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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

16 Golf Club Drive, Key West, Florida

I found the above old post card online. It depicts players and onlookers at the Key West golf course back during the Depression when the WPA was here capturing bits of everyday life in our little town. The federal government spent a lot of money on make-work projects to keep Key West from going under.  This post card is an example of such work. When I studied the post card I realized how utterly false it was. I mean if you have seen photos of regular Key Westers back in the 1930s they did not look or nor did they dress like this. Take the woman in the bathing suit with the golf club to her side. It's as if she is waiting for her turn to play through. Give me a break.

 Just Listed, but not by me, 16 Golf Club Drive which is located in the Key West Golf Club Community. Unlike the golf course depicted above, the modern day course is very much real and is open to the public. This two bedroom  home was built in 1992. It is offered for sale at an affordable price - just $387,000 .

I recall discussing the advantages of buying a place at the Key West golf club with a potential buyer several years ago. He said something like "I don't play golf!" as if that would negate any reason to consider buying a home there. I replied you don't have to play golf to live there. People that are buying homes at the golf course are not necessarily buying a lifestyle. They are buying a home. In a city where so many of our homes are priced so high, it's refreshing that there are still places like this that are priced this low. The main floor of this home is typical of these homes. A cute window looks out to the covered front porch and tree lined street beyond. The breakfast bar opens into the living area. The laundry room and a small half-bath are tucked under the stairway. Sliding doors at the rear of the living area open out to the covered back porch. I don't play golf, but I would love to have a view like this.

There are two bedrooms on the second floor both of which have private baths. The rear bedroom has a great view of the golf course while the front bedroom has French doors that open out to the second floor covered balcony. The ceilings in both bedrooms are vaulted which expands the spatial feel of both rooms. The area across the street is a fenced nesting area for terns.

The Key West Golf Club Community has beautiful tree lies streets, two pools, a clubhouse with a small gym, and a butterfly garden added for good measure. I looked at this property this past Sunday during an open house. I could not believe how many people were looking at this home. But when you consider the low price as compared to other properties in Key West, you quickly appreciate the value. 
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642,  to set up a private showing of this cute Key West home that is offered for sale at $387,000. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. 

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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.