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scott brainerd

Member since: 2008
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Speaks english, spanish

The Golden Heron - Large Historic Home

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house


Photos and Description of this White St. Gallery holiday house

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

The Key West Golden Heron is a Gold Star Landmark home, walking distance to the beaches, shopping and famous Duval Street, yet quietly situated in Old Town.

One of the most spacious and charming high-end homes on the island, the Golden Heron has been a Key West landmark for many years. Originally the neighborhood grocery store (circa 1906), this home affords an ideal corporate/executive retreat. The large custom painted front room provides a beautiful place for a romantic wedding reception. It is larger and more unique than many other 5 bedroom private homes on the island, and virtually the entire interior of the house has been painted by a noted German artist.

Many famous personalities have come to the property over the last 100 years, and many historical events have transpired here. For example, in 1955, the house served as one of the locations for Tennessee William's Oscar-winning film 'The Rose Tattoo'. Architecturally, this building exemplifies the unique style of Dade County Pine 'Post and Beam' construction found in historic Key West homes. The house interior blends wicker, mahogany and teak furnishings to provide an historic Key West 'feel.'

In 1999, the Golden Heron was awarded a Gold Star by the Old Island Restoration Foundation. It was one of 5 homes selected on the island, and over 1100 people toured the property. It was also selected as a showcase Key West home in the 2007 House and Garden Tour.

With its 11 foot high ceilings, Dade County Pine, beautiful mahogany doors and shutters, a multitude of glass doors and windows designed to admit maximum light while minimizing heat, and wrap around overhang for the sidewalks, the property allows you to experience what Key West living must have been like in bygone eras (only now with the help of central air-conditioning and roughly 20 ceiling fans). The brand new, in-ground pool and spa heats to 104 degrees and boasts a 14' wide waterfall with grotto. The lanai features beautiful Brazilian teak decking and the gourmet kitchen features a subzero refrigerator, Wolf stove, Bosch dishwasher and Dacor microwave with Uba Tuba granite and solid cherry cabinetry.

The main house consists of 4 bedrooms (3 with king size beds, one with a queen size bed) plus a full size new sofa sleeper. 2 full baths and two half baths, plus a large 1 bedroom 1 bath guest apartment (with king size bed and kitchenette) which can be joined into the main house (offering 6 total beds).

Note: Under current local law, we are limited to one rental per 30 days (30 night lease).

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
scott brainerd (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish


based on 8 traveller reviews

The Golden Heron - Large Historic Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful family home

  • 5 of 5

The Golden Heron it's a beautiful family home, great size for a big family, close to everything. We loved it!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good Location, Great Amenities

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here over Christmas and New Years. The house was perfect for us. It's got a great Key West feel, with lots of space for a larger group. Everything you need is readily available. Big kitchen, TVs in every room, and a nice pool for the hotter days. The location made it easy to get around whether walking, biking, or driving. The owner and the property manager were accessible and helpful throughout.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oak Park, Illinois

Beautiful Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

This is a very spacious home with lots of Key West charm. Great layout! Lots of entertaining spaces including a lanai (indoor/outdoor TV room). Private pool with a grotto surrounded by lovely tropical gardens. Great restaurants nearby & within walking distance to Duval. I would stay here again...very comfortable home. Management was very easy to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Spacious and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect property for that Key West Islas getaway. It's close to everything, Duval St, the beach and an unlimited number of great restaurants!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL USA


  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Golden Heron and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect! I've been a real estate broker/investor for over 20 years...I am not easily impressed and indeed I was impressed! The unique design, high quality renovation and sanctuary feel made me want to live there permanently! Great location as you can walk to Duval Street, the swimming pool in the backyard had jets and a water fall, right outside the gorgeous won't find anything like this at a hotel!! And finally, the owner was a very nice to work with!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Travel like a Local

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Golden Heron for the first time and let me tell you this house is AMAZING!!!! It has everything you could possibly want and much, much more!!!! This house is so unique (even has an open living room space) and has been remodeled with many nice upgrades. It has the true Key West charm and for a handful of days, I actually felt like a local. Aside from never wanting to leave the house, the walk to Duval street is less than a mile and if you are looking for local restaurants, you don't have to stray too far. Local cuisines are about a block away. I would most definitely stay at the golden heron again. Do not pass up this opportunity to get a true Key West feel!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Other Activities: health/beauty spa, horseshoes, boating, shopping, kayaking, basketball court, minature golf, shuffleboard


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in White St. Gallery, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
11 Jul 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
1 Dec 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
1 May 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
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1 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in White St. Gallery, Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Main level
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Main level - in king size bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , jacuzzi , 2nd floor bathroom shared by two bedrooms
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , Guest unit bathroom
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Powder room off kitchen - close to pool
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower , Near pool
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Main level bedroom with half bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Main level bedroom with full bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2nd floor bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2nd floor bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Guest unit with king bed & full bathroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sofa bed/futon , Main level living room
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jacuzzi ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing