618 Petronia Street - Old Town - Key WestThe house at 618 Petronia Street is worth looking at if you are a budget shopper looking for a perfectly livable house that can be moved into the day you close but that could be upgraded and improved upon as well. That house has been on the market for quite some time. I have told buyers that found it that I thought the property was 'over-priced' and we never looked. A new Realtor recently listed the property at a new and much more realistic asking price of $474,900. I showed the property last Saturday. I have changed my mind about the house being over-priced and I now think this place is worthy of consideration.
The house sits on Solares Hill and is near the highest point on the Island of Key West. The other houses in the immediate area were built around the same time. It looked to me as though the original house was a typical wood frame construction that can be seen in many old Key West homes. It looks to me as though the original house was expanded by the addition of a CBS structure at front which includes the front porch and what is now used as the third bedroom. I believe a second addition was added at the rear where the kitchen is located. The kitchen has a different floor level and a different floor surface. Finally, another 'room' is at the rear. This 'room' appears to have been a porch that was enclosed creating a family room. The original house is still intact and consists of the living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Besides the various floor levels and surfaces, the house seems dated but not quite as quaint as most buyers expect when purchasing an older Key West home.
Family roomIt looked to me as though much of the original house got a stucco exterior when the front addition was added many years ago. The house next door is almost identical and it has "novelty siding". I think the houses are the same and I expect 618 Petronia would have had the same siding were it not for the stucco. I'm a believer in wood and I think this house would benefit immensely from the removal of the CBS front addition and maybe removal of the kitchen and porch enclosure. I would replace the front with a period correct front porch. I'd restore the wood siding all over the the house. I would remove the clam shell awnings and replace with shutters that are more in keeping with the way Key West cottages look today. I would finally replace the kitchen and add a new rear porch. I think you could come up with a might charming home to keep to yourself or that you could easily rent as a vacation rental. There are several homes in the immediate area that are used that way.
That's when the creative part kicks in. The rear yard is immense. (The Monroe County Property Appraiser's map shows the lot as being 32 feet wide by 189.33 feet in depth.) There is room for a huge pool and an accessory unit (a mother-in-law cottage). This space is just incredible. Below are some photos I took on Saturday which was a gray day.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet on this property. A new owner doesn't have to do any of the remodeling I suggested. The place works just fine the way it is. But it could be so much better. And at the asking price of $474,900 it is worth looking at.
If you would like to look at this property or any other house in Key West please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.