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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1410 Duncan Street - Key West, Florida


Just listed by Preferred Properties, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1410 Duncan Street in Key West, Florida.  This home looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.  It is super clean and super cute. You won't be needing to fix anything before you start living your dream come true.  The interiors have been freshly updated interior which includes a new eat-in kitchen that opens out to the pool. The living area has a built-in media wall. The wood floors and crisp white doors, baseboards, and trim shine and make this place ooze charm. The guest bedroom is located on the main floor. The master bedroom with ensuite bath occupy the entire second floor. There is even an outdoor sky shower with a treetop view of Key West. The home has covered off street parking, a beautiful pool, a white picket fence in front, and lots of charm.
 
 1410 Duncan Street has previously been rented as a vacation rental. The current owner has not rented the property. This property would appeal to a lot of single people and couples who want a charming place in old Key West to spend a month or more.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls on this home that is offered for sale at $795,000.


I found an the black and white photo of the house that was taken in 1965.  I took the color photo just below. Don't you wish we could all look that great 49 years later.  The listing Realtor describes this 1492 sq ft house as "Charming immaculate historic 2BR / 2BA 2-story Conch cottage in Old Town Key West on a quiet street that's perfect for the discerning buyer. What better way to enjoy Key West than to relax out on the front covered porch while taking in the island breezes or out on one of the porches off of the living room or bedroom. This beautiful home boasts hardwood floors throughout, French doors, high ceilings and Dade County Pine. The spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances has a great view of the inviting heated pool with covered deck. The upstairs boasts a large master suite with a wonderful outdoor shower that overlooks the tropical foliage surrounding the property. Property also includes covered off street parking."

After Tennessee Williams discovered Key West he wrote to a friend and said
"This is the most fantastic place that I have been yet in America. It is even more colorful than Frisco, New Orleans or Santa Fe. There are comparatively few tourists and the town is the real stuff. It still belongs to the natives who are known as ‘conks.’ Sponge and deep sea fishing are the main occupations and the houses are mostly clapboard shanties which have weathered gray nets drying on the front porches and great flaming bushes of poinsettia in the yards. This is beginning to sound like very bad travel literature—but I do wish you were here. I am occupying the old servant’s quarters in back of this 90-year old house. It has been converted into an attractive living space with a shower. The rent is $7 a week. I shan’t do anything the next few weeks but swim and lie on the beach until I feel human again. Then I shall learn how to fish. A good fisherman can thumb his nose at all commercial enterprise in the world."
Can you imagine Key West on $7.00 a week or Key West with "comparatively few tourists"?  Ah, for the good ole days!  Tennessee Williams ended up buying the house down the street at 1410 Duncan Street.  He wrote "The Rose Tattoo" which became a movie starring Burt Lancaster and Anna Magnani that was partially filmed in the house next door at 1421 Duncan Street in 1954. That house is now known as in Key West in 1954.  The Rose Tattoo House was in my blog in 2011 CLICK HERE. It is being renovated today.

I took a lot more photos of 1410 Duncan Street which you can see if you CLICK HERE.  After you have looked online, please call me to schedule a private showing or to give you more information.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  This property will sell quickly.  Do not wait.




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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.