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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

719 Windsor Lane (The Key West Writer's Compound)


During the past few years I have written about a couple of the lovely homes located in the Key West Writer's Compound. Today I am adding to that list by discussing the the lovely home tucked away at the back of the compound - 719 Windsor Lane Rear. The assortment of restored shacks, shanties, cottages, and houses were once winter homes for writers such as Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur; "Divine Comedy" translator John Ciardi; John Hersey author of "A Bell for Adano" and "Hiroshima", and Ralph Ellison who wrote #The Invisible Man".  The compound is located on Windsor Lane near the top of Solares Hill, the highest point in Key West. All of the houses in the compound sit behind a large privacy fence. Each house sits on its individually owned lot which is accessed via common area walkways. Also included in the common area is a beautiful pool and stunning gardens.  I don't reckon there is a more beautiful setting in any shared community in all of Key West.

The listing Realtor describes 719 Windsor Lane Rear this way:
"Writer's retreat at Windsor Village, a secluded community of 11 homes reserved for those who enjoy peaceful living and are 55 years of age or older. Wonderfully located atop Solares Hill on a quiet one way street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Featuring three bedrooms and two baths with high end updates. French doors lead you to the light and airy great room with open floor plan. Spectacular new kitchen with beautiful cabinetry, custom lighting and stunning granite countertops and backsplash. Your private patio overlooks the shared pool surrounded by mature gardens and bricked pathways."

This 1268 sq ft home has three bedrooms and two baths. The front bedroom is currently being used as a den or office. That room and the living room (both pictured below) have beautiful French doors that open out to a private terrace that wraps around to the side where the private outdoor dining area is located.
All of the interiors are smartly decorated and crispy clean.  Both the master bedroom with en-suite bath and the second bedroom (with shared bath with third bedroom or den) have built in closets to provide civilized storage.  Everything about this home is tailored to meet the needs of a discriminating owner.
The open living area provides lots of space for gracious living.  The French doors and windows allow the perfect amount of light into the space.

The pool is located nearby. In the many times I have shown homes here I have only seen one person using the pool.  And that is a shame because this pool is so inviting.  Tall trees and lush tropical vegetation surround the cottages and provide a bit of shade on one side of the pool.The opposite side of the pool is bright and sunny. CLICK HERE to view a slide show of photos of this home and the other homes that make up this compound.
If you or your mate is at least 55 years of age and are seeking a carefree place for a permanent Key West residence or a getaway, this property might be just what you have been looking for. It is priced right at just $655,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this home. Please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.





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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.