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Sunday, June 26, 2011

1001 United Street - Key West

View from the widow's walk at 1001 United Street Key West

The house at 1001 United Street #B really does have a view of the Atlantic Ocean. In fact it has one of the very best 'tree top' views I have seen in all of Key West. The three story attached house has a widows walk with 360 degree views of Key West. I was just captivated by the sights. My prospective buyers contemplated cocktails and sunsets forever.

View of your pool from your widow's walk!

The listing Realtor describes this property like this:
"This bright and airy attached three story home, with palladium windows and French doors, has a private deck with access to a pool shared with three other homes. An extra full bath with shower is located outside off the deck. High ceilings and an open floor plan throughout the first floor create a feeling of spaciousness. Two bedrooms and two baths and laundry are located on the second level with French doors opening to an upstairs balcony overlooking the pool and deck. An exterior spiral staircase winds its way to the third floor light-filled artist's studio with half bath. The staircase continues upward to the widow's walk with incredible rooftop vistas from sea to sea. There is off-street parking with framework for a canvas cover."
Dramatic natural light from three directions

Paladin style French doors on three sides of the spacious great room

Private deck near the pool

Imagine the Key West tan you could get here!

Spiral staircase leads to the third floor and incredible widow's walk

This house is attached to the house in front and a second stand alone house is located next door to the east. The three houses share a common pool seen above. This shared pool arrangement is similar to several other homes built in the same area built nearly 30 years ago. This house has 1583 sq ft of living space on three levels. A large wrap around deck surrounds this house on three sides. The French doors open onto the decks on three sides. There is a large and private deck area off the living area. That deck extends to the dining alcove off the kitchen. The kitchen cabinets are original: 1983. The kitchen space is wonderful and this could be a very fun and relatively inexpensive redo. I think the whole house needs a fresh coat of paint, but otherwise this place would make a great second home.

Completely functional but a bit dated - could be a fun redo

The spiral staircase is located on the outside so it is not taking up valuable interior space. It provides access to the third floor which could be an office or overflow guest bedroom. That area would make a great artist's studio or writer's retreat. But it is the widow's walk that made me not want to go back to earth. What a view! What a price-$537,000!

1001 United Street is a five block walk to the restaurants and nightlife on upper Duval Street such as LaTeDa and 915 among many. South Beach is located at the end of Duval, but you could as easily walk to Higg's Beach or Rest Beach in about the same time-maybe ten minutes. The shops, gyms, and neighborhood hangouts on White Street are a five minute walk to the east.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and accompanying listing photos of this property. Better yet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a private showing. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West.


FloridaAG said...

This is an interesting property. I saw this property a few weeks ago when Kent was doing an open-house as I live in the neighborhood and was curious. I think you are getting a lot of property for the price and it is a good location. I think it needs a good amount of work. The staircase (the interior staircase) is very steep and uncomfortable. The master bath's shower is really bizarre as it is up 5 or so really steep steps in the bathroom, it is like the reverse of a lot of cistern showers I have seen.

The loft are you reference is only accessible from that spiral staircase as is the widow walk and it is really steep as well. I was the only one in our group of 4 who was hardy enough to climb to the top. How do they get furniture to that loft area? Hoist it up? The low ceiling in that half was also interesting as I am pretty short. The outdoor bathroom facing United was interesting as well.

The light in the downstairs area is very nice. As I said, I think it is a lot of house for the money and the right buyer will really enjoy it. Need to be able-bodied and not scared of heights.

Gary Thomas said...

Dear AG, Thanks for your comments. The spiral staircase is a challenge for a lot of reasons. The view up high is great but not everyone will have the nerve to climb the stairs.



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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.