gary thomas realtor: German Class Cheater - 07/21/16 02:57 AM

I was never a super-achiever in high school. Nor was I super-achiever in college or even law school, although I did much better in law school.
 
During our office sales meeting a couple of weeks ago I was discussing agents in my community that are posting their new soon-to-be-listed properties on ZILLOW, TRULIA, and FACEBOOK. Our mls rules require that listings be posted immediately in our mls and they do not recognize anything like a future listing. The point of having an mls system is to share information and to provide an even platform among agents.
 
I then recounted an incident in my … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3414 Duck Avenue, Key West - Bank Owned Commercial Property - 07/20/16 11:49 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West - 3414 Duck Avenue # 8, Key West, Florida. 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 listing Broker describes the property this way:
"This commercial condominium has appx. 5,600 sq. ft.and can be reconfigured as needed. It is conveniently located at Poinciana Plaza with plenty of … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: PRICE REDUCTION - 611 Southard Street #5, Key West Florida - 07/14/16 06:55 AM

Years ago, when I owned what was then called Eaton Lodge (guest house on Eaton Street in Key West), a potential visitor called to inquire about making reservations. She asked "Is the island surrounded by water?"
A few weeks ago I wrote 611 Southard Street #5  located at the Hollinshed House Condominiums just one block from Duval Street in Key West. The unit has a highly desired transient rental license which means the unit can be rented nightly without any limitation as to the number of days or weeks that a vacationer might want to spend. The original list price was $525,000. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 621 Catholic Lane, Key West ~ Charming Wooden Cottage with an Historic Past - 07/13/16 06:48 AM

Just Listed 621 Catholic Lane, a charming wooden cottage located near the "dead end" of one of the slowest lanes in Key West. The lane is entered off Angela Street, itself a one-way street from heading west from Frances Street to Margaret abutting the Key West cemetery to the south.

This simple home was once owned by author Evan Rhodes (The Prince of Central Park among others). I found a photo of Rhodes and other Key West writers taken at Higgs Beach in 1984, the first year I came to this island that would become my home. I borrowed the photo from … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: There is No More Officer Goody - 07/12/16 09:26 AM

Just about a year ago this week I traveled back to Denver to attend my 50th high school reunion. Earlier in the day I went to what used to be Mountain View Elementary School located in the little town where my view of the world was born.  I attended school there from pre-school through sixth grade. My first grade class was the first to use the newly built addition to the right of the original red brick school house. I was a member of the baby boomer generation, but we wouldn't know about that then. Millions of us were born after … (17 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 862 Loggerhead Lane, Sugarloaf Key Florida - Bank Owned - 07/10/16 06:39 AM
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 862 Loggerhead Lane located on Sugarloaf Key, Florida. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a personal showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This house is worth looking at!
 
 
 
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gary thomas realtor: Key West Horror Story No. 4 - Once Removed - 07/07/16 05:53 AM

Long before I moved to Key West I did commercial loan workouts in for a bank in Denver. My job was to recover money from borrowers who lost their way in life and who refused to give back the money that they borrowed. This was at a time when character still mattered and failure to repay a debt went down on one's permanent record. My job entailed the management of outside bank litigation, foreclosures, recoveries of all types, and the sale and disposition of real estate acquired through foreclosure. Recovered assets were classified as OREO (other real estate owned) by our … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West First Six Months Sales Report 2016 - 07/04/16 07:38 AM

I moved to Key West in 1993 because of the way all people are treated - as one Human Family. There are people here from all over the world and we all seem to get along just fine. Most of the people from third world countries are here on work permits. They work several jobs and many live in substandard housing. Many of these people work two or three jobs to save enough money to send back home to either help their families or to build a nest egg for their future.
 
A lot and I mean a lot of the workers … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1108 Grinnell Street, Key West - A Fixer-Upper with an Upper! - 07/02/16 06:02 AM

I recently showed 1108 Grinnell Street which is listed by Preferred Properties Key West - that is where I work but this is not my listing. I was intrigued by this house because some of the architectural elements are incongruous with the CBS front fence and front porch. The CBS porch and fence have a stucco overlay. However, the main part of the house has asbestos siding which I think was probably applied over the original wood siding. The front porch sits upon a concrete slab foundation whereas the main part of the house rests upon what looks to be original … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 411 Truman Avenue, Key West - 06/30/16 07:16 AM


San Francisco isn't the only place with Chic Chicks, Painted Ladies that is. Key West has its own Painted Ladies. They hold court nightly under the street lamps on Truman Avenue between Duval Street and Whitehead Street.
Alex Cammerer wrote about the four painted ladies in his book THE HOUSES OF KEY WEST. He said "...they differ only in window and door treatments. Most probably they were built by one of the cigar factories for rental to employees, the most common origin of shotgun houses in Key West. Some shotgun houses in Key West would call this a Classical Revival house, but … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 611 Southard Street #5, Key West - Transient Licensed Condo in Old Town - 06/25/16 05:53 AM

