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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Second Chance - 1222 Johnson Street - Casa Marina Area - Short Sale - Key West

The legal duplex at 1222-1224 Johnson Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West just went back on the market. It is a short sale. The previous buyer (or non-buyer) did not close the deal. So those of you who missed this truly great buying opportunity get a second chance.

1222-1224 Johnson Street - Key West

Want to have your cake and eat it too? The cute legal duplex located at 1222-1224 Johnson Street in the east area of Casa Marina may be the answer to your dream of having a place in Key West that you can use for yourself and also legally rent to pay part of your mortgage costs. The property is priced to sell at $429,000. The listing Realtor says this about the duplex:
"Legal duplex with a spacious 2/1.5 and a studio. Good condition with some nice upgrades in the large unit. Each side has a walled yard and parking. Great location near the beaches & White St. pier. Short sale subject to bank approval."
Walk to the beach from your house - maybe five minutes or ten if you are slow

The key words or phrases in the description tell us that (1) the duplex is 'legal' as opposed to a mother-in-law that may not be legal; (2) the space you could rent (or retain for self-use) is small (expect rent of $800 on the small unit); (3) it is in good condition-meaning a new owner will not be required to do a lot of deferred maintenance; (4) it's got upgrades like travertine marble floors and nice cabinets; (5) each unit has private outdoor space (living in Key West is much nicer if you have actual private outdoor space); (6) it has private parking for two cars; and it's located near the White Street pier and the beaches. checkout the Key West mls database and to view more photos of this property. Click PHOTOBUCKET to see lots of interior and exterior photos.

CLICK HERE for a GOOGLE MAP aerial view of the area. The above photos do not do the location justice. There are some really nice large Casa Marina homes located east,west, north and south of this property. The photo immediately below is the large home next door to the west and below that is the house across George Street to the east. Not bad company!

Next door immediately west

Across Georgia Street on the corner

Off street parking for two cars

Private yard for the larger unit

Separate private yard for the smaller unit

Don't let the term 'short sale' scare you away. The lender that has the mortgage on this property is a local bank that can make a relatively quick evaluation of any short sale contract.

1222-1224 Johnson Street is a listing of Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. (that's where I work). Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 if you would like to see this nice property neat the beaches.

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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.