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2017 proved to be another banner year for The Townsend Team. We joined forces with Compass Realty to be a part of the successful launch of KELLER WILLIAMS KEY WEST COMPASS REALTY, survived an unwanted date with Hurricane Irma, and sold some unforgettable island homes.

We hope you enjoy our fourth annual list of our favorite Key West home sales of the year. Not only did we wish we were buying these beautiful properties for ourselves, family or friends, we had a great time working with the sellers, buyers, real estate agents, closing attorneys, loan officers, photographers, and all the industry professionals that helped to make these transactions happen.

We can’t wait to see what tropical treasures we’ll be marketing and selling in 2018.

Happy New Year!

Dean & Keith Townsend, The Townsend Team
305-942-1369, www.DeanTownsend.com


1211 Washington

10. 1211 Washington Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $915,000.
Our buyers traded up from their historic Old Town cottage when they saw the value in this lovely, garden street home. With a spacious 2 bedroom/1.5 bath main house and a 1 bedroom/1 bath poolside cottage, they now have plenty of room to relax into their island retirement.


9. 1423 Patricia Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $987,298.
It took winning five, nerve-racking, online auctions to secure this large, 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bath, investment property for our buyers. They have lovingly transformed La Bella Capri into a family-friendly monthly vacation rental.


8. 53 Seaside South Court, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $842,400.
With its stunning ocean views from four levels, we knew this 3 bedroom/4 bath, end unit townhome would not stay on our roster of listings for long. To the delight of our sellers, we received a full price offer in no time flat.


7. 1711 Von Phister Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $604,000.
After purchasing this charming cottage in 2016, our sellers outgrew this, 3 bedroom/2 bath, home before they even made their move to paradise. We helped them find the perfect home for their retirement and were thrilled when friends of ours chose this cottage for themselves.


6. 1410 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $1,670,000.
Dean represented our sellers in 2008 when they purchased this stunning home for $1,262,500.00. We had so much fun staging, marketing, and selling their spacious, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath, Casa Marina gem.

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5. 1407 Rose Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $845,000.
With its well-designed floor plan and sparkling pool, this pristine, 3 bedroom/2 bath, mid-century modern home captivated our buyers and us. We wished we were buying it.

1127 Packer

4. 1127 Packer Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $600,000.
When he had it under contract the first time, the buyer of this picture-perfect cottage got cold feet in the days following Hurricane Irma. Once he understood that—like most of structures in Old Town—the property saw no damage from the storm, he went on to happily purchase the charming, 2 bedroom/1 bath, home from our sellers.

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3. 1209 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $798,000.
After spending a few years building a lasting friendship with our buyers as they searched for a single-family home, they decided that this move-in-ready, 2 bedroom/2.5 bath, townhouse was their ideal Key West starter home. Located in a small, gated, Old Town compound, the low-maintenance property won them over with its beautiful shared pool and garden.


2. 2601 South Roosevelt Boulevard, A207, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $480,000.
We staged this beautiful, 1 bedroom/1 bath, Key West by the Sea condominium to sell. To our delight, the turnkey property sold for a record breaking price.

Let the Sun Shine In

★1. 1209 Knowles Lane, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $958,170.
As REALTORS®, we never know when we will meet new friends. We hit it off with the buyers of this exquisite historical renovation when they toured our favorite home sale of 2016: the unforgettable Carpenter Gothic church conversion at 824 Thomas Street. After taking them to see many Old Town properties, they saw past construction chaos and went under contract on this, 2 bedroom/2 bath, saw-tooth cottage months before the renovation was complete. Their patience paid off when they closed on the Key West home of their dreams.

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1410 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $1,670,000.


Stroll two short blocks from the Waldorf Astoria’s historic Casa Marina Resort—the final jewel in famed railroad tycoon Henry Flagler’s crown—and you will discover another shining Key West gem. The stunning property at 1410 Reynolds Street is not to be missed. Style and sophistication abounds in this exceptional, 3 bedroom/2.5 bath residence. Beautifully renovated and exquisitely furnished, this 2,262 square foot, single story home is being offered for sale turnkey (excluding the artwork). We could not be more delighted to be marketing and selling this unforgettable new listing.




Expansive and inviting open plan living, dining, and media areas showcase Brazilian cherry floors, vaulted ceilings, and walls of sliding glass doors and casement windows. Elegantly appointed with designer furnishings, the space is ideal for entertaining friends and family.



