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Friday, October 16, 2009

Opportunity Knocks - 1317 Reynolds Street - Key West - Casa Marina Area

The 1203 sq ft ranch located at 1317 Reynolds Street is priced right and it is a good candidate for an extreme home makeover. I showed this house two weeks ago and at first was put off a bit by the knotty pine walls and the dark atmosphere of the place. But as I explored the house more I got it. The "it" is the location and the building. Not the structure as it exists today but rather what it could become after a renovation.

A lot of the charming Key West cottages were probably not quite as charming before they had the interior walls rearranged and pools and gardens added. I tell buyers not to accept existing floor plans because you can make your house what you want on the inside. Of course it costs money to tear down existing walls and to relocate them. But the end result can often turn cramped quarters into deluxe digs.

The lot at 1317 Reynolds street is 46'.25 x 90' or 4162 sq ft. The front yard is presently covered with lots of vegetation and there is a paved off street parking space. The rear has an elevated deck and there is both a hot tub and a fish pond. The rear also has tropical vegetation. I think the ground floor area would permit the expansion of the house either as a ranch or by adding a second story. Perhaps one could even demolish the house and build a fresh new place on the lot.
New construction is usually less expensive than renovation. The house was built in 1948 so it would be necessary to determine whether the house can be demolished.

The house is located across the street from the Reynolds School CLICK HERE. I believe that school is used as kindergarten through grade two. The front of the property is a drop off point for parents taking the tots to school. The house is also less than a five minute walk to Higgs Beach CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE. just four blocks to the south. The location is an easy bike ride to the shops on White Street and Duval Street four blocks to the west.

1317 Reynolds is not a short sale. It is offered at $375,000 or $312 per sq ft. This is how the listing Realtor describes the property:
"Nice Casa Marina CBS home on a good sized lot and located in the X500 flood zone. The house is currently configured with 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, a nice kitchen with wood cabinets and a good floorplan. There's a nice rear yard currently with a spa but if you'd prefer there is room for a pool. Well priced for the area and you could live in it as is or renovate. Off street parking for one car."
CLICK HERE for more details on this house and to view photos of the exterior and interior.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to see 1317 Reynolds, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. I live in the Casa Marina area and I love it. You will too.

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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.