Just Listed 1010 Elgin Lane, Key West. This place is so cute and so charming that it may not last the week. I wrote about this timeless classic ten years ago. I was smitten then and I am smitten now. This home has the features most second home buyers in Key West seek - great location within easy walking distance to Duval Street and the Seaport, a pool, off street parking, three bedrooms, plus oodels of charm. And priced at just $1,295,000 it won't break the bank. I dug down into my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 which shows the house in what I think was pretty much its original condition. This was taken before the invasion from the north. I also found two photos I took in 2010 when the house was sold to the current owners. The lower photos show the house as it looks today.
"Tucked away on quiet Elgin Ln. you enter this magical property through the white picket fence surrounded by orchids and lush tropical landscaping. A classic deep front porch with porch swing is perfect for relaxing. The main home is Old Key West at its best with original Dade Co. pine floors, painted wood walls and ceilings. Every room in this home has a special feel. The spacious living room and den are both filled with eclectic character and Key West style. Featuring three bedrooms and three baths with one bedroom and bath on the first floor. The first floor bath details beautiful custom mosaic tile with a spacious shower and windows that open to the gardens. Roomy eat-in kitchen with windows and glass paned door out to the gardens. French doors open from the den to the outdoor space. Historic wood windows throughout the home fill the rooms with light bringing the outdoors in. Up the colorful wood staircase is one bedroom and bath as well a bonus space perfect for a studio or office. This one of a kind home only gets better when you reach the outdoors space. The rear gardens and heated pool are captivatingly flanked by a coastal one room guest cottage with full bath as well as a most enchanting octagonal pavilion with stunning architectural doors and arched windows. Many more special features such as the brick paved driveway."
The second thing I wanted to see was the folly. I remembered it from before. It is just a small shell for no useful purpose which provides such a wonderful space to express one's imagination as to the use of space. I was talking with a fellow Realtor about this house and said that our modern day HARC (Historic Architectural Review Commission) would never permit a structure like this to be built today unless the lot was extra large. HARC requires compliance with RULES which are actually GUIDELINES which they enforce through disapproval of plans. In my opinion houses built by committees suck. This house does not suck. It is a work of art.As I moved from room to room I noticed the floors were wood but some had a different finish or look. That made me determine that the way the rooms were used and furnished played off of the floors and the existing Dade County Pine walls. These are real wide pine floor boards. The patina shows the rich history of this old house. The windows were old and original and not those new replacements that are made to look old. These are the real McCoys. A side hall took me to the rear where I was greeted by a sweet breakfast nook. It is part of the large kitchen that takes up the rear 1/3 if the house. The kitchen is a saw tooth addition to the main house. The kitchen is so simple, but it looks like something you might see in a Ralph Lauren Home Furnishing Store. You don't see stainless steel or marble or granite. Thank God. The kitchen cabinets look ancient but aren't. The room looks like it evolved over time. It didn't. The kitchen is a work of art.
"Because Elgin produced so many watches and produced so many spare parts, they can still be easily bought and fixed, so even a 100 year old Elgin can be used, with care, on a daily basis. While mechanical watches can't compete with quartz watches for accuracy, there is something about having a watch that ticks that a quartz watch just can't replace."
I think the same can be said about old houses like this one.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet to view more details and to see a lot of great photos of 1010 Elgin Lane. Then please pick up the phone and call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to discuss this truly great property. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.