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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Watson Up, Doc? Ugh, I Mean Down!

Pardon my trying to be cute with a little play on words. But I wanted to get your attention. This is newsworthy. The really cute cigar maker's cottage at 1117 Watson Street has just been reduced in price to a point where it may make sense to you bargain hunters.

The listing Realtor describes 1117 Watson Street thus:
"This very attractive cigar maker's cottage is located in the Conch Grove Compound. The tastefully renovated home features pine floors, new kitchen appliances, vaulted ceiling and an open, airy floor plan opening through French doors to a large private landscaped garden. Note the large lot. Walk through the private L-shaped lot to a beautifully landscaped yard with heated pool and sundeck. Also note that the upstairs loft (26 ft. x 11 ft) is not included in the square footage."

1117 Watson Street is located two blocks west of White Street and two blocks south of Truman Avenue. The Conch Grove Compound consists of several cottages and single family homes that share a large sunny pool, gardens, and parking. The owner of each cottage or house owns the ground under the property in fee simple. But all property owners share ownership of all of the common areas. As I recall there are only nine units. The shared space seems more like a large private park than a typical condominium or town home pool. Each cottage or house is unique. So the place does not look like a Disney version of Key West. It is the real thing. And I mean that in the most positive way.

Writer James Kirkwood, co-author of "A Chorus Line", was one of the first homeowners in the Conch Grove Compound. Local author David Kaufelt used to live there as well.

You enter the cigar maker's cottage from a door on the south side, not the front door in the photo. Inside you move to the right and enter the shared kitchen and living area with vaulted ceiling. French doors open from the living room onto the privately owned and very cloistered rear yard CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE. That area is surrounded by tall and lush trees and vegetation. It is just too sweet. There is a little path that leads over to the pool. The separation is very marked. You would never know the pool exists unless you wanted to go to it. Likewise, the neighbors can't see what you are doing in your own private outdoor space.

The cottage has just one official bedroom. It is located at the front. The door in the photo does allow access to the front porch. You can sit on the front porch CLICK HERE and watch neighbors walk their dogs or see an occasional tourist riding a bike. There is a loft that can be used as a second (unofficial) sleeping area. It's a bit tight for full time use, however.

1117 Watson Street was originally offered at $599,000. The new asking price is $499,000 or $730 per sq ft. CLICK HERE to see more info and view all the photos of this really cute cottage. This place is not a fixer. It is in move-in condition. It has all the attributes of a single family home plus the partial ownership of that really big sunny pool.

If you are looking for a single family home in Paradise that is priced under $499,000 CLICK HERE to see the other 23 houses in the Key West Association of Realtors database. Do your own comparison shopping. I have written about a couple of those houses. If you would like to schedule a showing of 1117 Watson Street (or any other house for that matter), please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc. in Key West, Florida.

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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.