I had not been inside the Island City House for about 25 years until this past week when I showed the Transiently Licensed Condo located at 411 William Street (#12) that is listed for sale at $389,000. Twenty five years ago I looked at buying the whole complex. I must now sadly add this entire property to the list of properties I turned my nose up at and lived to regret not having purchased. That list includes the Q Rooms which is now the Marquesa Hotel. Alas, there are more examples of poor choices I made.
The Island City House is an assemblage of old Key West buildings that were joined to create a hotel that later became a prospective condominium complex. I dug out the old shoe box and found some ancient photos that show the properties at 411 William Street, 808 Eaton Street, and interior three story building recessed deep into the lot around which are some smaller cottages and the large and sunny pool.
|411 William Street as it appeared in 1913|
|411 William Street as it appeared in 1941|
|808 Eaton Street photographed by the WPA in the 1930s|
|808 Eaton Street as it appeared in 1965|
|808 Eaton Street as it appeared in 1970 during renovation|
|808 Eaton Street August 2012|
"Beautiful, income producing, hotel condominium for sale in the Island City House Hotel. Transient licensed 1 bedroom and 1 bath condo in a beautiful enclave of 3 historic buildings in the heart of Old Town. This unit overlooks the pool from your own private balcony. Community pool, lush tropical landscaping with winding brick pathways, sun deck and in-house management. This is the total package for an income producing rental and/or your own pied-a-terre. The unit owner is allowed a maximum of 90 days per year personal stays in the property."
I learned that the building at 411 William Street has a clothing optional rooftop sundeck. I did not go up there, so there are no pics. Nevertheless, it is nice to know that you can get an all around tan if you so choose. The pool and deck at ground level are just as inviting (and probably more refreshing to your skin) since you can take a nice dip to cool off under our wonderful sun.
Frequent readers know the value of location. This place has one of the premiere locations in all of Old Town. This block of William Street boasts some of the finest older homes in Key West including the B.P. Roberts House across the street. He's the one with headstone in our cemetery that reads "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK". The Historic Key West Seaport is a short two block walk to the north. Duval Street is three blocks to the west. And there are numerous great restaurants and specialty food shops like the Eaton Street Seafood Market in the neighborhood. Vacationers will eat up the location for its historic charm and convenience.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet on unit #12. The condo association does charge a monthly fee of $346 which covers Cable, Trash Removal, Building Exterior Maintenance, Building Insurance, Common Area Maintenance, and Pool Maintenance.
CLICK HERE to view more historic photos plus current photos of the complex. If you would like to see this property or any other property in Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.