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Saturday, September 1, 2012

1208 Von Phister Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West

1208 Von Phister Street - Key West
 1208 Von Phister Street was just listed by Preferred Properties, that's where I work but this is not my listing. The Monroe County Property Appraiser records show that this 780 sq ft house was built in 1938. Methinks the records are in error. The house has two bedrooms, one bath, and has been updated. A new owner could pretty much move right in. The house sits on a good sized lot that measures 49' x 93' (4563 sq ft) one-half block east of White Street and one block north of Flagler Avenue in the Casa Marina area of Key West.

The Casa Marina area was mostly barren land with streets but few houses until after World War II.  The aerial photo below shows only a few houses in the area when the photo was taken in the 1920s.  And since few houses were being built anywhere in the United States during the Great Depression, I think it's safe to the house as 1208 Von Phister Street was more thank likely built either before the Depression or soon after World War II ended as were many of the other houses in the area.

In June 2011 I wrote about the beautiful home directly across the street at 1205 Von Phister (photo below) that was owned by designer Debra Yates. CLICK HERE to read that blog. The Yates' house looked quite similar to 1208 Von Phister Street before it and the grounds were transformed into a lush tropical paradise. Maybe the next owner of 1208 Von Phister Street will do something creative as well.

1205 Von Phister Street
Think of 1208 Von Phister Street  as a nearly blank canvas save for the house that sits there and the edge of the canvas which are the lot lines. Look at the photos below and imagine how you could "draw inside the lines" to create your own designer paradise, just like Debra Yates did across the street.

First, you might install a white picket fence across the front of the property. Or you might insulate the house by putting up one of the privacy fences many in the Casa Marina area have done. The lot already has off street parking on the left. You might install an electronic gate  as well.

The sunny back yard is a very large space with plenty of room for a pool plus outdoor living area. You might decide to blow out the rear wall of the house and open the kitchen onto a covered outdoor living area overlooking the pool and gardens.  I can tell you from experience that you can plant almost anything in the ground here and watch it grow. CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of photos I took of the outside of the property.

The existing house size and lot size would accommodate  a larger house and a pool.  Not all buyers want to undertake renovation and expansion. But if you do, the space is available. And the great thing about this property is the large side yard on the east side which ought to make contractor access to the rear much easier (and less costly).  CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to see listing photos of the interior of 1208 Von Phister Street which is offered at $595,000.

If you would like to see 1208 Von Phister Street in person, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. I live in this neighborhood. I would like love to 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.