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Thursday, December 15, 2016

1216 Varela Street, Key West - Story Book Cottage Just Listed!

Just Listed: 1216 Varela Street, Key West a story book cottage complete with a pool Offered at $798,000. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"Wonderfully maintained property in a great location. Remodeled in 2007 including footings and both electrical and plumbing on the first floor. Large master bedroom with two walk-in closets and outside balcony overlooking the pool. Newer kitchen with granite counters, gas range and duel fuel range. Nice large pantry. Second bath is on the first floor with a Jacuzzi tub. X flood zone."

I checked the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that 39 Frances Street existed as of the 1899 map. 39 Frances became 1216 Varela Street on the 1899 map. (Varela Street ends at United Street and becomes Whalton Street at Seminary Street. The Conchs love to make cab drivers crazy.) The above black and white photo was taken in 1965 and shows how 1216 Varela Street looked over fifty years ago. It looks like 1216 Varela a small addition was added to the front along with a substantial two story addition at the rear.  Interestingly, the houses on either side were also enlarged over the years. 1218 Varela Street sold in July 2013 for $1,600,000 cash. 1214 Varela Street (located next door to the right) sold or $2,555,000 in April 2016.  Both homes are much larger in size and sit on much larger lots. But they share the same basic location which bodes well for the new owner of the 1216 Varela Street.  

This 1,409 sq ft house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and sits on a slightly irregular rectangle lot measuring 21.2' X 90.56' slightly irregular rectangle lot. The front of the house sits close to the sidewalk and has a small bricked entry way in front plus a small side yard with shrubs on the south. The doorway shown in the top two photos leads to the separately owned cottage at the far rear of 1216 Varela Street which is not owned by this seller nor offered for sale. 

You enter the house into a small entry way and then proceed into the kitchen then the great room.The charming old looking exterior belies the modern interior living spaces. Instead of having smaller rooms with doors and passageway, the living area on the main floor is very open. Glass sliders at the rear open out to the covered rear porch and pool. 
The next to the last photo above shows a rear stairway which provides midnight access from the second floor master bedroom to the pool for a quick dip before bed.
The two bedrooms share a bath. There is a second bath located on the main floor at the front adjacent to the kitchen.
1216 Varela Street is located at the southernmost end of Old Town which abuts the Casa Marina Area. The Atlantic Ocean is located about seven blocks to the south where you will find Higgs Beach, the Key West Garden Club, Bocce courts, public tennis courts, children's playground,and two dog parks. The White Streets Arts District is located one block to the east. Faustos Food Palace (grocery store with a real old fashioned meat counter where the butcher really does butcher meat) is located in that area along with several small eateries, yoga studios, three gyms, a couple of hair salons, and a gas station that serves the best fried chicken in town 24 hours a day. Bayview Park, the largest city park, is located one block east of White Street. You can also walk to upper Duval Street in about five minutes.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos for 1216 Varela Street. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This is one of just a few Old Town homes with a private pool priced under one million dollars. Don't miss the chance to see this storybook cottage. 

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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.