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Friday, April 5, 2019

1100 Southard Street, Key West - Hi Brow Eyebrow

The freshly renovated home at 1100 Southard Street is a testament to the vitality of the Key West real estate market which has thrived and progressed since my first visit in 1984. While preparing to write about today's home, I reached down into my old shoebox and found two photos taken of 1100 Southard Street that demonstrate my thesis.
Just prior to young photographer Authur Rothstein assignment to photograph Key West for the WPA in 1938, Key West had reeled from the devastating loss of the railroad due to the Labor Day Hurricane in 1935, the demise the cigar and sponge industry, and the unknown future of the island upon the completion of the Overseas Highway (now called US1). Rothstein's task was to document the state of life on this little island. One of the houses he photographed was 1100 Southard Street shown above. Study the photo just a bit. Longtime readers know this is an "eyebrow house" given that name to describe the design of the roof extending out from the end of the building to rest upon columns. The projection creates both a porch (a place to sit) and protection for the second floor windows which may be left open during rain and wind storms allowing light and air to flow inside the home. Before we had air conditioning, homes were ventilated by natural air flow and shade trees. Rothstein's photos appear throughout my blog from time to time. We are fortunate that the federal government sent him to the Keys to capture a point in time when life was pretty rough here. Rothstein wrote his supervisor shortly before the Overseas Highway was completed when perhaps thousands of tourists would someday make their way to this little island - "I hope the resulting boom and development doesn’t spoil the picturesque beauty of the island nor make the natives lose their friendliness.”
I found a second photo taken nearly 30 years later showing the same view of 1100 Southard Street. We can see the house has changed a bit. Study and see if you can see the differences. Some aluminum shutter salesman must have made a bundle off Key West in the 1950s because there are still a lot of these old clam shell shutters in existence. This house has aluminum shutters on the west side. Someone added wood louvers to the right side of the front porch as a sun shield. Look to the left side which was extended to the edge of the roof overhang. Both photos show the house is elevated up from the ground and is wood construction with wood siding.  I can't verify the first photo shows louver windows but the 1965 photos certainly do. Glass windows were introduced to the house later. The addition to the front was removed, a pool added, and the place became gentrified each time it was improved. The original eyebrow now has pediments above once louvered windows. It looks quite graceful and definitely hi brow.  The current listing Realtor describes the newly renovated home this way:
"Stunning renovation of this Eyebrow style historic home in an ideal Old Town location. The main house with gorgeous addition and a detached guest cottage couple on each side of the pool to create a spacious 5bd/4ba beauty. Virtually every detail of this property has been restored or renovated to create the perfect combination of modern luxuries and historical character. The open staircase has been restored creating a breathtaking architectural focal point. A gourmet kitchen wrapped in windows begs to entertain the open floor plan overlooking sprawling tropical grounds and pool. A ground level master suite boasts a luxurious bathroom with wet room, walk in closet and a door leading to a private garden area. The list of luxuries goes on and on in this rare and precious Old Town home!"
I had not been inside this house for years and once inside I forgot it was an eyebrow house. It certainly did not look like any eyebrow house I had been in. The main living level is a play on open concept living but still has defined living spaces. 
The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling which makes the space quite dramatic. Barn doors provide privacy in the bath which is a work of art. A guest bedroom is located opposite the front entry.  Barn doors were placed here as well. This space is used as a study at this time.
One of the challenges owner/renovators of eyebrow houses face is how to create a bathroom or bathrooms on the second floor. These homes did not have indoor plumbing when they were built and did not have bathrooms on the second floor. Some eyebrow houses are larger than others. I had to stop and take a serious look well designed this renovator met the challenge of adding a bath. There are bedrooms on either side of the house. The renovator added a bath at the right front of the second floor. A small hallway leads back a few steps to a bedroom.
There are sunny and shady places to layout and sit around the pool which itself is quite large and very sunny. If I were a guest I might opt to stay in the pool side guest cottage, buy a new door lock, and never leave.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and striking listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private tour of this newly renovated home which can be purchased fully furnished as shown. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Get ready for some hi brow living in this eyebrow house.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

723 Southard Street, Key West - High and Dry on Solares Hill

723 Southard Street sits on one of the highest locations in Old Town Key West near the tippy-top of Solares Hill - the highest point on the island. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with a large family room has three walls of sliding glass doors which open to the new heated and chilled pool. The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops, Bosch stainless steel appliances, vaulted ceiling and a dining area with a wall of glass. Crown molding, designer lighting and beautiful heart of pine floors throughout make this one of the most appealing homes available a this price-point.
I found a photo of 723 Southard Street that dates back to 1965. Compare it to the recent color photo above. Among noticeable changes is the new front porch, new door, and white picket fence.

