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This Cudjoe Key long-term rental is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom home at mile marker 20. Second story apartment-style home with very large patio. Carpet and tile throughout. Central air conditioning, ceiling files, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Large open living area and large bedrooms. Must meet “Affordable Housing” guidelines. Pets possible with owner’s approval. F/L/S + utilities
- No smoking
- Air conditioning
- Major kitchen appliances included
- Private parking or driveway
- Located between Marathon (MM 45) and Key West (MM 0)
- Pet Friendly
- Open Porch
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(Regular mail: United States Postal Service)
P.O. Box 421063
Summerland Key, FL 33042
(Federal Express, UPS, DHL)
24814 Overseas Highway, #5
Summerland Key, FL 33042
So you’ve heard of the “Lower Keys”, but what’s the difference between each Key and is it important to know before you decide on a rental property?
The Florida Keys are divided into three distinct areas: Upper, Middle and Lower. All of the Keys are quite unique. The Keys begin in Miami-Dade County and continue into Monroe County, ending in Key West.
The Overseas Highway (also known as US Highway 1) spans more than 126 miles and has 42 bridges connecting the islands. The Keys are speckled with mile marker signs, abbreviated as “MM”. Every passing mile has a green post on the side of the road telling you how far from Key West you are.
The Lower Keys begin at the south end of the 7-Mile Bridge or MM 47 and are comprised of Little Duck Key, Missouri Key, Ohio Key (also known as Sunshine Key), Bahia Honda Key, Spanish Harbor Keys, West Summerland Key, No Name Key (yes, there really is a No Name Key), Big Pine Key (home of the endangered Key Deer), Little Torch Key, Middle Torch Key, Big Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Park Key, Lower Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Shark Key, Geiger Key, Big Coppitt Key, East Rockland Key, Rockland Key, Boca Chica Key, Key Haven, Stock Island, Key West, Sigsbee Park, & Fleming Key. The Overseas Highway ends at MM 0…which is Key West.
BIG PINE KEY — MM 30-33
Big Pine is one of the largest Islands in the Keys. It has a population just over 5,000. Water depths and boating access varies; some areas have 15 inches and some have 3-4 feet. Obviously this means you can have a certain kind of boat in some areas that won’t work in others. It depends what you’re looking for.
Big Pine is sometimes considered more “remote,” caught 1/2 way between Marathon and Key West. However, Big Pine does have its own major grocery store, post office, banks and restaurants. It also has unique retail shops and art galleries. On Saturdays, it is known for the very popular Big Pine Flea Market.
There are a lot of activity choices on Big Pine. Big Pine offers quick and easy access to the Gulf, Atlantic, and great backcountry venues. The island also offers nature trails that wind through Federal Refuge land where you can observe Key Deer and bird life. There’s also excellent kayaking through shallow backcountry. And don’t forget to snorkel or dive Looe Key, some of Florida’s best underwater areas when it comes to coral reefs.
CUDJOE KEY — MM 21-23
Cudjoe Key is a peaceful residential island surrounding its own bay, probably the best bay in the area for water sports. The island’s “fishhook” geography and bay are such distinct features that they can be easily identified in satellite pictures.
Cudjoe Key provides a wide variety of housing ranging from ocean front executive homes to standard canal homes. There is also an upscale gated mobile home park, Venture Out, on Cudjoe’s eastern shore.
Nearly all the homes are on the Atlantic side of the Overseas Highway. Boating access on Cudjoe is excellent, almost no matter where you reside. Boating drafts generally range from 2-4 feet, but some canals on the “fishhook” are narrow and have shallow entrances to Cudjoe Bay. The area known as Cudjoe Gardens at the west end of the island has much bigger and deeper canals that will accommodate larger boats.
RAMROD KEY — MM 27
Ramrod Key is a very quiet and primarily residential island with pleasant neighborhood developments located both north and south of the highway. It is described by residents as being more “laid-back”, more “keysey” than the islands found further down the chain. Ramrod offers some commercial amenities including a dive shop, gasoline, restaurants and bars.
Boating control depths are typically 2-2 1/2 feet with good access to both offshore and back country boating and fishing. Small boats are typical here.
