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WHAT FEATURE TOPS THE LISTS OF TODAY’S KEY WEST HOME BUYERS?

Swaying palm trees, a shimmering pool, and a porch of indecision always seem to be on the gotta have it list of those dreaming of purchasing their own corner of paradise. An Old Town location, move-in ready home, and off-street parking are common requirements. One characteristic has risen to the top of our clients’ lists. A ground floor master suite has become the most desired feature of today’s Key West home buyers.

With the Florida Keys coming in with the world’s sixth highest, resort area, million-dollar-plus average home prices (per square foot)—just after Monaco, Naples, Telluride, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Jackson Hole—owning a piece of paradise is not exactly cheap. Consequently, most of our buyers have successfully reached a stage of life where they can afford to acquire their island dream home.

Most of our buying clientele are in their 50’s and 60’s. They have worked hard and have gained a level of career success; allowing them to indulge in a charming Victorian cottage, convenient oceanfront condominium, or historic Old Town estate. Middle age certainly has its perks, but it can present some physical drawbacks. The inability to easily climb stairs on the way to bed is one of the main reasons people are unable to age gracefully in their home. With the possibility of mobility issues looming down the road, a ground floor master suite is an important feature for many baby boomers, retirees, and those with older parents, family, and friends.

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When Key West’s treasured Classical Revival homes were built between 1880 and 1910, they typically had bedrooms on the second floor to catch the island’s breezes. While many of these gems have been lovingly restored and renovated over the past decades, too few projects have added ground level master suites.

The value of an easily accessible master bedroom and bath cannot be underestimated. Many of our buyers will not even look at a property that does not have a first-floor master suite—or the potential to add one.

When investing in Key West real estate, you can’t go wrong if you fall in love with a home showcasing a ground floor master suite, or in choosing to include one in your renovation design. You will command a higher price, and find the right buyer in nothing flat, when the time comes to sell your property.

—Dean & Keith Townsend, The Townsend Team

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1010 Elgin Lane, Key West, FL 33040—PENDING $1,295,000.

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Among the sweetest perks of selling Key West real estate are the array of invitations, to tour the island’s hidden treasures, that come across our desks. After experiencing the captivating cottage at 1010 Elgin Lane, we felt like we had discovered a pot of gold.

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Tucked away on a hidden Old Town lane, this historic, 3 bedroom/3 bath, property can best be described as personality plus. With quintessential Key West curb appeal and a front porch tailor-made for whiling away the hours, the home lays out an unforgettable welcome mat.

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Crossing the threshold, one is immediately struck by the cottage’s storybook charm. The art-filled living room lends itself to whispered confidences and joyous celebrations. Wonderful artistic details delight at every turn.

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The generous, cottage-style, eat-in kitchen offers views of the beautiful garden and pool.

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Downstairs, the master bedroom and adjoining sitting room are awash with dappled light.

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Custom features create a tropical island paradise in the home’s main bath.

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Born from a childhood fantasy, an enchanting secret garden awaits in the backyard.

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Guests will long to stay forever in the coastal guest cottage overlooking the sparkling pool.

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Reminiscent of a British architectural folly, or a New England summer house, the unforgettable octagonal pavilion offers a peaceful retreat from the world’s cares.

Undoubtedly, the magical island escape at 1010 Elgin Lane has captured our hearts. We bet you will fall in love with this not-to-be-missed home as well.

—Keith & Dean

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OUR TOP 10 FAVORITE KEY WEST HOME SALES OF 2016

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With over 13 million dollars in sales, three current listings, and four transactions set to close after the first of the year, 2016 has proven to be a banner year for The Townsend Team. From stately Classical Revival homes, to charming historic cottages, to sunny beach condominiums, we listed and sold many unforgettable Key West dream homes in 2016.

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

Happy New Year!

Keith & Dean Townsend, The Townsend Team
www.DeanTownsend.com

OUR TOP 10 FAVORITE HOME SALES OF 2016

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10. 3632 Sunrise Drive, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $1,345,500. When we first toured this beautiful canal front home, we knew we had to find the buyer. Our clients fell in love with its amazing outdoor living and had to make it their own.

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9. 418 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $545,000. Ideally located just steps from Upper Duval Street, this historic fixer upper was the perfect match for our first-time Key West home buyers. They are off and running, turning it into their dream cottage.

1711-von-phister-street8. 1711 Von Phister Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $530,000. We had so much fun working with our buyers, we were thrilled that they found their Key West starter home. They will undoubtedly transform their charming cottage into a showplace.

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7. 1405 Olivia Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $1,315,000. After helping our sellers purchase a picturesque waterfront home up the Keys, we were delighted to list, market, and sell their historic Classical Revival gem for them.

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6. 639 United Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $810,000. When one of our favorite local mortgage loan originators asked us to help he and his wife purchase their Key West dream home, we were delighted. Their detailed renovation of the historic home is stunning.

11-whistling-duck5. 11 Whistling Duck Lane, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $375,000. We were thrilled to assist the Executive Director of one of our island’s terrific non-profit community-based organizations in the purchase of his first home. The low-maintenance Key West Golf Club townhouse was the perfect match for his busy lifestyle.

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4. 1211 Newton Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $1,185,000. It was a kick when our buyers chose to make the gorgeous home of the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, their tropical island escape. We really enjoyed searching with them for just the right property and we are very happy to call them friends and neighbors.

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3. 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $699,000. Our sellers created a masterpiece when they meticulously renovated this island style Old Town cottage. It was love at first sight for our buyer.

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2. 1500 Atlantic Boulevard, Unit 107, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $1,200,000. We wished we were buying this stylishly renovated Key West Beach Club condominium. After being listed unsuccessfully with other agents, we went to work restaging and creatively marketing the property and sold the home for our client.

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★1. 824 Thomas Street, Key West, Florida 33040—SOLD $924,500. When ZILLOW.COM selected this extraordinary church-to-home conversion as its Unique House of the Week, our seller was thrilled. The excitement grew when it was featured on TODAY.COM. Going under contract—just one week after we listed it—was the icing on the cake. Selling this 1867, Carpenter Gothic style, former home of the Zion Primitive Baptist Congregation was unquestionably our favorite transaction of the year.
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3322 Duck Avenue, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $369,000.

The common definition of a starter home is: a relatively small, economical house or condominium that meets the requirements of young people buying their first home. In Key West, a broader definition is required to encompass the realities of island living. Let’s face it, real estate in Key West is not inexpensive. While many newcomers dream of finding a spacious Old Town cottage with a sparkling pool, nestled on a quiet lane, that is just a short stroll to Duval Street, the harsh realities of our housing market can be daunting. Consequently, for those sea, sun, and sand filled souls that can’t imagine starting out in life—or starting life anew—anywhere that cannot easily be described as a tropical paradise, expectations often must be adjusted. What you get for $379,000.00 in Cleveland, is not what you get here. In Key West, downsizing is not just for empty nesters. For most buyers, a Key West starter home will generally cost more, be smaller, lack a pool, and will not be in the historic district. That being said, wonderful island homes are waiting to be discovered.

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Move-in-ready with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and 1,041 sq. ft. of living space, the charming townhome at 3322 Duck Avenue might just be the Key West starter home of your dreams.

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Off-street parking leads to a private tropical garden. Showcasing a custom brick path, inviting water feature, irrigation system, accent lighting, and outdoor shower, this lush corner of paradise will welcome you home.

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Perfect for entertaining, both the spacious living room and eat-in kitchen open through French doors to a generous deck. The bright kitchen has been updated with stainless steel appliances. The renovated first floor half bath includes the laundry.

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Sliding glass doors allow twin master bedrooms to flow to the sunny upstairs balcony overlooking the garden.

Embrace a laid-back island lifestyle and enjoy affordable Key West living at its best in this beautiful New Town townhouse: the perfect Key West starter home.

—Keith & Dean

Click here to enjoy a virtual tour of this charming island townhome.

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The Top 10 Things We Love About 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL—SOLD $699,000.

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If there is such a thing as a dream property listing, then 1022 Roberts Lane in Old Town Key West is it. No detail was overlooked—or diminished—during the renovation of this captivating home. It is safe to say that we love everything about this charming, 1 bedroom/1.5 bath, island style cottage. We are proud to be selling this very special corner of paradise.

Enjoy this list of the home’s top 10 features that have captured our hearts, and you just might start packing today!

—Keith & Dean

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The Top 10 Things We Love About 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL

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10. The Custom Bamboo Ceiling
The living room’s incredible vaulted bamboo ceiling not only takes our breath away, it transports us to Shangri-la. Exquisite design, craftsmanship, and wow factor make it the home’s showpiece.

DMRE1022Roberts-32909. The Artisan-Crafted Features
Like the verdigris copper pendant lights over the reclaimed Dade County Pine bar, and the vintage architectural bracket adorning it, artisan crafted features abound in this meticulously renovated cottage.

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8. The Serene Master Bedroom
We love the master bedroom’s gorgeous beamed ceiling, teak floors, and French doors opening to the sundeck and outdoor shower.

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7. The Inviting Sundeck
Offering the best of both worlds, the cottage offers a sunny deck on one side and a shady garden on the other. Where to relax today?

DMRE1022Roberts-32946. The Balinese Inspired Powder Room
The home’s tropical island theme continues in the charming powder room. We love the Balinese wood vessel sink.

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5. The Exceptional Kitchen
One-of-a-kind best describes the sunny open-plan kitchen. Reclaimed Dade County Pine and lacquered copper countertops not only offer abundant counter space for food preparation and entertaining, their beauty and workmanship will undoubtedly lead to glowing conversations.

DMRE1022Roberts-32834. The Quiet Hidden Lane Location
We have dreamed of being tucked away in a hidden lane cottage, free from late-night revelers and beeping scooters but close to all of Key West’s charms. Nestled at the end of one of historic Old Town’s walking lanes, 1022 Roberts Lane just might be one of the quietest respites on the island—the perfect location.

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3. The Tranquil Side Porch
Relaxing on the tranquil side porch, with a good book and a glass of wine, makes for the perfect afternoon.

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2. The Gorgeous Master Bath
The spa-inspired master bath is an unexpected delight. Its soaring ceiling, gorgeous windows, elegant double vanity, and spacious walk in shower exceeded our wildest expectations for a one bedroom cottage.

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★1. The Wonderful Open-Plan Living
For a 708 square foot home, 1022 Roberts Lane definitely lives large. The beautifully designed and spacious open floor plan makes us want to plan a party.

We truly love this unforgettable island style cottage.
—Keith & Dean

Click here to enjoy a virtual tour of this charming Key West cottage.

Click here to read more about 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West, FL 33040.

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