I searched the Historic Sandborn Fire Maps and found the house on the 1889 Map when it was then numbered 408 Southern Street.  The house number changed to 621 Southard in the 1892 Map and finally became 723 Southard Street when the 1899 Map was published. House numbers often changed over the years as this little town grew. While search the Sanborn Maps I learned that the large house two doors east at the corn of William and Southard (530 William Street) was identified on the 1899 Map as the Church of the Plymouth Brethren.  Key West was a very religious community 130 years ago. The Presbyterian Church was located across the street from Brethren Church, and the Gospel Chapel was and still is located across he street at 720 Southard Street. The B'Nai Zion Synagogue was located at the corner of 530 Simonton Street where Sarabeth's is now located.
I mention the churches as they help readers from afar identify the location and realize how close the property is to places they frequent when in Key West.
The kitchen is located in a double sawtooth addition behind the original cottage.  Both bedrooms and baths are located up front while the kitchen, dining, and living areas are in the rear. Guests will be awed by the height and volume of the kitchen which has a lot of storage. The washer and dryer are tucked away in the bi-fold closet adjacent to the dining table. The house has all new wood floors throughout.
The semi-formal living area at the rear suddenly becomes a poolside cabana when the draperies are retracted. Glass sliders on all three sides allow abundant light from the north to bath the room. Speaking of bathing, the pool has a new Ipe deck with sunning space. The pool is both heated and chilled - yes, the water gets warm here in the summer.
The guest bedroom is located at the front of the house where two doors access the bathroom. The guest bath is entered from the hallway and alternatively from the guest bedroom. Remember this is a small house, but it is also very functional.
The master bedroom  with en-suite is located off an alcove at the end of the entry hall. The bedroom is quite spacious as is the private bath. This home is offered furnished as shown. Certain personal items and art are not included in the sale.

723 Southard Street has 1100 sq ft of living space and sits on a 2228 sq ft lot(24'.75 X 90') midway between William and Elizabeth Streets. It sits in an eclectic block of similar conch cottages and large  houses including the iconic Albury Mansion across the street. The location is a three minute walk to Duval Street and five minutes to the Historic Key West Seaport. If you run out of bread and milk, Faustos Food Palace is a five minute walk. Of course you could just walk to any of the dozens of cafes and restaurants located minutes away.  Thia home has been rented as a monthly vacation rental. A new owner may choose to continue or discontinue the rentals, but understand this property has the perfect location as a vacation rental.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of 723 Southard Street offered at $995,000, 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.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The Projects of Key West - 2020 Year-End Review


Over the past few years I have blogged about the various residential and commercial renovation, remodeling, and new construction projects in and about Key West. Today's blog is a year end review of the residential projects during 2020. Readers may have thought construction stopped during the Key West lock down.  That was not universally the case. Workers were permitted to continue their work because much of it was carried on outside where social distancing was not an issue. I can report that almost all of the construction people I saw during and after the lock down wore masks. Simonton Street and sidewalks was ripped up from spring to just a couple of weeks ago. Those workers always wore masks even though they worked outside.

Real estate buyers returned to Key West as soon as they were permitted. I talked to several buyers who learned the could work from home and decided they wanted to here versus there. In one week two different buyers from California told me they were fleeing the fires, high taxation, and the millions of other California residents to a simpler life in Key West. One couple told me how they learned to really work from home. Then they decided to find the new home in Key West. What could have been a miserable year for Key West real estate has been the opposite. We have more demand than supply. While location in any town is very important, it is the location of Key West itself that is attracting new real estate purchases.

I encourage readers to click on the photo links. I spent months photographing the changes to these properties. You will see a variety of construction techniques used by various contractors. There are more properties under construction now. They will be included in my next residential update.

221 Petronia Street

 I chose the logo photo because the house at 221 Petronia Street in Bahama Village is the poster child for the changes occurring in Key West and especially the Bahama Village neighborhood. The historic house was damaged by fire several years ago and later became a bank owned property. Multiple buyers submitted offers believing it to be low and that the house had only surface damage. The house had street appeal and sat on a  good sized lot just two blocks from Duval Street. I blogged about the renovation since 2016. By chance this property was listed for sale this past week. It looks fabulous.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 221 Petronia Street Key West.

