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Monday, November 23, 2009

1410 Duncan - Key West




This is another one of those just listed but not by me posts. 1410 Duncan Street is located just across the street form the Tennessee Williams House located at 1431 Duncan Street. Tennessee Williams said this of Key West:
"This is the most fantastic place that I have been yet in America. It is even more colorful than Frisco, New Orleans or Santa Fe. There are comparatively few tourists and the town is the real stuff. It still belongs to the natives who are known as ‘conks.’ Sponge and deep sea fishing are the main occupations and the houses are mostly clapboard shanties which have weathered gray nets drying on the front porches and great flaming bushes of poinsettia in the yards. This is beginning to sound like very bad travel literature—but I do wish you were here. I am occupying the old servant’s quarters in back of this 90-year old house. It has been converted into an attractive living space with a shower. The rent is $7 a week. I shan’t do anything the next few weeks but swim and lie on the beach until I feel human again. Then I shall learn how to fish. A good fisherman can thumb his nose at all commercial enterprise in the world."
Can you imagine Key West on $7 per week or relatively few tourists? Egads! Back to the future.

1410 Duncan Street is located three blocks east of White and a couple of blocks to the south of Bay View Park (on Truman Avenue). Duncan Street is a five or six minute walk to the Atlantic Ocean. It's quicker on a bike or scooter, of course. Old Town is a ten minute bike ride, but you can walk to the restaurants and bars on upper Duval in about five to seven minutes. The listing Realtor describes the location as "the highly desirable Arts District of Old Town Key West". I describe the location as quiet. After you have heard enough tourists and locals walking home at 3:00 AM telling each other how much they love each other or despise each other, you appreciate quiet neighborhoods. Believe me.

The house has two bedrooms, two baths, off street parking, a beautiful pool, a white picket fence and lots of charm. The listing Realtor describes this 1492 sq ft house thus:
"Gorgeous Historic Home in the highly desirable Arts District of Old Town Key West. Fully renovated and restored to its original splendor. Hardwood floors, high ceilings, Dade County Pine walls. Wonderful eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gas cooking. Large and private master bedroom suite with amazing second floor outdoor sky shower overlooking a tree top view of Key West. Inviting pool, lush tropical yard, covered off street parking and a quiet, central location make this home the Quintessential Key West Historic Treasure."
The asking price is just $675,000 or $452 per sq ft. CLICK HERE to see more details on this listing and to view some great photos. I showed this house twice the last time it was on the market. It sold immediately then. Houses that are priced right and that have the features like this house seem to go under contract quickly.

If you are looking for a home like 1410 Duncan Street please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or email me at kw1101v@aol.com. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc in Key West, Florida.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh how fascinating! To have been there when Tennessee Williams was there would have been grand. So much is written about Pappa Ernest but I find the fact that Williams spent some time in Key West too. And his description about Key West is marvelous! Thanks for sharing Gary - this house is quite lovely! Oh, and while on this subject, are there any other famous authors currently living in Key West? I know it is a haven for the literature/music/artists types. And who is your favourite famous figure to live on your island?

Gary Thomas said...

Brian Antoni, of course. Read his acclaimed book "South Beach - The Novel"..He lives in the home of another famous Key West writer on a quiet little lane in Old Town. And I hear he is mentioned in the current issue of Travel & Leisure - go here to read about Brian and other Key West writers: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/key-wests-literary-culture/1

Brian is one of a kind guy. Oh, and if you Google his name and read that he was murdered, you need to keep clicking until you see the "murder". That event caused an uproar. But he is very much alive and in Key West as I write this.

Gary

Anonymous said...

Thanks Gary - I will!

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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.