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Sunday, April 10, 2016

3 Aronovitz Lane, Key West - Slow Lane Living

On my third trip to Key West in 1986 I spent much of the time looking for a place to buy. When the trip was over, my Realtor picked me up at my guesthouse and took me to the airport to return to Colorado. As we drove east on Fleming Street she had to stop her car for a dog laying in the street to wake up and get out of the way. Serious.  Today there's too much traffic for any dog to even lay down in a street let alone take a dirt nap - except, maybe, on a slow lane. 
Longtime readers of my little blog know my fondness of the slow lanes in Key West. A "slow lane" is not a phrase: it is a lifestyle. Some people love to sit on their porch and watch tourists and locals go past their homes. It's almost like a sport. Others prefer not to see or be bothered by anybody. Since so much of Old Town is so tightly packed most of the streets here are by definition well traveled.  I will be you that if you buy 3 Aronovitz Lane that your dog can lay in the little street and will not get bothered by tourists or locals passing by. Most locals and few tourists have never heard of this street nor know where it is.
I looked in my old shoe box and found a photo taken more than fifty years ago that shows the house as it then existed. I looked through my Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine when it was built. I searched each map starting with 1889 through 1912 but the entire lane was omitted from each map yet the surrounding buildings and houses on Duval, Southard, Angela, and Whitehead Streets were shown. This large area may have been stables. Even today there is an expansive paved parking area located on the backside of today's featured home.
The listing Realtor describes 3 Aronovitz Lane in Key West this way:
"Stunning Renovation of this classic Historic Cottage located just steps from Duval on a quiet one way street. Beautifully Reclaimed Dade County Pine coupled with gorgeous pine floors, coffered ceilings and elegant finishes throughout. Open Kitchen and Living room appointed with Custom Cabinetry and granite countertops. Living space opens via French doors to private pool and sunny filled patio. Property is being offered turnkey with stylish furniture package. Located in x-zone."
As soon as you open the front door to this freshly renovated Conch Cottage you know everything is going to be alright. Everything just looks perfect. They didn't miss a beat. The Dade County Pine walls and new wood floors are set off by the crisp white trim and crown molding.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and the listing photos. What you cannot see in the photos today is the new pool that is in place but not yet finished.  3 Aronovitz Lane will have a smallish splash pool that is larger than a cocktail pool.  The house is offered with the stylish furniture package shown at the offer price of $895,000. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this really cute renovation located just one-half block from Duval Street. This house would make an excellent vacation rental. It is near everything. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

This is a lovely place, Gary. They did a beautiful job renovating. As you have lived in Key West for approx. 30 years, have you remained in the same home or did you move another time before you finalky settled in Casa Marina area?

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anon, I have lived in Key West since December 1993 so that is 23 years this December. I moved in Old Town at first and moved to Casa Marina in 1995. I have been in the same house all that time.

Some locals move from place to place. Some make money in doing that. I don't get that but I guess it works for some.

I realized that most of the houses I have lived in throughout my life have been located on a corner. And then I realized it is always the southeast corner. I don't have any idea why. It was that way when I was a little kid and that way now.

Anonymous said...



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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.