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Monday, January 11, 2010

The House on the Hill - Old Town - Key West

604 Elizabeth Street sits atop Solares Hill in Old Town Key West

The Perfect Perch to People Watch

I guess I have written too often about the importance of location because so many potential buyers snub perfectly nice homes because sometimes they are located in sometimes challenging locations. The house at 604 Elizabeth Street which located near the tippy-top of Solares Hill (the highest point in Key West) could not have a better location. The house is located two blocks from Duval Street and just steps from Southard Street. So it's a quick walk to the shopping, restaurants, and nightlife but not near enough to hear it.

The neighboring houses CLICK HERE are a mix of super-expensive to moderate, but nothing cheap. The house directly behind 604 Elizabeth Street at 620 Southard Street CLICK HERE is on the market for a mere $12,800,000. Not a typo!

This is how the listing Realtor (who is also the owner) describes 604 Elizabeth Street:
"Now is an even BETTER time to buy what is perhaps the perfect house in the perfect location, the 600 block of Elizabeth Street, 3BR/2.5 BA, very near Solares Hill. Recent renovations with easy island living in mind, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, dense foliage,heart shaped cocktail pool for those romantic Key West evenings, off street parking, open living/dining area, and much, much more. Must be seen to be appreciated."

The Pool!
You enter the property through a white picket fence into a brick paved courtyard complete with a bubbling fountain and gated off street parking. There is a two story front porch that is perfect for people viewing and navel contemplation. (The yard isn't all that large so you will have time to contemplate something.)

When you open the front door your eyes immediately take you to the three sets of French doors that open onto the pool at the rear. The present owner replaced just about everything in this house which was originally constructed in 1997. (Not a typo.) All the materials are high-end and the quality of the materials and workmanship shows. Photos of the entry and rear follow.

The owner removed one interior wall at the top of the stairs to create an open office area (wall could be replaced to restore use as bedroom) with access to the second floor front porch. There are three or four transoms between the office area and the master bedroom at the rear that create a clever source of additional (but subdued) light in the master bedroom. The master bedroom has a little Romeo and Juliet balcony where you can peer down to the pool. The master bath and closet were totally revamped and the result is two great spaces that you normally do not see in Key West houses in Old Town. This house actually was designed to be lived in. There is a third bedroom also on the second floor and that has its own door onto the front porch.

CLICK HERE to see the mls listing page and to view more photos of 604 Elizabeth Street which is now offered at $1,095,000 or $698 per sq ft. The house has 1568 sq ft of real living space situated on a 2528 sq ft lot (79' x 32') in a great Old Town location. If you would like to see this really attractive home, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I think you will be in for a very pleasant surprise. I can email you more photos if interested.

CLICK HERE to search the real Key West Association of Realtors mls database. No one (including me) will track your moves on the Internet or send you emails by using this official site. If you see something you like, please call me or send me an e-mail at I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc, an 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.