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Sunday, September 18, 2011

1015 Angela Street - Old Town - Key West

1015 Angela Street - Old Town- Key West

This is another one of those just listed but not by me blog posts. The listing Realtor describes his new listing at 1015 Angela Street this way:
"Quaint one bedroom cottage located in the heart of Old Town Key West within walking distance to shops and restaurants. The cottage includes offstreet parking, pool and rocking chair front porch. The home is perfectly comfortable now or would make a great renovation project."
1015 Angela Street, Key West, Florida as it appeared in 1965

1015 Angela Street in September 2011

The Monroe County Property Appraiser's website shows this house was built in 1923. It has 673 sq ft of living space on one level. The house sits on a corner lot where Catholic Lane meets Angela Street. The lot is 47' wide by 50' or 2350 sq ft. You can view a slide show of exterior and neighborhood photos if you CLICK HERE.

I found the old black and white photo (above) that shows how the house looked nearly half a century ago. My how time flies. I like this photo because it shows the simplicity of design this house offers. Look at the two photos just below. They show the house as viewed from the Catholic Lane side. The shed addition is still in place. A carport extension was added to the very rear years ago and it appears to be rusting away.

A potential buyer that wants to increase the size of this house might be able to add onto the space where the shed addition is located and thereby create a second story second bedroom and bath. A good local architect can explain the rules and feasibility of such an undertaking. I think it is possible, but I defer to land planners and architects to advise buyers as to what is likely to be permitted.

You may be more familiar with this location than you think. Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of the location and then use the toggle switch for a street view. The Key West cemetery is located directly across the street. Catholic Lane, as the sign warns, is a dead end. That means that the area is pretty darned quiet most of the time, but especially at night after the tourists have headed to sunset celebration or their favorite watering hole.

The house next door on Catholic Lane

If this house were to be renovated and expanded in size to include a second bedroom, I think it could become an excellent vacation rental. It already has an excellent location with off street parking. And there is a pool. I have not seen the inside. The place is tenant occupied and I expect the place needs renovation to achieve the kind of look most second home buyers want. That being said, expect that the place needs some work to achieve the aesthetic look you may want. The asking price on this property is only $425,000. That is a bargain price for a house in this location. The house has a newer roof and the place looks well maintained. Any money you might spend will like go to improving the house versus fixing a problem. Otherwise, a fresh coat of paint and some new landscaping would improve the street appeal immensely. And neither of those is expensive.

If you buy this house your eternal view across Angela Street will be the big blue skies of Key West hovering over the Key West cemetery. Angela Street is a one lane and one way street that runs west from Frances Street to Windsor Lane at this location.

The View from 1015 Angela Street - Key West

One of Key West's "pocket parks" is located up the next block at the corner of Angela and Grinnell Street.

5 Brother's Grocery and Sandwich shop is located at the corner of Grinnell and Southard. The rest of Old Town Key West is just minutes away by foot.

If you would like to see 1015 Angela Street or any other house in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, or by email at I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. 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.

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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.