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Friday, May 13, 2011

829 Simonton Street - Old Town - Key West - Historic Investment Property

I distinctly remember going inside the old building at 829 Simonton Street on Superbowl Sunday (January 25, 1987). The place was a sandwich shop called "La Bodega". I had spent the afternoon at Atlantic Shores and wanted to grab a sandwhich. The place was near and the food was good. My needs were met. Fast forward 24 years and the building looks pretty much the same.

The unpainted facade looks pretty much today like it did when the two photos below were taken.

829 Simonton Street Key West May 2011

The building was called The Square Deal Market when the photo above was taken in 1965 by the Monroe County Property Appraiser. The appraiser says the building was built circa 1974. The sign at the street advertises "STEAK 89 cents lb." and "Homo Milk".

The pic above was taken in 1970 before Key West got gentrified.

The 4662 square foot building (listing agent provided) which is located on a 51' x 106' (5353 sq ft) lot near the top of Solares Hill and just one block south of Truman Avenue. The listing Realtor describes this investment property this way:

Exquisite mixed use piece of property- Historically renovated with exceptional eye to detail. The downstairs of this property consists of two commercial bays each with about 998 square feet. The upstairs is made up of two residential units. One unit is a 2br/2ba with 1678 square feet. The other is a 1br/1ba affordable housing unit with 463 square feet.It features 7 off-street parking spots."

The property has been renovated a couple of times in the past ten years. The most recent renovation converted the front downstairs space into offices which are now used as a real estate office. The photo above was taken from the large parking lot located on Olivia Street. Listing agent says there is parking for seven vehicles. Note the beautiful Royal Poinciana Tree that frames the lot.

The asking price on the investment property at 829 Simonton Street is $1,600,000. If you are interested in this property, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at 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.