Just listed, but not by me, 523 Elizabeth Street in Old Town Key West. This place was on the market before. Same house; same price; a new Realtor; a tightening market. It did not sell last time at the asking price. Will it sell now?
This is how the listing Realtor describes this property:
" When location matters look no further. Situated on Elizabeth between Southard and Fleming, the perfect Old Town Key West address! History abounds in this historic home with great detail taken to restore period details. Currently configured as a duplex, but with little effort could be turned into a spacious 4 or 5 bedroom single family residence. 11 foot ceilings, beautiful restored crown moldings and perfect Dade County Pine walls are just a few of the details that grace this Historic gem. Final touches could be made to the back yard and pool area to create a tropical oasis. One of the best priced homes in this area of old town for its size! Two balconies with beautiful foliage to relax and off street parking complete this package."
CLICK HERE. It needs an exorcism.
The listing Realtor got it right in suggesting that this "duplex" could be reconfigured back into a single family. I don't know why that didn't happen when the recent renovations were being done. The good thing is that this house is solid and symmetrical. A recent addition or renovation at the downstairs rear needs to be undone in my opining. That space needs reconfigured and opened out to the pool. The current usage just misses the mark. The lot is enormous by Old Town standards. I believe building code would permit renovation of the current pool. (It is built inside the current building code setbacks. Keeping the same location expands the other usage on the lot.) It needs it as it is falling apart. A huge tree has creepy vines growing down into the pool. Conditions like this scare many buyers. They shouldn't. We have lots of very capable architects, contractors, and pool installation companies that can "fix" bad planning concepts, repair or replace rooms from hell, and turn an eyesore into a thing of beauty.
CLICK HERE to checkout the mls listing data sheet and to view listing photos. I took some photos as well. CLICK HERE to see my pics-interior shots were taken last year.
There are fewer and fewer big houses offered for sale in Key West that are priced under a million dollars. 523 Elizabeth is being offered at $875,000. True, if you bought this house and did some of the things the listing Realtor and I suggest, your cost basis in this property would be higher. But you would end up with one very large house on a very large lot on a great (and eclectic) block in Old Town. This place is worth a look if you are seeking a big house. If you want income property, look as well. Keep the current configuration and use one unit for yourself and rent out the other.
If you would like to see 523 Elizabeth Street please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is Exclusive Lower Florida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates.