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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

627 Elizabeth Street - OldTown - Key West

The bright and cheery Cigar Maker Cottage at 627 Elizabeth Street sits near the tippy-top of Solares Hill, the highest spot on the Island of Key West. The home was meticulously renovated and received a Certificate of Excellence and a Silver Star for Renovation in 2010. It is as clean as a whistle and ready for new owners to bring their tooth brushes and flip flops. Not much else to do here but sit back and enjoy the good life in Old Town Key West.

627 Elizabeth Street is a genuine quintessential Key West Cottage

I have written before about this lovely home and do so again now that it has been recently re listed. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Opportunity knocks.This totally remodeled home was awarded the Cert. of Excellence and a Silver Star for 2010. You will feel the attention to details from the moment you step inside. The entire house has Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. A 2-storey addition was added and there is central HVAC throughout the house. All rooms a wired with cat5 cable for phones and computers. A salt-system, heated pool with a waterfall was installed, and a propane valve is available for your backyard grill. The kitchen has all stainless steel appliances.The house is located at the intersection of Elizabeth and Angela Street. This is the highest point on the Island and flood insurance is not required. Furniture may be purchased separately."
The renovation included major structural improvements that will outlast all of us. Those improvements permitted the owners to edit the traditional approach of room configuration and ceiling heights in cigar maker homes. So what you think you know about a house that looks like this probably is not what you will actually see. The living room is at the rear and has a large vaulted ceiling and wonderful built-ins. The stairway to the second floor master bed and bath is dainty and ever-so-charming.

The home has a very elegant but not overstated feel once you enter. Every detail has been attended to but not in such a way as to make you feel uncomfortable. Some houses come across as being so "done" that you don't fell you can sit down. Not here. This home was made for sophisticated but also relaxed living.

Two bedrooms with a shared Jack and Jill bath are located at the front of the house. A guest bath is tucked in the hallway just off the living room with its vaulted two story ceiling. The kitchen with French doors that open onto the pool at the back occupies most the space at the rear but there is a darling staircase that takes you up to the second floor rear master bedroom and with en suite bath.

The asking price on 627 Elizabeth Street was just reduced to $935,000 or $684 per sq ft. This home has 1367 sq ft of totally remodeled space with superior finishes throughout. The wood floors, for example, are solid wood and not some el cheapo laminate. Everything is done just right. The second floor front window is even wired for placement of an electric "candle light" for the Christmas holidays. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet and to view listing photos.

I think this is a great house and I would really like to show you this property if you are looking for the perfect Key West Cottage. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this home. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.


Anonymous said...

Oh boy - not this one again. This house may be nice but it has been on and off and on and off the market so many times I can't count. I saw it back in 2008 when it had been just completed and it was listed over 1.2M. I also remember it listed a while back at about 850K. Gary this one is just overpriced. It may be cute and on Elizabeth Street but something is wrong here if it hasn't sold yet. Is it listed by the same agent? It may be time for a new one if so or atleast a new marketing idea. Hey, if I remember this property you better believe others will too and think there is either a problem, overpriced or just stale on the market.

Gary Thomas said...

Yep, it's back. And yes it has been priced at various prices. The owner has been the listing agent. (Disclosed in mls if you looked there.)

Anonymous said...

I still think it's time to re-think the owner as listing agent. I may be wrong but I would want my home the best possible person to sell for me especially in today's market. I would be too close to it to be impartial. An attorney will usually not represent themself nor a doctor treat themself so why should real estate be any different? I would think another agent could offer a different marketing approach and perspective. Or we could be wrong and they are just testing the waters without really wanting to sell at all.

Gary Thomas said...

I used to be an attorney. When I need legal counsel, I hire a practicing attorney despite what I think I know about the law.

Anonymous said...

Love your sense of humor Gary!

Yes, I remember the old saying about a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.
I think a realtor who represents his own house ... well you know the outcome!

Anonymous said...

I saw this property during an open house last spring and it is lovely. I think it is a good time to re list this property but the price increase might be a mistake. Although this price increase is not as bad as another old town property that has been on the market forever at 800K and just increased its price by 200K after adding a 25K pool.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to warrant a price increase is correct - too old on the market. I saw it too and yes, it is nice, but there are other properties in Old Town that are just as nice and not as pricey. Are they really out to sell or just out to see if the market will justifiy such a price increase?


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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.