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Monday, June 6, 2011

The Rose Tattoo House - Key West

1421 Duncan Street (corner of Pearl & Duncan Streets) Key West
1421 Duncan Street as it appeared in 1965

The Rose Tattoo House at 1421 Duncan Street - Key West

The listing Realtor describes the Rose Tattoo House located at 1421 Duncan Street in Key West like this:
"Tennessee Williams' renowned movie, Rose Tattoo, was filmed at this house in 1954. This 1752 sf Conch cottage is ready for updating with high ceilings and good light. Currently configured with 3BR/1.5 BA plus a loft on the main floor, a bonus mother in law unit and a separate studio across the pool. Located on a lovely corner lot tucked behind hedges with lots of covered porches and gardens and off street parking."
The Monroe County Property Appraiser says the house was built in 1943. I question that date because we had a war going on at the time and everything was being rationed. But the record still says the house was built in 1943.

"...Conch cottage is ready for updating" is right but I don't know that I would mess around with this place all that much. A lot of my Realtor friends are tired of seeing the same sleek kitchens and stainless steel all the time. This place has a link to the past, and it would be a shame to make it into something it was never intended to be. The good thing is that this house already has lots of the features second home buyers are looking for. It may be possible for a new owner to upgrade without going overboard. A good architect and a competent builder should be able to give a new owner useful advice on what works and what needs updated.

Living room opens into kitchen

Guest cottage at pool's edge

Spacious side yard to the west

Tennessee Williams lived at the opposite end of the block and would
walk to watch the filming of the movie

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls database on this property. It is now offered at just $615,000. If you would like to see this property, 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.