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Monday, March 5, 2012

821 Southard Street - Old Town - Key West

821 Southard Street, Key West, Florida - 1965

821 Southard Street, Key West, Florida - March 2012

821 Southard Street has a very calming affect on me each time I show the house. It reminds me of my grandmother's house. It is to comfy-cozy. It sits high up off the ground. The house sits back from the street protected by a white picket fence. Two giant palms flank the house to provide cooling shade in the hot afternoon sun. The porch runs the width of the house where an owner could sit and watch the world pass by.

The front door enters directly into the living room which runs from front to the back of the house. Every time I have been to this home the rear French doors have been opened and my view has always been drawn to the beautiful rear deck. The master bedroom is located on the right side of the house. A second bedroom is on the left rear side, just off the dining area. The kitchen is located at the right rear. The kitchen has large windows that look out onto the covered rear deck. If I owned this home, I replace the windows and create a serving bar type of arrangement. The current owner recently added a second bath in the rear bedroom located just off the rear deck. This bedroom has a tall vaulted ceiling and might make an excellent master suite.

Rear Bedroom with vaulted ceiling

821 Southard Street is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house of 1526 sq. ft. that sits on a large 5400 sq. ft. lot (54'wide x 100' deep). The present garden is lush and dense. There is a great view of the steeple of a nearby church and the giant trees in other yards create a grand view from the covered rear deck. There is no pool, but there is plenty of room to install one. There is a small cottage at the right rear of the garden. Perhaps that cottage could be transformed into a cabana or a poolside bar. Oh, and look at the photos below. If you used the rear bedroom as the master suite, wouldn't it be just wonderful to wake up in the morning and look out to that garden. CLICK HERE to view more photos of the property in a slide show format.

Ample room beyond deck for a good sized pool

Perhaps a potential cabana or pool bar

The listing Realtor describes the property:
"Picture perfect one level cottage with three bedrooms, three baths on a large 5400 square foot lot with offstreet parking. This very charming home is filled with light and features an open floor plan with tall ceilings and wood floors. The very large living/dining room opens through french doors to a covered porch, deck and generous sized back yard with plenty of room to add a pool. In addition there is an outbuilding for storage or would make a great pool cabana."
CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view listing photos of this property. 821 Southard Street is offered at $995,000.

If you would like to see 821 Southard Street or any other property in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.

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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.