715 Chapman Lane


715 Chapman is one of the last houses on this one block lane to have been renovated. The lane begins at the corner of Petronia Street and dead ends at Angela Street where the Truman Annex Development is located. Chapman Lane is an equal walking distance to the new Truman Waterfront Park and Duval Street. It took longer to construct the waterfront park than we envisioned, Time and money spent was worth it. The Petronia Street Corridor has become a destination for diners and shopping. The original houses of Bahama Village that not been renovated are decreasing in number and increasing in demand by would be renovators. Twenty some years ago the renovated houses were the exception in Bahama Village. Today they are becoming the rule.

CLICK HERE for more photos of 715 Chapman Lane.

533 Petronia Street


 533 Petronia Street was neglected for years. The new owners hired architect Matthew Stratton to design the renovation which included moving the house forward on the lot, reversing the driveway location, renovating and enlarging the house from footers to roof, and adding a pool. Landscape architect Craig Reynolds did the pool and landscape design. Only a few boards of of the original house remain - they are there and they were incorporated in the renovation and expansion. But the majority of this house is brand new. The design and construction techniques meet or exceed the State of Florida's high building code. Please look at the photos.

CLICK HERE for photos of the before house and progress photos of the renovation of 533 Petronia Street. 

802 Southard Street

Tom Pope, the dean of Key West architects, designed the renovation of 802 Southard Street about which I blogged a couple of weeks ago. The property had been divided into three apartments over the years. The property was restored to a single family home. The "cottage" nearest the house is now the main floor master bedroom. The adjacent cottage is now a one bedroom guest cottage. The house is located at the corner of Southard and William Streets which is the very heart of Old Town. The immediate area has some of the most expensive homes in Key West.

CLICK HERE to view construction progress photos of 802 Southard Street. 

806 Southard Street

The home at 806 Southard Street was owned by the same family for generations. After the last member moved out of area, the property was sold.  The new owners engaged architect Matthew Stratton who designed the renovation which included adding an interior staircase to make the second floor accessible and a usable part of the home. Prior to renovation the only entry to the second floor was through the front window. All of the interiors were rearranged and a new floor plan established.

CLICK HERE to view progress photos of 806 Southard Street.

710 Bakers Lane

 710 Bakers Lane was renovated by Jay Fairbank Construction, one of the premiere general contractors in Key West. The front house and rear two story "odd-duck"cottage were gutted and rebuilt from piers to the roof. The house is located just off Elizabeth Street near the very top of Solaris Hill. A giant Royal Poinciana tree shades the lot from the west side. The house was such a tragic mess when the current owner bought it. It looks just great. I sold the house directly across the street twelve years ago. It was the home of author James Leo Herlihy who wrote Midnight Cowboy. I remember hosting open houses at 709 Bakers Lane and imagining someday it would get renovated. That day has come. It looks great. .

CLICK HERE to view some before and progress photos of 710 Bakers Lane. 

1100 Grinnell Street

I blogged about this architecturally interesting home in 2009 and showed it several times thereafter.  The place was big but was battered by previous handyman updates that failed. The large lot and rear cottage offered much to a would be buyer, but the size of the lot demanded a of loot to renovate. The renovation has just been completed this year. The renovated exterior is incredible. Good job!. 

CLICK HERE to view the before and after photos of 1110 Grinnell Street.

903 Eaton Street

I sold 903 Eaton Street several years ago to a customer who bought and sold several houses using me as his agent. He purchased the 1950s era concrete block house because it sat on a huge lot in Old Town and could be torn down and a new house built. He spent too much time and money dickering with the HARC bureaucracy and decided to sell it. I got to list it. Another agent in my office sold it. The new owner took down the old house and built this beautiful new 3,000 Sq Ft home which sold for $2,800,000 on December 19, 2020. The house actually went under contract in September before construction was completed. Naysayers who moan and grown about Eaton Street need to come to terms with the new reality of Key West - Key West is the location.

CLICK HERE to view photos of the old house at 903 Eaton Street and construction progress photos of the new one. 

608 Grinnell Street

608 Grinnell Street went under contract within a day or so after it was entered into the MLS. The sale closed on December 28, 2018. I recall the listing agent telling me she had multiple offers. Time waits for no one in Key West real estate. I know it is hard for some buyers to make quick decisions. Losing a couple of houses often teaches would-be buyers tough lessons in real estate. This house had a parking spot in the rear entered off of Griffin Lane. The new owner renovated the house, added on to the rear, added a pool, and still maintained an off street parking spot. 

CLICK HERE to view construction photos of 608 Grinnell Street Key West. 

