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Thursday, April 8, 2010

6 Lowes Lane - Old Town - Key West

Lowes Lane another slow lane in Key West

Just listed, but not by yours truly, is 6 Lowes Lane in Old Town Key West. For the uniformed Lowes Lane is an "almost" one block long slow lane that runs from Grinnell Street toward the east. It runs parallel to Southard Stree to the south and Fleming Street to the north. The most familiar notable landmark is 5 Brothers Grocery which is located southwest corner of Grinnell and Southard Streets. Stop by 5 Brothers any weekday morning for a cup of coffee con leche and listen as all the big wheels, cops, politicians, contractors, and many tourists as they exchange notes on what is going on in Key West.

The listing Realtor describes 6 Lowes Lane this way:
"Situated between Southard & Fleming Street, you will fall in love with this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home on a quiet & friendly lane in the heart of Old Town. It even has a rare find, a detached one car garage! The master suite is on the first floor with an additional sitting area and the 2nd bedroom is up stairs with a bonus room or home office. Nice eat-in kitchen , Dade County pine floors, well & cisterns. Plenty of room to relax on your wonderful lot with a bricked patio surrounded by mature tropical foliage. Fully fenced for privacy and lovingly cared for by the same family for several generations. Room for pool. $799,000."
This 1566 sq ft home sits a fairly large lot (50.25' x 70' or 3417 sq ft) according to the Monroe County Property Appraiser. The home has been in the same family ownership for many years. Nobody ever built a pool, but there is room for one. Plus this home has a garage. In fact, many of the charming houses on this lovely lane have garages and pools. This lane, in fact, is one of the pricier locations in Old Town. I won't give out any names or addresses, but some notables live on this little lane. CLICK HERE to read more detailed info on this home and to view more photos of it.

When I show a house or Grinnell or on the oft chance I always park on Grinell Street and walk my customer down the lane. They just fall in love with this place. It is so picturesque that it is like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The houses have all been updated over the years-some more recently than others, but all look just so damned quaint and cute. I found a pic from 1965 that shows 6 Lowes Lane as it appeared then. Compare that view to the pic from this morning. The roof lines are a little different now.

6 Lowes Lane in 1965

6 Lowes Lane in 2010

6 Lowes Lane is located in the heart of the Old Town area. Other than 5 Brother's Grocery mentioned above, there are no commercial enterprises nearby, no guest houses, no apartments or condos. This little block is populated with single family residential homes most of which are of similar size on this lane. The homes on Southard Street to the immediate south are very large by contrast. And very expensive. Those expensive homes will help this location maintain its long term appeal and value. (The big house at the end of Lowes Lane has a street address of on Southard Street. The entrance to the carriage house is located there. Preferred Properties (that's where I work) sold that house in 2006 for $5.5 million in 2005.) All of the neighboring grand Key West Conch houses and small Key West cottages have the same quick access to the Historic Key West Seaport located at the foot of Grinnell Street just three blocks to the north and to the restaurants, nightlife, and attractions on or near Duval Street four blocks to the west.

If you are looking for a storybook cottage like the one at 6 Lowes Lane, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 or contact me by email at I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is the exclusive lower Fl0rida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates. CLICK HERE to search the Key West mls database. If you see something you like, let me know. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

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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.