I wrote about the legal duplex located at 506 Elizabeth Street at least tree times during the preceding year and showed it perhaps ten times or more. I thought this was a great property that had upside potential either as a duplex or as a conversion to a single family home. You could not beat the location across the street two blocks off Duval and two blocks from the Key West Seaport. The first two photos show the duplex when it was offered for sale. The bottom three photos are recent pics that show the "single family house" that is nearing completion. Note the second door on the front porch is now gone. In its place is a new window. In fact new windows were added to the ground floor which previously had dated glass louver windows with window A/C unit in the living room. The back ground level deck was removed and a new stairway has been added.
The house at 617 Grinnell Street is a bit of a rarity in Old Town Key West. Our Historic Architectural Review Commission normally does not allow old houses to be torn down. This place is a rare exception. I did not review the records but can tell from the black and white photo that 617 Grinnell was not considered a contributing structure given the asbestos shingle siding and clam shell awnings. The building came down in just a couple of days. Within a matter of days the new piers were added and framing began soon afterwards. The project end is near.
620 Ashe Street is getting a new lease on life starting with a new foundation. The house was elevated so that new piers and superstructure could be built. The house was lowered onto the new piers' The old building and new addition will get all new windows, doors, interiors, etc.
|Rear view of 630 Elizabeth Street on the upper left and side view of 700 Elizabeth on the right|
|700 Elizabeth Street|
|View from third floor looking down to Elizabeth Street|
The first time I saw 629 Elizabeth Street I felt like I wanted to save it. But since I'm a coward about tackling renovations, I knew I'd have to wait for two things: (1) the house to get listed for sale and (2) someone with money, guts, and style to take on the project. I saw this iconic old house and the prominent location as being a formidable challenge. I blogged when the house did get listed and later when it sold. Several months ago most of the original house was razed to make way for "renovations". The front facade was all that remained of the old house. The facade with the pouring of new piers upon which the new house would be built. I probably took more photos of this project than any other. I'm not sure yet what to think. I'm not against what has happened. I don't know how it will turn out.
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I wrote about 1108 Watson Street at least twice and probably showed it to a dozen potential buyers. They like the place for its asking price, pool, and off street parking, but were unsure of the place because of the spiral staircase and funny second floor loft. The new owner of this property gutted the interior, added a dormer to the rear, and is creating an entirely different house in the process. I'm adding a couple of interior photos to help longtime Readers recall this place. I am pretty sure the interior will be totally gutted and replaced as a part of the renovation. Potential buyers that looked at this house and decided against it ought to take note of the improvements.
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The Post World War II house at 1233 South Street intrigued me and several buyers. This three bedroom home sat on a large and beautifully landscaped corner lot just one block east of the Casa Marina area. I represented the buyer who has begun a total renovation and expansion of this home. Much of the aged landscaping has been removed including a diseased mahogany tree. New specimen palms planted as a forerunner to work on the home. The faux stone siding that was added years ago over the original wood siding has been removed. New insulation has been added which make the home much more energy efficient. New impact windows have also been added. These windows add architectural beauty to the house and reduced the cost of wind insurance.
Buyers who are looking for a potential project (renovation or new construction) really need to consider areas like this as an alternative to houses in Old Town which are typically highly restrictive as to what architectural changes that can be made and limiting as to the materials that may be used in a renovation or restoration. Lot sizes are usually larger and the neighboring areas are typically less densely populated than Old Town.
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There are several projects underway in the Casa Marina Area. The mid-century house at 904 Flagler Avenue has been completely transformed into something entirely different from the simple ranch it used to be. When I wrote about this property in August I didn't get what was going on. Now that the project has been completed I gotta confess I love it.
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1128 Von Phister Street was a small mid-century home that was razed to make way for a new two story home. The Von Phister lot is only 4322 sq ft but it sold for $495,000 or $804.88 per sq ft. That price for the land is higher on a per sq ft basis than just about any active listing in either Old Town or Casa Marina.
|1119 Johnson Street before the CBS wall and the original home were razed|
Out on the far eastern end of the island a very large house on the Riviera Canal at 3810 Flagler Avenue just completed a total renovation and expansion. I showed this house a couple of times when it was offered for sale a few years ago. The water views from the back of the house were incredible. Most of the people who buy homes in this area are locals who enjoy the direct water access canal frontage offers. You can be in deep water within minutes of leaving your property. The next time you drive toward the end of Flagler Avenue take note of the other renovations currently in progress.
If you are a potential buyer who is looking for a house in Key West and have not found the home of your dreams, maybe you should consider buying a property that can be renovated or possibly a place that can be torn down and rebuilt. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to explore the possibilities in Key West. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you turn your dream into your reality.