gary thomas realtor: 611 Southard Street #5, Key West - Transient Licensed Condo in Old Town - 06/25/16 05:53 AM

Just Listed 611 Southard Street Unit #5, Key West, Florida. A total of eight unique units make up the historic Hollinshed House Condominiums located at the tip-top of Solaris Hill in Key West. This 577 sq ft third floor garret is one of five units in this building. There are three additional units located next door at 609 Southard Street. The historic building was built circa 1874.  The unit is an unpretentious one bedroom with lots of space for relaxed living. It has all of the modern amenities but retains the charm of the historic house.  And it has a very … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 734 Amelia Street, Key West - Price Reduction! - 06/23/16 06:41 AM

The new lower price on 734 Amelia Street really is something to shout about, because it makes the newly constructed home an even better value.  Few vacation visitors and locals probably don't recognize this location. This stretch of Amelia Street runs east from Simonton St to Windsor Lane. It was omitted in the Historic Historic Sanborn Fire Maps from 1889 through 1912. St. Mary's convent school yard was and still is located across the street where a tall stone wall insulates the school yard from public view. The convent burned years ago and much of the yard remains open today.  One … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West - Charming Little Cottage on a Quiet Old Town Lane - 06/22/16 08:25 AM

I often write about the virtues of owning a home on one of the slow lanes of Key West. These homes are often small cottages tucked away from public view on lanes that have limited public access. Some people view the prospect of this much seclusion as desirable while others prefer to see people walking by.  After you take a look at 1022 Roberts Lane in Key West, you may opt-in to opt-out of people watching. Please take a few moments as I share with you this lovely little cottage offered for sale at $750,000. The listing Realtor describes this home … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 5 Fletchers Lane, Key West - Life on one of our Precious Slow Lanes - 06/19/16 07:02 AM

I found the above photo of 5 Fletchers Lane with the notation that the boy sitting on the front porch of Grandma's house was James. The photo was taken in 1965. The house first appeared in the Historic Sanborn Fire Map dated 1889. The narrow lane was not given a name until the 1912 map when it was arbitrarily called Amplex Ct. I don't know when Amplex Ct became Fletchers Lane but I do know it was before 1965. Today the front of the house looks nothing like it did just fifty-one years ago. But it is the same house along … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 908 18th Terrace, Key West - High End Renovation - 06/17/16 09:35 AM

908 18th Terrace in Key West is describe by the listing agent as:
"Exceptional high-end renovation with contemporary charm and family-friendly design. Open 1405-sq ft floor plan includes living and dining areas and chef's kitchen flanked by impressive king master with walkout to private patio, massive en-suite, walk-in closet. Two bedrooms and second full bathroom on opposite side. Full laundry utility room with walkout. Floors are low-maintenance ceramic throughout. Beautifully landscaped 6069-sq ft property includes three entertaining areas. Access from kitchen to large, custom canvas awning-covered patio. Bonus utility building perfect for future pool or spa off master wing. New Kitchen Aid … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 199 Golf Club Drive, Key West - 06/16/16 10:36 AM

199 Golf Club Drive is located in the exclusive Sanctuary division of the Key West Golf Club Community. The listing Realtor describes this 1600 sq ft home this way:
"A rare one owner home impeccably maintained in the Sanctuary, a gated enclave within the KWGC. No renters or pets have lived here. Enjoy the lush, tropical, private yard on the 18th fairway of the Rees Jones designed golf course. Home features main floor office and the Great room transitions to a screened in covered deck that overlooks the 1000 S.F. brick patio surrounding your own lovely private inground saltwater pool. Some of … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1320 South Street, Key West - Bank Owned with Price Reduction - 06/14/16 11:29 AM

Buyers are always looking for lower prices. The asking price on 1320 South Street in Key West was just reduced today to $1,699,000. The new price is $100,000 less than when it was listed on February 26th. The listing Broker describes this Bank Owned home this way:
"Beautiful, updated two story home centrally located in Midtown Key West. This 3 bedroom, 4 bath home offers high-end amenities to truly enjoy the Key West lifestyle. Tiger Wood flooring throughout the home as well as custom cabinetry and a wet bar. Amenities will not disappoint with this home. Includes a grand outdoor pool with … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1209 Grinnell Street #G, Key West - Just Listed - 06/11/16 05:53 AM

Just Listed, 1209 Grinnell Street #G, Key West. No, it's not the beach cabana photographed on Rest Beach in 1935 pictured nor the condo shown in the color photo taken at Rest Beach in June 2016. Instead the listing Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West describes it this way:
"Summertime, and the living is easy. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a well-located town house in a delightful gated compound with shared pool and lovely gardens. Downstairs is a renovated kitchen, half bath and large, open living/dining area with access to a semi-private front porch. Upstairs are the master bedroom … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 25 Sea Lore Lane, Shark Key Florida - Bank Owned Waterfront Home near Key West - 06/10/16 06:58 AM

Shark Key is a small island peninsula which extends off US 1 into Florida Bay on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Florida Keys. Shark Key is a gated community with 74 waterfront lots about half of which are actually built. There is a large swimming lagoon, tennis courts, and community center surrounded by lush tropical foliage, flowering trees, and magnificent specimen palms. Most of the homes on this island sanctuary are large villas compared to the small cigar maker cottages and conch homes located about seven miles down the road in Key West.
The listing Broker describes the newly listed … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 527 Margaret Street, Key West - Stunning New Renovation in Old Town - 06/09/16 07:07 AM

Just Listed 527 Margaret Street, Key West. This home is a stunning new addition to Old Town Key West. It is located just four blocks from world famous Duval Street and only four blocks to the Historic Seaport. One of Key West's finest steak houses in located across the street and dozens of small joints and fine dining restaurants are within easy walking distance. While what you see from the street is picture perfect, it's the interior that will really grab your attention. As you look more closely, you'll appreciate the quality new construction coupled with the cost saving benefits of
owning … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Beachfront Living in the Florida Keys - 15680 Old State 4A Road, Sugarloaf Key - 06/06/16 08:26 AM

