gary thomas realtor: 713 Eaton Street, Key West - Former Home of Angelo Donghia Now For Sale - 02/22/18 12:21 PM

713 Eaton Street, Key West as it appeared in 1965
 
Shortly after arriving in Key West on my very first visit in March 1984 I walked up and down every street in Old Town marveling at what then were mostly funky old houses some of which looked like they were ready to fall over. I started to imagine what I might do to a house if only I owned one. I took pictures of several of the better homes that had already been renovated and just recently went through boxes of photos trying to find the picture I took of 713 Eaton … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3 Casa Roma Lane, Key West - A Genuine One-of-a-Kind Home - 02/19/18 07:25 AM

Longtime readers of my blog know I love where I live, Key West. This is such a beautiful little town out in the middle of the ocean. I also love the post cards and old photos that show what Key West looked like decades ago - before it was "discovered" by the hippies,  gays, and literati who made Key West famous. It must have been a magical place then. Well, the weather and clean air and the mighty Atlantic Ocean have not changed. Town fathers have tried to preserve much of the town while allowing the tourist industry to flourish.

 The above … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 713 Emma Street No 2, Key West - President's Weekend Open House - 02/18/18 03:09 AM

In honor of President's Weekend I am hosting an Open House SUNDAY only at 713 Emma Street in Key West. Forget about tourist binoculars and newspapers (although there is an ad in Today's Key West Citizen). I will be there from 12:00 until 3:00 PM where you can see the best condo buy in town.




This is a sweet two story condominium in a small condominium association of only four units all built in 2005. This two bedroom, two bath unit has a first floor/office with half-bath that can double as a third bedroom The unit has GE Smart House technology and … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3412 Eagle Avenue, Key West - Tropical Bungalow with a Movie Set Aesthetic - 02/17/18 01:45 AM

I got to preview the new listing at 3412 Eagle Avenue, Key West a couple of days ago. I showed the house a few years ago in a driving rain storm. I hate to show any home when the skies are gray, but showing a house in the rain is horrible. Buyers have to run from the car and into the house. They are frustrated and upset with Mother Nature and their Realtor for making them go out in the rain. The folks who saw this house passed up a great opportunity. I was so surprised to see what wonderful improvements … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1214 Olivia Street, Key West - Award Winning Home - 02/16/18 02:28 AM

Brenda Donnelly, the listing Realtor of 1214 Olivia Street in Key West, invited me over to see this impressive listing. She walked me through each room of the house and adjacent guest cottage. She pointed out features of the original house which was expanded in 2002 by the current owner.. The renovation and expansion garnered a Ceramic Star from the Historic Keys Foundation. 
It's mid-February and there was not one cloud in the skies over Key West yesterday afternoon as I began to write today's real estate blog. The temperature was a pleasant 80 degrees. I took the above color photo an … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Strange Love in Key West - A True Story - 02/14/18 04:42 AM

I always preference my little tales of Key West by telling my Dear Readers that the stories are true as opposed to stuff that comes out of Washington and reality television. You can't make up the truth, and, sometimes, the truth hurts.
 
A few years ago on the week before Christmas, I was setting up a listing of my office to host a Saturday afternoon open house. I turned on the lights and opened the door to the pool at the rear. I placed my open house signs out in front and prepared to talk to passersby. 
 
I had been sitting on the … (6 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1501 Leon Street, Key West - Bank Owned House Back on the Market - 02/13/18 08:29 AM

BANK OWNED HOUSE - BACK ON THE MARKET.  1501 Leon Street in Key West is a bank owned property that just went back into our MLS as an active listing. The property had been under contract and suddenly the deal fell apart. I spoke with the listing agent who reported the property was ready to close when the buyer failed to close.
 
I wrote about this house as soon as it hit the MLS last year. It went under contract soon after. In fact the day I went over to take photos, another agent was showing the house to her potential buyers. … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 713 Emma Street, Key West - Open House Today - 02/11/18 12:24 AM

Okay all of you romantics in Key West this Valentine's Weekend, bring your beautiful bride or handsome husband to see this adorable two bedroom home located at 713 Emma Street just a couple of blocks from Ft Zach Taylor Beach and only a couple of blocks to Duval Street.




 
OPEN HOUSE
 
12:00 to 3:00 PM
 
713 Emma Street, Key West
 

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gary thomas realtor: Packing in Key West - 02/10/18 05:02 AM

 
This is a retelling of a true story imparted to me by a lady lawyer who purchased an Old Town  home from me. She lives in a big eastern city throughout most of the year, but spends her winters in Key West. She enjoys the ability to practice her profession in the comfortable environment of her tropical home. She is single and shares her life in Key West with her two dogs which she calls her "puppies".  
 
My buyer. who I'll call "Annie", told me about a recent event which occurred while she was on a scheduled conference call with various "principles". … (11 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1109 Stump Lane, Key West - 02/09/18 01:57 AM

If a picture is worth a thousand words, there's no stopping me on this house. How cute is the front of 1109 Stump Lane? Wait till you see inside. It looks like the photographer was doing a photo shoot for Ralph Lauren Home or Coastal Living Magazine. It's that adorable!
For readers not familiar with Stump Lane, it is one of those quaint little lanes I like to call the "Slow Lanes of Key West" partly because they are so small, or short, or dead-ended, that drivers cannot get up enough speed to do much of anything. Some slow lanes are accessible … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Thing I called "The Thing" that Appeared and Disappeard from Higgs Beach in Key West - 02/07/18 04:43 AM

My generation, the baby boomer generation, grew up fearing Russia and anything alien from outer space which I think was really about Russia - a society totally different than our own. One of the cult classics of that time was IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.  I liked it so much I bought an 8mm five minute silent movie with subtitles.  When we don't understand something we fear it - well, most people do. Others go out and embrace it and figure out what makes it tick. Scientists and daredevils embrace the unknown.
 
