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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1404 Newton Street, Key West - A Meadows Charmer!

The listing Realtor describes 1404 Newton Street located in the Meadows Area of Key West pictured above this way:
"This exceptional 2 BD 2 BA conch home is located in the popular Meadows neighborhood. As you enter the house you walk past the relaxing covered front porch and into a wonderful open floor plan with views through the living room and kitchen to the rear deck and pool. The bedrooms are en-suit and at opposite ends of the home. One of the bedrooms is currently utilized as a yoga studio. The heated pool is fenced for total privacy and there is a convenient tiled outdoor shower. The kitchen has new stainless appliances and there is a separate laundry room. The metal roof was replaced in 12/2016, there are metal window coverings and impact french doors, and a bricked off street parking."
 I dug into my old shoebox and found a fifty-two year old black and white photo of the same house. I think it looks so much better now.  In fact this little block is a nice little enclave of mostly updated homes but located away from the noise and commotion for houses located in some parts of Old Town. I took a photo of the house across the street. It is one of many quaint houses on this block.  And it is still located within a walking distance to Duval and the seaport.
According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser this house was built in 1943 just near the end of World War II. I found an aerial photo taken in 1920 (below) that shows the general area including what I think is 1404 Newton Street which I marked with an arrow. Longtime Readers may recall that the Army Barracks and parade grounds are located about 100 feet due north of this property.  It could be that the old house shown in the aerial photo was razed and a new house was built in 1943. But I doubt it.
Many of the houses in this area were built after 1900. This home is what I would call bungalow style.  It was updated and then updated again. Today the house is laid out with a main entry hall on the right side which leads to the living area and the kitchen at the rear.
The current owner uses the guest bedroom located at the front of the house as the primary bedroom and uses the master bedroom and bath (located at the rear) as a home gym or yoga studio. Both bedrooms have baths and the separation provides privacy whether from family members or guests.  The master bedroom is very large especially when compared to so many houses in Old Town. The photo just above shows the laundry room which includes both washer and dryer plus cabinets for storage. Two delicate French doors open out to the east side yard which has abundant storage space and a grill.
The master suite opens out to the sunny deck and pool and spa located at the rear. One of the things I constantly tell buyers is to not assume anything about a property in Key West. This is a relatively big house on a good sized yard. It may not look like that from the street, but when you see it in real life, you will be amazed at how large and spacious this house is. 
 I borrowed the listing agents photos with her permission. I should have taken my own photos of the pool area as the view from the southwest corner shows an expansive sky with swaying palms. This is a real delight. So many houses in Old Town are set so close together that owners only get scant sunlight and have diminished privacy. This is the opposite of that. Potential buyers will need to see the house for themselves to verify the veracity of what I write. It is true.  You'll see.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and additional photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this charming home Meadows Area home complete with pool, spa, off street parking, a newer roof with clips and approved metal shutters for all windows and doors. 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.