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Friday, March 16, 2012

730 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West

A few weeks ago I teased my readers just a bit when I wrote about the Projects of Key West. I mentioned the house at 730 Fleming Street as having been recently renovated. I actually knew it would be listed in March. It went on the market late Wednesday at the asking price of $1,784,000. The listing Realtor describes the freshly renovated property this way:
"Steeped in history, 730 Fleming Street along with the William Street cottage is a home that has everything. Main home has 3 bedrooms and 2 and a half baths with comfortable living area. Elegant formal dining room reminds you of the historic nature of this home. Renovated and filled with Key West charm this home has beautiful Dade County Pine throughout. Charming porches,large covered lanai opening to a pool and 5096 sq ft lot, and 2 coveted off-street parking spaces. The serene one bedroom, one bath cottage that adjoins is a real surprise with combination living area and custom gourmet kitchen with center island. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and distinctive lighting influenced by the industrial 1900's."
The house at 730 Fleming Street was actually built in 1886. I found an old black and white photo of the house taken years ago shown below. Notice the two story home located adjacent to the west. Beneath that photo is another photos that shows the former Knights of Pythias Building which was located next door at 728 Fleming Street until it was razed in 1970. The two off street parking spaces and pool at 730 Fleming Street now occupy the once hallowed ground where the Pythias building stood.

Built circa 1886

As it appears in 2012

728 Fleming Street soon after the Civil War ended and razed circa 1970

As it appears in 2012

Today a Perfect Perch for People Watching

This is the perfect Key West home for the buyer who wants the very best in design, style, location, and which has all of the creature comforts discerning buyers require. Two original buildings were substantially renovated on the inside and thoughtfully restored on the outside. The result is an elegant facade that is breathtaking in its simplicity and very usable interior spaces. This home would be perfect for an new owner has either a large family or who expects to have a lot of company. The house and cottage have a total of four bedrooms plus three and one-half baths. The newly created outdoor living area includes covered and open air entertaining areas, a pool, gardens, a private outdoor shower, and off street parking for two cars.

Living room is located at the front of the home

Master bedroom is just cozy as can be

Dining area opens out to the covered lanai

Covered lanai provides access to the pool and gardens


The living room is located on the main floor and features Dade County Pine walls that are set off by crown molding and bright white trim and rich wood floors. There is enough of the "old" house retained but not so much that one feels like the property is just old. You know how some houses feel and look old, creepy, and neglected. This is the exact opposite. Everything is just perfect.

The master bedroom with en-suite bath is also located on the main floor. This is a great feature, especially to aging boomers who have a growing apprehension about second floor master bedrooms. The kitchen is at the very rear. It is set off from the dining area which opens via French doors out onto the covered and semi-enclosed lanai. Upstairs there are two more bedrooms and a shared bath.


The guest cottage can be accessed via the gate at 502 William Street or from the guest parking on Fleming Street. The cottage is a single story home with tall vaulted ceiling in the living and bedroom areas. The rooms seem so spacious and yet both have evoke a sense of coziness.

Guest cottage at 502 William and main house to the right

Guest cottage living area

Vaulted ceiling in guest cottage bedroom

730 Fleming Street is located a couple of blocks south of the Historic Key West Seaport and only a few minute walk away from Duval Street. There are great restaurants like Michael's, Azur, and the A&B within a five to ten minute walk. Cheap joints like Harpoon Harry's (my favorite) and the Old Town Bakery are equally close. That's the thing about living in the heart of Old Town. You can walk to anyplace that is important within a few minutes of leaving your front door. And if you should decide to rent this home as a vacation rental, rest assured it would be a smash hit. It has exactly all of the features that would command high monthly rental rates.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view the excellent listing photos. Or CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of photos I took last week. If you take the time to view each you are sure to see the thought and attention that went into this truly beautiful Key West home. It is picture perfect from top to bottom and from front to back.

If you would like to see 730 Fleming Street please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! This place looks fantastic! I can't imagine a place looking much more Key West-y than this.

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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.