Today I am once again writing about the really cute little house at 820 Windsor Lane in Old Town Key West. This property was previously listed by my company. It did not sell and is now back on the market. The home is offered at $412,000. I showed this home several times, and I can tell you I am a big fan of this little house and the neighborhood. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Two-story conch home in a great location in the heart of Old Town, on corner lot across the street from the Key West Cemetery. This cozy house features a large bedroom upstairs with half bath. Original historic details include Dade County Pine walls and floors, high ceilings, spacious rooms and covered front porch. House needs TLC and would be a good candidate for renovation project. Tented for termites in 2012".
820 Windsor Lane is located at the corner of Windsor Lane and Passover Lane
In his book The Streets of Key West: a History through Street Names J. Willis Burke says Poorhouse Lane got its name because "a poorhouse was once tucked away there". I found a photo of this property taken in 1965. Poorhouse Lane is denoted by the unpainted vertical wood fence on the opposite far side of the house. See the photo below. Now look at a similar photos I took in October 2012 looking in the same basic direction and then straight forward. The tired old wood fence on Poorhouse Lane has been replaced by a concrete block wall that is painted red.
820 Windsor Lane as it appeared in 1965
820 Windsor Lane as it appears in October 2012
Bill Butler Park is located at the end of Poorhouse Lane
820 Windsor Lane is a two bedroom home that sits on a good sized 40' x 50' lot just across the street from the Key West cemetery. Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of the location. The street view is inaccurate as it shows only the fence on Poorhouse Lane. St. Mary's Basilica is located two blocks to the south at the corner of Windsor Lane and Truman Avenue (that's where James Bond parachuted to the church to be best man at his friend's wedding). Bill Butler Park is a short one block walk at the west end Poorhouse Lane. The City of Key West ought to spend more time and more money to maintain this potential gem.When I took photos here on Monday I imagined how wonderful it would be if the city would build a community pool in this seldom used park. There are numerous small cottage homes like this house that do not have pools.
St. Mary is located at the corner of Windsor Lane and Truman Avenue
You can walk to Duval Street in about five minutes. The fact is you can be just about any place in Key West within ten minutes by car. You can be most places in Old Town by foot or bike in about the same time. The convenient location and the ability to tweak this house make 820 Windsor Lane very appealing.
This home has a very comfortable Old Key West feel. All of the rooms are natural (unpainted) Dade County Pine walls including ceilings and floors. The windows and doors are painted white. The window panes are old. The glass has 'stretch marks' that ripple and show the age of the glass. The front room downstairs does double duty as an office/den and second bedroom. The full bath is located on the main floor. The living room, dining area, and kitchen are one big open space with lots of windows. The master bedroom and an half bath occupy the entire second floor. The front porch has view of the Key West cemetery. The side and back yards are private and spacious. Sadly, there is not room for a pool.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this property and to view more listing photos. Or you can CLICK HERE for a slide show of more photos I took of this property. Better yet please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this cute Conch Cottage. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.