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Sunday, June 22, 2014

622 Louisa Street - Key West, Florida





I tell buyers all the time you can never tell what is behind the facade of some of the houses in Key West. Preferred Properties just listed Casa Louisa at 622 Louisa Street, and boy did my remarks ever hold true on this place. Gee Whiz!  The listing Realtor describes this property as:
"Very sharp total renovation of an historic two bedroom, two and a half bath single level home with a one bedroom, one bath guest cottage. Pool with waterfall, vaulted ceilings, extensive decking and French doors. New kitchen with granite & stainless steel; luxurious new baths. Parking & privacy only steps from Duval Street. The owners have rented this house as a monthly vacation rental for the last eight years. Last year it grossed over $80,000."
622 Louisa Street is located at the upper end of the Duval Street corridor about 1 1/2 blocks east of Duval and 3 blocks from the Atlantic. So it is close to where vacationers want to be without being right in the mix. And that is the point. The place is quiet, serene, and just so relaxing. When you enter the formal entryway you know this place is not a typical renovation of a Conch house. You look to the right and see the great room that is flanked by four sets of French doors that open onto the side and rear decks and pool area. Off to the side is the snazzy kitchen and adjacent dining alcove. Both look out toward the black bottom pool and waterfall and the newer guest house at the rear which has its own en-suite bath. Historic Dade County Pine is located throughout the house intermixed with new grantie surfaces and modern bath fixtures.
 
 Off to the left of the front entry is bedroom is the master bedroom with en-suite bath. This space is large and inviting, but cozy at the same time. So many places in Old Town "make do" and end up having small spaces to actually live. Not the case here. The second bedroom is located opposite the entry hall and it also has an en-suite bath. Everything in every room is "done". Correctly.
When I saw the black bottom pool with the waterfall my jaw dropped. Just awesome. The lot is very large for Old Town. The decks are large and provide ample room for sunning. Imagine that, a place with a large pool with shade and also sunshine. So many places have one or the other. Not this place. Oh, there is also a tented dining pavilion. There is off street parking and a formal bricked entry path that leads guests to the front door. The places is not ostentatious, but boy is it gracious.
 
Casa Louisa is rented as a vacation rental and it generates substantial income during the year. There are eleven months advance reservations in place. Because of that, advance notice is required and viewing may be somewhat limited. Casa Louisa is offered at $1,395,000CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a showing. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Let me help you fulfill your dream of owning a 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.