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Friday, July 25, 2014

201 Golf Club Drive - Key West, Florida


Just about every time I write about homes located in The Sanctuary at the Key West Golf Club I usually include the words "value" or "bargain".  And so it is this time as I write about 201 Golf Club Drive. This 1600 sq ft three bedroom, two and one-half bath home is in tip-top condition.  There is a covered off street parking spot plus space for a second vehicle. A white picket fence and trellis provide just enough privacy from the street which loops around this area.
This home has first and second floor porches at both the front and rear.  The main floor is set up with a large kitchen with breakfast bar that opens out to the dining area and living room. There is a half bath located under the staircase up that leads up to the three bedrooms on the second floor. And there is a bonus room located just off the living room which can be used as an office, den, or maybe a guest room. French doors open from the living room out to the large rear veranda with steps that lead down to the private pool and bricked rear garden.  A gate at the rear leads out past the trees onto the golf cart lane that traverses the rear of the houses.
The rear veranda is quite spacious and offers a sophisticated perch to oversee the pool and rear garden area. Note the photo which shows a close-up of the shutters which are located on each window and door of this home. (Not all houses have these very valuable assets which will get you a 30% discount on windstorm insurance.)
The master bedroom with en-suite bath and covered second floor rear porch make this space so much more than just a place to sleep. Imagine waking up in the morning and sitting on the back porch as the birds and wildlife awake as well. Watch the sun rays move across the palms as dawn turns to daytime. At night sip a cocktail as the sun sets. Then walk down to your pool for a late night dip and return to bed for a great night sleep. Repeat each day!  You won't have to go back up north. You will be living your dream.
Two guest bedrooms are located on the front side of the second floor. Each bedroom has a vaulted ceiling (just like the master suite) and each room has a front door that opens out to the front second floor porch that overlooks Golf Club Drive. These two bedrooms share a bath off the hallway.
The Key West Golf Club Community includes two pools, one which is huge, and the use of an on-site fitness center. It's smallish but it's there. The community pools and fitness center will provide diversions for your family and guests. The adjacent golf course is public and within a couple of minute walk.
This move-in ready home is offered at $659,000. It is vacant and ready for a new owner. All furniture and furnishings (except for a couple of pieces of art) may be purchased separate from the real estate.  Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

417 Catherine St. - Old Town - Key West

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 421 Catherine Street in Old Town Key West as a
"Charming and meticulously renovated 2 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Old Town Key West. The home has a breezy front porch for relaxing and watching the interesting neighborhood stroll past. The interior is impeccable with cherry floors, and vaulted ceilings. There is a bedroom and bath on the first floor, top of the line kitchen, half bath,surround sound system, and living room which opens through French doors to the private back yard. There is a master bedroom and bath with walk-in closet and a balcony on the second floor. New roof and hurricane shutters."
The house did not always look as good as it does today. I dug into my old shoebox and found a photo taken nearly 50 years ago. The notation on the back of the photo says the house was built around 1889.
This original cigar maker cottage was enlarged by adding a two story addition at the rear that expanded interior living space. Some original walls were removed. This permitted the builder to create living spaces that better suit the way we live our lives today. The historic entry was retained.  The classic 'shot gun' style entry hallway was retained. But now the entry hallway is now vaulted and provides a more dramatic and aesthetic entry into the home.  Wainscoting and wall sconces were added to the hallway.  Pocket doors were added to the first floor bedroom. The adjacent bath doubles as guest bath as well.
As you view the photos you will see new wood floors and the introduction of new wood wainscoting throughout much of the house. All new wood ceilings are another custom feature introduced in the renovation. The wood adds such a warm feeling and unification to this home. This renovation was done by the prior owner who was a general contractor who renovated for his own personal use.  Consider the quality added when compared to someone who does a quick flip to make money. That's not suggesting that all flips are not good nor that all contractors do quality jobs on their own homes. (I saw a contractor's home on a recent Realtor caravan that was laughable. The guy used leftover materials from various jobs, and it showed. This home is the 180 degree opposite.)
The main living area is located in the recent rear addition which includes the kitchen, dining area, and living room. The spaces are a bit compact as compared to larger homes, but the spaces are neatly crafted and provide abundant utility.  A half-bath is located off the living area and a mini-bar is located adjacent to the French doors that open out to the rear deck and garden where there is space for a private pool. A balcony off the second floor master bedroom looks down to where the pool would be located. (There is sufficinet space on tide yard for equipment to dig out space for a new pool.)
The master bedroom and bath occupy the entire second floor where there is also a large closet. This home has actual space to be used for full time living.  The bath is large unlike a lot of places I have seen.
421 Catherine Street is located one-half block west of Duval Street and a few block walk to South Beach. La Te Da, the Banana Cafe, and other eateries, art galleries, and shops are within a few minute stroll. This house would make a great monthly vacation rental. And since the home is in such great condition, you won't have to spend money to fix broken things.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this home. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to scheule a 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.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1626 South Street - Key West, Florida

The lovely three bedroom home at 1626 South Street awaits a buyer who wants a three bedroom, two bath home that is in tip-top condition and ready to move into.  This 1962 sq ft ranch style home (built in 1955) has been thoughtfully updated inside and outside. The grounds are fenced for privacy.
When you open the front gate it is as if you are entering an arboretumThe grounds are just that perfect. A bricked path winds its way from the gated off street parking around the front and then traverses the east side where it meets the newly resurfaced black pool and covered rear deck.

The front door opens into the shared great room spaces which run from the front of the house to the glass wall at the rear which disappears into the house whereby the inside and outside spaces become one space.  During our great winters the rear doors can remain open for hours and hours making the transition between indoor - outdoor areas easy peasy.
If you're a cook there is an extra large stainless steel kitchen with lots of cabinets and granite counters for creating scrumptious meals. The adjacent laundry room is extra big and provides storage for all those cleaning supplies that keep this home so tidy.
The master bedroom suite is currently configured with the third bedroom used as an office.  The updated bath opens to the outside where there is an outdoor shower. This owner didn't miss a trick in making this place as inviting as it could possibly be.
The third bedroom is quite large, as is the second bath. This home would work for a family or as a great second home for the buyer who wants separate sleeping quarters set apart from the master suite.  

1626 South Street is offered at $995,000 CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.  Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to take a look at this beautiful garden home.  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.