1214-1216 Olivia Street: Superb home for family and entertaining
Key West icon in the heart of The Meadows. Known locally as The Monastery, this exquisite, historic 4,152 square-foot family estate is meant for sophisticated entertaining and intimate, comfortable living. The meticulous renovation created a design and architectural masterpiece that includes five bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, while preserving original windows, doors and Dade County pine walls.
The design of the custom chef’s kitchen with high-end appliances and hand-crafted cabinetry honors the lines of historic monasteries. The second-floor master retreat and private deck overlooking the pool and spa include an extravagant walk-in closet with personal vanity, a morning kitchen and a spacious bath with claw-foot slipper tub and dressing area.
The third floor is a spacious private office with spectacular views far above the neighborhood — – and could be easily transformed into a personal retreat. Built-in Pullman train beds along with a private half bath complete the third floor.
Attention to detail and historic preservation are this home’s hallmarks, including a 1,000-bottle, climate controlled wine cellar created from the original cistern. Heart-of-pine, 12-inch plank flooring from Canada and stained walnut runs throughout the home and a hand-crafted tin ceiling soars over the kitchen with its slate floor.
A large media room is off the open, main living area and a Czech crystal chandelier original to the home hangs over the expansive, light-filled dining room with its built-in cabinetry and shelves. Egg-and-dart crown molding complements the French Colonial style throughout the home.
Professional landscaping surrounds the 11,325 square-foot property and weaves together the outdoor garden spaces for peaceful solitude and exuberant playtime around the free-form pool and spa. The full-kitchen gazebo, a covered lanai that opens into the main house for intimate gatherings and the one-bedroom cottage with its own bath and kitchen create an entertainment powerhouse.
There is a separate guest cottage with two rooms, including a kitchenette and full bath with wonderful outdoor shower.
The home’s stately, wrap-around porches and grand entrance are graced on either side by magnificent royal palms. Bricked, off-street parking behind the rolling gate accommodates multiple vehicles. An X-flood zone location in Key West’s Meadows neighborhood and exceptional structural improvements done as part of the renovation ensure this home is as strong and secure as it is beautiful.
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