Just below is a photo of 832 Johnson Lane that was taken in 1965. I took the photo below it to show the same house nearly 50 years later. Our HARC (Historical Architectural Review Commission) will need to approve changes to the building. I think a new owner may get permission to enlarge the house which would increase the small and inefficient interior the way it presently exists. Nothing is a "given", but I see no reason for HARC to not allow some expansion of the house because the rear lot is so large. The existing house one bedroom/one bath is 527 sq ft and sits on a 2633 sq ft lot or 25' x 116'.
|832 Johnson Lane as it appeared in 1965|
As we walked through the house I knew nothing on the inside was worth saving. The rooms are small and cluttered. That's why there are no interior photos. The cottage will need all new everything - that is a given. It's what you can't see from the street that makes me think a creative individual or couple might turn this place into something much greater than it is. And what you cannot see is the huge backyard.
A house like this would get all new electric, plumbing, windows may need to be replaced depending on condition. Exterior siding may need to be repaired, prepped for painting, and then painted. A smart buyer would take off the existing roof and replace it with a new roof with necessary straps to obtain maximum mitigation credits for windstorm insurance. I would definitely add a pool and rear deck. I wasn't kidding about using the old out house either. You might be able to convert that into a guest cottage with a bed and bath or a pool bar at minimum. You don't know what you can do until you ask.
Johnson Lane is only one block long and runs parallel between Truman Avenue to the south and Olivia Street to the north. Entrances are located on Windsor Lane (that intersects at Truman where Mary's Star of the Sea Basilica) and Margaret Street. The lane itself is a mix of very pricey town homes and a couple of very nicely updated homes and a few little cottages like 832 Johnson Lane that await a new owner. Below you can two neighboring houses.
|Across the lane|
If you would like to see 832 Johnson Lane or any other house in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.