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Monday, October 1, 2012

3611 Flagler Avenue - Key West

3611 Flagler Avenue is a recently listed single family home plus guest cottage located in the new town area of Key West. This property was built in 1963 and has been continuously maintained. The place almost looks like new. The home and guest cottage sit on a 10,000 sq ft lot (100' x 100') behind a privacy wall and lush vegetation that shields the property from the street. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Lovely home on 10,000 sq. ft. of land surrounded by mature foliage, fully fenced &; discretely tucked behind a concrete block wall. This property has been lovingly cared for &; scrupulously maintained by the Owners for decades. The main home is a concrete block split level 2 bedroom/2 bath with tile floors, large living room, lots of windows, separate dining area, central air &; a wine cellar/storage/ workshop area under the house. There is a covered outdoor dining area overlooking the pool. The guest house is a 2/1 with a large screened porch also overlooking the pool. Privacy at every turn; an unexpected hidden oasis with plenty of room for family &; friends. Close to the beaches &; Gulfside shopping but still just a bike ride to Old Town."
All I can say is that the agent got it right. I went to view the house not expecting a lot. Boy was I wrong.  I have been in a lot of houses and I usually notice little things (or sometimes big things) where owners let problems fester. I didn't see issues here.  I saw a house that has been properly cared for. A new owner may want to swap out kitchen cabinets or update the bathrooms. But neither remodel job would make this house any more livable or make it function any better. That's because what you see is not broken and does not need to be fixed.When "bargain" shoppers search for houses to buy, they often assume they will need to spend more money to redo a place, replace a roof, replace windows or doors, add a pool, etc. Those little projects can add up to substantial amounts of money. Building records show upgraded electric service, pool, new shutters and new roof in the past ten years or less.  That will mean a substantial savings to a buyer who might have to add or replace those items in a different property.
The original front entry is no longer used. Instead, entry is now located at the rear which is an elevated porch area that overlooks the pool and rear garden. This arrangement provides more usable living space to accommodate the grand piano in the living room. But there is plenty of space inside this area for lots of furniture and memorabilia.  The dining area is located off to the side of the kitchen which opens into the dining area.  The natural give-and-take set up creates and inviting atmosphere where food and drink can be shared.
A small riser of three stairs topped by Cuban tiles and set off by delicate wrought iron rails leads to the upper level where there are two bedrooms and two baths.
Front Bedroom
Rear Bedroom with Pool View
 The guest cottage sits to the left rear of the parcel. Like the main house, the guest cottage has a covered outside porch that overlooks the sunny pool. This area is protected from the house view just a bit by more tropical foliage. Adjacent is a screened porch. The living area in the cottage is quite spacious and super clean as well. The kitchen is located on the far wall and has all the essentials. There are two bedrooms and one bath in this cottage plus it has a laundry room. This is a fine place for a real mother-in-law or about to be emancipated minor who needs his or her own space. (If I let a relative use this space, I'd charge about $1500 per month which is about the going rate for something like this.)
You just have to see this beautiful sunny pool. Wow! Could you get a great Key West tan basking here. The pool is a real pool, not some imitation of a pool like you often find in a small cramped yard in Old Town. CLICK HERE to view a slide show of photos I took of this home.
3611Flagler Avenue is offered at $587,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Better than that, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to arrange a private showing of this really comfortable Key West property.  This is really nice home that will appeal to a wide audience of buyers. I am a buyer agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.


sofia marielle said...

I like the place and the pool as well it looks very pleasing.

Sofia of philippines properties said...

Gosh, I haven't been to the Conch Republic in a while. Maybe it's time for a long weekend. Do you find many short term rentals who would allow a pet?

Gary Thomas said...

Chris, A lot of property owners in Key West are very pet friendly. Some rentals do permit pets while others do not. Those that do often require an additional pet deposit.


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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.