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Sunday, April 26, 2015

527 Margaret Street - Key West - An Old House Made New

The paint is barely dry in the newly rebuilt home at 527 Margaret Street in Old Town Key West. I got a chance to meet the new owners, Kirk Thompson and Brett Burch, this past week. The owners explained to me that they were visiting Key West in January when the passed by the house which was then still under construction. The builders (Paul Misch and his son-n-law John Tutlewski) invited Brett and Kirk inside to see what was being done. They liked what they saw so much that they signed a contract to buy the place before it was complete. That gave them time to enlist their friend and decorator  Dale Trice of Design Services of Florida to add special touches that would make this their Key West dream home. It worked!
If you are a long time reader of my blog you may recall seeing 527 Margaret Street mentioned here on a couple of occasions when it was previously listed for sale. A prior owner had created three living units in what was supposed to be a single family home. The house had a warren of rooms and elevations that defied logic. Earlier this year I included this house as being one of the current "Projects of Key West" where I included a couple of photos of the original house as photographed in 1965, mls photos when offered for sale, and more recent photos showing the demolition of most of the original house and framing of the new abode. 
The dark framing timbers at the front and sides are all that remain of the original house.
The front facade has traditional wood lap siding and period correct windows. The sides and rear have Hardiboard siding and wind impact resistant windows and doors.
The front door opens into a center hallway that leads past the two bedrooms with en-suite baths into the great room at the rear. I could not help but stop to take a look at each bedroom and bath before I made my way to the living area. The interior trim work was impeccable. The white gloss trim contrasted against the almost pastel blue in the north bedroom and it popped in the master bedroom with its navy blue walls.
The north bedroom has a sleeping loft (not visible in these photos). The bathroom mirror is framed by dozens of shells. Shells are a recurring decorative theme used throughout this home.
There is a guest bath located off the center hall adjacent to the adult beverage center with color co-ordinated booze. The laundry area is opposite. It was the great room at the rear that totally surprised me. When I saw the house from the street I assumed it was a bit smallish and unpretentious. The great room has a wall of windows that soars to the top of the vaulted ceiling. The first thing I saw was the canopy of the old banyan tree at the rear. The blue sky seemed to mesh with the subtle and not-so-subtle blue tones interspersed in this space.  The wood ceiling and white washed wood floors add a natural color perspective to this living space.
Dale Trice designed the media and display wall with storage below. Giant shells and white objets d'art fill that space and are interspersed throughout the room. The setting is like something out of Coastal Living Magazine or Architectural Digest. Maybe it should be! CLICK HERE to see more photos of the original house and the newly rebuilt house.
 I took the photo immediately above last October as the tree trimmer was removing part of the old growth from the banyan tree that dominated the back yard at 527 Margaret Street. That was the beginning of the rebuilding process. The old banyan tree still reigns over the north side of the property at the rear, but there is now a navy blue pool at the south side. The old house has been made new. The natural earth tones, shades of blue, and crisp white blend together in harmony. The bougainvillaea at the front still reigns supreme and provides a nice cover for sitting behind to people watch. This is truly a home worth seeing.  Well done Kirk, Brett, Dale, Paul, and John.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gary, thank you so much for the generous complements. It's not easy to create a new house with old world look and charm. We strive to achieve the same standards and feel with our future projects. One of the greatest pleasures of the project was to connect and work with such easy going clients as Kirk, Brett, and Dale. Thanks again,

John Tutlewski



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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.