Our custom designed and built 5000 square foot home, “Sunset Reef,” is half way between Key West and mainland Florida. Our home is located on the calm bayside at Mile Marker 76 on the Historic Overseas Highway.
Sunset Reef is a private, gated, one and one quarter acre, bayside waterfront estate. From outside the reef scene gates on Overseas Highway, US 1, you have no idea what is located on the property. The “Keys” styled home is surrounded by immaculate manicured grounds. We are located on the calm bay side of Lower Matecumbe Key in Islamorada, Village of Islands, Florida. The property includes a pool and hot tub looking out over the bay and Matecumbe Bight. There is a 90 foot deep water dock with 50 Amp shore power and water available. There is a 10,000 pound platform boat lift. The bayside deck area has Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. The pool area includes lounges, tables and umbrellas. Relax in the hammock or a lounge, read a book, snorkel and swim in the calm shallow bay water, have fun on a stand up paddle board or kayak as you paddle south to the “hurricane hole” to look for Manatees. You can fish from the dock and walk into the water to snorkel for lobster. There are outdoor showers at the boat house and on the deck. We never tire of the stunning sunset views from the bayside deck area and then enjoy an open fire sitting around the fire pit.
The entire home was designed to embrace the fabulous west facing bay views. The upper level contains the living/dining great room, large gourmet kitchen, powder room and master bedroom. The entertainment area has a wall mounted HDTV, DVR, DVD player with surround sound and a stereo system including speakers in the master bedroom, bathroom and on the outside deck. The master bedroom has a desk area, walk-in closet and bathroom with a double shower/steam room, separate jetted tub and double vanity. The entire west wall of the great room is sliding glass doors opening onto a covered deck for dining, lounging and relaxing. There is a built in gas BBQ, lounges, dining table and seating area. The all granite kitchen has an island with cook top, prep sink and eat-in area. There is a third prep/bar sink at the elevated bar/eat-in area. All of the stainless steel appliances, 48 inch refrigerator/freezer, double convection oven/microwave, warming drawer, dishwasher, ice maker and wine cooler are top of the line. The kitchen is completely stocked with all necessary small appliances including a Keurig coffee maker, cookware, serving pieces, platters, pizza pan, cookie sheets, cutlery, food processor, teapot, regular coffee maker, toaster, blender, waffle iron, etc.
The middle level has three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. All open onto outdoor covered deck areas with lounges, tables and chairs. There is another living area on this level with a desk area, wall mounted HDTV, DVD player with surround sound and speakers on the outside deck and ground level outdoor kitchen area. The laundry room is also located on the middle level.
The ground level has the entry area with the elevator and stairs to the middle and top levels. The storeroom has a refrigerator, a chest freezer, coolers, life jackets, bicycle helmets and pool noodles. Three kayaks, 2 SUPs and 4 or 5 bicycles are included for guest usage. The garage and motorized watercraft are not included with the rental of Sunset Reef. The house has the X-1 Comcast Cable TV and high speed residential Internet. Both hardwired and passphrase secured wireless Internet access are available on both living levels.
Sunset Reef has immediate access to Everglades National Park and back country fishing. Atlantic Ocean access is 2.5 miles SW to Channel 2 and 3.5 miles to Channel 5 for larger boats. Robbie's marina and Atlantic Ocean access is 2 miles NE through a mangrove channel. You must boat, walk or bike to Robbie's Marina to hand feed the tarpon that come in to the harbor every morning.
Do you rent daily? No, the minimum number of days rental is 7.
Do you only rent Saturday to Saturday? No, we rent any 7 or more consecutive days. Please visit www.vrbo.com/809744 for an up-to-date availability calendar.
Are children welcomed? Yes. We can provide a crib with linens, high chair, and a pack-n-play if asked along with children's pool and beach toys.
Does docking my boat have a cost? You can use the dock for free. The platform boat lift costs $100 per week for boat usage.
Do you rent your boats? No, our insurance will not allow us to rent our motorized watercraft.
Do you allow weddings or events? Yes, Sunset Reef is available for weddings and events for an additional fee.
Do you allow pets? Yes, pets are allowed with a $100 per pet per week fee.
Can I park my boat trailer on the property? Yes, we have a trailer parking area inside the gates.
Are there pool towels? Yes, we supply very nice pool towels for the number of guests. There are also older towels for bathing your pet. There is a supply of rags for spills, etc.
What is supplied with the house? We supply "starter" paper towels, toilet paper and tissues. There are shampoo, conditioner, body wash and bar soap in the bathrooms. Every bathroom has a hair dryer. The kitchen and refrigerator have dish soap, dishwasher packets, dish towels, new sponge, spices and condiments. If you use something up please replace it for the next guest.
Roof sun deck looking at Everglade National Park
Sun Jan 6, 2019 - Sat June 15, 2019 $6,500/week
Sun June 16, 2019 - Fri July 19, 2019 $5,500/week
Sat July 20, 2019 - Sun Aug 18, 2019 $7,500/week
Mon Aug 19, 2019 - Fri Nov 1, 2019 $5,500/week
Sat Nov 2, 2019 - Thur Dec 19, 2019 $6,500/week
Fri Dec 20, 2019 - Sat Jan 4, 2020 $7,500/week
Sun Jan 5, 2020 - Sat June 13, 2020 $6,500/week
Sun June 14, 2020 - Fri July 17, 2020 $5,500/week
Sat July 18, 2020 - Sun Aug 16, 2020 $7,500/week
Mon Aug 17, 2020 - Fri Oct 30, 2020 $5,500/week
Sat Oct 31, 2020 - Thur Dec 17, 2020 $6,500/week
Fri Dec 18, 2020 - Sat Jan 2, 2021 $7,500/week
Sun Jan 3, 2021 - Sat June 12, 2021 $6,500/week
Departure Cleaning Fee $350
Pet Fees $100 per pet/week
Boat Lift Fee $100 per week
Sales tax 7.5%
Tourist Development Tax 5.0%
Total Taxes 12.5%
Security Deposit $1,000
50% dues with booking
50% due 60 days before arrival
$1,000 Security Deposit due 30 days before arrival
Cancellations greater than 60 days before arrival receive a full refund less a $500.00 fee unless the property can be booked for the same days and fees.
Cancellations less than 60 days before arrival do not receive a refund unless the property can be booked for the same days and fees.