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Friday, August 28, 2009

1021 Washington Street - Casa Marina Estate Property - Key West




In a place like Key West where there are so many "one of a kind" properties, it sometimes seems silly of me to tout a listing as being one of a kind. But I must on 1021 Washington Street which is located in the Casa Marina area of Key West. There is not another property like it.

Look at the photo above. Look at it. It just shouts "Old Florida!" Old Florida before the invasion of the hordes of snowbirds, the colonization of South Beach, the gayification of Fort Lauderdale, and the gentrification of Key West.

The pre-World War II architecture is so simple and elegant. The listing Realtor describes 1021 Washington Street this way:
"Remarkable Casa Marina Estate like no other! Stately historic residence situated on a massive 27,000 + sq. ft. of land, one of the largest residential estates in Key West, on the corner of Washington Street and Whalton Street. Beautifully maintained and lovingly cared for over the course of 74 years by the same family. Totaling 6 lots laid out in an L shape with 4 consecutive vacant lots facing Whalton Street that can be divided. 3 structures in total which include the main historic home, guest house and 3-car garage. Gorgeous meandering gardens and lush landscape manicured to perfection and irrigated by 6 wells. Rare opportunity with many possibilities for development or subdivision."

I live a half block from this house. I drive past it every day. It is like having a private park located across the street. Something pretty and graceful that has a timeless beauty never to be touched. But then the Realtor suggests the property could be "developed". Heavens No! There must be some buyer out there that will see this beautiful property for what it is and has the money to preserve it just as it is.

This CLICK HERE is a photo of the side yard at 1021 Washington that was taken from the house next door to the north. And CLICK HERE to read all of the listing information and view lots of interior and exterior photos of this great estate property.

I have written at least a gazillion times about the charm and convenience of living in the Casa Marina area. We are close to everything. But we are not living in the midst of it all. We are near the beaches. We are within walking distance (it's a 10 minute walk at least) to Old Town. We are five minutes to the Key West International Airport. And we are five minutes to any of the three shopping centers. There are several gyms, many galleries, the Dairy Queen, a pre-school and an elementary school within three blocks. Louies Backyard and Salute on the Beach are two minutes by foot. If you can afford this place, which is offered at $4,500,000, you might have a yacht (or at least a good sized boat). We got several convenient marinas that are also located nearby.

If you are looking for an estate property such as this, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, 0r e-mail me at kw1101v@aol.com. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates. I live nearby and I would love to welcome you to the neighborhood.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Would be interesting to see your list of comparables but only this house is included. Are there more?

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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.