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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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

Click here to enjoy a wonderful virtual tour of this stylish and sophisticated Casa Marina home.

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2601 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Unit A207, Key West, FL 33040—SOLD $480,000.

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Do you admit to lost weekends binge watching HGTV’s Island Hunters and Caribbean Life? Have you frequently found yourself daydreaming about escaping to your own tropical island pied-a-terre? If you fantasize about quitting your job, selling your house, and moving to paradise in style, then our wonderful new Key West by the Sea listing is calling your name.

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Sleek and stylish, this totally turnkey, seaside condominium underwent an extensive renovation in 2012. Careful attention to detail is evident throughout the spacious, one bedroom/one bath, 754 square foot home.

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Open plan living flows to a private balcony with stunning ocean, pool, and garden vistas.

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The exquisite kitchen shines with white European style cabinets and appliances. Crafted from glorious natural quartz, the countertops, breakfast bar, and backsplash complement the streamlined look.

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A bright and sunny bedroom offers tranquil sea views.

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The high design bathroom features travertine and glass tiles, glass barn shower doors, and a floating vanity with a celadon glass top.

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Key West by the Sea occupies eight tropically landscaped acres fronting South Roosevelt Boulevard (Scenic A1A) on the island’s picturesque Smathers Beach. The meticulously maintained, gated community is well known for its strong and stable condominium association. Deed restrictions in place to control rentals—along with required background checks for owners and tenants—add to the comfort and security of the residents. With an updated clubhouse, two sparkling swimming pools (one heated), two tennis courts, abundant parking, and plenty of outdoor entertaining areas, KWBTS offers carefree beachside living at its best.

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We bet you will love this unforgettable Key West pied-a-terre as much as we do.

—Keith & Dean

Click here to enjoy an expansive virtual tour of this beautiful turnkey beach condominium.

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