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Monday, May 16, 2016

906 Fleming Street, Key West - Newer Home on Millionaire's Row

Just Listed, but not by me, 906 Fleming Street, Key West. This house fits right in with the historic homes on what is known as Millionaires Row in Old Town. But this house is not old. It was built new in 2008. I dug into my old shoebox and found a photo of the old barbershop that used to be located where the house now sits. And I found another aerial photo taken in 1999 that shows the barber shop and the now front yard for what used to be the Overseas Hotel located across the street at 917 Fleming Street. The old hotel burned in 1967 and was razed a couple of years later. The barbershop building did not burn, but it certainly no longer fit into the row of impressive homes that mark this prestigious location.
906 Fleming St in 1965
Overseas Hotel in 1920 post card
Overseas Hotel as photographed in 1950
Overseas Hotel as photographed in 1965
I wanted to share the above photos with you because they demonstrate the changes that occasionally occur in our historic district where preserving the past is a part of the enduring character of our lives today. The old barbershop was a modern building and was therefore allowed to be razed. The old hotel was burned. It was taken down and the lot is now the front yard to an incredible home that sits tucked away from public view. You'll understand why I added the hotel photos later on. I also reviewed the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned there was a small building located on the lot at 906 Fleming Street prior to the barber shop. More interesting to me was the tall long  narrow building located next door to the east that was referred to as a Chinese laundry. That building was also razed and newer multi-million dollar home plus appurtenant buildings now occupies that space as well as buildings on Hibiscus Lane and Margaret Street. 

The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"Located on Millionaire's Row in the heart of Old Town this luxury home checks all the boxes with designer upgrades throughout. Built in 2008 with Hardie Plank siding and impact windows and doors this low maintenance home boasts 4 bedrooms and 4 and half baths all with marble flooring. Seamless access from each bedroom to outside porches! Solid bamboo flooring, crown moldings, wet bar, and gourmet kitchen with marble counters and back-splash complete the great open floor plan. Master suite with beautiful Verde marble has large soaking tub and Roma Steam shower/sauna. Step outside master bedroom French doors to a wonderful, private sundeck, perfect for enjoying the sun or cool Key West evenings. The heated pool surrounded by lush landscaping has a custom waterfall and Spa! Covered carport for 2 cars complete this gem. Priced to sell!"

The covered front porch will be the envy of your friends throughout the year but especially on the next to last Friday of every October. That's because the annual Key West Fantasy Fest People's Parade will pass by this home on that day. The second floor covered porch will provide a great place for your friends and family to people watch. The great room is located at the rear of this home. One wall includes an integrated cabinet for stereo with auto ventilation and wet bar. An island separates the kitchen area from the living and dining spaces. Wind impact resistant sliders open out to the lanai and pool, spa, and waterfall area.
View of the location where the Overseas Hotel used to be located.

I sold 912 and 916 Fleming Street a few years ago. They sit on one of the best streets in Key West.

Annual People's Parade during Fantasy Fest

This 2000 sq ft home has four bedrooms with four full and one half-bath Each bedroom has immediate access to a covered porch or deck area. The owner, family members, and guests will have only need to take a few steps to enjoy Key West's wonderful climate. This home has a successful history as a Key West (monthly) vacation rental. It is located a short distance to the Historic Seaport and a brief walk to Duval Street.
906 Fleming Street is offered for sale at $1,895,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. 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.