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Friday, March 14, 2014

727 Love Lane - Key West - Make this Cottage Your Love Nest

727 Love Lane is located near the tippy top of Solares Hill in the Old Town section of Key West.  This introductory sentence tells us a lot about this particular house starting with the address - the house is located on one of the most coveted lanes in town.  There are just seven houses on this little lane that dead-ends at this property.  That means you won't be having cars, scooters, or Conch trains riding past your home disturbing your peace and quiet. The Solares Hill location assures you that flood insurance will never be required at this property. We all know that most potential buyers and guests prefer the Old Town area of Key West as the place they want to stay on vacation. The other houses on this lane are among the cutest in Old Town which means you won't be embarrassed when your friends or family visit.  Quite the opposite - they will be enchanted as they walk down this little lane.
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I looked through the old Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West and learned that 727 Love Lane was built around 1892.  I determined that a previous structure was located on the lot prior to 1892.  For whatever reason, that home was either razed or destroyed.  The current structure has been added onto over the years.  In 2005 the property was marketed for sale as a legal duplex (see the photo immediately above).  Note the exterior used to have asbestos siding.  The property was thoroughly renovated and the property became a single family residence. (Exterior siding was replaced. New windows, doors,  floors,  and A/C were added. A new kitchen and baths were done in the last renovation. A new roof was added in 1999. The front part of the original cottage (shown in the 1965 black and white photo above) now has four sawtooth additions each of which now has a cathedral ceiling.  A modern addition was added at the rear. Today the kitchen and dining area is located there.  A covered lanai is at the very rear.

The house now has 1989 sq ft of interior living space on one level - no stairs to climb.  The lot is quite large - 40' X 99' or 3800 sq ft.  There is off street parking and room for a large pool. 

The listing Realtor, not me, describes this property this way:
"Desirable Love Lane: Complete renovation just completed from New piers to new roof. Home taken down to the studs and rebuilt! Vaulted ceiling in Living room, private office. Beautiful Kitchen dining area. Large covered patio off Kitchen. Laundry room and storage room off patio. Landscaped and ready to move in immediately. Most desired location in Old Town, walk to Restaurants, Seaport, Theatre and Duval St or enjoy quiet private setting at the end of Love Lane."
The house has been freshly painted and the floors are being refinished. I think a new owner will add a white picket fence and bricked front parking space which will add privacy to the side of the property which is begging to have a pool built. The lot is plenty wide and deep enough to accommodate a good sized pool and tropical foliage.  CLICK HERE to see more photos that I took of this property.

727 Love Lane is now offered for sale at the price of $1,500,000CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.  Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to show this property. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  Make 727 Love Lane your love nest in Paradise.

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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.