old town: 1500 Albury Street, Key West - Just Listed - 01/20/17 06:26 AM

1500 Albury Street is a brand new custom built home resembling the charming historic architecture of Old Town Key West.  While this home looks like a house of the past, it is very much a home of the future. Let's take a look at some of the features of this new 2240 square foot home.

The front entrance suggests there might be two residences here. There aren't, but the second door does lead to the main floor front bedroom which might be used as an owner's lockout or an in home office. The doors are custom made wind impact resistant as are … (3 comments)

old town: 816 Ashe Street, Key West - Just Listed - 01/10/17 10:11 AM

Just Listed:  816 Ashe Street, Key West, Florida.  Frequent visitors and even many locals may not know about this three block long street which runs paralegal between White Street to the east and Frances Street on the west between Southard Street to the north and Olivia Street to the south.

As I prepared to write today's blog I looked around in the old shoebox and found photos of 816 Ashe Street and its former neighbor to the north at 814 Ashe Street. I remember showing 814 Ashe Street more than a decade ago. I remember thinking it was way over-priced for the … (1 comments)

old town: 2016 That Was the Year That Was in Key West Real Estate - 12/31/16 11:09 AM

Each year I like to look back to see what was sold and select what I think were the outstanding sales for our little island paradise. Most of my customers are buyers.  Most of my buyers are folks from up north in America who are seeking either a getaway place or a potential retirement home. As a result I have been inside a lot of the houses that were sold in the past year and have a pretty good sense of what constitutes a good price, a good location, or just a really good all around value.
I wrote about 1435 Flagler … (0 comments)

old town: 1114 Margaret Street, Key West - Innovative New Look in Old Town - 10/10/16 10:40 PM

When most people start to consider the purchase of a home in Key West, they invariably think of buying the quintessential Key West cottage with white picket fence and charm galore. The popularity of these cottages has driven the price up as the supply goes down. I recently showed a new listing in  Old Town which is the antithesis of the cottage homes which are so sought after. I think this particular house is well worth consideration.  The listing Realtor describes 1114 Margaret Street this way:
"Nationally renowned Architect/Owner created a magical, private hideaway in Old Town Key West. The home perfectly … (2 comments)

old town: 800 Fleming Street #A2, Key West - Just Listed - 09/13/16 10:43 PM

The listing Realtor describes the newly listed second floor condominium at The William Fleming House in Key West, Florida this way:
"A splendid 2/2 corner condominium unit combines modern conveniences with Old World charm, just steps from downtown. This exceptional unit, with 14-ft. ceilings throughout, occupies the south-west corner of the second-floor of the majestic William Fleming House, an historic 1890s Old Town structure. The sunken/dining room area, greets guests with its gorgeous Dade County pine walls, floor, and ceiling. Built-in bookshelf/storage areas lend the space a So Ho loft feel. Below the sleeping loft/storage space, which overlooks the living area, is … (3 comments)

old town: 1223 Margaret Street, Key West - 08/05/16 10:29 PM

The charming Conch style home at 1223 Margaret Street is now available at the asking price of $1,500,000. This three story home was built new (not remodeled) in 1999 by Lauramar Development. That developer built several "in-fill" properties in various Old Town neighborhoods around that same time period. Each of the projects quickly sold out because the houses had the desirable architectural look of "look" of historic Key West homes. The houses were built to rigid new building codes and used modern building materials. The resultant homes are easier to maintain on the outside and offer contemporary living on the inside. 
The … (2 comments)

old town: 418 Amelia Street, Key West - It's Gonna Sell Really Fast! - 06/04/16 01:14 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 418 Amelia Street. This cute little two bedroom home is located steps from the world famous Duval Street, has a private pool, and is priced at just $598,000. I think this place will sell really fast. Read on and you may agree.
I got into my old shoebox and found the above photo of 418 Amelia Street which was taken a little over fifty years ago. That was before Key West was discovered.  This photo shows you the historic construction of this house with a sawtooth addition that connects to the front part of the … (2 comments)

old town: 1503 South Street, Key West - a Bit of Old Town in Mid Town - 04/12/16 11:55 PM

Who'd-a-thunk you could buy a genuine Old Town house in Mid Town Key West with a virgin-like yard.d home.  Read on and you will learn more. But look just below to see the same house after it was moved from the 600 block of Simonton Street to permit construction of the old firehouse at Simonton and Angela Streets.

The listing Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West describes this property this way:
"This charming property has never before been offered for sale and it is a one of a kind in this neighborhood. The house is considered a historic structure, having been moved to … (0 comments)

old town: 1521 Seminary Street, Key West - Affordalbe Home in Paradise - 04/07/16 12:13 AM

The newly listed home at 1521 Seminary Street in the Midtown neighborhood of Key West just may be the answer to the impossible dream that so many would be buyers have. What's that - you ask.  It's a cute little place with character with a large yard that you could add to over the coming years to create your version of the perfect place in paradise and to do so at an affordable price. The listing Realtor at Preferred Properties describes this unconventional delight this way:
"Lovely Mid Town Artist Home with an Old Town feel, centrally located for an easy bike … (2 comments)

old town: 615 Caroline Street, Key West - 03/27/16 12:14 AM

The impressive home at 615 Caroline Street looks so regal now with its wrap around first and second floor porches. Dark colored shutters punctuate the exterior of this crisp white house. There is off street parking to the left  plus two gated entrances. The gate to the far east side (right) is a service gate which leads to the pool at the rear. Passersby must think someone famous lives here after all this place is so elegant.
In preparing to write today's blog I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to determine when this home first appeared on the fire maps that … (2 comments)

old town: 628 Frances Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 01/04/16 03:24 AM

