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Monday, November 24, 2014

1227 Von Phister Street - Key West

Just Listed, 1227 Von Phister Street, Key West. Local architect Michael Miller designed the renovation and expansion of the bungalow style home and Scott Miller of Native Landscape designed the gardens. Their design earned a Ceramic Star for preservation from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.
The listing Realtor describes the property as:
"Fully restored and winner of the 2013 Historic Preservation Star. This craftsman style, is a one level home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, office, salt water pool and outdoor shower. Located in the heart of Midtown, Key West, within convenient reach to Downtown, the airport and beach. The newest addition to the house is an oversized master suite complete with custom built-ins, and sliding doors revealing the tropical landscaping. The feel good ambiance of the cozy living/dining /kitchen,with stainless steel appliances provides maximum functionality. Privacy fence surrounds the outside living areas."
I think craftsman style homes are so very easy to understand. Unlike the Victorian and Queen Anne homes at the turn of the Twentieth Century which had all kinds of architectural drama going on, craftsman style homes were simplistic in design. Whereas a Queen Anne might have drama columns on a rounded front porch entry, a craftsman house like this one has simple linear columns which support the porch roof. When you enter this house light from the rear garden at the rear demands your attention: you feel compelled to move through the house to see what awaits beyond.
The architect didn't fool around with the traditional craftsman layout. The living room flows into the dining area which opens into the very large and inviting kitchen. A breakfast bar provides an informal place to eat for the homeowners or a place for guests to sit and watch meals being prepared or drinks being poured.  The home office is located just off the kitchen.
I took these photos on a rainy-on-and-off day.(CLICK HERE to view all the photos I took.) When I headed to the house, the sun was ablaze. When I got there, five minutes later (no place is far away in Key West), the sun was hiding under clouds. I apologize because this garden is absolutely beautiful.  I walked to the far side of the pool and was amazed in the variety and size of in the plant and tree selections. A small stone path leads away from (or to depending on where the walk begins) the pool to the new master suite. This is a Garden for Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve.
The master bath has dual sinks and a shower large enough for two. However, if you become the owner of this chic abode you'll probably use the outdoor shower more often than you'd imagine right now - especially if you live in the snowy northeastern part of the United States. But you will. Trust me!
1227 Von Phister Street is offered for sale at $1,050,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this wonderful home. If you act now, you could own this home by Christmas.

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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.