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Monday, January 15, 2007

Is the Island Surrounded by Water?

"Is the Island Surrounded by Water?"

I mentioned that I used to own Eaton Lodge Guesthouse and the question cited above is an actual question I got when a potential guest called to reserve a room.

Recently a friend from Atlanta asked me to pick-up a couple of his friends who were in Key West on a cruise ship and show them around Old Town. They asked how all the cars got here.

The answer to both questions is simple. Key West is a real island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (or sea or bay or whatever body of water you think). It is accessed by driving down U.S. 1 from Miami over a series of Keys ("cays" or islands) that are connected by bridges, the longest of which is the famous seven mile bridge. The other two means of getting here are via airplane or water.

Since we are surrounded by water, many potential home buyers think that they can purchase a waterfront home or condo. That's next to impossible on the Island of Key West. There are only a handful of properties actually on the water here and because of that, they are normally among the most expensive properties in Key West.

If a water view can be substituted for "waterfront", there are many more potential properties available. And if proximity to water is the criteria instead of "water view", the list becomes even wider.

During the past 5 years several new developments have been built with "water views" in Key West and on Stock Island, Key West's nearest neighbor. Most of these properties are condominiums and some even come with boat slips or having boat slips available. And because of the recent downturn in the real estate market these properties are priced more affordable than ever. The Impossible just became more affordable.

Checkout the above link to search for your new home in Key West-- water view or not and please give me a call (toll free) 1-877-295-7099.

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I first read about Key West in a magazine called "After Dark" sometime in the mid 1970's. But it wasn't until March 1984 that I made my first visit to the island that would become my home. I had two weeks for a vacation and reserved a room at Colours Guesthouse (now Marrero's Guest House) for one week. I thought that if I didn't like Key West, I could always go back to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for the rest of my trip. But after a couple of days in Key West, that was no longer a consideration. But when I wanted to extend my stay for the extra week I found there was no room at the inn. The guesthouse owner did find me a room at LaTeDa, the infamous guesthouse/restaurant. That's a story I'll write another day. But those two weeks in Key West gave me the realization that I had found Paradise. Key West has been my home since 1993 and my only regret is that it took me so long to get here. I am a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties CRI. Let me help you find your new home or business in Paradise. Living in Paradise is not a slogan, it's a way of life.