Looks and Locations of a home can be deceiving especially in Key West which has some incredible homes often located in unorthodox locations. It's a simple fact that many people are attracted to Key West because of the charm our Old Town area exudes. People love it. Many of our recent homes were built to replicate the Old Town look.The new listing at 1609 Flagler Avenue is an example of a house which looks old from the street but which is contemporary on the inside. This house was built new in 2000 and renovated in 2009 by the present owner. I remember showing this house to buyers years ago when it was offered to the public for the first time. I recently got to see this home and was pleasantly surprised to see something totally unexpected. The listing Realtor describes the home this way:
"Owned by a renowned London-based designer, this is a truly astonishing home with amazing attention to detail. Fully renovated and restored in 2009, including designer kitchen and baths. A beautifully designed interior including high ceilings, hardwood floors, and an open floor plan are among the many desirable features of this home. The huge master suite has walk-in closets and a study overlooking the balcony and pool area. Private, gated and lush tropical yard features a heated pool and spacious teak deck. Off-street parking and fantastic location near the Casa Marina and Atlantic beaches."
The two above photos show the exterior and interior of the same main floor areas. The middle door opens into the greeting hall which immediately expands into the open living area. Doors to the west open into the kitchen while the doors on the right open into the main floor bedroom.
It should be patently obvious that this house was outfitted by a designer. If you read the listing agent's remarks cited above, you'd already know that. But you don't need to read to see understand the chic style of this home. As soon as you enter your eyes are drawn to the glass doors at the rear and the pool beyond.
Just off the front greeting hall is a large first floor bedroom and bath which can be opened to public view or made to disappear behind pocket doors. French doors can be opened out to the front porch. The bath is tucked around the corner.
While looking at the first floor bedroom, I thought it useful to mention the furnishings are unique and may be purchased separately from the house. How a new buyer uses this house would determine how this space might be used and whether these furnishings would fit the lifestyle of the new owner. If the style fits, you may be able to purchase it.
The master suite is quite large by Key West standards. Many of the historic homes in Old Town date back to the late 1800s when bedrooms had one purpose - to provide a place to sleep. People back then did not have seasonal wardrobes, televisions, computers, and maybe not even hobbies. Today it's the opposite. So having a cozy place to retreat to and away from the kids and other family members is a concept that many potential buyers may find appealing. This home offers abundant space to achieve that end. Imagine opening the French doors at night in the winter months and enjoying the still night air inside the bedroom or out of the rear covered deck.
This 1820 square foot three bedroom three bath home sits on a large 4755 sq ft lot. Other features include high ceilings, hardwood floors, irrigation system, security system, laundry room, and window treatments.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos. 1609 Flagler Avenue is offered at $1,372,500. After you have looked online, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to set up a private showing in real life. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. If you bought this home right now, you could be home by Christmas.