gary thomas realtor: Knowing the Value of Money - 09/30/16 08:29 AM

I was in New York City a few weeks ago during a truly unbearable hot spell. I had no idea how hot the city gets in the summer. I know now and won't repeat my mistake. I made my way to China Town for Dim Sum then walked around in Little Italy wishing I had gone there instead. Later I found my way over near the Flatirons Building when I passed the ancient ATM machine pictured above.  It looked like a cousin of R2D2 or some patron of the STAR WARS bar. And that reminded me of a dinner in I … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 703 Eaton Street #2, Key West - Bank Owned Condo - Old Town - 09/28/16 12:09 PM

The asking price on the Bank Owned Condo located at 703 Eaton Street #2 in Key West certainly made this property a lot more desirable. Now it is offered at just $435,900 or $434 per sq ft for this 1003 sq ft second floor unit. 

Soon after I moved to Key West in December 1993 I got invited to a lot of parties and get-togethers including a cocktail party at 703 Eaton Street which was then a single family home owned by a local doctor and author. I met a lot of very interesting people that night - I mean a lot!  … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 717 Galveston Lane - A Last Little Piece of Old Key West - 09/24/16 08:09 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 717 Galveston Lane, Key West.  This 532 square foot cottage is tucked away on a little lane near the top of Solaris Hill in the heart of Old Town. The lot measures about 40.5' X 71.5' or 2903 sq ft. The above photos demonstrates the lot is large enough to accommodate two cars and that suggests all kinds of wonderful things a new owner could do with this property.
I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to try to determine the approximate age of this small home. It first appeared in the 1892 map when it … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: You Never Know What You'll See in Key West - A True Story - 09/22/16 07:26 AM

Two of the things I love about Key West are our wonderful weather and that life here never is predictable. Take for example an incident that occurred a few years back when I was riding my bike to the old Club Body Tech on upper Duval Street. It was riding west in the 800 block of Washington Street around 6:00 AM. I remember it was still pitch black outside. Just after I passed the El Patio Motel I saw a young man in his early twenties walking down the middle of the street. There was nothing special about that, per se. … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1119 Packer Street, Key West - Potential Perfect Place in Paradise - 09/18/16 04:07 AM

I refer to myself as Realtor to the Dreamers for good reason: there are many people who have this intense desire to find a place in Key West where they can live in Peace and Happiness. They see Key West as an incredibly charming island city filled with cute little cottages where want to live either part time or preferably full time. They envy the locals who live here and believe that if they can get a place here their lives will be forever enriched. They inevitably call me to help them find the perfect home. Those either without a lot … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 811 Washington St #102, Key West - Casa Marina Beauty! - 09/16/16 03:57 AM

I wrote about 811 Washington Street #102, Key West, Florida soon after it was listed a few months ago. It has not sold yet and I think it is time for a second look at the beautiful Casa Marina Area home.  The listing agent, not me, describes this home this way:
"Luxurious Casa Marina Estates townhouse with cathedral ceilings, high end tiles and hardwood floors throughout. Beautiful open living room with French doors opening to the pool and tranquil outdoor space. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel Viking appliances and granite counter tops. Each bedroom is spacious and bright with en-suite bathrooms. … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1503 South Street, Key West - Beautiful Home in a Park Like Setting - 09/15/16 05:08 AM

I wrote about 1503 South Street just after it was listed in April. The house has not sold, and I think it is worth buyers taking a second look. This is a listing of my office, but it is not my listing.

Who'd-a-thunk you could buy a genuine Old Town house in Mid Town Key West with a virgin-like yard and home.  I searched through photos of the Monroe County Library and found a photo of the original house which was moved from the 600 block of Simonton Street to its current location at 1503 South Street several decades ago. The purpose … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 800 Fleming Street #A2, Key West - Just Listed - 09/14/16 05:43 AM

The listing Realtor describes the newly listed second floor condominium at The William Fleming House in Key West, Florida this way:
"A splendid 2/2 corner condominium unit combines modern conveniences with Old World charm, just steps from downtown. This exceptional unit, with 14-ft. ceilings throughout, occupies the south-west corner of the second-floor of the majestic William Fleming House, an historic 1890s Old Town structure. The sunken/dining room area, greets guests with its gorgeous Dade County pine walls, floor, and ceiling. Built-in bookshelf/storage areas lend the space a So Ho loft feel. Below the sleeping loft/storage space, which overlooks the living area, is … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Remembering 9/11 from Key West - 09/11/16 06:27 AM
I was driving some buyers around  Old Town Key West the other day and noticed American flags on all sorts of houses. That's not uncommon, but there were more of them being displayed than normal. And I recalled the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 was approaching. That explained it. 
I was in New York City a few weeks ago. That was my first visit since 1998. On the morning of  my first full day there, I took the subway to the Fulton Street Station. I emerged into a hot and humid colossus of towering buildings and streets with barricades. I wandered around with … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 817 Eaton Street, Key West Florida - Just Listed! - 09/10/16 04:54 AM

Just Listed!, but not by me, 817 Eaton Street Unit 1, Key West, Florida. This once grand single family home was converted into a five unit condominium in 2003. This unit is located on the first floor and has a wonderful view of the front garden.

