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Monday, October 21, 2013

1425 White Street - Key West Grand Estate

Long time readers of my blog might suspect the home shown above is located in Santa Barbara or La Jolla instead of Key West. And they would be wrong. Yes, the home is atypical for Key West.  It is in fact more reminiscent of an old Italian villa snuggled away from the world.  Although the house is only nine years old, the design  and lush landscaping suggests the property is much older. The softly faded exterior is emphasized by creeping vines that climb up the walls and over trellises and columns. The ochre colored walls blend harmoniously with the red barrel tile roof and seamlessly blend with the palms and tropical vegetation that surround this property. 
1425 White Street is located at the corner of White Street and Flagler Avenue in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. The lot totals 13,813 sq ft (92.5' facing White Street X 149.33 facing Flagler Avenue). According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser the house is 3369 sq ft. The property is now offered for sale at $2,000,000 or $594 per sq ft. The Atlantic Ocean is a four block walk to the South. Old Town is a five minute drive to the west or north. The Key West International Airport is seven minutes or so on a normal day.  And the worries of the world are forever enduring, but behind the double door arched entry, the worries disappear as you enter a truly remarkable Key West property. 
You gotta admit, the entrance is pretty damned impressive. And that's just the beginning of what you will see in this remarkable property which the listing Realtor describes as:
"Unique and elegant, walled and landscaped for the utmost privacy sits this luxurious estate on a double corner lot. 3 bedrooms, 2,5 baths and an office in the main house and a separate guesthouse. The impressive front gate opens to a beautiful pathway leading to the front entrance, a 2 car garage and additional off-street parking. Outstanding kitchen equipped with all gourmet appliances includes a Wolf stove, Subzero fridge, two Bosch dishwashers, a drawer fridge and custom cabinets. Large rooms, huge great room and 16' ceilings. Polished hardwood floors. Split floor plan for privacy. Gracious outdoor living includes a beautiful pool and hot tub, covered porches and gardens. The roof is barrel tile. A most elegant & private retreat."
Once you are inside the property you notice the rich Cypress wood that sets off the portico leading to the front door. You also become immediately aware that all of the doors and windows are painted black and that all are variations on paladin windows. Much of the architecture and interior hallways features the similar curved arches.  All interior walls feature Venetian plastering. Some rooms also include tromp loy finishes such as the arched wall in the living room shown below. Rich rosewood floors are another feature of the house. Travertine marble is used in other areas.
While this house looks old on the outside, the interiors are laid out with a modern take on American life in the early 21st Century. In the old days rooms were partitioned off into various functions. Today and especially in this house the rooms seem to flow from one use to another. While the house has a very grand feel, it is also functional.  The kitchen features Kraftmade Cabinets, a Wolff range, Subzero refrigerator, and rich appointments everywhere. Doors open out from the kitchen to an outdoor dining area to the east. Doors from the adjacent dining - family room open out to the covered loggia or portico that overlooks the pool. 
The west wing of the house includes two guest bedrooms which share a Jack and Jill bath, the most incredible laundry room I have ever seen, and the double car garage. The two bedrooms have French doors that open out to the pool area. If you look at the above photos you will notice the doors and trim all of which are painted with a superior deep black finish that is absolutely PERFECT. The finish is the very best I have ever seen anywhere.  Seriously!
French doors off the master bedroom lead to the east garden area and the glass door in the master bath leads to the spa and pool.  Two large walk-in closets are another feature of the master suite. 
The guest cottage is located at the front part of the property. It has a wet bar for making cocktails and coffee, but it is not equipped as a kitchen.  There is a large closet and a very large bath with tumbled marble walls and French doors that open out to the pool.

I took a lot of photos of this incredible property which you can see if you CLICK HERE.  Take some time and go through the photos and imagine what a grand life you could lead if you lived here.  This house sits empty now. It has been that way for some time. It needs a new owner.
I realize that this house does not look like the typical old Conch house with a white picket fence that almost everybody associates with Key West. That and the previous much higher asking price of $2,700,000 are probably the two biggest factors this property has not sold. The new price of $2,000,000 is probably beyond the means of many people reading today's blog. But for that small group of buyers that can purchase a property like this, I would suggest you take a look. The property is listed at a price much lower than when it was purchased. The property is vacant and needs someone to take care of it.  If this would not be a full time residence, I think a new owner could very successfully rent this as a vacation rental.  
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. And then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. You just might get over the Conch cottage thing and fall in love with this big and truly impressive Key West property. I did.

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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.