gary thomas realtor: Happy 4th of July from Key West - 07/04/15 04:27 AM

Happy 4th of July!
Key West, Florida

gary thomas realtor: 1105 Petronia Street, Key West - Petunia & Poppy are Adorable! - 07/03/15 04:00 AM

Just Listed (but not by me) 1105 Petronia Street which is located in the Old Town area of Key West. The listing Realtor perfectly describes this quaint abode this way as a:
"Monthly vacation rental duplex! Petunia and Poppy are absolutely adorable. Poppy is a one bedroom/one bath sanctum with brand new everything, and a sweet porch perfect for people watching in its quiet Old Town neighborhood. Petunia is a two bedroom/one bath retreat with private covered deck and outdoor shower. Both units have been meticulously renovated and appointed with a unique design aesthetic that is both whimsical and upscale. Both feature … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Real Estate Sales Report - First Half of 2015 - 07/02/15 08:17 AM

I thought it would be interesting to look at the real estate sales for Key West for the first six months of 2015. 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 geographic area most potential buyers consider to be "Key West" even though our mls database reaches property sales which extend ten miles east of Mile Marker 0. 
CASA MARINA AREA. There were 12 single family home sales in the Casa Marina Area between January and July. The average price per sq … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1621 Sunshine Drive, Key West: Good Day Sunshine - 06/29/15 06:22 AM

I took some time off Sunday afternoon and played would-be buyer and checked out the new listing at 1621 Sunshine Drive, Key West, Florida. I had been inside this home a couple of years ago when it was still under construction. I could not believe my eyes at how quickly the landscaping has filled in and the home has taken on an identity all its own. The listing Realtor describes this 1672 sq ft three bedroom, three bath home this way:
"Located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, this beautiful property was newly constructed in 2013 with custom finishes. Upgrades include … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: SUPERMAN & Me - 06/25/15 08:29 AM
Sometime ago a reader posted a couple of comments about me being just a 'salesman'. He or she noted there is nothing wrong about being a salesman. That reader thought my 'job' is pretty much like being a sales clerk in a store. No more, no less. Later in response to another comment on another blog I posted a pic of a snappily dressed used car salesman with the notation 'not Gary Thomas'  as if to disprove that I am a salesman. I don't wear Hawaiian shirts, gold chains, sun glasses. Nor do I smoke a cigar or look particularly untrustworthy.
A … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Simonton Street, Key West - Two Transient Licensed Properties - 06/24/15 09:18 AM

Just Listed 812 Simonton Street in Key West, Florida. The listing Realtor describes this unique property this way:
"Fantastic multi-unit property with two transient licenses! Property is divided into two sections-812 Simonton is a 3br / 3ba while 812 Simonton Rear is a 1br/1ba. Great Old Town location in an X Zone. Owner financing possible! Multiple possibilities with this property. Perfect for an investor"
 The front building is identified as 812 Simonton Street. It currently has three residential units. The front unit is a small studio apartment. The middle unit is a much larger one bedroom unit which has a transient license attached. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1430 Albury Street, Key West - Dream the Possible Dream - 06/21/15 05:16 AM

The above photos show the vacant lot at 1430 Albury Street in Key West which is offered for sale with all necessary building plans approved by various City of Key West agencies to construct a new home.  Now in most parts of America that would not seem like a big deal. But in Key West where there are few building lots and especially lots in such a prized location as this, it is a pretty big deal.  That is because the Historic District in Old Town and much of the Meadows Area and the Casa Marina Area fall under the protective … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 610 Griffin Lane, Key West - Stunning Update of an Old Town Charmer! - 06/18/15 10:17 AM

 The listing Realtor describes the new listing at 610 Griffin Lane this way:
"Nestled in the heart of Old Town tucked away on a sweet, quiet lane, you will find this completely charming oasis consisting of a main house with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, guest house with living area, loft bedroom and bath, and even a third house which could serve as a bedroom, office, or studio. Thoughtfully restored with an eye to detail and comfort, the cottages' porches overlook a delightful courtyard with native landscaping and a refreshing heated cocktail pool. The kitchen is completely renovated with stainless appliances and … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 714 Olivia St #4, Key West - Bank Owned Condo with Transient License - 06/17/15 11:04 AM

There is a new Bank Owned listing at 714 Olivia Street, Unit #4 in Old Town Key West that is something to cheer about - the reason is it has a very valuable Transient Rental License and is affordably priced.  The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"Cottage style condominium with a transient license in Old Town Key West. The one level cottage has vaulted ceilings, tile floors, open floor plan and french doors in the living room and bedroom that open onto porches. The condo is being sold furnished. The Colony Condominium is a small community with a large beautiful … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1309 Grinnell Street - The Casa Marina Area - Key West - 06/15/15 10:52 AM

