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The sports writer Frank Deford, who died in 2017, produced a mountain of books, magazine articles, and radio commentaries over his lifetime.

He also left behind his contemporary home in Key West, FL. Now his condo on the coveted island has come on the market for $3.9 million.

Purchased in 2013 for $1.68 million, the unit appears to have appreciated substantially over the last decade.

Located on the harbor side, the coveted end unit features three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, as well as covered balconies, plus a private rooftop terrace.
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It has 3,433 square feet of interior space, and you enter from a personal elevator into a roomy abode with walls of glass that take in water views. The spacious open plan includes high ceilings, and walls of impact glass that open out to expansive covered balconies.

The light-filled living room features built-ins, and leads outside to the balcony, which features additional outdoor living space.

Just adjacent, an open kitchen includes a granite island with a breakfast bar, dark wood cabinetry, and stainless-steel appliances, including a warming drawer and a wine fridge.

A large dining area overlooks water views from a wall of windows. Other details of this unit, the largest of only 19 in the Steamplant building, includes marble flooring and recessed lighting.

Gather up friends and family and head up to the rooftop terrace from your private elevator. The outdoor space to take in cocktails at sunset features an outdoor kitchen, splash pool, and reason enough to entertain.

The main bedroom has a wall of glass, and en suite bathroom with dual vanities and a separate sunken tub. Other features of the place include a powder room, an office with built-in desk and shelving, and a laundry room. The unit comes with three spaces in the parking garage.

Built in 2009, the Key West Steamplant building manages both pool and elevator maintenance for the homeowner. Plus, residents also enjoy a fitness center and security. And the residential development on 2 acres bills itself as “Lock it and leave it, for carefree island living.” It’s also within easy walking distance of restaurants, bars, and nightlife.

Deford, who died at the age of 78, created a voluminous amount of work. A star writer during the heyday of Sports Illustrated, he also penned 18 books, half of them novels. His novel “Everybody’s All-American” was later made into a 1988 movie starring Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange.

The philosophizing sports reporter’s voice is familiar to many National Public Radio listeners, who heard his commentary for decades on the program “Morning Edition.” For his gifted storytelling, he received the National Humanities Medal in 2013, the first sports writer to win the medal.

Nancy Swift with Location 3 Real Estate Of Keller Williams holds the listing.

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