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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

612 Griffin Lane Old Town Treasure Key West

Way back in February I wrote about a (then) new listing at 612 Griffin Lane in Old Town Key West. CLICK HERE to read what I wrote then.

I got to show the property this past Monday to a prospective buyer who did not want a place with granite, marble, and stainless steel appliances. Griffin Lane was right on target. It is Left-0ver-Hippie to the Hilt. I love it!

The yard is immense and densely populated with all kinds of tropical vegetation and palms a plenty. You walk the path to the wood steps and enter the very large open living - dining - kitchen area. There is a bedroom to the rear and the bath. In the center of the room is a stairway to the second floor where there is another open bedroom with doorway to an second floor deck with a view that is absolutely incredible. I took a couple of photos that appear to the right. They do not do the view any justice whatsoever.

From the second floor deck you look down into the massive yard where there is a second building (a shack with a hole in the roof) but a building which may be allowed to "grow". It is built pretty much on the property line. But the advantage is that you may be able to get permission from the city to keep the existing set backs and increase the usable square footage. A possible usage may be a pool house or a guest bedroom and bath.

Don't let the inside of the present main house scare you. So much of old Key West used to look this way. It's too bad so much of that look is now gone in my opinion. But a new owner will probably want to gussie up the place with more modern amenities. And that can be done.

And what a property you would have if you are the person to buy this secret little treasure that is hidden away from everything and everyone. The "owner" is an estate. The asking price is not cut in granite. The best way to approach this property is to look at it; determine what you think you can do and what it will cost; speak with an architect and contract to see what your vision will cost to bring to life; and then, maybe, submit an offer. CLICK HERE to read what the listing agent has to say about Griffin Lane and see additional photos. Don't let the asking price or the amount of work scare you. You will end up owning a Key West Treasure when this project is done. And I think the actual sales price will probably be much less than you think based on the asking price. Remember,this is an estate sale.

If you are the adventurous sort, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or email me at kw1101v@aolcom. The property is rented so 24 hour advance notice is required.

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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.