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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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The Year of the Key West Cottage

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With our sales of five charming island cottages since the beginning of the year, 2016 is turning out to be The Year of the Key West Cottage. While it is not unusual—among our closings of historic Classical Revival mansions, stylish oceanfront condos, and tropical mid-century homes—for us to sell an Old Town cottage here and there, more and more of our clients are choosing cottage living. Since we happily dwell in an 1890’s cigar makers’ cottage, it is not hard for us to expound on the joys of cottage life. We are delighted that cottage living seems to be the Hemingway cat’s meow in Key West.

So what is it about quintessential Key West cottages that is attracting buyers? Yes, they are quaint, charming, and adorable, but we believe people are being drawn to them on an even deeper level. Among this year’s contentious presidential primaries, the Syrian refugee crisis, and terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, individuals and families are longing for a simpler, less chaotic time. (Not long after the attacks of September 11th, Dean sold his home in Chicago and bought his first Key West cottage.) The trademark white picket fences, welcoming front porches, and Victorian gingerbread adornments of Old Town’s historic cottages evoke the cherished, uncomplicated lifestyle lived by our grandparents and great-grandparents. Only a distant memory in most places, Key West cottage living offers a lifestyle of strolling to dinner, visiting with neighbors, and watching the world pass by from a porch swing.

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While the Florida New Urbanism communities, of Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Celebration have worked to recreate the best of small town America, Key West is the real deal. The Charter of the New Urbanism begins with: “We advocate the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the following principles: neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrates local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.” Sound like Key West? Investors have been backing these developments for over three decades because they know they offer what buyers are looking for. Key West has obviously inspired more people than us.

Taking up residence in a century old cottage can take a lot of getting used to for those that are accustomed to the space allotted to many of the country’s suburban homes. Although challenging, adapting to living less large can be freeing, and can certainly lead one on a path to a simpler life. (Many Old Town cottages have been renovated to make it easier, not only maximizing space, but reflecting the best of modern living and design.) It is the Siren’s call of Key West’s laid-back, authentic, small town lifestyle that is capturing the hearts and minds of our cottage buyers and makes adapting to a different way of living well worth the effort.

Cottage living in Key West has given us the uncomplicated lifestyle that we see our clients longing for. We bet that they will love living in a tropical island cottage as much as we do. With a new listing of an exceptionally renovated Key West cottage coming our way, and clients deciding on which charming shotgun cottage to make an offer, 2016 will surely continue to earn The Townsend Team’s title of The Year of the Key West Cottage.

—Dean & Keith

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The Top 10 Things We Love About 1405 Olivia Street, Key West, FL—SOLD $1,315,000.

As Realtors©, we get to spend a good deal of time in the homes we have listed for sale. While promoting the strong selling points of a property to potential buyers during showings and open houses, we often find ourselves liking a home more and more—sometimes, we even fall in love. The beautiful, Classical Revival home at 1405 Olivia Street, in Key West’s historic Meadows neighborhood, is one such home. It has captured our hearts.

We have compiled a list of our favorite things about this wonderful family home. Enjoy!

—Keith & Dean

The Top 10 Things We Love About 1405 Olivia Street, Key West, FL

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10. The Breezy Upstairs Front Porch
We dream of stretching out on the hammock and reading a great book, enjoying a tall glass of iced tea, and catching the tropical breezes on the stately, second story porch.

DMRE-Dean-1405-Olivia-25589. The Classical Revival Architecture
As a shining example of traditional Key West architecture, 1405 Olivia Street is one of the 2,485 buildings that are protected in the Key West Historic District. We adore the clean lines of this 1909, three bay, Classical Revival gem.

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8. The Bright and Airy Master Bedroom
With a vaulted ceiling and four casement windows, the spacious, treehouse-like, master bedroom is bright and airy. A second story addition to the house, the private master suite is separated from the other bedrooms by a sunny entry hall, large walk in closet, and an en suite bathroom.

DMRE-Dean-1405-Olivia-26187. The Dade County Pine Walls
The tremendously hard work that went into refinishing and restoring the home’s original Dade County Pine walls, is not lost on us. We love the beautiful pickled and stained finishes that so add to the brightness of the interior.

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6. The Versatile Family Room
Currently used as a family room, the original parlor has also served a dining room. We love that the inviting space could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom with the addition of French doors.

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5. The Open Plan Living
We love the home’s contemporary, open plan living design. Award winning renovations beautifully maintain the home’s historic character while offering the best of modern living.

DMRE-Dean-1405-Olivia-25764. The Updated Kitchen
With plenty of elbow room, the smartly designed kitchen impresses us with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, cherry cabinets, and a gas stove.

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3. The Sparkling Pool
What is not to love about the pool?

DMRE-Dean-1405-Olivia-25642. The Friendly Front Porch
We would love to sit on the charming front porch and watch the world strolling by. The terrazzo floor covers what was once the home’s cistern. We are always enamored with the island’s blue painted porch ceilings.

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★1. The Covered Outdoor Space
Covered outdoor space always seems to be near the top of our buyers’ lists of what they are looking for in their Key West dream home. 1405 Olivia Street’s commodious, covered outdoor space is perfectly fashioned for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining at its best. We love it!

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1405 Olivia Street, Key West, Florida—SOLD $1,315,000.

We love our new listing at 1405 Olivia Street in Key West.

We love our new listing at 1405 Olivia Street in Key West.


Paradise!

Paradise!

We love our new listing at 1405 Olivia Street in Old Town Key West. Award winning renovations beautifully maintain the home’s historic character while offering the best of modern design and conveniences. Nestled in the quaint and desirable Meadows neighborhood, this stately Classical Revival gem is not to be missed.
We love the beautiful open kitchen and living areas.

We love the beautiful open kitchen and living area.


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The three bedroom, two and one half bath, family home is perfectly fashioned for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. A wonderful open kitchen and living area leads through three sets of French doors to a generous covered lanai. Curl up with a good book or enjoy drinks with friends as you overlook the sparkling pool and lush garden. Enjoy tropical breezes as you nap in your hammock or watch the world stroll by on your quintessential front porches. Island living does not get any better.
Tropical indoor/outdoor living at its best.

Tropical indoor/outdoor living at its best.


With soaring ceilings, Dade County pine walls, a grand staircase, and a master suite with treetop views, the home’s charming features will undoubtedly capture your heart.

If you have dreamed of owning a classic Key West residence, 1405 Olivia Street is ready to welcome you home.

—Keith & Dean

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