"Circa 1938, this architecturally appealing home is located on a coveted street and rare find in the Casa Marina. The impressive columns of the front porch are accentuated by the green expanse of the front lawn. There is a covered carport, detached garage with storage, and lovely shaded gardens. The downstairs consists of a formal living room, formal dining room, kitchen with adjoining breakfast room, a lovely screened porch, and a private study with half bath. Original architectural appointments include unusual crown molding, hardwood floors, original windows and doors. Upstairs is an expansive master suite with private bath and two large guest bedrooms with a shared bath."
When you step inside 1023 Johnson Street you are transported to a different, more grand time. The interiors reflect an art deco style of architecture. The house appears to have been updated in the 1970s when I suspect the walls alongside the living room fireplace were mirrored and the lime green wallpaper was added to the anteroom off the kitchen. Touches of chrome were added here and there. Fads such as these come and go, but the timeless beauty of a great house like this never becomes passé. While the architecture may not appeal to those who faun over historic cigar maker cottages or chic contemporary abodes, it may appeal to a buyer who wants a project property that can either be restored to its former glory or alternatively renovated into a 21st Century reinterpretation of classic design integrated with Key West casual living. First, let's look at some photos that show what the house looks like today.
I can envision removing the giant tree and clearing the space for the creation of a new rear yard, deck, and pool. I would convert the garage into a pool house with wet bar. I would create a first and second floor rear porches with French doors opening from the current dining room, master bedroom and north guest bedroom. The back yard is quite large and could accommodate both the porches and new pool and I would retain the portico but eliminate the remaining car path to the garage. A new fence and landscaping would be added. The formality of the house as it exists today would be transformed by integrating the inside with the outside.
The rigidness of the interiors could be softened. The architectural elements need not be eliminated. They ought to become accents to the newly invigorated house where the interior and exterior spaces become shared. Key West's wonderful weather is one of the reasons we live here. Opening the spaces for shared uses will make this house a much better home in the future. CLICK HERE to view a lot of photos I took of this property. Formulate your own plan as to what you might do with this home.
1023 Johnson Street is located two blocks from the Casa Marina Resort and Higg's Beach. Homes on the three block stretch from White to Reynolds Street are "pricey" to "very pricey". Money you spend on this location will be repaid in years to come. But for today the location and its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and Higg's Beach are reasons enough to consider buying this home.
The new Preferred Properties listing at 1023 Johnson Street is offered at $1,495,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-744-2642 to schedule a private showing of this home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.