 This property is located in the heart of Old Town. Most of the homes on Eaton Street were grand houses - most, but not all. The houses are amongst the finest examples of architectural styles that make our island home so rich and inviting. You'll love living in such a refined living space. This ground floor … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3 Aronovitz Lane, Key West - Price Reduced - 09/05/16 05:36 AM

On my third trip to Key West in 1986 I spent much of the time looking for a place to buy. When my trip was over my Realtor picked me up at my guesthouse and took me to the airport to return to Colorado. As we drove east on Fleming Street she had to stop her car for a dog to wake up. You see he was taking a nap and refused to get up and move. Serious!  Today there's too much traffic for any dog to even lay down in a street let alone take a nap - except, maybe, … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 White Street, Key West - OPEN HOUSE TODAY - 09/04/16 05:08 AM

I wrote about my new listing at 1400 White Street in Key West a few days ago. Town is full of people, some of which may be interested in buying an affordable home that has just been completely renovated from top to bottom which is offered fully furnished as shown at the price of $675,000.
11:00 to 2:00
1400 White Street
The Casa Marina Area
Beautiful Freshly Renovated Two Story Casa Marina Area Condo. This large (1353 sq ft) impeccably renovated three bedroom / two bath unit is move-in ready. Spotless Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors upstairs and down. Luxurious New Designer Kitchen with … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1413 Von Phister Street, Key West - 09/03/16 05:57 AM

New to the Market is 1413 Von Phister Street which is located in the area just east of Casa Marina District in Key West. Most of  the homes in this area were built in the 1950s and 1960s on large lots - lots larger than you will find in the histrionic district. Since the homes are not historic, homeowners can either renovate and expand or tear down these homes and build new homes. This particular home was built in 1948. It sits on a 3708 sq ft lot which measures 40' X 94'.  The house only has 773 sq ft of … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 95 Bay Drive, Saddlebunch Key Florida - 09/01/16 09:19 AM

95 Bay Drive, Saddlebunch Key, Florida is located about 11.5 miles east of Key West on the Overseas Highway more commonly known by tourists as US 1.  To locals it is a bedroom community with an easy commute to Key West. To second home buyers who hope to find a dream home where could retire, it may be the place they have been dreaming to find. The listing Realtor describes this ocean front home this way:
"When you are lucky enough to live by the sea, you are lucky enough! Cozy, Open Water cottage styled home features beautiful Tigerwood flooring, Custom ceiling, … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 White Street, Key West - 08/31/16 12:15 PM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 1400 White Street #A. This beautiful new home is located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West Florida.
Beautiful Freshly Renovated Two Story Casa Marina Area Condo. This large impeccably renovated three bedroom / two bath unit is move-in ready. Spotless Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors upstairs and down. Luxurious New Designer Kitchen with Eat-In Dining Area, Custom Shaker Cabinets, Carrara Marble Counters, Mosaic glass and stainless tile back splash, Pantry cabinet and new Stainless Steel Appliances. Two large Bathrooms with new mosaic and travertine subway tile, granite topped vanities and frame-less shower doors. … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: My First Loan and What I Learned About Buying on Credit - 08/27/16 10:18 AM

The Key West MLS is transferring to a new service provider this weekend. I have a new listing to add but can't because the system is not accepting new listings until Monday. So instead of writing about something I can't share, I thought I would share a memory of my first loan and the lesson I learned.
I have written about growing up in the little suburban town of Mountain View, Colorado - a suburb just west of Denver. I lived in this quite little burb through my formative years until 1960 when we moved a couple of miles to the south … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 25 Sea Lore Lane, Key West - Price Reduction on Waterfront Home - 08/26/16 07:31 AM

The newly announced price reduction of 25 Sea Lore Lane on Shark Island Key is something for bargain shoppers to consider. Now the new price of $899,000 is still outside the reach of many would be buyers, but it is bargain as far as I am concerned because of the size, price per square foot, and highly desired location of this once elegant home. I say once elegant for two simple reasons. First the house is now 22 years old and is a victim of the passage of time and the change in what is popular in kitchen and bath design … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3513 Sunrise Drive, Key West - 08/25/16 05:54 AM

I know that when most prospective buyers start to think about buying a second home or maybe a primary home in Key West, they first think about finding a place in Old Town or maybe the swank Casa Marina Area. That's usually because they have never ventured out to see other parts of town and did not know the kinds of properties available. Today's featured property is located on the same street where Jimmy Buffet used to live. Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of this newly listed home located at 3513 Sunrise Drive, Key West. Use the Google toggle … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Sarah Addison House - 916 Center Street, Key West - 08/24/16 07:10 AM

I have written about the wondrous creations of Key West folk artist Ronny Bailey on several occasions over the past few years. His work is so simple and pure that others think they can do the same thing. According to Ronny, several former builders such as himself have told Ronny they tried to create similar properties only to give up in utter frustration over how long and tedious the task.
Ronny is a Conch born and bred in Key West. He was a builder by trade until he hung up his tool belt a few years back. He started to fiddle with … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1435 South Roosevelt Blvd. #1001 - Key West - 08/23/16 09:12 AM

JUST LISTED 1435 South Roosevelt Boulevard #1001 in Key West, Florida is 2192 sq ft stand alone private residence in the Coconut Mallory Compound. Loyal readers may not recognize the address, but I am sure you know the location on the eastern shores of our lovely island home.
I added an arrow to show the location of 1435 South Roosevelt #1001. This photo was taken in the 1990s. Since then the Navy Hospital has been totally rebuilt and many of the buildings visible then are now gone. However, the historic three story Casa Roma Tower is still visible from the street and  … (0 comments)

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