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Monday, June 8, 2015

1515 18th Street, Key West - Mid-Century Modern

Just Listed, but not by me, 1515 18th Street in Key West, Florida. This is an expansive Mid- Century Modern home constructed in 1958.  The CBS  (concrete block structure) is a combination of stucco over CBS and stone surface over CBS.  The roof is flat which was typical of that era. Most of the homes in this area are of similar age and construction. The lot measures 8937 sq ft (65' x 137.5') and is surrounded on three sides by an expensive CBS privacy fence. The house itself measures 2388 sq ft under air.  The backyard is pretty amazing. There is a large pool surrounded by a large deck for sunning punctuated by towering palms and tropical foliage. The asking price is just $515,000.  There's a whole lot of house here. I hope some reader who has been dreaming of buying a second home or maybe a future retirement home will take note of the opportunities this property provides.

This is a very simple house on many levels, or should I say it is a one level home that is very simple and efficient in its design.  The living room has a wall of windows the type of which can be seen throughout Key West in homes built from the 1950s forward.  The windows open and allow air to flow from the outside. Before there was air conditioning, there was natural ventilation. These windows provide both light but also lots of ventilation.  Two skylights provide additional light as well. One of the first things I noticed was the mix of the original terrazzo floor and newer tile floors in the dining area and bedrooms. I will comment more about this later. 
The house has an "L" shape design. There are two bedrooms and baths located on the east and west sides of the longer portion of the "L" shape. The smaller end of the "L" is the family room and kitchen. The kitchen was updated several years ago and has a several years of service before it needs redone.  The appliances and counter-tops are a bit dated, however. There is a pass through from the kitchen into the family room where there is a built in dining bar. The photo immediately above shows the Cuban tile floors that mark a third type of floor material used in this house. 
Both the west and east bedrooms have full baths and lots of closet space. They both also have a mix differing floor surfaces between rooms.  It may be that the living room and the bedroom areas were carpeted and that the carpet was removed.  There is no central air conditioning in this home. There are wall unit air conditioners, however. I think a new owner might want to install a new mini-split system throughout  the house. These systems are whisper and are more economical to operate than the old wall units. By the way I could not help but notice how quite and lovely the outdoor area was while I was taking photos.  This is really a lovely home. CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of this very interesting property.
CLICK HERE for a Google aerial view of this property which is located four blocks to the west of Cow Key Channel which leads to deep Atlantic Ocean waters via the Sunrise Canal across the street from this home. Jimmy Buffet once lived a block or so down the street on the opposite side of the adjacent Sunrise Drive.
1515 18th Street is offered at $515,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a showing on this very interesting and fairly priced home which has so much to offer. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.

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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.