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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1308 Reynolds Street, Key West - Conch Cottage in the Casa Marina


Just Listed by Preferred Properties, 1308 Reynolds Street. On the outside this home looks like so many of  the Conch Cottages that make up Old Town. But this home is actually located just five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in the tony section Casa Marina Area of Key West. And on the inside, it is not like any other Conch Cottage I've seen.
The front door opens into a center hallway which leads to the open living area at the rear. There is a smallish room with closet on the left side that could work as a study or bedroom and a much larger bedroom with bath on the right.
The bedroom on the right introduces us to the possibilities this home has to offer. First we notice the larger bedroom on the right is all wood which is typical of most homes in Old Town, but this place is decidedly different. We notice all the wood trim and even the crown molding is dark wood. Then we see a semi-open carved wood closet festooned with colorful flora and fauna. The closet interior is lined with cedar. When we walk into the bathroom we see the sunken tub with a large window that slides back into a recess in the wall. Whether you are soaking or taking a shower you'll feel like you are one with nature.  Then we notice the wood carvings over the window and then over the mirror. Aha! This place may have other architectural influences from Thailand or perhaps Bali. We open the small double doors and walk from the bathroom in to the open living area.The bath does double duty as a guest bath.
The newly remodeled kitchen is separated from the living space by a high polished wood counter-top that also serves as an informal eating space. Meal preparation is done on earth toned tile counter-tops. Clerestory windows were added over the range wall. What might have been a dark room became an inviting space instead.CLICK HERE and ALSO HERE to view more of the photos I took of this home.
The second floor bedroom is absolutely dreamy. What a perfect place to take nap or sleep the night away. You'll notice there is no door to shut the space off from down below or even the adjacent open bathroom. If that bothers you, stop reading today's blog immediately. If not, I'm sure you could get used to this space. I know I could.
A covered breezeway bridges the space between the main house and the rear cottage. As I moved toward the back of the property to take photos I suddenly understood this place. This is not a normal main house with rear cottage type of place. Instead both buildings, the grounds, the pool, and the landscaping really are integrally connected.
Then I noticed the door from the main floor bedroom opens out to the backside of the pool area. The sliding window in the main floor bath likewise opens out to the same outdoor space. When I was taking photos I noticed the French doors at the rear of the main floor bedroom which open out to the garden. Then I saw the bathroom window recess which also opens out to the garden. This I saw the doggie door that is a part of the double door in the kitchen which opens out to the breezeway.  and the covered breezeway. The breezeway really does bridge the two homes into one space. The use of natural woods and natural tiles and flagstones gives this house a very comfortable feel.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 1308 Reynolds Street that is offered for sale at $1, 249,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.  Don't wait too long. This place was only listed on Tuesday and the listing agent had a bunch of showings requested as soon as it hit the mls. There is a scarcity of houses for sale in Key West. Wait at your peril, Pauline.


3 comments:

FloridaAG said...

They removed a Poinciana and Mahogany tree either last summer or 2 summers ago - was a shame but what can you do?

Anonymous said...

A shame about the Mahogany but not the Poinciana. They definitely increased the value of their home by removing the Poinciana. They may look gorgeous in June but they are nasty trees to own the rest of the year.

Vacation Home For Rent said...

Such a Nice pictures that you have inserted in your Blog . Its really amazing.

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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.