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Friday, December 2, 2011

A Dream Come True - 920 Cornish Lane - Old Town - Key West

I was showing a guest house to a potential buyer last weekend. I told the gent that people that stay in guest houses sit on the front porch and dream about what it would be like to live in Key West. He replied "I did that this morning." Some people buy places that are in move-in condition. Others buy places and undertake a big renovation project to turn the dream into reality. Such is the case for the little cottage home at 920 Cornish Lane in Old Town Key West.


The listing Realtor describes this Cornish Lane cottage home this way:
"Extraordinary attention to detail made this ground-up restoration the winner of the prestigious Historic Florida Keys Foundation Ceramic Star for 2010, awarded to only the most meticulous of historic renovations. The quality throughout this exquisite Conch cottage will appeal to the most discriminating buyer who settles for nothing less than the very best. Main house has master bedroom with ensuite bath, a 2nd bedroom/office with no closet and a sleeping loft (square footage not included). The back yard has an inground water feature and a separate outdoor dining area along with wonderful landscaping."
Cornish Lane is located between Fleming St and Southard St on Grinnell

920 Cornish Lane

I wrote about the slow lanes of Key West a couple of months ago and mentioned Cornish Lane. There are only a couple of houses on this lane. It's a small lane. Few tourists ever venture down the narrow lane, but if they did they would see this absolutely charming cottage that looks like something out of a magazine. The place was recently totally renovated. So I doubt a new owner will have little to do as far as "fixing".

This 988 sq ft house is practically brand new from the foundation to the ridge cap as it was built to all current South Florida building codes and hurricane compliance. Everything is new in the house, with the exception of the Dace County Pine sheathing on the interior walls and sistered roof rafters. That includes new foundation piers (keeps the old wall straight), new framing using pressure treated lumber, hurricane strapping and tie down of structure into foundation piers, new metal roof, all new electric, plumbing, and HVAC, on demand propane hot water heater (I have one and it is great), plus interior features that replicate the historic style of the period. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet.

Imagine sitting out back in the still of the night pondering the meaning of life while your friends up north are freezing their behinds off.

Azur is located on Grinnell at Fleming Street

Michael's Restaurant is the place for steak

If you bought this cottage home you would be located within easy walking distance of many local eateries. You could walk up to the corner of Grinnell and Southard to Five Brothers for your morning coffee or lunchtime Cuban mix sandwich. On Sunday walk half a block north to Azul (corner of Grinnell and Fleming Streets) and enjoy your Sunday Brunch with Key Lime Stuffed French Toast and Tw0-For-One Mimosas. That night you could walk over to Mangia Mangia for some cheap pasta or Michael's Restaurant for a great (but not cheap) steak. Cornish Lane is close to where you want to go but far enough away from the commotion on Duval.

920 Cornish Lane is offered at $735,000. If you are looking for a dream house and don't want to go through months and months of living through a renovation, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a showing of this lovely cottage home. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. Turn your dream into your reality.

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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.