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Saturday, December 14, 2019

923 Angela Street, Key West - Sunday Open House

923 Angela Street, Key West Florida

December 14th
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS on 923 Angela Street, Key West.  Offered for sale by Gary Thomas, Realtor, Preferred Properties Key West.

Friday, December 13, 2019

1109 Olivia Street, Key West ~ Updated Mid-Century Modern on an Old Town Road

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West is this Mid-Century Modern Home located on an Old Town Road.  The 1,124 square foot home was originally built in 1963 and has been recently updated in preparation for sale.
I search the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to figure out how such a modern home could have been built in this location. Surely there must have been another house located on that site prior to 1963 as the entire area was replete with cigar maker cottages. The 1912 Map shows two houses at 1113 and 1115 Olivia Street were razed to extend Ashe Street through to Olivia Street. I noted two additional houses that may have been razed to create the building lot where 1109 Olivia Street now exists. 1111 Olivia Street was also razed. I assume 1111 Olivia and a portion of 1113 Olivia were renumbered to create 1109 Olivia. The cottages on the opposite side of Olivia Street were a part of Pohalski Village for the workers at the Pohalski Cigar Factory which was located at the corner of White Street and Truman Avenue which is now a Chevron gas station. 
The owner, an interior designer, rearranged the interiors to meet modern day needs.  Everything works.
The open concept living space includes a media niche off the sitting area.The chef's kitchen includes new cabinets, caesar stone counter-tops,and  stainless steel appliance. Other features include travertine marble floors and plantation shutters.
The master bedroom has sliding glass doors which open out to the pool. Each bedroom has a private bath.
While you can't do laps in the pool, you can park two automobiles in the front driveway which includes a carport. If you a a fitness enthusiast there are nearby gyms and yoga studios. The Historic Seaport is a five to seven minute walk to the north. Duval Street is a five to seven minute walk to the west. This a perfect little neighborhood close to everything.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet on 1109 Olivia Street, Key West offered for sale at $999,000. 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. Let me help you find your home on an Old Town Road.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Away is the Manager!

One of the favorite photos I ever took is of this house on Margaret Street.  It had two illegal apartments, a bathtub shrine to Mary in the front yard. It was the best of Old Key West.

I am away for the next two weeks.  May the Spirit of Jesus be with all of my Dear Readers.


Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Thanksgiving Tale from Key West

I was watching NETFLIX'S "The Crown" episode entitled Tywysog Cymru  a couple of nights ago as Prince Charles is sent to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh from an ardent nationalist in preparation for the ceremony for his investiture as Prince of Wales.  The Prince arrived in town with signs of welcome and disdain. He had never been there before and had presumably never done anything to any person there worthy of such scorn. And this reminded me of how my beloved Gertie (above) was treated the first, second, third, and fourth times we walked past the former Strunk Lumber barns in the 100 block of Simonton Street shortly after we moved to Key West in late December 1993. Until then Gertie had lived her entire life in the privacy of her backyard in Denver. I don't recall her having interacted with any other dogs (other than an occasional sniff while walking and that one time she got pregnant on purpose) and certainly know she never met a cat.
We had just moved into the former Eaton Lodge at 511 Eaton Street in Key West which we purchased at auction in October 1993.  The place had been foreclosed by the Small Business Administration which boarded the place up to protect it while under foreclosure - two years of neglect. We moved in, bought a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, and fell in love with Key West in an all new way.  Spend Christmastime in Key West and you will understand how enchanting this little town becomes.

I put Gertie's lead around her neck and walked her one-half block to Simonton Street, turned left and walked north past the old Post Office, Cypress House, and headed to Gulf of Mexico two blocks beyond.  At that time there were multiple lumber barns on the east side of Simonton Street which were no longer being used as Strunk Lumber had sold the lumber business to Manely deBoer who relcated the lumber business to Eaton Street. Tall corrugated chain link fences kept ne-er do wells out. As we passed hissing sounds abounded from inside the barns. Gertie paused and turned her head to the right to take in the sounds. She was puzzled. She knew nothing of cats or hissing.
Town homes replaced the former lumber barns on Simonton Street

We made out way to the end of Simonton Street.  The Key West Hotel was located on the east side of the street. There was a small wood pier that extended out to the Gulf of Mexico.  Gertie and I walked out to the edge of the pier to survey the water as early morning light tickled the waters.  We both saw fish swimming in the water. Gertie knew fish even if she did not know cats. We had had a large fountain in our former home in Denver which had two very large KOI.

We walked back to the land and moved over to the waters' edge. Gertie stuck her snout into the water. She recoiled back and hacked the salt water out of her mouth. "Egads" she said in dog-speak. Never again.

As the days progressed Gertie's appreciation of the cat hissing turned from puzzlement to rage. Gertie would start to growl and try drag me across the street to show those cats who was the boss. Gertie never met any of those cats in person. It would not have ended well. She met a couple of people who climbed over our fence in Denver. One ended up in jail after his leg ended up in Gertie's mouth.

I am thankful to have had Gertie a part of my life for many years. I think of her often. I am very thankful that I live on this little island out in the middle of the ocean. Far away from all the craziness up north. In America.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1100 Flagler Avenue, Key West - SOLD

1100 Flagler Avenue, Key West
SOLD by Preferred Properties Key West
November 27, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West - Stunning Casa Marina Contemporary

Just Listed 1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West. Tom Pope, the dean of architects in Old Town, designed this stunning Casa Marina Area contemporary. He lives across the street. I guess he wanted something really nice to look at when he opens his front door. It worked. The 2,164 square foot home has four bedrooms and three and one-half baths sitting on a 5,100 square foot lot. 
Sleek new fencing and redesigned gardens and entry are among the changes the current owners made to an already beautiful home. As soon as you walk into the entry you are stunned by the view of the pool and rear gardens, all new.
The grey tones of the interior flooring flow out to the new pool surround. Landscape architect Craig Reynolds designed the new pool and gardens. There's an outdoor shower shown in the photo just above.
The kitchen back splash tiles were custom made in Columbia and compliment the Caesar stone  counter-tops. Other construction materials used throughout the house include opaque entrance doors and privacy doors; tall baseboards; high-end stainless steel fans; and LED lighting.
The main floor bedroom and bath could be used as a master suite later in life when climbing stairs can become difficult. All four bedrooms have Juliet balconies that span the width of the impact glass sliding doors which bring so much light into each room.
The wide staircase lands on the mezzanine level where there are two guest bedrooms which share a large bath. The stairs turn and land at the upper or master suite level. The master suite show the finger-joint fir walls used throughout the house. These walls break the monotony we see in some many homes these days. The simplicity of the overall design should work well with an owner who loves minimalism. The sliding glass doors open to a tiny terrace overlooking the pool and gardens below.
 The Casa Marina Resort and Higgs Beach are located about two blocks away.

CLICK HERE to the the Key West MLS datasheet and listing photos of 1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West, offered for sale at $2,350,000. 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. I live in the Casa Marina Area and love it.


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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.