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Saturday, January 21, 2017

723 Olivia Street, Key West - Newly Renovated

Just Listed 723 Olivia Street, Key West. This home has just completed a total renovation that I started in February 2016. I wrote about the in this house in 2014 soon after the owners moved and out and put it on the market. After some time passed, the house was sold and went through planning phase. At the beginning of 2016 the house was lifted and moved  few feet to the west and placed on new concrete piers. The old two story front porch was rebuilt and given a new look which is more appropriate for this style of home. The rear of the house has a new two story addition plus a pool with waterfall. While some of the interior rooms remain the same size as decades before, all of the interirors have been renovated and most have been repurposed. The house today is essentiallly brand new.
The character of the former home was maintained by re-purposing several rooms in the original house into bedrooms and making the new addition an open concept living space. Let's start at the front door and make our way through the house as it is today.
As I recall the old house was laid out with the parlor in the front followed by dining room and kitchen at the rear. Today The parlor is a main floor bedroom followed by adjacent full size bath. In later years a new owner might use this space as a master suite instead of climbing the stairs. Petronia Lane also known as Poorhouse Lane can be seen through the side windows. Few cars actually pass the house as the lane is incredibly narrow. Bill Butler Park is located about 225 feet up Poorhouse Lane. That would be a good spot to take the dog for morning and afternoon walks.

The new living area at the rear is deep and broad. Multiple sets of French doors open out to the new pool and deck area. The indoors and outdoors become one so easily in Key West where this January the daytime temperatures are in the low 80s.. 
The second floor master suite is also located in the new rear addition. The vaulted ceiling gives the bedroom an extra spacious feel. A large walk-in closet and a super-sized master bath are located adjacent to the bedroom. Notice the steps in the photo two above. Both this room and the main floor living area have steps placing each floor a short distance from the floor level in the old portion of the house where today there is a third floor bonus room. There are two other bedrooms on the second floor one of which has a door which opens out to Olivia Street. Olivia Street is a one-way street primarily used by locals who live in this neighborhood but also by people like me who know it as an alternative to Truman Avenue located a block to the south.
While most of  the houses on Olivia Street have been update, a few of the old girls still remain virgins. Many  of theses houses stay in family ownership until the final occupant moves away for good. At that time most of these homes are offered for sale and buyers seize the opportunity to have their way with the virgins so to speak.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and to view more listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a showing of this home. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This home is offered at $2,495,000. It has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a pool, and off street parking. And it has an attic which now is identified as a bonus room.


FloridaAG said...

No comment on the price .. . I will leave that. I frequently walk by this house and watched the construction from start to finish. In my opinion, they made the pool too big, which frequently happens - I think a smaller pool and more deck space would have made sense, but it is not my house. 2 questions - do you know why they built the fence line 3-4 feet set in from the neighbors? Does their property line include that area or did they put the fence on the property line? I don't think they can fit cars there to park, but I guess that is what they are trying to do - I wonder if that is even their property - as they put no parking signs up there last week.

Second, did you ask why they did the French doors like that? Why are there so many? Sliders would have made much more sense if the goal was to open the whole thing up. I wondered if they were making a duplex or something when I saw the 4 sets of french doors go in

Gary Thomas said...

There was a boundary line issue that the previous listing agent disclosed to me when I showed the old fixer house.

I did not ask why the current owner installed four sets of French doors. The do open all of the house to the outside. An alternative but more expensive treatment would have been to add NANO doors. The current configuration does use up a lot of the deck.

FloridaAG said...

I should add that it looks great - it was impressive watching them raise the house to put the new piers in.


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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.