The residence at 627 Elizabeth Street sits at the tippy-top of Solares Hill in Old Town Key West. The home was meticulously renovated and received a Certificate of Excellence and a Silver Star for Renovation in 2010. It is as clean as a whistle and ready for new owners to bring their tooth brushes and flip flops. Not much else to do here but sit back and enjoy the good life in Old Town Key West.
This is how the listing Realtor describes 627 Elizabeth Street:
"Opportunity knocks.This totally remodeled home was awarded the Cert. of Excellence and a Silver Star for 2010. You will feel the attention to details from the moment you step inside. The entire house has Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. A 2-storey addition was added and there is central HVAC throughout the house. All rooms a wired with cat5 cable for phones and computers. A salt-system, heated pool with a waterfall was installed, and a propane valve is available for your backyard grill. The kitchen has all stainless steel appliances.The house is located at the intersection of Elizabeth and Angela Street. This is the highest point on the Island and flood insurance is not required. Furniture may be purchased separately."The renovation included major structural improvements that will outlast all of us. Those improvements permitted the owners to edit the traditional approach to room configuration and ceiling heights in cigar maker homes. So what you think you know about a house that looks like this probably is not what you will actually see.
The home has a very elegant but not overstated feel once you enter. Every detail has been attended to but not in such a way as to make you feel uncomfortable. Some houses come across as being so "done" that you don't fell you can sit down. Not here. This home was made for sophisticated but also relaxed living.
Two bedrooms with a shared Jack and Jill bath are located at the front of the house. A guest bath is tucked in the hallway just off the living room with its vaulted two story ceiling. The kitchen with French doors that open onto the pool at the back occupies most the space at the rear but there is a darling staircase that takes you up to the second floor rear master bedroom and with ensuite bath.
When this home was first listed for $985,000 in March 2010 I thought it would sell right away. Boy was I wrong. I have shown the house several times and all of my buyers really love the house. The lack of off street parking and less than totally private pool area were the two things that gave my buyers "pause". The pool could use more landscaping and I think that would provide the privacy that some see as lacking. It would be great to have off street parking, but it ain't gonna happen. The good thing is that there are no nearby guesthouses, apartment buildings, or commercial activities. Typically only local residents park on this block and they respect each owner's parking space.
The asking price on 627 Elizabeth Street was just reduced to $955,000 or $699 per sq ft. This home has 1367 sq ft of totally remodeled space with superior finishes throughout. The wood floors, for example, are solid wood and not some el cheapo laminate. Everything is done just right. The second floor front window is even wired for placement of an electric "candle light" for the Christmas holidays. CLICK HERE for more details and photos of this home.
You can walk to Sarabeth's for breakfast. It is only two blocks away at the corner of Simonton and Southard Streets.
Two great Italian restaurants on Duval Street (such as Antonia's and La Trattoria) are a three block walk. And Walgreen's (also known as the old Strand Theatre) is nearby in case you drink too much Vino Fino. If you want fish for dinner, Seven Fish is located two blocks south at the corner of Elizabeth and Olivia Streets. Pisces is two blocks further but it is way too pricey imo. The Monroe County Library is located two blocks away at the corner of Elizabeth and Fleming Streets. There is a wonderful garden where you can read a book or contemplate the meaning of something important. The Historic Key West Seaport is located at the foot of Elizabeth Street just a couple of minutes further to the north. Lots of restaurants, bars, boat trips, and specialty shops there including Kermit's Key Lime Pie Shoppe. However, there is no commercial activity any place adjacent to 627 Elizabeth Street. Being near is better than being on top sometimes.
I think this is a great house and I would really like to show you this property if you are looking for the perfect Key West Cottage. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this home. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is the lower Florida Keys Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's Great Estates.