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Monday, January 25, 2010

510 Frances Street - Old Town - Key West

510 Frances Street Key West as it appeared in 1965

510 Frances Street Key West as it appears in 2010
I was born and raised in one of the western suburbs of Denver. Everybody I knew lived in new homes (then, now they are called "mid-century modern). When I decided to purchase my first house I decided to look for an old house because I thought old homes had more character and probably had more intrinsic value. I have owned three historic homes over the years. During my first trip to Key West I fell in love with this little island that was just filled with old houses. Back then there were a lot of houses that needed restoration. Today many of the older places have been updated. Such is the case with 510 Frances Street in Old Town Key West.

This is how the listing Realtor (and owner) describes 510 Frances Street in Old Town, Key West:
"Stunning and Elegant restoration of a classic large historic home on prestigious Frances Street. An architectural gem featured on the Old Island Restoration Tour of Homes. Quality renovation including new electric, plumbing, roof, central air, pool, spa, designer kitchen and baths. Granite countertops, Sub Zero and stainless appliances. Bright, open floor plan with high ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors and Dade County Pine walls. Master bedrooms on first and second floors, 3/3 plus office with built-in cabinets. Multiple porches, brick patios, gated off-street parking and lush tropical lot. Located on one of the most desirable streets in Old Town Key West."
This property has 2294 sq ft of living space and sits on a 50' X 74' (3724 sq ft) lot on one of the best streets in Old Town. The houses was renovated in the past five years and has a new roof, plumbing, pool, spa, bricked courtyard, yada, yada, yada. It is priced at $1,695,000 or $739 per sq ft. The character of the house has not changed. The facade is nearly the same today as it was nearly half a century ago.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information on 510 Frances Street and to view photos.

The pool and spa are recent additions to 510 Frances Street

If you would like to see 510 Frances Street or any other house in Old Town Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Our office is the Lower Florida Keys exclusive affiliate of Christie's Great Estates.

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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.