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Thursday, March 9, 2017

407 Margaret Street, Key West

The listing Realtor describes 407 Margaret Street located in Old Town Key West this way:
"In a prime Old Town Key West location at Margaret and Eaton Streets sits one of the Grande Dame residences of Key West. Built in 1884 this home has been lovingly maintained and updated in keeping with the original features of the home. Enter the property on Margaret Street where there is ample off street parking for two cars. Wonder at the resort style pool with waterfall and hot tub that draws you to the covered porch off of the great room. Light filled with high ceilings and Dade County pine the home is both old and new at the same time. Wolf Stove and Sub Zero refrigerator keep company with your claw foot bathtub. Over 2000 square feet of living space on a large 5805 square foot lot which includes 902 Eaton Street this home has 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a large covered deck overlooking the pool and landscaped yard. Be a part of Key West and it's remarkable history in this very special home."
I checked the historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine when 407 Margaret Street was built. The 1889 map showed a "dwelling" located at what was then numbered as 816 Eaton Street. The address was changed to 802 Eaton Street on the 1892 map and changed again to 902 Eaton Street on the 1899 edition of the map. Today the entrance to the property is located off Margaret Street where there is also off street parking. Thus this big old house which once belonged to one of the primary doctors in Key West is identified by the Monroe County Property Appraiser and the United States Post Office as 407 Margaret Street even though the house faces Eaton Street.
The front of the house has a lot of "street appeal". The front porch wraps around the house where there is a second entrance near the kitchen which is located midway in the house. The porch is that formal and reflects the style and dignity one would expect of a doctor during another age. The doctor maintained his office in what is now
Today the former doctor's office is now a home office. I have seen several Old Town houses use similar front rooms for the same purpose. The room can be used as a guest bedroom but it has no closet. Note the abundance of clear coated Dade County Pine walls and floors punctuated by crisp white baseboards and trim work. The living area is located in the rear where glass sliders open out to the covered rear deck that overlooks the pool. There dining area is located adjacent to the kitchen. And there is a full bath on this level as well. 
The listing agent mentioned the view from the covered second floor rear deck off the master bedroom. The view is shown in the photo immediately below. The lot on which the house sits measures 34' X 107'. The adjacent lot on Margaret Street where the parking is located measures 33' X 42' for a total of 5795 sq ft of land.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 407 Margret Street which is offered at $2,395,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this great old home. I used to own another doctor's home also located on Eaton Street. These grand old houses offer so much character and history. You owe it to yourself to take a look. 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.