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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Won't You Be My Neighbor?--Part 2




I thought I would share some pics I took this morning of some of the sites near my house in the Casa Marina area. (Turn OFF your pop-up blocker. Click any photo to see a larger version.) Since my neighborhood does not have any commercial activity itself, I had to ride my bike about 3 blocks to the White Street corridor. White runs from the Atlantic Ocean to Eaton Street. About one mile. The US Navy and US Coast Guard own the small strip of land on the other side of Eaton that ends at the Gulf of Mexico.

But the area nearest my neighborhood stretches a whopping 3 blocks. CLICK highlighted name to see photos of the sites I am describing. One of the first scenes from the 1950 Tennessee William's movie The Rose Tattoo was shot from the old Key West High School that is now the Glen Archer School on United and White. The road back then was dirt. Today the road is paved and the front of the school is landscaped. The tiger is a favorite photo-op for tourists. Across the street is the new National Weather Service station for Key West. And across the street to the north is Dairy Queen.

Down one block on White and Catherine is my gym Island Gym. I wrote about it in January--when I was heavy. Lost it! Across the street are several small shops, art galleries, and eateries. Page's Paint is where I buy my paint. The guy's are great and you get a local's discount too. (I'm serious. I wonder how many tourists shop there for paint to take back home.) Mo's is a French Restaurant, but not the kind you would expect. Try it sometime for a meal you remember. But don't blame me if you don't like it. Not that the food is bad. It is just very strange.

Faustos grocery is across the street. It's a landmark. Everybody goes there even though the produce is usually older than St. Louis. The meat is top rate, however. And the Lotto line is always busy with Key West characters. Gotta go there for sure.

On the corner of White and Virginia you have Faustos parking lot, Dog 30 ( a new dog store--they don't sell dogs but do sell dog things.) Next door is Island City Tile one of two tile stores within the same block. The M&M Laundry and Sandy's walk-up coffee bar and sandwich shop are always busy. (I often stop at Sandy's to buy my customers coffee when we are driving around looking at homes.) And across the street is The Wave Gallery. There corner building is always a delight.

Down at the corner of White and United are two landmarks: The Chevron Station and across the street DION'S QUICK MART. Dion's is also a gas station and chicken station. Best chicken on the island.

I wonder if the guy who left the front loader in the street next to DION's knows something I don't...

So that's a part of my neighborhood. I'll post more pics later of some of the homes in the area.

If you live in Key West you already know how wonderful a place it is to call home. If you are thinking about buying, checkout the mls listings by CLICKING HERE and then please give me a call at 305-766-2642. Prices are down and there is a good selection in all Key West neighborhoods.

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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.