gary thomas realtor: Near Key West on Thanksgiving Eve: 2004 - 11/22/17 02:02 AM

 
Like many of you I can remember specific holidays from my youth, particularly Christmas Eves and Christmas Days as well as notable holidays later in life. I especially remember the Thanksgiving Eve in 2004 when I drove from Key West with my then real estate broker to look at trailers on Big Coppitt Key.  
 
I picked her up at her condo shortly around 5:00 PM.  It was still daylight, but I recall the skies were gray and sad. That's unusual for Key West because our skies are normally sunny until near sunset when they explode with color. But on that day … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 618 Catholic Lane, Key West - Hidden Gem - 11/20/17 01:29 AM

618 Catholic Lane is located on one of those slow lanes of Key West of which I am so fond. This lane is tucked away just to the north of the Key West cemetery where Angela Street is a one-way street for the three block stretch between Frances Street to the east and Margaret Street on the west. Angela Street is so narrow those dang fangled Conch Trains and Trolley Cars can't go down the street. The result is this little piece of Paradise is not burdened by traffic or much of anything. One might see a tourist with a guidebook … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 912 Truman Avenue, Key West Florida - 11/18/17 03:42 AM

Just Listed 912 Truman Avenue, Key West, Florida. If you have had a yen to own an historic house in Old Town Key West, but missed the opportunity to buy because of rising prices, take note and consider what is offered and the price that should tempt you to take a look. I wrote about this house a few years ago before the current owners purchased the house.
 
Longtime readers know that I like to look back to see how houses looked in years gone by and compare to the way they now appear.  912 Truman Avenue reflects the growth and popularity … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1409 Duncan Street, Key West - An Eyebrow House - 11/17/17 05:47 AM

The listing Realtor describes the eyebrow house located at 1409 Duncan Street in the Midtown area of Key West like this:
"Classic ''Eyebrow''-style house is unique to Key West. Original 2-story structure built in 1890; 2 cigar-makers' cottages attached at a later date. The blend of historic architectural styles and additions needs refining, and price reflects the potential renovation project. Roughly 2000-square foot open-floor plan on ground level includes large vestibule or music room, vaulted ceilings in dining area, a glass-walled living room and 2 bedrooms, plus bonus office wing. The master suite is the only room on the second floor. Off-street … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - Not a Knock Knock Joke - 11/15/17 10:56 AM

 
I am going back into my memory closet more than twenty years to relate this story. Soon after I got my real estate license in 1996 I was working with a gay couple who wanted to relocate to Key West to own and operate a guest house.  There were a few properties listed for sale.  I set up showings for my customers and casually mentioned to a woman agent in my office that I would be showing Newton Street Station, an all gay male guest house. 
 
 
 
The woman agent had first hand knowledge about the place because she lived nearby and … (21 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 816 South Street #4, Key West - Southpark Condominium - 11/13/17 04:20 AM

816 South Street #4, Key West, Florida
The asking price on this sharp one bedroom 640 square feet condominium was just reduced to $494,500.  I have sold four units in this four building complex with a total of 16 units over the past few years.  I think Southpark Condominiums are the best buy in Key West based on size, quality of construction, location, and amenities.


Southpark Condominiums are made up of four four unit buildings located between William Street and Reynolds Street (the pathway to Higgs Beach and the Atlantic Ocean).  This second floor unit is located in the easternmost building. The unit … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1501 Leon Street, Key West - Newly Listed Bank Owned Home - 11/11/17 05:20 AM

Just Listed 1501 Leon Street, a new Bank Owned property in Key West, Florida.  If you have been dreaming of buying a place in Key West, this may not be the home you were thinking about buying. But if you look at the picture above, it was once one family's castle. Of that, I am sure. As you look at the photos and read my narrative, understand what you see is the result of several years of neglect. Where once there was pride of ownership with a fairy tale folly, today there is a house in need of renovation or perhaps … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - In the Wee Hours - 11/04/17 04:34 AM

I wish I were a better photographer so that I could share with you the views I see when I wake-up way too early most mornings.
 
Unlike the house above, my house sits behind a privacy fence obscured by a lot of palm trees and tropical foliage. I have Plantation shutters in the bedroom which I sometimes shut to block out the street light or maybe the moon. My office adjoins the bedroom. It also has shutters. I have tried but can't seem to take pictures from the inside looking out to the palms and the sky. My area of town is … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1020 Southard Street, Key West - The Gingergreadman House - 11/01/17 08:27 AM

Just Listed:  The Gingerbreadman House located at 1020 Southard Street in Key West, Florida. Look at the spandrels (the cutouts between the posts which resemble tiny gingerbreadmen) on this unique wrap-around front porch. The house is so precious - the whimsical facade exudes charm. It has to be one of the most photographed homes in Key West. This premier property arguably is located on the best block in Key West amid equally beautiful and totally unique homes. The house next door to the west was the featured in Architectural Digest a few years back.
 
The listing Realtor describes 1020 Southard Street this … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Things That Go Bump in Key West - 10/31/17 08:20 AM

Photo take in 600 block of Elizabeth Street in 2007.
Happy Halloween to
All of My Dear Readers!
 
