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Saturday, July 4, 2009

"What door's will open for you?"

I host my pics for this blog on FLICKR. Sometimes I go there to borrow pics of Key West that help showcase this beautiful island I call home. A couple of days ago I saw a really sweet pic of a typical Key West home with a caption that read "What door's will open for you?" And then underneath the photographer added "I'll dream that one day a house in Key West has a door for me!" CLICK HERE to see her little dream home.

When buyers call me (they do) and when buyers send me an e-mail (they do), I ask them to tell me what their dream home would be. Most buyers want about the same thing: a nice house in a good location with a pool or room for a pool and a white picket fence. Almost all buyers want off street parking. Some are willing to buy a house that may require some work. And just about every last single solitary buyer wants a deal.

The price per square foot for a home in Key West is much higher than most locations on the east coast and mid west, the areas that most prospective buyers live. So once buyers get over the sticker shock they can start the search for their dream home. If they are like me, they fell in love with Key West on the second day of their first visit to Key West. They walked the streets lined with flowering trees and palms, beautiful old homes, beater cars (that was from another time - not many of them left), cats resting on front porches, mother hens escorting the little ones across streets, dogs riding piggy back on bikes, and trains winding their way down residential streets. What a place!

712 Southard Street is a listing of Preferred Properties (that's where I work but it is not my listing). The house was extensively remodeled a couple of years ago so everything is in very good condition in my opinion. There are shelves in the living room that display bottles and other discovered treasures that the current owners found buried under the house while doing their extensive renovation. I have hosted a few Open Houses at the property. The Lookie Lous loved it.

The listing Realtor describes this dream cottage this way:
"Location!Location!Location! Just two blocks from Duval Street, sits this beautifully appointed shotgun on the best block in Key West. Two nice size bedrooms and bathrooms, great new kitchen with cathedral ceiling that opens to the glass tiled kidney shaped heated pool surrounded by tropical landscaping."

The two bedrooms at 712 Southard Street are located in the front of the house. The living room is next and the kitchen CLICK HERE (a sawtooth addition with vaulted ceiling) is at the rear. The kitchen door CLICK HERE opens onto the large deck and very good sized pool. The pool area is beautiful and very serene. The pool gets plenty of sunshine (a lot of pools do not), and the neighbors cannot see the pool. So what happens in the pool area stays in the pool area. CLICK HERE to see the details on this home and view more photos.

Monroe County tax records show the house is 1026 sq ft that sits on a 2259 sq ft lot. The house is located just two blocks from Duval Street. There is no off street parking, but most of the other properties in the area are single family homes. There is no commercial business nearby. So finding a parking space is not that difficult.

712 Southard Street was originally listed at $1,200,000. It is now priced at $829,000 or $808 per sq ft. It really does have the primary things most buyers want: nice house, good location, pool, and that white picket fence. The house does not require any repairs. Everything inside and outside is pretty much new. The furnishings might also be available. Maybe all you will need to bring to Key West is your tooth brush and Coppertone. Bathing suit is optional.

If you would like to see 712 Southard Street and perhaps fulfill your dream of owning a home in Paradise, please call me, Gary Thomas, at 305-766-2642, to schedule a visit. You are gonna like this place!

CLICK HERE to search the real Key West Association of Realtors website to see all current homes and condos listed for sale. If you see something you like, please think about working with me. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coast Realty in Key West. Some Realtors have other (real) jobs. My real job is selling real estate.

"What door's will open for you?"

Good things happen to people who buy from me. FOLLOW ME on TWITTER to see what happened to Chris & Jim.

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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.