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.

gary thomas realtor: 1215 Truman Avenue, Key West - Price Reduction! - 09/02/17 02:34 AM

That past two weeks in Key West habr been pretty amazing.  Town is like it was twenty years ago. There is a noticeable, no a remarkable, decrease in the amount of tourists. Parking is easy. Traffic is a breeze. I don't have to watch for numbskull bike riders who think they are pedaling on a pretend street in Disneyland. It's also hotter and more humid than I ever remember.  I think it may have something to do with the solar eclipse from last week. The day of the eclipse the little frogs that live out by my pool shut up all … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Tales from Key West Real Estate - No. 1 - 08/31/17 01:55 AM

The normal practice in Key West is for the Listing Agent to show his/her property to the buyers and his/her agent. This is because many of our properties (especially in Old Town) are unique.
One day several years ago my customers and I were looking at fairly expensive home that was being rented on a long term basis. The tenants were single young adult Europeans. I assume they worked in restaurants.  They were too well groomed to do any manual labor.
The agent first opened a shut bedroom door and took us into the room where the drapes or blinds were shut. We … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 425 Frances Street Unit 2, Key West - Condo that Feels Like a Single Family Home - 08/28/17 08:17 AM

Just Listed:  425 Frances Street Unit 2, Key West, Florida. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
" This 2 BD/2 BA condo blends modern tropical charm with the historic beauty of Old Town Key West. High ceilings and lots of natural light accentuate the living space. Choose to relax in your own private backyard and swimming pool, or use the larger community pool and common area shared with just two other units. It's conveniently located less than two blocks from the Historic Seaport and just six blocks from Duval St., walking distance to some of Key West's best restaurants, bars, … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Regrets, I've had a Few - 08/26/17 06:03 AM

Last May I wrote a blog about directions not taken. An ex read it and thought it was about him. Exes think like that. It wasn't - mostly.  There are several places I go on the internet when I get up each morning including the Monroe County Sheriff website to see if I know anybody who got arrested the day before; the Key West Citizen news to find out who is getting taxpayer money for some private deal and if I know anybody who died; and the Denver Post Obituary to see if anybody I knew as a kid or young … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 618 White Street, Key West - Just Listed - 08/25/17 06:57 AM

The cute house located at 618 White Street was just listed for sale.  I previously listed this same home a few years ago and was excited to see the updated house which the current broker describes as:
"Built in the late 1800's this charming conch home was fully renovated in 2006. Classic wood frame with two bedrooms and one bath on the first floor as well as an expansive loft with living area, sleeping area and office space. The spacious main floor features beautiful bamboo floors throughout the open floor plan. The kitchen boasts many special features and extras. The high copper … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1126 Stump Lane, Key West - Tiny House Hunters Time to Act Quick! - 08/24/17 03:24 AM

Just Listed, 1126 Stump Lane, Key West.  Buyers who want a cute getaway place in the Florida Keys will probably need to act quickly to grab this adorable Key West Cottage. The last time it was listed for sale it went under contract in a matter of days. Let's consider what once was and what now is for this adorable cottage and this quiet location.
Stump Lane runs only one block long from White Street to the east to Frances Street to the west and is situated between Fleming Street to the north and Southard Street to the south. Click GOOGLE MAP … (8 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Southard Street, Key West - Price Reduction - 08/19/17 04:08 AM

The asking price on 923 Southard Street in Old Town Key West just got a lot better. Originally offered at $1,024,900, the new price is 2.7% less at $997,000.
The original cigar maker's style cottage was built circa 1889. I found an old photo that shows pretty much the original structure as it appeared 50 some years ago (see the black and white photo below). If you look carefully you can see traditional clapboard siding at the front but board and batten siding (vertical siding) on the side.  You also will see a "sawtooth" addition at the rear. I suspect that was … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: My Life as a Clown - 08/18/17 07:55 AM

That's not me in the pic.  I looked as cute, but nobody took a photo of me back in summer of 1962 when I spent many-a-day as a clown.
I was fifteen years old and had a job at a furniture store in Denver where I made $1.00 an hour. Minimum wage was $1.15 back in 1962. I guess my employer thought that since I was young I didn't have the right to be paid as much as an adult. I didn't care. It was money and the work wasn't hard.
I worked at a furniture store on West Alameda Avenue in Denver. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Mob Violence in a Small Town - 08/13/17 02:28 AM

On March 4, 1968 I participated in a Peace March in Fort Collins, Colorado while attending college at Colorado State University. I wrote a diary back then and found the pages where I memorialized the events of that cold gray day. 
About 1500 students gathered at the campus oval around 3:30 PM.  We headed north on College Avenue and marched six blocks to Mountain Avenue.  I wrote "When we crossed Oak Street everything changed. You could feel the hostility. Townies - young and old - lined both sides of the street. They were quiet, then, but you could feel the hate."  I … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - A True Story about Senior Living - 08/08/17 05:11 AM

