So many potential buyers have the image of the ideal Key West Cottage etched in their heads. They envision the simple, yet unmistakable, one-story home referred to as a Conch Cottage or Cigar Maker's house. Features usually include an entry door on one side with two windows, historically correct shutters, a shiny metal roof, a pool in the rear, off street parking, a very good Old Town location preferably out of harms way when it comes to flooding, and priced under $500,000. I give you 623 Elizabeth Street, a Key West Cottage that meets many of those ideal expectations. This is how the listing agent at Preferred Properties describes this new listing:
"Classic conch house located in a coveted Old Town neighborhood. Good ceiling heights in the living and bedrooms, with vaulted ceilings in the eat-in kitchen, which has butcher block countertops and custom cabinetry. French doors from the kitchen lead out to a covered dining porch and a nice deep lot. Livable now, with room for personal touches, including a pool and/or additions. Great value in a sought out location."CLICK HERE to see more photos of the interior and rear yard at 623 Elizabeth Street. You will note that the yard does not have a pool. But there is room for a pool and there may be room for a rear second floor addition to expand this old house. I have included a street view of three of the neighboring houses including two at the south which have second story additions.
The house at 623 Elizabeth Street as presently configured has 726 sq ft of living space that sits on a 2300 sq ft lot (23' x 100'). The two neighboring houses sit on the same sized lots and each has an addition and a pool. What none of the four houses has is off street parking.
The nice thing about a house like 623 Elizabeth Street is the ability of a buyer to move in and take some time before deciding to remodel the house because remodeling is an elective decision, not a requirement.
623 Elizabeth Street is located at the tippy-top of Solares Hill so flood insurance will not be required should you need a mortgage. The house is a two block walk to Duval Street, a five minute walk to the Historic Key West Seaport, and five minutes or less to numerous great coffee shops and restaurants. The Red Barn Theatre, The Waterfront Playhouse, The San Carlos, and Tropic Cinema are all within a five to ten minute walk. There is always something going on nearby. Who knows you may decide a pool and additional bedrooms for guests are not necessary.
If you would like to see 623 Elizabeth Street, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is the exclusive Lower Florida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates.