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Sunday, June 2, 2013

421 William Street - Old Town - Key West


The listing Realtor, not me, aptly describes 421 William Street as a Grand Dame.  They don't get much more grand nor much larger than this imposing (3392 sq ft) home located near the corner of William and Fleming Street in Old Town Key West. The Realtor more fully describes this new listing thus:
"Luxurious and elegant historic home located on prestigious William Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Large 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home, fully renovated with Dade County Pine walls, high ceilings and spacious, open-floor plan family room. Gorgeous chef's kitchen with wood cabinets, granite countertops and stainless steel Viking appliances. Large master bedroom suite with soaring cathedral ceilings and ensuite bathroom. Spacious guest bedrooms and comfortable guest suite with kitchenette and living room with separate entrance for privacy. Off-street parking, nice tropical yard with heated pool. High quality finishes throughout with wide moldings and beautiful wood floors. A Historic Grande Dame For The Discerning Buyer."

The original home was built in 1889.  I found an old photo of this home taken in 1965. The side stairway is not shown in that photo. The listing agent's remarks about the "comfortable guest suite with kitchenette and living room with separate entrance for privacy" explains the appearance of the side stairway. 
When this home was updated the formal entry was maintained but the opening to the front parlor was likely enlarged from a single door or parlor doors to a wider and more permanent opening.  The stairway proceeds on the left hand side of the front entry to the second floor landing. The parlor has Dade County Pine walls, crown moldings and a crystal chandelier that is reminiscent of a more grand style of living two centuries ago.
The formal dining room hearkens back two centuries as well. The parlor, dining room and entry hall are all part of the original house. A substantial addition was built at the rear where the informal living area and kitchen now exist.

All three bedrooms are located on the second floor. The master bedroom with cathedral ceiling and  en-suite bath are located at the rear of the house in the recent two story addition to the home. The master bedroom has a rear balcony that cantilevers over the pool and deck below. The other two bedrooms and baths are in the front part of the original home.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos. May I suggest that if you are a serious buyer and are looking for a most impressive property that you contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. 


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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.