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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Everbody's Talking! 924 Flagler Avenue - Casa Marina - Key West Landmark

The Realtor I used many moons ago when I decided to look for a place in Key West just listed one of the most sought after homes in Key West. No hyperbole, folks. Just the facts. The property of which I speak is located at the corner of Grinnell and Flager in the Casa Marian area. CLICK HERE to see the details on this property and view the photos of the incredible interior that has not been touched since the house was built in 1935.

The property at 924 Flagler Avenue is a mix of Spanish - Art Deco with a dose of Key West added for pizazz. The floors are a mix of wood and Cuban Tile. The kitchen is original with handmade cabinets from the era as well as that incredible sink. This kitchen reminds me of the old Andy Hardy movies. Oh, I love this! There are companies that sell retro looking kitchen appliances that look like the old but have all the widgets we expect today. CLICK HERE to see what I mean. The current kitchen may not work for today's buyer, but if it does you could save lots of money on redoing this house. Think about it. (I mean update it but leave the cabinets and install new retro appliances.)

The house is 2064 sq ft and has four bedrooms and two and one-half baths. Original as well. Checkout the photos of the palladium windows in the sun room on the east side of the house. Early morning glory! There's a terrace right off that room on the ground level. And I think the second floor would make a great terrace to view the Atlantic Ocean two blocks away. You're gonna need your binoculars to see it through some palm trees, however.)

So you have surmised that the place is dated and will need an expensive renovation. My advice: hire a good designer, a good architect, and a good builder. Use and restore as much of what is in place to maintain the character of the old. No glass tiles, granite counter tops, vessel sinks, or stainless steel appliances allowed.

There is an existing large two car garage on the south side of the enormous lot. I'm thinking you might want to convert that space into a guest cottage. I think you can build a covered carport closer to the street and enclose the entire property in one of those wonderful Key West privacy fences. There is a huge rear yard located west of the house where there is ample space for a large pool and gardens. The lot is 12,366 sq ft or (99'.27 x 125'). It's big.

There are several multi-million dollar homes in the immediate area. 924 Flagler Avenue is a two block walk to the Casa Marina Hotel and the beach.

A place like this could easily be a million dollar renovation. But not necessarily so. Vision, creativity, a willingness to respect a more simple approach might result in an incredible result.

I would love to show this property to a buyer who has wants to fall in love with a part of Old Key West and who has the financial ability to do a renovation this property deserves. If you are that special someone, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642.

Friday, February 27, 2009

615 Grinnell Strret (Rear) - Old Town - Key West

New Listing (but not mine) at 615 Grinnell Street (REAR)is a house that prospective second home buyers ought to take a look at. The one story house is located at the far end of a lane accessed just off Grinnell Street midway between Five Brothers on the north and the Key West Cemetery on the south. There are some very nice homes on this block. And it is located in a very quite area of Old Town. But it is located only a few minutes walk to Duval or the Historic Seaport. Those features ought to appeal to a wide audience of potential buyers.

This is how the listing Realtor describes 615 Grinnell Street: "Tucked away down a quiet Old Town lane is this lovely, fully renovated historic home. Three bedrooms plus a loft/office, high ceilings, quality finishes with an open floor plan for comfortable island living. Owner parks car in private alley in front of property. Lush tropical lot, inviting pool and porches make this a Hidden Island Oasis in one of the best neighborhoods of Old Town Key West." CLICK HERE for more detailed information and a lot of photos of this special house.

This place is totally hidden. It's another one of those hidden surprises that pop up every so often. You can't see the house from the street because it sits behind another house. But the lot itself is very large. There is a lot of outdoor space and sunlight amidst the century old homes and tropical gardens that surround it. The house itself is open from French doors on many sides. (The house is not a box. It has numerous additions that give it that Key West charm.) And then there is that pool and deck.

615 Grinnell Street (Rear) is offered at $795,000 or $624 per sq ft for this 1274 sq ft home on a generous 2985 sq ft lot.

