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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

613 William Street - Old Town - Key West

613 William Street Old Town Key West as it appeared in 1965

613 William Street Old Town Key West in April 2010

Just listed, but not by me, 613 William Street in Old Town Key West. The listing Realtor describes this classic cottage this way:
"Wonderful Old Town Cottage in excellent condition with 10+ ft ceilings, hardwood floors and Dade County pine walls throughout. The floor plan of this home is two bedrooms, one bath and open living/dining /kitchen downstairs with French doors opening to the rear yard. The third bedroom and bath are on the second level. Located on one of the most desirable blocks in Key West this charming home has a rocking chair front porch and a back porch with retractable awning overlooking the beautifully landscaped bricked courtyard. The rear yard measures 22 feet by 22 feet and should accommodate a small pool."
This 1130 sq ft house is priced at $799,000. CLICK HERE to see more detailed info on 613 William Street in the mls listing page and to view photos of the interior and rear garden. I agree with the listing agent that this is one of the most desirable blocks in Key West. This block has a combination of similar cottage style houses plus eyebrows and great Conch houses. Some homes have postage stamp lots while others have huge rear yards with delightful pools and gardens. Much of this block of William Street has large specimen trees that provide ample shade.

The famous Solares Hill Grocery (now called Charlie's Grocery) is located near the summit of the hill (elevation 18 feet) at 648 William (corner of William and Windsor Lane). It's the only store or commercial enterprise for several blocks. The Key West Writer's Compound is around the corner on Windsor Lane. The compound was established in 1976 and was once the winter home to writers including Richard Wilbur, John Ciardi, John Hersey, and Ralph Ellison. Across the street from 613 William Street is the home of the late Shel Silverstein. Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles among many) revamped the big grand Conch (Greek Revival) at 626 William Street. It is offered for sale at $3,499,000. Our office has a smaller less expensive and just delightful mid-level priced home at 628 William Street offered at $1,095,000.

The Historic Key West Seaport is three blocks to the north. You can moor your yacht or catch a ride on one of many boats that take fishermen fishing or tourists touristing. You can catch sunset while sipping champagne or beer. You can dine at the A&B Loster House or eat it raw at the Half Shell Raw Bar.

Duval Street is a five minute walk to the west. You can walk north or south and travel to the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean within 15 minutes walking time in either direction. If you go north you'll see Sloppy Joe's but it you go south you may not make it past La Te Da, it's that damned intriguing.

Most people who want to buy a place in Key West envision a house like the one just listed at 613 William Street because it has what people want in their Key West dream home. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 if you would like to see this home or any other house in Key West. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.

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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.