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Sunday, February 26, 2017

11 Nassau Lane, Key West - OPEN HOUSE TODAY


Today between 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM
11 Nassau Lane, Key West

This Pre-Civil War two bedroom two bath cottage with lovely orchid garden is offered for sale fully furnished at $794,000.  Come see why I am such a fan of homes located the slow lanes of Key West.




Friday, February 24, 2017

11 Nassau Lane, Key West

Just Listed, 11 Nassau Lane, Key West. I have written several blogs about the buyers who fell in love with 11 Nassau Lane and this little house even before we made it to the inside. This was the first and only house these buyers looked at. It was love at first sight.  That was fifteen years ago. And now this home is available for purchase.
The owners believe this home was built circa 1860 just before the start of the Civil War. Although this home has been updated and expanded, the Dade County Pine walls in the living room and kitchen are extra wide boards which are indicative of very old growth wood. The previous owner replaced the original floors, remodeled the kitchen and bath, added French doors to the side and rear bedroom.
The current owners converted the main floor bedroom at the rear into a den. Today there is a sleeper sofa that opens for visitors from the frozen north. The prior owner had a Murphy Bed in this space which worked well for his needs. I think visitors won't willingly want to leave this Garden of Eden view. There are over 50 orchids in the garden which convey with purchase of the house.
Several years ago the current owners added a second floor bedroom and bathroom plus covered rear porch and and created a love nest in the process. Who wouldn't fall in love with a treetop space this precious?  The vaulted ceiling with skylights, sharp repetitive angles plus contrasting natural and painted woods are juxtaposed to the expansive open views of the surrounding trees and blue sky. As the photographer was snapping photos of this space, I noticed strands of shells suspended on the porch. They shimmered like gems. Yes. They shimmered like gems. Precious gems.
CLICK HERE to view more photos of 11 Nassau Lane in Key West. Everything you see in the photos with a few exceptions will convey to the purchaser of this enchanting cottage located near the end of the lane. The bricked gardens and walkways are lighted and irrigated and contain numerous varieties of tropical trees and foliage, bromalides, and over fifty orchids.
11 Nassau Lane is now offered for sale at $794,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a showing. I will be hosting an Open House this Sunday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This really is a special home. Come see it before it gets taken by someone else.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

1609 South Street, Key West, Florida

1609 South Street is new to the Key West real estate market is this mid-century home that looks nothing like houses of the early 1950s. It has been totally revamped and looks just great. The listing Realtor describes the home this way:
"This meticulous 3 bedroom 2 bath home has all the upgrades you are looking for. The open floor plan features granite counter tops, custom solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, marble baths & lots of storage. Master has a large walk thru closet & en suite bathroom. The front & backyard are beautifully landscaped with local fruit trees & private entertaining space. Garage and Parking! House is connected to 16kw generator with an 80 gallon propane tank."
The living area is on the left side of the home while the bedrooms and bathrooms are located to the right.
I was particularly impressed with the closet and storage spaces created during the renovation. Rea families need real storage spaces. This home has plenty of storage. The baths have all been updated as well. The 1240 sq ft home sits on a 60' X 94' lot but that is is about all of the original house that has not changed. The floor plan has been reworked with a modern open space living plan that is evident as soon as you walk in the front door.
 Brick pavers create an easily maintained front entrance to the property and the garage. Readers from up north may not be aware that few homes in Key West have garages or carports.  This home also has a kid-friendly back yard with covered deck area and a nice grassy play area for the children all protected by privacy fencing. 
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos on 1609 South Street which is offered for sale at $875,000.  Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

