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1010 Elgin Lane, Key West, FL 33040—PENDING $1,295,000.

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Among the sweetest perks of selling Key West real estate are the array of invitations, to tour the island’s hidden treasures, that come across our desks. After experiencing the captivating cottage at 1010 Elgin Lane, we felt like we had discovered a pot of gold.

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Tucked away on a hidden Old Town lane, this historic, 3 bedroom/3 bath, property can best be described as personality plus. With quintessential Key West curb appeal and a front porch tailor-made for whiling away the hours, the home lays out an unforgettable welcome mat.

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Crossing the threshold, one is immediately struck by the cottage’s storybook charm. The art-filled living room lends itself to whispered confidences and joyous celebrations. Wonderful artistic details delight at every turn.

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The generous, cottage-style, eat-in kitchen offers views of the beautiful garden and pool.

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Downstairs, the master bedroom and adjoining sitting room are awash with dappled light.

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Custom features create a tropical island paradise in the home’s main bath.

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Born from a childhood fantasy, an enchanting secret garden awaits in the backyard.

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Guests will long to stay forever in the coastal guest cottage overlooking the sparkling pool.

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Reminiscent of a British architectural folly, or a New England summer house, the unforgettable octagonal pavilion offers a peaceful retreat from the world’s cares.

Undoubtedly, the magical island escape at 1010 Elgin Lane has captured our hearts. We bet you will fall in love with this not-to-be-missed home as well.

—Keith & Dean

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3322 Duck Avenue, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $369,000.

The common definition of a starter home is: a relatively small, economical house or condominium that meets the requirements of young people buying their first home. In Key West, a broader definition is required to encompass the realities of island living. Let’s face it, real estate in Key West is not inexpensive. While many newcomers dream of finding a spacious Old Town cottage with a sparkling pool, nestled on a quiet lane, that is just a short stroll to Duval Street, the harsh realities of our housing market can be daunting. Consequently, for those sea, sun, and sand filled souls that can’t imagine starting out in life—or starting life anew—anywhere that cannot easily be described as a tropical paradise, expectations often must be adjusted. What you get for $379,000.00 in Cleveland, is not what you get here. In Key West, downsizing is not just for empty nesters. For most buyers, a Key West starter home will generally cost more, be smaller, lack a pool, and will not be in the historic district. That being said, wonderful island homes are waiting to be discovered.

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Move-in-ready with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and 1,041 sq. ft. of living space, the charming townhome at 3322 Duck Avenue might just be the Key West starter home of your dreams.

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Off-street parking leads to a private tropical garden. Showcasing a custom brick path, inviting water feature, irrigation system, accent lighting, and outdoor shower, this lush corner of paradise will welcome you home.

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Perfect for entertaining, both the spacious living room and eat-in kitchen open through French doors to a generous deck. The bright kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances. The renovated first floor half bath includes the laundry.

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Sliding glass doors allow twin master bedrooms to flow to the sunny upstairs balcony overlooking the garden.

Embrace a laid-back island lifestyle and enjoy affordable Key West living at its best in this beautiful New Town townhouse: the perfect Key West starter home.

—Keith & Dean

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824 Thomas Street, Key West, FL—SOLD $924,500.

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If you have dreamed of finding a historic barn, firehouse, or church and turning it into a one-of-a-kind showplace—or lost a Sunday afternoon captivated by amazing home conversions on HGTV—then our new listing at 824 Thomas Street, in Key West’s historic Bahama Village, is your dream come true.

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dmre-824thomas-3173Erected by former slaves in 1867, the Zion Primitive Baptist Church was rebuilt in 1911. The African American congregation closed its doors in the 1970’s and the current owner converted the church to an extraordinary single-family home in 1983. Elementary architectural features attest to its ecclesiastical origins. The simple elegance of the corner steeple, prominent double-door entrance, and pointed-arch windows reflect the structure’s Carpenter Gothic style.

Being offered for sale for the first time in 33 years, 824 Thomas Street presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a truly unique Key West property.

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Working on the project for over three decades, the craftsman owner has created an unforgettable home with 2,692 square feet of living space on a lot of 4,865 square feet. The converted church structure features two dramatic living spaces: a 2 bedroom/1 bath main living area and a 1 bedroom/1 bath Mother-in-Law suite/artist’s studio. A charming 1 bedroom/1 bath guest cottage and a spacious storage shed can be found in the tropical backyard garden. Generous off-street parking and a prized X Flood Zone location add to the property’s substantial charms.

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dmre-824thomas-3154The main living area offers striking spaces rarely seen in Key West. Soaring to 27 feet at its peak, the great room’s beamed ceiling is breathtaking. Original Romanesque arches and unique craftsman features demand one’s eye at every turn. With outstanding flow from the great room to the massive kitchen space and out to the garden, the home is ideal for entertaining. A cozy guestroom, full bath, and large laundry complete the first floor. Looking over both the great room and the backyard, a grand master bedroom dominates the second story.

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A lofty, 1 bedroom/1 bath, Mother-in-Law suite has been created in the front of the converted church structure. Architectural Fir wood beams add to the drama of the space’s 27’ ceiling. A roomy loft bedroom—with skylights—looks out over open plan living below. The towering space calls out for an artist to take up residence.