Featuring Viking and Bosch stainless appliances, custom cherry cabinets, and gorgeous cork flooring, the spacious kitchen is a chef’s dream come true.



Two tastefully designed and generous guest rooms welcome visitors with grace.



The glorious master suite opens to the garden and features a sunny sitting room retreat.



With double vessel sinks, tranquil soaking tub, and spectacular glass shower, the spa-inspired master bath is unforgettable.


Completely walled for privacy, the mature tropical garden sports a custom flagstone patio and sparkling free form pool. Off-street parking for two cars, metal roof, hurricane shutters, and X Flood Zone placement heighten the property’s appeal. Ideally located three blocks from Higgs Beach and a short stroll from Upper Duval Street, the property is close to all the best of Key West island life.

—Keith & Dean

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The Top 10 Features Key West Buyers Are Looking For In Their Dream Home


Countless people fantasize about owning a home in Key West. Each year, hundreds of lucky dreamers descend on our island looking for the perfect Victorian cottage, seaside condominium, or tropical estate. The best thing about our job, is helping our clients find the Key West home of their dreams.

With sixteen years of combined experience selling Key West real estate, we pretty much know what people desire in their dream home. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten home features that Key West buyers are looking for. What are your Top 10?

—Keith & Dean

The Top 10 Features Key West Buyers Are Looking For In Their Dream Home

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10. Old Town Location
It is no wonder that the Key West neighborhood that tops the list of home buyers is our beautiful, historic Old Town. Amid picturesque Victorian era streets and a lifestyle lived visiting on front porches or strolling to dinner at favorite neighborhood eateries, Old Town is the authentic version of classic small town America that the New Urbanism movement has been recreating across the country for decades.


9. Palm Trees
Key West buyers simply can’t imagine purchasing a home without palm trees in the yard. With a subtropical climate offering an eternal growing season, and over 2,500 species of palms to choose from, palm trees abound in our island’s gardens.

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8. Covered Outdoor Space
The sun in Key West is intense. Dreams of enjoying a cool tropical drink in the shade of a lazy veranda, live in many a heart and mind. Having covered outdoor space undoubtedly adds to sweetness of island living.


7. Off-Street Parking
Although they will likely find themselves walking and biking most of the time, buyers are looking for a home with a parking spot for their vehicle. In our historic neighborhoods that were densely built before the introduction of cars, off-street parking can be elusive.


6. High & Dry
With images of the flooding caused by 2005’s Hurricane Wilma lingering in the minds of many buyers, the desire for homes that did not take on water during the storm, is strong. A flood zone “X” certification eliminates most lenders’ requirement for flood insurance. Luckily, the majority of Old Town sits high and dry.

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5. Move-In Ready
There will always be those looking for a cigar maker’s cottage to renovate, or a neglected Classical Revival mansion to restore, but most buyers are in search of their move-in ready corner of paradise. With many properties being sold turnkey, it is possible to find a home where you can move in with just your toothbrush.


4. Indoor/Outdoor Living
With an abundance of great weather to enjoy, our buyers want to be able to open their windows and doors and live a lifestyle that flows seamlessly from the indoors to the outdoors—especially if they have just endured a Chicago winter.


3. First Floor Master Suite
Let’s face it, Key West is not an inexpensive place to live. Most of our buyers have reached a stage in life where they can afford to buy their dream home in paradise. With the possibility of mobility issues looming down the road, a first floor master suite is an important feature for many baby boomers, retirees, and those with elderly parents.


2. Front Porch
What is more quintessentially Key West than kicking back on an old fashioned front porch and watching the world stroll by?


★1. Pool
A pool and Key West go together like rum and Ernest Hemingway. Is it any wonder that having a pool tops the list of the features our buyers are looking for in their dream home?

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1309 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL—OFF THE MARKET


We are always thrilled to see a wreck of a home turned into a masterpiece. When 1309 Grinnell Street sold last summer, it was definitely in need of some major TLC. After a total renovation (from a new metal roof and impact resistant doors and windows; to new high efficiency air conditioning and electrical wiring), the 3 bedroom/3 ½ bath, Casa Marina home shines like a new penny.

