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Monday, January 25, 2016

1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West - Potential Casa Marina Renovation Project

1022 Flagler Avenue was just listed by Preferred Properties Key West. This home was originally built in 1958. Today we describe the architectural style as mid-century modern. I dug into my old shoe box and found the photo below which shows the home as it appeared in 1965. Just below the old photo is a new photo that shows how the house and yard look today. The carport has been updated. The yard has more palm trees and tropical foliage and the grass has been replaced with bricks. Not much has changed. The house is super clean and very well cared for. Nothing is broken and the house does not need to be renovated. But unlike houses in the Old Town area where houses cannot be torn down and a new replacement built, this property could be razed or substantially renovated. Will the new owner elect to keep things the way they are or will it be time for change?
Whatever existed in the original backyard has been replaced with a large and sunny pool and deck area. (These photos were taken on a cloudy day, however.) If you have looked at houses in the Old Town area you probably already know that many of those properties have small pools with limited sunshine and possibly neighbors who can look down into the pool area. This is not the case with this property. None of the neighboring homes have views into the pool area and existing trees do not block the sun on this pool or deck. 
As was the case for many mid-century homes, you enter directly into the living room once you pass the threshold. These were simple homes. This home is divided into three sections. The living and dining area are on the right side of the home. The kitchen and laundry room/pantry are located directly behind the living area to the right. The two bedrooms and one bathroom are located on the left side.
The master bedroom is located at the left rear of the home. Two sets of French doors open out to the pool and garden area. The guest bedroom is located at the front with the intervening bathroom providing privacy between the bedroom spaces. Unlike a lot of mid-century homes, these bedrooms are fairly large and provide more than just space for a bed and dresser. Notice also the beautiful Cuban tiles continue into both bedrooms. CLICK HERE to view more photos I took of this property.
The three block section from White Street to Reynolds Street has some very beautiful and quite expensive homes. Johnson Street is located one block to the south and Casa Marina Court one block further. So while 1022 Flagler Avenue may not need to be renovated, this property might significantly appreciate in value if it were (even if the renovation were done years from now).  A recent example of a renovation (not tear down and build new) was the mid-century house at 904 Flagler Avenue pictured below. I added a photo of the renovated home which looks nothing like the original house which exists somewhere inside the re-make. 
1022 Flagler Avenue is located one block east of the Casa Marina Resort. Higg's Beach and Rest Beach are located two blocks to the south. Up there you will find a segregated dog park to keep puppies from beating up the big dogs, public tennis courts, our new children's playground, Salute on the Beach Restaurant, the White Street Pier, and lots of sand for sunning.  Some people buy memberships at the Casa Marina Club so they can use the fitness center, the private beach, and spa facilities.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this lovely home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find  your place in Paradise.


Anonymous said...

Morning, Gary.
Loving your blog.
You mention this dog park and wondering if you know have there ever been problems with dog fights?
I see many large dogs in the area and few are leashed.
Miami parks have some problems with this.
Just wondering.

Gary Thomas said...

Dear Anon,

Sadly I do not have a dog. I have driven by the dog park on numerous occasions but have never seen any kind of altercation between the dogs.

Doggie beach is located next to Louie's Backyard. This is supposedly the only legal place you can take a dog to get into the water. That may or may not be correct. I am only stating what I have heard. I have only seen dogs there a few times. I am sure dogs go there. I just have not seen them there in any great number or with any recurring regularity.



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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.