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Friday, April 29, 2011

409 Grinnell Street - Old Town - Key West

409 Grinnell Street - Old Town - Key West - 2011

The two story house at 409 Grinnell Street is worth considering for those looking for a second home in Key West because it is as clean as a whistle on the inside, and it has room for a pool on the outside. There is no need to renovate, but the house would be a worthy of an expansion. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Built in 1928 this 4 Bedroom Single Family Home is located a few blocks from the Key West Historic Seaport. A fine home now, a grand home with your effort. Own a piece of Key West History! Yard is fenced for privacy with mature landscaping.Wood floors,soaring ceilings with open floor plan. Own a piece of History."
409 Grinnell Street - photographed in 1965 - Key West

I found a photo (above) of the house as it appeared in 1965. The Monroe County Property Appraiser says the house was built circa 1914 or nearly one hundred years ago.

The house has a newer kitchen including a large picture window that looks out onto Elgin Lane that abuts to the north. (You can't see inside from the outside. I tried!) The house has 1688 sq ft of living space plus front first and second floor porches that overlook Grinnell Street.

Newer kitchen

First and second floor front porches

Second floor front porch overlooks Grinnell Street

The second floor has a center hall plan with bedrooms on either side and a front door that opens onto the second floor front porch. The "newer" kitchen at the rear might serve as a suitable foundation upon which to build a second floor master bedroom with rear deck to overlook a pool in the back yard. The yard is about 45' deep X 27' so there is plenty of room for a nice pool, decking, and garden. The house next door to the south (shown in the black & white photo above) is the same size and sits on same size lot) has a great rear addition and a large pool in the rear. It doesn't take a lot of imaginzaiton to figure out how much you could improve the back of 409 Grinnell.

The lot stretches back 45 feet beyond the kitchen viewed at rear

Back yard stretches 45 feet along Elgin Lane

Large back yard (45' x 27') means room for a great pool and outdoor living area

409 Grinnell Street CLICK HERE is offered at $499,000. The house is in move-in condition, but could be improved with a new rear addition redoing the kitchen, adding a second floor rear addition for a new master suite, and reconfiguring the smallish bedrooms into larger spaces. Again, no construction is necessary. But for somebody that wants a project, this is one that should be an easy re-do that could garner big time returns in value and livability.

If you would like to see 409 Grinnell Street or any other property in Key West, please consider working with me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in 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.