Last Key Realty… The Accidental Business

It’s no secret Last Key Realty has set the standard for luxury vacation rentals in Key West.  The thousands of guests that have stayed with us over the years, along with our happy homeowners, will be the first to tell you that.  But few know the story of how this titan of real estate came to be.  Until now.

Founder Chris Santry & COO Alex O’Donnell celebrating Alex’s 3rd (!!!) baby on the way

A Retirement Cut Short

If you ask our founder Chris Santry how Last Key came into being he’ll tell you just like he told me in my job interview, it was completely by accident.  He had no intention of creating a vacation rental company, the island demanded it of him.

Chris and his wife Sharon retired to Key West in 1999 and planned on renting out several properties they’d acquired… doing little more than floating in their pool and hanging out at La Te Da.  After dealing with another vacation rental company in Key West for a couple of years, Chris decided he would be better off renting his homes himself.  So that’s exactly what he did.

Conch Casa Grande – One of the 1st homes under the Last Key umbrella, and still with us!

Last Key Realty is Born

Over the next few years, Chris and Sharon did so well with their homes that other homeowners asked if they could be a part of the program. By 2008, they were managing a dozen homes, and the couple decided they needed to actually be a company. Thus, Last Key Realty was born.

The next decade was a period of steady growth and expansion. And we’re happy to report that many of those original owners are still part of Last Key Realty’s rental program.

The view from the living room at Noona’s Mansion, a long time Last Key favorite

Key West Awesomeness

So what sets LKR apart?  There are plenty of vacation rental companies in Key West, either locally based or part of a world-wide conglomerates.  With so much competition how have we grown so steadily?  The answer is simple – we care about our guest’s experience, that’s what it’s always been about.

We do everything we can to ensure our guests get a taste of the Key West Awesomeness we’ve grown to love.

Last Key Realty has the largest vacation rental staff, at least triple any competitor in Key West. Each member of our staff is dedicated to enhancing our guest’s experience.  We love Key West and want to show off the Key West Awesomeness that keeps drawing people to our little island year after year.  And we do everything in our power to ensure our guests find that awesomeness, whatever their idea of it may be.

The Polynesian House is a great representation of Key West Awesomeness…

It’s no coincidence the most notable luxury vacation homes in Key West are with Last Key.  We have a strict set of standards for our homes and we ensure those standards are met for every single guest staying with us.  You read that correctly, we check our properties before every stay to make sure everything is top notch for you.  One of the most common phrases guests use in their reviews is “nicer than the photos.”

Buy Key West

We’ve even helped a bunch of our guests become locals.  The reason our guests trust us in the search for their own vacation home is because we don’t simply sell them a house… We act as consultants to help them find their dream home. 

Whether you’re looking to stay for a week, or a month… or the rest of your days, look no further than Last Key Realty to ensure you find that Key West awesomeness you’ve always desired.