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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

621 Caroline Street - Old Town - Key West

621 Caroline Street - Old Town - Key West

Preferred Properties (that's where I work but this is not my listing) just listed 621 Caroline Street in the Old Town area of Key West. The listing Realtor describes the property thus:
"This Elegant 5-bay Center Hall Classic Revival Mansion Has Been Lovingly Restored And Remodeled.Located In The Heart Of Old Town Key West, The Former Home Of Pulitzer Prize Winner Philip Caputo Encloses Over 4000 Square feet of living on three floors. Five large bedrooms and five bathroom with off street parking and pool. Nice outside space. Transient license."

The home is mentioned in Kevin N. McCarthy's book "A Book Lover's Guide to Florida" where Phil Caputo's ownership and writing acclaim are discussed. McCarthy writes that Caputo and his family lived in the house in the late 1970's. Later he rented a cottage off the nearby Lopez Lane where he wrote. The house as 621 Caroline Street has 4000 sq ft of living space, but maybe not enough space to write proper prose.

The house at 601 Caroline Street was built in 1889. The Grand Conch house sits on a large lot 46'x93' (4507 sq ft). It is located two blocks from Duval Street and about one-half block west of the Historic Key West Seaport. McCarthy wrote that Caputo was an avid fisherman. What a great location for a fisherman to live - half a block from the seaport.


This home has a spacious dining area and comfortable living room with views to the private pool and large outside deck area with tropical landscaping. There is a breakfast nook in the kitchen which also has French doors that open to the deck and pool area. There are a total of five bedrooms and baths. This home has a valuable Transient Rental License which means there are no rental restrictions as to the number of days or number of stays permitted. This large estate type home which is perfect for a quiet retreat or large families traveling together.

621 Caroline Street is offered at $2,195,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this unique Old Town property. Better yet, please all me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing for this property. Showings are only available on turnaround days when guests checkout. Advance notice is necessary. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West.

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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.