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Monday, June 15, 2015

1309 Grinnell Street - The Casa Marina Area - Key West

JUST LISTED by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1309 Grinnell Street which is located in the Casa Marina Area. This 1724 sq ft home is hidden behind large privacy fence. When you open the gate, you are genuinely surprised to see a lagoon pool and tropical garden upon entering the property. A winding path leads through the bricked terrace and up the steps to the home.

I fished around in my old shoebox and found a photo taken of this house in 1965, see below.  I have included a new color photo that shows the house from about the same angle taken in 2015.  
The aerial photo above was taken in 1930.  I added a white arrow that indicates the location of 1309 Grinnell Street. The house was not built then, but its next door neighbor existed then. The Monroe County Property Appraiser website shows this house was built in 1958.  I think the actual construction may actually have been sometime earlier - probably right after World War II.  I believe the original house was a one story bungalow style house. There are many nearby bungalow style houses located in this immediate area. The second floor addition appears in the 1965 photo so we know it existed as of that date or earlier.
I often speculate about how a house might look like if a new owner did a few things to tweak the exterior a bit. While parts of the Casa Marina Area are now subject to review by our Historic Architectural Review Commission, this house might get a "pass" since it is not a contributing structure and since prior additions totally changed the original view.
I would suggest the creation of a new two story front porch that would overlook the pool. I would replace the T-111 siding with Novelty siding that already exists on the main floor. I would replace the aluminum windows with wood windows to give the house a more traditional home appearance. I would gut the first and second floor interiors and rearrange the room layouts and functionality. The living room, dining area, kitchen, laundry, and a bedroom and full bath are located on the main level.  I think the current configuration is both  dated and also no longer fits the way we live today. The second floor layout is equally outdated and impractical. The second floor landing is way too large. The spaces could be reconfigured to enlarge the bedrooms and perhaps add another bath. Another scenario would be to eliminate one of the existing three upper bedrooms and to reconfigure the space to have just one guest bedroom and to create a larger new master bedroom with en-suite, The new master bedroom would have French doors that open out to the second floor front porch which would overlook the pool. If you take down the existing walls, you can create any new space you want.
CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of the house and yard. According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser the yard is an irregular 4555 sq ft lot (about 43.25' X 92'5'). The house sits to the rear of the lot, and the pool is located up front. There is a good sized deck on the south side of the house. The north side lot is about six feet wide.
A new owner would not have to make any structural changes to this house. It needs existing carpet removed and replaced.  Interiors need to be cleaned and painted. My suggestions are offered only to spark the Reader's imagination as to what they might do if this house were theirs.  A 1960s vintage house located in the next block was a couple of years ago and was featured in Architectural Digest. It was a simple house before it became glamorous. It was recently offered for sale at $2,499,000. Our office sold a similar contemporary renovation in the same block in 2012 for $1,950,000. I think any money spent on this house will ultimately make the house worth much more. Most of the homes in  this area are priced over one million dollars and prices are trending much higher. The Atlantic Ocean and beaches are just a few blocks to the south. Duval Street is a five block walk to the west. Most of the gyms and yoga studios are located within a four block walk to the north or east. You can be in most places you want to go within a matter of minutes. I believe the current "condition" and location make this property worthy of serious consideration.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 1309 Grinnell Street that is offered for sale at $675,000. 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.


1 comment:

cadenjacoby said...

Superb condo!! This is so pretty that I am in love with this glorious home. I just made the investment in a residential apartment in Dove mountain real estate so I can’t buy this one. Anyway, thanks for the post!

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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.