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Thursday, March 5, 2015

304 Julia Street, Key West, Florida


I graduated from high school fifty years ago, the same year the two black and white photos below were taken of 304 Julia Street in Key West. The color photo above shows 304 Julia Street today. When I compared the color to the black and white photos I was a bit doubtful (being the Thomas that I am) that the black and white photos were of the same house. But then I remembered I had found another photo that showed the side of the 304 Julia Street also taken in 1965. I added that photo to my blog about 1017 Thomas Street which is also renovated and that is located next door. The black and white photo is historically correct and does show 304 Julia Street.
I checked the Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine the approximate time 304 Julia Street was built. The 1899 map shows a building at the lot location that is simply identified as "A2". A smaller building is located next door identified as 306 Julia. The black and white photos above are marked as 304 and 304 1/2 Julia Street respectively.
304 Julia Street has been renovated and upgraded a couple of times in recent years. Today the house has 1832 sq ft of living space under air. If you compare the original to the current facade you will not it has been changed and that there is now a user friendly main level front porch. The main floor has a friendly old fashioned main floor living room and semi-formal dining room on the main floor. The kitchen has been updated and features  new cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. There is also a large main level bedroom which might work well in later years when climbing stairs can become a challenge. There are two more bedrooms on the second floor where there is a great front porch and a sunny rear deck.
The current owner removed the swimming pool which a prior owner had added and replaced and expanded the rear deck. I'm not so sure I would have removed the pool, but it's not my house. . The new deck is absolutely beautiful. But I know a lot of buyers want a pool. There is plenty for a pool if a new owner wants one. There is a nice little outdoor covered area plus plenty of sunny spaces.
The little house next door is no more. It was taken down many years ago. The current owner purchased the vacant lot and made it the new off street parking space which significantly improved the overall value of the property which previously had no parking. Today there are two parking spots. I mention this because the lack of parking is factor that affects a lot of properties in Key West. Having parking makes any property more valuable in the eyes of most buyers. Likewise, not having parking makes many properties less valuable to many buyers.
304 Julia Street is located a couple blocks south of Blue Heaven and the other little trendy restaurants on Petronia Street. Fort Zach Taylor State Park and Beach are a quick bike ride away. Duval Street and the madness it offers is just two blocks away.  
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view listing photos of 304 Julia Street that is offered for sale at $1,099,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to arrange a private showing of this nicely updated home.  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.