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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

811 United Street No. 1, Key West - The Secluded Gardens of Key West

If you have been searching for a private little Key West pied-à-terre with a pool and parking priced under half a million dollars, you ought to consider the absolutely charming one bedroom Secluded Gardens of Key West condo at 811 United Street No. 1.  The listing Realtor, not me, describes this unit this way:
"This is a wonderful corner property; well-maintained, with heated pool and off-street parking. This one bedroom condo is in move-in condition with beautifully renovated kitchen and upgraded bathroom. Located at the quiet end of the island's historic district, this condo is still within easy walking distance of a plethora of activities and good restaurants, art galleries and shopping."
 I dug into my old shoebox and found a photo of the same building that was taken in 1965. The brick building looks somewhat different today. What were once apartments were converted into condominiums. A pool was added together with an additional storage building plus assigned off street parking.
The current owners renovated the kitchen and bathroom. And while all condos have kitchens and bathrooms, most are not as cute as this. The cabinets are white and crisp. A modern day pantry was added to previous wasted space next to the now enclosed washer and dryer. The storage space and functional utility is superb.  There is actually enough space and storage here to live full time and not merely to nuke a Lean Cuisine meal.
The bathroom was totally renovated as well. A storage rail lines the east wall in the very large bedroom. The current owner has a desk in what could also be a seating area. French doors open out to the private deck which looks out to the spa and pool. The assigned parking spot is just outside the white picket fence at the rear. CLICK HERE to view more photos of this property.

811 Untied Street No. 1 has 622 sq ft of interior living space plus both a private front porch sitting area and a covered rear porch that overlooks the pool.  The quarterly condominium association fees are $1275 and cover building insurances, building maintenance, pool maintenance, and management. Also there is an annual $2000 capital contribution.

CLICK HERE to see the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Then 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.  This is a very attractive alternative to owning a larger home with a pool and home ownership bills and responsibilities. Think about that last sentence. You can be sitting on your porch or at the nearby beach instead of fixing stuff that goes wrong.

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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.