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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

812 Windsor Lane, Key West - Now a Short Sale Buying Opportunity

Loyal Readers may recognize this beautiful home located at 812 Windsor Lane in Key West as having been featured in my little blog a couple of times during the past couple of years. The house did not sell and is now offered as a short sale. 
The simple home at 812 Windsor Lane in Key West did not always look so neat and proper.  I remember driving past that house several years ago on repeated occasions when someone would ask "How much is that house?"  I would always respond "It's not for sale" to which they would reply something like "We'll I want to buy it when it is for sale." The house looked pretty rundown back then. The front yard was over-grown. The place looked like it had been abandoned. But then in 2008 the family who had owned this house since it was first built undertook the renovation of the original house and construction of a new cottage at the rear plus the addition of a pool.

812 Windsor Lane, Key West - 1965
 Today the property is available for the very first time to the buying public at the short sale asking price of $1,350,000.  The listing Realtor describes the property thus:
"Front of main house built in 1883. Rear cottage built and entire property beautifully renovated in 2005/6. Both buildings are 2Bed/2Full Bath with connecting covered breezeway. Kit, DR and LR in main house. 442 sq.ft unfinished attic space; clean, dry and open in main house is not part of the 1892 sq.ft. Finished Living Area. Pool, brick patio, lush tropical trees and bricked off-street parking. Interior is Dade County and knotty pine. Exterior is 85% hardyboard. Same family in property since 1912. Fully and nicely furnished. Heart of Old Town. This is a potential Short Sale subject to lender approval."
The front porch is just for show these days. The formal entry to the main house is located just beyond the fence at the end of the driveway.  You enter into the great room in the new rear addition to the historic house.  The living area is at the back of this house.  It has French doors that open out to the covered rear deck and which overlook the pool with waterfall.  The two front rooms are used as bedrooms. Both bedrooms have large bathrooms. The master bedroom has access to the old front porch which as a view of the Key West cemetery across the street. The Royal Poinciana Tree located directly across the street will be full bloom with a million red flowers come May.

The guest cottage at the rear has two very large bedrooms and baths. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings and ample closets. Each room has a loft inside for the grand kids to play or sleep.  A covered breezeway connects the guest cottage to the main house. 
The two houses have a combined living space of 1892 sq ft under air conditioning. This does not include any of the covered or non-covered deck areas or interior lofts. The lot is 5880 sq ft lot which  is quite large for the Old Town area. There is bricked off street parking for 2 cars. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet.
The house needs a fresh coat of paint and some minor repairs which will make it all pretty again. I think a bit of fairy dust would do a heck of a lot of good myself. If I bought this home I might splurge and re-tile the baths and replace the dark granite counter tops with quartz or some more contemporary hard surface. The color schemes are okay but I think a new owner could pick colors that are less Caribbean and more chic. The pool, rear decks, and grounds need some new plantings which would make the spaces more welcoming.  None of the things I have suggested are expensive.  I believe they would make this property show so much better.

This home has a successful rental history as a vacation rental.  The property is located just a few short blocks to Duval Street. The historic Key West seaport is located six blocks to the north. Most of the gyms and yoga studios are within an easy walk as well. Repeat vacation renters love being within walking distance to the gym or yoga studio. Returning guests follow patterns of behavior by going to their favorite haunts year after year. This is an area of family homes with no nearby commercial activity. There is no parking on the opposite side of the street - ever. This location is central to just about everything. Guest and owners will always get a sound nights sleep here.

I view this property as a real buying opportunity because of the location, historic and contemporary architecture, the successful rental history as a monthly vacation rental, and the new pricing which is much lower than previously offered.

CLICK HERE to view more photos I took.  After you've viewed the photos and the mls datasheet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a showing of this Key West home with lots of potential.  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.