If you would like to see 615 Grinnell Street or any other house in Old Town (that is for sale!), please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or email me at

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bank Owned - Heart of Old Town - Key West

I wrote about 518 William Street twice last year and urged potential buyers to look at this very well located house when it was offered as a SHORT SALE at the asking price of $875,000. Guess what: it did not sell. The then listing Realtor did tell me that the lender received a couple of low ball offers in the $300,000 range. Guess what again: it is now BANK OWNED and the new asking price is only $399,900 or $231 per sq ft.

This is how the Listing Realtor describes 518 William Street: "Old Seafaring Neighborhood located just blocks from the Harbor. Easy walking distance to Duval and K.W. Bight. Floor plan works well for extended family use. Minimal yard to maintain, small deck on right rear portion of lot. Bank Owned price set for quick sale." CLICK HERE to see a bunch of photos and get more detailed information on this property.

The house sits on a 2132 sq ft lot (20' frontage X 98' depth). The house has had several updates in the past few years and it appears to be in good condition, at least to my untrained eyes. The County property records show a new roof, new air conditioning, new floors in some rooms, and other improvements. There are two living rooms and two kitchens (that's odd!), two baths, three bedrooms plus a large sleeping loft. There is a great set of french doors that lead from the rear living room onto a deck. There is a spa and garden at the rear. There is no off street parking. And there is no room for a pool.

I think the location would be great for a second home owner who does not need a car or a pool--just a place to relax and enjoy life. The home did not appear to need any repairs. If I am right on that, any extra money a buyer spends would be on fun stuff like Tommy Bahama Furniture or local art.

Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to schedule a showing on 518 William Street. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

1114 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West

This is how the listing Realtor describes the new listing at 1114 Fleming Street in Old Town Key West: "This circa 1886 home has cypress siding and contains four bedrooms and four and one-half baths including a separate guest cottage overlooking the pool and patio with covered outdoor dining. The kitchen has a large living area with dining. There is also a downstairs bedroom suite and another room suitable as a den, library or office. There are two bedrooms each with baths ensuite upstairs. The master suite has a walk-in closet and opens to a sunny sitting porch under the Royal Poinciana tree. The property is complete with two off-street parking spaces and much of the designer furnishings are available."

This house was recently featured in the Old Island Restoration Foundation's February House Tour. OIRF described 1114 Fleming property thus: "this two-story home, with its saw tooth additions at the back, was awarded a ceramic star from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation in 1983, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has maintained its charm while incorporating modern amenities for today's living. Floors are old wide plank pine, doors are old, and most of the large windows are original to the house."

No matter how you describe this house, you can't deny the sheer beauty of the simple lines and the unique pique the Cypress wood siding gives to the property. The house is quite large and boasts four bedrooms and five baths, a guest cottage, pool and patio with covered dining area. The asking price on this 2510 sq ft home is $1,450,000 or $578 per sq ft.

The home is located at the far east end of Fleming Street but it is still a mere stroll to Duval or the Historic Key West Seaport. There are great restaurants such as Cafe Sole and art galleries within a three minute walk. The home is near everything but not in the middle of it all. And that can be very nice.

CLICK HERE for more information on this unique property.

If you would like to see 1114 Fleming Street,or any other home in the Old Town area of Key West, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Key West Condo & Townhouse Short Sales - 2

A few days ago I wrote about Condo and Townhouse Short Sales in the Old Town Key West area. Those units are normally priced higher than other areas of Key West because that area is more sought after by second home owners. Today I am featuring properties in Mid Town & New Town CLICK HERE and Stock Island CLICK HERE.

There are a couple of pretty good steals in the 61 properties featured on the above links. Do your homework and checkout the properties. There are two units at Seaside South and one at the Key West Beachside Resort that should be seen by a buyer looking for new quality construction at an affordable price. Unit #121 is offered at $550,000 fully furnished and it has two Transient Licenses.

There are several short sales at Coral Hammock on Stock Island. Unit at 35 is the least expensive and it is offered at only $249,000 for a two bedroom two bath two story unit. It is located off US 1. You can hear the highway traffic when you are outside, but it's pretty quite inside. Unit at 44 is offered at $399,000 and it has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and a better location.

There are some buying opportunities among the 61 properties on the two links. Some of the properties might work well for permanent residents of Key West. Many of those properties have become very affordable by Key West standards. And a few of the units may appeal to second home owners as well. Take your time and compare the properties.

