As in the 2015 survey I used the Key West MLS database for the geographic areas of Key West and Stock Island but did not include any sales east of Stock Island. This is geographic area most potential buyers consider to be "Key West" even though our MLS database extends ten miles east of Mile Marker 0.
|707 South Street Key West pool and gardens|
|920 Terry Lane Key West|
|1403 Catherine Street Key West|
|721 Chapman Lane Key West|
|411 Grinnell Street Key West|
I looked back at my six month report from 2015 where we had a total of 207 single family home sales in Key West between January 1, 2015 and July 1. The highest priced sale was 620 Eaton Street (above) which sold at $4,495,000. The least expensive house sold at $225,500. During the first six months of 2015 34 homes sold between $1,000,000 to $2,000,000. During the first six months of 2015 7 single family homes were sold priced between $2,000,001 to $3,000,000. Twelve houses sold in 2017 sold priced over $2,000,000. That's a huge increase in volume of sales plus price increase. I have written several blogs complaining that there are not enough buyers willing to pay for homes in the higher price ranges. The sales statistics prove that I was wrong about demand and willingness to pay more than $2,000,000 for a house. The 2015 MLS stats show 70 houses sold priced under $500,000. 32 single family homes were sold during 2017. That part of our market is really diminishing. As a local I worry about affordable pricing for other full time residents. More and more locals have to find places to live on other nearby islands which are now experiencing similar price appreciation, just at a less expensive price than in Key West.
I hold open houses almost every weekend during prime selling season - late November thru Memorial Day. One of the most repeated observations is the seemingly high number of homes listed for sale in Key West. These "buyers" are typically looking at homes in Old Town or Casa Marina which are located on about 25% of land mass of the Island of Key West. They perceive all the for sale signs as omens of woe. That's hardly the case. Many of the homes still have for sale signs without riders advising the public the houses are under contract. The three examples of recent home sales also illustrate the frequency of re-selling the same house within a limited time period. In most of America, homes are lived in for a generation or more. Houses in Old Town and Casa Marina are often second of third homes and are resold with frequency. If you happen to come to Key West and want to look for a house, look me up. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West.