gary thomas realtor: 2312 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, Florida - Waterfront Commercial - 08/29/15 07:45 AM

I wrote about 2312 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West soon after it was listed in April. It's time for a second look as this interesting commercial property with terrific US 1 frontage remains unsold. This nearly 20,000 sq ft lot (102' X 194')  lot is located opposite the Key West Yacht Club. There is a traffic study available to prospective buyers to study the tremendous traffic flow that passes this location each day as tourists and locals make their way into the Old Town just a few blocks to the west.

I dug into my old shoebox and found an aerial photo … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Back to School, But It's Not What You Think - 08/26/15 07:51 AM

A few weeks ago I returned to Denver, Colorado to attend my 50th high school reunion.  I lived in Denver from birth in 1947 until I moved to Key West in late 1993 when I purchased the Eaton Lodge guesthouse. I returned to Denver only twice since I moved away to Key West - first in 1997 and then again in February 2013 to attend the memorial service for the judge I had clerked for when I was in law school. The 2013 trip was a cold and miserable experience. I thought then that I would never go back. It was … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Bank Owned - Key West - Price Reduction - 1417 12th Street - 08/25/15 01:08 PM

The asking price on 1417 12th Street, Key West just got reduced from $365,100 to $329,900. This two bedroom 3 1/2 bath 1500 sq ft town home is actually a very affordable alternative to renting. If you're a local looking for a new place to live, take a look at this property which was built in 1982.  The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"2 Story 3 bedroom 2.5 bath fenced town home with a deck and pool. First floor is made up of a kitchen, living/dining room a bedroom and bath, second floor is master bedroom/bath and bedroom with a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 710 Windsor Lane, Key West - Just Listed! - 08/19/15 06:31 AM

There's a new listing in Key West that may appeal to you if you are looking for a large home in a great Old Town location that has some income to help defray part of the cost of ownership but that does not require you to share your personal living space with strangers on rotating basis. That home may be 710 Windsor Lane which was built new in 2013. The listing Realtor describes this home as"
"Highly sought after Solaris Hill location. New energy efficient (SIPS) Structural Insulated Panel construction. Quality 3 bedroom 3.5 baths main house with adjoining 1 bedroom 1 … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1607 Sunshine Drive, Key West, Florida - 08/18/15 07:13 AM

The asking price on 1607 Sunshine Drive in Key West was just reduced to $919,000. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"The perfect Key West home in an excellent, quiet neighborhood close to the beaches, and just a short bike ride to all Old Town has to offer. Boasting 1,672 sq. ft. with three large bedrooms, and three full baths, 9ft ceilings with custom crown moldings, ceramic tile floors, amazing free flowing layout, gourmet kitchen, and with every attention to detail taken care of. Tropical heated pool with lush landscaping and lots of privacy, with irrigation system, and two off … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Real Estate Photography for DUMMIES - A True Story - 08/16/15 03:07 AM

 This is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
 
I get most of my business from people who read my little blog about Key West real estate. Most of my customers are buyers, but I also get a few listings throughout the year. About a year ago a buyer called me to ask about a new listing she had seen in our online mls. The Key West Association of Realtors mls website is open for all to see. You don't need to send an email to an agent to get details on anything.  But this buyer asked … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 906 White Street, Key West, Florida - 08/14/15 04:05 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 searched the historic Sanborn Fire Maps to see … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2122 Staples Avenue, Key West - Bank Owned Mid-Century Modern - 08/11/15 01:16 PM

Just Listed 2122 Staples Avenue, Key West, Florida. This sharp Bank Owned property is offered for sale at $519,900. The listing Realtor describes the home this way:
"Great 4br 2ba Home Offers A Spacious Open Floor Plan. Two Bedrooms Have Glass Doors Leading To The Pool W/ Waterfall. The Kitchen Has Corian Tops, new SS Appliances, And Separate Dining Area. New roof, new A/C and water heater. Corner lot with privacy wall and shed."

This 1396 sq ft home sits on a spacious 5000 sq ft lot beautifully fenced corner lot. There are several large specimen palm trees on the lot as well … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1708 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - Just Listed - 08/10/15 02:56 AM

Just Listed by yours truly, 1708 Catherine Street, Key West. This mid-town area two bedroom home has just been updated. The modern kitchen has new stainless steel appliances, granite counter-top, and breakfast bar. The living room, dining area, and adjacent Florida room provide comfortable living spaces in a relaxed environment. You will also see the clean marble floor carry though-out the house with the exception of the Florida room which has a Cuban tile floor.



