"This beautiful example of a classic Bahamian eyebrow style home has been totally renovated from top to bottom. The first floor of the main house includes a formal living room with exposed Dade Pine walls, study/den which could possibly be a 4th bedroom, full bath and gorgeous great room. The great room features a vaulted ceiling, built-in cabinetry, recessed lighting and granite countertops and stainless appliances in the kitchen. Upstairs are two large, sunny guest bedrooms. The separate cottage is a private master suite with vaulted ceiling and multiple sets of French doors opening onto the large deck and access through the bath to a private deck with outdoor shower. There is an inground pool, off-street parking and lots of outdoor space."I have shown this home several times over the many years I have been selling homes in Key West. It has always been a favorite of mine because of the classic lines of the main house, the inviting rear cottage, and the spacious and sunny pool that separates the two buildings. The first home I owned at 511 Eaton Street had the same style delicate French doors at the front entry. Those doors have been retained and create a gracious entrance into this beautiful home. The most recent update put this home in move-in condition for a new owner. Nothing needs to be done or fixed. The interiors glisten. The home has been freshly painted throughout. Side and rear windows and doors have been replaced by wind impact resistant windows. The roof on the main house was replaced. The effect of these updates will reduce the cost of windstorm insurance for the new owner.
I dug into the old shoebox to see if I could find a photo of the house before any renovations were done. I did find a photo taken in 1965. Contrast that black and white photo with the color photo immediately below. Note the original "windows" were actually louvers - a metal shutter device used in many older Key West homes before electricity and way before air conditioning. Note also the slant of the rear portion of the roof. You will see the angle is less pronounced than the front portion. This slant created additional head space on the second floor to allow for the two rooms to be used as bedrooms. You will also see a shed addition that attaches to the rear of the main house. Anybody familiar with the house as it existed almost fifty years ago would be pleased with the sensitive transformation to the property it has become. I found 415 Frances Street on the 1889 Sanborn Fire Map for Key West. That means the original house was built before 1889.
Inside, you will see the original house was and is still divided into quadrants. Main floor left is the formal living area. Main floor right is a small bedroom or study. The main floor bath is located behind the front main floor bedroom or study. There are two bedrooms located on the second floor.
Buyers who want to purchase a home they can rent as a monthly vacation rental will be pleased to learn that this home has been rented this way for several years. You won't need to create a market for renters to find this home. They already know about the great location near the seaport and the convenient walk to Duval Street which is near enough.
415 Frances Street is offered for sale at $1,425,000 for this four bedroom two bath home with a total of 1849 sq ft of living space. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet for more information and more photos.
After you have view the facts, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a personal tour of this home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.