You are initially welcomed into the waterfront subdivision of Pine Channel Estates by the beautiful colorful sign for Big Pine’s long established, environmentally conscious charter business on the furthermost west turn toward the north on Big Pine Key. The street that glides you in is Ships Way, and the corridor is lined with tropical foliage on either side. There are seven streets in Pine Channel, each one being close to one mile in up and back, and each house on every street is on the water. Every street ends with an open view of the water, presenting nightly sunsets of vivid colors. The canals are deep and clean and clear, lovely for swimming, snorkeling, boating and lounging. Each home has a front and back yard, and several have created tiki bars and side yards full of tropical trees and flowers. This is a very pet friendly neighborhood and in the early morning hours and the twilight hours, you’ll meet many people with various happy dogs sniffing the tropical ambience, often with a shy cat bringing up the rear. There are also many of our celebrity Key Deer who enjoy the area, and for nature lovers these little deer are a thrill to watch.
This is a neighborhood with minimal traffic other than the vehicles belonging to the property dwellers. There are no through streets to the other parts of the island other than going to US1, so the impact is low and helpful for the environment.
The area has a great community feel along with being in a prime location, a short distance to the shops at Winn Dixie Shopping plaza, specialty shops, and much more. One of the most wonderful amenities to enjoy in this subdivision is the immediate and easy access to the open water. Because of the canals lined with seawalls, all you have to do is hop in your boat, untie the lines, and within minutes you have the choice of ocean or bay (out-front or outback), snorkeling, diving, deep sea or flats fishing, and just fabulous exploring. On the way out of the canals you’re often greeted by people enjoying the water, iguanas sunning on the seawalls, or dogs running along side barking their enthusiasm to your adventure. Or, another option in this neighborhood is to have a water filled fun day right at your back door, just jump on in with a raft and drift around in the cool, clean water.
This is a comparatively newer neighborhood for Big Pine Key, and the majority of homes are two story stilt houses. However, there are plenty of ground level homes as well as duplexes, and there is room to breathe between dwellings. Because this area is located at the western end of Big Pine, it is the closest access to Key West and the other surrounding Keys of Little Torch, Middle Torch, Big Torch, Ramrod, Summerland, Cudjoe, Sugarloaf, Baypoint, the Saddlebunches and Big Coppitt Keys. It is also the closest neighborhood to U.S.1 on the northern side of Big Pine divided by U.S.1, but the traffic is indecipherable from the area.
There is always more information to gather about this and all subdivisions to help familiarize you with the area, along with the KeyIsle real estate options so that you can make wise, informed decisions.