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Thursday, March 17, 2011

813 Frances Street - Old Town Charmer - Short Sale - Key West

813 Frances Street - Old Town - Key West
813 Frances Street just became a Short Sale and is now offered at just $699,000. This 1450 sq ft home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living area that opens onto the pool and tiki hut plus off street parking. The master suite is on the first floor. And the second bedroom is a second floor open loft that looks down to the front entry. There is even one of those Key West step-through showers to the pool.

The listing Realtor describes this home thus:
" Elegant and beautiful historic home featured in several designer magazines is located on one of the most desirable streets in Old Town Key West. Bright and airy rooms with open floor plan from kitchen to spacious family room overlooking tropical yard and pool. Home to a champion Lignum Vitae tree and other tropical flora, the yard is private and lush and boasts a cozy outdoor covered lanai. Hardwood floors, downstairs master bedroom, chef's kitchen including gas cooktop and stainless steel appliances. Off-street parking and wonderful front porch add to this Key West Historic Gem in the Heart of Old Town Key West. Short sale subject to lender approval."
Cozy is the best way to describe this wonderful living area

Imagine living here in January

Kitchen window to right opens onto a poolside bar area

Elegant and understated master suite

This property is located directly across the street from the Key West cemetery. So there will be some fraidy cats who will not even consider this charming house. What a pity! Aside from the fact that the "neighbors" are exceedingly quiet, there is no parking on the opposite side of the street. The City of Key West erected new six foot wrought iron fences around the cemetery just a few years ago. So all that is inside is visible from the outside. Yes, you will have killer views of the graves and tombs. But you also see the green grass, trees, and walkways. You get to see the vast Key West sky and watch it as it changes. Trust me on this. There are no vampires and or ghouls that will creep into your house. You can sit on your front porch like others have done for decades and quietly watch the world walk by.

The house is a five or six minute walk to Duval Street and perhaps four minutes to the Historic Seaport. The Coffee Mill is a block away (as are several other yoga studios), Old Town gym is one block directly south, and the Citgo gas station at the Corner of Truman and White where you can buy the best fried chicken in town at Dion's Quick Mart.Sandy's Cafe is two blocks away and Fausto's Food Palace is across the street.

This cottage has appeared in several books on Key West architecture and houses. It has the "look" on the outside and the cozy feeling on the inside that make people want to own a place in Key West. The pool, the parking, the extra space for the occasional guest make this cottage home a Key West property worthy of very careful consideration.
Maybe the present owner is trying to tell the denizens across the street something...

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view many listing photos. Then call me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 or send me an email at, to schedule a showing. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West.


FloridaAG said...

Cute house. I remember that it felt small (compared to some similarly sized properties I have seen). It was priced much higher previously if I recall correctly and I think it will probably go under contract fairly quickly at ths price.

Anonymous said...

Lovely home - nice curb appeal - great street - price will move this baby quick!

Anonymous said...

I echo the other comments. I toured this house and pegged it at one that would sell for around $700,000. Too bad it had to fall into short sale.


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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.