A center hall leads to the two bedrooms and bathroom. The bathroom has been stylishly updated as well. Gone is the 1952 coral tile bath and fixtures. … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 Virginia Street, Key West, Florida - 08/06/15 10:11 AM

 
The listing broker describes 1400 Virginia Street in Key West 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 capacity generator, irrigation and landscape lighting systems and mature landscaping. This charming home is considered by many … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Last Time I Slept with a Communist - 08/05/15 05:25 AM

 I went back to Colorado two weeks ago to attend my 50th high school reunion.  Other than a quick visit two years ago to attend a memorial for the judge I clerked for many years ago when I was in law school, I had not been back to my life long home since 1997. I drove all over town and saw so many places that are radically different from what I remembered or which no longer exist. Memories of my earlier life kept rushing through my head including the the summer of 1967 when I was a 20 year old college … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 80 Bay Drive, Summerland Key, Florida - 08/04/15 04:23 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 80 Bay Drive at Bay Point, just a few miles east of Key West. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this 1892 sq ft home this way:
"Romantic Low-Country Architectural Masterpiece! Here's the home you have been dreaming of! Graceful balance of reclaimed Dade County Pine and hand planed Rosewood, custom Dental crown moldings, Coffered ceilings, and only the finest finishes. Custom Kitchen with built in Mahogany Dining Table. Enchanting Master Suite with private balcony. You will fall in love with the light filled rooms and gorgeous open water sunset views. Southern charm … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 9 Gerome Avenue, Key West - Price Reduction - 07/30/15 10:21 AM


The asking price on 9 Gerome Avenue in Key West was just reduced to only $479,000 or $515 per sq ft for this 930 sq ft 2 bedroom, 2 bath home hidden away from public view down a small walking lane in Old Town. Maybe the reason it did not sell in our hot market is the location is so well hidden. I'll betcha that few locals have any idea where Gerome Avenue is located.  But everyone knows where the Truman and White Chevron station is located.  There is a little walking lane called Nichols Avenue runs parallel to Truman Avenue … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 918 Southard Street #101, Key West, Florida - 07/29/15 05:37 AM

Just listed but not by me, 918 Southard Street #101, Key West, Florida. This is private and spacious first floor unit tucked away from the other units in popular Southard Square Condominiums located in the very heart of Old Town. The listing Realtor describes this property thus:
"Charming condo located in the highly desirable Southard Square Condominiums, this ground level unit offers privacy and convenience in a tropical paradise. With a recently updated bathroom and flooring, this unit's open floor plan offers a comfortable and spacious area to enjoy family and friends while preparing meals or enjoying the breeze on the patio. … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 916 Von Phister St., Key West - Casa Marina Area Contemporty Residence - 07/22/15 03:00 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 … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1417 12th Street, Key West - Bank Owned Home with an 80s Flair - 07/20/15 02:43 AM

We all looked marvelous in the 1980s, didn't we? A lot happened in the last thirty-five years. Hairstyles changed, fashion changed, home styles both exterior and interior changed. What was hot back then may not be quite as chic today. If you looked like one of the girls or guys above in 1980 when those photos were taken, you would probably be around 60 years old now. You probably have gray hair (if you still have hair) and you might have a bit of a paunch or even a spare tire.  Parts of your anatomy might sag a bit - or … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Honey . . . STOP the Car ! - 1430 Albury Street, Key West - 07/17/15 07:39 AM

HONEY . . . STOP THE CAR!  You've probably heard that saying or something like it sometime in your life. It's a directive that there is something important that you are about to pass by. It's a plea to stop and take a look else you may miss something important. If you do stop you can then decide if the look was worth the time. If you don't you may never know what you missed.

1430 Albury Street in Key West is a Buildable  Lot 3500 sq ft (50' X 70') with HARC Approved Plans to build a New Two Story 1900 … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: How Gay Was My Villa ? - 07/16/15 05:56 AM

Key West is a great place to live. You can be and do just about anything and everything. Except for some do-gooders who sit on some public commissions, we all try to stay out of each others "business".  The rich and not so rich often live side-by-side. One's station in life does not matter. Gay and straight live together. Generational Conchs and newbies from around the world live and work together. People of different faiths, different races, and political persuasions all get along. We are an accepting community. The openness and welcoming nature of Key West as a community was one … (81 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 615 Angela Street, Old Town, Key West - a Buying Opportunity - 07/15/15 06:12 AM

 
Every now and then a reader of my little blog will call me, send me an email, or show up at an open house and even set up an appointment to me at my office just to say thanks for writing my blog and to tell me about their dream of buying a place here - someday. Many of my readers are people of normal means. They work 9:00 to 5:00 jobs and spend a part of workday doing what their company pays them to do - their job. I think some  may cheat the boss a bit by their constant … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1214 Laird Street, Key West, Florida - 07/12/15 05:48 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)

 
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