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Monday, June 7, 2010

Cover Girl - Key West Style



Key West Cover Girl featured in Traditional Home Magazine June-July 2010

I wrote a blog about a Key West cover girl many months ago. That same dame is at it again-big time. She is featured in the June - July 2010 issue of Traditional Home Magazine CLICK HERE.You really must click that link and then double click on each page to see the stunning photos and read the text that describes this chic chick. (Double click and use the back button on each successive page to read the text and appreciate the great photography.)

I remember riding my bike past the eyebrow house on William Street many times. Then one day I noticed that construction workers were there ripping things apart. Later I noticed renovations were in progress. Months passed and the old eyebrow house that had look so much in disrepair looked like it had been on one of those extreme home makeover shows except that it wasn't made over. It was restored with grace. Four years have passed since the redo. And boy does this dame look swell.

But that's not the end of the story, no pun intended. (Read the click.) I just got back from trying to take some present day pics of the front of this lovely home. Today is overcast and a new group of construction workers are finishing up on a new storm sewer project that has been going on for months. Traffic diversions, noise, and nasty cement air has messed up our quiet little town. So the photos I hoped to take did not come out as intended.

Last year the owners of the above home featured in the article in Traditional Home purchased the house directly behind them on Pinder Lane. It got snapped up as soon as it went on the market. So when I went over to take my pics I needed to see what, if anything, had happened to the Pinder Lane house. Voila! To see, you must TWITTER.

I have been told the Pinder Lane property will become the guest cottage for the main house. The pool featured in the magazine story is gone. The backyard is gone for that matter. I can't wait to see the next chapter in what the owners and their very sophisticated designer and architects (and builders, too) create. Stay tuned.

You don't have to be rich and spend a kagillion dollars to have a charming house in Key West. I've seen a lot of very chabby chic houses that rely more on "how to" more than "how much". There are some great little houses and some big ones as well that are for sale. We are in the summer slump even though summer has not officially started. The serious buyers have gone home for season.

CLICK HERE to search the Key West mls database. If you see a property you like, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Our office is the exclusive Lower Florida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates. Is there a Key West cover girl in your future?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice place. The baked bean business must be booming!

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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.