Old Town, Key West, Florida. Whitehead Street neighborhood
| Sean Farrer
Old Town Key West, though relatively small in size, has many smaller communities within it. In our last blog post we discussed “The Meadows” area and now we are going to talk about the “Whitehead Street” area of Old Town Key West.
Whitehead Street, shown in the above map in red, is one block west and runs parallel to Duval Street- probably the most famous Street in Key West. Whitehead Street is about a mile long and runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The street is named after John Whitehead, a business man, who in 1819 had been stranded in Key West after a shipwreck. He was one of four businessmen who originally purchased Key West from Spain. The other three; John Simonton, P.C. Greene and John Flemming , have also had streets named for them in Key West. John Whitehead owned a home at 323 Whitehead Street which is today part of the Banyan Resort.
Whitehead Street is known for many tourist attractions such as the Southernmost Point, Key West Lighthouse Museum, Hemingway House Museum and the Mile Marker 0 sign, probably one of the most photographed signs in Key West. On your stroll of Whitehead Street, you can stop in for a cold drink at the Green Parrot Bar, a bar popular with tourists and locals alike.
The houses in this part of Old Town Key West are a mix of residential and commercial. You will find a variety of single family homes, guest houses, multi-family homes and local businesses. Most of the homes were built in the early 1900s, though many have been completely remolded while still keeping to the historic architectural guidelines. There are some newer homes and offices along here as well.
Just listed on Whitehead Street, and currently the only single-family home on the market on this street, is this beautiful 3-bedroom villa style home that is a wonderful combination of Mediterranean and tropical living but also very low maintenance inside and out. What sets this home apart from so many others in Old Town Key West is the unique architectural design, along with an elevated first floor and solid concrete structure. Built in 1995, this home has a large front porch, framed with arches, over-looking a tropically landscaped garden and out onto Whitehead Street. There are 3 off street parking spaces and storage both below and above the home.
This home at 713 Whitehead stands on the property where the historic Key West Samaritan Hall stood until 1969, when it was condemned. The current home was once a popular venue for weddings in the mid 1990s.
Below, you will find a video tour of the property. Please call Sean Farrer today at 305-924-0700 if you’d like to schedule a showing.
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