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Monday, November 14, 2011

Back to Nature - 811 Carey Lane - Key West

811 Carey Lane - Old Town - Key West

I have written about 811 Carey Lane before. It really is one of my very favorite homes in Old Town. There is something so quaint, so cool, so unassuming, and so welcoming that just about anyone will feel at home. The house is nested under some very large trees that give it a protected feeling. It is located on a quiet lane removed from the hubub of Key West and yet it near everything.

A few years back another owner got permission to change the street address from Carsten Lane to Carey Lane in part so that a potential new owner would be able to add a pool to the area on the north side of the house which at that time was the front side of the property. (You basically can't build pools in your front yard in Old Town.) Carey Lane (the street or lane on the rear) is one of the very best addresses in all of Old Town, so the change of street address was a positive change for this property. But neither the prior owner nor the current owner installed a pool. The space awaits its final fate.

The listing Realtor describes 811 Carey Lane this way:
" Located in an area of high end properties, this charming home has an exceptional location on one of Key West's most desirable lanes. You'll find peaceful tranquility and the Key West ambiance you're looking for in this home. Open living and renovated kitchen, dining room, good storage, outdoor shower, covered porch for lounging and lovely gardens complete with inground hot tub. House opens beautifully to the outdoor areas. Architectural plans for 2nd story addition available. Fall in love with this fun and artistic quintessial Key West cottage."
The covered porch allows gracious outdoor living space

Remove the brick pavers and add a pool

The ceilings in the living room and kitchen & dining area show off the historic wood shingles. Metal shingles cover the old wood shingles, of course. The wood shingles add so much character to this living space. The doors are always open which visually expands the interior living space. And the outside of this particular house is so comforting that the comfy-cozy outside permeates into the inside.

One of the two bedrooms
Notice the outdoor shower? Back to Nature!

This great cottage style home is offered at just $589,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. And CLICK HERE to view a slide show of photos I took of this property. If you would like to see 811 Carey Lane, please contact 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. You might agree that this is the place where you could get back to Nature.

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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.