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Thursday, March 18, 2010

715 and 719 Whitmarsh Lane - Old Town - Key West



The Phillip Burton House is two doors to the right on Angela Street

The two units at 715 Whitmarsh Lane are pictured above

The Seashell Cottage at 719 Whitmarsh Lane is pictured above and below


There are two separate properties for sale that are located next door to each other on one of the quietest and most difficult lanes to find in Old Town Key West. They are located at 715 Whitmarsh Lane and 719 Whitmarsh Lane. Whitmarsh Lane is mentioned in "The Streets of Key West" thus:
"Whitmarsh Lane, a couple of blocks over and next to the (Phillip) Burton House at the summit of Solares Hill, is named for the Whitmarsh family, a member of which played a small role in the island's folklore,. On April 28, 1931 Mary F. Whitmarsh was witness to the transfer of property at 907 Whitehead Street to one Ernest Miller Hemingway."
If you love Key West you need to read The Streets of Key West. There is so much useful information on Key West history and how some of our wacky streets and lanes got their names.

I walked over to Whitmarsh Lane this morning to take some photos for today's blog. The painting crew is reworking the front porch for the new owner of the Phillip Burton House. (The new owners sent me a very nice Thank You note for mentioning their beautiful home in my blog last week.) The summit of Solares Hill is so high I almost got a nosebleed. I think it is 18 feet above sea level. But joking aside, I could definitely see and feel the height. I know where Whitmarsh Lane is located but most locals don't because the lane runs just one block long from Petronia Street on the south to Angela Street at the north. Whitmarsh Lane runs paralell to Elizabeth Street to the east and Simonton Street to the west. The lane is so narrow and inconspicuous you will miss it if you are not looking for it.

Whitmarsh Lane looking north towards Angela Street

Both of these properties have valuable Transient Rental Licenses and both equally valuable off-street parking. You cannot beat the location for nearness to Duval Street yet enough distance to make it really quiet. For more information on the two units at 715 Whitmarsh Lane CLICK HERE. And for more information on the seashell cottage at 719 Whitmarsh Lane CLICK HERE . The properties are owned by different owners so it is not necessary to buy both. But this could be the kind of investment that may interest a buyer looking to purchase a place for personal use along with a property to help defray the costs of ownership.

If you would like to see either or both of these properties please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida where today it is 66 degrees and sunny. The town is full of people just loving life. (I do wish some loved life a bit more and actually look before they step in front of moving traffic.)

1 comment:

Charles said...

Wow really nice properties. These would be perfect for anyone. All the best.

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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.