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Monday, August 19, 2013

1307 Petronia Street - The Meadows Area - Key West, Florida


1307 Petronia Street is a sophisticated update of a house that was built a century ago. The house was built sometime between the 1899 and 1912 edition of the Sanborn Fire Maps. The Sanborn Maps help us date the construction dates of older Key West homes because county records were destroyed by fire.  (The maps actually served their purpose in this regard.)  I found a black and white photo taken of the house in 1965 (below). I took a similar photo that shows the same house five decades later. This home looks so much nicer today, don't you think?
The simple architecture has not varied much, and that is the way it is supposed to be. The inside has pretty much the same original flow, however, the entire house has been updated from top to bottom and front to back.  Every part of this home is crisp and clean and ready for a new owner.

The white picket fence and demure front porch provide the perfect perch for people watching on Petronia Street which is a not-so-busy one-way street.  1307 Petronia Street does not have an off street parking space but that is not a problem as this is a block of single family homes with no nearby commercial or multi-family properties.
Sometimes old houses get newfangled layouts which move living spaces and bedrooms to odd places. This house is not one of those. Instead, 1307 Petronia Street still has the formal foyer followed by a long entry hall that leads from front to rear. The living room is located to the right just off the entry. The living room includes a new media center and built in bookcase. New floors were added throughout the house. Many of the rooms have recessed lighting.
The traditional room layout continues with the polished stairway.  The dining room is located just to the rear of the hall. The dining area flows into the kitchen. One of three bedrooms is located to the right rear of the house on the main floor. The other bedrooms are located on the second floor.
The two guest bedrooms share a spacious bath. The rear bedroom has the added advantage of having  a sitting area and immediate access to the rooftop sundeck and spiral staircase that leads down to the swimming pool.
1307 Petronia Street is offered by Terry Garcia at SBX Realty at $1,395,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.  I'd appreciate it if you would contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a tour of this beautiful Meadows area home.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.



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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.