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Friday, May 1, 2015

1107 Olivia Street, Key West - an Old Town Buy!


Just Listed, but not by me, 1107 Olivia Street in Key West, Florida. This Old Town cottage was restored a few years back and looks great. The house was totally renovated in 2008 giving the interior and the outside a new lease on life. The house first appeared on the Historic Sanborn Fire Map dated 1899.  Other houses were in this block before that date, but they were numbered differently.  I cannot determine if this house was built before 1899, but I am sure that it existed as of that date. I found a photo of the house taken fifty years ago. The facade looks pretty much today like it looked in 1965. There is room on the front porch for people watching as they ride their bikes down Olivia Street which is a one-way street that runs west to east through Old Town.
The ground floor and second floor look entirely different today than they did when this house was built, of that I am certain. The front door opens into a center hall that expands as you walk into the house. The living room is located to the right while the kitchen and dining area are at the left. The ceiling is vaulted and gives the living area as a whole a much more expansive feel.
The house is presently furnished with several pieces of quite large furniture. There are two sets of French doors that lead out to the pool at the rear. There is a huge TV cabinet the hides one of the French doors. I think the space will both look larger and function better when it is furnished with more contemporary furniture.
This house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This home has a bedroom and bath located at the front of the house. Pocket doors open off the front hall to reveal the bedroom on one side while the bathroom (and laundry) are on the opposite side. The second bedroom and bath have an unconventional floor plan that is more "loft like". A door opens from the second floor bedroom out to the rooftop deck. This is a bonus space for total privacy when sunbathing au natural.

1107 Olivia Street is located one half block east of the Key West Cemetery. CLICK MAP to see location. Duval Street is a five to seven minute stroll. The shops, restaurants, galleries, gyms and assorted local businesses in the Truman and White arts district are just five minuets away. The Historic Key West Seaport can also within an easy walking distance. A full time homeowner or a tourist in town for a few days often measure the convenience of a property by how long it takes to get to a particular destination.
The property does not have off street parking. However, there is an abundance of off street parking nearby. I don't see that parking would be an issue for a full time owner. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this property.

If you would like to see 1107 Olivia Street, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.  Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Gary,

So the way you wrote it kinda sounds like the home has a transient license but the listing says it doesn't. Curious as to which is the case.


Thanks!

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anonymous, I corrected the content and removed the reference to the transient license. The license was sold off.
I checked with city hall. A new owner could not put a transient license back in this location.
Gary

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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.