A few years ago, I was invited to a soirée in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. I found myself standing before an austere two-story brick wall on Dauphine Street—double checking the address—convinced that I could not possibly be at the right place. Having been told that the party was being held at an exquisite private residence that had recently graced the pages of Architectural Digest, I could not imagine such a treasure being hidden behind such an uninviting façade. After hesitantly ringing the bell, I was soon welcomed into a jaw-dropping property that far exceeded my grandest concept of perfection.
Much like the French Quarter, Key West has its lion’s share of magnificent homes, surprisingly concealed behind white picket fences and lush tropical landscaping. 711 South Street is one such hidden treasure.
After touring 711 South Street for the first time, Dean returned to the office with a look of astonishment on his face—declaring it a paragon of design. He could not stop describing the flawless home as sheer perfection, down to the smallest detail. How could we not be in love with 711 South Street? It is spectacular.
The golden touch of legendary interior designer Alexander Baer can be seen throughout the home. From the moment we enter the verdant front garden and meander along the winding brick path to the generous and welcoming front porch, we are transported to a genuine Key West fantasy. The wide foyer opens to an office, two large guestrooms, a grand and inviting living room, and an unforgettable veranda. The exquisite master suite is divine. We love that the kitchen, with its tiger maple cabinets, opens to both the living room and the veranda. The separate garage and guesthouse is as beautifully designed as the main residence. The resort style pool and patio, surrounded by tropical plantings, makes us believe that this extraordinary home deserves a five star rating.
We have strolled past 711 South Street countless, never imagining that paradise lay beyond its white picket fence.
Keith and Dean
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