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USA Florida The Florida Keys Marathon Listing #8601

Million Dollar View - Marathon, FL

12 Reviews
Max Occupancy: 8 3 Queen Bed, 2 Twin Bed, 1 Crib 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms No Pets 
76 Pelican Rd, Marathon, FL 33050

Gulf-front retreat w/ private heated pool, hot tub, boat ramp & new dock!

Enjoy endless open water views from anywhere on this acre-sized, Gulf-front estate. Coconut palms, private hot tub & pool, boat ramp, and a newly built private dock great for catching fish or spectacular sunsets. Like a resort, you can play giant chess on the beach, win at ping pong, take out a kayak, or paddle board or stroll through fabulous gardens.

This home is a private oasis but still part of Marathon. It hits you the moment you pass the discreet open gate into the long forest drive. The natural hardwood hammock ends in a stunning seascape. This elegant concrete stilt home stands on a 140 foot wide, private sand beach. You won't want to leave once you get here.

Even though it's a short walk to several quaint, Keys-style restaurants, and the Dolphin Research Center, this hidden gem feels like your own private resort. And best of all, theres no need to get up early to reserve a recliner!

Enter the house and be instantly mesmerized by the view of the gulf. The large open living area highlights the blue waters through a wall of glass doors to the massive balcony. The great room boasts elegant, white, top-grain leather seating, a wide flatscreen TV with DVD player, cable, Netflix, free WiFi, and indoor dining for eight. A portable bluetooth soundbox is provided for your enjoyment. Use it in house, by the pool, or in the lower level recreational area.

The fabulous gourmet kitchen keeps your chef in the conversation. Custom granite counters, a chic tiled backsplash, stainless appliances, and lots of gadgets add to the ambiance. Keeping it outside? You can grill your steaks on the high-end barbecue by the pool or over the beachside fire pit. This home was built for entertaining.

Four ample bedrooms, each with a tv, three with queen beds and ocean views, the fourth, with two extra long twin beds and large windows overlooking the tropical gardens. Three full bathrooms are finished with travertine stone or tile. This home sleeps eight easily. And of course, there's a new front load laundry in the hallway.

After a light breakfast on the balcony, (also seats eight easily) take your morning coffee and stroll through the young orchard full of exotic tropical fruit trees and plants like dragon fruit, sapodilla and carambola. Or, take your stroll down the 285 foot peer, a great time to spot sealife. Catch some sun on the beach, dip into the warm Gulf waters for a refreshing swim, or explore the marine life from the dock with provided mask and snorkel. Use the private boat ramp to launch your medium/small boat or jet skis during high tide, or use the kayaks or paddle boards for a little exercise. Boating and fishing enthusiasts will love the addition of a newly constructed long dock with dolphin piles for safe mooring.

Stiff muscles? Relax in the hot tub, then plunge into the pool. Or just relax on one of the many recliners or Adirondack chairs and be mesmerized by the sea (we counted more than 60 chairs or loungers). Enjoy a good book, watch the pelicans race for the best fish, or listen to the high-pitched call of the local osprey. When the water is still and you're quiet, you might spot a pod of dolphins moving gracefully just offshore or a manatee swimming under the dock.

The day ends in the hot tub, on the balcony, or at the beach with a cool drink as you watch the sunset paint the sky in its afterglow. This home features a seemingly endless array of amenities that includes a movie library, a book library, music, adult games, board games, ping pong table, children's toys, crib and bedding available, high
chair, 32-inch Roku TVs in three bedrooms, 32-inch TV and DVD player in the twin bedroom, beach bocce ball set, and even a Keurig coffee maker.

Book this home for your next Marathon getaway today!

