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Thursday, February 20, 2014

822 Washington Street Key West - Casa Marina Casual Elegance



I showed 822 Washington Street for the very first time a couple of weeks ago. I was so taken by the property that I showed again and then again. Yesterday the listing priced was reduced to just $1,875,000 (or only $531 per sq ft) for an extraordinary property which in my opinion makes this home worthy of consideration. The home is located in the Casa Marina area of Key West.
 The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home thus:
"Exquisite residence on two prime corner lots in prestigious Casa Marina District. Designed by Tom Pope & featured multiple times on the House and Garden Tour; this home has a great floor plan, handsome architectural details, spacious rooms & the most spectacular veranda in Key West. In beautiful condition with a chef's kitchen and updated baths. Wonderful indoor/outdoor dining, four bedrooms with baths ensuite, large closets & storage. Walls of glass throughout the home draw the outdoors in from the 1000 sf veranda. Professionally landscaped overlooking the 33' heated pool & surrounding the entire home. The double car garage is rare in Key West & provides extra storage. A very private & special property."
822 Washington Street was built in 1977.  I knew that some other house had to have been located on the site before then.  I went through the old shoebox and found a photo the former house located in the same location. That house faced Reynolds Street which ends at the Atlantic Ocean five blocks to the South. I took the color photo underneath the black and white to show how the privacy wall looks today and how the extensive tropical foliage insulates the current home from the street. Tropical gardens that are both illuminated and irrigated wrap around most of the house.
Once you pass through the entry gate and enter the grounds you are taken aback by the luxuriant foliage that leads to the front entry. There you see two massive glass doors that allow the owners to view the front garden on the hottest summer days without losing an smidgen of air conditioned comfort. Most of the public rooms have glass doors that retract into the house so that you can view the 1000 sq ft veranda or the swimming pool from inside the home.
The master bedroom with huge en-suite bath is located past the living room. It also has a wall of glass doors that disappear into the walls and provides a view of the veranda and gardens.
This is not just any 1977 vintage home. This is an incredible Key West property worthy of consideration if you are looking for a large home (3528 sq ft under air - not including the veranda) with four bedrooms, four baths, an extra large living room with fireplace, a large family room, dining room, chef's kitchen (for real!), an an exquisite 1000 sq ft covered veranda. The home has a 33 foot pool and a double garage plus additional off street parking.  CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet. Please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a private showing of this home. 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.