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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Just Listed - 619 Simonton Street - Old Town - Key West

619 Simonton Street - Key West
Just listed, but not by me, 619 Simonton Street in Old Town Key West. This is the second home in the Gardens of Key West to be listed in about a week's time. This home is very similar in all manner to 617 Simonton which I wrote about last week (CLICK HERE to read), but the location, interiors, and pool areas are different. So it's nice to have a slightly different version for buying comparison. You can compare for yourselves. My job is to let you know about the property and to try to get you to go see it, hopefully with me as your buyer agent.

As you view the classic lines of this Conch house you will likely figure out that this is not an historic home but rather a new home designed to look like the old houses that populate the Old Town area of our island city.  I decided to dig deep into the old shoe box to see if I could find what was located in this same spot before the current homes were built in 1997. I recall the area as being a large lot overgrown with trees and some parking.  I had no idea that the area was once the home of the Columbia Steam Laundry pictured below.

Columbia Steam Laundry - 617 Simonon St - razed 1970
Columbia Steam Laundry - 617 Simonon St - razed 1970
 Columbia Steam Laundry - 617 Simonon St - razed 1970

If you read my blog of July 24, 2012 on 1311 Truman Avenue (CLICK HERE to read) you would have seen a reference to Benjamin Trevor who served as mayor of Key West from 1903-1905 who opened the first steam laundry in Key West.  That made me wonder if the Columbia Steam Laundry was in fact the first steam laundry that Mr. Trevor built. I did some more digging and found that Columbia was indeed Mr. Trevor's laundry.  Your history lesson for today is concluded.

The listing broker describes 619 Simonton Street thus:
 "Tucked away in the exclusive Gardens of Key West community sits this elegant and charming single family home. Beautifully appointed and adorned by a neighboring Rick Worth mural, this home will enchant the buyer who desires a quiet but centrally located experience in Old Town Key West. High ceilings, hardwood floors, chef's kitchen, and open floor plan overlooking lush tropical yard. Large master suite and spacious guest bedroom with en-suite bath. Two off-street parking spaces, multiple porches and wonderful heated pool. An Elegant Tropical Oasis in The Heart of Old Town Key West. Owner is a Realtor but not the listing agent."
 This home sits at the back of the huge parcel that makes up the Gardens of Key West.  As noted by the listing broker the home is located adjacent to a large mural on an old metal building located next to this property.  What could have been a distraction is instead a piece of art as the focal point when you drive up (or walk toward) this residence.  The home has two front balconies and a small front and side yard which provides access to the pool area in the rear for your pool man.

This 1440 sq ft home has a large main level kitchen located up front followed by the dining area and living room at the rear. A half bath is tucked under the stairway. Upstairs the guest bedroom with en-suite bath is located at the front and the master suite and its en-suite bath are at the rear. The pool, of course, is located at the very rear of the property where it is secluded from the rest of the world.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view more listing photos of this lovely Key West home that is offered for sale at $895,000. This home would make a great vacation rental because of the excellent Old Town location, the proximity to all of the tourist attractions and nightlife located within easy walking distance, and the privacy that this home with its private pool provide.  You will have a hard time finding a stand alone property like this priced this affordably in Truman Annex or anywhere else in the Old Town area.

If you would like to see 619 Simonton Street or any other residence 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. 

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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.