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Saturday, January 10, 2015

720 Simonton Street (Rear), Key West, Florida

A few years ago I started to use the term "slow lanes of Key West" as a counterpoint to places up north in America where people live their lives in the fast lane. You know what I mean.  People who live lives driven by ambition and accumulation. People who buy things for show and blow. Down here hardly anything ever happens on a slow lane. Hardly anybody ever sees what's going on because most people here don't care what you "have" or what you "do" or how "rich" you are. And most people won't be driving their cars or riding their bikes or even walking their dogs past your house unless it is on a regular path.  That is why many owners prefer to own a home on a slow lane - they can live their lives pretty much uninterrupted.

The little house at the far end of 720 Simonton Street is just such a place. I dug into the old shoebox and found a photo taken half a century ago of this same small cottage. The cottage sits at the rear of a private drive (deeded) that enters off Simonton Street between the Gardens Hotel to the north and Petronia Street to the south. You'll probably recognize the contemporary house located next to the driveway. I found a photo of the old commercial building that occupied the same location years ago.
I found more photos of other surrounding houses that all appear to have been built around the same time. They all share that tree lined drive from Simonton Street to where it ends in a large gravel parking area for the homes located there. I recently showed 720 Simonton Street Rear and remembered that I had been back in this hidden area years ago but did not return because I had no need to go there. I get amazed at how hidden some places are. This is one of them.
 The listing Realtor describes 720 Simonton Street Rear this way:
"Live In The Heart Of Key West Just Steps From All The Attractions On Duval Street! Cozy Cottage Located Off A Quiet Lane In Old Town With Deeded Off-street Parking. One Bedroom, One Bathroom, Living-dining Area, And Galley Kitchen. Sliders Open On Front And Back Of Home To Two Separate Privacy Fenced Decks."
As soon as you pass the gated entry you realize this cottage is no cigar maker cottage. Instead, it is slice of life of mid-century American architecture complete with glass slider doors that provide ample daytime illumination of the living area located on the other side of the wide deck.
 The four room house is easy to understand. The living room and dining area are located in front. The galley kitchen and bathroom are located in the middle of the house. And the spacious bedroom is located at the rear where there is another set of sliders that open out to a rear deck.  Notice all the closet space in the bedroom. This place just seems to offer so much living space as compared to some cigar maker cottages where sometimes rooms are cramped. If you are reaching your 'golden years' you'll appreciate that all rooms are located on one level. There are no stairs, no spiral staircase, and no ship's ladder or other contraption to complicate your life or mobility. And your off street parking spot it located right outside your front door. CLICK HERE to see more photos.
720 Simonton Street rear is zoned  HNC (1-3) which may allow for future transient rental which would require the purchase of a transient rental license at additional expense. This property does not have a transient license and may not be rented transiently at this time. Some abutting properties do have transient rental licenses. 720 Simonton Street rear could rented as a monthly vacation rental. I think this would make an excellent vacation rental property even without a pool. There is room for a hot tub. That could add some wow power to the property. This property is located one block off Duval Street but far from the noise and hullabaloo.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 720 Simonton Street rear which is offered for sale at $519,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a showing. 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.