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Thursday, December 1, 2016

819 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Magical Old Town Property

Christmas will be coming for some smart buyer who grabs this magical Old Town property before the word gets out that it is now on the market. The listing Realtor describes 819 Elizabeth Street in Key West this way:
"Magical. That’s the only word to describe the welcoming indoor-outdoor living of this 2011 Historic Preservation Award winner at 819 Elizabeth. French doors open from the living areas onto a private, luxuriously landscaped outdoor world with beautiful pool and water feature. Peeking around the corner on the expansive deck is an outdoor dining space, outdoor shower and delightful accessory structure that could easily become a jewel-like guest bedroom or bunks for the grandchildren. Located in the Solares Hill neighborhood, the two-bedroom cottage boasts an upstairs master retreat with half bath. The downstairs bedroom could easily become your favorite office space. From the large, people-watching front porch to the renovated, high-end kitchen with solid cherry cabinets, this home will make you believe in magic again."
 Returning guests to Key West know that having a parking space in Old Town makes just about any property "golden". This home has a wide bricked off street parking space. Elizabeth Street is one-way from Truman Avenue heading north toward Southard Street. The house is easy to find for owner or guests.  The house is located two blocks from Duval Street but far enough away as to be close to  but not apart of all that happens there.
The layout of the house is self-evident. The Living, dining, and kitchen are located on the pool side of the home. Double sets of French doors open out to the pool thereby extending the living space outward for at least half the year.  The rear door off the kitchen leads out to the rear deck and the outdoor shower. 
The guest bedroom is located to the right of the front door. The current owner uses this space as a sitting room.  The full bath is located opposite the kitchen at the rear. If you look at the bathroom mirror you will see the rear yard where the outdoor shower pops into existence next to the bathroom wall.
The master bedroom is located on the second level. Windows on the south and north allow good daytime light to brighten this space. There is storage built into the knee walls on either side of this space.
 I looked into my old shoebox and found a photo of 819 Elizabeth Street taken back in 1965 looking north. It doesn't look the same. Does it?  I then consulted the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learnt that 819 Elizabeth Street existed as of the 1889 map. That makes the house at least 127 years old. But if you look at it today, the home has all the modern conveniences and a heck of a lot of magic that you just can't buy off the shelf and relocate to just any other property.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos including some night time photos that show the pure magic the listing Realtor described. 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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

1221 Johnson Street, Key West Florida

Located just east of the Casa Marina and perfectly situated near the White Street pier and the beaches you will find the recently listed home located at 1221 Johnson Street in Key West, Florida.
The listing Realtor describes this home thus:
"In one of the most desirable areas of Key West, this spectacular mid-century modern gem was recently renovated by local architect, Guillermo A. Orozco. Interiors are bathed in natural soft light throughout the day creating a zen-like, serene environment. At night, the lushly lit tropical landscaping brings the outdoors in through the large windows and glass doors creating a magical aura. The home embodies the frequently sought after but seldom found Key West tropical lifestyle. With an easy flow of indoor/outdoor living and full privacy, one never wants to leave. 1221 Johnson St is just blocks from the beach and in easy bicycling distance of everything Key West has to offer. No detail was overlooked in the renovation: impact resistant windows and doors, Cat 5 wiring for super fast internet, full-home water filtration system, full-size heated swimming pool with adjoining hot tub, new sprinkler system & landscape lighting, remote control Hunter Douglas blinds, on-demand hot water, and so much more. There is off street parking with a remote control gate and security/intercom system. Do not miss seeing 1221 Johnson Street."
 The house is hidden from the street behind a dramatic privacy fence. The covered off street parking is a bonus feature. Guest will arrive at the front entry and will be awed at the beauty of this well planned garden entry. The re-design elements start to emerge. New wind impact windows and doors coupled with a re-crafted exterior make-over have totally changed not only the facade but upgraded the functionality of this home.
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The original front entry and office were totally transformed and brought into the new century. The new entry seamlessly flows into the through the TV area into the great room.  As in so many Key West houses, it is that first view of the pool that makes guests want to own a home here. That is certainly the case in this home. 
The home has three bedrooms one of which is located at the front left just the kitchen. It has its own bath. This would be the perfect bedroom for a teenager who requires his or her privacy.
The second guest bedroom and the master suite are located on the east side of the home. The master bedroom has doors which also open out to the rear deck and pool. This is great for an owner who wants to swim laps in the morning or take a late night dip before retiring. Our summer time weather is hot but not oppressive. I must confess that I jump into the pool and float around looking at the stars and feeling how fortunate I am to live on this island Paradise.
1221 Johnson Street is located one block east of White Street and just a couple of blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and the White Street Pier. There are several parks in this area owned by the State of Florida, Monroe County, and the City of Key West. Talk about too much government...  Fireworks are shot off White Street Pier on New Years Eve and the Fourth of July. There is a Bocce Ball Court located opposite the pier. There are segregated dog parks located opposite Higgs Beach where the Key West Garden Club is also located. Key West is still a small island. You can be almost anywhere in a matter of minutes. And you can walk to the beaches in an equally short period of time.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 1221 Johnson Street which is offered for sale at $1,430,000. 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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

807 Washington Street #101, Key West Florida

Just Listed: 807 Washington Street #101, Key West Florida. I have sold four units in this nine unit town home development located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West. I live in the area and love it. We are close to just about everything but far enough removed not to be in all the hullabaloo associated with this destination island.
The listing Realtor describes this 2240 sq ft end unit that was built for the developer this way:
"A rare corner unit with many windows. Kitchen consists of custom granite counter tops and Viking appliances. French doors lead to a private, heated splash pool. Second floor consists of 2 en-suite masters with balconies and laundry area. Spacious 3rd floor with full bath that could convert to a large family or additional sleeping space. Located in the Casa Marina. 2 off St. parking spaces."

These homes have the look of a traditional grand conch home you would expect in Old Town but all the convenience of a a large modern day home. The unit has first and second floor covered porches on front and back. Inside the front door there is a charming vestibule. As you enter you will immediately see the rear porch and pool beyond. But before you go there, you'll probably take a quick look at the beautiful kitchen with Viking appliances. There is a first floor powder room located under the staircase. Note also the tall ceilings, crown molding, high baseboards, and decorative wood trim. Two sets of French doors open out to the covered rear porch.
This unit is located on the far west side of the nine unit development. The lot is the largest of all and has the the western sunshine adding light to the interiors and the rear garden and pool. While the yard looks just fine as is, it could be so much more. This unit has been a long term rental for some time. I can imagine how much greater it could look if a new owner dolled it up a bit. A little fairy dust never hurt any place. 
The master bedroom is located on the back side of the second floor. The vaulted ceiling gives this room a dramatic aura, but it is the covered rear balcony that makes the space so special. This is the perfect perch for watching our wonderful sunsets without enduring the circus of Mallory Square and hundreds of tourists taking drunken selfies. Instead, you can enjoy a glass of wine with your loved one and appreciate all that you have achieved in life. 
The second floor hallway provides access to the master and front guest bedroom, the hidden laundry, and stairway to the third floor bed and bath which runs the length and breadth of the house. The third floor is currently under-utilized. This is a wonderful space that would make a great room for the grand kids. It has an en-suite bath as well. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this unit.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 801 Washington Street #101 is offered for sale at $999,999. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this lovely home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West  Let me share with you the advantages of living in the Casa Marina Area. 


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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.