One Of A Kind

It’s no surprise that Jimmy Buffett was more than happy to spend years chasing that lost salt shaker around Key West. There’s a singular repose to be found in Florida’s southernmost point, amid idyllic beaches, sun-bleached pastel conch-style homes, and laid-back locals more than willing to wile away a lazy afternoon with a margarita in hand. 

The vibrant island city sits at the tip of the Florida Keys archipelago, less than 100 miles from Cuba and worlds away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Urbanites seeking respite from the stresses of city life will have no trouble shedding their shoes and their worries in Key West, a picturesque enclave that reveals sumptuous delights aplenty to those who wander its winding, sun-dappled streets. The Keys provides far more than just stunningly scenic vistas, however. Old Town, the lively historic district that occupies most of the western half of the island, boasts an abundance of cultural offerings, such as the Hemingway House, the stately house-turned-museum that Ernest Hemingway once called home. That the prolific novelist put down roots in Key West, living and writing there for most of the 1930s, speaks to the Keys’ unique charms. 

Old Town is also home to another elegant property, 618 Free School Lane, which sits at the end of a peaceful lane just off the center of bustling Old Town. Now on the market for $4,321,234, this stunning property was formerly the site of a beloved haven for rescued parrots. Now this designer dream home offers a different sort of sanctuary for a buyer who will appreciate the fine attention to detail and high-end materials that mark every inch of this unique build. The elegant lines of this expansive home belie its strength. The property was built to order by a discerning owner who oversaw construction three years in the making, yielding fortress-like, impact-resistant doors and windows and the very highest level of craftsmanship. 

Upon entering the 14’ foyer, the home reveals an expansive living room and spacious formal dining room with 12’ ceilings and sleek Italian marble and terrazzo floors. Designer crown moldings and ceiling medallions throughout speak to the original owner’s fine taste. All three bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with imported bathroom fixtures and lighting, on-demand water heaters, and double showers. Perhaps you prefer to bathe al fresco? That can be arranged, as an exploration of the exquisitely landscaped property reveals a beautiful outdoor shower amid its lush tropical gardens. This stunning oasis is perfect for the owner who values tranquility but enjoys entertaining, as it is a home meant to be shared with family and friends. A gorgeous walled and heated swimming pool includes an enchanting waterfall feature and in-pool cocktail tables. Much-coveted three-car off-street parking ensures that guests are indeed welcome to enjoy these lavish amenities — and a margarita or two. 

It’s a bit hard to believe that this one-of-a-kind Key West sanctum is just a leisurely amble from the many fine restaurants, bars, and historic attractions of Old Town. Steps from a vibrant downtown and some of the country’s most beautiful sunsets and beaches. Miles from the ordinary, one would do well to find their lost shaker of salt here. 

Jimmy Olson, Realtor Sales Associate
Keller-Williams Key West Compass Realty
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