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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Good Life - Casa Marina Area at Its Best

908 Seminary Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West

When you walk through the gate at 908 Seminary Street in the tony Casa Marina area of Key West you instantly know you have reached the ideal. Sinatra even crooned about it when he sang "It's the good life, full of fun, seems to be the ideal..." Every step leads you to something special or something different, maybe something old, and likely something new as well. Every window has a view that invites you outside to experience the wonders of living in Key West.

The listing Realtor describes 908 Seminary Street thus:
"Sophisticated and Elegant Four Bedroom Residence on a quiet street in the highly desirable Casa Marina neighborhood of Key West. Huge tropical lot with amazing outdoor spaces and a wonderful outdoor kitchen. Custom renovation of a historic home combines panache and simplicity to achieve a bright and airy floor plan. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, chef's kitchen and first floor master suite. Multiple covered outdoor spaces, guest house with bathroom, heated pool and spa with lush tropical landscaping provide the ultimate Island lifestyle. Convenient two car off-street parking, privacy wall and courtyard entrance invoke Caribbean luxury with Key West sensibility. A Sophisticated Casa Marina Treasure for the Discerning Buyer."
I dug deep into the old shoe box and found an ancient photo of the same house in 1965, see photo below. Compare that photo with the photo just below. It's hard to believe it is the same property, but it is. Except everything in the old house is all nice and new and just about the best money can buy. It is, however, more than money that makes this Casa Marina home so special. The rooms evoke a sense of space and easy-living life style. The multiple outdoor living areas invite you to venture outdoors where you can enjoy the good life.
908 Seminary Street circa 1965

908 Seminary Street in 2011

My eyes were drawn past the interior to the pool area at the rear. I immediately saw the cool pool and outdoor kitchen but it was the small cottage to the right that caught my attention. The French doors were wide open and I saw this big muscle building machine that dominated the interior space. The cottage itself is the opposite of muscle: it is quite feminine and demur.

The Guest Cottage / Gym are located to the right of the pool

The view on the inside looking outside is quite distracting! But wonderful!

Wisteria wraps around the trellis framing the master bedroom

This home has outdoor living spaces in front, on the east side, and at the rear. There is an outdoor shower on the west side. Each space or view is just "ideal".
Front porch living area

East side - alfresco dining

Rear - outdoor kitchen and pool area

If you find a need to go inside the rooms are spacious and bright. And only a few of the numerous windows even have drapes or coverings. The house is so private that drapes are not necessary. The beautiful gardens become part of the interior design. Spaces within the house are designed to take advantage of the outdoor views as well.

French doors open to a water wall seen in the distance

Indoor and outdoor spaces blend together into one ideal living area

Treetop bedroom has wonderful views of the pool below

Bath off the treetop bedroom-what a hoot!

CLICK HERE to checkout the Key West mls database and to view the listing photos of this wonderful Casa Marina home.

908 Seminary Street is offered at $1,749,000. I live in the Casa Marina area and love it. If you are looking for a large home with plenty of room for entertaining or stylish year round living, you ought to take a look at this home the Old Blue Eyes would approve. If you aren't working with another Realtor, please consider working with me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642.I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. Experience The Good Life.




1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful home! Can't believe it's still for sale. Must be a product of the economy.

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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.