A little bit of Old Town — and New Town
When tiny Key West proper ran out of development room in the 1940s and ‘50s, Key West simply built more island, adding the Midtown and New Town areas of Key West. Using dredging to create landfill, Key West more than doubled its square miles and opened the city to thousands of new homes and retail development.
There are two distinct areas of Midtown – east and west. Midtown West, lies between White Street and Palm Avenue or 1st Street, as it’s also known, and stretches from North Roosevelt Boulevard to the Atlantic Ocean. Its homes more closely resemble the Old Town and Meadows architecture of Conch cottages, though most of the homes are more likely to be classified as Mid-Century modern.
Midtown East lies between 1st Street and 9th Street and stretches from North Roosevelt to the Atlantic. Both neighborhoods are home almost exclusively to long-time Key West residents.
- Best features: Walk to the to beaches. Beautiful examples of Mid-Century modern architecture. Close to Key West’s primary retail shopping and schools. Many residential blocks in the neighborhoods are blessed with large lots and wide streets.
- Getting around: Great for walking and biking. The farther east you go, the more you’ll need a car or scooter. You can walk to Old Town and the Casa Marina District; it just takes a bit longer.
- Street boundaries: White Street on the west; 9th Street on the East; Atlantic Ocean on the south and North Roosevelt on the north.
- Get more information: City-Data.com compiles Census and other data on Key West’s neighborhoods. You can explore statistical information from household income to age, employment and education – even how long Midtown residents have lived there and how long they commute to work.
- See the map: The Key West Association of Realtors has an excellent map detailing the neighborhoods and streets.