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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1413 Grinnell Street Key West, Florida


Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that is where I work but this is not my listing, 1413 Grinnell Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. I live in the Casa Marina Area, in fact I live a little over one block from this property, and I love this part of town.  I vaguely remember the house as it looked in the latter part of the 1990s when the house was thoroughly renovated. I remember going inside the house as the general contractor was doing the renovation. He started with a simple box with a shed roof and a dormer in front. The renovated house is anything but simple, and it no longer resembled its former self.  I looked for but could not find a photo of the house as it looked in the 1990s. I did find a much older photo that was taken nearly fifty years ago, see the black and white photo below. I also found an old aerial photo of the Casa Marina Area that was taken in 1930.  I added an arrow that proves 1413 Grinnell Street existed in 1930. (County records show the house was built in 1943. Clearly the county records are incorrect.)
1413 Grinnell St in 1965
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The current house barely resembles its old self. That's because the old house has been enlarged and gentrified into a 2487 sq ft home with four bedrooms, four baths, an expansive great room with living, dining, and kitchen that flow out to the covered rear deck that looks out to the pool and spa. 
There are two main floor bedrooms each with bath. Notice the heart pine floors throughout the house. All floors have been recently refinished and the house freshly painted just before the house went on the market.
Upstairs you will find a very comfortable master bedroom (that was added to the rear of the original house) complete with ensuite bath.  French doors open out to the second floor rear deck which provides a place for private sun worship or a shady spot for reading or viewing the goings-on in the pool below. A fourth bedroom and office complete the second floor.
The 1990s two story addition to the rear of the property includes the two tiered deck that wraps around the house. The ground level portion provides an outdoor sitting and dining area. French doors open out from the great room and kitchen onto the main level deck.  On the second floor French doors open from the rear master suite and the office out to the covered deck.  The views from the either level reveal a great pool. The views of the house show a beautiful home with lots of space for a family or a couple with plenty of relatives and friends. CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of this home.
1413 Grinnell Street is offered at $1,895,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet and listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this beautiful Casa Marina 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.


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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.