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Friday, January 18, 2013

627 Southard Street - Old Town - Key West

Location! Location! Location!  Those are the words Buyers, Sellers, and Realtors live by. And the house at 627 Southard Street in Key West certainly has a prime location.  Its nearby neighbors are big expensive homes. It is within easy walking distance to many Old Town favorites like Faustos Food Palace, Sarabeth's, Five Brothers, Michales, etc. Duval Street and the Historic Key West Seaport are only a few minutes away by foot. The house has just been totally renovated and is now offered for sale at the asking price of $1,995,000.

The listing Realtor describes this freshly renovated three bedroom home this way:
"Nestled in the heart of Old Town, within walking or biking distance to everything Key West has to offer, you will find a true gem! This prestigious residence has an accomplished top to bottom renovation. Fine craftsmanship, fine finishes and uncompromised quality. Astonishing reclaimed heart of pine flooring, trey and coffered ceilings, restored Dade County Pine, floor to ceiling doors and windows, antique reproduction hardware, award winning appliances, black walnut kitchen island, security cameras and alarm system. This elegant home is truly a Show Place, make it yours, there is still time to add your own personal touches. Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, large 12X20 pool with deck, two off street parking spaces."

I wrote about this property a couple of times during recent years. The first time was when it was offered as a short sale. The short sale went nowhere.  Then it became bank owned. I showed it the first day it hit the mls to two different buyers. So did a lot of agents in town. It sold immediately and the current owner was the successful bidder in a best and final offer scenario.

The property main floor had been previously taken down to the studs. The second floor was previously remodeled.  All of the previous remodel was removed. Everything on the inside is new. The end result is a beautiful renovation with lots of high end features and old Key West charm.

 The new renovated property is just beautiful. The front entry hall is so simple and yet it is so beautiful. Much of the house is refinished Dade County Pine. The floors are awesome - real wood, the kind you remember from your grandmother's house only prettier.  There is a guest bed and bath on the main level. Original windows were restored and offer rippled views of the big expensive homes across the street.  The first thing I noticed when I entered the open living area was the coffered ceiling. This architectural feature is amazing. It sets this house apart from so many other homes in Old Town. A bank of French doors span the back wall and  look out to the new pool and deck. The kitchen is in place. The appliances and counter tops will be installed shortly.

The owner  of 627 Southard did a renovation of another house which I blogged about. That completed kitchen is just "killer". Take a peak at it below and imagine something quite similar at 627 Southard Street.

Upstairs you will find a large second bedroom at the front of the house. This bedroom has an en-suite bath. A bonus feature is access to the second floor front porch which will be great for people watching.  Notice the intricate gingerbread peaking through the windows shown below.

The master suite is located at the rear. The master bath has an almost baroque feel about it - quite impressive.  There is a second floor rear balcony that looks down to the pool below. The pool photos were taken a week ago. The pool will be 'shot' next week and will probably be completed within two weeks.  The stairway from the original houses was removed and the new stairway gave the upstairs bedrooms more space, functionality, and an impressive wall architectural feature.

 627 Southard Street would make a great vacation rental. It has the look, the location, and all the amenities sophisticated vacation travelers want. Seriously!

The listing Realtor advises me that the house is racing toward completion. Depending on when an offer is accepted, a new buyer may have time to select certain finishes. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.  Better yet please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

I walked by this house earlier this week and wondered what was happening with it. Thanks for the update. It's quite a transformation from the "pit" it once was. Of course a transformation equals a heftier price! The location is fabulous though---in an area of KW where I would love to live.

Anonymous said...

Went to the open house yesterday and loved LOVED this home. It is beautiful.


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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.