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Monday, September 22, 2008

408 William Street - Old Town - Key West

Just Listed (but not by me) 408 William Street, Old Town, Key West,Florida. This historically important home known as the Richard Roberts House was brought to Key West from Green Turtle Cay in 1847, and settled into its current home on one of the best streets in Old Town. It has received numerous Local and State historic preservation awards. Currently it is configured with 3 Bedrooms 3 Baths, 2 offices, large living and dining rooms, and FOUR covered porches, two on each side of the house and on both floors. Interior walls are wood and the floors are heart pine. The kitchen cabinets are gorgeous Dade pine and the kitchen has new appliances. Most of the interior rooms open onto shady porches, and the living room has a wall of glass doors that lead to the deck and spa. CLICK HERE for more discussion of the house when it was located in the Bahamas.

I had the good fortune to show this house on Sunday and I was taken by the delicate splendor of this painted lady. It is just beautiful. There is a newer addition at the rear of the house where the living room and a bathroom are located on the ground floor. But the original house is just so precious. I have written before about houses that have everything "up to the minute". This house is the antithesis. The treads on the exterior stairway between the first and second floors are not rickety but strong and worn. The show decades of use. Today treads would be replaced to look new. But the treads here ares a testament to the "soles" of those who climbed these stairs for years and years.

The house is divided into living areas on three levels. The spacious new living room is located at the rear of the house on the main level. It has French doors that look out onto the deck. The updated kitchen sits in the middle of the house and one of two offices is located at the front. The second floor has two bedrooms and a bath, and the third floor has a third bedroom and another office. All rooms have windows and or doors to provide natural ventilation (there were no air conditioners in the mid 1800s). But the house is air conditioned today. 408 William Street is offered at $1,075,000 or $573 per sq ft. That is a modest price for such a beautiful property. It will not last long.

There are two drawbacks that will affect certain buyers. First, there is no off street parking. So if you absolutely positively must have off street parking, look elsewhere. Second, there is a spa located on the good sized deck area just off the living room. There may be room for a small pool. But there is not room for a medium sized pool. That's not going to happen. But if you are a buyer that does not require either a pool and parking, you must see this house.

You could not ask for a better location. The house is a five minute walk to Duval Street or the Historic Key West Seaport.

CLICK HERE for more information and photos of 408 William Street. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at for more information on this house or any other Key West listing.

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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.