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Sunday, March 22, 2009

821 Southard Street - Old Town - Key West

There is something so comfy-cozy about 821 Southard Street in Old Town Key West. It kind of reminds me of my grandmother's house. It sits back off the street protected by a white picket fence. It sits up high and has a front porch to watch the world go by. There is even a screen door, a site rarely seen in Key West.

Inside the rooms are large. All of them. Except for the kitchen and baths, the rooms are pretty much now as they were when the house was built. The kitchen looks like new cabinets were installed around 20 years ago. I've seen the same cabinets all over town in houses and condos from that era. The stainless steel appliances are new, however. And the maple floors throughout the house add real warmth to the place. But the primary thing you see when you enter the house is that magnificent rear yard. It shouts out to you to come outside!

821 Southard Street is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house of 1526 sq. ft. that sits on a large 5400 sq. ft. lot (54'wide x 100' deep).It is offered at $1,250,000 or $819 per sq. ft. There is a small cottage at the right rear of the garden. The present garden is lush and dense. There is a great view of the steeple of a nearby church and the giant trees in other yards create a grand view from the covered rear deck. There is no pool, but there is ample room to build a very nice one. The setting is just beautiful.

The listing Realtor describes 821 Southard Street thus: "Perfect location with off-street parking! Lovely three bedroom and two bath home with an open floor plan, spacious rooms and wood floors. A generous dining porch overlooks the lush landscaping with plenty of room for a pool. Can also be sold with adjoining properties (MLS #107783 & 107785). CLICK HERE to read more info and see additional photos of this property.

This charming house is perfectly livable as is, but it would just as equally be a good candidate for a superior renovation. It is just that neat a property. If you are looking for a house like 821 Southard Street (or any other for that fact), 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.