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Friday, March 4, 2011

623 Grinnell Street - Old Town Classic Renovation - Key West


623 Grinnell Street Key West, Florida March 2011

The fresh new listing at 623 Grinnell Street will likely go under contract within a matter of days because the place just oozes old Key West charm. The house has just undergone a tasteful renovation and a new kitchen, read deck, and pool added. But the bones of the old house and the classic lines are in tact. A fresh new paint job and the old girl looks as beautiful as ever.


The listing Realtor describes 623 Grinnell this way:
"Beautifully renovated and restored historic three bedroom home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods of Old Town Key West. Authentic and sensitive restoration including Dade County Pine walls, high ceilings and wood floors. Convenient first floor master bedroom with ensuite bath. Gorgeous chef's kitchen included in a new saw-tooth addition built to today's standards with an historic sensitivity. Off street parking for 2 vehicles in tandem. Brand new pool with water feature, nicely landscaped back yard, deck and great front porch make this a Gorgeous Old Town Beauty."
I remember showing this house to a couple from Rhode Island back around 1998. The house was old, but not creepy old. It had character and room for improvement. The house changed ownership a couple of times over the years. Now it is all freshly redone and awaits new owners.


The front porch looks out onto Grinnell Street. Two huge orchid trees are located a couple of doors to the north. Flowers were falling to the street yesterday. A mature Frangipani tree is located at the front of the house next door where it is getting ready to burst flowers soon. Very soon. The block has beautiful old houses all around. Two big Eyebrow houses are located across the street. The house at 999999 Grinnell is always decorated at Christmas and normally wins a prize for being so damned Key West. The Key West cemetery is located about 100 feet to the south. Don't get spooked. The denizens of the deep don't move about, much. And because Grinnell ends at the cemetery, traffic on this block is most quiet. All day. No Conch Trains or Trolley Cars. So if you sit on that lovely front porch you won't be seeing a whole lot of wacko tourists. Five Brothers Grocery is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump away at the corner of Southard. You can go there every morning for your con leche and catch up with all the latest Key West gossip. Everybody famous goes there. You foodies know that Michael's is a two minute walk and Mangia Mangia takes the same time to reach if you got a craving for pasta. The Historic Key West Seaport is about a five minute walk to the north. Duval Street is a five or six minute stroll. It takes longer if you stop to smell the flowering trees.

Inside the Dade County Pine walls and ceilings are set off by the bright white crisp trim. The house has three bedrooms, one of which is located downstairs right front. The living room is to the left which opens onto the dining area which then flows into the new kitchen. The kitchen opens onto the rear deck and pool. Upstairs there are two decent sized bedrooms that share a Jack & Jill bathroom. Outside a white picket fence and off street parking complete this little charmer that is offered at $995,000.

CLICK HERE to checkout the Key West mls database and to view more listing photos. If you want to see this charmer, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. It won't last long.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shocked this beauty has not sold yet Gary!

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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.