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Friday, September 11, 2015

1400 Virginia Street - A Real Housebuy of Key West

Today's blog is directed at readers who are looking for the quintessential Key West cottage style home that is priced under a million dollars. 1400 Virginia Street is that special home which I truly believe is a real housebuy! I've previously written about the two neighboring homes that were joined together several years ago to create a very exceptional home.
This home is located across from Bayview Park in the quiet little area often referred to as The Arts District in Key West.  The exterior of the house looks weathered and worn. That's by design. The owner gives the exterior a clear coat every couple of years to maintain the patina that makes this place so picturesque.
The main house (fronting on Virginia Street) is a shotgun style house with a long hallway which leads from the front door to the rear where the vaulted living area is located. There is a guest bedroom located at the very front of the house. French doors open out to the pool deck area from this bedroom so your guests can skinny dip while you sleep in the rear cottage.
The living area and kitchen are a located at the rear of the front house. The ceiling in the living area is vaulted. A custom bookcase creates lots of storage and display spaces for books and objets d'art. French doors open out to the covered outdoor dining area and then on to the pool, deck, and garden.  A small bar sink at the edge of the living room perks our interest and draws us in to see the chef's kitchen. The kitchen space comes alive when we see two sets of stacking 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. If you live in the Midwest or the northeast you probably wear wool socks and mittens when you go outside from Christmas till March first.  CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of the entire property.
The rear cottage originally had an entry door on Florida Street.The owner created a closet where the entry used to be located. The door entry could be easily restored simply by removing the closet hanger fixtures. The adjacent front bedroom could be used by guests. Right now, the current owner uses this room as an office. The larger room is the master suite. It has one wall lined with custom built bookshelves on which books, photos and, collectibles are on display. French doors open out toto a covered private porch that overlooks the pool. Imagine waking up in the morning looking out to the pool and garden.
Many of the windows in this home are impact glass. The rest of the windows have approved Miami Dade shutters. There is a whole house generator which means you will have electricity on those few times electric service is shut down. Also, there is a sprinkler system and landscape lighting. And there is a special mister system which automatically sprays for outdoor pests. Most potential buyers see beautiful landscaping and pools and take them for granted. There are mature specimen trees and tropical foliage on all four sides of the property. The yard and garden almost look park-like. The outdoor spaces add so much additional value to this home.
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 which is offered for sale at $989,000. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. 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.  I consider this home to be a real house buy!

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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.