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Saturday, April 18, 2015

2645 Gulfview Drive, Key West Waterfront Property

2645 Gulfview Drive is a smart looking 1600 square foot home located at Gulfview Point (formerly Roosevelt Annex) in Key West where each of the 25 single-family homes and town homes  are located on the water and sited for exquisite views of the setting sun over the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfpoint Annex continues to be an exclusive community with a neighborhood of homes surrounded by water on three sides.  This is the only place of this kind in Key West! Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of the property and its relationship to the water.
This development was built by Pritam Shingh who also developed Truman Annex, the Key West Golf Club Community, Parrot Key Resort, and the new Marker Hotel in Old Town Key West. Each of the developments has the look and feel of small town America. After you pass the gated entry the road winds through the friendly neighborhood. Many but not all of the homes have covered off street parking (this one does). 2645 Gulfpoint Drive is located near the far end of the drive.
The main living level provides a lot of living space both indoors and outdoors. The family chef will have water views from the kitchen as he or she looks through the living area and out to the gulf. There is a spare room tucked off to the right side of the living room which has pocket doors to provide privacy when needed.  An owner might use that space as a dining room, home office, den, or maybe as a guest bedroom. (There is a half bath on this floor as well.) There is an expansive covered deck with steps that lead down to the larger open deck at pool side. Just beyond the picket fence is a walking trail that wraps around all three sides of the development. This is a great place to walk the family dog. Some owners have installed floating (non-permanent) docks to moor small boats at waters edge.
On the second floor there are two guest bedrooms at the front of the house. The bedroom on the west side has a door that opens to the front balcony which overlooks Gulfview Drive. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings which enhance the spatial feel in these rooms. The master bedroom with en-suite bath is at the rear where there is a covered deck that has commanding views of the water. I had a listing that I sold at Gulfview last year. Each time I took potential buyers out to either deck their jaws dropped - the views are just incredibly beautiful and so serene. So many people dream of moving to Key West and imagine the joys of living on an island. The reality in Key West is that there are very few homes that have any sort of water view.  Here you can actually see the water every day and watch amazing sea and sky change as the morning turns to day and the day turns to night. You'll see sunny skies and foreboding clouds and even watch and listen as thunder claps across the vast open water. You'll have a view that very few people get to have in our little town.
There is a home owner association which requires payment of monthly fees of $372 which includes cable television, security, and grounds maintenance. The park-like grounds are meticulously maintained. Pets are permitted with restrictions. CLICK HERE to see more photos which I took.

2645 Gulview Drive is offered for sale at $849,900. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your perfect place in Paradise. This just might be that place!

Friday, April 17, 2015

1309 Eliza Street Key West

1309 Eliza Street is located in the Arts District in Key West, Florida. The owner of this pretty little house invited me over to take some photos of the house which I am pleased to share with you today. CLICK HERE to view all the photos I took which show the house, rooms, and yard from varying views.
 I found a "before" photo taken of the property back in 1965. If you compare it to the color photo above you will see the only significant difference is that the galvanized chain link fence has been replaced by a wood picket fence and that the yard is enriched by beautiful trees and foliage. There's a good reason for that: the prior owner of this home is noted local landscape architect Craig Reynolds. In fact, there are little identification tags placed next to specimen plantings around the yard. I looked in the Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that this house did not appear in the 1912 map although the two houses located immediately to the east were on that map.

 The listing Realtor describes 1309 Eliza Street this way:
"Tropical Key West property with many original details located at 1309 Eliza Street. This spectacular keys residence features two spacious bedrooms & one bath, roomy front porch and a large back patio would be perfect for entertaining guests. This property has Dade County Pine floors and walls, central a/c, a premium gas range, washer, dryer, a large great room, outdoor storage area, metal awning shutters."
This vernacular style home is laid out similar to many cigar maker cottages or "shotgun" style houses as trey are called in the south in that the front door open on to a long hallway that leads straight to the rear with various rooms located to the side. In this instance the front two rooms are used as bedrooms.
The hallway disappears midway through the house as the space enlarges in to more public space. The retro bathroom which has been updated is located on the east side of this space. The laundry room is located in an adjacent closet.
The great room is at the back of the home. This space is quite large and inviting. If you have not notice, Dade County Pine walls and floors shine. The richness of the wood is muted just a bit with the introduction of color in this communal living space. French doors at the rear open out to the rear covered deck and yard.
At first the kitchen may appear a bit compact, but if you look closer you will see a gas cook top, wall ovens, dishwasher, refrigerator, abundant drawers and lots of cabinet storage. As I write this I am reminded that all of the architectural lines in this house are similarly plain and understated. If you like gobbledegook's and curly cues, this place won't appeal to you. But if you like a clean aesthetic look, this may just be the place you have been waiting to find.
The Monroe County Property Appraiser shows this house as being 912 sq ft and sitting on at 2534 sq ft lot (31' X 82').  If you want a pool, you're not gonna get one here. But what you will get is a home that is really good condition and that is ready to move into. I am no home inspector, but I looked under the house and noted what looked to be new piers.

1309 Eliza Street is offered for sale at $590,000. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 yo schedule a personal showing.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  I think this home will sell right away. Our market is on fire right now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Key West Oceanfront Luxury - 20 Sunset Key Drive

20 Sunset Key Drive is located on Sunset Key, a private island just a five minute boat ride from Key West. The guest cottage, above, looks somewhat similar to some of the cute little cottages that you might find in Old Town Key West. That's where the similarity stops because this place is a show stopper. The cottage isn't little and it is only a small part of  a much larger manse with the very best oceanfront location on the island. A pergola connects the cottage with the main house. The pool and spa are on the west. The luxuriant garden paradise is everywhere.
The guest cottage is very informal and relaxed. The living room soars two stories with a gallery on three sides. The main floor bedroom has French doors that open out to the pool. The second floor bedroom is like an old garret - all cozy and cute. Both bedrooms have en-suite baths. Wherever you look, there is superb attention to detail.  CLICK HERE to view 164 photos I took of this incredible property.  You will not be disappointed.
The main house fronts the Atlantic Ocean. This house, the one next door to the west, and the large vacant double lot next to it are the three best lots on Sunset Key. They have incomparable views of the ocean and sunset. Whether sitting on the first floor porch, peering out from the second floor master bedroom, or searching the skies from the rooftop widow's walk, this property offers amazing views that will delight owner and guest from morning until night.
Inside this gracious home you will find formal and informal living and dining areas,water-view guest bedroom,  a huge kitchen, and laundry/pantry area. The two story atrium like entry leads to the second floor master suite which include a sitting room, the bedroom chamber with waterfront view, the extra large master bath and dressing area.
The 24 hour per day launch will speed you from Key West to Sunset Key. Residents have use of the community pool and tennis court. And, of course, very quick access to the amazing Latitudes Restaurant and the spa at the Westin Sunset Key Resort which are about a three minute walk from the front entrance at 20 Sunset Key Drive. Dang!
The 24 hour per day launch will speed you from Key West to Sunset Key. Residents have use of the community pool and tennis court. And, of course, very quick access to the amazing Latitudes Restaurant and the spa at the Westin Sunset Key Resort which are about a three minute walk from the front entrance at 20 Sunset Key Drive. Dang!
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos of this incredible oceanfront estate.  Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a very private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise!


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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.