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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

1509 17th Street - Key West Casual Elegance

If you have been dreaming about buying a second home in Key West but are getting discouraged by the high prices, the new Preferred Properties listing at 1509 17th Street may surprise you at how much house you can buy for such a reasonable price.  The listing Realtor describes this Mid Century Home as:
"From the great curb appeal to the attention to detail, this home has the qualities one wants in a home. The spacious layout of 2,500 sq.ft. includes a living room and den plus an open kitchen with granite counters and modern appliances. The Florida room opens to the large pool and patio area which is surrounded by lush foliage. The master suite features a walk in closet and master bath with a steam shower plus two additional guest rooms and baths. Other important features include custom built-in book cases, crown moldings, storm shutters, a new roof in 2009, outdoor speakers, a large pantry, 2 zone central a/c and it's located in a quiet, pretty, residential Key West neighborhood."

The house is located about four blocks from the east end of the Island of Key West just off Flagler Avenue.  CLICK HERE for a GOOGLE aerial view of the location. On a normal day or night you ought to be able to get to Old Town within seven minutes buy car.  I found a photo taken in the 1920s that shows what the eastern end of Key West looked like back than.
Today some of the most expensive homes on the island are located on the nearby Riviera and Sunrise Canals. In the 1950s and 1960s young professionals moved to the eastern end of the island as an alternative to the old houses in the downtown area of Key West before "historic" homes were considered chic. Today many of the the homes in the area have been updated to provide a new, gentile place to enjoy with wonderful Key West weather and laid back lifestyle. The home at 1509 17th Street is one of the prettiest homes in the area.
Upon entering the house you note that as presently configured, the living spaces have a more traditional layout and feel as compared to more recent construction. Individual rooms include a music room that opens into the living room that is bounded by bookshelves.

Off to the right one bedroom is currently used as an office. That room is quite large compared to bedrooms in newer built homes. The walk-in closet is one of several in this home.
A nearby second bedroom provides room for the kids, grandparents, or occasional guest.
The master bedroom with en-suite bath and huge walk-in closet is located at the rear of the home.  This room is gorgeous and sophisticated.
The Florida room, kitchen, and informal dining area occupy the majority of the rear part of the house. Two large air conditioned pantry rooms provide lots of storage as well. 
The pool and rear garden will sell this house if you had any reservation. The pool is large and gets the right amount of sun for the perfect Key West tan. The pool is large enough to really take a swim and not just sip a cocktail.  There is plenty of room poolside for lounging and dining in sophisticated surroundings.  CLICK HERE to view more photos of this beautiful Key West property.

1509 17th Street is offered at $699,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet for more detailed information. Better yet please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing at your earliest convenience. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This home is priced to sell.

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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.