Below are photos, most of which I took, but some … (6 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 522 Simonton Street, Key West - SOLD - 02/06/18 11:17 AM
 
Just Sold - 522 Simonton Street located in Old Town Key West. I represented the buyer who plan  a major revation of the proerty which will take three years to accomplish.  Sales Price: $1,300,000.
 
I wrote about this house several months ago. I had the priviledge of showing this property a couple of times to qualified buyers who love old houses. They were intrigued by the idea of restoring this old house but decided the project and the price was more than they were willing to take on.
 
But the day I showed this house to the new buyer I could see a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Projects of Key West - March 2018 Update - 02/05/18 10:43 AM

My last blog on the Projects of Key West was in July 2017. Key West made the news a four months later when television networks showed property damage caused by Hurricane Irma.  The networks mentioned Key West in almost all the coverage leading viewers to think Key West incurred the same devastating home damages that occurred outside of Key West. That was not the case.  We had minimal home damage compared to what happened up the Keys. The one big exception was the former home of Shel Silverstein at 618 William Street which has now been razed.
 


Two things happened as a … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West January 2018 Real Estate Sales - Prices are Out of This World - 02/04/18 05:28 AM

 
A couple of days ago I was talking with a fellow agent at Preferred Properties Key West. She told me she was up at 5:00 AM and was looking at sales statistics. She said not much has sold and there aren't all that many houses under contract. We shared our concern about over-priced market. I stated I watch the MLS like a hawk and primarily see new listings and price reductions.  They seem to go hand in hand. Some agents will take any listing and put it out there simply to let the market tell the seller that your ego is … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 315 Virginia Street, Key West - Just Listed - 01/30/18 11:50 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 315 Virginia Street in Key West, Florida.  This home has recently been renovated into a really charming two bedroom two bath with new salt water pool. It is located just two blocks west of Duval Street and within easy walking distance to nearby Ft Zachary Taylor Beach, the Hemingway House, and all of Old Town. I looked in my old shoe box and found  the black and white photo below which shows this home as it appeared about fifty years ago. The color photo below that shows a similar view of the house as it … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Trujillo Grocery as Remembered by Ronny Bailey, Key West Folk Artist - 01/27/18 02:47 AM

I have written several blogs over the past few years touting the folk art of Ronny Bailey, Key West's "artist of residences" so to speak. Ronny is a fifth generation Conch (local who can trace his ancestry for five generations who have lived on the Island of Key West). Ronny  built houses for a living until his retirement a few years ago. Not satisfied with watching re-runs on TV, Ronny emerged from retirement to build tiny houses - very tiny houses, the kind you put in a box and take on a plane back home up north. The houses he builds … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 618 Whitehead Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 01/24/18 08:17 AM

The asking price on 618 Whitehead Street, Key West was just reduced to $1,860,000. This historic property has had several uses over the years, but most recently has been successfully used as a monthly vacation rental. In fact the property has consistently generated annual revenues in excess of $100,000. Let me share with you why this property has become so popular.

618 Whitehead Street is a big house - 2354 square feet. The wainscoted hallway leads to the open concept living area at the rear which opens out to the magnificent pool and sunning area. Who wouldn't fall in love with this … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 713 Emma Street #2, Key West, Florida - Just Listed - 01/23/18 08:47 AM

 Just Listed 713 Emma Street No. 2, Key West, Florida. This is a genuine buying opportunity for the buyer who wants a home in move-in condition and priced way below the market on the other side of Duval Street. Let's take a look.

This little compound of four homes is located just a couple of blocks east of Blue Heaven and within easy walking distance to the new Truman Waterfront Park. It has the amenities buyers want at a price real people can afford. This home has two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a ground floor guest room which can also be … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Before and After Martin Luther King - 01/15/18 06:54 AM

I don't know what it is about white old men (I am one), but I'll bet they look at the picture of Andy, Barney, Opie, and Aunt Bea and recall that time as the "good old days". Well, I guess, I agree to part of that. I still watch the reruns - they are on TV everyday.  The Andy Griffith Show began in 1960 and reflected life in Mayberry, North Carolina. Well, reflected a vision of a fictional town with very nice white folks.
 
I was thirteen years old in 1960 and remember watching Andy and loving it. I never thought too … (14 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1214 Von Phister Street, Key West - Follow Your Dream - 01/12/18 01:51 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1214 Von Phister Street, Key West, This Casa Marina east 2140 square foot home has it all - ALL!  The home was built new in 2002, not remodeled. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and an open concept living area. It is a spacious two story with abundant main floor living area which seamlessly flows out to the covered lanai and pool area. There is also convenient covered parking for two cars.



There is a phrase about a photograph telling a thousand words. Well, these photos show this home is lived in. There is a lot … (5 comments)

 
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