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Thursday, August 6, 2015

1400 Virginia Street, Key West, Florida

The listing broker describes 1400 Virginia Street in Key West as an:
"Unique one story home located in quiet Old Town Key West neighborhood just blocks from the Tennessee Williams home. Two Historic homes have been connected to form a private lushly landscaped mini-compound with all the amenities one could imagine. Each home has its own full bath and French doors throughout lead to a large heated pool and courtyard oasis. The home features a modern open-air chef's kitchen with retractable windows, an on-line 3-day capacity generator, irrigation and landscape lighting systems and mature landscaping. This charming home is considered by many to be one of the most distinctive in Key West and is a must see property to fully appreciate all that it offers."

Before I visited the house I went through my old shoebox and found photos of both houses that date back fifty years. The first photo below shows 1400 Virginia Street as it appeared then and obviously before it was renovated and expanded. The color photo shows the house as it exists today. The next black and white photo shows the rear cottage (known then as 1310 Florida  Street) as it appeared in 1965. The color photo shows it in 2015. Both places have been thoroughly renovated from top to bottom, inside and outside. All new electric, plumbing, HVAC, roofs, and pool and gardens were added. Today the two houses offer first class amenities in an utterly charming setting.
The current owners created a "bridge" which connects the two cottages which they use as the main entry to the  property. The front porch on Virginia Street now exists a a place to people watch. Today's blog will, however, work our way through the property using the Virginia Street as our starting point.

Let me point out from the start that the rustic appearance of the exterior siding looks like it has not been painted in years. Well, that is partially true, but the appearance is entirely intentional and the siding is maintained every two years to preserve the patina.
The front porch provides the perfect perch for people watching. The corner location is across the street from the Bayview Park, the largest city park in Key West. The cottage has a shotgun style front hallway that leads from front to the rear. Just off to the left of the front entrace is a guest bedroom with French doors which open out to the pool. This bedroom and adjacent bath are located far from the master suite. This gives the occasional guest or long term resident plenty of separation from the master suite.
The entry hall terminates in the new living room with vaulted ceiling. A set of doors open out to the covered outdoor dining area and then on to the pool, deck, and compact garden.  A small bar sink at the edge of the living room perks our interest and draws us in to see the comfy kitchen. The space comes alive when we see two sets of windows which open at the corner. The impact rated windows retract back to make the entire area open to the pool and garden area. A portion of the kitchen counter is counter-levered to the outside and creates a breakfast bar. The owner told me the windows and doors remain open much of January through May when our temperatures are at their best while temperatures up north are often horrendous.  CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of the entire property.
The rear cottage comes into view as we see the doors from the master bedroom welcome us into that space. It was cloudy on the day I took photos of the house. The weather was a bit cool for this time of year - it was wonderful! The owners' two dogs guarded the bedroom space (or more appropriately "lounged intently") as I snapped some photos. The bedroom space takes up about fifty per cent of this building. There is a third bedroom with private entry from Florida Street if desired. This owner uses that space for an office. There is a large walk-in closet plus two additional closets and a wall of bookshelves to provide lots of storage. This place has it all!
The owner advised me that everything that you see except the dogs and a couple of pieces of art can be purchased separately from the home. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to view all listing photos (some of which I copied). Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this truly pretty home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. It won't last long at the asking price of just $989,000. Remember this home has three bedrooms, two baths, a pool, and parking.This is one of the most charming homes in all of Key West and it is priced to sell.

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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.