gary thomas realtor: 912 White Street, Key West - 03/24/17 11:34 AM

In 1886 an entire village for cigar makers was developed in one corner of Old Town Key West. The Pohalski and Co. cigar factory was located at the corner of White and Truman. Cottages lined the nearby streets and lanes as was typical of the other parts of town where other cigar factories were located.  The cigar maker cottages were simple in design and construction and provided basic shelter to factory workers. In his book The Streets of Key West, J. Willis Burke writes about Pohalski Village: "On the other side, off the western [should be eastern] side of the cemetery … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Fleming Street #5, Key West - Classic Key West Architecture - 03/22/17 09:13 AM

I have been selling houses and condos in Key West for twenty years. I remember a conversation I had with an agent in my office at the beginning of my real estate career. The lady agent had made a remark about a particular house as if she had just been inside. That puzzled me because the house was just listed that day. I asked her how she knew so much about the new listing. She said something like "Gary, there are only so many houses in Key West. We keep selling the same houses over and over again."  I got it. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1404 Newton Street, Key West - A Meadows Charmer! - 03/21/17 10:34 AM

The listing Realtor describes 1404 Newton Street located in the Meadows Area of Key West pictured above this way:
"This exceptional 2 BD 2 BA conch home is located in the popular Meadows neighborhood. As you enter the house you walk past the relaxing covered front porch and into a wonderful open floor plan with views through the living room and kitchen to the rear deck and pool. The bedrooms are en-suit and at opposite ends of the home. One of the bedrooms is currently utilized as a yoga studio. The heated pool is fenced for total privacy and there is a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1403 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida - La Casa Roja - 03/19/17 05:26 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, La Casa Roja, the red house, located at 1403 Catherine Street in Key West, Florida. This is one of my favorite houses in all of Key West. Let me share with you some pictures and a couple of stories about this place that makes it so special.

I dug down into my old shoebox and found the black and white photo taken in 1965.  I found another color photo from a previous mls listing before the house was renovated by one of Key West's premiere architects for his own use. The current owners purchased this home … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1500 Albury Street, Key West - Open House Today - 03/19/17 02:40 AM

1500 Albury Street, Key West
12:00 to 2:00
Grand New 2240 Sq Ft Custom Built Home situated on a corner lot and resembling the charming historic architecture of Old Town Key West, this 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath is all new. With 9 foot ceilings and 7 foot doors, the spacious rooms are filled with light. Architectural details include coffered ceiling, crown molding, extra high baseboards and trim, custom wainscoting, and two story grand staircase. 
The gourmet kitchen has Kosmos Granite counters, Thermador stainless appliances, and an incredible amount of storage. Built with long term cost saving features including Hardy Plank Siding and Wind … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 915 Cornish Lane, Key West - Old Town Buying Opportunity - 03/17/17 09:13 AM

 I have written a several blogs suggesting that readers quit their jobs and move to Key West. I know some people actually fantasize about doing that. And some people actually follow through and do the deed, not because I suggested it but because Key West is so alluring on so many different levels.  Key West lures the sane and the not-so-sane. People come here to find a way of life that is not possible to achieve elsewhere. Many of those who end up here adopt the manana way of looking at life and develop an ethos that determines the importance and … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 14 Golf Club Drive, Key West - Bank Owned - 03/15/17 12:11 PM

New to the real estate market is 14 Golf Club Drive in Key West. This 1320 square foot Bank Owned town home unit is offered at $454,900. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Beautiful views from your large screen porch and master bedroom overlooking Key West Golf Course! This larger townhome offers 2 bedroom and 2 bath home with extra room which can be an office/additional bedroom on main living level. Walking distance to one of the two community heated swimming pools, gated entrance and 24 hour security."

This home is located near the front gated entry into the Key … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Two-fers OPEN HOUSES TODAY in Key West - 03/12/17 05:21 AM

If you are in Key West today and not otherwise occupied by eating, drinking, shopping, sunning, fishing, tickling spiny lobsters or other such activities, please stop by the two OPEN HOUSES shown below. 
11 Nassau Lane in Old Town Key West is now priced at $749,000. Come see this sweet 2/2 that comes fully furnished. It is located on one of the slow lanes in Key West. If you wait on this, you're gonna miss out big time. First time on the market in fifteen years. Hosted by Gary Thomas at Preferred Properties Key West.  OPEN 12:00 to 2:00.
1500 Albury Street is … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda! - 03/11/17 05:20 AM

Talk about mid-life crisis and the road not taken, how about the lost opportunities that people (buyers and sellers) regret day after day after day for years into the future. In a little town like Key West you can drive by that house you could have bought for a great price but didn't because you didn't like the seller, you didn't like the deal, you think you coulda bought the place cheaper,you were afraid Obama or Trump would do something stupid, etcetera. As a seller you wish you wouldn't have been such an ass, that you had been more pragmatic, that … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 407 Margaret Street, Key West - 03/09/17 09:29 AM

The listing Realtor describes 407 Margaret Street located in Old Town Key West this way:
"In a prime Old Town Key West location at Margaret and Eaton Streets sits one of the Grande Dame residences of Key West. Built in 1884 this home has been lovingly maintained and updated in keeping with the original features of the home. Enter the property on Margaret Street where there is ample off street parking for two cars. Wonder at the resort style pool with waterfall and hot tub that draws you to the covered porch off of the great room. Light filled with high ceilings … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1503 Washington Street, Key West - A Fresh Look - 03/08/17 11:29 AM

