Deja Vu Key West

Villa Deja vu Key West

You know that incredible experience of Déjà vu? When you enter someplace for the very first time, and instantly you get that sense that you’ve been there before? When I first visited this vacation rental house, it happened to me. My mind sparked, the place seemed wonderfully familiar, and I felt an instant kinship with the surroundings.

As I toured the house and the grounds of the property, I quickly realized that my brain was just catching up to my fondest memories of favorite beach vacations in other parts of the Caribbean. The creative blend of tropical color and playfully elegant style reminded me of a favorite vacation villa in St. Barth’s and an endearing beach house in The Bahamas. A carefree beachiness permeates every room of this two-story wooden house and it had taken me right back to bliss. After that moment of recall it was then pronounced the Villa Déjà vu Key West. *

Ideally located, this property is set at the end of a quiet historic ‘dead end’ lane, just off the more elegant area of Upper Duval Street, in Old Town. Each house on the little lane is completely unique, mostly ‘build-as-you-go’ creations of skilled ship builders and carpenters in the 1940’s. This historic wooden house, originally built in 1943 has an uncharacteristically unornamented front entrance for Key West, and is set right up to the edge of the lane. But don’t let this illusion of simplicity fool you. Most of the outdoor space is reserved for the very spacious private backyard, which today has been turned into a showcase tropical pool garden.

The entire property was recently given a complete renovation and new interior design to bring it to modern standards. But in keeping with Key West historic guidelines, the footprint and façade of the house remain in tact. The layout of the Villa Déjà vu Key West vacation rental is ideal for family groups or groups of friends. The floor plan provides 2 spacious separate floors which are adjoined with a covered indoor/outdoor staircase, with a large indoor living room, and pool garden with large deck for all to gather. The 2nd floor is set so it almost feels like two houses in one.

Interior Layout:

Since the unique layout of this property is anything but straight-forward, the best way to understand it is to do a virtual walk-through. What better place to begin our tour, than the front entrance.

The front door takes you directly into an outdoor tropical style entrance hall, where you find the usual expected accoutrements of a chair and mirror for last minute fussing. (Immediately to your right, is a door that leads to the master bedroom, but let’s leave that late for later when we look at that bedroom.)

From the entrance way a door takes you into the downstairs hallway. When I first stepped into the hall, I was awestruck by the floor-to-ceiling mural depicting a Key West lane, painted by locally famous artist Rick Worth. The next thing you’ll notice is the artistic wide-planked wood floor that was distressed and painted a wonderful Caribbean blue that leads straight ahead to the large, and very island-stylish, galley kitchen.

Kitchen: The fully equipped L-Shaped kitchen spans nearly the length of the house, and makes a bend toward the left at the end creating even more counter space. Lots of artistic touches make this a fun room to be in. I love the counter-height cottage style table and yellow art mural of a vintage Cuban menu board. A bank of sash windows is set above the counters at the back to bring in plenty of sunlight.

Bedroom / Bathroom One: With your back to the front entrance, looking toward the kitchen, the first door on your left is bedroom one. Here you’ll find a queen size bed with artistic handcrafted furnishings including wooden bed platform bed, lime-green headboard, and unique round bamboo end tables. Original distressed wide-planked floors are left a natural color in this room.

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