Saturday, October 21, 2017
I have seen similar homes where the old cook shack (small attachment above rear) would be removed and a two story covered porch added. The main level rear of the house would have French doors opening onto the veranda overlooking the pool, garden, and guest cottage. The master bedroom would be located on the second floor rear. It would also have French doors which would open out to the upper deck. Imagine sitting on that deck late in the evening. I think could be quite satisfying.
1011 Windsor Lane is offered for sale at $1,299,000. Almost all things in life are negotiable. I think this property is a real buying opportunity. CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and more listing photos. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule a private showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This could be a really fun project. This is a solid home which primarily needs updated.
Friday, October 20, 2017
"This ideally located parcel in the White St. Corridor consists of a double lot in the heart of Key West's Old Town totals 8,150 SF on the Corner of White and Catherine St. The building is a beautifully maintained 1,895 SF concrete 1938 art deco structure, with rights to expand to the curb and/or add a second level."
which is city and county government as well as tourist and retail businesses. I think 1119 White Street could easily be converted into medical offices. There is abundant on site parking plus on street parking.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, to schedule an appointment to see the beautiful building and explore how it may meet your business needs. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
I was a legal staff assistant to a county judge in Jefferson County Colorado in the late 1960s. In 1964 the voters of Colorado got to elect county judges for the first time ever. I was a junior in high school and president of the Jeffco Teen Dems. Our group of teens walked door to door on weekends canvasing for three attorneys who were candidates for three judgeships. Two of the three were elected, and in 1969 I got a full time job working for one of them, Francis W. Jamison. (I had just started law school.) After he left the bench, he went on to become a full time professor at the University of Denver College of Law. I attended his memorial service a few years ago. It was the largest such memorial I ever went to. The place was filled with a lot of gray haired old men and women (I recognized the faces of the older men as being judges or lawyers) and as many or more younger men and women - mostly attorneys who had studied under him. I don't know how many of my dear readers have gone to a professor's funeral. I never did until then. But when I stepped inside that room I knew exactly why the old lawyers, judges, and young lawyers were there: respect for the man who taught the law and in earlier days practiced it and later presided as a judge.
The color photo above shows the Jefferson County Hall of Justice on the right. It was built new to house the judges elected to the bench in 1964. That was more than fifty years ago. Jefferson County is located west of Denver. As Denver grew much of the population moved westward and into the mountains. The 1964 Hall of Justice no longer exists. A new and larger building is now located a few miles to the south. The county courthouse shown on the left jn the photo is also gone. Google maps shows this space is now a parking lot at the Colorado School of Mines.
Three judges were elected to the bench in 1964 - two Democrats and one Republican. Each had a different personality. Judge C.F. Johnson was the sole Republican elected in 1964. He was at least a decade older than either Democrat. He reminded me as being a sly old fox. I think he was smarter than all get out, and comfortable with himself not to call attention to himself. Judge Shannon was the other Democrat who was later elected as District Judge and then became Presiding District Court Judge of the First Judicial District.
In the 1960s and 1970s the county bench had limited jurisdiction over specific civil and criminal matters including wildlife violations. One day Judge Jamison heard a case involving an over-zealous wildlife officer who cited someone for something. I don't remember anything about the trial, but I remember what happened later. The officer's name was Hatfield or something like that. He was nice enough, I guess. But I could tell he had an authoritarian personality. I guess a lot of people have those. One might think judges have them. After I became practicing lawyer I ran into a lot of judges and quickly realized many judges have authoritarian personalities. Judge Jamison told me he did not judge other people. He said he didn't have the power to do that. He listened to the evidence and decided if the defendant had broken the law or if a plaintiff had proved his or her case.
The State did not prove the case that Officer Hatfield had lodged against a wayward fisherman or whatever it was. The wildlife officer dropped into the Judge's chamber after the trial to pay his respects before he went on his way. The officer did not challenge the finding. Later the Judge told me the story which took place soon after the election. He and his two county judicial running mates had been stopped by the same wildlife cop up in the mountains outside of Golden, Colorado. They had gone fishing and allegedly did something wrong, enough so that Officer Hatfield cited them for it. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Judge Jamison said they held a summary trial on the spot - just like the top photo. I think the non-elected attorney was appointed a special prosecutor who lost the case. The three fishermen were set free. Now that may read like a kangaroo court proceeding. I know it reads and sounds fishy. Maybe it was. Maybe it was a lesson not to be so aggressive with the public. Just because a person wears a badge does not mean that every infraction must lead to some kind of legal peril.
Later in chambers I expressed my displeasure with the sentence. Imagine little old me, a pipsqueak law student, telling a judge he had made a mistake in sentencing. What balls I must have had. He said he didn't like the tow truck driver's conduct any more than I did. Then he said the guy must have a lot of problems in life to take out that much aggression on a little boy. He said putting that guy in jail would not have done anything other than make him angrier. He said he hoped escaping punishment and entering into a supervised probation program would help this man to figure how to behave.
I hope you like my tale about roadside justice. It wasn't your usual fish story.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
"Beautifully renovated historic home located on highly desirable Frances Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Meticulous restoration with high ceilings and Dade County Pine walls and floors. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Two bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, plus a downstairs bedroom that is currently used as a den. Pool, back deck, and front porch for enjoyable outdoor living. Two off street parking spaces and a fabulous location near the Historic Seaport make this a Key West tropical oasis for the island lifestyle."When you enter the front doorway of 413 Frances Street your eyes are drawn to the rich Dade County Pine walls that expand from the entry foyer to the living room and dining room on the right and to the main hallway and staircase to the left. This house is the embodiment of what would-be home buyers dream of in a Key West house. The almost rustic appearance is intentional. The previous owner did a meticulous renovation just a couple of years ago. This home has what discerning second home buyers want: lots of charm, off street parking (for two cars), a pool, and nothing that needs fixed. That's almost Paradise in itself.
413 Frances Street would make a great vacation rental. In fact prior owners successfully rented this home as a monthly vacation rental for several years. The Historic Key West Seaport is a couple of blocks to the north. Duval Street is a five to seven minute walk to the west. The Old Town Bakery and Cole's Peace Bakery are one block away in either direction. Blossoms Market is a block away down Elgin Lane to the east. I had a very tasty and reasonably priced lunch at nearby Azur a few weeks ago. Monthly renters can walk to one of several nearby gyms or yoga studios. This house could be a cash cow to a buyer who wants a place to stay, a place to rent, and a place to make money for several years to come.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos. This beautiful home is offered at $1,299.000. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642, if you would like to see this house or any other home in Key West. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.
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Gary Thomas in a Nutshell
- Gary Thomas
- Key West, Florida, United States
- 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.