Key Haven Estates: Where Laid-Back Meets Luxe in Key West

When most people think of Key West, they envision pastel-colored conch homes, rooster crows at sunrise and lively bar crawls along Duval Street. However, there's another side of Key West that's been overlooked for far too long. Large, waterfront homes that are expertly designed and developed for a luxurious yet laid-back experience. These homes are just a glimpse of what Brightwild stands for and why we were so enthusiastic about welcoming 10 existing homes to our portfolio while vision casting, designing and developing 16 new homes that will be rolled out throughout 2023 and 2024. 

Unlike many other vacation rentals in Key West, Key Haven Estates has been crafted to immerse guests in the local scene while also providing a sense of tranquility and privacy. 

The 10 existing homes are coastal-esque, seated in a massive, private yard with stunning views of the water. As soon as we realized the potential these homes had, it became top priority for us to acquire more land in the same location to continue developing stays that would tell a story with distinctive design. These existing homes have been instrumental to our team as we work to plan out what the future of this community will look like.

Behind Brightwild’s design and development team is father & daughter duo Blaire and Brad Weiser, Breland Morales and Elaine Spottswood who have been meticulously working on an accelerated timeline to get the newest phase of the homes completed. Tiles, textiles and paint colors were each hand-selected for the individual homes–with no duplication taking place between the differing homes. 

It’s not just the location that sets Key Haven Estates apart. 

Our new homes–that will be unveiled in the next couple of months–are painted in crisp, neutral hues that remind you you're in Florida's sunshine without overwhelming you with kitschy beach decor. They’re adorned with well thought out design, outdoor furniture including fire pits, covered outdoor spaces and unique-to-home swimming pools. 

“Key West is on the map as an international destination,” said Blaire Weiser. 

“It was important to us to ensure the homes were individually crafted while still having different aesthetic styles. If you have a design preference when you’re selecting your home, we want to ensure we have something designed for you that incorporates thoughtful amenities with distinctive design to inspire creativity and help you form more meaningful connections—not just with your destination, but with your fellow travelers.” 

From the moment guests arrive, they'll be immersed in the local culture. The properties feature native landscaping, providing a sense of place and history. Whether you're taking a trip or hosting a family reunion or a bachelorette party, these homes are equipped with beautiful Viking appliances and offer plenty of space for entertaining.

Of course, building these new homes was not without its challenges. The supply chain shortages of recent years meant the design team had to be ready to pivot on different light fixtures and other quintessential items if lead times were too prolonged. But the Brightwild team was up to the task, making quick decisions that would best speak to the homes' unique story and location thanks to the help from Virseriu Studio, one of Brightwild’s partners. 

Although not every home is seated on the water, guests have access to private docks, ensuring they can park their boats just steps from where they're residing. These properties are perfect for the fishing type who want direct backyard water access without having to visit a marina. 

The community was developed and refined with hospitality in mind, and every detail has been carefully considered to ensure guests have the best possible experience. From the stunning waterfront views to the luxurious amenities, every element of the community has been designed to exceed guests' expectations.

And with the 26 homes in total to be added to the community, there's something for everyone.

As the numerous phases of building and development continue, the Key Haven Estates team is excited for the memories that will be made in these unique and luxurious vacation rentals. 

Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat or a lively party scene, Key Haven Estates offers the perfect blend of laid-back island living and upscale hospitality.

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