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Friday, August 29, 2014

1414 5th Street - Key West Bungalow with a Place for Mom

What an inviting and pretty house 1414 5th Street is. As I got out of my car to take photographs of this home I had to stop and take in the simplicity and charm of this home. We are all aware of the Cigar Maker Cottages, Eyebrow Houses, and Grand Conch Houses in Old Town. And we all are familiar with the mid century homes and more recent new homes in the Casa Marina Area which often sit behind imposing six foot privacy fences. So it was pleasing to see an atypical bungalow framed by waving palms and perched behind a green lawn in the Mid Town Area of Key West. It immediately looked like home!
I soon learned that what I saw from the street is a much larger house and even larger property than I imagined. The irregular lot measures 100' X 100' with a "cutout" of about 50' X 50' on the northwest corner. The resulting lot is totals 8370 sq ft on which the house is located. Besides the broad front lawn, there is off street parking to the north and a large backyard with abundant space for a pool.
According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser the original house was built in 1938. It was updated and expanded and now totals 2307 sq ft of living space. The front door opens into the home that is arranged like most homes up north in America. The living room, kitchen and dining area are located up front. A central hallway leads to the bedrooms that are located on either side.
 You will notice that plantation shutters filter the view from the outside looking in which works the same way from the inside in the other direction. Also notice the travertine marble floors, crown molding, and recessed lights throughout the house. 
There are three bedrooms in the main house. Two of these bedrooms have en-suite baths. A third full bath is located off the central hallway and serves as guest bath as well. You will notice the travertine marble floors and crown molding continue into the bed and bath areas.
I mentioned this home also has a place for Mom. In 2008 the home was enlarged with a two bedroom one bath addition that includes a very large living area and kitchen. This is the perfect place for Mom or Dad or both in the golden years. There is a private entry off the front that includes a nice outdoor area. Inside, the expansive kitchen opens out to the living room and dining space. The two bedrooms are on the far side of the living room. Doors at the back of both the main part of the house and Mom's addition open out to the back yard where there is a nice deck and small shed. There is plenty of room for a pool. Perhaps a new owner might convert the shed into a poolside cabana.
The 2008 renovation included new siding, new windows and doors, new roof, new electric, new plumbing, new floors, etc. They forgot the pool. But that's an easy fix. There's plenty of room for a large pool and extensive grounds. These are the creative things new owners love to add. This home did not flood in Wilma. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this extra large property.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 1414 5th Street which is offered at $650,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a showing of this very pretty home that includes a Place for Mom.  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.