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Historic Apartment On The Waterfront

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 30 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath At The Key West Bight

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.

More Details

Jesse Anderson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 October, 2017

About Jesse Anderson

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


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Key West International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Waterfront Brewery
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Key West Express
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Key West Gold Club
Nearest Restaurant
Pepe's Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Car: not necessary

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!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Historic Seaport in Key West

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • New, modern bathroom includes full sized front loader washer/dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen size bed, small armoir, and closet.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Pool. There is no pool on premises, but there is a great pool at Dante’s Pool Bar & Restaurant, just across the street and down the block on the waterfront. This is a pool bar, and there is no membership required, just get a cool drink and enjoy!


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Historic Apartment On The Waterfront
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

My husband and I (retirees from Maine) stayed here in March 2017.

  • 5 of 5

Bright, fresh, well equipped apartment had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. Anderson hospitality and responsiveness was exceptional! Location is just what we were looking for: easy walk to waterfront, museums, charming neighborhoods. We went days without using our car - took full advantage of Eaton's for fresh fish and Old Town Bakery for croissants that nearly levitate, each < 5-minute walk.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Historic Seaport, Lower Florida Keys

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fantasy Fest
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
High Season
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2019
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
My Standard Rate
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £112.92
Refundable Damage Deposit £752.8
Tax Rate 12.5%

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.
Security Deposit:
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.

Cleaning Fee:
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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.