old town: 820 Carsten Lane, Key West - An Old Town Suprise - 03/11/15 03:33 AM

When I started this blog eight years ago I realized that one of the things that draws people to Key West is the simple way we spend our lives. If you watch any of those reality tv shows about million dollar listings in Beverly Hills or New York you get to see houses for people that live the fast life, the showy life, the I'm very important life. While I amdit I watch those shows, I don't aspire to live in those places. Life in the slow lane is fine with me.

Just listed, but not by me, is … (2 comments)

old town: 812 Johnson Ln, Key West - Come On-A My Open House - 03/08/15 05:20 AM

I am holding an OPEN HOUSE today between 12:00 to 2:00 at 812 Johnson Lane and I would love for my Dear Readers and tourists alike to come up and see me and this wonderful Key West cottage.  The location is near perfect - a quiet little lane located three blocks from Duval Street and three to four blocks from most of the gyms and yoga studios in Key West. A buyer who is looking for a quiet location near the action but not so close to be bothered by the noise will love this place.

812 Johnson … (3 comments)

old town: Don't Buy a House in Key West from a Mr. POTATO HEAD! - 02/28/15 04:55 AM

One of the very best Christmas gifts I ever received was given to me by my big sister back in the early 1950's - it was a Mr. POTATO HEAD. Unlike the Mr. Potato Head OF today, you needed a real potato to make this toy work. Today's version is made out of plastic and to me that is just wrong.
The thing I liked about Mr. Potato Head was that I could make him become whoever I wanted him to be. He could look happy, for sure. But I could put his ears or nose in a funny … (1 comments)

old town: Something Big is Happening in Key West Real Estate - 01/17/15 05:38 AM

If you're one of those would-be buyers who spends too much "work time" sitting in front of your office monitor searching new listings or back-on-the-market listings on the Key West Association of Realtors mls website or scavenger sites like Zillow or Trulia, you may have noticed two separate phenomena.  First, many of the recent higher priced listings have gone under contract within a matter of days after being listed. Second, many of the listings that have seem to have been "one the market forever" have also recently gone under contract. I think we are going through another "I'm gonna get … (2 comments)

old town: 812 Johnson Lane - Old Town - Key West - 11/18/14 09:13 AM

It's time to talk turkey about 812 Johnson Lane in Key West. This Old Town cottage style home was completely renovated earlier this year. Just about every part of the inside was replaced or updated including all a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops; new floors throughout; new bathroom with travertine marble shower and floor; new whole house air conditioner; and crow molding. A bath and laundry room were added to the guest cottage at the rear which also includes an outdoor shower. Finally, the front of the property now offers bricked off street parking for two … (0 comments)

old town: 416 Margaret Street, Key West - an Old Town Beauty - 11/17/14 09:57 AM

The house at 416 Margaret Street really is one of the prettiest homes in Old Town. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this Key West home this way:
"Two blocks from the Historic Seaport and 4 blocks from Duval, this classic home embodies the charm of Old Key West. With original Dade County Pine throughout, the first floor features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths, living and dining area, and kitchen with granite countertops and top of the line appliances. The lovely covered lanai is the perfect spot to relax poolside. The upstairs studio has a kitchenette, full bath and … (1 comments)

old town: 626 William Street, Key West, Florida - 10/16/14 10:34 AM

626 William Street, Key West, is now offered for sale at the asking price of $2,950,000.  This home is one of fifteen Key West properties that Broadway impresario Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello Dolly, and La Cage aux Folles) and his former partner Marty Finkelstein renovated.

Before I started to write today's blog I decided to do a bit or research about Herman. He and his partner flew to the Florida Keys for a weekend in 1984. They met up with a local Realtor who showed them two nearly identical houses in the 700 block of Fleming Street across from … (1 comments)

old town: 326 William Street - Key West - 07/21/14 07:15 AM

326 William Street in Key West, Florida is located within a block of the historic Key West Seaport. Most of the houses in this immediate area were built in the last half of the 19th Century. The seaport was the hub of Key West commerce. The 300 block of William Street is noted as having some of the oldest homes on the island.

For some odd reason the 300 block of William Street was omitted from the 1889 edition of the Sanborn Fire Map. But it did appear in the 1892 edition. That map shows numerous small lots … (1 comments)

old town: 1028 Whitehead St., Key West Bank Owned Property - 07/10/14 11:21 AM

The listing Realtor describes the new Bank Owned property at 1028 Whitehead Street as an
"Old Town corner location with two legal residential units & two buildings designed to fit your imagination! Open the fence gate and realize the potential associated with this space. Design your dream complex with the two existing separate buildings. Previously, a commercial office existed downstairs as well."

