513 William Street, Key West

Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West


513 William Street in an eyebrow house. It is the most beautiful home in all of Key West. And it is for sale. In his book The Street of Key West J. Willis Burke describes the Key West eyebrow house as architectural eccentricity with "windows fitted up high, dropped just beneath the eaves, for shade and to capture the sea breeze and efficiently circulate air within."

I started to take photos of this house in 2006 soon after renovation began. Unfortunately, most of my photos were stored on a defunct website and are lost. Fortunately for the person who buys this home, the owners who did the renovation took a lot of progress photos and gathered historical memoranda that is in an album which will conveyed to the new owner.  The listing Realtor states this home was built in  1845.

513 William Street - 1965


The owners hired Tom Pope as their architect and worked with their interior designer to create the most perfect of perfect homes in Key West. It was and still is, but there was one important thing missing - a real pool and rear gardens. You can't grow ground, but you can buy an adjacent property. 1 Pinder Lane with its 5,500 Sq Ft lot was listed for sale in 2009 and several months later was acquired by the owner of 513 William Street. Mr. Pope and the interior designer went to work and, in collaboration with HARC, created the masterpiece this property is today. Both properties were torn apart and rebuilt. Steel beams were added to William. HARC granted permission to take down all but the façade of of Pinder Lane. Pinder became the guest cottage with garage. A stunning pool and gardens were create.  .



Upon completion the combined homes offer 4.373 Sq Ft of interior living space including five bedrooms, six baths, study, multiple living and entertainment areas, and a captivating pool and garden area. Let's take a look.
I have written before that none of the eyebrow houses are the same. This one certainly is not. The four quadrants off the center stairway include the study first floor right; bedroom and bath left front, second floor bath; and second floor bedroom


Dormers were added at the rear which allowed the introduction of more sunlight into the area. The property is wired for the 21 St Century and has a control center located on this floor as well. I watched in amazement at all the things an owner can do in a faraway place to a house located on a little island at the end of America. 


The rear of the house has only one level. The day I showed he home all of the French doors were open. The summer heat and humidity were gone. The skies were blue and sweet breeze blew the curtains inward. It was magical!
Everything you see in this house is included in the sale price except for two paintings. The furnishings alone cost more than some of our finest homes. The views are priceless.

Remember the guest cottage was newly built The spaces are enchanting, the colors vibrant and subtle, the furnisins inviting, the pool views made me so wish I could live there - forever.



The guest cottage has a smaller sitting area off the main living space. It also has French doors which open out to the pool I climbed the stairs to view the tree-top room with twin beds. I marveled at the colors I would never imagine working. But they did. Then I went down stairs to the large bedroom with cathedral ceiling and French doors that opened to a private tropical garden. This place does not stop.

Serious buyers must experience this home in person. But anyone can watch the YouTube video by clicking below.

CLICK HERE to Youtube video

CLICK HERE  to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of 513 William StreetKey West, Florida offered for sale at $6,999,000. Then please text me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to discuss viewing this home. I am a buyers agent and full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. 

Comments (4)

Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Sounds like a great opportunity for buyers in your market! Good luck.

Nov 19, 2021 08:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gary - you're right that some homes need to be experienced in person to fully appreciate them in the "big picture".  

Nov 19, 2021 08:46 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

What a fantastic transformation!  I love everything about it, but that pool in the evening is spectacular.

Nov 19, 2021 10:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That's a beautiful home, and I love the pool and outdoor area as well!

Nov 20, 2021 05:37 AM