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Monday, November 18, 2013

1417 Catherine Street - Key West

The stunningly simple and ever-so-clean single family home located at 1417 Catherine Street is located in the Arts District of Key West. This home first appeared in the Sanborn Fire Maps for 1912; however, none of the houses in this area were shown in the earlier additions. One might assume no houses were located in this area, but I think there were houses and that the map maker did not place them.
When you arrive the piercing green (almost black) shutters offer a distinct counterpoint to the crisp white clapboard siding of this charming cottage.  I dug deep into my old shoebox and found a photo of the home taken in 1965. Compare the way it looked nearly fifty years ago from how it looks today.  It almost looks the same, except it got better.
The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home this way:
"Charming Conch Pearl of a home in a wonderful and quiet old neighborhood. Meticulously restored, upgraded and maintained. Two bedrooms, bathroom, living room. Kitchen and dining room, both completely redone and modernized,open through French doors to the patio, pool and workshop/laundry. All doors and kitchen window have retractable screens. Magical covered outdoor living area embraced by lush tropical landscaping w/irrigation system, outdoor shower, private decked patio, and heated pool. Off-street bricked-parking for one vehicle. Deceivingly modest from the street, this charmer is a MUST-SEE to appreciate!"

The living room and two bedrooms are located at the front of this home. The bath is located opposite the second bedroom which has a great cedar lined closet.  The real living area, like most in the Old Town environs, is located at the rear where the kitchen, dining, and informal living spaces blend with the covered lanai that overlooks the pool.

The lanai currently has an old fashioned swing on one side and a hammock on the other.  There's a place for outdoor dining, and sunning by the pool.  There is also an outdoor shower located adjacent to the rear cottage that houses the washer and dryer and also provides some additional storage. The backyard is both sunny and private but provides covered shady spots as well. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this super Key West home.
1417 Catherine Street is offered for sale at $649,900. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.  Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties 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.