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Thursday, June 12, 2014

721 Windsor Lane - The Writer's Compound - Key West

Just listed, but not by me, 721 Windsor Lane which is located in the Writer's Compound in Key West.The old cottages and houses were once winter homes for writers such as Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur; "Divine Comedy" translator John Ciardi; John Hersey author of "A Bell for Adano" and "Hiroshima", and Ralph Ellison who wrote "The Invisible Man".  The compound is located on Windsor Lane near the top of Solares Hill, the highest point in Key West. All of the houses in the compound sit behind a large privacy fence. Each house sits on its individually owned lot which is accessed via common area walkways. Also included in the common area is a beautiful pool and stunning gardens.  I don't reckon there is a more beautiful setting in any shared community in all of Key West.

The listing Realtor describes the property as:
"Charming Windsor Village community established for those 55 and older. This move-in ready cottage is beautifully designed utilizing its 591 sf to maximum effect. A welcoming front porch invites you to read a good book. Leading directly to the kitchen, the bright entry hall separates the living room from the bedroom. The living room features accent windows, a vaulted wood ceiling, & French doors leading to a private garden. Opening to an outdoor dining space, the sparkling new kitchen showcases custom cabinets & stainless steel appliances. The light-filled bedroom features a high ceiling, French doors & a newly renovated en suite bath. With the added bonuses of an outdoor shower, laundry & storage loft, this cottage undoubtedly lives large."

721 Windsor Lane is tucked away at the eastern edge of the compound providing the owner with complete privacy. A small front porch looks out to the bricked pathway that leads out to the common area and pool.  When you pass the front door you might assume this cottage which is only 591 square feet would be small. Tain't so. The living home has a vaulted ceiling. French doors provide lots of light and great views out to the garden. This is but a one bedroom home. The bedroom is opposite the living room. A side door opens out to the outdoor shower - a necessity in any Old Town home. The stylish kitchen even has room for a table and chairs for two. 
721 Windsor Lane is offered for sale at just $499,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet and to view listing photos taken by Michael Philip at Doug Mayberry Realty who gave me permission to use in this blog.  Please call, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing. This will not last long.  Better act quick.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.

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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.