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Saturday, January 21, 2017

723 Olivia Street, Key West - Newly Renovated

Just Listed 723 Olivia Street, Key West. This home has just completed a total renovation that I started in February 2016. I wrote about the in this house in 2014 soon after the owners moved and out and put it on the market. After some time passed, the house was sold and went through planning phase. At the beginning of 2016 the house was lifted and moved  few feet to the west and placed on new concrete piers. The old two story front porch was rebuilt and given a new look which is more appropriate for this style of home. The rear of the house has a new two story addition plus a pool with waterfall. While some of the interior rooms remain the same size as decades before, all of the interirors have been renovated and most have been repurposed. The house today is essentiallly brand new.
The character of the former home was maintained by re-purposing several rooms in the original house into bedrooms and making the new addition an open concept living space. Let's start at the front door and make our way through the house as it is today.
As I recall the old house was laid out with the parlor in the front followed by dining room and kitchen at the rear. Today The parlor is a main floor bedroom followed by adjacent full size bath. In later years a new owner might use this space as a master suite instead of climbing the stairs. Petronia Lane also known as Poorhouse Lane can be seen through the side windows. Few cars actually pass the house as the lane is incredibly narrow. Bill Butler Park is located about 225 feet up Poorhouse Lane. That would be a good spot to take the dog for morning and afternoon walks.

The new living area at the rear is deep and broad. Multiple sets of French doors open out to the new pool and deck area. The indoors and outdoors become one so easily in Key West where this January the daytime temperatures are in the low 80s.. 
The second floor master suite is also located in the new rear addition. The vaulted ceiling gives the bedroom an extra spacious feel. A large walk-in closet and a super-sized master bath are located adjacent to the bedroom. Notice the steps in the photo two above. Both this room and the main floor living area have steps placing each floor a short distance from the floor level in the old portion of the house where today there is a third floor bonus room. There are two other bedrooms on the second floor one of which has a door which opens out to Olivia Street. Olivia Street is a one-way street primarily used by locals who live in this neighborhood but also by people like me who know it as an alternative to Truman Avenue located a block to the south.
While most of  the houses on Olivia Street have been update, a few of the old girls still remain virgins. Many  of theses houses stay in family ownership until the final occupant moves away for good. At that time most of these homes are offered for sale and buyers seize the opportunity to have their way with the virgins so to speak.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and to view more listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a showing of this home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This home is offered at $2,495,000. It has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a pool, and off street parking. And it has an attic which now is identified as a bonus room.

Friday, January 20, 2017

1500 Albury Street, Key West - Just Listed

1500 Albury Street is a brand new custom built home resembling the charming historic architecture of Old Town Key West.  While this home looks like a house of the past, it is very much a home of the future. Let's take a look at some of the features of this new 2240 square foot home.
The front entrance suggests there might be two residences here. There aren't, but the second door does lead to the main floor front bedroom which might be used as an owner's lockout or an in home office. The doors are custom made wind impact resistant as are all the doors and windows in this home. The shutters are for decorative purpose only. The siding in Hardy Plank, a man made siding created to withstand fire and pests and which stand up to the tropical climate in Key West. Hardy Plank will not need to be painted as often as regular wood siding. Not seen but forever present is the tough engineering behind this house and the superior materials used in framing the house which result in very affordable home, wind, and flood insurance premiums. The front doorbell has iPhone connectivity which allows an absentee owner to see who is at the front door from anyplace in the world. Old look yes, but this is a house of the future.
When you first enter this seemingly old fashioned home you see travertine marble floors, high baseboards, wainscoting, large crown molding, and coffered ceiling in the living area. The main floor bedroom (with en-suite) is on the right of the entry. A guest bath is on the left. The intricate stairway follows. As you walk toward the living area the kitchen and dining come into view. And you are awed by the beauty. 

The kitchen is the star in this open living area concept home. Custom cabinets are topped with KOSMOS granite. LED lights provide subtle illumination of the abundant work spaces. All appliances are Thermador stainless steel including the 36 inch duel fuel range. 
Unseen or barely noticeable features in the first floor bedroom but included in all other bedrooms include switched lights at bedside, lighted closets, home run wiring of all electric lines and cable/internet connectivity to a master panel. This allows an owner to turn on and off lights from in the room or any place in the world. This bedroom will provide a place for mom who may find climbing the stairs a challenge. 
Mahogany flooring was used on the second floor and the stairway. These floors ad a change in tone and texture to this private part of the home. Notice that the wainscoting continues up to the second floor hall landing. A door leads out to the covered second floor front porch which has exterior lighting, a fan, and AZEK decking.  There is a little seating area with in floor electric fixture. The stairwell is quite dramatic and is a feature I don't recall having seen in other Key West home. 
 The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling which adds dimension to this part of the home. A sliding door opens out to the rear balcony that overlooks the pool area below. The master bath includes a large shower and bidet.
Guest bedrooms 3 and 4 share the Jack and Jill bath. Notice the crown molding and detailed wood trim continue in this space as well. All water lines have home runs to the water supply source. This means the new home owner will never have a change in water pressure while taking a shower. By the way I need to mention our water tastes good. 
The swimming pool includes a waterfall and LED light technology which provides endless underwater lighting possibilities. (The net around the pool  is a safety feature that may be removed after sale.) AZEK decking was used on all four porches and the pool deck area.  AZEK decking is a man made material that is resist scratches, stains, insects, moisture, mold, mildew, and fading. There is an outdoor shower tucked in the corner. Most locals use their outdoor shower all year long. You'll fall in love with it! Barely visible is the extensive outdoor lighting both on the building, hidden in the stairs, and throughout the yard which also includes a sprinkler system. A whole house generator with buried underground propane take is located adjacent to the two car driveway. 

 CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to show you this beautiful new luxury home that is a stunning addition to Key West. Cory Held and I are the co-listing agents on this property. We are both full time Realtors at Preferred Properties Key West. 1500 Albury Street will  be on OPEN HOUSE on Sunday January 22nd between 12:00 to 2:00 PM.


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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.