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Friday, February 28, 2014

415 Margaret Street - Key West

415 Margaret St in 1979
Wikipedia defines the grammatical term 'present perfect' as a  combination of the present tense and the perfect aspect used to express a past event with present consequences.  The Old Island Restoration Foundation awarded a Ceramic Star for the renovation and preservation of 415 Margaret Street in Old Town Key West. This is an excellent example of present perfect in my opinion.

Roger Emmons at Truman and Company, the listing Realtor, describes his present perfect listing at 415 Margaret Street:
"This is one of those very special homes where all of the elements come together to create an incredible setting for the perfect Key West lifestyle. The home is a beautiful combination of historic restoration and superior renovation with a wonderful floor plan that includes three ensuite bedrooms including the master suite which is located in a private wing overlooking the landscaped gardens and 40 foot pool. At the rear of the property is a spacious guest cottage complete with living room, kitchen, bedroom and secluded hot tub. Thoughtful details include large shady porches, Chicago brick patios and pathways that meander through the tropically landscaped gardens. Very private with off-street parking."
 Bricked Off Street Parking

 Gracious Front Porch that Wraps Around the House

 25 Foot Entry Hall that leads to the Family Room and Pool Beyond

I searched the Sanborn Fire Maps and found 206 Margaret Street on the 1889 map. In 1912 the street designation was changed from 206 Margaret to 415 Margaret Street.  A second cottage appeared for the first time on the 1912 map at the rear of the 201 foot lot.. This structure was identified as 415 1/2 Margaret Street.

The home was thoroughly renovated and expanded in 2000. A generous addition was built at the rear of the original house which included an expansive new master suite.  A separate guest cottage with a mini-kitchen, living room with vaulted ceiling, bedroom and bath was built at the far rear of the lot. (The total lot size is quite large for Old Town - 56' frontage by 201' depth or 10,679 sq ft.) The present structures include multiple porches, loggias, two outdoor showers,a 40' heated swimming pool, and other amenities folks in the late 1800s would not have imagined. The result is gracious home which blends formal rooms from the past and new spaces designed for the indoor-outdoor Key West lifestyle.

 Formal Living Room with French Doors onto Wraparound Porch

Formal Dining Room

Rear Addition includes Family Room and Kitchen

 The stairway shown above leads to two bedrooms with en suite baths.  Both play off the simple original design of the historic house.

 One of the two guest bedrooms with en-suite baths

The master suite is located in the new addition adjacent to the original house. You enter the suite just off a private alcove. The bedroom has a tall vaulted ceiling that give the room a very spacious feel but yet provides intimacy.  French doors open out to a private porch that overlooks the pool and gardens.  The extra large en-suite bath includes his-and-hers sinks, shower, bathtub, and plus an outdoor shower.

 Master Suite with Private Porch overlooking the Pool and Gardens

Entry Alcove

Imagine Waking Up to this View!

 An Outdoor Shower is a Key West Essential! This One is Present Perfection!

The Guest Cottage is shown below

With a Guest Cottage this sweet, your friends and family may never leave. And when they sit on their front porch in the morning sipping coffee, they get to look onto the pool and the main house and dream what it might be like to live here all the time.  CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of more photos I took of this incredible Key West property.

View from Guest Cottage Porch

415 Margaret Street is indeed present perfect. The main house and guest cottage offer a total of 3459 sq ft in living area that includes four bedrooms, four and one-half baths, two kitchens, and gracious interior and outside living spaces both formal and Key West casual. This home is offered at $2,495,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this property.

If you would like to see this perfect Key West home please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to arrange a showing.  This is the type of Key West home many people dream of owning - someday. 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.