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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Key West Riviera

I finally moved to Key West just a few days before Christmas in 1993. And a few days after Christmas I went on the Old Island Restoration Foundation's annual Christmas House tour. One of the homes was located on The Key West Riviera--actually Riviera Drive at the far eastern end of the island of Key West.

I needed directions to find the house since I had never even heard of the area. And was I in for a huge and very pleasant surprise. The house was on the north side of the Riviera Canal so the backyard of the house bounded the canal. But it was what was on the opposite side of the canal that amazed me: nothing. Nothing that is but mangroves. It was like being in a house in the wilderness. It was so peaceful, serene, and bucolic. I did not know that any such type of house existed in Key West. I thought every house was either old like the conch houses in Old Town or suburban like the cracker boxes in New Town. But the houses on the Rivera Canal were just amazing.

Key West also has homes on the Sunrise and Flagler Canals. And the prices of the homes on all three canals vary from affordable to very, very pricey. Most of the homes have docks so the owners can navigate their boats to sea for an evening cocktail cruise.

The pics on this blog are of a home located in the 3300 block of Riviera. It is a 3 bed, 3 bath home built in 1958 with 1891 square feet of living space on a larger (7375 square foot lot). It has a dreamy kitchen, a pool, two boat lifts, and a killer view of the wildlife preserve across the canal. There will never, ever be a house or condo across the canal. No noisy neighbors or prying eyes. Just the little animals, birds, and fish. And the price isn't all that bad: $1,499,000.

CLICK HERE to search for your new home on the Key West Riviera and then give me a call at 305-766-2642 to set up a private showing. I suggest we take the first peak around sunset. You won't believe how truly beautiful the setting will be.

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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.