gary thomas realtor: 1527 Von Phister Street, Key West - Bank Owned - 11/22/15 06:50 AM

Just Listed, buy not by me, 1527 Von Phister Street, Key West. This is a Bank Owned property located in a residential neighborhood four blocks east of the Casa Marina Area and one block north of Flagler Avenue. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Traditional conch house 2 bedroom 2 bath home with a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment upstairs that is separately metered for electric and water. The rear yard is great for entertaining with a patio and pool. Fully fenced for privacy. Centrally located in the heart of Key West."

This property will appeal to those folks who are … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 916 Von Phister St, Key West - Casa Marina Contemporary - 11/21/15 08:53 AM

916 Von Phister Street is located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West. This bedroom community is a stone's throw from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The Casa Marina Resort is a short two block walk to the west. Two great ocean front restaurants (Salute on the Beach and Louie's Backyard) are located within a five minute walk.  The madness of Old Town is within easy biking distance for those times you want to break bread with tourists or attend a play at the Waterfront Playhouse or the Red Barn Theater. Otherwise, you'll enjoy the serenity of this little enclave.
The … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 420 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Simply Elegant - 11/20/15 01:30 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West - 420 Elizabeth Street - a simply elegant home located in the very heart of Old Town. This home was the 2010 recipient of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation Award for Excellence in Preservation and New Construction. The prized Ceramic Star is affixed to the left of the front door.

The street appeal of this old home has not changed over the centuries. It's still a beauty. I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that this house was shown on the 1889 map as "207 Elizabeth". Three years later the same house was … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 13 Bougainvillea Avenue, Key West - Bank Owned Property - 11/18/15 10:32 AM

The new Bank Owned property located at 13 Bougainvillea Avenue in Key Haven, our suburb to the north, is something for bargain seekers to cheer about. CLICK HERE to read the Key West mls datasheet on the property. But there's more to this home than the datasheet suggests. When a Realtor creates a new listing in our mls, he or she uploads data from the  Monroe County Property Appraiser's website. That data auto-fills the mls with information from historic county records. The mls is correct as to what is shown on the Property Appraiser's site. However, it appears that a former … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 906 White Street, Key West - An Old Town Charmer - 11/16/15 10:23 AM

I dug down into my old shoe box and found the black and white photo immediately below that shows how 906 White Street looked fifty years ago. Compare it to the color photo from a similar angle  taken fifty years later.  You will see that the original extended roof over-hang no longer exists and that gingerbread has been added next to the columns which were also replaced. A baluster was added to dress up the porch. French doors replaced the original front windows. And shutters were added to all three front porch openings.

 I found another photo (below) taken by the National … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: PARIS, a Remembrance - 11/14/15 04:46 AM

Our train from London pulled into Paris on a late afternoon in June 1963. I was traveling with 17 other teens and two chaperons from the western suburbs of Denver to do grand tour that many American teenagers get to do. We got our bags and checked into a small hotel on the Left Bank. It was a walk-up. I shared a room with Bill Roberts. I think we were on the third or fourth floor. I remember the windows opened out to the mansard roofs across the street and sky above. I had never seen a sight like this before. … (10 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1104 South Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 11/13/15 07:58 AM

You know the saying "You can't judge a book by its cover". Well in Key West real estate you often cannot tell how incredible a house is by the view from the street. The home at 1104 South Street presents a simple facade. If you are just driving by you might think the house sits above the garage below. And you would be wrong.  Passers by have no idea how magical the house is behind the facade. Now there's a better reason to stop and take note of this unique property because the asking price has just been reduced to $1,990,000. 

Two … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1314 Laird Street, Key West - 11/10/15 06:32 AM

Just Listed 1314 Laird Street located at the corner of Sunshine Drive and Laird Street in Key West. The listing Realtor describes this 1260 sq ft two story home this way:
"This nearly-new single family home in Atlantic Estates is in pristine condition and easy to maintain. Located close to the beaches and Old Town. The modern great-room design overlooks the private pool and outside entertainment area. Loaded with upscale amenities such as bamboo floors, granite counter tops, 9 ft. ceilings with crown moldings, and stainless steel appliances. The property is completely fenced and lushly landscaped. The windows and doors are impact … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 229 Golf Club Drive, Key West Florida - 11/08/15 04:46 AM

 229 Golf Club Drive is the only one level single family home ever built in The Sanctuary section of the Key West Golf Club Community. The 1350 sq ft home has three bedrooms, two baths, a 30 ft enclosed sun porch, a carport, and beautifully landscaped grounds large enough for a pool. The 6616 sq ft lot overlooks the 18th Fairway and is cloistered on cul-de-sac where Golf Club Drives arcs and returns to the gated entry.
 This home may be the one you have been looking for especially if you don't want to worry about climbing stairs later in life. When … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Real Estate Horror Story No. 3 - 11/06/15 07:40 AM

Several years ago a man read my blog and contacted me to help him find a home in Key West. He was retiring from his life's work at a northern university and was looking for a modest home in our gay friendly town. He was a single man who wanted to find a place for him and his older adult companion who had some physical disabilities. He explained they were just friends and not lovers nor partners.  He had a modest retirement and needed to find something in the $300,000 range. We discussed various properties that were available and created our … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 324 Whitehead Street, Key West - Historic Truman Annex Property - 11/05/15 10:11 AM

