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Monday, March 7, 2016

302 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida

The home at 302 Amelia Street is so pretty that it could be on a travel poster for Key West.  First and second floor verandas wrap around this stylish home that was designed by noted  Key West architect Michael Ingram.
The occupant of the front bedroom has a view of the the historic Key West lighthouse off to the north while the occupant of the master suite has a view of the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
This home is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. While the facade mimics grand old homes from two centuries ago, the construction of this house and the interiors are anything but old. This home was constructed with reinforced concrete with Haridboard siding added to give the appearance of traditional wood siding. The home also has impact windows and doors which provide sound insulation, protection from windstorms, and reduced fire/casualty and windstorm insurance rates. 
 When you enter the house you immediately realize this is not some old house that has been updated. Instead you walk into an open living area that is bright and cheery. Windows and French doors on three sides provide filtered views of the gardens. Top chefs will appreciate the gas range and designer cabinets. The granite counter tops and breakfast bar provide compliment the over-sized tile floors. All interiors and exteriors were recently painted. Everything is crisp and fresh.
With the French doors opened, the pool and waterfall look mighty inviting. The second floor balcony offers views of the pool below, the park across the street, and the Atlantic Ocean two blocks to the south. An electric extending awning provides shade from the sun when needed, but allows full sun at other times. All of the deck areas have Trex decking which is a man-made material that does not rot like regular or pressure treated wood. The waterfall adds a little splash to complete this Keys pool. There is a gated off street parking space located just beyond the pool. A door at the back of the house provides easy access for bringing in the groceries.  These are thoughtful and useful design elements that are often overlooked.

The stairway to the three bedrooms on the second floor is pretty impressive. It's quite wide. A window located at the turn around point illuminates the space and gives the perfunctory space a sense of importance. Notice the wood floors throughout the second floor which give the rooms a bit of an "old house" feel.
I couldn't decide which of the three bedrooms I'd pick if I lived here. Each bedrooms has its own particular view and mystique that make it special. Really!
The west corner bedroom is just plain beautiful.  The French doors open out to the wrap around porch from each bedroom so I guess anybody can have the same "view" once on the deck, but I'd prefer to think the views from inside the room are all mine.
The master bedroom with en-suite bath is quite large. Multiple sets of French doors open out to the wrap around deck. Note the drapes that provide privacy when needed.
The views just off the master bedroom include the pool below, the park across the street, and the ocean in the distance. Notice the Trex decking around both floors of the wrap around decks and the pool decking. 
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos on 302 Amelia Street which is offered for sale at $1,250,000. It is a three bedroom, two and one-half bath 2080 sq ft residence. It has a pool, off street parking, and like I said at the beginning of today's blog, a view so pretty it could be on a travel poster for Key West. 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.

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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.