This is your chance to fulfill a dream and live in your own private beachfront home in the Florida Keys. Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West is 15680 Old State Road located on Sugarloaf Key. The listing Broker describes the property this way:
"Beachfront living in the Florida Keys! Stunning views of the sparkling ocean from walls of glass doors and windows. Set on appx. 5 acres with appx. 450 ft. of a sandy beach, this beach house is what island life is all about. Designed to take in the breathtaking views and the warm tropical breezes, this casually elegant home … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Home Sales - First Half 2016 - 06/05/16 07:14 AM

Today's Key West Citizen ran a first page story that read "Home sales go down as prices go up". Watching home sale prices in Key West is like tending a garden: build or fix-up a house, tend it, watch it go up in value, sell it and reap a profit. Repeat next year.
The article reported first half year sales of 191 homes which is down from 231 in 2015. The problem with computer generated reports is that the reporting area includes Stock Island up to Big Coppitt. Most of my buyers are looking for homes in Key West. So I took … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 418 Amelia Street, Key West - It's Gonna Sell Really Fast! - 06/04/16 08:14 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 418 Amelia Street. This cute little two bedroom home is located steps from the world famous Duval Street, has a private pool, and is priced at just $598,000. I think this place will sell really fast. Read on and you may agree.
I got into my old shoebox and found the above photo of 418 Amelia Street which was taken a little over fifty years ago. That was before Key West was discovered.  This photo shows you the historic construction of this house with a sawtooth addition that connects to the front part of the … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 606 Grinnell Street, Key West - New Lower Price and Buying Opportuity - 06/02/16 04:29 AM

The Key West selling season is quickly coming to an end. Buyers that have been looking for a good deal ought to consider buying 606 Grinnell Street which is located in the very heart of Old Town. This house sits on one of the best blocks in Old Town.  It is located within easy walking distance to the Historic Seaport, the world famous Duval Street, and most of the gyms and yoga studios. And (you gotta live here to appreciate this fact: the Conch Trains and Trolley Cars can't go down this block - they can't make the narrow turn at … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1505 Laird Street, Key West - Big Price Reduction! - 05/31/16 04:57 AM

Silliness aside, there is a good reason for bargain hunters to checkout the goods on 1505 Laird Street in Key West where the price has been reduced from the original $525,000 to just $425,000. The reduction was announced late Monday.
1505 Laird Street, Key West is a 784 sq ft home that is located on a large 5412 sq ft lot just east of the Casa Marina Area of Key West.  The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
 "Cute mid-century cbs house on a big beautiful lot in a great neighborhood. The small home is ready to be renovated and/or extensively enlarged. … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1434 Virginia Street, Key West - Buying Opportunity - 05/27/16 05:30 AM

Bargain Hunters Take Note: The asking price on 1434 Virginia Street has been reduced to just $604,900. This is a real buying opportunity for someone looking for a large "project house" or "renovation project" or a "flipper". The listing broker describes this property this way:
Priced to sell, if you're ready for a historic renovation project this would be it! This spacious home with stunning architectural lines and gorgeous natural light is ready to be restored to her former grandeur. Property features plentiful off-street parking and possibly room for a pool. Zoned as Single Family or Duplex, this renovation project offers multiple … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: All The Way with LBJ - Reflections of a Former Teen Democrat - 05/26/16 07:39 AM

The photo above shows Marcia McGinley, Ben King, and me awaiting the arrival of President Lyndon B. Johnson at a political speech in Denver in 1964. I was the president of the Jefferson County Teen Democrats. Our group attended a speech the President made at the old auditorium arena sometime during the race for the White House. Later that day the President signed the poster I was holding.

I still have the poster with LBJ's autograph as well as autographs of Senators and Congressmen who accompanied him. It's been kept in dorm rooms, basements, and closets for years. There are little tears … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1214 Laird Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 05/21/16 06:25 AM

The listing Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West describes 1214 Laird Street which is located in the Casa Marina Area of Key West this way:
"This spacious and substantial one level home sits on an extra large corner lot (75 x 100 feet) which is completely surrounded by a high wall for total privacy. The two bedroom two bath main residence has many sets of French doors opening to the lovely yard (designed by Ray Jungles) and large sunny swimming pool. The one bedroom one bath guest wing has it's own living area and private courtyard."

Before I actually moved to Key West … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 623 Thomas Street Unit D, Key West, Florida - 05/20/16 07:35 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 623 Thomas Street #D in Key West, Florida. This one bedroom second floor unit has front balcony that overlooks Thomas Street where passersby walk from the Truman Annex to nearby locations like the Green Parrot Bar, Blue Heaven Restaurant, the Ernest Hemingway House, or the Southernmost Point.  Ft Zach Taylor State Park and Beach are located within easy walking distance from the corner of Thomas Street at Southard Street which is only one block to the north.  The asking price on this 584 sq ft condo is just $420,000.

Please view the photos below which show … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3322 Flagler Avenue, Key West - Freshly Updated New Town Home - 05/19/16 07:24 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 3322 Flagler Avenue in Key West, Florida. The listing real estate agent describes this home this way:
"Centrally located and beautifully well maintained home. Full 3 bedroom 2 bath with dinning alcove. Large fenced yard that is wonderfully landscape, with covered back patio, out door shower, storage shed and plenty of room for a pool. Off street parking for 2 cars, one spot covered. This is a must see, easy to show, currently owner occupied."
This home was built in 1958 and is pretty typical of many homes of that era. It's just been updated with a … (2 comments)

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