When I looked at the house I could not tell that if the home was newer construction or a renovation because almost everything except so interior finishes was new. I thought to myself 'this is good'. I love old school but I know that new construction or a quality renovation makes means long term maintenance and annual upkeep less expensive. I learned that the hose was in fact a superior renovation of an older home that sat at the rear located on Truman Avenue with a giant rear yard. Then I remembered this home became part of a redevelopment of the entire parcel. In order to circumvent Key West strict new building codes, the new project was redeveloped as land based condominiums which allowed the developer to build houses on much smaller lots than land use laws would require. Since this home already existed, it became a part of the condo development but as as far as I could determine, it has nothing to do with the other units other than be a perfunctory member of the very limited condo association.
I looked on the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and note that 1008 Packer was shown on the 1899 map. That means it was built prior to that date. I then looked into the old shoebox and found a grainy 1965 photo that shows the house as it existed then. As I said when I entered the house in 2013 I thought it was newer construction. It's not. It is really good renovation of a solid older home. What you see in the black and white photo bears nothing to what exists on the inside today and the exterior has new porches and decks that totally change the look of the old.
The living area is quite informal and flows right back to the kitchen. The front door enters into this room, but I'll bet you enter through the French doors off the pool side. The transom over the front door was added for a bit of pizazz. It worked. A set of French doors in the living area open out to the sun deck. Dade County Pine walls help remind you that this an old house even if it has all the conveniences of being nearly brand new. A window wall and crisp white crown molding are employed to add both light and tone down the impact of the old Dade County Pine walls. Note also the use of recessed ceiling lights throughout the house. Lamps are used as accent pieces and not as necessities.
CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of this really lovely home. (Click on any photo to enlarge.) And, take two minutes to view the YouTube video below.