City of Marathon Permit # PLR2018-00389

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AMENITIES

Activities

Board Games

Child Games

Dock

Kayaks

Ping Pong

Children

Crib

High Chair

Features

Washer Dryer : Private

Central AC

Pool : Private

Kitchen

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Stove

Media

Internet : Comcast

Cable

DVD Library

DVD Player

Netflix Streaming

Stereo

TV

Wireless Router

Miscellaneous

Snowbird Friendly

Iron

Outdoor

Hot Tub : Private

Gas Grill : Private

Pool Spa

Balcony

Beach Chairs

Deck

Enclosed Yard

Outdoor Fire

Patio

Scenic

Water View

Water Front

Gulf View

Gulf Front

12 Reviews

William L. Nov 2018
Every glowing review you read is true. Even the poetic description is largely true. It really is THAT private, we never saw another soul while on the property. It is set back in the woods/vegetation along the gulf completely out of view of others. The home itself is in like new condition, clean and pristine. The kitchen is well stocked with amenities and utensils. The pool and hot tub are all yours. Amazing water, wildlife, and vegetation (flowers) views from the deck, the pool, the dock, the fire pit. Plenty of toys (kayaks, snorkels etc). Obsessive amount of seats/chairs/lounges (I believe there were 60 chairs outside alone, which if you think about it is sorta funny for a property that doesn't want you to ever have more than 8 people there). If I was judging on those things alone I would rate it a 10 out of five. We didn't even experience the bugs some mention (we went late October). And yes, there is a new, larger, TV.

So why do I wish I could give it 4 1/2 stars? Because there were a few peculiarities that I want to draw attention to that may or may not impact people. Forewarned is forearmed. I don't think much will change with my comments, the place is booked solid months in advance. But who knows?

The dissatisfaction I had was relatively minor and easily addressed for the most part. Some stems right from the start, the booking process. You indicate dates you would like to reserve, but then it gives you a place to ask questions. I did not get a reply for over a day, and then the reply was 'sorry it was rented.' No answers. Okay, I got scooped waiting for answers, but still why not answer me so I can rebook?

I did rebook, and I did have a few more questions. I really like to plan my trips. I never got the feeling the answers came from someone with specific knowledge of the property, certainly not the owners. And the answers were not that helpful and in one case, wrong. I was surprised on top of the rental per day was a rather large fee and expected some service to go with that.

But this is what I found. The description that you have your own sandy beach is not really accurate. The pictures are right, you have a rock/concrete wall for your beach front. Behind that wall is some hard surface (clay?) covered with a very light dusting of something between sand and gravel.. but definitely not what most of us would fantasize wiggling our toes in when we read sand beach. It does make for a very good bocci ball court though, and the kids loved that! So not all negative, if you have the right expectations, but wear sandals. And obviously sand or not, you still have the view!

Then there was the dock. Yep it goes out forever. It's relatively new, for the most part good condition, and is an excellent place to sit and look out over the water (interestingly you hear the most road noise here). But its more like a pier than a dock. There is no swimming platform. There is really no good way to reach the water from the end. It's too shallow to dive (at low tide its well below the waist). No good way to tie off small boats or jet skies (though I did ask, glad I did not rent them before checking it out). There IS a ladder down, but it does NOT reach to the water surface at low tide, and only just barely at high tide. For getting out of the water, it is recommended to plan for at least two rungs below water level. A couple of us that were less athletic found out the hard way we could not get back up once in the water...so we had to wade to shore through some water grass. Seems like very poor planning after spending a lot of money on a dock. Likewise the boat fenders were placed high so as to be ineffective for small boats (the only thing that could be there with that low water level) One other thing about the dock, at the very end where the walkway meets the sitting area, the ropes tie off at two posts that are obviously loose, they swing back and forth a half foot. My guess is they came loose during the last storm. The dock is otherwise secure though.

Getting to the water from the 'beach' was also complicated. The boat ramp was covered with two foot high and 10 feet wide stacks of decaying sea grass that had washed up, and the stair case down was broken. A simple garden rake could have helped, and no doubt there is one locked away somewhere. In short the water is great to look at... difficult to enjoy otherwise. The sea grass issue may have been due to storms so may not be a problem normally.

Then there is the WIFI. Yep, there is coverage through out the house, and to the pool, but not much further. But the coverage in the house is not even and slow in some places. You get the feeling there is one node, and it's down below on the first floor (locked off from you), and sitting under a concrete slab floor (bad for transmission). For the most part this was okay, except if too many people wanted to access the web at the same time while watching tv (web streamed). But I have the feeling with some thought on node placement (second floor, mesh), the service could have been a LOT better and further out to the 'beach.' BTW, the house does NOT have cable, but uses ROKU (internet streaming) with the TV. If you like ROKU, this will thrill you, if you don't use it, its not that bad, but not the same as cable either.

