There were a total of 117 single family homes that sold in the Key West area in the first four months of 2013. The median sales price on the group was $429 per sq ft. Since most buyers that read my blog are looking for a home in the Old Town, Casa Marina, and Meadows areas, I carved out those locations for separate analysis. That core area had a total of 68 sales with an average sales price of $839,000 or $501 per sq ft.
There were 25 single family homes sales that sold in excess of $1,000,000. The median sales price of that group was $1,691,840. The houses sold for an average of $611 per sq ft. Six of the 25 sales were located in Key Haven, Shark Key, or Sunset Key.
In 2012 there were a total of 85 sales for all homes in the Key West area with a median sales price of $600,443 or $376 per sq ft. There were 37 sales in this core area in the same time period. The median sales price in this select group was $829,991 with a sales price of $537 on a per sq ft basis.
During the same time period in 2011 there were 93 single family home sales that sold at the median price of $672,462 with an average price per sq ft of $370. The core area of Old Town, Casa Marina, and the Meadows areas had 51 single family homes sales in this period with a median price of $757,873 and sold at $423 per sq ft.
I then went back to 2010 to find that there were 92 single family home sales in the January 1 to May 1 time period. The median price then was $598,313 and the average sales price on a per sq ft basis was $376.32. Next I zeroed in the core areas of Old Town, Casa Marina, and the Meadows where I found there were 41 single family home sales at the median price of $806,878 at an average price per sq ft of $482.
The Old Town, Meadows, and Casa Marina "core areas" continue to dominate Key West real estate sales. These are the areas where most first time buyers look to purchase. These are the areas with which these buyers are most familiar as these are typically the areas where they stay in hotels, guest houses, or vacation rentals. Many, but not all, potential buyers look to purchasing a home in these areas because they hope to do some vacation rentals to help pay some of the home ownership costs.
I guess it was sometime in March that I realized the real estate market in Key West was "on fire". There just was not enough inventory of houses to satisfy the demand for houses. Buyers were buying as if there would be no tomorrow.
There were a couple of interesting sales which you may find interesting. 527 Bahama Drive (located one half block east of Duval between Fleming and Southard Streets) finally sold after being on the market as a short sale for a total of 2563 days. It sold at $225,000. Drive or walk by sometime so you can see what you can get for $225,000 in Key West. While you are out, walk by 707 Southard Street which is a charming little Key West cottage that sold for $948 per sq ft. It's little sales like these which mess with my mind when trying to explain that per square foot average sales prices really do not matter in Key West. Our market is made up of such diverse properties and differing locations that statistical models really fail to help us compare prices.
|707 Southard Street - $948 per sq ft|
If you are looking to purchase a place in Key West, please contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc. Let me help you find your place in Paradise.