This home has 1491 sq ft of living area on one floor. There are two bedrooms, two baths, a large living area, an even larger great room with combined kitchen, dining, and informal living space with two sets of French doors one that opens out to the private pool and covered porch and the other that opens to a bricked and decked garden area.
The first time I looked at the house I could not tell if the home was newer construction or a renovation because almost everything except some interior finishes looked new. I thought to myself 'this is good'. I love old our old houses, but I know that new construction or a quality renovation can reduce maintenance expense and insurance costs. I learned that this house was a superior renovation of an older home that sat at the rear very large land parcel located on Truman Avenue. 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 being a member of the condo association.
I looked on the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found 1008 Packer was shown on the 1899 map which means it was built prior to that date. I then looked into the old shoebox and found a grainy photo that shows how the house looked in 1965. As I said when I entered the house in 2013 I thought it was newer construction. It's not. It is a superior renovation of a solid older home.
The living area is quite informal and flows right back to the kitchen. The front door enters into this room. A stained glass window was added to the transom over the front door. It add height above the door to balance out the adjacent window. A set of French doors on the opposing wall 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. Note also the use of recessed ceiling lights throughout the house. Lamps are used as accent pieces and not as light providing necessities.
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CLICK HERE view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. 1108 Packer is offered at $865,000. please call me Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule your own personal viewing of this great Key West home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.