The asking price on 628 Frances Street was originally offered at $899,000. The new asking price is just $769,000. This Old Town home is a really sweet miniature eyebrow cottage complete with a white picket fence and garden. Some of the prettiest, and a couple of the most expensive, homes in town are located on this block which is within easy walking distance to the Historic Key West Seaport, Duval Street, and Sunset Celebration.
Before starting today's blog I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that this home first appeared on the the 1899 map. (This entire block was omitted … (0 comments)

old town: 606 Grinnel Street, Key West - 12/17/15 07:47 PM

Just Listed, but not by me, 606 Grinnell Street in Old Town Key West. When you view the home from the street you would probably never suspect the place is actually a two story legal duplex. I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine the approximate date this home was built. The 1889 map did not show any homes in this area but the surrounding blocks were thoroughly built out.  This leads me to conclude houses were on  this block and other surrounding blocks in 1889 but were omitted from map placement for some reason.. The … (1 comments)

old town: 1209 Margaret Street, Key West, Florida - 11/28/15 08:42 PM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 1209 Margaret Street located in Old Town Key West. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This little jewel box of a house has just been completely and beautifully renovated with brand new kitchen and bathrooms. The historic old town cottage is in the x-zone and has three bedrooms and two full baths. It is graced by vaulted ceilings, an extra deep front porch and and a spacious and sunny rear deck. It is a wonderful property at a great price."

I found a photo of 1209 Margaret Street taken fifty years ago. You'll quickly … (3 comments)

old town: 1205 Florida Street, Key West - 11/04/15 02:12 AM

1205 Florida Street is a recent addition to the Key West mls. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this property this way:
"Live-in As-Is or take advantage of the tremendous renovation potential in this Conch cottage on large lot in Old Town. Home is situated on zero lot line to allow for maximum expansion. Plenty of room for large pool and guest quarters. Located near Bayview Park and the White Street shopping district, this property is nestled amongst million dollar plus homes. Buyer to verify improvements with HARC."

 I have shown this home a couple of times and held off writing about it … (1 comments)

old town: 628 Frances Street, Key West - Sweet Eyebrow Cottage - 10/17/15 02:47 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 628 Frances Street. This is a really sweet miniature eyebrow cottage complete with a white picket fence and garden. Some of the prettiest, and a couple of the most expensive, homes in town are located on this block which is within easy walking distance to the Historic Key West Seaport, Duval Street, and Sunset Celebration.
Before starting today's blog I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that this home first appeared on the the 1899 map. (This entire block was omitted from the 1889 map which does not infer the houses were not … (1 comments)

old town: 811 United Street No. 1, Key West - 09/30/15 03:21 AM

If you have been searching for a private little Key West pied-à-terre with a pool and parking priced under half a million dollars, you ought to consider the absolutely charming one bedroom Secluded Gardens of Key West condo at 811 United Street No. 1.  The listing Realtor, not me, describes this unit this way:
"This is a wonderful corner property; well-maintained, with heated pool and off-street parking. This one bedroom condo is in move-in condition with beautifully renovated kitchen and upgraded bathroom. Located at the quiet end of the island's historic district, this condo is still within easy walking distance of a … (0 comments)

old town: 724 Windsor Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Cottage - 09/25/15 01:58 AM

Just Listed 724 Windsor Lane in Key West, Florida. This little gem is a Bank Owned property located in a great Old Town neighborhood across the street from the historic Key West Writer's Compound which is an  assortment of restored shacks, shanties, cottages, and houses which were once winter homes for writers such as Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur; "Divine Comedy" translator John Ciardi; John Hersey author of "A Bell for Adano" and "Hiroshima", and Ralph Ellison who wrote "The Invisible Man".  Windsor Lane  is located near the top of Solaris Hill which is the highest point in Key West. (I … (0 comments)

old town: 800 Fleming Street #1B Key West - The William Fleming House - 09/21/15 11:41 PM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 800 Fleming Street #1B, a handsome two bedroom two bath William Fleming House Condominium offered for sale at just $815,000. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This ground floor condominium is perfectly situated poolside in the ideally located William Fleming House. The dramatic double height great room has big high windows and two pairs of French doors opening to a private wrap-around deck. New custom designed bookcases fill one whole wall. The master bedroom has high ceilings, a loft study, walk-in closet and a door leading to the deck. The second bedroom is … (0 comments)

old town: 1211 Grinnell Street, Key West - Key West Short Sale - 08/31/15 11:42 PM

If you've been sitting around patiently looking for a buying opportunity in Key West now is the time to pounce on 1211 Grinnell Street. The listing Realtor describes this two story  1360 sq ft home this way:
"Beautiful fee simple home in wonderful Grinnell Gardens compound, a unique compound consisting of 7 units with a large shared pool. Built in 1994 & in great shape, this attached home has two spacious bedrooms & two and one-half baths. Enjoy an open & lovely great room, a kitchen with granite counters & stainless steel appliances & wood floors throughout. The master suite has cathedral … (1 comments)

old town: Key West Real Estate Sales Report - First Half of 2015 - 07/02/15 01:17 AM

I thought it would be interesting to look at the real estate sales for Key West for the first six months of 2015. I used the Key West mls database for the geographic areas of Key West and Stock Island but did not include any sales east of Stock Island. This geographic area most potential buyers consider to be "Key West" even though our mls database reaches property sales which extend ten miles east of Mile Marker 0. 
CASA MARINA AREA. There were 12 single family home sales in the Casa Marina Area between January and July. The average price per sq … (0 comments)

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