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Monday, September 2, 2013

812 Fleming Street - Seafoam Condo #6 - Key West

One of the most interesting condos in Key West is offered for sale at the asking price of $400,000.  It is Unit #6 located on the top floor at 812 Fleming Street and has a front balcony that overlooks the gayest street in Key West. If you are a gay man or woman, of if you are just hip and love to be part of the action, this pied a tere may be the home of your dream or just the vacation getaway place you have been searching for.
September 2013
The Seafoam condos is a mixed use building with six residential condominiums and two commercial units that are located on the ground level front. Timmy Tuxedo occupies one spot and a doctor's office the other. Every time I go by Timmy Tuxedo I have to pause a moment and take in the windows. I always have a little chuckle when I see that sign. The commercial use are not disruptive to the residential owners.  The building itself was built circa 1906. It was renovated and converted into condominiums in 1980.  The one bedroom units are pretty much the same space-wise, but individual owners have tricked out the interiors to suit their individual needs.  Four units have balconies that overlook Fleming Street, but just two are located on the top floor. Unit #6 is the one that is the subject of today's blog.  And it is a doozy.
During renovation in 1980
The listing Realtor, not me, describes unit #6 this way:

"Wonderful Old Town condominium in beautiful condition and ready to move in. 9ft ceilings, Dade County pine walls and floors throughout and a great cathedral ceiling above the 200sf balcony overlooking Fleming Street. This third floor, one bedroom, one bath unit with 618 sf of living space is a true gem with tons of natural light. In the back yard there is a pool and private grounds. Seafoam Condominiums consists of eight condominiums & two commercial units."

This unit is move-in ready.  I have re-imagined what I would do to recreate the space and make the already large unit by Key West standards seem even larger.  If you look at the living room and kitchen you will see two different entrances into this units. All the units have them.  I would eliminate the kitchen door to provide more space in that room.  Likewise, there are two entrances into the bedroom. One is located at the far end of the living room near the entrance to the balcony. The other is off the hallway that leads to the bathroom and the bedroom. I personally think having two entrances is a bit unnecessary, especially since this is just a one bedroom unit.  And I really think that hallway is taking up a lot of very valuable real estate.  If I bought this unit I would do some room reconfigurations. Although neither is necessary, I would update the kitchen and bath and add a laundry. I would add a new split system air conditioner, and then I would have a little penthouse overlooking Fleming Street. None of what I suggest that I would do is necessary to be done.
Seafoam condos has a lovely pool  and small garden area at the rear. There is a shared coin operated laundry near the pool as well.

 812 Fleming Street is located hear everything.  The restaurants and attractions on Duval Street are located within a five minute walk.  Likewise, the Historic Key West Seaport is about a five minute walk as well. There are numerous neighborhood restaurants, two great bakeries, specialty shops and little art galleries withing a few blocks.  The good thing is that you can walk to just about wherever you want to go in Key West.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos. If you would like to see this place before it is gone, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in 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.