RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS
Just below are some houses I have posted before. They have either been completed or are nearly completed. Please take a look. There are links to many more photos. I encourage readers to click the links as they sometimes show dramatic changes in some houses.
629 Elizabeth Street is located at the top of Solaris Hill, the highest point in Key West. This house sits on an odd shaped lot where Windsor Lane begins and angles downward toward the cemetery. As you can see from the photos below, there's very little of the original house that remains. The front facade and roof were kept but later most of even the original parts were replaced. The original framing and pier system were removed. New piers were built. The house and new additions framed and construction began. Later a good portion of the front wall was sistered to the new framing. The roof was replaced. One addition was added to the right side of the house and a second at the left rear. A new white picket fence defines the lot. There is no pool.
630 Elizabeth Street is located across the street from the house just above. Long ago there was a store on the ground floor and living quarters on the second floor. Later the city recognized the building as a legal duplex with a ground floor apartment and a second floor apartment. Two doors on the front provided separate entry to the two apartments. During construction the house was raised and piers replaced to fix foundation issues. The house was totally gutted on the inside. The second and third floor ceilings were dropped just a bit. This allowed the third floor to have more headroom. A Juliet balcony was added to the third floor rear where the views are pretty remarkable. I represented a prior owner and took some amazing photos (not for their quality, but rather for the views) from this highest point in Old Town Key West. I dealt with a bunch of cry babies who wanted to buy this house but who were not willing to pay the price. I told lots and lots of lookers at the time I had it listed that one day they would look back and regret not having paid the price to get a one-of-a-kind property. Look at the pics below. I think you'll agree. The current owner has created a trophy property. Hooray for him! I salute you, Sir!
CLICK HERE to see more photos of this very special Key West property.
I consider 410 Simonton Street to be an iconic Key West property. Everyone who walks by or drives by takes note of its atypical style. A prior owner divided the interior spaces into apartments and added a couple of buildings off to the side and rear. Somehow he added a free form pool as well. The place was a friggin' mess! I refused to enter one of the apartments when the building was for sale. The place reeked of dog. That's all gone now. The new owner has gutted the place, taken down the horrible additions, and is on the way to completing an awe-inspiring restoration.
The total renovation of 620 Ashe Street was just completed. This home barely resembles the original house. The original asbestos shingle siding was removed. The house was elevated and new piers installed. The house was re-framed and new windows and doors were added. The original outdoor stairway to the second floor was removed. The main level side entry got a proper redo as well. A new white picket fence completed the project.
There are two other houses in the Casa Marina Area that appeared in earlier Project Blogs which are now completed as well. 1128 Von Phister Street was a small mid-century home that was razed to make way for a new two story home designed by Matthew Stratton. The Von Phister lot is only 4322 sq ft but it sold for $495,000 or $804.88 per sq ft. This sale reflects a trend of new buyers who are purchasing houses in good locations that can be razed to build new houses.
|1119 Johnson Street before the CBS wall and the original home were razed|
One of the most noticeable project in the renovation going on at the corner of Truman Avenue at Eisenhower Drive. This big hulk of a house looked abandoned for years is now getting all fixed up. The original shell of 920 Eisenhower Drives is all that remains of this old house. The house was elevated and new priers installed. Portions of the framing were replaced. All interiors were gutted. Most of the original clapboard siding has been replaced. There are new windows as well.
1121 Whitehead Street in Bahama Village is getting a new lease on life.The photo below shows this house in 2013 when the property was for sale as a bank owned property. It was a mess on the inside. CLICK HERE to see what it looked like then. It's in the middle of renovation now. The photo two below shows the current exterior.
CLICK HERE to see the old photos. It looks like one or both of the rear buildings were removed. The lot is huge. I think this could turn out to be something pretty impressive.
If you are a buyer looking for a fixer-upper or if you can't wait for months to get a place to actually live in soon, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.