gary thomas realtor: How to Win a Negotiation without Going Postal - 10/26/16 07:44 AM

I remember the time I had a few minutes to spare between showing appointments. I asked my buyer if he would like a cup of coffee. He said yes. So I drove over to Sandy's Cafe at the corner of White at Virginia Streets in Key West. I had been at Sandy's at about the same time the day before. The guy behind the counter who waited on me then was helping another customer. A new guy behind the counter asked me what I wanted.
I said "One small cafe con leche with two sugars and a decaf." He asked "Sugar?" and … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3414 Duck Avenue, Key West - Major Price Reduction - 10/24/16 12:31 PM

When most things are too big they get reduced - like bellies and high prices. Most things - not all!
Just Announced - Price Reduction on 3414 Duck Avenue, Key West.  The original asking price was $1,620,000. The new price is $1,420,000.  This 5676 square foot office condominium is located in the Poinciana Plaza center in the New Town area of Key West. Other tenants in this center include the Key West Association of Realtors, an alternative medicine clinic, an art and framing store, a real estate closing and title agent, an insurance company, and a land surveyor. The prior tenant in … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 White St, Key West - Open House - Today - 10/23/16 06:02 AM

Dear Readers,
I am hosting another Open House today at 1400 White Street, Key West. Please stop by between 12:00 to 2:00 PM to see this really beautiful three bedroom two bath home located in the Casa Marina Area.
I placed an ad in the Key West Citizen to notify all the people in town about today's open house. I specifically asked the ad agent to make sure the ad appears in the online version of the newspaper because the last time I placed a similar ad, the ad did not appear. Guess what - it's not there again today.
Look at the photo … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Sitting Pretty at 1509 Pine Street, Key West - 10/21/16 07:58 AM

 I've been selling homes in Key West since 1996. Experience has taught me that the home at 1509 Pine Street in the quiet Meadows Area offers so many of the features home buyers seek in a Key West property. I am certain when any potential buyer sits on the front porch they will immediately and deeply fall in love with this location and this home because it is the epitome of what a Key West house ought to be. 
The listing Realtor describes 1509 Pine Street, Key West, as
"Built in 2008 resembling the charming historic architecture of Old Town Key West, … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 11 Birchwood Drive, Key West - Price Reduced - 10/20/16 05:50 AM

The asking price on 11 Birchwood Drive, Key West was just reduced from $789,000 to $759,000 and that makes this brand new and never-been-lived-in home an even better buy. This home is located in Key West's official bedroom community - Key Haven at Mile Marker 6.  This community evolved  over the decades as an alternative to Old Town which increasingly became very expensive for young locals to afford. Most of the lots here are located on canals which have relatively quick access to open waters. Locals have grown up playing on and in the water. Having quick access at night or … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 410 Catherine Street, Key West - Just Listed - 10/18/16 08:25 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 410 Catherine Street in Key West Florida.  The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Half a block from upper Duval Street this three bedroom, two and a half bath home is within walking distance of all the restaurants and attractions of Key West. This charming historic home has been completely restored and offers every modern amenity such as a gourmet kitchen, modern baths, a wide covered porch overlooking the pool and electronic gated parking."
When I looked at the house from the street I had … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1122 Von Phister Street, Key West - Welcome to My Neighborhood - 10/17/16 08:07 AM

There is a lot of hidden potential sitting behind the trees and tropical foliage at 1122 Von Phister Street in the tony Key West neighborhood known as the Casa Marina Area. I have lived in this area for 21 years and love it.
I looked in my old shoebox and found the above photo which shows a small conch house being relocated from 610 Dey Street in Old Town to 1122 Von Phister Street sometime around 1958. (Dey Street runs east from Simonton Street to Elizabeth Street near the seaport. There is a big commercial building at that location today.) The Casa … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1400 White Street, Key West - OPEN HOUSE Today - 10/16/16 05:32 AM

Yee-haw! Giddyup, pardner!
You've gotta follow us over to 1400 White Street to see the Open House - Open Today 12:00 to
2:00 PM. 
Be the First to Live in this Freshly Renovated, 1353 Square Feet, Two Story, Three Bedroom Casa Marina Area Condo. Grand New Designer Kitchen with Eat-In Dining Area, Custom Shaker Cabinets, Carrra Marble Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances. Two New Baths. Laundry. New Impact Windows and Doors in many areas. Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors. Large 22' 14' Private Deck. Offered Furnished as Shown. Offered at $675,000.

There's many darned good reasons to consider buying this three bedroom condo. There are only three … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 805 Catherine Street, Key West - Just Listed - 10/12/16 06:56 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 805 Catherine Street, Key West. I got to show this house a few days ago to a customer who has a dream of owning a large Conch house in Old Town Key West. As we got out of my car and were walking toward this house I pointed out a one story Conch house across the street which I sold several years ago when buyers feared the collapse of the American economy. As you are aware, that did not happen. My potential buyers were shocked at the low price my buyers paid for a three … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1114 Margaret Street, Key West - Innovative New Look in Old Town - 10/11/16 05:40 AM

When most people start to consider the purchase of a home in Key West, they invariably think of buying the quintessential Key West cottage with white picket fence and charm galore. The popularity of these cottages has driven the price up as the supply goes down. I recently showed a new listing in  Old Town which is the antithesis of the cottage homes which are so sought after. I think this particular house is well worth consideration.  The listing Realtor describes 1114 Margaret Street this way:
"Nationally renowned Architect/Owner created a magical, private hideaway in Old Town Key West. The home perfectly … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 845 Galveston Lane, Key West - Elegant Eyebrow Renovation - 10/08/16 05:10 AM

One Sunday morning in March of this year I was out taking photos of various renovation projects in Key West when I saw another large house being built a half a block away. This startled me because the house I was photographing at 723 Olivia Street is located on a one-way street. I had not seen any other construction on my way to the Olivia house. I walked back down Olivia to Galveston Lane, looked north, and saw huge old eyebrow house which was already well underway.

I immediately decided I would return to 845 Galveston Lane again and again and again … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Horror Story No. 5 - 10/04/16 10:05 AM

A few years ago I represented a buyer who found me via my blog. He lived up north in New York City and was looking to buy a cute Key West cottage where he planned to move. He came to town on several visits to find that perfect place. This was during that terrible time soon after the Great Recession.  Many buyers lost faith in our economy and believed we would never be as good as we once were. I know he expected prices would be lower than they were. He quickly learned he couldn't afford as much house as he … (16 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 909 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida - 10/03/16 08:48 AM

The listing Realtor describes 909 Eaton Street in Key West this way:
"Isola Bella is where the Mediterranean meets the Caribbean. Gated and private, this historic Key West home is reminiscent of a Sicilian Villa. The spacious front yard and patio dining area are relaxing spaces adorned by Italian Cypress trees and statues fit for a Roman piazza. Ionic columns frame the welcoming front porch, leading to an interior masterpiece of original Cuban tile floors and custom built cabinetry. The open living area flows into a colorful breakfast nook, where French doors open to the inviting pool and patio. 2 BD/2BA main … (0 comments)

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)

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