Today's blog is a true story. All of my blogs (with a couple of exceptions like Bert and Ernie) are true. I want to make sure my readers know what I write is true.
This is a story that while I think the drama as it played out is unique, the problem itself is pretty universal as more and more senior adults are living longer and longer creating issues for their children who themselves are either in or are quickly approaching Golden Years. It is one of adult of how adult children manage the care of their aging adult parents and how … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 227 Julia Street, Key West, Florida - 08/02/17 07:51 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 227 Julia Street, Key West. I had driven past this house before and actually parked next door to it a few times over the years  I assumed it was a very nice renovation of one of the original cottages that still exist in the area which is located about three blocks west of Duval Street and two blocks south of Truman Avenue. The original home first appeared on the 1892 Historic Sanborn Fire Map when it was then numbered 231 Julia Street. The street number changed to 227 Julia St when 1899 map was published.  … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 720 Caroline St, Key West - 07/28/17 07:50 AM

There are two new listings located 718 Caroline Street and 720 Caroline Street in Historic Seaport Area of Key West. I got a chance to see the interiors a couple of weeks ago before the listing agreement had been signed. I immediately recognized the building had been updated and expanded a few years ago, but I had no idea the building dated back to the beginning of the Twentieth Century.
I first searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps that date back to 1889 and successive editions. I found a building on this site on the 1889 map, but I could immediately tell … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Real Estate Horror Story No. 9 - 07/26/17 05:42 AM

Nearly a decade a go an author and screenplay writer purchased a full time residence from me. A few years later while our real estate market was in the dumps he decided it was a good time to buy an investment property.  I showed him a soon-to-be-listed little duplex which he instantly fell for.  He purchased the above pictured cute little duplex located on a lovely Key West lane before anybody else got to see it.   The place was in good condition such that the new owner was not required to make any repairs.  In fact is was tenant occupied … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Summer Doldrums - Is Now a Good Time to Buy a House? - 07/24/17 05:55 AM

Key West is in the summer doldrums. The weather is really hot. A lot of the locals are away on vacation, including a lot of local real estate agents. The Key West MLS has had only a few entries in the past couple of weeks - a couple of new listings, a couple of sales, a few properties change to under contract, and a few listing expirations or extensions. Most seller will be waiting until late October or November before they put their properties on the market.
A couple of weeks ago I reported the actual sales we experienced in Key West … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1101 Southard Street, Key West - Guest House For Sale - 07/23/17 06:14 AM

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, the Frances Street Bottle Inn located at 1101 Southard Street in Old Town.  The listing Broker, not me, describes this guesthouse this way:
"The Frances Street Bottle Inn is a well established guest house in the heart of old town Key West. The house has been lovingly restored and is a beautiful example of historic Key West architecture. There are eight lovely rooms, seven which are transient. In addition to the guest rooms there is a spacious lounge/dining room, an office/reception area and a wide porch where guests relax in the mornings and evenings and … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Projects of Key West - July 2017 Update - 07/17/17 05:58 AM

Today's blog is an update on the projects of Key West which I wrote way too long ago - January 2015. I have been taking pictures all along and will share those photos and add my comments on the various properties. I kept holding back posting this update, all the while waiting for a couple of places to finish. One of the reasons why Key West housing is so expensive is the fact that it takes so damned long to get jobs completed.  Later in today's blog you will see a few examples of extra long construction projects that are taking … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1205 11th Street, Key West - Bank Owned House For Sale - 07/14/17 08:36 AM

Potential buyers seeking bargain priced homes in Key West may want to take a look at 1205 11th Street. This is a Bank Owned home which was under contract for several months. It went back on the market on Thursday afternoon. I took new photos earlier this morning. I think this is a real buying opportunity for someone.
This 1248 sq ft home is a concrete block structure with stucco overlay which was built prior to 1973. The Property Appraiser records on this house are in conflict as age of construction and size of the home. I found one reference to the … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Southard Street, Key West - Pretty as a Picture - 07/11/17 08:11 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 923 Southard Street in Old Town Key West. The original cigar maker's style cottage was built circa 1889. I found an old photo that shows pretty much the original structure as it appeared 50 some years ago (see the black and white photo below). If you look carefully you can see traditional clapboard siding at the front but board and batten siding (vertical siding) on the side.  You also will see a "sawtooth" addition at the rear. I suspect that was the kitchen at the time the photo was taken. A later owner expanded that … (0 comments)

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