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Friday, March 4, 2016

415 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida

New to the market is 415 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida. Frequent readers of my blog know I like to dig in the old shoe box to see if I can find any old photos of houses I write about.  In the case of 415 Amelia Street I found a great black and white photo taken fifty-one years ago (see below). I recently took a photo from the same location.  If you look closely you will notice many similarities but some marked differences as well.  Three boys shown in the photo standing in the driveway in the old photo. I'd love it if a local happens to read this blog and sees his photo and would share what he remembers about this house and this block in the mid 1960s.
Today 415 Amelia Street is offered for sale at the asking price of $1,095,000.  According to the listing Realtor, not me, the house and separate guest cottage total 1164 sq ft of living space and sit on an irregular 3960 sq ft lot (47.75' X 83.85') that is located about 200 feet west of Duval Street in Key West.  The house and cottage have a total of three bedrooms, two baths, a sunny pool, covered off street parking, comfortable interior spaces, and lots of charm. Combine the location and amenities, and you have a money maker vacation rental if that is part of your plan in purchasing a Key West property.
The listing Realtor describes 415 Amelia Street as
"A MUST SEE! Rare opportunity to own a beautiful Conch home featuring two bedrooms and one and a half baths plus a spacious loft with room for a guests and/or an office. Situated in the heart of the Historic District of Upper Duval and perfectly positioned near the Southernmost Point and Hemingway's House, this unique cottage is a blend of eclectic style and color. Nearby are some of the finest restaurants and bars, and the Southernmost Beach, where you can relax on the sunbeds while sipping your pina colada. The rear of the house is an oasis of elegant charm, with the benefit a 'cabana' guest house and tropical outdoor shower. A glorious Moroccan tent provides a relaxing outdoor retreat overlooking the large, heated, saltwater pool. The carport and driveway comfortably accommodates two cars."

 The gated front entry leads to a charming front porch marked by what I refer to as dental structure gingerbread trim. Looking out from the front porch you see a charming Old Town street. When you open the front door your eyes dash around in anticipation of discovering which bedroom will be yours. And you eagerly await the vacation of your lifetime.
Kids, singles, or fun couples will like the room at the top of the stairs. A built-in window seat overlooks the pool and guest cottage below.
French doors in the master bedroom open out to the pool and deck. There's a waterfall with trickling water - what a wonderful sound to hear as you go to sleep or when you wake up. It's easy to see why vacationers fall in love with Key West when they can stay in a place like this.
I wrote about this house a few years ago when it was for sale. The current owner added the above "Moroccan" tent and totally transformed the deck area into something utterly charming at a minimal cost. I thought to myself this is ingenious. Previously the deck was just a big sunny space. All of a sudden there was shaded space to lounge while the kids play in the pool and later to have smart cocktails while planning where to dine at night. I had never seen something so inexpensive transform a space. I give this Seller an A+ for design smarts.
The guest cottage or "cabana" as the listing Realtor describes it is a long and narrow building located at the far side of the pool. It's got a bedroom and bath. An outdoor shower adjoins on the side.
 Remember what I wrote at the outset of today's blog - this home is located about 200 feet east of Duval Street. That's a great location for owners or vacation renters who want a place that is close to the action and attractions of Duval Street, yet that is located far enough away not to be swept up in the noise and commotion. And don't forget this home has its own off street parking.
Please CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet which includes lots of daytime and nighttime photos of this delightful property. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a private showing of this property. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.

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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.