JUST LISTED by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1309 Grinnell Street which is located in the Casa Marina Area. This 1724 sq ft home is hidden behind large privacy fence. When you open the gate, you are genuinely surprised to see a lagoon pool and tropical garden upon entering the property. A winding path leads through the bricked terrace and up the steps to the home.
I fished around in my old shoebox and found a photo taken of this house in 1965, see below.  I have included a new color photo that … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 920 Pohalski Street, Key West - Bank Owned - Price Reduction - 06/11/15 07:57 AM
920 Pohalski Street, Key West
Bank Owned Property in Old Town
 Price Reduction to just $449,900
920 Pohalski Street was designed and built by a local architect that built this property for his personal home. Today it is Bank Owned and now offered for sale at just $449,900. Today the house has 920 sq ft of living space divided between the first and second floors. The house sits on a good sized lot of 1925 sq ft (55' X 35'). There is off street parking in front, a large decked rear yard, and a side side yard on the north side of the … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1022 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida - Legal Duplex and a Great Old Town Location - 06/10/15 09:22 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1022 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida. This is another unique Old Town property for several reasons. I did a quick check of the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine when this building was built.  The 1889 Sanborn Map showed a small building on what I am certain was the lot for 1022 Fleming, but the building was way too small and set back on the lot so far that the building could not have been the current structure. The building was numbered 425 Fleming Street on that map. The 1892 map … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1515 18th Street, Key West - Mid-Century Modern - 06/08/15 09:21 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1515 18th Street in Key West, Florida. This is an expansive Mid- Century Modern home constructed in 1958.  The CBS  (concrete block structure) is a combination of stucco over CBS and stone surface over CBS.  The roof is flat which was typical of that era. Most of the homes in this area are of similar age and construction. The lot measures 8937 sq ft (65' x 137.5') and is surrounded on three sides by an expensive CBS privacy fence. The house itself measures 2388 sq ft under air.  The backyard is pretty amazing. There is … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Atlantic Shores Resort, Key West - Seems Like Only Yesterday - 06/07/15 05:57 AM

The Key West of 2015 is much different today than it was on my first visit in 1984.  Back then most of the Conch Houses in Old Town had not been renovated and most of the cars on the streets were old and rusty - they were called Conch Cruisers.Thirty-one years later I would estimate that more than half of the houses in Old Town have been renovated to some degree. Some of the best blocks in town like the 600 block of William Street still have a couple of straggler properties that will someday be renovated. Their lingering dereliction probably … (6 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 Virginia Street - Key West, Florida - 06/05/15 10:03 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1400 Virginia Street which is located in the Arts District of Key West. This property is described by the listing agent as an
"Unique one story home located in quiet Old Town Key West neighborhood just blocks from the Tennessee Williams home. Two Historic homes have been connected to form a private lushly landscaped mini-compound with all the amenities one could imagine. Each home has its own full bath and French doors throughout lead to a large heated pool and courtyard oasis. The home features a modern open-air chef's kitchen with retractable windows, an on-line 3-day … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1019 Flagler Avenue, Key West - A New Jewel in the Crown of the Casa Marina Area - 06/01/15 08:31 AM

Just Listed 1019 Flagler Avenue in Key West. This freshly updated and expanded home is a new jewel in the crown of the Casa Marina Area. The original home was built sometime in the early 1900s with "Indian brick" which was a cement based brick formed and manufactured on site. Later additions were added to the west and east sides. The current owner purchased this property, gutted the original house, and razed the earlier additions.

This home was totally rebuilt from foundation to roof using new materials and new technology.  New additions were added to the west and east sides. CLICK HERE … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Back on the Market: Two Unique Key West Houses that Ought to Pique Your Interest - 05/29/15 08:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a newly listed Bank Owned house located at 1441 Thompson Street in Key West. I receive a bunch of phone calls and emails from prospective buyers interested in more information. I showed the place to a couple of prospect, and then I left town to go to Las Vegas for a couple of days. The calls kept coming no matter where I was. Suddenly, the listing status of 1441 Thompson Street changed from 'active' to 'pending'.  I learned but cannot tell readers what happened. Then on May 19th the status changed again - … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1307 Truman Avenue, Key West - Bank Owned Grand Dame - A Buying Opportunity! - 05/28/15 06:59 AM

 Just Listed, but not by me, is the Bank Owned home at 1307 Truman Avenue, Key West, Florida. This Victorian home was built by a Cigar factory owner from Cuba in 1906. The home was expertly renovated in 2002 to restore the original elegance while adding all the modern amenities. The house sits on two lots which span from Truman Avenue to Albury Street ( 161' X 46.08' or 7418 sq ft). According to the Monroe County  Property Appraiser this home has 3352 sq ft of interior living space plus 1500 sq ft of porches. Bedrooms have 12 ft ceilings. There … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Got Gas? Another Ronny Bailey Tribute to the Way Life Used To Be - 05/25/15 05:34 AM

Local folk artist Ronny Bailey dropped by my office a few days ago to show me his latest piece of art which was located in the back of his pickup truck. How fitting. The piece is his recreation of an ESSO gas station located in Ablemarle, North Caroline. Ronny said this is the first piece he has done for a property not located in Key West. When he put the piece on the tailgate of his truck I was taken back to my childhood in a little suburb just west of Denver. There was a similar gas station a block from … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Flash Sale in Key West - One Day Special Sales Price - 05/24/15 03:30 AM

Hey Readers!  Don't Fret!  I'm not gonna de-brief.  But I am gonna tell you about a novel one day approach to sell two very different houses located here in Key West. Both properties are listings of Preferred Properties Key West. That's where I work, but these are not my listings.  I have, however, written about both properties before.  If you are here in Key West today, Sunday, May 24th, stop by either or both houses for a view. Or if you are really serious about buying a home, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 and ask me to accompany you to … (1 comments)

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