gary thomas realtor: The Case of the One Legged Drag Queen - 10/12/15 07:29 AM

Loyal readers know that I live in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. My little spot on the island is just about the best place in the world on most days. My house sits on a big corner lot with lots of tropical foliage that insulates my house from the two intersecting streets. A big privacy fence surrounds the lot. My house and several more on my street and the next block have very tall Mahogany trees. In addition I have one of the tallest Date Palms on the island and a variety of very tall palms including a Washingtonian … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1320 South Street, Key West - Bank Owned Home - 10/10/15 10:30 AM

The newly listed Bank Owned property at 1320 South Street certainly is something to cheer about if you are in the market for a large home located in a superior Key West neighborhood,  This home was built new in 2008 and replaced a much smaller home that previously occupied the 4939 sq ft lot. I dug around and found a photo of the old house. The new place looks nothing like it. The neighborhood as a whole has changed as well. Most, but not all, of the smaller mid-century houses that dot this area have been replaced. The Thompson Estate is … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 45 Bay Drive, Key West - Waterfront Property - 10/09/15 09:41 AM

The listing broker, not me, describes 45 Bay Drive near Key West this way:
"Open water with breathtaking views. Spectacular sunrises, romantic moon rises & starry, starry nights are what this property is about. Open water is visible from kitchen, living & dining areas. Covered deck facing open water is perfect for relaxation. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening tea looking out at the open water. High ceilings & a great-room design w/2 master suites. Huge fenced, 18,161 sq foot lot (1+1/2 lots). Enjoy the rear yard under the nice big shady tree w/ your family & friends. Fish from your own … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 811 White Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 10/07/15 09:57 AM

The asking price on the recently constructed home at 811 White Street in Key West was just reduced to $1,395,000. This impressive home stands in stark contrast to the little Cigar Maker Cottages and Grand Conch Houses that populate the streets of Key West. This house will grab your attention if you happen to be driving down the street in a car or riding your bike.  It says "Look at Me!".  It is much larger than the other nearby properties. It dominates the neighbors in size and boldness of design.  It looks nothing like the much smaller bungalow that sat on … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1320 Olivia Street, Key West ~ New Price - 10/06/15 06:54 AM

The asking price on 1320 Olivia Street in Key West just got a lot better. As a rule newly built houses in most parts of the United States pretty much go un-noticed but here in Key West new houses are the exception rather than the rule. 1320 Olivia Street is one of those exceptions - it is a two story 1242 sq ft home with two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, first and second floor porches that look out to the a little one-way street that traverses the quiet area of Key West known as The Meadows Area.
The great room plus … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1315 Whitehead Street - Key West, a New Home in Old Town - 10/04/15 07:33 AM

"Through the crystal-clear air Lori could hear the ringing of the agent's bell...that had begun when the package had first been sighted, carefully picking it's way past the outer reefs toward the lighthouse at Whitehead's Point."                                                                       Thelma Strabel, Reap the Wild Wind
A new compound of seven single family homes is being built at what was once called Whitehead's Point. Today tourists flock to the same location which is now known as the Southernmost Point. During the daytime tourists will pose and take photos of themselves by the marker at the corner where South Street and Whitehead Street meet. As night approaches … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Real Estate Horror Story No.1 - 10/03/15 04:30 AM

People who read my blog are typically looking to purchase a home in Key West. They usually find my blog by searching an address after viewing a property on Zillow,, or even the real Key West mls website. These new prospects often read additional blogs I have written to get a sense of who I am as a person and the services I may be able to provide to them.
Many readers think that they can get a deal by buying a bank owned home because they think they'll get it at a bargain price. During the past couple of years … (19 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Mettalic Man and the Clicker - 10/02/15 07:02 AM

How in the world could something so innocent as a tiny little metal clicker have to do with buying a house in Key West? How, indeed!
The above photo shows Judge Joseph P. Lewis, Betty the division clerk, Velma the court reporter (stenographer), and me. The photo was taken 43 years ago. I was Judge Lewis' legal staff assistant. I had recently graduated from the University of Denver College of Law when the photo was taken. I had passed the bar and was looking for a job as an attorney. I was 25 at that time. I stood 5'8" tall and probably … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 811 United Street No. 1, Key West - 09/30/15 10:21 AM

If you have been searching for a private little Key West pied-à-terre with a pool and parking priced under half a million dollars, you ought to consider the absolutely charming one bedroom Secluded Gardens of Key West condo at 811 United Street No. 1.  The listing Realtor, not me, describes this unit this way:
"This is a wonderful corner property; well-maintained, with heated pool and off-street parking. This one bedroom condo is in move-in condition with beautifully renovated kitchen and upgraded bathroom. Located at the quiet end of the island's historic district, this condo is still within easy walking distance of a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 8 Golf Club Drive, Key West - Key West Golf Club Community - 09/26/15 09:59 AM

Tucked away and almost out of sight at the Key West Golf Club Community is 8 Golf Club Drive. Even though the house was built in 1996 the Conch style architecture and lushly landscaped yard give this new age home an old house charm. When you walk up to the front porch you see that the porch actually wraps around the side and extends to the back. The irregularly shaped (2784 s.f.) lot runs about 92 ft deep by 26ft+ wide is much larger than many similarly sized homes at the golf course.

