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Saturday, December 1, 2012

1214 Varela Street - Old Town - Key West

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, but not by me, 1214 Varela Street in the Old Town area of our island city. The listing Realtor describes this charming home and guest cottage this way:
"In 2002, this home underwent a total renovation down to the frame, transforming it in to one of the most sophisticated elegant two story Conch homes with a new 2 story guest house adjacent to Knowles Lane. When you enter the front you are greeted by a dramatic, elegant living spaces, with truly one of the best kitchens. Large folding glass doors open the inside out to the lanai and pool. On the opposite side of the pool is the 2 story guest house with full bath. On the second level there is an oversized master suite with a hallway of wood and glass closets, leading to an outstanding master bath and terrace. Reclaimed Dade County Pine throughout. Off Street parking on Varela and Knowles Lane. This home was used on House Hunters."

The Realtor of course is referring to HGTV's House Hunters where a couple looked at three competitively priced homes in the Old Town area. The couple ultimately picked another home; that is a story for another blog.  This home which was then priced at $2.595,000, went unsold. The new asking price is $1,895,000.

Upon entering this home you know you have arrived at a special place where living is done with style and grace. Without offending anyone, the original house was neither stylish nor graceful.  It was a large house that sat on very large yard (6218 sq ft)  had been previously been used as a Montessori school among other uses. There was an existing out building at the rear that was accessed off Knowles Lane. Knowles Lane is a cute little Old Town lane with smaller houses and cottages.  The 1214 Varela Street lot was wide enough for both the cottage and parking.

I housed many open houses at this property several years ago before any renovation occurred. I remember extolling the virtues of this big old lady that had a solid build and a big back yard. (Pardon me to any women readers who might be offended. I didn't get to participate in the sale of this property, but it did sell and the new owner undertook a substantial renovation of the home.

The present home now includes a first guest room (used as an office) on the front right, a guest bath on the front left, a center hall that leads to the combined living, dining, and kitchen areas at the rear. The entire second floor is the master suite complete with sitting area, bed chamber, luxurious master bath, custom closets even the Real Housewives of Miami would envy, plus a private roof top sun deck.

The covered lanai the listing Realtor mentions is just wonderful. Having lots of doors and windows that open and invite our wonderful sunshine and clean fresh air inside the home is part of the reason all of us expatriates from America come to Paradise to live. This particular home has this gracious lanai, secluded pool and garden which seemingly combine the indoor living areas into the outdoor spaces.

Just beyond the pool is the two story guest cottage which has two bedrooms and a shared bath. The combined living areas for both buildings is 3158 sq ft.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls database and to see the listing photos of this wonderful Key West home. Better than that, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this property. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place 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.