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Monday, October 14, 2013

920 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West

920 Fleming Street is one of the Grand Old Dames of Key West - the fancy houses that appeal to many but that only a few can actually afford to buy.  It's time to take a second look at his old girl because she needs a new owner. The listing broker, not me, describes this property this way:
"Pure Classic Conch home in the heart of Old Town with a fully detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest home on Hibiscus Lane in the rear. With off street parking, a large deep lot and a wonderful pool, this home has it all! Immaculate and award winning, totaling 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with hardwood floors & Dade county pine throughout. A great family room sits right off the new gourmet kitchen and covered porches are everywhere for you to relax and enjoy! Truly an entertainers delight! A rare find, walk to everything!"
 The Monroe County Property Appraiser says this grand old house was built circa 1906. I found the black and white photo taken just about fifty years ago.

And just above is 920 Fleming Street as it appears today. That's the nifty thing about living in a town like Key West which values its old homes and works to preserve and keep them as things of beauty.

920 Fleming Street is an impressive large house located on one of the very best blocks in Old Town. The house sits elevated above the street just enough to give a view of the passers-by below.  During Fantasy Fest this must be a great place for friends and family to gather to watch the People Parade. Heck, you can watch the people parade every day here and not get a bit bored.
Inside the front door you are greeted by a grand and gracious staircase that also bisects the home between the formal living and dining area on the east side and the informal family room and recently renovated kitchen on the west side. On this floor you will also find a pretty powder room, a petite pantry, and rear door that leads to the veranda with adjacent screened outdoor dining area, pool, and guest cottage plus off street parking for two cars.
Upstairs you will find the large master bedroom with en-suite bath plus two large bedrooms one of which has access to the second floor front balcony overlooking Fleming Street. This balcony has a commanding view of Fleming Street where in less than two weeks the Fantasy Fest People's Parade will pass this home. Some of the most expensive homes in Old Town are located in this block or within a two minute walk.  This is prime real estate!

The rear veranda and the screen enclosed outdoor dining area span the width of the house and provide shade from the Key West sun and protection from the elements.  This home has a real pool. I say this because so many homes in Old Town have small rear yards and small pools. The home on the other hand has a large beautifully landscaped rear yard with a large pool, a guest cottage, and two off street parking spots accessed off Hibiscus Lane to the rear.
The guest cottage has a living area, kitchen, bath, bedroom, and charm for days. Your guests may never go back home. They can enter the cottage from the Hibiscus Lane entrance and not bother you in the main house.
You can view more photos of 920 Fleming Street if you CLICK HERE.

920 Fleming Street is offered at $2,195,000CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view listing photos. Better yet, 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 Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. 

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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.