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Friday, November 11, 2016

721 Chapman Lane, Key West - Something Special!

Yesterday, during Realtor caravan, I finally got a chance to see the recently listed home at 721 Chapman Lane in Key West. I had been there years earlier and sort of remembered it. It looks totally different now than it looked a few years ago. As I made my way from the living room to the kitchen at the rear I could hear different agents going "Ooh!" and "Aah!" and "This is really nice". That normally does not happen. This place was something special.
This house is one of several cigar maker style homes on this block. The Monroe County Property Appraiser says this house was built circa 1906. The public records I saw did not show when the rear addition was added, but it looks to me like it was in the late 1990s. That addition expanded the living area toward the rear and increased the total living area to 1900 sq ft. The current owner replaced much of the siding and redid all of the interiors. The place looks, feels, and smells brand new through out.
The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"The minute you enter 721 Chapman Lane you know you've found a special property! Located on one of the quaintest streets in the Village, one block from restaurant row! This 3 bedroom, 3 bath home has been tastefully renovated with an elegant Caribbean feel including beautiful Brazilian Mahogany floors and Amish made solid Cherry cabinets. The open concept kitchen, dining and living area lead out to the beautiful covered lanai and heated, salt water pool. There is also a formal living room in the front of the home. Two master bedrooms both boast gorgeous en suite baths, one with a private covered porch overlooking the pool. Don't miss this one!"
The covered rear lanai merges with the interior when the glass doors are opened. You will be able to leave the doors open and walk back and forth between inside and outside from October through most of  May while other parts of the country deal with snow and blowing winds from Canada. The net effect is your living space is much larger and far more enjoyable than you can imagine until you experience in real life.
The entire house feels and looks new. The layout works for modern living. If you grew up in a post World War II ranch, you will understand the difference of modern open living concept as opposed to single purpose rooms. The second floor has two large bedrooms. The rear bedroom has a living area and a balcony which overlooks the pool below. I'm pretty sure back in the 1960s and 1970s only the rich had rear second story balconies overlooking a sweet pool. You can have it all today.

The master bedroom suite is just that: sweet. This is a place where you are walled off from the rest of the world (or at least whoever is in the other master suite at the front of the house). The bedroom has a big vaulted ceiling which in many houses makes one feel lost. But intimacy prevails here because the space is humanized by the furnishings and the opened balcony doors. The balcony provides another place to chill and bask in knowing this is your home - your inner sanctum. 
The second floor front bedroom and bath are equally as nice as the master at the rear, but not quite as large. Every room in this house is special. I doubt you will find anything like it in Key West today. And that is why  people like you want to own a place here - it's not located up north in America where everything is the same.
Opposite to the stairway to the second floor you will find a room currently used as a study and a guest bath. If the desk and chair were removed, that room could be used as a third bedroom. Also, there is a good sized pantry located under the stairway.
Nearby 221 Petronia Street - 2010
 721 Chapman Lane is home is located in the Bahama Village section of Key West, just two blocks west of Duval Street. This area is now changing at a much quicker pace than before. The City of Key West is finally working on the Truman Annex Waterfront Park. This week the waterfront is packed with attendees at the boat races.  I have long believed that when the park is completed, buyers will appreciate the undervalued homes in the Bahama Village area which has not risen in price equal to the houses in the Old Town area. I really think this is finally going to happen. One by one, the straggler properties like the one pictured above at 221 Petronia Street are getting bought up and redone. The house across the street is nearing expansion and completion of its renovation. Nearby hot eateries include the iconic Blue Heaven, Santiago's Bodega, and Firefly. 721 Chapman Lane is 200 feet away. Ft Zachary Taylor beach is a ten minute walk or a few minute bike ride. This area is gonna get hot and it's gonna go up in price.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 721 Chapman Lane which is offered at $1,399,000. This same house would cost about $1.8 million on the other side of Duval Street. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this very lovely home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties in Key West Florida.

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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.