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Thursday, February 18, 2016

1607 Laird Street, Key West

If you are a buyer looking for a place that is totally livable as it exists and that does not need to be fixed, the charming home at 1607 Laird Street in the mid-town area of Key West may be the place you have been hoping to find. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this house as
"This VERY WELL MAINTAINED home is priced well below comparable properties in the area. Located in beautiful Mid Town Key West it is perfectly positioned for quick access to downtown yet far enough to enjoy quiet privacy. Freshly renovated floor plan brings additional light and tranquil airiness to the common rooms. Including a Permitted unfinished Detached Studio ready to make it your own! New Hard Wood Flooring, Covered Parking, Granite Counters, Out Door Shower, Mature Landscaping, and Extra Storage are just some of the amazing features of this MUST SEE Key West Gem!"
When you enter the home you walk into foyer and then pass into the living room which has a functional fireplace located to the right. Dual openings on either side allow access to the family area. While I wrote at the outset that this home is livable as it exists, I can't help but thinking opening the fireplace so that it opens to either side would be money well spent. This space is already classy. Updating the fireplace would give this area much more appeal in my opinion. The photo directly above shows one of several new impact glass sliders and windows that recently were added to this home. The new sliders and windows are part of the updating that was recently done to this home. The impact glass will significantly reduce the cost of wind insurance and also reduce sounds from the outside.
The kitchen and dining area are located to the left of the front entry. The kitchen door opens out to the covered carport area. This makes it easy to bring in the groceries under sunny or rainy skies. You need to think about this when considering buying a house in Key West. This is a rarity here. The guest bath is located just off the dining area.
The master bedroom has new French doors that open out the backyard which has room for a pool. Another set of French doors open out from the family living area out to a covered porch and into the backyard area. This open area is begging for someone to spice it up. There  is so much potential here.
The guest bedroom is located at the left rear of the home where another set of French doors open out the backyard where there is newly built rear building that has yet to be completed. The building measures 16' X 12' and is built to code as it sits. The interior is totally virgin and awaits the creative mind of the new owner to finish off this space. There is an outdoor shower located just a few feet away from the new building. And the laundry area is nearby. Also notice the new fence and nicely landscaped yard.
1607 Laird Street is offered at $669,000 or $421 per sq ft for this 1588 sq ft home that sits on a large 61.5' X 88' (5412 sq ft) lot. The house was originally built in 1958 but has been upgraded by the recent owners. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and more listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a showing of this nice home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Even though the place looks great as is, a new owner could add a few things to really make this place an outstanding home. And don't forget, the Great Atlantic Ocean and the Key West Beaches are only a couple of blocks away. People from all over the world to come to Key West to spend a few days enjoying all we have to offer. If you lived here, you would be home right now.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gary.
Where on Laird is it most prone to flood?

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anon,

I do not know the answer to your question. The entire area used to flood before the city installed deep injection wells. We had similar flooding on the gulf side of town before the city installed injection wells there. I know all of Key West - all of it - floods to some extent when we have a huge rain storm. They city elected to build new fire stations, a horse barn, and a new city hall rather than to install storm sewers.


Interested said...

What is the monthly cost to insure for a flood zone such at 1607 Laird Street?

Interested said...

How far of a walk and drive to beach?

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anons = I assume say person asking questions. This house is now under contract. However, this is a four block walk to the beach. I don't sell flood insurance which is priced based on flood elevation. I would guess the price would be around $1200 to $2000 per year given what I perceive to be the flood elevation.



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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.