It's been 26 years since my first trip to Key West. Back then I would just marvel at some of the "Key Westy" houses. These were places the gays and left over hippies bought and redid on a shoestring and a lot of imagination. They were testaments to thrift, ingenuity, and art, but not necessarily in that order. As the lore of Key West became the lure of Key West and the masses started to come here to see what the fuss was all about, more people started to buy up the old houses and redo them except for many "shoestring" budgets were replaced by gobs and wads of moola, and, unfortunately, many redos lacked ingenuity and certainly were not artistic.
A couple of days ago I got the chance to see an absolute Key West Original that just rocks. It is located at 1106 Packer Street on the South of Truman area of Old Town Key West. The listing Realtor (from Preferred Properties) describes his listing this way:
"Naturally beautiful home with two bedrooms and two full baths down. Upstairs are additional guest quarters with an adjoining artist's studio loft. An extra-high front fence provides great privacy, hiding a wonderful, inviting front porch. There is ample off-street parking on two sides of the property. High ceilings and an open floor plan provide a natural indoor outdoor flow to porches and a private pool with tropical gardens. A romantic master suite with charming bath has multiple French doors leading out to a totally unique free-formed swimming pool with coral rock waterfall. There are many architectural and artistic surprises in every corner of this property. Come for a visit and you will want to stay for a lifetime!"Looks can be deceiving. Oh the facade at 1106 Packer Street is very pleasant to look at, but you have absolutely no idea how wonderful the inside is. There is nothing normal or expected here. But everything here is terribly irresistible. This 1789 sq ft home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (that's what the mls listing says). And it sits on a 4000 sq ft (40' x 100') lot. When you enter the front door you step0 into the livingroom that has an unexpectedly high vaulted ceiling. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the rear of the past the ingenious kitchen and dinging area where the pool and garden beckon you. But getting there is pretty difficult because every square foot of the space has something so interesting to see, that you can't just breeze through.
If you watch all of those HGTV shows that tell you the heart of any home is the kitchen, well, it's true, at least here. The kitchen and dinging area sit midway between the front and rear. It's as if the house and yard are flipped upward and the livingroom is the feet and legs, the trunk of the house if you will. The pool and garden are at the top and are more like the head or cerebral area of the house where all of the important thinking and pleasure thoughts are created. The kitchen and dinging sit in the middle and this is the area that literally feeds the body and makes it content. On the Food Network they teach us that the way food looks makes us want to eat it. Well, this kitchen is so original it wins the Iron Chef competition for being spot on.
If you follow me on TWITTER you can see the photos I took of this home. And if you CLICK HERE you can read the mls listing info and see more photos for 1106 Packer Street.
Better than clicking, why don't you call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, and let's set up a showing of this really great home. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. 1106 Packer Street is offered at $785,500. You just gotta see it!