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 324 Whitehead Street in Key West this way:
"Historic Truman Annex Naval Officers home, circa 1906, featuring 5 bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom. Classic front double porches grace the facade of this home, one of the most grandiose in Old Town Key West. Home has been extensively restored to feature a chef's kitchen, formal sitting room, spacious dining area, media room, and guest cottage with large indoor/ outdoor living room not included in living square footage. Master suite boasts a sun-filled sitting room that serves as its entrance. Spacious guest rooms and closets throughout. … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1205 Florida Street, Key West - 11/04/15 10:12 AM

1205 Florida Street is a recent addition to the Key West mls. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this property this way:
"Live-in As-Is or take advantage of the tremendous renovation potential in this Conch cottage on large lot in Old Town. Home is situated on zero lot line to allow for maximum expansion. Plenty of room for large pool and guest quarters. Located near Bayview Park and the White Street shopping district, this property is nestled amongst million dollar plus homes. Buyer to verify improvements with HARC."

 I have shown this home a couple of times and held off writing about it … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 610 Griffin Lane, Key West - Price Reduction - 11/03/15 09:10 AM

The asking price on 610 Griffin Lane just got a lot more buyer-friendly. Originally offered at $1,575,000, this two bedroom main house, guest cottage, and writer's cottage are now offered at $1,349,000.
 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 … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1117 Fleming Street, Key West - Old Town Renovation Opportunity! - 11/02/15 08:10 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1117 Fleming Street which is located steps from the end of Old Town. This is a huge old house that sits to the rear of an irregularly shaped 6884 sq ft lot that runs 50' wide by 154' deep.  The back of the lot exits onto Stickney Lane which opens onto White Street.
I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see if I could determine when this house was originally constructed. The maps were used by insurance companies to map houses and appurtenant structures, commercial buildings, and other landmarks to memorialize structures in existence as … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1113 Curry Lane, Key West, Florida 33040 - 11/01/15 03:23 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1113 Curry Lane which is located on the eastern edge of the Old Town district in Key West.
The listing agent describes this 1658 sq ft home with guest cottage this way:
"Secluded living on a quiet Old Town Lane. Loads of character in this two bedroom and two bath main house with a separate guest cottage with full bath that overlooks the solar heated pool and courtyard. Fenced for privacy with covered off street parking (with a gate addition). Cooled by three efficient ductless a/c systems in the main house. Dade County pine, skylight lit kitchen … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 712 Ashe Street, Old Town Key West - Room for Improvement - 10/30/15 08:05 AM

The house at 712 Ashe Street has been on the market 36 days as of October 30, 2015. It is located in the Old Town area of Key West. This is the area where most second home buyers want to locate.
The listing Realtor (not me) describes this property this way:
"This total renovation project or tear down home has been in the same family since it was built in 1933. Located in a fantastic area of million dollar plus homes in the X flood zone, where flood insurance is not required. The values in this neighborhood could support the types of improvements … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1500 Atlantic Boulevard Unit 108, Key West - Oceanfront Living at It's Best - 10/29/15 08:18 AM

Key West is a little island at the tail end of America - the southernmost point in the continental United States. You'd think a lot homes here would be located by the water. The fact of the matter is that very few are. There are perhaps ten or so single family homes located on the water. The condominiums at the Key West Beach Club are the only condominiums where each unit has a spectacular direct water front location. 

As soon as you enter this unit your eyes are drawn to the ocean view which faces south. You see the horizon where water … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 619 Simonton St., Key West, Florida 33040 - 10/28/15 06:54 AM

619 Simonton Street was recently listed for sale at the asking price of $1,330,000. This home is one of nine located in the Gardens of Key West addition to Old Town. As you view the classic lines of this Conch revival style house you may discern that it is not an historic home but rather a new home designed to look like the old houses that populate the Old Town area of our island city.  I dug into the old shoe box to see if I could find a photo showing what was located in this same spot before the current … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1611 Seminary Street, Key West, Florida - 10/26/15 11:39 AM

The newly listed home at 1611 Seminary Street in Key West seems to hover a few inches above the lush green lawn dotted with stepping stones that lead to the front entry. The stark white white house stands in contrast to the neighboring Mid-Century homes in this midtown neighborhood. This place may share the same origin, but it's like the wild child who ran away from home, did something remarkable, and returned home to show off how successful it became. I found a former mls photo (below) that shows this same house before the 'wild child' got reinvented. It is the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 913 White Street, Key West - 10/24/15 05:05 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 913 White Street in Key West, Florida. This vernacular style home sits back from White Street behind a solid fence and gardens. The gated front drive provides off street parking for several cars, a rarity in this Old Town location. The wrap around front porch hearkens back to another century where this might have been grandma's house. Would it were true. What a place this must have been back in the day.
The above photo was taken at the 1928 May Day Parade in Key West.  I added a graphic to show where 913 White Street … (2 comments)

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