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Saturday, February 14, 2015

1529 Von Phister Street, Key West - Price Reduction

You'll be smiling to now that the asking price on one of the prettiest homes in all of Key West has been reduced. That's right, the asking price on 1529 Von Phister Street has just been reduced from $1,600,000 to $1,495,000. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"This historic home was completely restored and has been meticulously maintained. The beautiful curb appeal matches the interiors and will not disappoint. This stunning home offers heart pine floors, high ceilings, crown moldings, interesting architectural details and bright sunlit rooms. The living room, dining room, den and kitchen all flow into each other and open to the porches and the pool area. The separate guest suite is poolside and offers plenty of space and privacy. Upstairs, the master suite and guest bedroom suite each have private baths and walk in closets and each open to the wrap around porch. This charming home is pristine."
This is the kind of home many people dream of owning someday even if it's not within their budget.  That is, after all, why many dream of owning something that they cannot afford but sincerely wish they could. This is in my opinion one of the prettiest homes in all of Key West. This home is nestled behind a maze of tropical foliage and verdant grass on an ample lot just east of the Casa Marina Area. Double wrap-around verandas beckon passersby to stop and take notice of this elegant two story home with guest cottage.
This home is not typical of the Grand Conch houses of Old Town because it is not one of them, but it is every bit a grand and glorious home. While some of the houses in Old Town have wrap around porches, I'll bet you few have as gracious interiors you are about to view. Once you enter the home your eyes are drawn through the public living spaces to the rear gardens and pool. Windows and multiple sets of French doors bring filtered light into the spaces while the gardens to the east keep the interior spaces private. Then you will notice the step landing to your left that leads to the second floor where the bedrooms are located. A guest bath is tucked away to the rear of the stairs. As you move through the living area you notice the heart pine floors that are so rich and assuring. You pause for a moment and look up. You note the high ceiling wrapped with crown molding all white and crisply painted. When you reach the dining area you realize this place, no matter how grand it is decorated, is still unpretentious. The dining area is informal and set just off the kitchen. The informal living area is located at the rear. A built-in bookcase houses the TV and entertainment area and also provides lots of storage for gizmos of all sort. Doors at the far end slide open and lead out to the deck and pool. A set of adjacent French doors lead out to the covered veranda and the informal outdoor dining area. The guest cottage is located steps away, but far enough that your guests will feel they are in a world of their own.
The two story wrap-around veranda protects the house from both our bright sun and occasional pouring rain. The rear addition to the home has an awing just over the French doors that lead to the outdoor dining area. A similar awning protects the rear doors that open out to the pool area. When you first see the pool you think this is like some place you'd see in a movie - it's that pretty. And when you step up and enter into the new guest cottage you really do feel like you are in Hollywood instead of Key West. Well, maybe you do and maybe you don't. The present owner has created an homage to the greats of Tinsel Town. Imagine how you might transform this space into your own sanctum sanctorum.
The really nifty thing about having a guest cottage that is set apart from the main house is that guests can come and go and not interfere in your business when they are at your home. They can go to the beach which is about six blocks away or go to Duval or the seaport which is a five minute cab ride, or go to one of our three shopping centers to restock the pantry or to replenish your bar. (Fat chance either of the last two things will happen.) And even if your guests stay longer than it takes for fish to go bad in the fridge, your guests will still remain your friends.
There are two large bedrooms, both with en-suite baths, and French doors that open out to the second floor wrap-around porch. French doors in the master bedroom open out to the wrap-around second floor veranda where there is an old fashioned wood swing. Imagine sitting there swinging back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Day and night, night and day, from now until forever. Wouldn't that be a dream. French doors from the second bedroom also open onto the same veranda. You may have to let someone share the swing from time to time. Or not!

CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of 1529 Von Phister Street. This home has 1776 sq ft of air conditioned living space that includes three bedrooms, three and one-half baths, covered and gated off street parking, a guest cottage and pool, and beautifully designed and maintained gardens. This home is offered for sale by Preferred Properties Key West. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet for more details. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing.

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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.