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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.



Monday, February 27, 2017

1007 Eaton Street, Key West - Just Listed!

Just Listed 1007 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida. Better act quickly on this lovely three bedroom two bath home located in Old Town. What you can't see from the front is exactly why you will want to grab this place ASAP.This house sits on a very deep 107 foot lot which has two off street parking spaces entered off Thompson Lane. The rear yard currently has a large deck and garden with room for a pool.
I dug into my old shoebox and found the above black and white photo which shows 1007 Eaton Street when it was photographed in 1965.  Notice the louvered door on the first floor. If you look carefully you also will see the intricate porch rails that still exist today.
This is a single family house with one bedroom and one bath on the first plus plus a large living, kitchen, and dining area. French doors at the rear open out to a sizable wood deck. The laundry area is tucked into a shed off the deck area.
There are two off street parking spaces located behind the rear property line fence.  I believe there is plenty of room for a pool behind the home. CLICK HERE to view more photos of the home and grounds.
There are two good sized bedrooms on the second floor which share the renovated bath. A door from the bath opens out to the second floor rear deck which an added bonus to this home. Another door opens from the rear bedroom onto the deck. Bring your creativity and see how you might recreate this space. Note that this house has a new roof and skylights in the rear bedroom and bathroom. These add nice light.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and then call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am the listing Realtor on this 1368 sq ft Old Town home which is vacant and easy to show. Offered at $649,000.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

11 Nassau Lane, Key West - OPEN HOUSE TODAY


Today between 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM
11 Nassau Lane, Key West

This Pre-Civil War two bedroom two bath cottage with lovely orchid garden is offered for sale fully furnished at $794,000.  Come see why I am such a fan of homes located the slow lanes of Key West.




Friday, February 24, 2017

11 Nassau Lane, Key West

Just Listed, 11 Nassau Lane, Key West. I have written several blogs about the buyers who fell in love with 11 Nassau Lane and this little house even before we made it to the inside. This was the first and only house these buyers looked at. It was love at first sight.  That was fifteen years ago. And now this home is available for purchase.
The owners believe this home was built circa 1860 just before the start of the Civil War. Although this home has been updated and expanded, the Dade County Pine walls in the living room and kitchen are extra wide boards which are indicative of very old growth wood. The previous owner replaced the original floors, remodeled the kitchen and bath, added French doors to the side and rear bedroom.
The current owners converted the main floor bedroom at the rear into a den. Today there is a sleeper sofa that opens for visitors from the frozen north. The prior owner had a Murphy Bed in this space which worked well for his needs. I think visitors won't willingly want to leave this Garden of Eden view. There are over 50 orchids in the garden which convey with purchase of the house.
Several years ago the current owners added a second floor bedroom and bathroom plus covered rear porch and and created a love nest in the process. Who wouldn't fall in love with a treetop space this precious?  The vaulted ceiling with skylights, sharp repetitive angles plus contrasting natural and painted woods are juxtaposed to the expansive open views of the surrounding trees and blue sky. As the photographer was snapping photos of this space, I noticed strands of shells suspended on the porch. They shimmered like gems. Yes. They shimmered like gems. Precious gems.
CLICK HERE to view more photos of 11 Nassau Lane in Key West. Everything you see in the photos with a few exceptions will convey to the purchaser of this enchanting cottage located near the end of the lane. The bricked gardens and walkways are lighted and irrigated and contain numerous varieties of tropical trees and foliage, bromalides, and over fifty orchids.
11 Nassau Lane is now offered for sale at $794,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a showing. I will be hosting an Open House this Sunday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  This really is a special home. Come see it before it gets taken by someone else.


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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.