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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1013 Southard Street, Key West Florida

Just Listed 1013 Southard Street, Key West. This a classic Key West grand conch house which just been restored and which is awaiting new owners to create new memories of life on this little island out in the middle of the ocean.
I dug into my old shoebox and found two black and white photos of 1013 Southard Street. The top photo was taken in 1965 before renovations were made by a prior owner. The lower photo shows the house looking in much better repair presumably a few years later. The Monroe County Property Appraiser records show the house sold in 1971 for $11,600.  I took the color photo immediately above in 2015 a couple of days before the current owner purchased the home.
Today, this home has been freshly renovated and is now offered at $2,195,000. The home is located on one of the best blocks in Old Town. The house across the street was the feature home in Architectural Digest a few years ago when it was owned by the former CEO of one of America's media giants. The Gingerbread-Man house is also located across the street. It is much smaller but ever so cute. Those are just two of fourteen homes on this special block.
First Floor Master Suite
The listing Realtor describes 1013 Southard Street this way:
"Double porches and historic details are part of the charm and character of this old town Key West home in a sought after location. There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths,including a first floor master en suite, plus a den. The kitchen and great room open to the covered dining loggia and a new heated pool and spa. Lush mature trees, off street parking and most furniture conveys."

 The indoor and outdoor areas merge into one large space when the French doors are opened. This is a way we all live in Key West. The living in this home will be pretty easy as everything is just perfect.Upstairs there are two more bedrooms. One looks out to the pool area below.  I snapped an iphone pic looking out through the Juliet balcony. On most winter nights you could sleep in this room with the windows open.  During the daytime you can see the charming cottages on Lowe Lane.
One of the primary reasons homes like this are referred to as "grand conchs" is the first and second floor front porches. The give the owners perfect perches upon which to sit and watch the world go by. This home has an excellent view of the wonderful homes on this block.
You may not appreciate the grandeur of sitting up on a porch like this watching everybody going by looking up at the pretty houses thinking "someday that could be mine".  This home is waiting for that someone right now. CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West, the listing brokerage.

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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.