If you see a property or two that interest you and you want to schedule a showing, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at

Monday, February 23, 2009

1130 Royal Street - Key West - Buy It Before It Totally Disappears!

There are some magic moments in Key West, but there is no magic in the world of bank owned homes. For some reason kitchen appliances, light fixtures, ceiling fans, pool equipment and even air conditioners seem to disappear from most bank owned properties.

There is a new listing at 1130 Royal Street (located at the far end of upper Windsor Lane by St. Mary's Catholic Church) that is a bank owned house. The asking price is only $325,000 for this clean little two bedroom one bath cottage of 751 sq ft. The price per sq ft is a mere $433. The lot is 3430 sq. ft. CLICK HERE to read what the listing agent has to say about this property and view current photos.

It appears that the kitchen appliances and the wall unit air conditioners disappeared from this house. (See photo directly above that shows house with appliances and how it looks now.) No big deal, I guess. But there was a big ole' swim spa and outside kitchen that also vanished. (See photo above!) They are gone. But whoever removed left expensive stuff left the smoke alarms. But they took the infernal batteries. Yep, it's BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! (You have to read my blog regularly to get this one.)

Forgetting that nonsense, this house will take a few thousand dollars to put it back together. But not that many. Look at two of the neighboring homes. CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE to see the house across the street to the north and northeast respectively. The house next door to the west is on the market at just around $2 million. This is a good location and the house is priced very competitively for this market.

I've shown 1130 Royal Street twice since it was listed on February 19th. Other Realtors are doing the same. This house is cute and priced right even if is missing parts of the kitchen. If you are looking to find a cute place at a cheap price, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am confident that this house will be under contract to someone very quickly.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

708 Passover Lane - Old Town - Key West

I can tell you one thing for absolute certain about Key West real estate: you either love houses located across the street from the Key West Cemetery or you hate them. So if you are of the latter persuasion, do not read any further. But if you don't mind tombs with a view, read on dear reader.

There is a very charming Arts & Crafts style house located at 708 Passover Lane that was just listed at the asking price of $650,000 or $923 per sq. ft. The two bedroom two bath house has 704 sq ft of living space and sits on a fairly good sized but odd shaped lot of 3364 sq ft. The house has off street parking and a generous front yard with so many tropical plants that one can barely see the cemetery across the lane.

The inside of the house was redone a few years ago and a pool was added. So this cute cottage has all the modern conveniences. If you are one of those buyers who feels compelled to have granite and marble and stainless steel, this house could be a candidate for a new re-do that will not break the bank simply because it isn't all that big a place. But it is perfectly livable as is. The present owner paid $840,000 for this house in 2005. This is not a short sale either.

On the other hand, some strategic fairy dust and paint could go a long way to make this charmer "pop". CLICK HERE and look at the photo of the off street parking. Imagine how cute the same space could be if the fence surrounded the area and was painted bright white. Imagine Chicago brick pavers instead of pea rock for the surface. Ditch the trash cans while you are at it. Yuck! Imagine your little Key West car sitting in the driveway.

I took some photos of the eight houses on the block. CLICK HERE, and CLICK HERE, also CLICK HERE to see the scary cemetery. You don't need to worry about the neighbors across the street making a ruckus and keeping you awake all night. You don't need to worry about their friends taking up all the parking spots on the street. Same for the other houses on Passover Lane. The properties are single family and there isn't a guesthouse, bar, restaurant or gallery within a couple of blocks.

This is how the listing realtor describes 708 Passover Lane: "Great Old Town Home with off street parking, fenced yard, screened porch, brick patio, cocktail pool and wood deck. Two bedrooms and full bath, lots of windows. Charming!" CLICK HERE to see more photos of this property.

I think some smart buyer is going to snag this house. Everything in Key West seems to be negotiable these days. So I think a smart buyer will act on this. Half of my readers won't consider this house because of the location. So that makes it an easier deal for those who do not mind tombs with a view as neighbors.

If you want to see 708 Passover Lane, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. This is not my listing, but don't let that stop you.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I told you so.......

This blog entry is for you disbelievers and prophets of doom and gloom, more toil and more trouble. It is also for you dreamers who want to buy a place in Key West but who fear that we are not at the bottom of the market.

