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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

246 Key Haven Road - Key West, Florida


Some readers may recall that I used to own a guest house in Key West. Once a prospective guest called to ask about room rates, what we served for breakfast, and asked if Key West was surrounded by water.  I kid you not.  That was more than 20 years ago.  The mystique of Key West has spread across the globe.  Today when I ask potential buyers what their preferences are in a house, many say they want a house on the water.  Although Key West is an island, there are very few homes (or condos) that are on the water or that have water views. Those that do exist are usually priced fairly high. The house at 246 Key Haven Road offers an alternative to the little shack on the beach or a palatial home with commanding ocean views. This property is a family home that sits on a canal where the owner has deep water access within a couple of minutes after leaving your own private dock. You can be in Old Town in about ten minutes after leaving your front door. Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective.
246 Key Haven Road is an elevated home with 2407 sq ft of living space on the second and third floors. The second level is the primary living space which includes the living room, dining area, and kitchen. Four glass panel doors totally retract into a sidewall which then opens the interior living space to the outside. Likewise, the covered and screened second floor porch become part of the inside living space.  We experience the same affect in homes in Old Town and the Casa Marina Area, but here you look out to your boat and the water as an added bonus.   
If you're a cook, you'll love this kitchen. The solid maple cabinets are elegant and provide lots of storage. A single slab of the prettiest granite God ever made tops the island and the base cabinets. The laundry room is located just off the kitchen.
The master bedroom with en-suite bath are located on the far side of the living room. The bedroom space is extra large and provides space for a sitting area or office.  This room along with others in the home have plantation shutters that provide a sense of continuity of style throughout the home and also allow the occupant to control the amount of light that flows into the house.
A large cedar lined walk-in closet is located between the bedroom and bathroom. Bathroom fixtures include a large spa-tub, shower, and dual glass vessel sinks. (The bedroom, closet, and bathroom are probably larger than some of the smaller condos in Old Town.) The second bedroom and second bath are also located on this level.

The third floor can be used as a third bedroom or perhaps as a den/office/solarium.  A spiral wood staircase on the second level winds its way up the third floor to a space that is perhaps 10' X 20' that has clerestory windows on all four sides of the room.  The windows when opened will allow natural ventilation to move cool ocean air through the space.  I took photos looking down the Evergreen Canal and also looking west toward the Florida Keys Community College. On a good day you can see some of the large cruise ships at Mallory Square from this room.  This space would be great for a writer or an artist, a yoga devotee, or just somebody who wants a private place to be away from the world.

The ground level includes an entry hall and a huge storeroom. You cannot legally use ground level areas for living spaces because of FEMA regulations. The store room complies with government requirements. There is abundant under house parking as well as covered space off the back deck area. There is room at the rear of the property to build a pool.  Finally, this home comes with a davit and hoist for storing a boat out of water.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos of 246 Key Haven Road that is offered for sale at $799,000 or just $331 per sq ft.  I took more photos which you can see if you CLICK HERE.  But better than looking at photos on the internet, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this home. I am a buyers agent and full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  If you want an home on an island surrounded by water and a place where you can have a boat to get quick access to either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico, this may be the place.

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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.