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Friday, April 11, 2014

1025 Von Phister Street, Key West - Casa Marina Area Dream House

Just Listed by yours truly, 1025 Von Phister Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West.  This dream home is tucked away behind a bamboo fence and professionally landscaped yard lush with tropical foliage, tall palms, and an orchid garden. Then the two story house is revealed. When the front doors are opened your eyes are immediately drawn through the formal entry, past the living area, and out to the covered lanai and pool. The view is unparalleled.  Your guests will be awed.
As I took photos of the house for this listing and my blog I began to appreciate the detail in the design that seems, at first glance, very simple. Upon reflection I decided that there is a great deal of planning in the the design and materials used that make this house.  Take, for instance, the formal entry. How many simple houses have such a spectacular formal entry that leads to such an impressive two story great room?
As I clicked away I began to see numerous design elements emerge. The built-in bookshelf walls in the photo just above provide display spaces. Consider they are the same size but the opposite of the other. How clever! The kitchen island seems so spartan. There's more storage and utility than meets the eye.  There is under island storage under either side of the island. A large pantry is located just off the kitchen that provides a huge amount of storage for food, cookware, and seldom used items that all of us seem to have. This house a place for all the stuff. And everything is tucked away right and proper.
There are two bedrooms on the main floor each of which has a private porch. Both share one bath. The larger bedroom has a huge built-in closet with lots of do-dads.  The other has immediate access to the covered outdoor lanai just off the orchid garden. 

Note the shared bath has both an inside and an outdoor shower which has a little awning to keep rainwater off.  I use my outdoor shower all the time. Everyone that I that has one does the same.  This is one of the joys of living in Key West - being able to take a shower in the middle of winter outside when the friends and family up north are freezing the behinds. 
The bamboo stairs and banister lead upwards to the second floor which is the master suite. The bamboo continues on and becomes a second floor railing that overlooks living area below and the pool beyond. The vaulted bedroom ceiling provides dramatic relief from hum-drum flat ceilings seen in so many homes. The drama continues at the front where French doors open out to a little Juliet balcony where two can sit and ponder the worries of the world - or not.  A private office is hidden away in the west side.  The master bath is tucked in the opposite side of the house.

The living room opens out to the outdoor dining area. A single lounge chair is located at one end.  A pedestal monument is located at the opposite end with the word "DREAM" engraved thereon. A twenty-five foot pool with waterfall runs in between. There's a little Tiki hut hidden in the bushes at the very rear amid all the palms.  CLICK HERE to view more photos.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet.Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to show you this Dream Home come to life.  I am 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.