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Monday, December 29, 2014

1709 Washington Street, Key West


The listing agent at Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, describes 1709 Washington Street this way:
"You will fall in love with this beautiful conch house located on Washington Street. From the wraparound porch to the the 16' ceilings, Dade County pine and stunning original crown molding, this house is full of historic character but also virtually brand new inside. The floors are wide plank Hickory and the roof, windows, kitchen and baths all brand new. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a master-suite and a guest bath with claw-foot tub. Glass doors open onto the large lanai perfect for outdoor entertaining and swimming pool. For the tinkerers,there is a detached small workshop with A/C. Pets will be happy here too as there is a lot of yard space,fenced and secure. This home offers indoor/outdoor living at it's finest."
The last time I showed this home to potential buyers I said something like it is located in the country.  Up north in America the term country evokes visions of wheat fields, farm animals, and a pastoral lifestyle.  Down here in Key West country conjures up an older Key West conch style house located outside of Old Town - out in the boonies where the lot sizes are larger and where there are fewer homes and more open spaces. This particular property is located six blocks east of White Street and two blocks north of Flagler Avenue in an area where most of the neighboring houses were built in the middle part of the last century.  It's an extra minute drive from the higher priced homes in the Casa Marina area. This home sticks out not like a sore thumb but more like a wonderful reminder of what once was. It's a quiet reminder of diverse historic Key West architecture that makes our island home so appealing to folks from around the world.
The single story home at 1709 Washington Street has 1017 sq ft of living space under air. It sits on a 52' x 94' (4862 sq ft) lot near the corner of Ashby Street. (That's about the same size lot as you will find in the Casa Marina area and twice the size you'd expect in Old Town.)  This is the general area where Mid Town Key West begins. Most of the homes in this area are single family residences and most of these homes are owner occupied.You won't find many vacation rentals in this area as vacationers tend to prefer to be closed to Duval.
The front porch wraps around this home on either side. You will really appreciate the joy of having a covered porch on any day we have a huge rainstorm. If you have ever stayed in a Shipyard condo and have had to run from your care to your condo through the maze of  gravel walkways, you'll appreciate what I mean. Plus the covered porch looks great the rest of the time. Not all houses have these porches but those that do usually look terrific. The formal entry is actually located midway on the east side of the house which opens into the newly renovated kitchen. A hallway leads to the living room at the front of the house. A crisply updated Dade County Pine wall is set off by three pastel walls.  White trim on the windows, door, and crown molding punctuate the simple architectural elements.
I had shown this home a few years ago before the current owner purchased it. I was pleasantly surprised to see how beautifully this house had been renovated. Each room looks freshly updated. The colors and architectural elements are all crisp and clean as if poised for a new owner to take over the property. 
This home has a really nice semi-enclosed covered deck area located just off the newly renovated kitchen.  As a new owner you will probably spend most of your time in this area where there is a mini-fridge and wine cooler and television.  The pool is located just steps away from the covered deck. The pool ought to stay sunny during most of the day. Buyers who like to actually swim will love this pool. And there is even an outdoor shower. Move to Key West and you will love taking showers under the sun or moon. Or even in the rain - you just turn up the temperature a little bit to get the shower of your life. Also note the small adjacent building. The listing agent told me the space is large enough to be used as a small office or studio. I have not been inside so I don't know from personal knowledge how large a space exists.
1709 Washington Street is offered for sale at $899,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view more listing photos.  Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this move-in ready home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your home 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.