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Friday, November 12, 2010

A Nesting Place - 4 Lowe Lane - Key West

Why is it that so many home owners in Key West get attracted to little lanes in Old Town? Lanes are small and difficult to maneuver if you have a big car. Strangers have difficulty finding your house and friends can't park in front because there is no place to park. Guys with big egos who like to showoff to the world how rich they are can't impress anybody with a house on a lane that nobody can find. And houses on lanes aren't big anyway. What is the attraction?

Author Thomas Sanchez (Mile Zero) wrote " I live on a lane called love. Love Lane's behind the library. Key West is filled with little lanes with cute names." The lanes of Key West are quaint but they weren't made for big egos and big cars. The attraction might be the small spaces and seclusion that lure some buyers into becoming owners who can then build a nest that they can fluff and call home.

Such is 4 Lowe Lane in Old Town Key West. I found another old photo of 4 Lowe Lane that was taken in 1965. (See above.) An adjacent house to the west no longer exists. In it's place you will see a new addition (see photo at top of this blog) that is now the living room with vaulted ceiling and double sets of French doors. A white picket fence and tropical foliage separate this home from the lane. Other houses on this lane have evolved into hidden gems as well. Each home is different from the next but all share the common lane dead end lane and have a mutual appreciation for living on a road less traveled.

The listing Realtor describes this property thus:
"This charming & elegant cottage is situated on a quiet & secluded Old Town lane. The house is approached through an inviting bricked & lushly landscaped courtyard. The dramatic vaulted ceilinged great room has two pairs of French doors opening to the front porch overlooking the garden & two more sets of French doors in the rear overlooking the solar heated swimming pool. The large sunny kitchen also has two pairs of French doors opening out to the pool and terrace. Downstairs are two bedrooms, one with a vaulted ceiling & the other opening to yet another shady porch. There is a full bath downstairs and a large laundry which could easily be another bath. The master suite is upstairs with a skylit bathroom and a sundeck. One parking space."
4 Lowe Lane is offered for sale at $995,000 by Preferred Properties Coastal Realty. It is located near where everything seems to happen, but it is not amid all the hub-bub. The Historic Key West Seaport is only a couple of blocks to the north. Duval Street is a five minute walk to the west. Five Brothers Sandwich shop is up on the corner. Life's necessities are within an easy walk no matter which direction you take. CLICK HERE to checkout the mls datasheet and listing photos.

Living on Lowe Lane is like living on an island within the island of Key West. The rooftop deck off the second floor bedroom provides sunlight and seclusion. It is your own private little place to veg out, read a book, take a snooze, or whatever-whenever!

Secluded deck

CLICK HERE to view photos I took of this property. I could have done better. I wish that I had. Better than looking at photos, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to arrange a showing of this home. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties in Key West, Florida. Let's see if this is the place where you want to build your nest.

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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.