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Q&A #clientsofcompass

Love Key West flair but drawn to Miami’s energy? Meet the seller of a Compass Exclusive gingerbread-style home located in The Roads and learn how Compass agent, Madeleine Romanello, closed the deal.


If you look hard enough, Florida is full of all sorts of gems you can’t find anywhere else. One of those gems is 242 Southwest 21st Road, a beautiful Key West gingerbread-style home located — not in Key West — but in a quaint neighborhood called The Roads, positioned perfectly within a stone’s throw of Brickell, Downtown, and Key Biscayne. We spoke with the seller, April (the owner’s daughter), to learn more this charming home, listed by Madeleine Romanello.

What do you love most about this home?
It’s a refreshing home — the Key West style is very inviting. Then there’s the grounds in the back... that’s where my mother spent all of her time. The property has a lush, tropical backyard with a huge oak tree in the middle of property that’s very calming. It’s all Chicago brick back there and the pathways in the back make for a quaint, tranquil setting. My sister’s wedding was actually held in this backyard in November 2015.

What drew your mom to this particular house?
Mom was determined to buy a house in the Keys. She wanted to be the “cool” grandmother with the grandkids, and the house that the grandkids wanted to go to — somewhere fun and on the beach. Well, that was the plan. But the year was 2004, the height of the housing boom. When we went to the Keys to look at houses, the prices were exorbitant. So we were driving through The Roads, and we said, “Oh my gosh! This house is for sale!” The house was a quintessential Key West style home, which was an immediate draw.


There’s a lot of artwork on the property. Can you tell me a little more about it?
This house has a lot of history. The first art piece that you see is a piece by the Corras Brothers who are Cuban twin brothers. The tile mosaic in the dining room and the plate on the steps were both done by them. And then at the top of the steps inside the home, there’s a colonial stained glass arch with southwestern exposure — it’s a replica of the Arco de Medio Punto at the Palace of the Santoveni in Old Havana.

How about the Roads?
What’s so appealing about the area? There is so much happening around here. All the young people want to live here now. The Metro’s right nearby. We have the trolley system. You can conceivably stay in this house and have a scooter and just take public transportation. You can have the Old Florida style home but live in the middle of a city. Through extensive social media advertising and e-mail blasts, April’s parent’s home sold after only 20 days on market.

Represented by Compass Agent
Madeleine Romanello 305.282.2133

Jared Klein