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Friday, January 23, 2015

Buy a Piece of Old Key West

If you have been thinking about buying a small house in Key West but have decided you have been priced out of the market, you might consider buying a much smaller place like the one above built by  Ronny Bailey.  You can do so at the 30th Annual Arts and Crafts show this Friday and Saturday between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Whitehead Street between Fleming and Caroline Streets. CLICK HERE for more information on the show.

Ronny Bailey dropped by my office last week to show this new piece which is one of three he will be showing the first time at this show. This piece is his recollection of the historic home that was actually located at 702 Thomas Street in the Bahama Village section of Key West. The original building no longer exists. Unfortunately, I could not find a photo of the old house.  I think Ronny told me it burned to the ground. (My history lesson on this building is totally deficient. The art makes up for my lack of attention to detail.)
Each piece was made by using pieces of wood removed from old homes in Key West. Ronny always includes three words on each piece he creates: love, joy, and peace. They are easy to see if you look in the right place.These are the watchwords that Ronny lives by. I don't think I have met a kinder man in Key West. He always has a big smile and kind tones when speaking with others. Love.Joy. Peace. Right!

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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.