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Monday, March 24, 2014

1319 Eliza Street Key West

If you love old houses but prefer contemporary design , you will love the freshly renovated property at 1319 Eliza Street that is located just one block south of Key West's Bayview Park.  Two historic smaller Key West cottages have been combined into a new single family residence with three bedrooms, two baths, a sleek kitchen and dining area, topped off by a voluminous living room filled with light that overlooks a large new pool with waterfall. The new home is crisp and clean.  It is bathed in the glorious Key West sunshine. Newly planted palms and garden accent the home but do not overwhelm it.  The star at this address is the understated but evident classic Key West architecture.
I dug into my old shoebox and found photos taken of the two original houses taken about fifty years ago.  The photos show the clean lines even back then. Note that 1319 Eliza Street is a corner lot. The other house was previously identified as 1317 Eliza Street.  Both now share the 1319 Eliza Street address. Notes on the back of each photo says the houses were built in 1906.
If you look at the old photos you can appreciate the creativity of the new design and all of the hard work that went into the reinvention of space and thoughtful use of construction elements. The old piers were replaced; new wiring and plumbing installed; and new roofs attached. Both historic homes had sawtooth additions. The sawtooth at 1319 Eliza is now the kitchen. The sawtooth at 1317 Eliza appears to have been expanded into a much larger space that is now the living and dining area that spans and connects the sister houses.
The photo second above and the one just above were taken in the same approximate location about fourteen months apart.  The old louver windows at 1317 Eliza were replaced with new energy efficient windows.
The angles are a bit off but the spaces are the same, again photographed about fourteen months apart. It is absolutely amazing the transformation that has taken place in this property.
The top photos shows the original front room at what once was 1317 Eliza Street. It shows the front door and entry hall with a Dade County Pine wall separating the smallish room from the hallway. That wall was removed which was transformed into a marvelous new master bedroom. The second room was divided into two spaces: a spacious master bath and a large closet.
There are two bedrooms that share a Jack and Jill bath in the 1319 Eliza house. There is an additional full bath as well. New floors, windows, lighted closets, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and a really cute bathroom make these spaces functional and attractive.
 The "old" kitchen, which was anything but old, was replaced by a sleek new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a farmer's sink, island with marble top, and chic lighting fixtures that gave the space a special punch. 
The new addition bridges the two original houses so that they become a much larger and much more functional single family home. The kitchen, dining, and living room spaces each have sets of French doors that look out to the new pool. 
None of the neighboring properties have a view into the pool. There is plenty of room to add a poolside cabana or to create some shady space.  CLICK HERE to view all the photos I took of 1319 Eliza Street.

1319 Eliza Street is offered at $1,495,000CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos of this terrific property. After you have taken an online look, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing. I am sure you will be as equally impressed with this home as I was.  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.