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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

923 Eaton Street - Old Town - Key West

New to the market after a recent update is 923 Eaton Street in Key West, Florida. This home and the house next door at 921 Eaton Street are the embodiment quintessential Key West cottage style architecture. In fact, the house at 921 Eaton Street was the the cover photo for Alex Caemmerer's The Houses of Key West. Caemmerer wrote "What particularly impressed me at that time, although many of these houses were small and owned by people of modest means - mostly local workers, they had a simplicity of line and an aura of elegance and dignity which had the same effect on one as does, for instance, a simple Bach tune."
Today the two homes on Eaton Street stand side by side and continue to exude an aura of simple elegance.  923 Eaton Street is a two bedroom, two bath house with 1320 sq ft of living space situated on a large 2813 sq ft lot in Old Town. 
When you first enter this house you immediately appreciate the Dade County Pine walls and ceiling. The rippled glass in the windows distorts the views of the houses across the street just a wee bit. While the house is old, it now does not seem old. It is refreshed! The floors are newer and look wonderful. The rear wall was painted a pale blue to add contras to this deep wood room. When you pass from the living room and move through toward the rear of the main floor you suddenly see a wide opening out to the rear yard which is wide and deep and offers the possibilities of adding a pool, a small cottage, or maybe both. 
Just off the kitchen is a full bath. I know that's a bit odd, but this is an old house and you sometimes make do with what you have. There is an adjacent room which is currently used as the laundry room and storage room. This space could possibly be expanded and perhaps made into a ground level bedroom. The back of the house does not currently have a covered back area. A new owner might add a covered deck with a small extension of the house. 
The second floor has a new bathroom and both bedrooms were updated. The second floor landing is bright and cheery.  The bedrooms have been cleaned and painted. New wall to wall carpeting was added to reduce the amount of wood surfaces.  It worked!  A prior owner replaced the old scuttle visible in the black and white photo taken about fifty years ago. That area now has a skylight that illuminates what might otherwise be a dark bedroom. This house is super clean and ready for a new owner to move right in.923 Eaton Street is offered for sale at $598,900. CLICK HERE to see the Key West mls data sheet and listing photos.
I took more photos of this simple, elegant, and cute Key West cottage home with several possibilities for future improvements. But it is in move-in condition now.  CLICK HERE to see the photos and then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

Gary - I think you need to warn potential buyers about this place. Buying this will lead to you gaining 500lbs. Old Town Bakery (oh, the sticky buns), Paseo...

Thanks for the post - the makeover really helps this gem.

Gary Thomas said...

I sold the house opposite Old Town Bakery last week. I told my buyers the same thing.


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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.