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Friday, December 21, 2007

Terrific Island Location, but you can't Escape

1516 Laird Street was just reduced from $949,000 to only $789,000 or $439 per sq ft for this 3 bed, 2 bath home with 1796 sq ft of living space on a 5547 sq ft lot.

From the formal living room the home flows into an open kitchen with skylight and a Florida room area that is flooded with natural light. The split bedroom allows for a private master suite at the rear of the home with its own double French doors providing access to the tropically landscaped pool and garden area. Another set of double French doors lead from the Florida room to a Mexican tiled patio surrounding the 12' x 30' pool.

Home has a new metal V crimp roof, new air handler and ductless AC system in master bedroom, freshly painted inside & out, new soffit and fascia, fumigated within the last year, new pool equipment and more.

Now you have to look at the photos to appreciate the enormity of what you would be getting if you bought this home. CLICK HERE for the pics and more info. Then call me, Gary Thomas, at 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing of this home. This is a lot of house for the price. Business is starting to pick up and a smart buyer is going to snap up a house like this when it is priced this competitively.

However, if your heart is set on Old Town and your budget is set lower than the Laird Street home, consider 5 Hunts Lane. It was also just reduced in price from $499,000 t0 $409,000. Hunts Lane is located midway between Margaret and Grinnell on Southard Street. The lane has no vehicle access: it is only a walking lane. So life there is a little more challenging, but you still have all the benefits of a quiet and convenient Old Town location.

The house is ripe for renovation (meaning it needs it). But it is priced at only $338 per sq ft which makes renovation economically doable. The house has 3 bedrooms and one bath and is 1210 sq ft. The home has been in the ownership of one family since it was constructed. CLICK HERE for more info and photos.

The house on Laird is ready to dare. And the house on Hunts Lane is ready for flair. So if you want to lay back by the pool you can do that. If you want to wield a hammer and redo a historic home, you can do that. You can do either at an affordable price as well. Give me a call.

P.S. The town was invaded mid-day. There are thousands of new faces everywhere. I kid you not. And it only gets worse the day after Christmas. It is like the 1950's horror movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". They are everywhere. And there is no escape.


Anonymous said...

BRAVO! As a fellow real estate agent near Tampa, Florida I found a great deal of truth (and humor) in your 'Listing Whores' post. Seems every town has its share of local real estate 'stars'. These agents will list anything at any price so they can plant the 'For Sale' sign in the front yard. Trying to illustrate to a potential seller the long-term damage an overpriced listing has on the sale of their home (not to mention their neighbors) is a daunting task. True real estate professionals WILL succeed without turning tricks. -Lisa in Apollo Beach

Gary Thomas said...

1-2-08 Just an update to let you know that this house went under contract today. I said it was a house worth looking at. And it was/is.


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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.