If any residence deserves the location-location-location mantra, it's this two-bedroom, two-bath townhouse in Truman Annex. The first "location" is the island of Key West, a world-class vacation destination. The second is Truman Annex, a premiere gated waterfront community named for President Harry Truman. The third "location" is its close proximity to everything the Southernmost City has to offer: shops, over two hundred restaurants and bars, tours, museums, water sports, beaches, classes, concerts-the list seems endless.
Beyond the sidewalk and white picket fence, this two-story townhouse begins with a front porch complete with table and chairs. Above is a second-floor balcony, also with table and chairs. Looking up you'll notice the porch and balcony ceilings are painted what's called haint blue. The "why" of this old southern tradition varies from blue as an insect repellant, blue being a harbinger of good luck, and blue as visually extending daylight to scare away evil spirits called "haints."
The minute you open the front door, you'll know your vacation home has been designed for comfort and practicality. The first floor layout from front to back is the kitchen, dining area, half bath, living room, outside and very private patio and garden. Out a back gate and down a short lane of white picket fences is the heated "residents only" Southard Court Pool with plenty of deck area dotted with chaise lounges and patio umbrellas. The scene is picture perfect and will undoubtedly entice you to spend a chunk of your vacation sunbathing and dipping in the water to refresh. Read a novel on one of your balconies, have a barbeque or glass of wine at the table provided on your back patio, enjoy the pool-it'll be hard to decide how to prioritize the pleasurable possibilities.
If you decide to cook a meal inside, the spotless white kitchen is laid out very efficiently and contains everything to aid you in cooking and cleaning up. One side of the kitchen counter is also convenient as a breakfast bar. Sit on stools to chat or have a cup of coffee. Another option is to use the dining table adjacent to the kitchen. The table, matching chairs, and colorful tiffany chandelier designate this as the dining area. The open floor plan flows from there to the living area complete with upholstered arm chair, matching star-fish patterned couch, and hardwood coffee table. Sit here comfortably to watch TV or to look through two sets of French doors to your beautiful outside deck and garden. Tucked behind the couch is an exercise bike you can choose to ignore or choose to use depending on your mood. The TV cabinet also serves as a book case and is flanked on either side by slatted-back rocking chairs made of hardwood with tooled leather webbing.
On the second floor are two bedrooms, the master bedroom up front with an in-suite full bath and French doors to the large front balcony looking out on Southard Street. A second full bath and second bedroom complete the upstairs. Both have plenty of closet and drawer space for your vacation gear. Maybe as you unpack, you'll want to change into shorts and flip flops to check out your neighborhood and beyond.
A block in one direction you'll find Duval Street, which was named for William Pope Duval, the first territorial governor of Florida. This historic street runs the width of the island from the Gulf of Mexico to a pier jutting out into the wide Atlantic Ocean. At the Gulf end, you'll find Mallory Square's famous nightly sunset celebration and more than a dozen restaurants ringing the deep water harbor. At the Atlantic end, you'll find a mix of early Victorian mansions and bungalows plus restaurants, coffee shops, the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and boutiques.
In the other direction, toward the water, enjoy the manicured landscaping, verdant palms, and interconnecting pathways that give the Truman Annex its park-like atmosphere. Beyond the Annex lies Fort Zachary Taylor, designated as a National Historic Landmark and Florida's southernmost state park. The fort is known for its military history in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Take a guided tour to learn more about its history or enjoy the "Fort Zack" beach, perfect for picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing.
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Additional amenities include: square footage, est. 900, bed size 1st/master queen, beach distance walking, number of baths 2 full, 1 half, bed size 2nd rm double, washer/dryer yes....Read more
Left on 04/08/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 8, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
First time staying in annex and really loved it. Historic hideaways was excellent with some issues we had and had them fixed immediately. Or unit was nice. Needs some TLC. Would use historic hideaways again.
Left on 01/01/2011 for a stay in November 2010 | Karen KoelemayReviewed Jan 1, 2011Stayed Nov 2010
Have stayed in Key West 2 other times, yet never enjoyed it as we did this time. So close to everything that we didn't use the car except to go to grocery store. Really enjoyed "people watching" from front balcony!! This will be our place to stay for all our Key West trips.
Left on 02/06/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | Tim ReidReviewed Feb 6, 2010Stayed Feb 2010
Nice, small unit. Furniture and beds were very comfortable, and everything worked well. A minor detail was no dishwashing soap to run dishwasher, (which can happen--but usually there is some diswasher or other soap for dishes in the unit). The second floor balcony has two loose boards that should be repaired..one is right in middle of the balcony.
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