old town: 628 Frances Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 01/04/16 11:24 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 - 12/18/15 03:47 AM

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 - 11/29/15 04:42 AM

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 10:12 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 09:47 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 10:21 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 08:58 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 - 09/22/15 06:41 AM

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 - 09/01/15 06:42 AM

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 08:17 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)

old town: 527 Margaret Street - Key West - An Old House Made New - 04/26/15 05:39 AM

The paint is barely dry in the newly rebuilt home at 527 Margaret Street in Old Town Key West. I got a chance to meet the new owners, Kirk Thompson and Brett Burch, this past week. The owners explained to me that they were visiting Key West in January when the passed by the house which was then still under construction. The builders (Paul Misch and his son-n-law John Tutlewski) invited Brett and Kirk inside to see what was being done. They liked what they saw so much that they signed a contract to buy the place before it was complete. … (3 comments)

old town: 812 Windsor Lane - Sitting Pretty in Old Town Key West - 04/23/15 06:40 AM

The simple home at 812 Windsor Lane in Key West did not always look so neat and proper.  I remember driving past that house several years ago on repeated occasions when someone would ask "How much is that house"?  I would always respond "It's not for sale" to which they would reply something like "We'll I want to buy it when it is for sale." The house looked pretty rundown back then. The front yard was over-grown. The place looked like it had been abandoned. But then in 2008 the family who had owned this house since it was first built … (1 comments)

old town: 1111 Packer Street, Key West, Florida - 04/22/15 09:21 AM

 The newly listed home at 1111 Packer Street will appeal to a buyer who is looking for an eventual retirement home in Key West but who wants a place that can be used as a vacation rental to help reduce purchase and maintenance costs. This home has been thoughtfully renovated and has all the attributes that make it very desirable both as a place to live and also a place to spend a vacation. 
I looked around in my old shoebox and found the black and white photo above which shows 1111 Packer Street fifty years ago. If you compare that photo … (0 comments)

old town: 617 Ashe Street, Key West, Florida - 04/21/15 10:25 AM

I know I'm not the only person who upon arrival in Key West the very first time was amazed at the number of incredible old homes packed together in the Old Town area. I walked the streets up and down and back and forth looking at the  houses. I took pictures of the places I thought were amazing as if to build my dream book of places I would like to live someday. I took pictures of forlorn places thinking they could be fixed up and made right. Key West back then was much different than it is today: there were … (0 comments)

old town: 2312 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West - Deveopment Opportunity! - 04/19/15 06:38 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties - 2312 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Florida. This nearly 20,000 sq ft lot irregularly shaped rectangle (102' X 194') frontage on US 1 as it makes its way into the Old Town corridor. It is located opposite the Key West Yacht Club.

I dug into my old shoebox and found an aerial photo from the not too distant pass taken by Ty Symroski and Wendy Tucker.  I have added arrows to point out the location of 2312 N. Roosevelt which is shown just opposite the Yacht Club. The small Hilton Haven enclave is located on … (3 comments)

old town: 818 Carsten Lane, Key West, Florida - 04/12/15 07:19 AM

They don't make Key West cottages any cuter or more perfect than 818 Carsten Lane.  If they did or if they could, everybody would own one. But they don't.  Some places are so special that there is only one. And this is that one!
I found an old photo of 818 Carsten Lane taken fifty years ago. The house was dramatically updated a few years ago. Today the place is picture perfect down to the replica mailbox out front that greets guests as they approach this smart two bedroom two bath cottage style home. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home … (0 comments)

old town: 1019 Elgin Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Fixer-Upper - 04/08/15 12:32 PM

Just Listed 1019 Elgin Lane Key West. This is a Bank Owned property located in a desirable Old Town location near the Historic Seaport. 
I searched the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found this house shown on the 1889 map (when it was then designated as 909 1/2). Hidalgo Lane was the name of the two block long "alley" that runs from White Street to Grinnell Street. That name was later changed to Elgin Lane. Today most of the homes on the lane have been updated. This is a property where a renovation of sorts was started but that was abandoned some … (1 comments)

old town: 820 Carsten Lane, Key West - An Old Town Suprise - 03/11/15 03:33 AM

When I started this blog eight years ago I realized that one of the things that draws people to Key West is the simple way we spend our lives. If you watch any of those reality tv shows about million dollar listings in Beverly Hills or New York you get to see houses for people that live the fast life, the showy life, the I'm very important life. While I amdit I watch those shows, I don't aspire to live in those places. Life in the slow lane is fine with me.

Just listed, but not by me, is … (2 comments)

old town: 812 Johnson Ln, Key West - Come On-A My Open House - 03/08/15 05:20 AM

I am holding an OPEN HOUSE today between 12:00 to 2:00 at 812 Johnson Lane and I would love for my Dear Readers and tourists alike to come up and see me and this wonderful Key West cottage.  The location is near perfect - a quiet little lane located three blocks from Duval Street and three to four blocks from most of the gyms and yoga studios in Key West. A buyer who is looking for a quiet location near the action but not so close to be bothered by the noise will love this place.

812 Johnson … (3 comments)

old town: Don't Buy a House in Key West from a Mr. POTATO HEAD! - 02/28/15 04:55 AM

One of the very best Christmas gifts I ever received was given to me by my big sister back in the early 1950's - it was a Mr. POTATO HEAD. Unlike the Mr. Potato Head OF today, you needed a real potato to make this toy work. Today's version is made out of plastic and to me that is just wrong.
The thing I liked about Mr. Potato Head was that I could make him become whoever I wanted him to be. He could look happy, for sure. But I could put his ears or nose in a funny … (1 comments)

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