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Monday, January 4, 2010

811 Carey Lane - Old Town - Key West Cottage

811 Carey Lane

From 811 Carey Lane (left) looking east toward Margaret Street

The asking price on 811 Carey Lane just got better: reduced to $649,000 or $605 per sq ft. This is how the listing Realtor describes this charmer that is located on one of the best little slow lanes of Key West:
"Located in an area of million dollar properties, this charming home has an exceptional location on one of Key West's most desirable lanes. You'll find peaceful tranquility and the Key West ambiance you're looking for in this home. Open living and renovated kitchen, dining room, good storage, outdoor shower, covered porch for lounging and lovely gardens complete with inground hot tub. House opens beautifully to the well-kept gardens and outdoor areas. Excellent condition with 4 ductless air units. Fall in love with this fun and artistic quintessial Key West cottage."
The cottage is almost 1100 square feet and has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a new kitchen, and it just oozes charm. The ceiling in the main living area is vaulted with exposed wood shingles (covered by metal on the exterior). The ceiling is really dramatic. The living, dining and kitchen area are just captivating. Although this cottage has two bedrooms, neither bedroom is really large. There are two bathrooms plus the essential outdoor shower. The existing outdoor covered porch is so inviting and relaxing. There is room for a good sized pool. The rear of this property abuts Carsten Lane. So all one need do is take down the fence, bring in a backhoe, dig out the dirt, install a new pool for about $25,000, and put the fence back up.

Carey Lane is a one block lane that runs perpendicular between Margaret Street and William Street and just south of Southard Street. It is within walking distance of everything Old Town has to offer, yet you almost need a map to find it. The five homes on Carsten Lane abut Carey Lane to the rear. Each of the houses on Carey Lane and Carsten Lane run through to the other side. Some front on Carsten Lane and the rest have that super valuable Carey Lane address.
Here are some photos of neighboring cottages.

810 Carey Lane (pictured above) is opposite of 811 Carey Lane

811 Carey Lane is at far end of the lane on the right

Neighboring cottage on Carsten Lane

811 Carey Lane is one of my favorite little houses in Key West. It is very simple. It does not need any fixing.It has room for a pool, but a pool is not necessary to everyone. CLICK HERE to view the mls listing info sheet and to view more photos of the cottage.

811 Carey Lane has a great location. Conch trains and trolley cars will never bother the owner. Tourists on motor scooters and bikes probably won't even know it exists. Life goes on in these special little island oases within the island that is Key West.

Yet the property is only a two minute walk to the corner of Margaret and Southard Streets. Five minutes more and you are on Duval or at the Historic Key West Seaport. So close and yet so far away. If you are looking for a place in Paradise, please consider working with me, Gary Thomas. 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.