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Thursday, May 7, 2015

921 Whitehead Street - Old Town Key West

I showed the centuries old house located at 921 Whitehead Street in Key West yesterday afternoon.  As I sat on the front porch waiting for the prospective buyer I looked across the street at the historic old Key West lighthouse. I was so taken by the view. This is the kind of house so many home shoppers want but which, sadly, only a few can afford. I mused how different the house and the view would have been a century earlier before all the tourists arrived when the former residents would pass the time of day as horse drawn carts passed by this truly grand home.
I searched the 1889 Historic Sanborn Fire Map and learned that 217 Whitehead Street was on that map. The 1892 map showed that 217 Whitehead Street had been renumbered 921 Whitehead Street. So we know that this old house existed as early as 1889.   
When you walk inside the house that first couple of things you notice are the huge staircase to the left, the wide hallway and rich wood floors, and the doorway that opens to the right which leads into the kitchen and dining area.  The living room at 921 Whitehead Street is now at the rear where it has views of the pool.
The pool and deck area are surprisingly large. The pool is extra long and ought to be sunny for most of the day. The pool area is very private. There is a bricked patio behind the living area. There are bricked side yards on both sides of the house where the mechanical systems and storage is located.  It looked to me as though this home has been fastidiously maintained.
The home has four bedrooms. One bedroom is located on the main floor. The master suite is on the second floor where there is also a guest bedroom. There is a third floor has two rooms plus bath.
The two petite French doors to the left open out to the second floor front porch. I walked outside to take in the view of the old lighthouse across the street. The keeper's house is located to the lower left and the lighthouse to the right. I spied tourists taking selfies. Maybe I'll be in one of their photos as a keepsake of their time in Paradise.
CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of this incredibly handsome historic Key West located only a couple of steps away from the Ernest Hemingway House. The Southernmost Point is just a couple of blocks to the south. The tower at the US spy station is viewable in the photo above. It is located next to Ft Zach Taylor State Park and Beach which is a ten minute or so walk or bike ride.  Duval Street and all of the daytime and nighttime hullabaloo is one block to the east.

And CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this beautiful Key West home. 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.  

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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.