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Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Gardenia House - 906 Georgia Street - The Meadows - Key West

Sometimes we overlook the obvious. We forget to notice simple things that make our lives richer and more meaningful. I drive by certain locations on a near daily basis and see other places weekly or monthly. If I see construction I usually take notice of a property, but otherwise I let houses pass through my mind as I maneuver the streets of Key West going from place to place. Yesterday, I had to stop and take notice of a place I passed so often that I failed to see (or smell) the beauty that I shall call The Gardenia House.

This property is located at 906 Georgia Street in The Meadows area of Old Town Key West. CLICK HERE for a Google Map aerial view of the location. Use the Google toggle switch to zoom in and out and also see a street view of the area. Georgia Street at this location is extra wide for some reason. Olivia Street to the north is a one way street as are all of the east and west streets in this area of town. The house is located a block north of Bayview Park so you can go walk the dog, play tennis, read a book, or participate in some community activity on a daily or as required basis. There are several gyms, Cuban sandwich shops, art galleries, and assorted shops located nearby. But this location itself is very quiet and unassuming. That is until you stop to smell the fragrant gardenia that welcomes you home.

906 Georgia Street as it appeared in 1965

The white picket fence and artfully decorated yard set off the simple architecture of the arts and crafts style bungalow. That architecture is typical of a good portion of The Meadows area which does have other more traditional Conch style houses as well. While many potential buyers love the the architecture of two story Conch houses, the reality of growing older and having to climb staircases all day long wears thin. All of this 1746 sq ft house is located on one level. No stairs.

When you pass through the front door you enter the large and very inviting great room that spans the living and dining areas into the chef's kitchen. The room has lots of windows so the interior has many view of the beautiful grounds on the outside. This place has so much cheer and beauty it is hard to imagine not liking it.

See what I mean?

Three bedrooms and three very atypical bathrooms are located on the south side of the house. One bedroom at the front could alternatively be used as an office or study. The master bedroom with en-suite bath is adjacent to the living area while the third bedroom is located in the recent addition to the south. (It has it's own private entrance which allows guests to come and go at will.) The pool area is at the rear where the skies are large and create a wonderful background to contemplate life.

The front bedroom (or den or study) has an adjacent bath

Master bedroom has an en-suite bath

The cottage bed and bath are pure genius

The listing Realtor describes 906 Georgia Street this way:
"The Gardenia House, built in 1936, is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath historic home located in the Meadows neighborhood of Old Town. It is a classic home filled with Dade County Pine and loads of light streaming in through many windows to the large open living and dining area with professional kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms with baths ensuite adjacent to the living area. The newest addition contains the third bedroom and bath and separate entrance. The private backyard has a large deck with heated pool complete with bench seating, spa jets and a water feature. The front porch is perfect to watch the world go by. The home is set back from the street on a large corner lot surrounded by tropical gardens with fruit and flowering trees and shrubs."
CLICK HERE to checkout the Key West mls database on this property and to view more listing photos. This property is offered for sale at $995,000. I really think this house will appeal to buyers in my generation that want peace and quiet and lots of really nice living space on one level. There is room for the kids and grandkids and space for the dogs to lounge in Paradise.

If you want to see The Gardenia House please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 or contact me by email at I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. Imagine yourself sitting on the front porch watching nothing important happen for the rest of your life.

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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.