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Monday, May 20, 2013

1110 Petronia Street - Old Town - Key West

The listing Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, describebs 1110 Petronia Street in the Old Town area of Key West this way:
"This striking and eye-catching Old Town cottage occupies a very desirable location at the corner of Ashe and Petronia Streets. The owners have just completed an impressive restoration which includes new roof, shutters, windows, doors, attractive gutters, on-demand water heater, heating/AC system (including new duct work), and a stylish new master bathroom. There is a charming small swimming pool and off-street parking."
I have been watching the transformation of this cottage for many months. The red painted board and batten siding is atypical to the white clapboard siding seen in most homes. And I find that refreshing. The house reminds me somewhat of La Casa Roja on Catherine Street. The handmade wood shutters look ever so strong.  The white picket fence on the side neatly frames the cottage for passersby to admire. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this property.
The Ashe Street side of the cottage provides gated off street parking, a luxury in a cottage home in Old Town.
There is even a small pool where you can't do a breast stroke, but where you could certainly do some chillaxin'.

Inside this 1134 sq ft home you will find three bedrooms and two baths. This Old Town home has off street parking, a small pool, and is ready for a new buyer. I think with a few changes this property could make a great vacation rental. It is offered for sale at $747,000CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos.
The Monroe County Property Appraiser's card shows the house was built in 1934 which we all know is highly unlikely because that was in the Great Depression when Washington had to come to Key West to help save it from utter ruin. The old courthouse had burned and property records were destroyed. The WPA helped create new property records and set the date of most houses in the 1933-1934 time period unless a specific construction date was known. I found 1110 Petronia Street (corner of Petronia and Ashe) located in the 1899 Sanborn Map. CLICK HEREWIKIPEDIA has a great discussion of the Sanborn Maps. I described the function of the Sanborn Map to a buyer a few days ago and he suggested that it served the purpose of a census, of sorts. I liked that. Instead of people,  it counted houses and then provided data as to age, construction, etc. I found a photo that shows 1110 Petronia Street as it appeared nearly fifty years ago. See below.

1110 Petronia Street as it appeared in 1965
1110 Petronia Street as it appears in 2013
If you would like to see the inside of this cute cottage home, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule an appointment. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

1 comment:

FloridaAG said...

I have to say that personally, I am not a fan of the color. When I strolled by the house a couple weeks ago, I commented that I was surprised HARC let them paint it that color. It looks more red/orange in person.

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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.