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Friday, April 12, 2013

1305 - 1307 Petronia Street - The Meadows Area - Key West

Just listed, but not by me, the ever-so-delightful 1305-1307 Petronia Street compound located in the Meadows Area of Key West. I got the opportunity to view this new property a couple of days ago. I was surprised and impressed.  I had eyed and even photographed 1305 Petronia Street back in 2010 when I mentioned it in a blog I wrote about a similar house located on Windsor Lane.  First, let me show you a photo that shows how this property looked nearly half a century ago. Next you will see how it appeared in the Key West mls in 2005. Then look at the way it looked in 2010, and finally take gander at the new and completed facade in 2013.
1305 Petronia in 2005
1305 Petronia Street in 1965
1305 Petronia Street in 2010
1305 Petronia Street in 2013
The old black and white photo helps us see the house, built in 1906, appears to have been the original front cottage with a sawtooth addition followed by a more boxy rear addition at the rear. The 2010 photo shows an additional sawtooth addition and the emergence of a new two story structure at the rear. What I did not know was that the same owner would also renovate the house next door at 1307 Petronia Street. The two properties have been totally rebuilt from top to bottom and are now offered for sale at $2,400,000. The listing Realtor describes this dynamic duo as:
"Two totally renovated historic conch homes located in the very desirable meadows neighborhood. No expenses have been spared. Both homes boasts top quality kitchens, Ipe flooring both inside and out.Beautiful tropical gardens that are enlightened with exotic orchids & tropical trees along with ancient Balinese warrior statue that is complimented at night with landscape lighting. Both homes share a 10x20 pool. These homes are also wired with security cameras to monitor the property when it is vacant. There is off street brick parking. If you are looking for a manicured property this is the one."

1305 and 1307 Petronia Street have been combined into a compound of sorts. 1305 Petronia is used by the current owner as the main house and 1307 Petronia is used as a guest house for friends and relatives. The brightly colored house numerals at both properties suggest laid back houses. That's true to a point, but the interiors surprisingly sophisticated.

 The master and en-suite bath are located at the rear of the first floor. French doors lead to a private IPE deck that is bound by tropical foliage on two sides. Two more bedrooms each with en-suite bath are located on the second floor of the main house.
The "guest cottage" at 1307 Petronia Street is a fully contained house.  Downstairs you will find a proper foyer with stairway that leads to the second floor bedrooms. The living room is located just off the foyer. The dining room and kitchen are located at the rear of the main hallway.

The two bedrooms are located upstairs. The master bedroom has a nice sitting area where French doors open out to a sundeck. A spiral staircase leads down to the pool below. 

The pool sits behind the guest cottage. There is a lovely shaded orchid garden located between the two homes. The outdoor space is designed for low maintenance living.
i think 1305 and 1307 Petronia Street would make a great vacation rental. It has all of the amenities and style that sophisticated vacationers demand. It is near enough to the attractions in Old Town but far enough removed to provide a laid back Key West vacation experience

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos. You may also CLICK HERE to view other photos I took of this property.

To see this house or any other property for sale in Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. 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.