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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Old Key West - Ocean View - Estate Property

701 Waddell Avenue - Casa Marina Area - Key West

Just listed by Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. (that's where I work), 701 Waddell Avenue in the Casa Marina area of Key West. The listing Broker describes the property like this:
"Situated across the street from the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful home occupies a prominent corner lot in a vibrant neighborhood. Built in 1908, the 5 bedroom, 4 bath house originally served as an inn for the Key West Electric Company, and later as a doctor's office. The home was completely renovated in 2003 and received the Ceramic Star award from HARC. In addition to the 1,500 sf wraparound porch, the elegant interior provides 4000 sf of living space highlighted by original windows with wood sashes, Bahama shutters, crown moldings, solid wood doors and 10' ceilings. A large porch off the kitchen is complemented by an outdoor living area with a heated pool and waterfall, perfect for entertaining. Pool house can be used as a studio space."

I found one of those 1965 vintage photos of the property that shows how it looked then. Compare it to today's look. Both are pictured below.

701 Waddell Avenue as it appeared in 1965

701 Waddell Avenue as is looks in December 2010

Not much has changed on the outside. The house is basically the same with some minor architectural changes. And that is the way it is supposed to be in Key West, especially for homes in the Historic District and homes that have been singled out for the historic significance to the community. The inside of this home has been updated but the basic character has been left intact. There is a great new kitchen with partial views that overlook the pool at the rear. The baths are all updated as well. The old Key West charm is readily evident on all three levels of this water view property.

You may be more familiar with the location because of its famous neighbor across the street at 700 Waddell Avenue, Louie's Backyard. I found a photo of that property also taken in 1965 and a current pic as well. (The house behind Louie's was moved to another location many years ago. That space is now the After Deck bar which provides incredible views while sipping cocktails and contemplating life.)

Doggie Beach - Key West

701 Waddell Avenue is priced at $2,285,000. It is a big house with 3914 sq ft of space including 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, the office and entertaining areas. CLICK HERE to checkout the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view more photos of the property.

The lot is an irregular 100' x 100' with 9787 sq ft of actual land. CLICK HERE to see a Google Map aerial view of the house and area. The back yard is huge. There is a small cottage that overlooks the very large kidney shaped pool with waterfall. A large "U" shaped deck wraps the house from Vernon Street around to the opposite side of the kitchen. That deck is elevated from the yard below so you have a heightened perspective of the yard and pool below.

I live in the Casa Marina area and love it. I am close to everything but far enough away that I don't have to live with the commotion. The (other) beaches are just a couple of blocks away. Old Town is a short bike ride or a long walk. Shopping is a few blocks away. (This particular location is busier than most of Casa Marina because of Louie's and the beach.)

Locals are welcome to use the facilities at the Reach Resort, just a block to the west down a sandy walkway CLICK HERE. Simply rent a chair and buy cocktails and you have first class ocean seat any day you want. Locals may also purchase a membership at the Casa Marina where they have full use of the gym, spa, and beaches plus a discount on all food and beverages. First class all the way.

If you are looking for a large estate size property like 701 Waddell Avenue, please consider contacting me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to show this property to you. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. Our office is the Exclusive Lower Florida Keys affiliate of Christie's Great Estates.


Anonymous said...

This is a lovely home. It appears to have a basement, which seems amazing in Key West!

Gary Thomas said...

The lower level is very large and has expansive windows, so even though it may be a 'basement' by definition, it does not look like one from the inside. It certainly does not feel like one.

The master bedroom on the second floor has a direct view of the ocean from the bed. Not a bad sight-in my opinion.

The first floor bedroom on the far east side of the house is so typical of other old Key West houses--Dade County Pine walls and ceiling and those beautiful windows with rippled glass.

This is definitely worth looking at if you want a big family home or home with lots of bedrooms and entertaining areas.


Ali said...

This is lovely home but i like lower level because lower level is very large and awesome...

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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.