New to the Key West real estate market is the recently updated manse at 1503 Washington Street in the Casa Marina East area. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"Enchanting home boasting custom luxury throughout. Not a detail spared in this brand new transformation to create a spectacular architectural masterpiece. Grand Brazilian-walnut double doors welcome you into a courtyard lush with plant life.Through the barrel-vaulted entry adorned with cascading ivy you enter the two-story foyer. The sleek, modern interior just underwent a renovation to allow the entire first floor to seamlessly connect the entertainment, dining and kitchen spaces.The new decor … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1010 Elgin Lane, Key West - Time to Buy in Old Town - 03/07/17 07:36 AM

 Just Listed 1010 Elgin Lane, Key West. This place is so cute and so charming that it may not last the week.  I wrote about this timeless classic ten years ago. I was smitten then and I am smitten now. This home has the features most second home buyers in Key West seek - great location within easy walking distance to Duval Street and the Seaport, a pool, off street parking, three bedrooms, plus oodels of charm. And priced at just $1,295,000  it won't break the bank. I dug down into my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 11 Nassau Lane, Key West - Come See the Paradise - 03/05/17 02:42 AM

The power of social media is amazing.  Last Sunday I held an impromptu open house at my new listing at 11 Nassau Lane in Old Town Key West. I did not have time to place an ad in our local paper. I posted an open house notice in my blog, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK. Then I put up one OPEN HOUSE sign on Fleming Street between Grinnell and Frances and another in front of this little Garden of Eden located about 150 feet down Nassau Lane. Passersby walked down the lane to see what might be - about 100 of them. And … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 730 Windsor Lane, Key West Florida - 03/01/17 09:00 AM

The listing Realtor describes 730 Windsor Lane this way:
"Have your morning con leches on the large front porch of this sweet two bedroom and two bath conch house located on Solares Hill. Many recent improvements including new kitchen, updated bathroom, sliding “barn” doors, bamboo flooring, and landscaping. Cute front yard and private rear deck. Home is currently configured with a mother-in-law suite but is easily converted back to a large first floor open floor plan."

I got to see this home a few weeks ago during Realtor caravan and realized I had not only been inside before but had also written a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1013 Southard Street, Key West Florida - 02/28/17 11:43 AM

Just Listed 1013 Southard Street, Key West. This a classic Key West grand conch house which just been restored and which is awaiting new owners to create new memories of life on this little island out in the middle of the ocean.

I dug into my old shoebox and found two black and white photos of 1013 Southard Street. The top photo was taken in 1965 before renovations were made by a prior owner. The lower photo shows the house looking in much better repair presumably a few years later. The Monroe County Property Appraiser records show the house sold in 1971 … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1007 Eaton Street, Key West - Just Listed! - 02/27/17 09:12 AM

Just Listed 1007 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida. Better act quickly on this lovely three bedroom two bath home located in Old Town. What you can't see from the front is exactly why you will want to grab this place ASAP.This house sits on a very deep 107 foot lot which has two off street parking spaces entered off Thompson Lane. The rear yard currently has a large deck and garden with room for a pool.

I dug into my old shoebox and found the above black and white photo which shows 1007 Eaton Street when it was photographed in 1965.  Notice … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1500 Albury Street, Key West Florida - Open House Today - 02/19/17 02:54 AM

Open House Today
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
1500 Albury Street, Key West

Brand New 2240 Square Foot Smart House, Designer Kitchen, 4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bath Home with 20 Foot Pool with Waterfall, Large Fenced Corner Lot with Gated Parking, and so much more.

Preferred Properties Key West    520 Southard Street, Key West, Fl 33040  305-294-3040
Co-listed by Cory Held, Jeffrey Grosky, and Gary Thomas

gary thomas realtor: 1403 Pine Street, Key West - 02/18/17 08:05 AM

Just Listed 1403 Pine Street located in the quiet Meadows Area of Key West. I saw the interior of this home around sunset yesterday afternoon. The sun was about to set over at Mallory Square with hundreds of on-lookers snapping photos. A potential buyer, the listing agent, and I were the only people on this block. It was so quiet you could hear nothing. And that is part of the charm of this neighborhood which is close to all of Old Town but just far enough away.
The listing Realtor, not me, describes the home this way:
"This turn of the century classic … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1019 Elgin Lane, Key West - 02/17/17 07:38 AM
This owner did everything right. This place is move-in ready and should sell quickly. The place has all new everything - mechanical, interiors, roof, pool, and so forth. The spaces and uses are well thought out and attractively done. The materials are contemporary in style and functionality. Most of the home on this block have been renovated in the past decade and would be considered as up graded when compared to many homes in the Old Town area. This house would make a good monthly vacation rental because of the three bedrooms, three baths, pool, and parking plus the terrific location … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1009 Watson Street, Key West - 02/16/17 10:25 AM

New to the Key West real estate market is 1009 Watson Street. I wrote about  this hidden gem a few years ago. It is so hidden that I cannot find the original blog. I remember the first time I saw this house several years ago. It is located down a narrow walking lane that is sandwiched between to old houses which front onto Watson Street. The house emerged at the rear as it does today but then I took in the true majesty of the location. The yard is huge by Key West standards and especially huge for being located behind … (3 comments)

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