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The five things that top our clients’ wish lists are: a ground floor master suite, off street parking, X Flood Zone certification, a pool, and covered outdoor space. This exemplary renovation has answered the call. The beautiful first floor master bedroom features new oak hardwood flooring, custom made barn doors that conceal a wall mounted television, and a superior walk in closet. With imported Spanish tiles and a pass through shower, the master bath is not to be missed. There is highly desirable, off street parking for more than one car. The property sits high and dry in the X Zone. Hidden from the street, the sparkling free-form pool is surprisingly located in the front of the house. Overlooking the pool, the large front porch and deck will welcome you home.


Gorgeous impact resistant sliding doors allow outdoor living to comfortably flow inside. Straight out of Coastal Living, the stylish living room opens to the large and inviting chef’s kitchen. We love the wonderful built-ins, Kenmore Pro Series appliances, and the convenient laundry room with a half bath. Just off the dining area, a sun-dappled deck allows for carefree outdoor entertaining.

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A welcoming family area awaits at the top of the stairs. The terrific, second master suite boasts a vaulted ceiling and a spacious walk in closet. A sunny upstairs guest bedroom connects to a third bathroom with designer marble flooring and a cast iron tub.

The transformation of 1309 Grinnell Street is no less than extraordinary. Call us to schedule your private showing today.

—Keith & Dean


Our Top 10 Favorite Features of 711 South Street, Key West, FL—SOLD $3,650,000.

On a recent, warm and sunny, Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed hosting an open house at the exquisite tropical estate at 711 South Street in Key West’s beautiful Casa Marina neighborhood. Undoubtedly, many of the dozens of people in attendance turned out to see what you get for 4.8 million dollars (Now Reduced to $3,950,000.!). Amid glowing descriptions of “Totally amazing!”, “Four Seasons like!”, and “The most beautiful home I’ve ever seen!” we not surprisingly heard from many individuals that the property was worth every penny. We could not agree more. 711 South Street is simply our favorite home being offered for sale on the island.

Enjoy this list of our top ten favorite features of this four bedroom/six bath estate and you will see why this magnificent, one-of-a-kind, corner of paradise is not to be missed. Call us today to schedule your private tour.

—Keith & Dean

Our Top 10 Favorite Features of 711 South Street, Key West, FL

10. The Spectacular Resort Style Living
Reflective of the world’s best luxury island resorts, no detail has been overlooked in creating an environment of casual elegance and tranquility for this spacious estate. With 3,274 square feet of air conditioned space and a 15,252 square foot double lot, there is plenty of room for you and your guests to gather together, or to escape to a private corner of paradise.

119. The Beautiful Guest Suites
We love the two beautifully decorated guest bedrooms (each with an elegant en suite bath) that open to a large and inviting covered porch overlooking a secluded tropical garden.

8. The Lush Tropical Gardens
Meticulously cared for, the verdant gardens create an unforgettable tropical oasis.

7. The Gorgeous Master Suite
Opening to the grand veranda overlooking the pool, the gorgeous master suite is simply a masterpiece. Multiple closets, built-in dressers, owner’s laundry, travertine tiles, and easy access to the outdoor shower add to its appeal.

56. The Custom Tiger Maple Kitchen Cabinets
From the top of the line appliances to the glorious granite countertops, the open-plan chef’s kitchen offers so much to adore. The custom tiger maple cabinets are a thing to behold—beautiful.

175. The Impressive Front Porch
With abundant room for outdoor dining, relaxing, and entering, the impressive front porch sets a welcoming tone that rings throughout the home.

4. The Inviting Guest Quarters
Tucked away above the estate’s detached two car garage, guests will never want to leave their splendid, private haven.

103. The Gallery-like Entry Hall
An art collector’s dream, the gracious entry hall not only serves as a welcoming gallery space, it frames a spectacular vista of the living room, veranda, pool and gardens beyond.

2. The Dramatic Resort Style Pool
With its graceful, sweeping gesture, the estate’s resort style pool has captured our hearts. It will almost certainly capture yours.

★1. The Exquisite Alexander Baer Interiors
Acclaimed interior designer Alexander Baer worked with the owners of 711 South Street to create the home’s exquisite interiors. A welcoming air of easy island elegance is found in every room. You can kick off your flip-flops and put your feet up on the coffee table. With the extraordinary estate being sold turnkey with all of the impeccable designer furnishings (artwork, sculptures, and personal items excluded; with a list of exclusions to be provided by the seller), settling into 711 South Street will be a breeze.

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