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Friday, March 30, 2018

917 Hibiscus Lane, Key West - Living Life in the Slow Lane

This particular week is one of the busiest weeks of the year in Key West. Thousands of families, college kids, and single adults are here seeking fun during Easter Week. The are moving about en-mass up and down Duval Street and nearly every other street in town. Getting anywhere by car is a chore and walking on Duval Street is nearly impossible especially if you get behind a fat family of which there are many. There are some exceptions where there is no traffic this week, nor any other week. These are what I like to call the slow lanes of Key West.
Some of the lanes are so small or hidden that you may need a map to find the houses located there. Such is the case of 917 Hibiscus Lane, also known as Billygoat Lane.  Tell your UBER driver to take you to 917 Billygoat Lane and he'll look at you like you have had one too many.  But if you go to the Monroe County Property Appraiser website and search the address, you will see the land officially identified as "Billygoat Ln".  By either name, the lane runs parallel to Fleming Street which is located about 150 feet to the north. Today there are only three individual homes on this street. Two other houses located on Grinnell Street border this lane. Other original cottage size houses have been incorporated into large homes on Fleming Street which gives those larger homes off street parking and a guest cottage. Hibiscus dead-ends at a massive estate which also includes two homes located on Margaret Street. The end result is life on this little lane is very tranquil even during a week like this week.

The listing Realtor describes 917 Hibiscus Lane this way:
"This contemporary style home is perfection. Located on a quiet and secluded lane in the heart of Old Town this architectural gem is an ideal primary residence or second home getaway. Enter the front door to a great room with a soaring ceiling and an open concept floor plan perfect for entertaining. The large living / dining / kitchen is flooded with light from lots of windows. The master bedroom at the rear of the home has an ensuite bath and multiple closets. The guest bedroom has an ensuite half bath with laundry. Sliding glass doors open from the living area and both bedrooms to the picture perfect garden with outdoor dining, pool with water feature, adorable garden cottage, garden shed and private outdoor shower. The oh-so-charming garden cottage is the perfect spot for hanging out."
This charming home looks and feels especially large. The vaulted ceiling runs the length of the house. Multiple sets of glass panel doors and windows bathe the interiors with daylight. A large collapsing wall in the master suite opens the space into the main living area which I believe will be primarily used by the owners and occasionally shared with a guest. That is the way most homes like this are used.
The second bedroom, or guest bedroom and private bath, are located at the front of the house. There is a small guest cottage located at the back of the property. This is where you ask your brother in law to stay. There is an outdoor shower which everyone will fall in love with. The pool and waterfall are another unexpected delight.  I was envious of the grass and had to feel it to see if it was real. It's real pretty, but not natural.

The house is located within a three minute walk to Azur, Old Town Bakery, Mangia Mangia, and Michael's.  The Historic Seaport is two blocks north and Duval Street is four blocks west. People save all year and spend thousands of dollars to come to Key West. You could be here living the life of your dreams.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 917 Hibiscus Lane, Key West, offered at $1,395,000. 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.

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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.