Here is a terrific Key West listing that comes with a history lesson. Thanks to the original poster for the great info.
If you know someone looking for a permanent home in Key West or a vacation home, share this with them. This just might be the perfect home for them.
Just about all potential buyer who call me to discuss the desire to start looking for a home in Key West says they want a place in Old Town close to Duval Street so that they can walk to the restaurants and do all the things they do when they visit as tourists. They tell me how many bedrooms and baths they want, whether they require a pool and parking. It's when I tell them how much it may cost to find a place that is in tip-top shape that reality often sets in as the cost of paradise seems out of the reach for some. I often quiz these potential buyers to ask if they have considered mid-town and new-town areas. Most are unaware of the areas or the value of homes located there.
3010 Flagler Avenue is a viable and less expensive alternative to the more expensive homes in Old Town and Casa Marina areas. This three bedroom home also includes a pool, guest cottage with bath, and carport. The 1,602 sq ft home was built in 1958 and sits on a 6,360 sq ft lot. (Imagine how much that would cost in Old Town.)
The home has been tastefully updated and is in move-in condition. I looked for but did not find anything that needs to be brought up to date. That means a new owner won't have to live through months of contractors not showing up to fix things or countless homeowner trips to Home Depot or Ace Hardware looking for stuff and then paying for stuff.
The master bedroom has a pretty chill view of the cool pool. Who wouldn't want a view like that each morning? There is a large guest bedroom (with bath) in the main house plus a guest cottage (with bath) in the rear which the current owner uses as an office.
Last week I mentioned that I made by first visit to Key West in March 1984. I drove down from Miami and turned left on A-1-A and started toward Old Town, or so I thought. Instead I ended up on the eastern end of Flagler Avenue which had block after block of mid-century homes. This wasn't the Key West I anticipated.
I dug into my old shoebox and found the above black and white photo taken at where I think 2900 to 3100 block of Flagler Avenue. I think I see commercial buildings a couple of blocks to the east. The blond house on the right side of the photo looks much like 3010 Flagler does. The house definitely has a carport, a trademark of mid-century homes. 3010 Flagler Avenue today has a semi-circular drive and plantings which give the house privacy from the street. Additionally, the home has new windows and doors courtesy of the FAA's airport noise abatement program. While every home owner can hear plane loads of tourists arriving at some point, only a few homes got the expensive and effective replacement windows.
This home should be workable with a family with one or two children. The guest bedroom is good sized or to a gay couple who want a slice of paradise that won't break the bank. The new Poinciana School is only a couple of blocks away as is the new Anytime Fitness. Our three large shopping centers are five minutes by car.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of this super-clean and well price home now offered at $825,000 or $525 per sq ft. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. to schedule a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. You really should see this house. You will be impressed.
Some things from the 1950s never go out of style.
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