.00 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:
A deposit of 50% of the total rental (including taxes and 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. Balance is due 90 days in advance for January, February and March rentals, and 60 in advance days for all other dates.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.