Just listed, but not by me, 319 Grinnell Street near the Historic Key West Seaport. This house is Bank Owned. I expect multiple offers on this very interesting property because of its low offering price of just $299,500, and the fact that it has three key features most second home buyers want in a Key West house: (1) style, (2) pool, and off street parking. The listing Realtor describes this house this way:
"Fantastic Location In Key West! Walk To The Water, Water Activities, Shops, And Entertainment. Boasting 944 Sq Ft This Two Bedroom Two Bathroom Single Family Home Sits On A 3220 Sq Ft Lot. Quaint And Cozy. This Fannie Mae Property Is Approved For A Homepath Renovation Mortgage. Owner Occupants Close By October 31 2011 And Request Up To 3.5% In Seller Paid Closing Costs. Restrictions Apply."
The Monroe County Property Appraiser's property card on this house says it was built in 1924 and that it has 944 sq ft of living space. I question both the year of construction and size. This house has design and structural elements that suggest it is much older, probably in the late 1880s. It is located a little over a block away from the seaport near other houses built in the 1880s which have similar features. I did the math and checked the square footage using the Appraiser's house map and found the square footage was actually 1594 sq ft vs the 944 sq ft shown on the property card. If my 'math' on the square footage is correct, the asking price on a sq ft basis would be $187 per sq ft instead of $317. The lot is 40'x80.5' or 3220 sq ft. I mention the size not to question the listing Realtor's data because it is automatically extracted from the Property Appraiser's database. Instead, I use the size to alert Readers that this house is bigger than the data suggests and warrants serious consideration. CLICK HERE to compare the architectural elements and construction date of a very similar house also just listed and located only a couple of blocks to the west at 311 William Street . It was constructed in 1852. (The dormers on 311 William Street are not original to the house. And 311 William Street has been meticulously renovated to the highest of standards. Otherwise, the similarities between the two houses are remarkable.)
Here's the bad news. This house has been screwed around with by some past owner that carved the house into three living units. The main floor has a very interesting Victoriana front room with a kitchen located at the end. The front room and the adjacent bedroom have Dade County Pine walls, ceiling, and floor. A bathroom is tucked off to the side. It has a glass block walled shower and disassociated hippie 'style' elements. Someone created a passage way by removing drywall to enter into a second living space at the rear. This space is one big living area more typical of a studio apartment. It has a large newer kitchen and an open living area with lots of windows and doors that look out to the pool at the rear. Oh, it has a functional toilet that sits in the corner, but there is no sink or shower. Nor is there any walls or partition to provide any privacy. A third living space is accessed from a side doorway located on the north side of the house. The stairway is narrow and steep and probably not constructed to code. It looks like this space was another studio apartment with a mini-kitchen, bath, and bedroom. Two scuttles on either side of the bedroom date this space to pre-1924 vintage construction in my opinion.
I mentioned that this house has a pool. It does. The pool has 'hippie roots' if ever I saw one. It sits out of the ground a bit. I doubt that a building permit was pulled on the pool when it was built. In fact I doubt any permits were pulled when any of the 'renovations' were done to this house when it was carved into three living units. Because of this I suspect much if not all of the electric and plumbing will need to be replaced to bring this house to code. There is no air conditioning. I can tell you I was sweating when I took photos you can see if you CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in buying a place like this, please consider working with me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Reatly, Inc. in Key West. Don't dilly dally on this because you will lose out. Don't make a mistake and try to get this place on the cheap. I expect the house will sell quickly and above the asking price.