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Saturday, December 14, 2013

1300 Virginia Street - Key West - Award Winning Restoration

Just listed, but not by me, 1300 Virginia Street, Key West. This 1223 sq ft home has just about everything a primary home or second home buyer seeks in a house in Key West - great renovation (it's got an award to prove it), great location (near everything), and an affordable price (who wouldn't love that?).  I dug down into the old shoe box and found a photo taken back in 1965 that shows 1300 Virgina Street and a photo of the two story house next door located at 1308 Virginia.
1300 Virginia Street was built in 1893 and substantially rebuilt and enlarged in 2004 when it received the Historic Florida Keys Gold Star for Excellence.  The 1300 block of Virginia sits across the street Bayview Park. I found the 1918 aerial map of the Bayview Park area. I added a graphic that shows where 1300 Virginia Street is located.
1300 Virginia St shown in 1918 aerial map of the Bayview Park area
1300 Virginia St noted in a 1970 photo of Bayview Park area
1300 Virginia Street shown in a 1999 aerial photo
 The listing Realtor describes 1300 Virginia Street Key West this way:
"Wonderfully renovated Conch house in the historic district. Bright and airy with cathedral ceilings and lots of windows. Beautiful wood floors through out. Great room addition on the rear opens to a peaceful covered deck, garden and outdoor shower. Kitchen has travertine floors and Silestone counters. The yard has automatic sprinklers and low voltage landscape light system, plus room for a pool. Plans on file. The new addition has impact windows and hurricane shutters for all other windows.Renovation earned the Florida Historic Star of Excellence Award. X flood zone!"
Some of the many features in this quality renovation and expansion include wind impact rated windows and doors in the new addition plus corrugated metal shutters for the remaining windows, historic metal shingles plus galvanized sheet metal (V-crimp) in the addition, limestone baths travertine in kitchen and laundry, custom made red oak cabinetry from Hansen & Bringle, plantation shutters, reclaimed Dade County Pine walls, silestone, granite, and marble counter tops in kitchen, guest and master baths, and central air plus heating.  I looked for, but did not find, any deferred maintenance.  This place looks like the renovation was just completed.

This 1223 sq ft home sits on a 3679 (45' x 81.75') corner lot just one block east of White Street.  The house is a traditional "cigar maker cottage" or "shotgun house" layout that has been modified by the new addition to the rear where there is now an office and new great room comprised of an open kitchen, living room, dining alcove, and laundry room. The living room ceiling soars and provides abundant light into the living areas.

So many times buyers feel they have to "settle for less" than they want when they purchase a home in Key West or they buy something they must spend additional money on to fix or make the house better.  This place needs nothing. Even though the renovations are nine years old, everything looks crisp and clean.  Nothing is "dated".  The only thing a new owner might choose to do is add a pool.  Architect drawn site plans exist for a 20' x 7' pool that could be located at the rear just off the existing covered rear porch and west of the small utility cottage and storage room.
CLICK HERE to see more photos of this house, the yard, and the neighboring properties.  The neighbors on the east and to the south own great properties that show a lot of pride of ownership.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet for more detailed info on 1300 Virginia Street which is offered at $749,000.

 If you would like to see 1300 Virginia Street or any other house in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.  If you buy this house you will have a home by Christmas next year. 


Anonymous said...


When does sales season get into full swing?

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anon, I think it is already in full swing.
The problem is we have a very low supply of houses. I do think there will be more properties listed in the next couple of weeks. Buyers have been in town looking and buying properties that are available in advance of a lot of new potential buyers who will set upon Key West just after Christmas.

If you look back at some of the properties I have written about in the past few weeks, you will see several went under contract within days of being listed.



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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.