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Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 Fletchers Lane, Key West - Life on one of our Precious Slow Lanes

I found the above photo of 5 Fletchers Lane with the notation that the boy sitting on the front porch of Grandma's house was James. The photo was taken in 1965. The house first appeared in the Historic Sanborn Fire Map dated 1889. The narrow lane was not given a name until the 1912 map when it was arbitrarily called Amplex Ct. I don't know when Amplex Ct became Fletchers Lane but I do know it was before 1965. Today the front of the house looks nothing like it did just fifty-one years ago. But it is the same house along with the  major two story addition to the right..
The house sits at the far end of Fletchers Lane which is located about 100 feet west of the corner of Eaton Street. While the lane is narrow, you can drive an auto to this house which has off street parking. Several really charming homes line either side of the lane about half of which front on Grinnell Street. If you are the type of buyer who values privacy, this may be the home of your dreams.
 The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"Luxurious & Elegant Historic Home on one of the most desirable lanes in Old Town Key West. The perfect location for walking to the Seaport or Duval Street, The Old Town Bakery and 5 Brothers. Situated at the end of a quiet lane on a lush tropical lot, this 4 bedroom home underwent complete renovation and additions in 2007. High ceilings, hardwood floors, bright & airy kitchen with open floor plan overlooking tropical yard and inviting pool. The original historic home has been made into a beautiful first floor Master suite. The property features vaulted ceilings, 2 large guest bedrooms plus a wonderful guest cottage providing comfort and privacy for you and your guests. Ample off street parking, brick patio for entertaining, and a central Old Town location make this the Quintessential Luxury Oasis in Old Town Key West."

You enter the new addition to 5 Fletchers Lane off a traditional covered front porch. While it looks old, it's relatively still new. The interiors are anything but old. While the open living space had many traditional elements, the spaces are open and have multiple functions. And they are damned pretty!
The pool view shows the back of the new addition plus the guest cottage. The original house is almost hidden behind the guest cottage. That space is now the master suite shown with the white iron bed. The guest cottage is shown just above. The problem with owning such a sweet place like this is that your guests won't want to leave. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this home.
5 Fletchers Lane is a 2352 sq ft home. That's really large for a home in Old Town. It has four bedrooms with three and one-half baths. The pool is long and narrow and gets sunshine. The second floor rear deck provides space for natural sunbathing because nobody can see up there. This home would make a great vacation rental when the owner is not in town. 
The new 24 Hour Fitness just opened a block away on Caroline Street at the Historic Key West Seaport. After you or your guests have worked off the calories from the day before, you or they can stop by Harpoon Harry's and load up new ones. Duval Street is just a couple of blocks further to the west. Your guests will love you for buying a place that is tucked away on one of the slow lanes of Key West but which is so close to everything that is so much fun.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 5 Fletchers Lane that is offered at $1,699,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

Gary, I notice that the front porch columns and railings on the renovated house and new building next door are exactly the same design that can be seen on the old house in the 1965 photo. A very nice touch.

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anon, I don't know this to be a fact but the design looks like Tom Pope was the architect on this project. He is known for his clean lines of design which are especially noticeable in the back.
I agree that the columns and railings in front look the same as the 1965 photo.

David Walker said...

The design you have shared is such a eye-catching design. i really appreciated your post. Thanks you very much for sharing it. keep sharing and keep posting.
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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.