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Friday, July 26, 2013

1421 Reynolds Street - The Casa Marina Area - Key West

Just listed, but not by me, 1421 Reynolds Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West.  Locals and frequent visitors to Key will likely recognize that this Mid Century home is located within a five minute walk to Higg's Beach and the Great Atlantic Ocean.  And it has easy access to the rest of Key West as well. The great thing about this three bedroom, two bath home is that it is move-in ready and it is priced at only $649,000. That beats the higher prices you'd expect for similar sized house in Old Town.  The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Lovely Mid-Century Modern three bedroom home in highly desirable Casa Marina neighborhood. Beautifully maintained terrazzo floors, sleek lines and simplicity are hallmarks of the Mid-Century style. Renovated kitchen, open floor plan living room and central air conditioning are recently added conveniences. Great outdoor spaces and room for a pool on this large tropical lot. Entry courtyard provides privacy and relaxation. The 310 square foot screened covered porch not included in the under air square footage but could be easily enclosed. Off-street parking with carport provides convenient parking for at least 2 vehicles. An Adorable Casa Marina Treasure."
Even the newer areas of Key West are not always "new".  The house at 1421 Reynolds Street was built in 1958.  I didn't have to dig all that deep into the old shoebox to find a photo of the house as it appeared fifty some years ago. Today the house sits behind a six foot fence that protects the view from the street. This is typical of many homes in the Casa Marina Area. I do think it looks better today, however.  In fact all of Key West looks better today. There are trees and lush vegetation all over the island. Lots of tourist dollars has made it possible for our little city to provide great amenities for locals and tourists alike.  And things get better each year.  And little houses like this one on Reynolds Street, and the people that own, are the beneficiaries of all the tourist revenue.
The nearly 1100 sq ft house is a ranch with three bedrooms and two baths. The interiors have been updated to compliment the original design which included Terrazzo floors that shine. A new contemporary kitchen was added along with new sliding doors that open out to two different covered outdoor living areas. The property has off street parking at front and, I believe, room for a pool at the rear.
The former carport is now one covered outdoor living area and a covered and screen enclosed porch serves the backyard area. I think there is room for a pool here.  Of course, you could save the cost of building a pool by walking the four blocks to Higg's Beach and the ocean just four blocks to the south.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datashteet on this property. Or better yet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this house. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. I live in the Casa Marina Area and love it for its convenience and quiet. I work almost all the time so I don't get to use the beach like I used to, but the proximity is truly a plus when guest are in town. If you have a dog, doggie park is located across the street from Higg's Beach. Your pooch can meet new friends and you can meet new friends as well.


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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.