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Friday, March 2, 2012

1114 Fleming Street - Grand Conch House - Key West

The asking price on the Grand Conch House at 1114 Fleming Street was reduced to just $1,050,000 yesterday. I think this house is worthy of serious consideration by any buyer who wants a large and historic home in Old Town Key West. The listing broker describes the property thus:
"Elegant award winning circa 1886 home with natural cypress siding situated on a beautiful tree lined street. Featuring four bedrooms and four and one-half baths including a separate guest cottage overlooking the pool and patio with covered outdoor dining. The kitchen has a large living area with dining. There is also a downstairs bedroom suite and another room suitable as a den, library or office. There are two bedrooms each with baths ensuite upstairs. The master suite has a walk-in closet and opens to a sunny sitting porch. The property is complete with two off-street parking spaces and much of the designer furnishings are available."
Off street parking for two cars

I showed this home earlier this week. I remembered how lovely it is but at the same time I had forgotten how really lovely it is. This old home has grace and charm that just do not exist in the new houses that are being built today that are supposed to replicate the grand houses of yore.

Last year this house was featured in the Old Island Restoration Foundation's February House Tour and described the property thus: "this two-story home, with its saw tooth additions at the back, was awarded a ceramic star from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation in 1983, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has maintained its charm while incorporating modern amenities for today's living. Floors are old wide plank pine, doors are old, and most of the large windows are original to the house." This house has all of the charm buyers of big old homes want. And this home would make a great vacation rental if a new owner wanted to rent it.

No matter how you describe this house, you can't deny the sheer beauty of the simple lines and the unique pique the Cypress wood siding gives to the property. The house is quite large and boasts four bedrooms and five baths, a guest cottage, pool and patio with covered dining area. The garden area has recently been pruned and some of the once almost overpowering palms have been removed. And the pool was resurfaced recently. If you have seen this house before, you ought to take a second look now that the asking price on this 2510 sq ft home is $1,050,000 or $512 per sq ft. CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view the listing photos. I forgot to take my Brownie with me, so no more pics from me.

If you would like to see 1114 Fleming Street, or any other home in the Old Town area of Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

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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.