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Thursday, November 30, 2017

712 Ashe Street, Key West - Present Perfect

I have written about the house at 712 Ashe Street in Key West a couple of times for over the past three years. I remember the day I first set foot in the original house. I almost dare not write about the place for fear of any reader thinking that any part of the old house remains except for a few, and I mean FEW, original boards remain, because what used to be belongs in a creepy TV show. The place was a mess from floor to ceiling, front to back, and all places in between. It was scary walking around inside because the floors were so damaged I could have stepped through them. Below are a couple of photos of what used to exist, but mind you and read on to understand, all that was is gone. What you see as of today is all new and very well done at that.
The rear of the original house was torn down. The backyard was cleared all a metal outbuilding and decades of dead foliage. The front part of the house had been modernized sometime in the 1950s or 1960s when the asbestos shingles and windows were added to enclose the original porch.

The house was re-built in a two part process. The new rear section was built first. Only a few boards from the old front porch remain. And when the "renovation" was nearly completed, the boards from the front porch were ripped off.  I took progress photos during the rebuilding. They appear below. You can see more photos if you CLICK HERE.
The previously enclosed front porch is now open and extends west down to the front door - about twenty feet from the front. The front door opens into a vaulted hallway that leads to the great room at the rear. As you near the great room you're gonna be amazed at the height and breadth of the space which now includes a rear wall of glass. The ceiling height is 14 feet.
While the house looks like it is old, it is anything but. The interiors are clean, white, and modern, The new home should appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. The house has wind impact resistant windows and doors, Hardiboard siding, and all the other features you would expect in new construction including marble bathrooms, quartz counter tops in the kitchen, tongue in groove ceilings, and white ash solid wood floors. The pool is surrounded by Abaco decking and there is even an outdoor shower amid lush tropical landscaping. Finally, the house is located in X Zone so flood insurance is not required.
The new house has three bedrooms two of which share a Jack-and-Jill bath. There is also a guest bath located off the entry hall and adjacent to the laundry closet.
The listing Realtor is also a reader of my blog. He invited me over to see the house while construction was in process. As we stood in the front room before the drywall was installed, he described his vision of how the room would look. Remember I told you the old house was creepy. Below is a pic I took way back when. (I won't write why I called it creepy.) Remember as well the original house was taken down in sections. What you see in the two lower photos is all new construction from the ground up.
This house sits in a really great Old Town location. Ashe Street is a little known street that is tucked in between White Street to the east and Frances Street to the west. Frances is the east boundary for the Key West cemetery. White Street runs the distance between the Atlantic Ocean to Eaton Street. It provides quick access to any part of town to the east. Duval Street is a five to ten minute walk depending your pace. Ashe Street is more narrow than other streets and really does not lead anywhere except out. And because of this, there is not much traffic, no trolleys or conch trains, and few tourists. So a new owner can sit on the front porch and watch the world go by very slowly almost as if this house was sitting on one of the slow lanes of Key West. And remember this block has some of the prettiest little homes on the island. That is why I refer to 712 Ashe Street as being present perfect. If you are a cash buyer, this could be your home by Christmas.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet for 712 Ashe Street offered at $1,450,000. 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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Just Listed - 1307 Petronia Street, Key West

Longtime readers of my blog may recall that I have written about this Meadows Area beauty a couple of times during the ten years (soon to be eleven years) I have been doing this blog. It was thirty-three years ago that I first came to Key West and that is when I discovered this little island in middle of the ocean with so many old time houses that were stuck in time. Unlike north up in America, the houses here looked pretty much the same in 1984 as they probably did when they were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s. As more and more people discovered the beauty of what is now my island home, the old houses have been bought by new people who have updated them.  The home above is located at 1307 Petronia Street. It is one of the prettier houses about which I have written. 

I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to try to determine when this home was built. The earliest date it appeared was 1912. A smattering of homes appeared in earlier additions of the maps, but this entire block and two blocks were basically barren. Readers may recall that this area was called The Meadows for good reason - this is where the dairy cows lived back in the days before Key West had refrigerated milk. Dairymen would drive carts through town to deliver milk. The modernization of Key West the conversion for dairy land to residential housing. The black and white photo above shows this house as it appeared in 1965. The color photo immediately above was taken in 2013. The photo at the top of today's post is current.