The first floor is one large open living area. … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 724 Windsor Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Cottage - 09/25/15 08:58 AM

Just Listed 724 Windsor Lane in Key West, Florida. This little gem is a Bank Owned property located in a great Old Town neighborhood across the street from the historic Key West Writer's Compound which is an  assortment of restored shacks, shanties, cottages, and houses which were once winter homes for writers such as Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur; "Divine Comedy" translator John Ciardi; John Hersey author of "A Bell for Adano" and "Hiroshima", and Ralph Ellison who wrote "The Invisible Man".  Windsor Lane  is located near the top of Solaris Hill which is the highest point in Key West. (I … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 800 Fleming Street #1B Key West - The William Fleming House - 09/22/15 06:41 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 800 Fleming Street #1B, a handsome two bedroom two bath William Fleming House Condominium offered for sale at just $815,000. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This ground floor condominium is perfectly situated poolside in the ideally located William Fleming House. The dramatic double height great room has big high windows and two pairs of French doors opening to a private wrap-around deck. New custom designed bookcases fill one whole wall. The master bedroom has high ceilings, a loft study, walk-in closet and a door leading to the deck. The second bedroom is … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1708 Catherine Street - Key West - OPEN HOUSE - Come Up and See Me! - 09/20/15 04:26 AM

12:00 to 2:00 PM
1708 Catherine Street - Key West
This is a super clean and freshly renovated two bedroom home in a nice Key West neighborhood. There is a large storage shed in the back yard which could be converted into a pool house. Of course, you'll need to build the pool. But you can afford to add a pool because this house is priced to sell at $479,000.
CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS Datasheet. 

gary thomas realtor: 42 Spoonbill Way, Key West - Key West Golf Club Community - 09/19/15 05:19 AM

I had the opportunity to preview 42 Spoonbill Way located at the Key West Golf Club for an out of town buyer a couple of days ago. I thought I would share my thoughts on this home which I feel is good buying opportunity.  CLICK HERE to see an aerial view of the house which is located near the end of a dog-leg extension off Spoonbill Way. That means there is very little traffic to interrupt the peace and quiet of this little neighborhood. You will also note that the house has great views of the golf course from the rear. 
As … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 916 Pohalski Lane Key West - Bank Owned Commercial - 09/18/15 09:14 AM

Just Listed,  916 Pohalski Lane Key West. Locals and returning guests who like to keep fit and generations of parents with little girls who were ballerinas will know this landmark property located just off Truman Avenue as The Coffee Mill. This is now a Bank Owned Property in need of a new owner. The listing broker at Preferred Properties describes this property this way:
"Located just off Truman Avenue, on Pohalski Lane, this well known charming building has been the location of a popular dance studio for more than a dozen years. The high ceilings and open floor plan offers great versatility. … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1304 Reynolds Street - The Casa Marina Area - Key West - 09/17/15 04:30 AM

Just Listed 1304 Reynolds Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. Buyers that are looking for a cute-as-can-be home that has been thoughtfully and professionally renovated from bottom to top and from outside to the inside ought to check out this beauty offered at $829,000. Local architect David Knoll did the design work essential in the renovation of the historic home. Please take a look at the black and white photo below that was taken half a century ago that shows how the house probably looked just before the renovation..
Knoll designed the rear addition which created the new bedroom … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: My First Job - 09/16/15 06:31 AM

I went back to Denver at the end of July to attend my 50th high school reunion. I drove by the places of my youth which included this group of buildings located at the corner of 44th and Yates Street. I started working there in 1960 at age 14 and stayed until the 1965. Back then this was known as LOOK FURNITURE STORE.  This was my first job.

This area is located at the northwest corner of Denver near the famous Lakeside Amusement Park and former Lakeside Speedway. The old Denver Tramway crossed over Cherry Creek and made its way eventually heading … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 Virginia Street - A Real Housebuy of Key West - 09/11/15 06:32 AM

Today's blog is directed at readers who are looking for the quintessential Key West cottage style home that is priced under a million dollars. 1400 Virginia Street is that special home which I truly believe is a real housebuy! I've previously written about the two neighboring homes that were joined together several years ago to create a very exceptional home.

This home is located across from Bayview Park in the quiet little area often referred to as The Arts District in Key West.  The exterior of the house looks weathered and worn. That's by design. The owner gives the exterior a clear … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Projects of Key West ~ An Update - 09/10/15 07:09 AM

It's been nearly nine months since my last post on the ongoing rebuilding of our little place town out in the middle of the ocean. Well, maybe not the exact middle of the ocean, but it's not in the middle of America in any way, shape, or form. It takes forever to get here on a plane, a car, or boat. But once you do get here, you don't want to leave. A lot of people who come here dream about what their lives would be like if they could make the move to Key West and stay here - forever.  … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2601 South Roosevelt Blvd. #314C, Key West By the Sea - 09/05/15 06:00 AM

2601 South Roosevelt Blvd #314C is a newly listed third floor three bedroom condo at Key West By the Sea which would be a great place to build a little love nest. This 1221 sq ft home has been updated with a new kitchen and two baths. The place is as clean as a whistle and is move-in ready. Once the boxes are unpacked, you will have to decide whether to swim in the lap pool at the front of the property or the larger pool at the rear. Or perhaps you will have to play tennis before swimming. Or then … (1 comments)

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