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Sunday, June 14, 2009

730 Southard Street - Old Town - Key West

The asking price on 730 Southard Street was just reduced to $1,490,000 or $525 per sq ft.
The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Right in the heart of Old Town Key West sits this jewel of an original Conch home built in the 1800's awaiting your special touch. The history behind this home spans several generations of just one family. The rooms are large, the ceilings are high and everything is original in this two story home including Dade County pine throughout. There's over 2800 square feet of living space including the large master and guest bedrooms upstairs plus the living room, den, study, dining room and kitchen downstairs. The standup attic runs the length of the building with access to the widows walk allowing for a bird's eye view of Old Town. All this plus room for a pool in the back."

This house sits at the corner of William and Southard Streets right smack dab in the middle of Old Town. You could not ask for a better location. The lot measures 100' X 68'.53" or 6853 sq ft. That is huge for Old Town. The house is equally large. The listing Realtor says the house is 2838 sq ft and has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a garage, an incredible facade and a widows walk. CLICK HERE to see a photo that shows the rear of the house where there is more than ample room for a good sized pool. CLICK HERE for more detailed information and photos of 730 Southard Street.

When I previously wrote about this house (when it was listed at twice the current asking price), I referred to it as a "virgin" because it has remained in the same family since it was built. There is only one building permit of record in the County Appraiser's records and that was to upgrade the electric service. The house looks pretty much the same today as it did when it was built. Of course, there is another even more expensive virgin on the market located at 616 Eaton Street. I wrote about it on September 3 when it was listed for $5.5 million. The price remains the same on that property. CLICK HERE to see the listing info on 616 Eaton Street so you can do some comparison shopping.

The house at 730 Southard Street is known by everybody in town and by most seasoned tourists as well. And just about everybody says "that would make a really good renovation project" or something to that effect. It would. This property is another Key West treasure. It deserves a new owner with lots of money and a big vision to restore and improve this landmark.

If you are looking for a renovation project in Key West, or just a simple little Conch Cottage, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 or e-mail me at Let me help you find your place in Paradise. Prices on most properties are at historic lows so I think now is a great time to buy bargain priced properties. CLICK HERE to search the Key West mls database and then call me.

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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.