 
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gary thomas realtor: 2619 Guflview Drive, Key West - Waterfront Property - 10/26/17 01:13 PM

Just Listed, but not by me, 2619 Gulfview Drive located in the Gulf View Point waterfront community in Key West. I got a chance to take some photos of this new listing today. This is a Bank Owned property. That ought to appeal to a lot of potential buyers.  
This planned community was development in 1999 by Pritam Shingh who also developed Truman Annex, the Key West Golf Club Community, Parrot Key Resort, and numerous other communities and resorts in the Florida Keys. Each single family home and town home in this development have direct water views.  Gulfview Point is the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1119 White Street, Key West - Impressive Commercial Building For Sale - 10/20/17 06:23 AM

Buyers looking for an impressive commercial building in a highly visible location need to look no further. The former Island Gym building located at 1119 White Street is available at the asking price of $1,100,000.  The building is architecturally impressive and may be adaptable to a variety of commercial and/or professional office type situations.. The building is located two blocks from the new Key West City Hall, two blocks from prominent Monroe County Administrative offices,  and near other  retail, food service, and tourist related businesses on the White Street corridor.
 The Listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"This ideally located parcel in … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West, Not Your Usual Fish Story - 10/15/17 06:16 AM

I was going through my old shoebox looking at photos the other day when I found this picture taken way back in the day. It has absolutely nothing to do with real estate other than dealing with the consequences of being located in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all know that location, location, and location are paramount to successful real estate deals. Bad locations often lead to bad consequences.  But this true story has only a tangential reference to real estate location which I will get to later in today's blog.
 
I was a legal staff assistant to a … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 711 Olivia Street, Key West - 10/09/17 06:10 AM

Buyers who missed getting that special little Key West house at an affordable price should take note of the new listing at 711 Olivia Street in Key West. I had an opportunity to show this sweet, but untouched in decades, Old Town home a short time ago. I think it has a lot of potential for that special someone with an urge to renovate. I dug down into my old shoebox and found the black and white photo below taken back in 1965. Note the two story house located next door to the east. I could not find a photo of … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - The Accidental Bodybuilder - 10/04/17 03:11 AM
 
 The Accidental Bodybuilder
 
Several years ago I worked at a Key West real estate office with a young lady whose boyfriend was a house painter and a semi-professional bodybuilder. I remember meeting him for the first time:  the guy was massive. He had shocking red hair and a surprisingly tanned body. I guess when you work outside most of the day with your shirt off, you can get pretty tanned. Nobody could could overlook his amazing body. All people might not admire his physique,  but nobody could miss seeing it.
One of my favorite true stories about life in Key West involves this … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West After Irma - Dealing with Real Estate Looters - 10/02/17 08:28 AM

 
It happened last week, but I was prepared. I had seen this movie before. I would not fall for it again.
 
I got a phone call shortly before dinner. A man with what I thought was a New Jersey accent introduced himself and started on a very quick exposition about something. He talked so quickly that I thought he was one of those internet website salesmen who call me at least once a week to try to sell something. I interrupted him to ask "Are you trying to sell me something?"
 
He replied "No! I am a cash buyer.  I am looking for … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West After Irma - Kudos and Complaints - 09/25/17 08:03 AM

In an earlier blog I wrote about why I stayed in Key West to weather the storm that Hurricane Irma would unleash on my island home. Later I wrote about the damage to Key West and specifically to the Old Town area which most of my readers are concerned about. I am glad that I stayed but I endured a lot of personal distress. Don't get me wrong, I am not feeling sorry for myself. People who fled Irma to Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Tampa, and other larger Florida locations had to cope with some of the same losses we … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Hurricane Irma - Key West - After the Storm - 09/23/17 04:51 AM

Earlier I blogged about Key West before the storm hit our town. I used photos to show how Key West prepared to meet what Chad Myers on CNN predicted as a 'catastrophic' hurricane.  He warned of a tidal surge of ten to fifteen feet and winds that would wipe out all the old wood houses in Key West. In my earlier blog I  detailed why I elected to stay in the newly constructed building located behind the soon to open Marquesa 4-1-4 Hotel on Simonton Street. The new building was constructed to withstand winds of 200 MPH. I have stayed in … (20 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1105 Washington Street, Key West - New Casa Marina Renovationn - 09/04/17 07:50 AM

More than thirty years ago someone told me one of the best lessons about Key West real estate: you can't tell what a house is like from the front! Look up at the photo of the pool at this freshly renovated Casa Marina Area home. I live a block away and have seen the front of this house for more than twenty-two years. I have written about it a couple of times over the years and even remarked that a new owner could add a pool. I never expected to see a view like this. It is stunning.
The listing Realtor describes … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1126 Stump Lane, Key West - Open House - 09/03/17 02:56 AM

 Open House Today
12:00 to 2:00
1126 Stump Lane 
 
There is a lot of home built into this 570 square foot Key West cottage which the owners call "Little Shangri La". It has a formal entry hall that leads to the main living area with cathedral ceiling, Dade County Pine walls, a home office or spare guest room, and French doors which open out to the new AZEC deck. The bathroom has a Jacuzzi tub on the inside but there is an Outdoor Shower outside.

 
Offered fully furnished at $549,000.
 
 
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