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Sunday, June 9, 2013

709 Windsor Lane #A - Old Town Key West - Short Sale

709 A Windsor Lane - Old Town - Key West

709 A Windsor Lane in Old Town Key West became an active short sale yesterday.  This 487 square foot one bedroom one bath cottage style abode is a legal condominium (one of three in the small association) located adjacent to the Key West Writer's Compound about which I have previously written. It is not a part of the Writer's Compound, but it does share the wonderful location near the top of Solares Hill.

The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Charming Conch Style Condo in Old Town Key West. One bedroom one bath with loft completely renovated with the finest finishes. Stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and beautiful kitchen cabinetry. This is a must see! This is a potential short sale transaction subject to lender approval. Buyer to pay a $2750 negotiation fee to Seller's negotiator."

This unit shares a common wall with Unit B which was a bank owned property that sold a couple of years ago. A third condo, Unit C, is located at the rear of the parcel. The condos share a common plot of ground with side access on the west boundary for access for Units B and C. Monthly condo fees are $73.65 per month and include building maintenance and insurance, and common area maintenance. However, the association does not maintain windstorm insurance. The small condo association may make it extremely difficult to obtain traditional bank financing on a property like this. Otherwise, I think this is a bargain property. Read on.

I took the attached photos CLICK HERE for a lender two years ago. I observed that the unit appeared to have been updated in a good and workmanlike manner. The interior space was well arranged and utilitarian. The living room and kitchen share a common space which is normal in most modern Key West properties. The bedroom is off to the right and it is quite spacious. There are windows on two walls so this space is very comfortable as opposed to some bedrooms which appear claustrophobic. The bath is at the rear and it is extra large. A ship's ladder provides access to the loft located over the bedroom area. This is a neat place to send guests you don't want to stay too long or it would make an excellent place to store things you do not use everyday.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view listing photos.

709A Windsor Lane is a short sale priced at $269,000. If you would like to see this property, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties KeyWest. This is a comfortable small home in a great Old Town location.


Anonymous said...

Gary - a few questions: does the parking spot come with this unit? You mentioned it shares a wall with Unit B. Is that a side wall, or at the back of the condo? Do any of the units have transient licenses?

Thanks. As always, I enjoy your blog!

Gary Thomas said...

Parking does NOT belong to this unit. You would need to park on the street.

The back of this unit shares a common wall with the back side of the unit directly behind it. As I recall the back of that unit is a bedroom.

None of these units have a transient license nor could they get one. The City of Key West has a zoning map that restricts where transient licenses may be located. This house is not in the zone and could not be a receiver site - ever.


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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.