Thursday, December 2, 2010
The secluded treasure at 1175 William Street in Old Town Key West was just listed. At this point I normally quote the listing Realtor, but since I am that person on this listing, I'll just keep writing.
You can't see the house of much of anything from the street because the entire property is so private. The corner property has a mature ficus hedge on Catherine and William Streets with tall palms just inside the property itself. The neighboring properties on the east and north are likewise privacy wall and fencing. The result is a very cloistered and sequester setting. Yet, the inside is teeming with whimsy and vitality at every turn.
You enter the home from a delightful garden with bricked pathway that surrounds the house on three sides. A set of French doors open into a beautiful foyer which leads to the living area to the right and the dining and kitchen to the left. The master bedroom is on the ground level to the northeast. There is a large guest room, den, or fourth bedroom located adjacent. And there is a bonus solarium (glass enclosed porch) on the south end. Upstairs you will find two delightful bedrooms and bath.
There are two focal points to this home. The first is the pool. The dining room, kitchen and great room & the master bedroom all look out to the beautiful pool. This, folks, is what living in Key West is all about. The outside becomes part of the inside and the view just captivates you. You look outside and say to yourself "How lucky am I!"
The kitchen has teak cabinets, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a small butler's pantry. There is a side entrance so you can bring the groceries in from the off street parking (room for 3 cars) without traipsing through the entire house. A small breakfast nook provides a cool vignette to dine less formally. But the dining area is big enough to accommodate a large gathering. There is even a built in wet bar.
The master bedroom adjoins the pool on the south. The doors open out to the pool so you can lay in bed where you can drink your morning coffee and count your blessings for living in Key West while others up north have to freeze during the winter. There's a big closet area, too. (Not a lot of Old Town homes have this much closet space.) And few have as pretty a view.
The living area is on the south end. It's quite comfortable and that whimsy is going on here as well. The main level guest room/den is located adjacent and the solarium runs the width of the house at that location. A new owner might reconfigure that space into a much larger guest suite, but the existing space is quite large. Remodeling is not necessary-just a not too expensive an option.
The stairway to the second floor is just beautiful. It is the first thing you see when you enter the house. The second floor has two large and unique bedrooms both of which are large for Old Town homes.
The original portion of the home was built in 1938 and it is filled with Dade County Pine walls, ceilings, and floors. A recent addition that houses the great room and kitchen addition has cherry floors and a more contemporary design. The old and new easily blend together. Everything in this home has a place and everything is in place and very well maintained. The house has been freshly painted and I am not aware of any deferred maintenance.
The second focal point is the garden. You enter the property from the off street parking area through a white picket fence. Located just past the entry to the home is a trellis archway that invites you to walk around the house to view the delightful garden (irrigated by well water) and outdoor lighting. Little whimsical features appear and make the walk so pleasant. Not a lot. Just enough to catch the eye and make you smile.
CLICK HERE to checkout the mls database and to view the listing photos. You will note the asking price is just $750,000. This is a lot of house for that price, Dear Reader. I have more photos which you can look at if you CLICK HERE. Please take the time to take a look.
Better yet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. I would love to show you this truly delightful home. You will be surprised at how much you can buy for the money.
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Gary Thomas in a Nutshell
- Gary Thomas
- Key West, Florida, United States
- 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.