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Saturday, August 25, 2012

1123 Washington Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West (but not by me), 1123 Washington Street which is a Bahamian styled home newly constructed in 2002. The 1841 sq ft home sits on a quiet block in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West away from the honking scooters, slow moving Conch trains, and the noisy trolleys that clog many of the streets of Old Town. I live in this quiet and laid back neighborhood of homes built as far back as the 19th Century with others during the 21st Century. There is a comfortable mix of full time residents and part time residents who own second homes here.  As a resident of the Casa Marina area instead of watching an endless parade of tourists, you are more likely to see your neighbors walking their dogs or jogging in the morning.  I love Old Town, don't get me wrong. But I chose to live in the Casa Marina area because this part of town is quieter and much less congested.  And I can be anywhere in Key West in about five minutes time.

1123 Washington Street is a two story home built in the Bahamian style. Typically a Bahamian house is a wood framed house built on posts or piers with clapboard siding. It would have had large windows, doors, and high ceilings which would provide natural ventilation to cool the home in a time before there was air conditioning. The Bahama Shutters we see throughout Key West allowed air to flow through the shutters into the home but still permit privacy on the inside of  the home. The house at 1123 Washington Street re-thinks the Bahamian influence and adapts a practical usage of the space for modern living which now includes air conditioning. This home has what appears to be a sawtooth addition on the east side of the house (again, typical of many houses that were constructed and added onto over the years in Key West). This "addition" is where the master suite is located and that just happens to be off the tropical pool. Care for a late night skinny dip?

Second Floor Balcony with French Doors & Bahama Shutters  

Master Suite located next to Pool for Late Night  Dip 
Serene, Private, Seductive
The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Elegant Casa Marina 3/3 1/2 home built to resemble the Conch style homes of the 1800's. Entering the front door you are greeted by soring ceilings and french doors opening to the backyard pool and spa. There is a divided living room and cooks kitchen with a separate formal dining room. On the first floor there is a large en-suite master bedroom with a walk-in closet. On the second floor there are two large en-suite guest rooms with Terrace access overlooking the lush tropical entrance to the home. Bricked off street parking."

1123 Washington Street is listed at $1,279,000.  The house has 1751 sq ft of living space under air (not including covered porches) and sits on a large (4973 sq ft) lot. CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view listing photos. Serious house hunters know there just aren't very many nice three bed and three bath homes with beautiful pools that are located in good locations in Key West.

This home is convenient to everything. But for the most part it is really nice and quiet. You can bike to the gym or Fausto's Grocery on White Street in about two minutes. You can get to the airport in about five minutes by car. On July the 4th you can walk a couple of blocks to the beach to attend the annual Casa Marina picnic and later watch fireworks shot off at Higg's Beach. Throughout the year you could walk to Salute on the Beach for a cheap but ever so tasty dinner while watching sunset. On other nights you could walk to Louie's Backyard or the After Deck Bar for sophisticated dining. Key West is a great place to live. 1123 Washington Street is a house you can pretty much move right into. I'm confident you will love the neighborhood!
Fausto's on White Street
Higg's Beach before the tourists and locals are alive
After Deck Bar at Louie's Backyard

If you would like to see 1123 Washington Street, or any of the other houses on the list above, or any other house in Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties in Key West Florida.  Let me help you find your new home in Paradise.

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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.