Lets return to the issue of privacy... one of the major reasons to rent a house like this. And again, we loved that we never saw anyone else (well maybe a kayaker or two). But my wife was really upset when she realized there were exterior web cams on three corners of the house, including one with potentially a great view of the pool/hot tub/sunning area. There was no mention of this in any documentation we could find. It's not too surprising to want it for security, but do provide renters with some privacy notification on what those cameras see and do not see and who sees it when. They are in black domes so you can't really tell where they are pointed. Ideal case of course would put the URL on local network so people could see for themselves (but only when at the house), but otherwise, some privacy statement would help. Now as much as I complained about emailing questions and poor response, I have to give credit to Vacasa, there was a number to call and I used it. The person on the other end had no idea about the cameras (this was expected) but they relayed my concern to a local representative and that person promptly called me back within an hour to assure me that the poolside camera was NOT pointed at the pool but out to the dock, and the driveway, and the parking lot (to watch for intruders). So points for quick phone response.

Other things... the kitchen is well stocked for the most part, but NOT in cleaning supplies. With all that glass and marble we needed to buy extra paper towels and windex. Windex is great to spray on trash bags to keep animals out. Oh, btw, sure you pay a large fee, but you are still expected to haul your own trash to the road. We ended up buying paper towels, windex, and dish detergent. Problem solved.

Cloth towels were also at a premium. We were a party of six... they were maybe enough if all we wanted to do was shower, and if we wanted to wash them throughout the week. I would question eight people. But given there is a pool, hot tub, and 'beach' with an ocean, there just was no way near enough towels for that too. We ended up buying six beach towels from Kmart. Problem solved.

The problem of the really loud squeaking ceiling fan in the back bedroom we could not solve.

Finally, notes, notes, and more notes. Everywhere you turned was a note giving instructions. For the most part these were needed. For example, if you have not operated a hot tub/pool before with all these manual valves for the pump and heater, you REALLY need to read through those instructions quite a bit or risk breaking something. And even then takes some thinking. Btw, the labeling on the pool valves are starting to wear off so its not easy. Some of the notes... well.. I get that your water waste removal pump (toilets, sinks etc) is delicate, but did I really need to read a note every time I opened the refrigerator door cautioning me on using the sink? Okay, maybe I should do that at home so I don't use the refrigerator that much! And some of the notes were helpful, but some felt like my mom telling me to clean up all the time. But the problem was finding the right note at the right time was like a scavenger hunt. I found myself wishing there was some central book where I could read up on everything (especially the pool as we arrived at sunset and the outside notes were hard to spot in the dark). And guess what, we found such a book on the third day. Tucked away on the bottom shelf of a small book case. Please, put that book on the dinning room table so guests see it right away!

Btw, a 'local tips' section of the book might be nice. Not critical though given the internet. But sometimes, a local nudge helps. For example, we must have driven past the S.S. Wreck Gallery Grill sports bar at the end of our driveway a dozen times without stopping because.. well.. no water view, maybe a little simple looking, but turns out they had GREAT food. Highly recommended. The more flashy water front Island Fish Co? Turns out, not so great food even though good yelp reviews because of the view I guess. Likewise we wouldn't have stopped at 'castaway' except the local dive shop recommended it... great food and amazing beer selection. The locals are more than happy to tell you what they think.

It may seem I have more criticisms than accolades... but they are all 'first world problems.' Given you are on a premium property paying a premium fee, there is an expectation of a well rounded premium experience. And for most cases you get that! One can not argue with that view, the state of the house, the privacy (besides the web cams)... those are all above premium. It's an amazing place. I think with a bit more care in these few areas this would truly be a 10. And thats on a scale of 5.

