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Monday, January 18, 2016

1214 Varela Street, Key West - Two for One

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that is where I work but this is not my listing, 1214 Varela Street and it's cute as can be guest cottage on Knowles Lane. The listing Realtor describes this sophisticated duo this way:
"This exceptional property impresses with a combination of sophistication and elegance coupled with a very high standard of home luxuries. An absolute highlight is opening the front door and looking through the kitchen, dining, living room to the outstanding outdoor living space, surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and a 30 foot glassed tiled pool to the two bedroom two bath guest house. Well-conceived, there are 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in the main house. The master suite on the second level has 2 private terraces, a wall of multiple glass closets and one of the largest bathrooms with a claw foot tub. On the main level there is a bedroom, bath and pantry room adjacent to the massive living space with beautiful built-ins and folding French accordion doors to the outside. Reclaimed Dade County Pine. The guest house backs up to Knowles Lane for privacy from your family or friends."
 As soon as you enter the front door of 1214 Varela Street you sense you are entering into a very beautiful and well planned home. The attention to detail and sophistication is everywhere from the classic Dade County Pine walls and ceiling, the beautiful dark wood floors, the crown moldings and extra tall baseboards. 
There is a main floor bedroom and bath located at the front of the house. As you move forward the kitchen and dining area emerge as does then the living area. The kitchen has top of the line stainless steel appliances, cabinetry, and lighting. You have no idea how many kitchens I have seen where lighting is treated as an after-thought. The new owner of this home will be able to see what is being prepared. The photos above show the tray lights. These can be turned down to create the perfect romantic dining situation or mood for any occasion. French doors at the rear of the great room open out to a covered rear deck area and pool.  The deck continues beyond to the two story guest cottage. You will note the pool and deck are flanked by an alley of tall palms and tropical foliage to create an inviting space to grab that perfect Key West tan.
 The entire second floor of the main house is devoted to the master or mistress of this house. There master bedroom includes private second floor rear balcony that looks down to the pool and guest cottage beyond. The deck is so private you can sunbath al fresco. (Nobody can see.) The bedroom chamber is a big and open area with a vaulted ceiling a bank of windows and a door out to the sundeck. The space includes a sitting area and a more cozy spot for the bed itself. There is a bank of wood doors with glass panels that line the wall of the bedroom and continue on into the master bath. Each closet space is lighted. The bath includes a dual vanity except this one is more like a partner's vanity with sinks opposing each other rather than being side by side. There is a soaking tub and extra large shower with dual rain shower fixtures.
The guest cottage also has been updated. Now there are two bedrooms and two baths, one on each floor. The downstairs portion has a small sitting area and a mini-kitchen where your guests can prepare morning coffee or a late night snack. There is an off street parking space on Knowles Lane.  Your guests can come and go and not interfere in your life. 
The main house and guest house have a combined interior living area of 3100 sq ft and sit on a 6218 sq ft lot which extends all the way through to Knowles Lane (entered from either United Street or Catherine Street).
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet and listing photos (which are great!). Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of 1214 Varela Street which is offered at $2,685,000. It will be like buying two homes for the price of one. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.


Anonymous said...

Would it be difficult to get a transient license for the guesthouse?
How long does it take?
Thanks for any information at all, Gary.

Gary Thomas said...

I answered this question in my reply to the comment on 1010 Whitehead Street.


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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.