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Monday, October 31, 2011

215 Golf Club Drive - Bank Owned - Key West Golf Club

If you are looking for a large home on the Key West golf course for a modest price, you should definitely consider the newly listed Bank Owned property located in The Sanctuary at 215 Golf Club Drive. The listing agent describes this home like this:
"Dont miss out on this rare opportunity to own a beautiful single family home with a pool in one of Key West's most sought after locations, the Sanctuary, in the Key West Golf Club for under $480k. Bank Owned. Excellent Condition."
This house sold in May 2005 for $1,125,000, and it is now offered at just $464,900 or $291 per sq ft. The house has three bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a private pool, first and second floor front porches and rear deck or balconies, and a quiet location on the Key West golf course. The house is 1600 sq ft divided almost equally between the main floor and second floor. The main level has a bump out located just off the living room which could be used as a guest room, den, or office.

Guest room on the left and French doors straight ahead

Upstairs you will find two bedrooms each of which has a door to the front second level porch. They share a bath. The master bedroom is at the rear and has an en-suite bath. The master bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling and a set of French doors that open onto its own large second floor rear porch with views of the pool below and the golf course beyond. I can imagine sitting out there in the early morning drinking coffee and watching the birds wake up as the sun rises and the sky turns from gray to orange and eventually to blue.

The kitchen has upgraded cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. Each of the bathrooms has upgraded bath room fixtures. The grounds are nicely landscaped and have designer exterior light fixtures and a sprinkler system. Compare the price, size, amenities on this home to other similarly priced properties in Key West. You will likely agree with me that this home is a real bargain. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet on this property.

You can also CLICK HERE to view a slide show presentation of photos I took of this property. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to show you this property. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bank Owned Conch Cottage - 215 Truman Ave. - Key West

215 Truman Avenue - Bank Owned - Key West

There is a newly listedBank Owned Conch Cottage at 215 Truman Avenue that bargain buyers may want to consider. This place is cottage because it is on the small side - just 556 sq ft. It is a simple structure with one bedroom, a private bath, a large living and kitchen area that share the rest of the interior living space. The cathedral ceiling transforms the living and kitchen area into a comfortable and spacious place to live and entertain. The cottage has a good sized bedroom on the main floor with a door that opens to the original front porch of the house. The new main entrance to this cottage is off the ample side deck. A ship ladder provides access to the second level loft which provides a good sized area for a mattress for the occasional sleepover guest. Getting up and down works well for little kids but adults would be better off staying in a nearby hotel. The bath is spacious and there is a washer and dryer closet so your other half won't have to go to the laundromat.

Kitchen with view of the loft above

The living and kitchen viewed from the loft

Ample side deck provide comfortable private outdoor living space

Sleeping loft for kids or the occasional house guest

215 Truman Avenue was built circa 1923

The original Conch cottage was built circa 1923 and was thoroughly renovated in 2006. New piers and much of the super structure appears to have been rebuilt. All windows and doors were replaced as was electric, plumbing, and new HVAC added. The house has a new metal roof and storm panels are in place which will reduce windstorm insurance for the new owner.

This Bank Owned Conch Cottage is offered for sale at just $225,000 or $405 per sq ft. The cottage is one of four in the Truman Condominiums. Each unit is owned in fee simple. The condo association exists to maintain the common sidewalk that provides access to the four units that share this limited space. Each owner pays for the maintenance and insurance of their respective homes.

This little place ought to appeal to that special buyer who wants an inexpensive getaway place close to all of the things that happen on or around Duval Street. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this property. And CLICK HERE to view a slide show of photos I took of this property.

If you would like to see 215 Truman Avenue or any other property in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or by email at I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lady in Waiting - 410 Simonton Street - Old Town - Key West

410 Simonton Street - Old Town - Key West

The new listing at 410 Simonton Street is truly a Lady in Waiting-waiting for that special someone to come in and restore the house and grounds to the trophy property it should be once again. It's not that the property as it now exists is bad. It isn't. It just is not as good as it could be. In fact, it could be grand.

The listing agent provides this bare bones description of 410 Simonton Street:
"One of Key West's most beautiful houses. True history resounds in this one of a kind home. Paintings from the 1880's are featured in the front parlor on the ceiling and walls. Currently in use as a 5 unit rental property with rental income of $7,900/month. This house is a great candidate to remodel as a single family home."

