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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1106 Grinnell Street, Key West

Just Listed, but not by me, 1106 Grinnell Street, Key West. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This property has Dade County Pine behind the drywall in Main House and very large attic. Backyard has workshop/shed and tiki hut/guest room - permit built in mid 1970's. With a gated backyard, carport, stainless steel appliances and enclosed front porch - this property is very structurally sound. Live in it as is or restore and renovate, remove shed and add pool for the perfect Old Town Oasis."
I dug down into my old shoe box and found photos of 1006 and 1108 Grinnell Street which were taken in 1965. The top photo shows 1108 Grinnell Street with a partially completed concrete block fence block fence. The lower photo shows 1106 Grinnell Street with what appears to be a semi-enclosed front porch together with a wood carport adjacent. I then searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that what is now 1106 Grinnell Street was shown on the 1889 Map when it was then identified as 127 Grinnell Street. The street numerator was changed to 906 Grinnell on the 1892 map and changed to 1106 Grinnell on the 1899 map. Most of the houses in this neighborhood were cigar maker cottages (shotguns) with a long narrow hall on one side with all rooms located to the opposite side.

The Monroe County Property Appraiser records show this as a 916 square foot home sitting on a 2345 square foot lot (26.2" X 93.5') sitting in the South of Truman Section of Old Town Key West. A buyer who is looking for a simple house located in a nice Old Town location may want to take a look at this property just as much as a buyer who is looking for a renovation project.
A new owner who wants to restore this house would gain many Brownie Points by taking down the existing carport and enclosed front porch. I know the porch area adds some usable square footage to the house, but a new porch that relates back to the style typical of cigar maker cottages would certainly dress up this house and give it a more appropriate facade. The ceiling could be vaulted to create a dramatic great room. 

Inside a new owner would probably replaces the existing metal louvers with six over six windows. This would then allow the owner to install a new air conditioner. CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and view more listing photos. Please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing on 1106 Grinnell Street which is offered at $550,000.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise. 

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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.