This Key West property is a singular sensation because of its unique history, architecture, location, and usage. The original home was built in 1859 and was updated and expanded with contemporary additions in the 1970s. It has a rich and colorful history that is as eclectic as the guests who have wined and dined in this home which for decades was the center of the Key West glitterati universe. Today the estate sized property is available at a new low price of only $1,975,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view more listing photos.
|4 Pinder Lane as it appeared in 1965|
If you have been following the Key West real estate market regularly, you must have noticed that many Old Town houses are referred to as 'quintessential Key West cottages'. 4 Pinder Lane isn't one of those. It is the opposite. The house is a blend of a really old historic Key West home which has been updated with mid-20th Century additions. The house is both sophisticated and grand, but it still has small intimate spaces for normal living. The house has 2657 sq ft of living space situated on an irregular 9887 sq ft lot located at the end of a lane surrounded by some very pricey homes.
|Note the seamless transition between living area to the pool and deck area|
The kitchen and dining area are in a separate wing of the house which also has a separate vaulted ceiling. In most houses the kitchen is the 'gathering' where family and friends talk (and drink) while the chef cooks. This kitchen is extra large and designed for entertaining. Multiple sets of French doors open out to a rear garden area. CLICK HERE to view a slide show of photos of the house and grounds. There is an existing cottage at the rear of this garden which could be the site of a new guest cottage.
Both the living room and kitchen have what I call Romeo and Juliet balconies that look down from the second floor core of the house where the two bedrooms are located. I can just see a Jules or Juliet up in the bedrooms running from balcony to balcony calling out to Romeo, Rome, wherefore art thou, Rome? amid all the people below attending some big gala.
The listing Realtor describes 4 Pinder Lane like this way:
"Just Reduced! Priced To Sell! On one of Old Town's biggest lots, just under 1/4 acre, luxuriously renovated & expanded, this home on the Nat'l Registry of Historic Places is a sweeping sophisticated sanctuary ideal for entertaining. A living rm w/18ft ceiling & fireplace opens through a wall of windows to lush gardens & huge pool w/cabana bar, poolside bath/dressing rm. In addition to a gracious dining rm, an enormous eat-in chef's kitchen wrapped in 18ft ceiling w/windows & French doors. There are 2 Bosch ovens & dishwashers, Subzero fridge, 2 sinks & ice maker. Upstairs the master suite w/dressing rm + sitting rm/ & orig. 3rd bedroom opens to a roof-top sundeck. 2 car parking, lg storage cottage w/ample room to add guest house."The phrase "Sensational Old Key West history at its best!" refers to the legendary writers, artists, actors, and Key Westers that frequented this one-of-a-kind property over the years. Sharon Well's author of "See Key West" wrote that the owner of 4 Pinder Lane "introduced Tallulah Bankhead to the island. Clad in flowery pedal-pushers, she could sometimes be seen at Fausto’s Food Palace." Cary Grant, Leonard Bernstein, Burt Reynolds, Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach,Tony Curtis, Roy Schieder, Peter Allen and authors Tennessee William, James Kirkwood, James Leo Herlihy, and Evan Rhodes are among the many others who were guests at this home.
Pinder Lane is another slow lane in Key West located in the 500 block of William Street. It dead ends about 250 feet east of William Street where the lane ends at 4 Pinder Lane. Two other homes are located on Pinder Lane as well as a very fancy guest cottage which recently became an extension of the main house located on William Street. An abutting neighbor on Southard Street purchased a vacant lot on Pinder Lane to create off street parking. If you buy 4 Pinder Lane you will have some mighty fine neighbors.
4 Pinder Lane is now listed, but not by me, at the reduced asking price of $1,975,000. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this singular sensation. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.