 I fished around in my old shoebox and found a couple of photos that show 1028 Whitehead Street as the two properties appeared about fifty years ago. Back then the corner building was a neighborhood … (0 comments)

old town: 1024 Virginia Street - Key West Renovation Project - 07/07/14 01:41 AM

 New to the Key West real estate market is 1024 Virginia Street which is located in the South of Truman area of Old Town.  The house is located midway in the block between Varela Street to the east and Watson Street to the west. I looked at the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to discern when this house was built. The first time it was identified on a map was in 1912. On that map this house was identified as being 1024 Sodus Court. It is the same house. Virginia Street was not a through street in 1912. A large house … (0 comments)

old town: 812 Johnson Ln. Key West - Sunday Open House - New Price - 07/06/14 02:12 AM

Open House 
July 6th
12:00 to 2:00

Freshly Renovated Two Bedroom Main House & 
Stand alone One Bedroom Rear Cottage
New A/C, New Floors, New Drywall, New Electric, New Plumbing, New Kitchen, New Baths
Pool & Big Sunny Deck
Off Street Parking for Two Cars
Great Old Town Key West Location - near everything but situated on a quiet little lane three blocks from Duval. 
Located in the X Zone - No Flood Insurance Required!
Best of All - New Price - $795,000
CLICK HERE to view … (0 comments)

old town: 635 William Street - Key West, Florida - Luxury Home - 06/17/14 12:14 PM

The house at 635 William Street is a bit of a rarity in Old Town Key West because it has fairly deep front yard. Passers-by and internet house hunters may mistake the house as being a simple cigar maker's cottage that sits on a large Old Town lot. The lot is impressive, but this is no cigar maker's cottage. Instead, 635 William Street is gracious 1670 sq ft home with three bedrooms, three baths, a large great room with doors that open out to a remarkable pool and entertaining area. Before we look inside, let's consider the history for just … (0 comments)

old town: 1110 Elgin Lane - Key West, Florida - Historic Old Town - 06/13/14 03:01 AM

Recently added to the Key West real estate market is 1110 Elgin Lane which is shown in photos taken in 2014 and 1965.  If you compare the two photos you will see that decorative shutters were added and the front posts were replaced with some gingerbread attached. Otherwise, the house seems to look pretty much the same today as it did nearly fifty years ago. 1110 Elgin first appeared in the 1882 Sanborn Fire Map for Key West as #H  Elgin Street.  The numerical street identifier 1110 Elgin was added in the 1889 Sanborn Map. So we know this … (1 comments)

old town: 812 Johnson Lane, Key West Florida - Your Key West Dream Cottage - 05/24/14 05:30 AM

 Just Listed by yours truly, 812 Johnson Lane in Old Town Key West. This two bedroom home has just been completely renovated and awaits a new owner. But there's more to this house than meets the eye from the street. You see this home has guest cottage at the rear that is located behind the free form heated pool. That means you will have a total of three bedrooms, a pool, and off street parking all within a three block walk to Duval Street.

The house has new drywall, flooring, electric, plumbing throughout the main house. There's a brand … (0 comments)

old town: 1112 Virginia St. - Key West, Florida - Legal Duplex - 05/05/14 05:54 AM

The two story temple style home located at 1112 Virginia Street in Old Town Key West may appeal to a variety of potential buyers because it has multiple possibilities for future use. 

The black and white photo above was taken in 1965. (A notation on the back of the photo says the house was built tin 1895.)  I looked at the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found this house identified as "1202 Virginia Street" in the 1912 edition. A smaller house was shown at the same location on an earlier map but that house was smaller and faced … (0 comments)

old town: 112 Hutchinson Lane - Key West - Price Reduction - 04/22/14 10:23 AM

The asking price on 112 Hutchinson Lane in the Bahama Village area of Key West was just reduced to $399,000. If you are a potential buyer looking for a reasonably priced fixer, this historic cottage may be the property you have been hoping to find
I checked the old Sanborn Fire Maps of Key West to see if I could determine the approximate date this house was built.  Frequent readers know that our county property records were destroyed in the great fire many years ago. During the Depression workers from the Works Project Administration reconstructed property records and unfortunately … (0 comments)

old town: 811 White Street, Key West, Fl - New Listing in Old Town - 04/15/14 01:51 PM

The newly built and newly listed home at 811 White Street in Key West is quite the contrast to the little Cigar Maker Cottages and Grand Conch Houses that populate the streets of Key West. This house will grab your attention if you happen to be driving down the street in a car or riding your bike.  It says "Look at Me!".  It is much larger than the other nearby properties. It dominates the neighbors in size and boldness of design.  It is in stark contrast to the much smaller bungalow that sat on this lot for five decades or … (1 comments)

old town: 832 Johnson Lane - Key West, Florida - A Fixer - 04/12/14 06:50 AM

Looking for a "Fixer" in Old Town?  832 Johnson Lane may be the place you have been waiting to find. 
Just below is a photo of 832 Johnson Lane that was taken in 1965.  I took the photo below it to show the same house nearly 50 years later.  Our Historical Architectural Review Commission (HARC) will need to approve any exterior changes to the building.  The existing house has just one bedroom and one bath.  The Monroe County Property Appraiser says the 527 sq ft house sits on a 2633 sq ft lot or 25' x 116'.  The house … (1 comments)

old town: 326 William Street - Old Town - Key West - 04/07/14 04:22 PM

326 William Street in Key West, Florida is located within a block of the historitic Key West Seaport. Most of the houses in this immediate area were built because of proximity to the seaport which was the site of most early commerce on our island home. The 300 block of William Street is noted as having some of the oldest homes on the island.

For some odd reason the 300 block of William Street was omitted from the 1889 edition of the Sanborn Fire Map. But it did appear in the 1892 edition. That map shows numerous small … (0 comments)

old town: 415 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida - 04/02/14 03:00 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties, 415 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida. Frequent readers of my blog know I like to dig in the old shoebox to see if I can find any old photos of houses I write about.  In the case of 415 Amelia Street I found a great black and white photo taken nearly fifty years ago (see below). I took a similar shot on April 1, 2014 - no fooling.  If you look closely you will notice many similarities but some marked differences as well.  There are three boys shown in the photo standing in the driveway. … (1 comments)

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