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Typical Houses of Key West

Octagon house , formerly owned by Calvin Klein Photo, Key West, Florida

Key West is divided into three basic sections: Old Town, New Town and Bahama Village. All of those areas has different style houses. From colourful to Victorian, from white to colorful.

There are still 3000 buildings on the National Historic Register. Stroll along those beautiful houses. It deserves the attention. In Key West you'll find many typically gingerbread mansions and tin-roofed conch houses.

Every time when we are in Key West we walk down the streets. There are many old, restored, wooden homes in different colors.

These buildings were first introduced to the island by Bahamian settlers. Many of the houses were moved intact by barges from the Bahamas and Cuba, while others were built by the ship's carpenters. A Conch house (wooden house) has wide front porches and louvered windows. Eyebrow houses are partially covered by the roof. That is great if you live in a city with hot climates. The people who have bought a house in Key West many years ago, will be laughing when selling their house, because Key West is booming. The prices are sky high! I can only dream of a Conch house in Key West. Maybe I'll win the Lottery or something... you never know.

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