I thought it would be interesting to see how many properties that I have mentioned in my little blog have actually closed since January 1, 2009. I used the Key West mls database and found that there were 46 closings to 8:30 AM today, February 18.

Here then are the houses that got away:

5601 College Road, Unit C 303 that sold for $399,000. CLICK HERE to see the unit. This sale may actually be good news for you undecided buyers. Unlike the other houses below, there are more of this same type of unit for sale now. This sale probably set the current watermark on pricing at this location. I know some don't like the location. Don't go there to look then. But the buildings are about 15 years newer than 1800 Atlantic and all have direct water views from the balcony with no noise from any nearby road.

525 Margaret Street, hidden Old Town two story house thoughtfully redone. Originally priced at $699,000 and sold for $500,000. CLICK HERE to see this beautiful home.

701 Elizabeth Street right at the top of Solares Hill that sold for an incredible price of $695,000. (Originally priced at $1,579,000.) CLICK HERE to see what you missed dearies.

3 Pinder Lane Old Town. This is absolutely one of the sweetest places I have ever been in my life. I loved this cottage. Everybody I showed it to loved it. It did not have parking, the bedrooms and baths were small, but this place is just magical. CLICK HERE to see the house that originally was offered at $1,390,000 and that sold for $900,000.

716 Olivia Street the Arts & Crafts house that needed just a wee bit of finishing sold in just about one day after a bank foreclosed its mortgage. The original asking price was $2,895,000. The bank owner asked $999,999 and it sold for $1,025,126. CLICK HERE and weep.

With the exception of the condo at Sunset Marina I think you would agree that each of the houses whether big or small is unique. They don't make any more of them. When they are gone, they are gone.

If you are looking for a place in Key West please consider using me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at Let me help you find your place in Paradise. Don't live your life regretting what you could have done. Do it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Key West Condo & Townhouse Short Sales - 1

It is that time of the month again to haul out the unsold Key West Condos and Townhouses that are offered by the sellers as "short sales". Just so nobody thinks that I am misleading the Public into thinking these are my listings: they are not! These are all listings in the Key West MLS that you can search on your own. CLICK HERE to search the Key West mls to your hearts content. There are many good deals out there and I encourage buyers to invest some time in separating the deals from the "no-deals".

The group I am providing today are units in the Old Town, Casa Marina, the Meadows, and the Midtown areas. CLICK HERE to see the units. They are listed alphabetically by street. Spend the time and compare pricing per square foot, amenities offered, age and quality of construction, and monthly or quarterly management fees. Each property is different from all others so you have to do your homework to figure out the price and location that may work for you.

Some of the units have Transient Licenses. Those units without a transient license may be legally rented as a monthly vacation rental. There are rules that govern different areas so let's just say look for the property that you like and then figure out what type of rental opportunities may be available to you if you decide you want to rent your unit.

I will do another list of condos and townhouses in the burbs of Key West in a couple of days.

Let me encourage serious buyers to take the current downturn in the market seriously. I think there are some good buying opportunities on some nice properties. If you see something you like, make a serious offer. The better your offer, the more likely you are to get it accepted by both the seller and the lender(s). Turn the downturn into an investment opportunity for yourself.

If you happen to see a property that appeals to you, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, or e-mail me at and ask for more information.

Monday, February 16, 2009

825 Southard Street - Old Town - Key West

Recently listed you will find this genuine Conch House at 825 Southard Street right in the smack dab middle of Old Town Key West. This is how the listing Realtor describes this property:"Great location, bones, and footprint characterize this historic property which has tall ceilings, offstreet parking, and a capped cistern which could become a dipping pool. Built w./ Dade County Pine, this renovation project awaits your creative magic."

Back before Christmas I wrote about a nearby neighboring house at 811 Southard Street. CLICK HERE to see the very beautiful house located a couple of doors away. And 811 Southard isn't the only nearby beauty. Southard Street is rich is historic homes that have been restored to the original beauty, and there are some houses like 825 Southard Street that are crying for attention.