This property is offered at $900,000 or $288 per sq ft for the 3123 sq ft house plus attached living units. The lot is 60' x 106' (6036 sq ft). I wnt digging in the shoe box and found two old black and white photos that show the house in earlier times. The Monroe County Property Appraiser noted that the house was built in the 1870s but was not specific as to the exact date. The old gal still looks pretty good for being over 140 years old. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet on this property.

If you would like to see this property, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West. This is a great buying opportunity for someone who wants a truly beautiful home in Old Town Key West.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

731 Waddell Avenue - Casa Marina Area - Key West

Just listed by Preferred Properties, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 731 Waddell Avenue in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"Built in 2008 to resemble the grand Key West Conch homes, in the center of the Casa Marina is this spacious 5 Bedroom 5 Bathroom home. On the main level there is a bedroom and bath, currently being used as an office. As you walk into the massive living area, you are greeted by oversized French Hurricane impact doors that lead you to a large tropical backyard with a beautiful pool and spa. The Kitchen boasts new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Architecturally designed stairs lead to, the Master bedroom and bath with two additional guest en-suite bedrooms with private balconies and laundry area. On the third level there is another bedroom and bath and a bonus room which can be used for a media room or exercise room."
Here are some photos I took of the large house by Key West standards (3286 sq ft on three floors).

The Main Floor has a formal entry which leads to the great room and kitchen at the rear.

Formal Entry

Great Room

French doors lead to the pool and spa


A guest room or study is located just off the entry.

There is a guest bath located off the entry which is also accessed by the guest room or study.

There are two large bedrooms with en-suite baths on the second floor. Each room has access to the rear second floor balcony that overlooks the pool and spa below.

West bedroom second floor

East bedroom second floor

Both bedrooms share this second floor rear balcony overlooking pool below

Master bedroom with en-suite bath is located at the front

Second floor front balcony located off the master suite

Third floor bed and bath

The rear yard has wonderful pool and spa. The house is located on a large corner lot and is located just one block from the Casa Marina Resort to the south. A small city pocket park is located one block away.

Walk a block to the ocean

This property would make a great vacation rental. There are few houses this large with this many bathrooms in Old Town or the Casa Marina Area. CLICK HERE to view a slide show of all rooms and views at this great property.

731 Waddell Avenue is offered at $1,425,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls data sheet and to view listing photos. If you would like to schedule a private showing of 731 Waddell Avenue and are not working with another agent, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Get Fit in Key West - No dorks Allowed

I often mention that the area near the intersection of Truman Avenue and White Street has a lot of gyms and yoga studios. Commercial spaces are less expensive in this area which is still relatively close to much of Old Town Key West. The gyms and yoga studios are within walking or biking distance so cars are not necessary. Other gyms are located further east in the suburbs of Key West. I decided to take some photos of the various spots where locals and visitors go to get fit, stay fit, avoid the sun, avoid the rain, avoid the Conch Train, or avoid going to work or wherever it is that people don't want to go.

Look at the pics and click the name of the establishment to get more info.
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Old Town Fitness 1010 Truman Avenue

Bargain Books (and gym!) 1028 Truman Avenue Day memberships

Island Gym 1119 White Street Day memberships and more

Stay Fit Studio 804 White Street

Island House Gay Men's Resort (and gym) 1129 Fleming Street Day and short term memberships available

Casa Marina Resort (Fitness Center) 1500 Reynolds Street Locals can buy an annual membership to the Fitness Center that includes use of Spa and Beach facilities.

Paradise Health and Fitness 1706 North Roosevelt Blvd.

Body Zone South 2740 North Roosevelt Blvd.

We Be Fit Personal Training Center 1277 1st Street Extensive personal training

The Pilates Studio (New) 1209 Truman Avenue

Shakti Yoga 1011 Truman Avenue

Coffee Mill 916 Pohalski Lane

Bikram Yoga 927 White Street

Yoga on the Beach

In addition to the gyms and yoga studios shown, Key West has lots of activities to get fit and stay fit including tennis, bicycling, running (lots of marathons, baby), and plenty of water sports.

If you are looking to buy a house, we have lots of properties available as well. Please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 or send me an email at I am a buyer's agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. in Key West, Florida.


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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.