The newly listed two bedroom home at 11 Hutchinson Lane, Key West, will appeal to a tiny few people among the hundreds who dream about buying a place here someday. And that is because they are the ones who can actually find it. If you do a Google search you can find the location but not actually see the house and that is because it sits behind a gated entrance. There is nobody to keep out. The fence just keeps what's called "The Hutchinson Lane Hamlet" private for the four homes located there. This home is the largest of the four and it is just 1123 Square Feet.
Hutchinson Lane is located in the Bahama Village section of Old Town. It is two and one-half blocks west of Duval Street and about one and one-half from the new Truman Annex Park. You enter from Emma Street which is a one-way heading east. The lane dead ends at the Hamlet Compound. I searched my old shoebox and found some rather scary photos that show what the property looked like many years ago before it was renovated. See the two black and white below. Don't fret, most of what was there was taken down and totally rebuilt.
Two small houses were bridged together to make a larger home. We have seen this done in many small homes in town over the years. I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps from 1889 thru 1912 and could not find the lane even identified. Instead, there were a few tiny cottages and a vast open area between Thomas Street to the east and Emma Street to the west. In current day Key West the house to the rear of 11 Hutchinson Lane #4 is 916 Thomas Street which co-incidentally was listed for sale on the same day as this house but at $1,695,000.
The above photos demonstrate how the two cottages were bridged (or joined together by a new structure at the rear from which the photo immediately above is taken). The master bedroom is the
structure seen from the same photo.
This set of photos show the living room and master bedroom connection. French doors from both rooms open out to the large sunny deck. Tropical foliage on this site and around the other homes provides privacy for each home which shares the common pool. There are parking spaces for seven cars on the property.
There is a lot of new construction and renovation of older buildings going on in Bahama Village today. This home is located within easy walking distance to South Beach at the end of Duval Street or the much larger beach at Ft Zachary Taylor State Park. The new Truman Annex Park and amphitheater are just a couple of blocks to the west. All of the attractions of Duval are three blocks east. Blue Heaven, Firefly, and Santiago's Bodega are a block to the north. You can be anywhere on foot or bike within a matter of minutes.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos for 11 Hutchinson Lane #4 offered for sale at $965,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, buyers agent at Preferred Properties Key West, to show you this property.