Many people over the years have said they would like to find a nice re-do in a good location. I normally tell buyers to be cautious about such an adventure. Because re-doing a house anywhere is time consuming and costly. But if you are a buyer aching to show off your creative nature, this house may be your ticket to the Big Show. And the asking price on this house is only $525,000.

The listing agent told me that the small cottage (CLICK HERE)at the left rear of the main house is not part of this real estate parcel. It is owned by a different party. However, she encouraged me to find a buyer who wants both houses because a two parcel contract may be possible.

CLICK HERE for more details and photos of this 825 Southard Street.

If you are looking to find a house in Key West please consider using me as your scout. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at

Monday, February 9, 2009

610 Olivia Street - Old Town - Key West

This is how the listing Realtor describes the property located at 610 Olivia Street: "This renovated home is located just one block from world famous Duval Street in Historic Old Town Key West.Walk to clubs, restaurants, shopping and museums. Property is currently configured as a duplex with each unit offering one bedroom, one bath, central air conditioning, washer and dryer, dishwasher, range, refrigerator and one unit furnished. Off street parking and a large fenced yard with room for a pool are just a few of the amenities offered on this cozy cottage."

Two years ago (at my former real estate office) we had the properties next door to the east on the market where I hosted several open houses. Both houses sold to the same purchaser. The house at 612 Olivia and 616 Olivia sold to one buyer for the the combined price $4,850,000. The properties directly across the street from 610 Olivia are part of the Paradise Inn. I refer to the view across the street as being similar to Wisteria Lane on Desperate Housewives because the view is just perfect. That activity did not stop one buyer from spending a lot of money for a truly great residence.

610 Olivia is located just one block east of Duval Street. There are several notable restaurants nearby including Seven Fish and Pisces. And tons more. South Beach is about a five minute walk to the south.

I think this house at this location could work well for a buyer looking to purchase a second home in Key West that could be rented occasionally as a monthly vacation rental. There is room at the rear to add a good sized pool and add some needed landscaping. There is a large side yard that already provides ample off street parking.

The cute house at 610 Olivia Street is 875 sq ft and sits on a 3385 sq.ft. lot (91' x 37'). The new asking price is only $499,000 or $570 per sq. ft. As presently configured, the property has two bedrooms and two baths. CLICK HERE for more detailed information on this cute house and many more photos.

If you are looking to purchase a second home in Key West, please consider using me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at to help you find the home of your dreams. I think you could do worse than have a neighbor that spent almost $5 million located right next door. Maybe that neighbor thinks the location is as charming as I do. And hopefully that you will too.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

1401 Pine Street - Key West - Former Home of a Literary Giant

"John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A. trilogy and many other works, first visited Key West in the 1920s and told his friend Ernest Hemingway about the place. During the winter of 1934, Dos Passos and his wife lived in this house at 1401 Pine St., then the outskirts of town." So says the Key West Literary Seminar. And author J. Willis Burke reports in 'The Streets of Key West' "No doubt, John dos Passos, who lived at 1401 Pine during the 1930s, made the fifteen minute walk (to downtown Key West)often. After one nocturnal amble, he arrived at Hemingway's house and met his future wife, Kate, for the first time. Perhaps it was kismet: "Dos" had, after all, been the one to suggest to "ole Hem" give Key West a try if he was looking for a warm place "to dry out his bones."

Last year I wrote about the home at 719 Windsor Lane that another literary giant, John Hersey owned with his wife. I have shown it to two published authors, both of whom loved the place. It is still for sale. CLICK HERE for information on 719 Windsor Lane. It is a simple little house the likes of which almost does not exist anymore.

This is how the listing Realtor describes 1401 Pine Street "Charming conch home in quiet Old Town neighborhood. French doors look out to private pool area. Original fresco murals. Wood floors and Dade County Pine walls through out. 3 bedrooms plus large attic sleeping area." CLICK HERE to read more info on this house but you really have to look at the incredible photos of the interior and pool. This is the kind of place that might inspire you to become a literary giant in your own right.

There is something about a simple Conch House that brings most people down from their lofty perches to appreciate the everyday life in Key West.

The house at 1401 Pine Street has 1868 sq ft of living space consisting of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and is offered at $995,000 or $533 per sq ft.

Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or e-mail me at if you would like to see 1401 Pine or any other house in the Old Town Key West area. Writers welcome. But you are not allowed to critique my writing. Please.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Key West - Open House Event - Sunday 12-4 PM

Preferred Properties Coastal Realty Inc is hosting an Open House Event at some very nice homes in various locations in Key West on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from Noon until 4:00 PM. Come by one or all of the Open Houses.

3300 Riviera Drive ($2,895,000) a stunning 3402 sq. ft. home with 4 bedrooms, 7 baths on the Riviera Canal. Pool, two car garage, boat lift, and lots of wow factor. CLICK HERE for more info.

416 Elizabeth Street ($3,900,000) Historic home on one of the best blocks of Old Town. Property includes a pool house w/ bath and a two story guest house by the pool. CLICK HERE for more details and photos.

904 Washington Street ($1,429,000) Mission style Casa Marina Area home renovated with top of the line amenities. Pool, carport, Viking & Bosch Appliances and Gary Thomas as a nearby neighbor. CLICK HERE for more info and pics.

1110 Curry Lane ($999,500) Old Town hidden gem tucked away between White & Frances Streets. Two story 2 bed 2 bath cottage with a pool, off street parking, and lots of charm. CLICK HERE for details and photos.

233 Southard Street ($775,000) Located at the front gate of Truman Annex is this 2 bedroom 2 1/12 bath two story town home in President's Walk. Unit was recently renovated with a sparkling new kitchen with granite counter tops. Ditto on baths.

64 Front Street ($2,295,000) This elegant 5BR/5BA home is located on prestigious Front Street in Truman Annex where every property is a million dollar+ property.
All rooms boast French doors opening onto covered porches. Guest house and pool.

628 William Street ($1,295,000) Splendid heart of Old Town two story home with everything! Meticulously maintained with two bedroom, two baths, den upstairs. Downstairs is a large living area with unique office area overlooking the pool.

929 United Street ($1,395,000) Key West Conch Style home built in 2007. This house has everything and all finishes are top of the line.

927 United Street ($1,425,000) Award winning restoration of an Historic Conch home, originally built in 1933. Owner financing available for a qualified buyer.

CLICK any of the addresses or "CLICK HERE" links to see more information and photos of the featured properties that will be open for your casual inspection on Sunday, February 8, 2009 from Noon until 4:00 PM. Stop by and take a look. Please mention to the hosting Realtor that you read about the Open House on my blog so that we all know somebody is reading it. If you see a place you like, I would really appreciate it if you would let me be your Realtor. Let me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, be your Realtor and let me help you find your place in Paradise. See you on Sunday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

6 Lopez Lane - Old Town - Key West

Some people dream of moving to Key West so that they can live in one of those cute little Quintessential Key West Cottages that all Key West Realtors like to tout. I have reported on many such casas. Other potential buyers seem to feel they need more space and want big grand houses like they owned up north in America. Some people want to live close to the action near Duval Street and others want to be in the Casa Marina Area so they can be near the beaches. Yet others want to live on a quiet lane away from it all. The house at 6 Lopez Lane may be the home of your dreams if living life on a slow lane in Key West is your dream.

This is how the listing Realtor describes 6 Lopez Lane: "Elegant and Luxurious newly renovated historic home on a quiet lane in Old Town Key West. High end finishes including crown molding, Dade county pine walls, high, vaulted ceilings and open floor plan make this a wonderful home for Key West living. Tucked away behind tropical foliage and with an incredible location, this home has it all. Bright and airy rooms, chef's kitchen, huge master suite with split bedroom floor plan. Gorgeous pool surrounded by lush palm trees, Brazilian Ipe decking and privacy galore. Off- street parking for 2 vehicles. An Elegant Oasis in One of The Best Neighborhoods of Old Town Key West."

You need a map to find this place. If you have not been there you would not know where it is. It is like many of the houses on the little lanes that populate Old Town--tourists can't find them. You won't see Conch Trains or Trolleys filled with tourists with Kodaks taking pictures. (That's a hoot: shows you how old I am!)

