Even though our island is surrounded by water (yes, some people aren't convinced), most of the homes here do not actually have water views. Casa Marina Court is a two block long strip of homes with direct views of the Atlantic Ocean. The view from the house is pretty simple: public tennis courts to the right, Astro Land for the kids to the left, Salute on the Beach across the street, Dick Dock (CLICK HERE for a 1970s view of the pier) jutting out into the ocean, and the West Martello Tower (home of the Key West Garden Club) at the far left, and then the Atlantic Ocean. Casa Marina Court intersects Reynolds Street(CLICK HERE) where the Casa Marina Resort is located. White Street is the eastern terminus (CLICK HERE).
Most of the houses in this vicinity were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, although many have been remodeled in recent years. There is even new construction going on today (CLICK HERE). There are some landmark houses in the area that predate the 1950s such as the George Reynolds house at 901 Flagler Avenue and 924 Flagler Avenue that was built just before the great hurricane in 1939. There are still a smattering on period houses that have not been significantly updated and those houses tend to get purchased fairly quickly because of their location in the Casa Marina area. The Casa Marina area runs from White Street west to the Casa Marina hotel and meanders to the back end of the Reach Resort. The ocean is the southern boundary, and I consider either Seminary Street or United Street as the northern boundary for the area.
The listing Realtor describes 1003 Casa Marina Court this way:
"This large two story beautiful home is located in the lovely Casa Marina neighborhood with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. The first floor features an elevator at the foyer entrance, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, large living and dining rooms and huge kitchen which leads out to the rear downstairs patio with composite decking. The second floor features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a large separate office which is located right off the large upstairs covered patio. This home is great for both roomy living and entertaining."
I found an old photo of this property taken in the mid 1960s CLICK HERE. It appears the ocean fresh environment helped this house grow a second story. Most of the houses on this two block stretch are two story now. And most of the houses have sold at very high price levels because of the prestigious location and ocean views.
Most of the houses in the Casa Marina area are located on large lots. The house at 1003 Casa Marina Court is 5000 sq ft or 50'x100'. It is now offered for sale at $1,900,000. Perhaps a 5000 sq ft lot may not seem that large to folks up north. But in Key West that is a big space, especially compared to many Old Town lots. The streets seem wider in Casa Marina as well. In fact the whole area seems much less congested than Old Town. Many of the streets in the Casa area do not have paved sidewalks. But don't fret, 1003 Casa Marina has curbs and gutters and that million dollar view of the Atlantic Ocean. ( The former home of author Phil Caputo located at 1101 Casa Marina Court sold in July 2008 for $3,650,000. The house was 4406 sq ft of living space and occupied a 20,000 sq ft lot.)
CLICK HERE to review the mls listing info and see the listing photos of 1003 Casa Marina Court. Better yet, call me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 to schedule a showing of this residence. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. Our office is the Exclusive Lower Florida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates. I live in the Casa Marina area and love it. Let me help you find your new home in Paradise.