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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

1311 Catherine Street - Key West, Florida


1311 Catherine Street in Key West is a new listing that may appeal to buyers who are looking for an affordable house they can expand to create their little dream cottage. The listing Realtor, not me, describes the property thus:
"Location! Location! Location! Very nice address on Catherine Street. This Conch Cottage is quintessential Key West and ready for an easy, clean renovation. It has one bedroom as part of the home and an additional bedroom/guest quarters with a half bath connected by a short breezeway.A large concrete deck with a vine covered trellis on the East side is accessible from bedroom and side and rear doors. There is a nice landscaped yard on the side and rear, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outside area. A private outdoor shower is handy.Storage loft. Easy to see."
I found a black and white photo taken of this property in 1965.  Compare that photo to the photo underneath. You will see where the bedroom addition was added onto the house. There is an elevated concrete deck off the bedroom with an overhead trellis. Just beyond the trellis is the backyard which is surprisingly large. The Monroe County Property Appraiser records show the house and rear cottage as being 855 sq ft. The lot is 40' X 92" or 3670 sq ft.  I think there is room to expand the main house and enlarge the rear cottage and still have sufficient land left over to construct a swimming pool and gardens. CLICK HERE to view more photos I took minutes before a heavy rainstorm.
Little houses on big lots like this give me goose bumps, not from being scary, but for having so much potential.  This house is a simple conch cottage with a vaulted ceiling in the living area, a rudimentary kitchen, a bedroom on the side, and a bath at the rear. There is a covered breezeway at the rear that leads to a rear second cottage where there is a second bedroom and a half bath. A creative buyer can do so much with this space compared to other places with much smaller lots. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. This home is offered at $450,000.

If you would like to see 1311 Catherine Street, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  Let me help you find your place 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.