This is not a house for the owner who wants everybody to see his or her house because it is not possible. The listing Realtor got it right when he said "privacy galore". This is house for the person who wants a real sweet house that is "done" and located near everything, but not in the midst of everything. If you lived at 6 Lopez Lane you would have a two minute walk to the Historic Key West Seaport. There are some great shops and lots of great eateries there in addition to the marina. If you lived at 6 Lopez Lane you could walk to Duval Street in about five minutes. I always seem to talk about walking to places in terms of minutes. I don't know why. Time really doesn't matter that much when you live life on a slow lane. I guess it's a leftover from when I lived in a big city and had lots of appointments and important stuff to do.

CLICK HERE to read more information on 6 Lopez Lane and see up to 14 photos. The house has 2086 sq ft and sits at the end of Lopez Lane on a 4626 sq ft lot. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths plus a half bath. There is a killer pool (I've been in it!) And this place is just magical. The asking price is $1,499,000 or $719 per sq ft.

If you are looking for some much deserved privacy and a really sweet place to call home, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

1221 Margaret Street - Key West

The large and colorful home and two story guest cottage was built in 1999 and is located between Old Town and the Casa Marina Area. The property is now priced at only $1,249,000 or $417 per sq ft. This is how the listing Realtor described this property: "Beautiful 3 story home located in the Historic District of Old Town with a classic Key West architectural exterior and a striking sophisticated interior that has been professionally designed and decorated. The main residence has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths with the master suite occupying the entire second floor. The master suite is wonderful - unbelievable bath with one of the largest walk-in shower retreats you have seen and glass doors from the bedroom to a large private deck. The main level living area opens onto a rear covered porch, pool with built-in spa and a separate 2 story guest house with living/dining and half bath down and large bedroom and full bath upstairs."

If you have friends or a large family, this house at 1221 Margaret Street is for you. CLICK HERE for more detailed info an dphotos. the place for you. There is room for living on all three floors of the main residence. The cottage is fully contained so your guest that don't want to leave Key West can stay there and not eat and drink you out of house and home. There are two off street parking spots. The house and cottage total 2996 sq. ft. The lost is 3472 sq. ft. and provides wide access on either side of the main house to the rear yard and cottage. The house has shutters that are easy to shut if we get a storm. There is landscaping, but not so much that you need to spend hours and hours maintaining it. The rear deck area is tiled in slate.

If you love Cuban food, El Siboney Cuban Restaurant is a short block to the north. The White Street shopping and art district is only four blocks east and the restaurants and art galleries of Upper Duval Street four blocks west. You can be wherever you want in minutes by foot, bike, or car.

This house is vacant and very easy to show. It has been on the market for quite a while. This is not a distress situation by any means. But this is a buyers market. If you would like to see 1221 Margaret Street (or any other house in Key West) please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. Let me help you find your new home in Paradise.

Monday, February 2, 2009

2026 Seidenberg - Key West - Mid Century Modern

You know you are getting old when houses that were built when you were a kid are now considered old and chic. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

This is how the listing Realtor describes 2026 Seidenberg in the Mid Town area of Key West: "This exquisite Mid 20th Century Modern designer home was awarded the Star for its 2004 rehabilitation by the Historic Florida Keys Foundation. Featuring 3 bedrooms & 2 baths this home has many fine touches such as bamboo, river rock, terrazzo, & Brazilian flagstone floors creating a wonderful contrast with the angular lines & modern influence created by the highly renowned Colombian architect, owner. The kitchen has custom cabinetry, honed-slate counter tops, stainless appliances, wine cooler, & reverse osmosis water purifier. There are impact resistant windows & doors. Like an oasis with the coral stone waterfall flowing into the black lagoon pool overlooking the dining pavilion with contemporary Arabian style tenting."

Preserving the post-war modernism of this mid-century, mid-town gem was foremost in mind for this renovation and addition. Features such as terrazzo floors, casement windows, as well as the furnishings reflect the period and the spirit of the home. The upstairs addition includes a master bedroom and bath and appears as original to the house.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information and photos of this very thoughtfully designed home. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and 1500 sq ft of living area under roof. It sits on a nice corner lot of 5000 sq ft. There is a terribly expensive bamboo fence that gives the yard both privacy and distinction. The asking price is now $845,000 or $563 per sq ft.


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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.