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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

410 Catherine Street, Key West - Just Listed

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 410 Catherine Street in Key West Florida.  The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Half a block from upper Duval Street this three bedroom, two and a half bath home is within walking distance of all the restaurants and attractions of Key West. This charming historic home has been completely restored and offers every modern amenity such as a gourmet kitchen, modern baths, a wide covered porch overlooking the pool and electronic gated parking."
When I looked at the house from the street I had no idea that it was an historic home. It doesn't look all that old. In fact it looks pretty crisp and modern. I am not suggesting the recent renovation took away the charm, it simply spiffed the place up with aplomb. The house is located one-half block west of Duval Street in an area once known for the cigar maker cottages where factory workers lived. I reviewed the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to determine the approximate age of this house and was surprised to see that it appeared on the 1889 map when it was then identified as 235 Catherine Street. The house identifier was changed to 410 Catherine on the 1892 map. True to form the Villamil Pino and Co cigar factory was located at the corner of Duval and Catherine Street. A small lane identified as Doe Alley separated the factory from the nearby cottages. That lane curved behind the cigar maker cottages and ended at Whitehead Street.  The portion of Doe Alley that ran parallel to Duval Street became Riehl Court on the 1912 Sanborn Map, and the rear alley was then identified as Louisa.  Today what was Doe Alley (Riehl Ct is known as Thompson Lane. However, GOOGLE MAP shows it as Thomas St. GOOGLE MAP is incorrect!)

410 Catherine Street, Key West - 1965

408 Catherine Street razed in 1968
Our history lesson is almost over.  I looked into my old shoebox and found the above black and white photo taken in 1965 which shows 410 Catherine Street as it then appeared. I found a photo of the former next door house at 408 Catherine Street which was damaged by fire and finally razed in 1968. In 1969 a then new CBS (concrete block structure) replaced the old house at 408 Catherine St. That house still exists today on a block where most of the homes are updated versions of the historic cottages which like 410 Catherine Street date back to the late part of the 19th Century. 
Today's house is much different than the original version of this house - that's pretty much a truism for most of the old homes in Key West. The front porch is now a small veranda off the front bedroom. The main entry was relocated to the east side of the home pictured immediately above. The interiors are all refined. The kitchen is a chef's delight. Exterior changes can be seen in the black and white photo of 410 Catherine St  which show a sapling Royal Poinciana tree once stood where today at the driveway an electronically operated gate exists.
You enter into the comfortable living area. There is plenty of Dade County Pine to lend an historic feel to the living space. Modern French doors and new windows bathe the interiors with abundant ambient light during the daytime. The kitchen and dining area are located to the left where there are views of the pool and guest cottage.  This property has been rented as a monthly vacation rental. The location one-half block from Duval Street makes this an ideal vacation rental location. The house and all the amenities will seal the deal.
There is a pool house complete with bath adjacent to the pool which runs much of the rear width of the of the property. There is a small waterfall at the far end of the pool. Native coral rock and tropical foliage and palm trees set the backdrop for the pool. The balcony complete with hammock provide outdoor entertaining area protected from the sun and those occasional days when we have rain. This is a very pleasant and spacious area to spend idle hours doing not much of anything.
The large master suite is located behind the Dade County Pine wall in the living room. French doors open out to rear covered porch and pool for a late night swim. The ceiling is vaulted giving this bedroom area a more spacious feel. 
The front bedroom is an equally restive spot. Bahama shutters provide muted daylight to enter the bedroom area as well as to provide privacy. What was the original front door is now a door to the front porch which has no entry from the yard - the Fuller Brush Man won't accidentally enter the bedroom. The porch will give the occupant a nice private outdoor space to read a book or to contemplate the meaning of life.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of 410 Catherine Street, Key West. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a personal view of this new listing which is offered at $1,485,000. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.



1 comment:

Joseph Graham said...

"The Fuller Brush Man won't accidentally enter the bedroom". You have the first makings of a great book there, Mr. Thomas! Made me chuckle. And chuckle again. Well done as usual sir.

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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.