SUMMERLAND KEY — MM 24-25
Summerland is an area for larger boats and private pilots. Summerland has one of the few remaining private, residential air-strips in the country that also offers boating access. The island offers unusually wide flow-through canals and a private air strip for local residents. The majority of homes on Summerland are located on the Atlantic side of the Overseas Highway.
Summerland has a small downtown along US1, with a small grocery store, restaurants, a bank, a wholesale fish shop, some healthcare offices, and retail.
And of course, you can visit Action Keys Realty of The FL Keys, Inc. located at mile marker 24 (gulf side) – right next to First State Bank.
SUGARLOAF KEY — MM 17-20
Sugarloaf Key offers quiet solitude to its residents. If you are looking for larger floor plans, more luxurious landscaping and privacy, this may be the Key for you. The majority of homes are located south of the Overseas Highway looking out onto the waters of Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Keys. Large ocean front estates rim the outside of the island facing out to the Atlantic.
Boating is excellent for shallow draft boats with quick access to the backcountry, but access for large boats and sailboats is extremely limited. The Sugarloaf backcountry is legendary for flats fishing.
If you are a pilot, Sugarloaf has a very small public airstrip you can fly into. It also offers a popular sky diving operation, and you’ll definitely see a lot of people “falling” from the sky on a daily basis. The houses along the airstrip get together at Christmas and the “Ho-Ho-Ho” lights can be seen for miles (we LOVE the Ho-Ho-Ho lights!).
THE TORCHES (LITTLE, MIDDLE & BIG) — MM 28
The Torch Keys are located just west of Big Pine Key and are comprised of three separate islands know as Big, Middle, and Little Torch Key. Little torch Key is primarily residential, with the majority of Little Torch Key nestled into the canal systems just south of the Overseas Highway on the ocean side. While there is some residential development on both Middle and Big torch Keys, these islands are largely protected by state and federal wetlands and hardwood hammocks.
HOW TO RENT A HOME –
Action Keys Realty is the Property Management Company for many long-term rental properties. All of these homes are located between Marathon and Key West.
Homes are privately owned, require first/last/security (F/L/S), and do not include utilities (unless otherwise noted). Unless specified, these homes are not furnished.
If you are interested in any of these rental homes, it will be necessary for you to complete a credit application and sign appropriate lease documentation with our office. Contact us to set an appointment.
**All of the information you supply is used only for reservation purposes. We will not release any of your private information to any third party.
LEASE PERIODS –
Long-term rental properties are homes rented for more than 30 days. Typically, these homes require a 6-month to 1-year lease. These homes, unless otherwise noted, are not furnished and do not include utilities. If you are interested in any of our rental homes, it will be necessary for you to complete a rental application and sign appropriate lease documentation with our office.
Some policies are mandated by our property owners.
If you are interested in one of our long-term rentals, please complete a rental application by either visiting our office, or clicking the link below to view then print our application.
- Tenants must be 18 years or older
- Have verifiable employment
- Submit completed application with FEE of $20.00. If approved fee will be credited to rental unit costs.
- Upon approval, a deposit will be required to hold the unit until check in. If tenant fails to lease unit initial deposit will be forfeited.
- Upon check in security deposit. Last month’s rent and rental rent will be collected in-full and held by the property management company in a non-interest bearing account
- Pet are allowed at Landlord’s (home owner’s) discretion.
- Rents are due by the 1st of each and every calendar month and considered late by the 5th of the month. A late fee will be charged on all overdue rent payments.
- All utilities and ground maintenance will be the responsibility of the tenant unless otherwise noted in lease agreement.
*Additional policies, payment procedures and details are specified on the lease agreement.
Some of our Long-Term Rental Homes allow pets; some do not.
Homes that allow pets may require individual owner approval. For “pet friendly” rentals, refer to the detailed information on each property. Pet deposits are sometimes required. Should the property require fumigation after your rental, funds may be taken from your pet deposit. Because the need for fumigation is not detected immediately after your departure, we reserve the right to hold your deposit funds an extra 30 days prior to return.
If owner accepts the request for pets, there may be a non-refundable pet fee of $150.00 per pet. Pets are required to be on a leash at all times when off-property. All pets must have current shots and immunization. Pets must be on a flea prevention treatment prior to rental. All pet feces must be picked up from property prior to exiting property. Pets walked in neighborhood must have all pet feces picked up and disposed of immediately. An additional pet addendum will be added to the rental lease. Please refer to the addendum for additional details.