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dmre-824thomas-3166A secret garden can be found at the back of the property. Overlooking the mature tropical garden, a historic, 1 bedroom/1 bath, guest cottage offers visitors a charming private retreat. The deep lot is beautifully landscaped with rare palms and features a grand old Sapodilla tree. With a generous storage shed, privacy, and room for a sparkling pool, the backyard garden is a rare gem in the Key West Historic District.

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Nothing less than a Bahama Village Neighborhood landmark, 824 Thomas Street is routinely photographed, sketched, and painted by visitors and artists from around the world. Iconic Key West restaurant, Blue Heaven, can be found on the corner, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum sits a block away, and you are just a two-block stroll to all the best of world famous Duval Street.

Since we first toured this incomparable home, we have not stopped daydreaming about what we would do to make it our own. We wish we were buying this wondrous corner of paradise.

—Keith & Dean

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Photo taken by the Property Appraiser's office c1965; 824 Thomas St.; built 1920's; Zion Primitive Baptist Church; Tract 3, Sqr 2, Sub 5

Photo taken by the Property Appraiser’s office c1965; 824 Thomas St.; built 1920’s; Zion Primitive Baptist Church; Tract 3, Sqr 2, Sub 5

A POCKET LISTING TO LOVE—OFF THE MARKET

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618 Catholic Lane & 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL 33040—$2,400,000.

A 3 Bedroom/3.5 Bath Compound with 1,908 Sq. Ft. of Living Space on a 5,489 Sq. Ft. Lot

Tucked away at the end of two tranquil Old Town lanes, the combined properties of 618 Catholic Lane and 1022 Roberts Lane offer a private and secluded sanctuary to love. Not to be seen on the Key West Association of REALTORS® MLS, Realtor.com, or Zillow.com, this beautiful Key West compound is quietly being offered for sale for the first time.

A charming single story, 2 bedroom/2 bath, 1,200 square foot main house smiles across a gorgeous tropical garden to an unforgettable one level, 1 bedroom/1.5 bath, 708 square foot guest cottage. With inviting covered outdoor space, a sparkling pool, and generous room for alfresco entertaining, the compound offers the best of island living.

When it comes to Key West properties, there are special properties and there are once in a lifetime opportunities. This remarkable refuge is a rare gem in the heart of Old Town. It is not to be missed.

—Keith & Dean

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The Top 10 Things We Love About 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL—SOLD $699,000.

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If there is such a thing as a dream property listing, then 1022 Roberts Lane in Old Town Key West is it. No detail was overlooked—or diminished—during the renovation of this captivating home. It is safe to say that we love everything about this charming, 1 bedroom/1.5 bath, island style cottage. We are proud to be selling this very special corner of paradise.

Enjoy this list of the home’s top 10 features that have captured our hearts, and you just might start packing today!

—Keith & Dean

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The Top 10 Things We Love About 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL

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10. The Custom Bamboo Ceiling
The living room’s incredible vaulted bamboo ceiling not only takes our breath away, it transports us to Shangri-la. Exquisite design, craftsmanship, and wow factor make it the home’s showpiece.

DMRE1022Roberts-32909. The Artisan-Crafted Features
Like the verdigris copper pendant lights over the reclaimed Dade County Pine bar, and the vintage architectural bracket adorning it, artisan crafted features abound in this meticulously renovated cottage.

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8. The Serene Master Bedroom
We love the master bedroom’s gorgeous beamed ceiling, teak floors, and French doors opening to the sundeck and outdoor shower.

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7. The Inviting Sundeck
Offering the best of both worlds, the cottage offers a sunny deck on one side and a shady garden on the other. Where to relax today?

DMRE1022Roberts-32946. The Balinese Inspired Powder Room
The home’s tropical island theme continues in the charming powder room. We love the Balinese wood vessel sink.

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5. The Exceptional Kitchen
One-of-a-kind best describes the sunny open-plan kitchen. Reclaimed Dade County Pine and lacquered copper countertops not only offer abundant counter space for food preparation and entertaining, their beauty and workmanship will undoubtedly lead to glowing conversations.

DMRE1022Roberts-32834. The Quiet Hidden Lane Location
We have dreamed of being tucked away in a hidden lane cottage, free from late-night revelers and beeping scooters but close to all of Key West’s charms. Nestled at the end of one of historic Old Town’s walking lanes, 1022 Roberts Lane just might be one of the quietest respites on the island—the perfect location.

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3. The Tranquil Side Porch
Relaxing on the tranquil side porch, with a good book and a glass of wine, makes for the perfect afternoon.

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2. The Gorgeous Master Bath
The spa-inspired master bath is an unexpected delight. Its soaring ceiling, gorgeous windows, elegant double vanity, and spacious walk in shower exceeded our wildest expectations for a one bedroom cottage.

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★1. The Wonderful Open-Plan Living
For a 708 square foot home, 1022 Roberts Lane definitely lives large. The beautifully designed and spacious open floor plan makes us want to plan a party.

We truly love this unforgettable island style cottage.
—Keith & Dean

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Click here to read more about 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL 33040.

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