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Saturday, April 10, 2010

404 Grinnell Street - Old Town Serene Sensation - Key West

404 Grinnell Street - Old Town - Key West

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 404 Grinnell Street this way:
"Sensational designer renovation in the heart of the Historic District. Dade Co pine is used throughout this master craftsmans' four bedroom, three bath home from the kitchen cabinets to the custom cabinetry in the living room. The marble and granite bathrooms have beautiful hardware and details that make this home irresistible. The house opens through tall French doors to the covered porches and Chicago brick patio that surrounds the 35' swimming pool with water wall of coral and shells. Lush tropical plants and off street parking make this the perfect island retreat."
Sensational is an understatement. I fell in love with this house as soon as I walked inside the front door. I showed the property last week and did not take any photos as I hoped my buyers would snap up this great property themselves. The house did not meet their needs, so now I am free to tell my readers what I think about this Key West charmer.

If you live in Key West or have gone on house tours here you may recognize the names of the design team that renovated this home - Blair Gordon and John Alvarado. Their homes are unmistakable. Local architect Guillermo Orozco completed the design team. Guillermo said "Special attention was given to ensure a sense of serenity and privacy. All spaces open out to the back garden and pool area."

Many houses in Old Town rely on Dade County Pine walls to be a major focal point in the interior design. Some designers would have taken the design cue and would have settled on building another quintessential Key West Cottage. This design team too this home in a different direction.

The wood walls and other natural materials used in the design merge the indoors with the outside. All rooms on the ground floor open onto the outside. And what an "outside" it is. To quote Guillermo, "serene".

Two sets of French doors open from the living room onto the rear covered porch where a separate covered outdoor living space looks down upon the pool and gardens. A set of windows open from the kitchen onto the porch. That opening provides a nifty space where the cook can see and hear or be a part of what is going on outside.

Look at the photo at the top of this page and note how you are brought down three steps to the Chicago bricked terrace at the garden and pool level. The third photo shows the transition from the outdoor living space to the garden level from a different perspective. The pool is cool and the greenery is lush, private, and almost exotic.

I borrowed some photos that Guillermo Orozco has on his website that show off some of the creative details incorporated into this home. I borrowed others from the mls listing presentation.

My comments follow.

404 Grinnell Street sits behind a traditional white picket fence and has a gated entry to the bricked off street parking space that leads to the most traditional front door.

The entry is the first signal that this home is really something special!

Note how informal the living room is and how the French doors lead your eyes to the outside.

The custom stairway leads to the two upstairs bedrooms that share an incredible bath.

Back downstairs you will note how the design elements flow between room to room, from stairway to the kitchen as well. The wide window in the photo below is where the kitchen is located. That wide opening sets the tone for this informal living space where again the inside becomes part of the outside.

The master bedroom (pictured below) with vaulted ceiling is just a knock-out!

The Master Bed and Bath are in newly constructed addition at the rear. Each room opens to the outside but it is the bath that makes you want to jump out and into the spa or pool for a late night dip before you go beddy-bye.

404 Grinnell Street is a 2204 sq ft home located on a 4762 sq ft lot. CLICK HERE to see the mls listing details and to view more photos. It is offered at just $1,325,000. This place, Dear Reader, is a great buy at that price. There is just one place like this in all of Key West. There are many great conch houses and cottages. One person or family is getting an opportunity to be the owner of this serene sensation.

Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 if you would like to see this home with a buyer's agent. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.

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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.