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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1310 Newton Street - The Meadows Area of Key West


The listing Realtor describes 1310 Newton Street as
"Charming turn-key house in the popular Meadows neighborhood was fully renovated in 2004 from the supporting piers up to the roof. Home is bright and modern with great use of space. Detached 100 s.f. accessory building in the back yard has been used as an artist studio with power and water and is ready for new owner to customize."
I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West to see if I could determine the approximate age of the house. The house first appeared on the 1892 map where it was identified as 208 Newton Street.  The 208 Newton Street was changed to 1310 Newton Street on the 1899 map. So we know that the house existed at least as of 1892. The entire block was omitted in the 1889 map so the could house could have had an even earlier date of construction.

I searched through the old shoebox and found a photo of 1310 Newton Street that was taken in 1965. Compare the black and white photo to the recent color photo.  The house now sits behind a white picket fence. The screened-in front porch is now open. The almost foreboding facade is now welcoming, bright, and cheerful.  Today it looks like home.
The front door opens to a long hallway that leads to the living area located midway in the  home and ends at the rear where the kitchen and dining area can be found. The two bedrooms and bath are located up front.  This configuration is typical of many cigar maker cottages where the front rooms become bedrooms and the main living spaces are located at the rear of the property.
The combined living, dining, and kitchen area offer a decent amount of living space.  The kitchen cabinets and island provide lots of storage places as well.  French doors at the rear open out to the rear deck that acts as a conduit to the stand alone cottage at the rear. The building could be an artist studio or maybe a writer's cottage or a simple hobby room. A bricked courtyard completes the remainder of the backyard. In my opinion there is not enough room for a pool with the small cottage located at the rear. 
1310 Newton Street has 972 sq ft of living space. The lot measures 24.5' X 88.5' or 2168 sq ft. which is typical of the area. Newton Street is a one-way street that runs eastward from White Street about four blocks where it ends at Eisenhower Drive. Most of the streets in the Meadows are one-way streets. The streets are narrow. The good thing is most of the homes in this area are single family residences.  There are a few apartments and condos, but they are in the minority. Parking is normally easy.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 1310 Newton Street and then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a private showing. 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.