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Friday, February 29, 2008

831 Johnson Lane Old Town Key West, Fl

Are you tired of everything being just perfect? Everything "Up to the minute"? Want to go back to a quieter, gentler time when time did not matter? When perfect was not de rigeur?

When you open the white picket fence and cross the threshold at 831 Johnson Lane in Old Town, Key West you pass gently into such a place and time. It is magical.

The house at 831 Johnson Lane is actually a combination of three separate buildings plus a couple of out buildings. All of the living areas open onto the rear pool and gardens. And by "gardens" I mean gardens plural. There is a 33' lap pool framed by palms and orchids and myriad of other plants and trees. The buildings provide shelter from the elements, but it is the elements that make this house so inviting because the outside is a part of the inside. The living areas have vaulted ceilings and the walls are works of art in themselves. The Dade County Pine walls and ceilings have been artistically enhanced and the result is inspiring.

The tones and colors and textures compliment each other and blend so well with the environment. The rooms are built to human scale, so you won't feel like you are rambling around some big bawdy warehouse. But you also will not feel cramped. The rooms are proportional. The two bed two bath main house with an 11' x 11' studio was renovated within the past 5 years. The house and cottage provide 1977 sq ft of living space. And there are two off street parking spaces. There is a separate 780 sq ft artist studio with its own vaulted ceiling and bath. There are two wells to provide additional water for the gardens. You get all of this for $1,195,000 or $604 per sq ft. You can look around this island and find a lot less for a lot more. CLICK HERE for more info and photos.

I really don't think the cute will ever wear out on this place. It reminds me so much of what so many Key West properties used to be before so many got all gentrified. This little place is fine just as is. Want to see it? Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at

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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.