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Saturday, September 21, 2013

310 Amelia Street ~ Key West ~ Bank Owned

The Bank Owned home at 310 Amelia Street in the Bahama Village area of Key West was listed 47 days ago by a fellow Realtor. This three bedroom/two bath house with pool and off street parking was built new (not remodeled nor updated) in 2001.  It has 1548 sq ft of living space under air plus a prominent front porch for people watching and an extra-large rear loggia that wraps around the rear side of the home. And it is Bank Owned and is offered for sale at $749,000 CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:

"This three Bedroom and two bath newer construction home in the Historic District was built by a builder for a builder. Large lot with heaps of off-street parking, a large in-ground pool, enormous master suite and two zone AC." 

Locals and returning vacationers will recall that the Bahama Village was undergoing quite the renaissance a decade ago when housing prices in Old Town reached a point that spurred buyers to consider less costly parts of town to buy, remodel, or build new. The beautiful house on the corner was built new during that time as well. A lovely home across the street was stylishly updated and a pool added to that property. And 310 Amelia Street was built new. It incorporated all the new Florida building code requirements adopted after Hurricane Andrew hit south Florida (not Key West) a couple of years earlier.
The main floor great room is open and inviting. French doors at the rear of the kitchen provide easy access to the rear deck and pool area or the second floor bedrooms. There is a built in breakfast bar that provides informal dining space whilst the cook makes prepares a meal in the large kitchen. Note the dishwasher and microwave oven were removed. A new owner might just update all appliances and give the space a total new look. That's not necessary but it might make sense.
There are two bedrooms that share a single bath on the second floor. The east bedroom has immediate access via a pocket door. The west bedroom has access via door in the hallway. Note that both bedroom ceilings appear to look like the spaces may have been converted into bedrooms. That is not the case. I don't know the specifics of the design of this house, but I do know that our Historic Architectural Review Commission likes to see new construction that looks similar to, but not be a copycat of, other homes in an area. The bedroom and bath spaces work great and provide total privacy from the master bedroom that is located off the great room in the rear section of the home.
 The little "dormer" off the backside of the second floor roof is the second floor landing. The dormer provides daytime light to the second floor bedrooms and adds a bit a architectural flair to the house as a whole.
I attended a Christmas party in this home several years ago. I recall that the master bedroom suite (above) included a mini living area as well. This room is huge and has lots of space for lounging or computing or whatever you do in your bedroom besides sleeping.
French doors open from the master suite onto the loggia that wraps the rear portion of this home. The owner has a private area away from the pool but close enough to keep an eye on the kids or grand kids. Oh, and did you notice there is a real pool and not a pretend pool?
I think this home might make a very good vacation rental.  The separation between the main floor master suite and the two upstairs bedrooms provides privacy. A family would have good separation between the parents and other family members. Or two or three couples traveling together would have the same separation. The issue then becomes who gets the big sexy master suite. The house is located just two blocks from Duval Street. The photo above shows the corner of Amelia and Duval Street - two blocks from this home. 310 Amelia Street is located within easy walking distance to Ft. Zach Taylor State Park and Beach or the South Beach at the end of Duval Street. LaTeDa, Banana Cafe, and Denny's are all within a couple blocks from Amelia. The rest of Old Town Key West is within an easy walk of pedicab ride.  Tourists will love it.

CLICK HERE to view the rest of the photos I took of this new listing.  After you have looked at the photos, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up an appointment to see 310 Amelia Street. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

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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.