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Thursday, August 29, 2013

1101 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West

Just listed, but not by me, one of the most familiar little cottages in Old Town, 1101 Fleming Street in Key West, Florida.  The listing Realtor describes this home as:
"Renovated iconic Old Town conch home in a great location at the heart of Key West's Historic District. 1101 Fleming Street has been featured in paintings, photographs and television ads. Classic yet modern, the living room has vaulted ceilings and light bamboo floors. The modern kitchen features maple cabinetry, pool-tile countertops and stainless appliances. Both bathrooms are beautifully designed with vintage fixtures. Beautiful, private outdoor area perfect for entertaining also includes a covered, decommissioned pool."
This home is located at the corner of Frances and Fleming Streets. Two bikes are anchored to the white picket fence that borders the lot like lace on your grandmother's table cloth. The front gate and nearby mailbox announce the location as Le Folie - The Madness.

The original house was built circa 1899. It has been updated several times over the years, but it is the current owner that breathed fresh air into this little home and gave new life for this new century.

Once you enter the home you are greeted by what appears to be a voluminous room with vaulted ceiling. As you look around you realize the mirror on the far wall and clever furniture placement has tricked your eyes. But what a nice surprise that is. While the spaces are compact, the house has all that one needs for a permanent residence or a getaway cottage that would be an instant "hit" as a monthly vacation rental.
The home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One bathroom is located off the center hallway and serves as a guest bath. I must tell you I was awed by this bath. Wow!  The room is so sophisticated in its design.
The center hall with new bamboo floors lead from the bedroom area, past the living space, through three sets of French doors that open to the private outdoor area. There is a pool located under the rear deck. The current owners did not want to use the pool so they covered with decking. The listing Realtor and I discussed the deck and both concluded the pool could likely be filled with water and made to function again without much difficulty. (That is assuming the equipment works after not having been used for five years. But even if the equipment does not work, the cost of installing new equipment would be less expensive than building a new pool.)
This home is in move-in condition.  It is as pretty as a picture and if you CLICK HERE you can see more pictures of this lovely cottage home that is offered at $679,000.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos. Interested buyers should not sit on the sidelines and watch this for very long.  I expect this home will go under contract within a couple of days. There are a limited number of small homes in move-in condition in the Old Town area. And I really don't think there is anything comparable to this home and priced as reasonably as this.

Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this home. I am a buyers agent an a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Looks good and well done, but in your honest assessment does it feel very tight? Only 700+ sqft isn't much to work with, but the pictures look more spacious. Could two couples or a small family be comfortable in this home and not be "stepping" on each other?

Ps: your blog is fantastic, really enjoy it!


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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.