The listing Realtor describes the home this way:
Located in the highly sought after Meadows, sits this 3-bedroom, 3 bath that has been recently modernized. A traditional entry foyer leads to the first floor living room with 5 large double hung windows and an elegant crafted wall of bookcases. There is den/bedroom with French doors that open to the pool area. The dining area is adjacent to the chef’s kitchen with massive granite counter top, and gas stove, wine cooler and stainless steel appliances. French doors lead to an outside eating area and nice size pool surrounded by decking and lush tropical landscaping. Upstairs there are 2 en suite bedrooms with walk a large master walk-in closet. The master has a very large sunning deck with a spiral staircase to the pool.
I'm pretty certain the original house didn't look or function quite as perfect when it was built as it does today. The formal entry offers guests a more formal entrance into the living area and at the same time allows the owners direct access to the kitchen at the rear or the stairway in between. The living room photos show off the Dade County Pine ceiling. The living room includes a new media center and built in bookcase. Modern touches include new wood floors, crown molding, and new HVAC. Two photos immediately above show readers the location of the first floor bedroom which is being used by the current owner as a den. There is an adjacent full bath on the first floor. French doors open out to the pool from both the kitchen and the den/bedroom.
Both second floor bedrooms are en-suite. The master bedroom shown above has French doors which open out to the sundeck. A spiral staircase leads down to the pool for a late night dip.
1307 Petronia Street even has a bricked parking space for your car. A lot of homes in Old Town and the environs don't. 
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and more photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing of this pretty special home offered at $1,400,000. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.

Monday, November 27, 2017

1211 Grinnell Street, No. F - Key West, Florida

Just Listed  by Preferred Properties Key West, 1211 Grinnell Street, No. F. Key West, Florida. I have written about this home a couple of years ago when it was offered as a short sale and later as a bank owned property. The property was sold and has been updated and transformed into a three bedroom two and one-half bath home. CLICK HERE to view more photos.

This home is located in Grinnell Gardens, a unique compound consisting of seven distinctive units which share a large and sunny pool. Each home has one designated off street parking space. These homes were built new in 1994 and replicate the Greek Revival architectural style found in many houses in our Old Town area. This particular home has 1360 square feet of interior living space plus covered first and second floor front porches for private outdoor entertaining. The homeowner association fee is just $200 per month.
As soon as I opened the front door I could see how radically different this house had improved. The former darkly painted Venetian Plaster Walls and Ceiling are now a creamy white. There is new air conditioning, new lighting, and bathrooms. The darkness that hung over that house is now gone. It is light and airy.
The main level great room opens out to the private rear garden which is perfect for outdoor dining almost every day of the year.  It is totally secluded.  The kitchen has been updated with all new stainless steel appliances. Not shown is the first floor guest bath and large closet area which provides real storage space.
The master suite is located at the front of the second floor. The vaulted ceiling soars high and gives the interior a very spacious feeling. The original owner had special features built into this house including extra insulation between the connecting unit to the west and additional insulation between the first and second floors. Noise is contained and coolness is maintained. The current owner removed glass block half-walls in the nook that extends over the front balcony. The result is a much cleaner look.The bathroom cabinet and fixtures were replaced as well.  The front and rear exteriors were painted as well. Since this is  town home, the owner is responsible for exterior maintenance. That will not be a issue for a decade or so down the line. In the meantime, the new owner can sit on the balcony ponder the joys of owning a place in Key West. The view is so special. Remember there are only seven homes that share the pool and the view. By the way, two of the homes here have private pools.
The original home had a second master bedroom at the rear of the second floor. That space was reconfigured into two separate bedrooms both of which share the adjacent full bath. The laundry closet is located at the of the stairs.  The third bedroom is large enough to accommodate a bunk bed set for the grand kids or which could be used as an office.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 1211 Grinnell Street No F which is offered at $945,000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule an appointment to see your new Key West home for the very first time. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West, the listing brokerage. If you act quick enough, this could be your home by Christmas.


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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.