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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1314 Laird Street, Key West

Just Listed 1314 Laird Street located at the corner of Sunshine Drive and Laird Street in Key West. The listing Realtor describes this 1260 sq ft two story home this way:
"This nearly-new single family home in Atlantic Estates is in pristine condition and easy to maintain. Located close to the beaches and Old Town. The modern great-room design overlooks the private pool and outside entertainment area. Loaded with upscale amenities such as bamboo floors, granite counter tops, 9 ft. ceilings with crown moldings, and stainless steel appliances. The property is completely fenced and lushly landscaped. The windows and doors are impact resistant and the structure is built to withstand 180 MPH winds. Two off-street parking spaces. Exceptionally low insurance rates. Green energy package includes R-19 insulation in the walls, R-22 insulation in bottom and middle floors. R-30 insulation in the attic and super high efficient tankless whole house water heater. Exterior is finished with Hardi siding."
Second floor front porch where you can watch nothing happen
Atlantic Estates is a small enclave of recently built modular homes located  a couple of blocks north of the Atlantic Ocean and just one block east of White Street. Locals and frequent visitors to Key West know this area as being  within easy walking distance to the White Street Pier, Higgs' Beach, our famous ocean front doggie park, and Salute on the Beach.  However, if you buy this house, you'll have your own private pool and won't need to share the sunshine with anybody. When you need a drink, you won't have to dip into your kids' education fund to pay for it. Let's look at this home from bottom to top. If you have seen any of the other homes here before, you will notice this one is a bit smaller and instead of having three bedrooms and three baths, this home has two bedrooms both of which are on the second floor.  That means this home is about 400 sq ft smaller than the other homes. The owners picked this corner lot and had this home specially made to preserve an existing tree on the site.
If you enter this home for the very first time on a day when the rear doors are opened, you can't but help being drawn to the pool and deck area. There's plenty of Key West sun there. After all the house is aptly located adjacent to Sunshine Drive. You'll also note these homes are constructed with Hardiboard siding which is insect, fire, and moisture resistant. This means the house will stand up to Key West's intense heat, humidity, rain, and termites which find the cement based material less than desirable to eat. Traditional wood siding requires constant vigilance here whereas Hardiboard needs painted less often and does not rot. The impact windows and doors plus the siding and metal roof means this home will qualify for substantial discounts on fire and wind insurance policies. You'll rest a bit easier knowing you can afford this place as compared to many stick built houses down in the Old Town area.

The master bedroom shown above has an ensuite bath plus rear deck which looks down to the private pool. You will get nice morning sunshine from this vantage point. The pool and deck area should be sunny through most of the day.  The guest bedroom is at the front of the house. That bedroom also has a private balcony which is pictured just below the lead photo in today's blog. 

CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a private showing.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

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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.