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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Price Reduction - 1208 Von Phister Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West

1208 Von Phister Street - Key West
 The listing Realtor describes 1208 Von Phister Street as a:
"Great 2/1 Conch cottage in a desired neighborhood. Lush tropical landscaping surrounds this spacious lot with more than enough room in the backyard for a large pool. There's also a large covered front porch to enjoy the island breezes. The property has off street parking that can more than accommodate two vehicles. Lots of outdoor living space! Close to beaches, restaurants, and shopping! Must see!"

The Casa Marina area was mostly barren land with streets but few houses until after World War II.  The aerial photo below shows only a few houses in the area when the photo was taken in the 1920s.  And since few houses were being built anywhere in the United States during the Great Depression, I think it's safe to the house as 1208 Von Phister Street was more thank likely built either before the Depression or soon after World War II ended as were many of the other houses in the area.

In June 2011 I wrote about the beautiful home directly across the street at 1205 Von Phister (photo below) that was owned by designer Debra Yates. CLICK HERE to read that blog. The Yates' house looked quite similar to 1208 Von Phister Street before it and the grounds were transformed into a lush tropical paradise. Maybe the next owner of 1208 Von Phister Street will do something creative as well.
1205 Von Phister Street
Think of 1208 Von Phister Street  as a nearly blank canvas save for the house that sits there now. Look at the photos below and imagine how you could "draw inside the lines" to create your own designer paradise, just like Debra Yates did across the street.

First, you might install a white picket fence across the front of the property. Or you might insulate the house by adding a privacy fence like many homeowners in the Casa Marina area have done. The lot already has off street parking on the left. You might install an electronic gate  as well.
The sunny back yard is a very large space with plenty of room for a pool plus outdoor living area. You might decide to blow-out the rear wall of the house and open the kitchen onto a covered outdoor living area overlooking the pool and gardens.  I can tell you from experience that you can plant almost anything in the ground here and watch it grow. CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of photos I took of the outside of the property.

The existing house size and lot size would accommodate a larger house and a pool.  Not all buyers want to undertake renovation and expansion. But if you do, the space is available. And the great thing about this property is the large side yard on the east side which ought to make contractor access to the rear much easier (and less costly).   CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and to see listing photos of the interior of 1208 Von Phister Street which just had a price reduction to $499,000.

If you would like to see 1208 Von Phister Street in person, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. I live in this neighborhood. I would love to help you find your new home in Paradise.


Anonymous said...

"Casa Marina Area"? Better to say near Casa Marina? Where is the line these days?

Anonymous said...

Really? Do we need to split hairs? What if I live on United near Margaret? Am I in Old Town or Casa Marina? Does it depend if I'm on the south side of United? What happened to One Human Family?

Gary - thanks for the blog. I love your insights.

Anonymous said...

United, both sides, is Old Town (south of Truman) in the area west of White. I agree that we are all one human family. But when you are asking someone to spend a wad of cash on a house or home, spliting hairs is important and necessary.

Anonymous said...


"The desirable Casa Marina district – bounded by the Atlantic Ocean to the East, White Street to the South, Vernon & Elizabeth Streets to the West and United Street to the North – got its name from Key West’s first “crown jewel” resort hotel."

But no worries - I prefer to tell people I'm in Old Town.

Anonymous said...

Really? No part of United is located in the Casa Marina district. It is true that areas south of United are in Casa Marina but United Street itself is located in the area known as Old Town south of Truman.


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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.