611 William Street, Key West

The listing Realtor describes 611 William Street this way:
"Located on one of the most sought after streets in Key West, this Classic Revival Home has endless possibilities. The home boasts 3336 sq. feet of living space with wonderful porches both upstairs and down, this three-unit property could quickly return to its grand dame single family home roots. Or you could maintain it as it is. Move in today, live in one of the units and continue renting the other two. The property, with Dade County pine throughout, includes three units: a two-bedroom, two-bath owners' home on the ground floor, opening onto the magnificent outdoor dining and entertaining areas; a two bedroom, two-bath home on the second & third floors that overlooks peaceful William Street from a large and welcoming balcony and boasts a magnificent roof deck with 360 degree views of Old town. In addition, a perfectly sweet, one-bedroom, one bath cottage-style unit that's just meant for cozy, comfortable living. The property has been beautifully updated and maintained. It's move-in ready, of course, but the discerning buyer will see the potential for re-thinking whether a single-family home might not be just perfect. And, there's the possibility a new owner might want to consider keeping the upstairs unit and incorporating the one-bedroom space elsewhere. See what we mean about possibilities? X500 Flood Zone and off street parking make this a perfect Key West address!"
Let's look at this big house the way a stranger might as he approaches the front door. Well, there are three doors (referred to as "bays") when viewing historic architecture. Each door has a pediment and wooden shutters. This tells us that the house was likely built to a higher standard than other houses of its era. There are numbers on two of the doors which suggest there are at least two living units accessed from the three front doors. The stained glass window over the left door suggests that door probably is the entrance to a stairway to the second floor and that the middle door is the primary entrance to the first floor living space. The right door is for decoration and in earlier days provided both architectural symmetry and ventilation.  The assumptions prove true in this house which has a first floor one bedroom apartment. The living rooms is seen in the above photo. Part of the bedroom can be seen as well. The kitchen and private bath are not visible in any other photos. Remember this space later as we look at size and price.
The top photo of today's blog shows a gated parking space at the left front of the property followed by a tall white picket fence that separates the parking space from the side garden area which wraps around to the rear where there is a second first floor apartment with two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and covered outdoor loggia.  
That left front door stairway delivers the stranger to the second floor which appears immense when seen for the first time. The  walls and ceiling a Dade County Pine painted white and which re dramatically offset by the dark stained wood floors and treads and railings on staircase leading to the third floor. Three bay doors open out to the covered second floor front porch which overlooks William Street. Broadway impresario Jerry Herman used to live across the street at 626 William. Shel Silverstein's home was located two doors north at 620 William Street.
The doorway at the the stairs leads into the kitchen and dining area and then into a bedroom and bathroom. Notice the pitch of the roof as it continues into the bedroom. While these spaces look contemporary, the old scuttle reminds us this is a really old house adapted to modern living. It works.
The third floor has a second bedroom and bath plus a sunny rooftop deck which overlooks many of the neighboring homes.  Key West has height restrictions on all new buildings and renovations. I seriously doubt that any one will ever be able see onto this roof top deck or view anything that ever happens here.

According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser 611 William Street has 2632 sq ft of living space under air conditioning (not including porches or open living spaces) and sits on a 43.83' X 80' (3608 sq ft) lot. I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine the approximate time this home was built. The entire area of William Margaret Streets south of Southard was omitted from the 1889 map. However, 611 William Street did appear on the 1899 map. That map showed what appears to be the front two story grand conch house (spectacular in layout) together with an attached square structure plus two out buildings. (The out buildings no longer exist.) What looks like a walking lane was located between 607 and 611 William. The lane used to lead to a house identified on the map as 708 1/2 Southard Street.   (If there was a lane, it no longer exists.)  The houses which faced onto Southard and Margaret Street were demolished years ago when the Harris High School on Southard Street was built.  Today the old high school and surrounding grounds are for sale. Generations of locals attended this school. Expect only a great future for this property.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of 611 William Street which is offered at $1,595,000.  This property is perfectly livable as is.  It appears to have been property maintained for years. I do think a new owner might seriously consider taking this property back to single family residence.  It would be simple to convert the multi-family living spaces into a large single family home. I think the side yard may have enough space to build a small pool, especially if the existing rear covered area were opened to eliminate the hard surface areas.  In this instance, less really would lead to more. Pleas call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a personal visit to view this home, not as a stranger but as a potential owner.






















I dug into my old shoe box and found a photo of 611 William Street taken in 1965 with the notation that the house was built circa 1889. I sold the house next door to the south (613 William Street) a few years ago. That delightful place is referred to as The Pink House.The styles are totally opposite: 611 William is big and somewhat imposing while 613 William, a restored cigar maker cottage, is smaller in size and more demur all together. This block has a variety of homes including a classic eyebrow, a couple of what we call "great houses", and several  smaller cottage style homes like 608 William Street pictured below. Some homes have postage stamp lots while others have huge rear yards accompanied by pools, guest cottages, and the like.

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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.