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Thursday, May 12, 2011

2026 Seidenberg - Mid-Century Classic in Mid-Town Key West

2026 Seidenberg Avenue - May 2011

You know you are getting old when houses that were built when you were a kid are now considered classic and chic. If only that applied to guys my age.

I got a chance to revisit 2026 Seidenberg Avenue last week during Realtor caravan. That is when we Realtors get on a bus and travel from house to house to see new listings. The Seidenberg home is worthy of noting. The listing agent (who is also an owner) describes the property this way:
"Mid-Century Modern architectural gem in Mid-Town was renovated by Colombian architect, Guillermo A Orozco, & awarded the Star of Excellence by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. Many fine features include bamboo, river rock, new terrazzo, & Brazilian flagstone floors. Full wall mural by local artist, Rick Worth, depicting a mangrove forest. The kitchen has custom cherry wood cabinetry, honed-slate countertops, stainless steel appliances, wine cooler, & reverse osmosis water purifier. All impact resistant windows & doors. Black lagoon pool with coral stone waterfall. Outdoor seating/lounging areas plus bamboo structure with Arabian-style tenting for outdoor dining."

I wrote about his house in 2009, and I have mentioned Guillermo A. Orozco's architecture in my blog on several occasions. He is one of the more talented architects in Key West. So seeing how he re-designed or re-styled his own home was a treat. I firmly believe that anybody who buys a noted architect's house or contractor's house is probably buying more style and more substance than you would get in a comparably priced property. Every architect or contractor home I have been has always been superior to other houses in the same price range.

New Kitchen Fits Right into Place

Understated Update - Clean Lines without Pretension

Second Floor Bedroom/Office Overlooks Pool

Pool View from Master Bedroom Balcony

Chill!

Elegance

CLICK HERE for more detailed information and photos of this very thoughtfully re-designed home. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1500 sq ft of living area under roof. It sits on a nice corner lot of 5000 sq ft. There is a terribly expensive bamboo fence that gives the yard both privacy and distinction. The asking price is $685,000 or $457 per sq ft. (That's high for the area, however, this house is not like other houses in the area). I took more interior photos which you can see if you CLICK HERE.

I re-drove the area this morning as I took exterior photos. This house is perhaps over-improved for the area, but there are others that fall into that category. And like Old Town, there are some pitiful 'palaces' as well. I bet it is like that where you live as well. For readers unfamiliar with the location click GOOGLE MAP . The property is two blocks north of the main entrance to Key West High School in the Mid Town area of Key West.

If you are into Mid-Century Modern architecture, you owe it to yourself to look at 2026 Seidenberg Avenue. And if you are looking for an architect, you owe it to yourself to visit Guillerom Orozoco's website to see other properties he has designed in Key West.

Please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305.766.2642 to schedule a visit to view this property. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. I wonder if I qualify as a "classic".

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gary, it's a beautiful house but I hear you on the idea of "overbuilt for the neighborhood." Do you think this house will sell for anywhere near asking?

Anonymous said...

It is a beautiful home and as for overbuilt...hmmm...maybe. New Town does have some cool mid century homes though. This property has been on the market before and has been reduced significantly.

This was also featured in the book "Key West - A Tropical Lifestyle" by Leslie Linsley. She did this book a few years ago and many of the homes featured have either been foreclosed upon, listed for short sale or on the market at way below their original list prices. It is a shame. Most of the owners featured have moved on and away from Key West. I know one of the homeowners listed (who still has the cool property with the custom wood cornice boards in Old Town) and they were thrilled to be included in the project.

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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.