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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Key West Home Buy Christmas - 611 Southard Street #3

 Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 611 Southard Street Unit #3, Key West, Florida. This second floor condominium is located in a building that was built circa 1874.  The unit itself was stylishly updated a few years ago.  It has all of the modern amenities but retains the charm of the historic house.  And it has a very valuable asset that few condominiums on Old Town have: a transient rental license which allows an owner to rent the unit on a daily basis if so desired.

611 Southard St as it appeared in 1965

The listing Realtor describes this new listing as:
"Wonderfully located one bedroom unit at Hollinsed House with a rental transient license, included. Walk to all Old Town locations with ease yet enjoy the quiet of the second floor location and balcony. Very well kept up - totally re-done with professional decorator in 2008 - and it has a great rental record."

611 Southard Street - December 2012

I have a theory about Key West porches: tourists like to sit on porches and watch people walk by while imagining how wonderful it would be to live here. Locals sit on their porches and do absolutely nothing and enjoy every minute of it. The above photo was taken of the porch off unit #3 which looks down onto Southard Street.

 The unit itself is 675 sq ft in space that is divided into the open living area, galley kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Dade County Pine walls and original wood floors fill this space with a richness often not found in newly built condos.  The views from the old windows are of similar old homes on Southard Street or a partial view of the pool below on the west side of the complex.

 611 Southard Street #3 is offered at $479,000 which includes the valuable transient rental license and all furnishings.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to see listing photos.  Better yet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing. (Showings are restricted to "turn-around days" when guests checkout.) I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. If you buy this unit you will have a home in Key West by next Christmas where you can sit on your porch and feel sorry for all the poor people up north who have to shovel snow and drive in smog filled cities.

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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.