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Thursday, October 25, 2012

1411 Petronia Street - The Meadows Area of Key West


 The modified Eyebrow House at 1411 Petronia Street was built circa 1896. I dug deep into the old shoe box and found a photo of the house as it appeared in  1965 - see below and then followed by a photo taken this morning.


I wrote about this property a couple of years ago when it was offered as a short sale. I had a friend who lived here so I was very familiar with the odd layout of the house as it used to be. Whenever I showed the former house I would tell prospective buyers things they could do to improve the place. The house property eventually was sold. and the new owner thoughtfully redesigned the house by re-purposing the old rooms into new uses that work with how we live in Key West. When I first walked into the renovated house my jaw dropped!

I had stood in the middle sawtooth addition to the original small eyebrow house many times and told potential buyers what they might do to the property to make the space more functional. Buyers often imagine huge costs and horrendous contractor experiences (too much HGTV home remodel nightmares). The new owner did what I imagined by removing an interior wall between the former kitchen and bathroom located at the rear of the house. A bank of sliding doors is now the rear wall in the kitchen through which the chef and guests can view the  lush tropical pool. The kitchen easily merges into the newly redesigned living area with vaulted ceiling.

The new owner fixed what had been the problem with the house for years by reassigning the use of the front two rooms in the house, both of which were ill conceived and dysfunctional bedrooms. The front door of the original house opened into what was the original living room. That space was later used as the main floor bedroom. A prior renovation added a stairway to the second floor which made the space clumsy and almost too small for a bed. Besides, who wants to enter a home by going in the bedroom? There was another small bedroom suitable for a crib or may usable as an office. The new owner redirected the stairway to the east side of the house where the main entry was relocated forevermore. The crib room was divided and became two new bathrooms. The front bath is en-suite to the bedroom. A second guest bath has entry off the living room which is the main sawtooth addition in the middle.

The upstairs was tweaked and spaces that were funky became ever so inviting. I could not have ever imagined the bathroom in that house could look as wonderful as it became. The door in the middle of the upper bedroom opens out to the  second floor porch that overlooks quiet Petronia Street. I could just imagine how restful it would be to sit there late at night listening to not much of anything.


The new owner cleaned up years of neglect around the pool area. The deck was replaced and an awning added. New tropical plants were added. Two large coconut palms on either side of the pool and the large canopy of trees in the neighboring yard frame the view as if it were a piece of art. It is picture perfect.


I took more photos which you can see if you CLICK HERE. 1411 Petronia Street is offered for sale at $949,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to view the listing photos.


1411 Petronia Street is located three blocks east of White Street. It's a long walk or a quick bike ride over to Duval Street or the Seaport. Most of the island's gyms and yoga studios are located within a few blocks which makes it an easy walk to do your daily exercise routine. Bayview Park is a couple of blocks to the south. The city's bandstand and public tennis courts are located there as well. This is a very nice and comfortable neighborhood where most of the homes have been updated. While this home does not have off street parking, parking is not a problem here. Most of the houses are single family and there are no commercial activities competing for on street parking. I do believe this home would make a wonderful vacation rental. It has everything a vacation renter could want.


If you would like to see this nifty home, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida. If you snooze on this, you will lose and that is a fact. This is a real buying opportunity.

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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.