627 Caroline Street

The old house at 627 Caroline Street had fallen into disrepair. I remember showing it a decade ago when two older female siblings were still living there with dog feces and pee on the floor. The house had a Grand Conch facade, off street parking space, and room for expansion in the rear. If you look at all of the photos you will see how the house was lifted, new piers built in place, re-framed, and new addition and pool added in the rear. Work has been stopped for a while. This property is located one block from the Historic Seaport and two from Duval Street. You cannot ask for a better address. There are several very expensive neighboring homes.

The old ladies were loony as hell. It was such a shame to see the way they were living. The renovated house will get rid of all that bad juju. I expect this project to be amazing.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 627 Caroline Street. 

924 Flagler Avenue

I believe many locals view 924 Flagler Avenue to be among the top five to ten homes in all of Key West. It dates back to the 1935 and was in the same family ownership until the current owner purchased it in 2009. Several years ago the owner restored the exterior and interior of the home and garage. The owner just competed a two year project installing a fence and landscaping. The new fence and landscaping is a beautiful addition to the Casa Marina Area.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 924 Flagler Avenue

1227 Washington Street

I blogged about 1227 Washington Street in April 2018. The same family had lived in the home since it was built. The Casa Marina Area and areas to east have several Craftsman style homes like 1227 Washington that remain remain untouched. This house has a giant Mahogany in front, a garage to the right rear, and once had a long lap pool on the west side. The pool is gone now but may return when the renovation is complete. There is an addition to the rear and the west side is yet to be defined as to what is going on. I can't wait to see the end result. 

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 1227 Washington Street

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 1227 Washington Street.

There are several new projects underway including new houses on South and Washington Street, a ginormous house on Sunset Drive, and a new house on Galveston Lane. Here are two that will be interesting to watch.

1221 Royal Street

The house at 1221 Royal Street went under contract very soon after it was listed for sale a few months ago. While the existing house was small, it sat on a large lot in the X Flood Zone in the South of Truman area of Old Town. The house is located near the Congregation B'nai Zion on United Street - just four blocks to Duval Street. The new owner has redeveloped several properties in Old Town. This is one to follow.

CLICK HERE to see more photos of 1221 Royal Street. 

 916 White Street

A few weeks ago I was waiting at the traffic light at the corner of Truman and White  when I noticed that renovation was underway at 916 White Street. I went back to take photos to document the progress for my blog. Notice the original crumbling coral piers are being replaced by new concrete piers being built in place. This is a alternate and less expensive technique to raising the house, digging holes and pouring new concrete piers in place, then lowering the house onto the piers. The interior of the house is already gutted and the back wall is gone. A new addition will be added to the back. 

In 1886 an entire village for cigar makers was developed in one corner of Old Town Key West. The Pohalski and Co. cigar factory was located at the corner of White and Truman. Cottages lined the nearby streets and lanes as was typical of the other parts of town where other cigar factories were located.  The cigar maker cottages were simple in design and construction and provided basic shelter to factory workers. In his book The Streets of Key West, J. Willis Burke writes about Pohalski Village: "On the other side, off the western [should be eastern] side of the cemetery are Havana Street and Pohalski Avenue, byways that echo the area's once thriving cigar-making industry.... In the late 1880s, cigar magnate Pincus Pohalski, a transplant from Texas built a factory and then established an entire village within this block."  Smaller lanes in the village include Gerome Avenue which is a City of Key West walking lane about eight feet wide and nearby Nichols Avenue which is only about ten feet wide and runs perpendicular to Pohalski Lane  the rear through street west of White Street. Division Street at the south is now known as Truman Avenue. Olivia Street is the terminus one block north of White. At the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th the people who lived in these homes probably did not have horses let alone cars.  The houses were jumbled together on small lots accessed via small lanes called Avenues.

As I wandered to the rear of Nichols Avenue I noticed a row of large potted plants to block the view of the gas station and an address sign on the gate. Read it. Carefully. The renovation of nearly everything is costing us the loss the old Key West.

CLICK HERE to view more photos of 916 White Street.

I will soon be blogging about the commercial projects that finished and are still underway. With few exceptions it takes time to get things done or built here. Key West is after all an island out in the middle of the ocean. With few exceptions (frogs, chickens, iguanas, and volunteer plants) everything thing is brought here by truck, car, plane, or boat. That's not an excuse. It is reality. And that takes time and money to get done. Then you have to add in Hurricane Irma in 2017 that displaced a lot of workers and destroyed a lot of houses. I was working with out of area buyers two weeks ago. I was awed at the number of new modular houses built not so far out of Key West. That demand took skilled workers away from the important job of renovating houses in Key West and building new houses, hotels, and so on. But it gets done. Eventually. At higher than planned prices. 


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