In 2010 a bank owned house at 1021 Fleming Street was listed for $321,750. It had ten cash offers higher than asking price and sold for $400,000 after only a few days on the market. I wrote an offer for one buyer. He bid too low. Dang it! Over the past year the house has steadily been renovated and now appears near completion.
|1117 Stump Lane in 1965|
The "little cottage that could" at 525 Grinnell Street (below) is getting a substantial renovation. The old roof was replaced by a shiny new metal roof. Many of the old piers were replaced and the exterior siding was thoroughly prepped and prepared for a quality paint job. Even though the interior had been updated within the past ten years, the new owner "un-did" the re-do and is re-doing it to perfection. Perfection costs money and the redo process is dragging out a bit. The original house shown in the 1965 photo below had a wood front porch. Some later owner added a concrete porch with those lovely 1960s vintage concrete blocks. The present owner got permission to remove the concrete blocks and to rebuild a new wood porch. That will make the renovation as near perfect as one can get.
The grand old Conch house across the street at 522 Grinnell Street seems to have stopped for a time. The owner started an ambitious remodel of one of the largest old homes in Key West. This house was built to grand proportions with tall ceilings, a fireplace, formal dining room, and bay windows on either side of the main floor. The owner added a new rear two story porch which may eventually overlook a pool. The backyard has room for a pool, but so far there is no evidence a pool is intended.
|August 2013 - paint is starting to peel|
|608 William Street - 1965|
|608 William Street - 1970s|
|608 William Street - 2008|
A brand new house was built from the ground up at 710 Windsor Lane. The home that previously occupied this space was not old enough or architecturally interesting to be classified as a contributing structure. Permission was granted to tear down the old place and to construct a new two story home on Solares Hill. The lot was extra large and that gave the owner the opportunity to build an extra large home.
Speaking of which another old house at 625 Margaret Street is being reborn from the ground up. All of the old house was torn down with the exception of the historic roof and two framed windows at the front. The rest of the house and all of the exterior lot was carted away to make room for the new houses. The giant tree in front remains. It forms the focal point for the development that is ongoing.
If you are thinking of buying a fixer or a place that is move-in ready, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.