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Saturday, October 11, 2008

701 Elizabeth Heart of Old Town Key West

You know the house because of its unique design. You know the house because of its prime location. And know you know it is a deal waiting to be had. The seller just reduced the asking pirce on this unique property to only $879,000 or $443 per sq ft.

This is how the listing broker describes this property: "Live at the highest point in Key West, atop Solares Hill, a premier Old Town location. The main home includes 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, river recovered heart pine floors and 10 foot ceilings. Beautiful French doors lead out to your private deck, heated pool and outdoor shower. The second floor boasts cathedral ceilings creating a soaring master bedroom. The over sized windows feature louvered shutters adding to the architectural features of the home. This custom home also includes parking and a guest apartment featuring 1 bedroom and 1 bath with kitchen, laundry, French doors and deck. A quality home designed by Tom Pope and built by Erik DeBoer." What he does not tell you is that Tom Pope is one of Key West's most noted architects. He also does not mention that Pope and de Boer collaborated on several major Key West projects including the Marquesa Hotel. The pool area of the Elizabeth house was later adapted to the new rooms added to the Marquesa Hotel in 1995. Pope & deBoer used similar louvered shutters on several projects including major homes in the Truman Annex and The Meadows Area.

There is a legal three story one bed one bath duplex unit that could be incorported into the main part of the house. That unit has an opening that soars from the ground floor all the way to the ceiling of the third floor and could become a dramatic foyer into the house.

No need to worry about flooding here. This house sits at the highest point on the Island of Key West. Speaking of which, the views from the second floor are really great. And there is off street parking.This house ws built in 1984. Some features may seem a little dated. Everything works. Maybe in our new economy we will learn to use rather than replace things that work.

This is a very nice house in a very good location that was built thoughtfully by a good contractor. It has what most second home owners want in a Key West property. I'd love to show you this house and take you by some of the other properties the architect and contractor later copied in much more expensive versions. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or email me at

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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.