Would I go here again? Most likely. I might shop around for a place that is more water friendly (swimming and boating), but my guess is for the value, and the privacy, and the convenience of Marathon... I would return right here to Million Dollar View.
John R. G. Oct 2018
Vacasa (Property Manager) was excellent, professional and responded ASAP to calls

Negative - AC does not cool the house - called owner 2nd day and his response was to spend more time outside in the heat so when you come inside it feels cooler - Serious? Finally threatened to leave property after 10 days (we booked for a month) and Vacasa called AC company and they cleaned condenser and made it toleerable - AC still needs repairs/upgrading - if temps are in the mid to hi 80's you will not be cool unless owner repairs AC issues. TV is not really TV - it's internet streaming (Roku/Xfinity) on flat screen tv's - no sports/national news channels - we purchased app to get these. Owner did try to add some channels but wasn't willing to rebundle his cable package - might be good in long run for future guests. Owner's response to our question of variety of channels - "go outside and enjoy the dock!" Very frustrating to click 3-5 times exiting one app and 3-5 more clicks to open another just to change a channel?

Positive - VIEW, kayaks/paddleboards, pool, hot tub (although not user friendly to have to change 3 pump settings every time you want to use hot tub and then change back after use), dock, screen porch, garden, privacy/seclusion, kitchen well equipped - excellent location on Grassy Key (sunsets) and location in relation to entire Florida Keys

We will book future houses from Vacasa and return to Florida Keys - however not to this house
JAY C. Aug 2018
Property and house is great for a family or couples sleeping up to 8 comfortably. Great layout as bedrooms are spread out into the 4 corners of the house
Cynthia A. Jul 2018
First the long pier and romantic sunsets were so amazing, the house had everything we needed, we had so much fun, this was an all adult vacation no kids but we sure acted like kids again, playing at the pool. Then going to bed in those most comfortable beds, they are queen size not kings but it didn't matter. We slept well from the first til the last night... Oh bring bug spray there are some no see ums that bite you up when your not looking, everyone had major bites on them...but who cares we had a great time. Oh its centrally located so key west is easy to get to and so is key largo....
David Scott Jones J. May 2018
We travel significantly and actually have two rental cabins in the North Carolina mountains along with our own. This house was the best prepared vacation home we have ever stayed in. Not only was is very clean but well stocked with appliances and equipment which was in great shape. The protected water made it a great place for young and old to play in the water. The pool and spa were easy to use and clean with plenty of chairs. The locations is extremely private, do not let the entrance fool you, typical keys, use google earth to look at the site. You can hear the dolphin talking from the Dolphin Research Center just next door. Should we return to the Keys again with our family this will be our base once more.
Teresa H. May 2018
Beautiful home and grounds. Loved the long dock and incredible sunsets!
Fred And Gail H. Nov 2017
Clean, Very good use instructions. Refrigerator had issues and broken pool pump was replaced within a day. Good weather kept us all happy
Patricia D. Nov 2017
We had a trip planned for months before the hurricane so decided to go. I’d like to revisit the area next year once they’ve recovered. A lot of debris still very visible. We did enjoy what the area had to offer & would encourage others to go.
Rachel G. Oct 2017
This property is as beautiful as the photos suggest, it is also really well equipped, with everything that you could possibly need to cook fantastic local food for your stay and 5 kayaks for those in your party who want to enjoy the local waters of the Gulf. I had a call within a few hours of arriving from the owner, who had arranged for the housekeeper to leave out a bottle of bubbly for our arrival - which was much appreciated and a very nice touch. This property offers complete privacy, enclosed in lovely gardens and with safe and shallow waters for children and adults alike to enjoy either by kayak or swimming. Keep an eye out for the baby nurse sharks, wild dolphins (we saw them at dawn and dusk 3 times) and other juvenile fish that like to hang out just off the beach here - this makes for great snorkelling too. We will be back for sure!
BERTA G. Aug 2017
The house is in good condition and great place, the view of the sea is incredible, the pool is well heated and clean, but the furniture in the bedrooms are horrible and uncomfortable, there are not enough TVs to share with the family, considering that children and adults have to share a single TV
Manager Response:
We are appreciative of the guest's comments regarding the home's interior. The owners are excited to announce that they have made many improvements to an already amazing house. There are simply too many to list but among the additions are game & toys for the children, new TVs in the bedrooms, snorkel and bocci ball equipment. The interior has been given a wonderful facelift that adds charm and the mattress has been replaced. You have to see it in person to believe it! Thank you.