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Monday, October 4, 2010

The Curry House - Key West Guest House

The first floor veranda welcomes you to The Curry House

Just re-listed, The Curry House - not to be confused with the Curry Mansion.

This is how the listing Realtor describes this Key West classic (and classy) accommodation:
"Great new price! Boasting classic Old Town Key West charm, the historic Curry House Bed and Breakfast offers a unique opportunity to own one of the few B&B's with a commercial kitchen to provide hot meals to guests. Built in 1889, this charming three-story house has 9 guest rooms, wrap-around porches, private verandas, parlor and spacious rear patio opening onto the large heated pool and gardens. Rooms feature hardwood floors, Dade county pine, refrigerators, cable TV, phone, wireless internet, A/C and ceiling fans. Located 3 blocks to Duval Street and the Historic Seaport, this alluring B&B welcomes gratified guests year after year. 8 transient licenses and managers unit. Turn-key operation."

The current owners prepare a cooked to order breakfast served poolside

The Curry House is all of the above and more. Let me start my remarks by getting a bit nostalgic. I've mentioned before that I learned of Key West by an article I read in After Dark Magazine sometime in the 1970s. After I read about Key West I needed more info and as luck would have it a story soon appeared in The Advocate Magazine. The article said Key West was the new gay travel destination. The article included info on the Curry House which was the first all gay guest house in town. There were photos and the story of how the two owners bought an old mansion and turned it into a gay guest house. Later, when I was making my plans for my first visit to Key West, I called to book a room at the Curry House. Couldn't do it. There was no room at that inn because it was solidly booked. After I got to Key West I did walk past the place and was very impressed. I was happy with were I stayed but I also felt I missed out on something better.

The Curry House has traded owners the 25 years since my first visit. The current owners converted the Curry House into an "all welcome" guest house meaning it is no longer exclusively gay male. They added four poster beds in most rooms and did a bit of necessary updating. They replaced the old pool with a new one, and boy does it look enticing. (See the photo below.) The other photo below shows a view from the second floor rear veranda. What a view it is! All but one of the guest rooms have direct access to an outside porch right off the guest room.

The new pool as seen from the second floor veranda

Looking south from the second floor veranda - isn't it lovely?

This is the front second floor veranda looking out to Fleming Street

The Curry House is located on guest house row at 806 Fleming Street. Other guest houses on Fleming Street include The Oasis, The Coral Tree Inn, Coconut Grove, The Equator, Alexander's, The Island House, and Nassau House. The Frances Street Bottle Inn, the Island City Guesthouse, and the Popular House are also located nearby. The location is great for visitors because it is close to the Historic Key West Seaport where you will find great restaurants, fishing, para sailing, and snorkeling trips. Duval Street is just four blocks to the west. It's an easy trek back to the room even after a night of too much pasta or too many cocktails.

CLICK HERE to checkout the mls datasheet and to view lots of photos of The Curry House. The Curry House is offered at $2,950,000.

Some readers may know that I eventually purchased and ran a guest house in Key West. I have sold others as a buyer's agent. I think I have some valuable insight that I can add to help a serious buyer decide if the Curry House or any other guest house might work for a particular buyer. If you are thinking of buying a guesthouse in Key West, please consider working with me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. Thirty years ago you had to wait for a magazine to tell you about far away places like Key West. Today the Internet can provide lots of information by the click of a link. Having a Realtor who used to own and run a guest house might prove useful to a buyer seriously considering making the move to Key West.

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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.