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Sunday, March 21, 2010

810 Whitehead Street - Old Town - Key West

800 Block of Whitehead is shown above

810 Whitehead Street - Key West

There is a new listing that you price-conscious (bargain hunters) might want to consider. It is the really cute cottage home located at 810 Whitehead Street. I'll bet you have passed it on making the pilgrimage to the Ernest Hemingway House at 907 Whitehead Street. The Southernmost Point is two blocks beyond to the south. The Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park and beach, the best beach in Key West, is a five minute bike ride to the west. There are lots of small inexpensive eateries all within a couple of blocks. There are art galleries and lots of water holes on Dual Street. People save up there money and vacation time all year to come here for a couple of weeks. If you owned this cottage, you could do the same thing every day for the rest of your life.

The listing Realtor describes this property thus:
"Built in 1908, this Conch cottage has vaulted ceilings throughout, loft (finished half story of 240 feet as per the tax rolls), Dade County pine floors and driftwood accent wall, operable antique stained glass windows and a large lanai off the kitchen overlooking a large backyard. Perfect walking distance to everything downtown. Plenty of room for a pool and possible expansion of living space."

I showed the house two weeks ago and I thought it was just a wonderful small space for someone looking for a nice house in a nice location who does not need room for extraneous relatives and friends. There are plenty of hotels in Key West and many are located within a few blocks of this place.

The front yard has the requisite white picket fence and inviting front porch. (I mentioned the pilgrimage. You can watch it daily from the porch.) Notice the trellis over the gate. Quaint, all right. Inside you will find the living room with a ship ladder to a loft space where your guests can stay if they refuse to rent a room somewhere else. It's better than having them make you sleep on the sofa or worse share your bed. The real bedroom is near the rear just off the really sweet kitchen. The entire backyard has brick pavers. The area is lightly landscaped so there is not a lot of plants that need constant care. As the yard now exists there is a lot of open space where you could put in a pool or garden or perhaps both. This is an ideal spot for someone who has a big old hound that needs some room to roam. The covered space provides lots of shade and the open space plenty of sunshine.

It is the back yard that will captivate you, however. There is a covered outdoor lounge area just off kitchen. French doors open from the kitchen onto this space so there is lots of light in the kitchen. The outdoor lounge becomes an extension of this house, just like it does in the more expensive homes on the other side of Duval Street. The rear yard is covered in brick pavers save the areas where some palms and other trees are located. Notice the orchid wall on the back fence. While you are "noticing", notice the hammock. The area is totally private.

The listing agent says the 729 sq ft one bedroom cottage sits on a 2051 sq ft lot (21' x 98') one block west of Duval Street. It is offered at the asking price of $339,000. This is not a short sale and no banks are or will be involved. CLICK HERE to read the mls details and view photos of 810 Whitehead Street.

If you are interested in seeing this home or any other home in Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, or e-mail me at I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.


Anonymous said...

And we care about this why? This site is about Key West, not NYC. Please do not post spam on Gary's blog.

Gary Thomas said...

Thanks, I deleted that spam and put it in the trash where it belongs.

I saw it a couple of days ago and meant to delete it then.

I'm getting forgetful and/or lazy.


Anonymous said...

Hasn't this property been on the market before? And I mean for a very long time and didn't sell?

Gary Thomas said...

It was for sale right after Wilma but did not sell. This is close to being under contract. List agent just told me.

Better act quick.



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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.