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Thursday, February 21, 2013

701 Washington Street - The Casa Marina Area - Key West

The asking price on 701 Washington Street in the premier Casa Marina Area was just reduced to $1,980,000. The listing Realtor describes this new buying opportunity thus:
"Motivated Seller just reduced the price of this sprawling Mission-style home, located in the desirable Casa Marina Area, near Louie's Back Yard and Dog Beach. Each bedroom suite has uniquely-styled bathrooms. The master suite has an adjoining sitting room and small office. The state-of-the-arts kitchen connects seamlessly with a butler's pantry and laundry room. In addition to a spacious living room and dining area, there is a magnificent wing, slated for billiards and entertainment, that overlooks the expansive salt-water pool that is heated and cooled. The grounds of the property feature specimen tropicals and Key West natives. A spiral staircase leads to a roof top deck for sunning and observation. Possible seller financing."
Buyers looking for a big house at a great price in a wonderful location should read on. The original home was built in 1959. The home was totally renovated over a two year period and was completed in 2009.

The renovation included all new natural stone and hardwood floors (except where original Cuban Tile was retained). Each of the four en-suite baths plus guest bath feature marble, granite, or onyx and designer bath fixtures. Suntubes were introduced to provide natural lighting into many areas of the home. Custom made eight foot mahogany bi-fold doors were added to the new game room which opens out to the pool area. Mahogany doors and windows, iron gates, and custom lighting were added throughout the house. The result is a gracious Spanish style home with with 3488 sq feet of indoor living space that sits on a 10,600 square foot lot just one block from the Atlantic Ocean.

There are several living areas including a formal living room, game room with vaulted ceiling, and a family room that is adjacent to the kitchen. The mahogany windows and doors in the living areas were custom made in Honduras and offer windstorm protection to to 155 mph. This will result in a huge discount for windstorm insurance.

Custom made mahogany windows and doors

The master bedroom suite is at the rear and includes a separate sitting room, office, bedroom and en-suite bath with sunken tub, shower, a regular closet and a cedar lined closet, and the necessities. The master suite is larger and much more plus than many condos near Old Town. A door opens from the master suite to a spa located just outside the door-the perfect spot for late night relaxation.

 Master Suite with sitting room

 One of the three guest bedrooms with en-suite bath

The house has a total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Each bedroom is large and unique in design. The bathrooms feature a variety of high bath fixtures, tiles, marble and other hard surface materials, and dramatic light fixtures.

The extra large and very sunny pool runs north and south and can be entered from the game room to the east, the family room to the west, or the master suite to the north. A spiral staircase provides access to the rooftop sundeck.

CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of photos of this wonderful Casa Marina home.

 Spa located off master suite
View from sundeck
 Vintage photo of Casa Marina Hotel

While they still may not putt on the grounds at the Casa Marina, the hotel is still an integral part of life in Key West. You can purchase a membership to the Casa Marina beach club and use the gym, spa, and beach as often as you want. I recently sold a home in the area to a doctor and his family who joined the club. They are delighted with the decision because it enhances the easy living lifestyle in the Casa Marina area.

If belonging to a club isn't your thing, nearby Higg's Beach is free. Doggie Beach and Louie's Backyard and the After Deck Bar one block away from 701 Washington Street. Salute` on the Beach is a much cheaper place to eat, and the views are always interesting. You can even walk over to Duval Street, it's just a couple of blocks to the west. Being able to go wherever you want whenever you want is priceless.

 Louie's Backyard and Doggie Beach

Higg's Beach

 Salute` on the Beach

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and view listing photographs. If you would like to see this property please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Reality, Inc. I live in the Casa Marina area and know how easy living can be there. Take the time to find out for yourself.

1 comment:

FloridaAG said...

Went to an open house a few years ago of this house. Pool and sun deck are pretty incredible. It is very nice. I thought the kitchen layout was the only negative of this home.


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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.