Just Listed 611 Southard Street Unit #5, Key West, Florida. A total of eight unique units make up the historic Hollinshed House Condominiums located at the tip-top of Solaris Hill in Key West. This 577 sq ft third floor garret is one of five units in this building. There are three additional units located next door at 609 Southard Street. The historic building was built circa 1874.  The unit is an unpretentious one bedroom with lots of space for relaxed living. It has all of the modern amenities but retains the charm of the historic house.  And it has a very … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 734 Amelia Street, Key West - Price Reduction! - 06/23/16 06:41 AM

The new lower price on 734 Amelia Street really is something to shout about, because it makes the newly constructed home an even better value.  Few vacation visitors and locals probably don't recognize this location. This stretch of Amelia Street runs east from Simonton St to Windsor Lane. It was omitted in the Historic Historic Sanborn Fire Maps from 1889 through 1912. St. Mary's convent school yard was and still is located across the street where a tall stone wall insulates the school yard from public view. The convent burned years ago and much of the yard remains open today.  One … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1022 Roberts Lane, Key West - Charming Little Cottage on a Quiet Old Town Lane - 06/22/16 08:25 AM

I often write about the virtues of owning a home on one of the slow lanes of Key West. These homes are often small cottages tucked away from public view on lanes that have limited public access. Some people view the prospect of this much seclusion as desirable while others prefer to see people walking by.  After you take a look at 1022 Roberts Lane in Key West, you may opt-in to opt-out of people watching. Please take a few moments as I share with you this lovely little cottage offered for sale at $750,000. The listing Realtor describes this home … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 5 Fletchers Lane, Key West - Life on one of our Precious Slow Lanes - 06/19/16 07:02 AM

I found the above photo of 5 Fletchers Lane with the notation that the boy sitting on the front porch of Grandma's house was James. The photo was taken in 1965. The house first appeared in the Historic Sanborn Fire Map dated 1889. The narrow lane was not given a name until the 1912 map when it was arbitrarily called Amplex Ct. I don't know when Amplex Ct became Fletchers Lane but I do know it was before 1965. Today the front of the house looks nothing like it did just fifty-one years ago. But it is the same house along … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 908 18th Terrace, Key West - High End Renovation - 06/17/16 09:35 AM

908 18th Terrace in Key West is describe by the listing agent as:
"Exceptional high-end renovation with contemporary charm and family-friendly design. Open 1405-sq ft floor plan includes living and dining areas and chef's kitchen flanked by impressive king master with walkout to private patio, massive en-suite, walk-in closet. Two bedrooms and second full bathroom on opposite side. Full laundry utility room with walkout. Floors are low-maintenance ceramic throughout. Beautifully landscaped 6069-sq ft property includes three entertaining areas. Access from kitchen to large, custom canvas awning-covered patio. Bonus utility building perfect for future pool or spa off master wing. New Kitchen Aid … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 199 Golf Club Drive, Key West - 06/16/16 10:36 AM

199 Golf Club Drive is located in the exclusive Sanctuary division of the Key West Golf Club Community. The listing Realtor describes this 1600 sq ft home this way:
"A rare one owner home impeccably maintained in the Sanctuary, a gated enclave within the KWGC. No renters or pets have lived here. Enjoy the lush, tropical, private yard on the 18th fairway of the Rees Jones designed golf course. Home features main floor office and the Great room transitions to a screened in covered deck that overlooks the 1000 S.F. brick patio surrounding your own lovely private inground saltwater pool. Some of … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1320 South Street, Key West - Bank Owned with Price Reduction - 06/14/16 11:29 AM

Buyers are always looking for lower prices. The asking price on 1320 South Street in Key West was just reduced today to $1,699,000. The new price is $100,000 less than when it was listed on February 26th. The listing Broker describes this Bank Owned home this way:
"Beautiful, updated two story home centrally located in Midtown Key West. This 3 bedroom, 4 bath home offers high-end amenities to truly enjoy the Key West lifestyle. Tiger Wood flooring throughout the home as well as custom cabinetry and a wet bar. Amenities will not disappoint with this home. Includes a grand outdoor pool with … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1209 Grinnell Street #G, Key West - Just Listed - 06/11/16 05:53 AM

Just Listed, 1209 Grinnell Street #G, Key West. No, it's not the beach cabana photographed on Rest Beach in 1935 pictured nor the condo shown in the color photo taken at Rest Beach in June 2016. Instead the listing Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West describes it this way:
"Summertime, and the living is easy. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a well-located town house in a delightful gated compound with shared pool and lovely gardens. Downstairs is a renovated kitchen, half bath and large, open living/dining area with access to a semi-private front porch. Upstairs are the master bedroom … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 25 Sea Lore Lane, Shark Key Florida - Bank Owned Waterfront Home near Key West - 06/10/16 06:58 AM

Shark Key is a small island peninsula which extends off US 1 into Florida Bay on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Florida Keys. Shark Key is a gated community with 74 waterfront lots about half of which are actually built. There is a large swimming lagoon, tennis courts, and community center surrounded by lush tropical foliage, flowering trees, and magnificent specimen palms. Most of the homes on this island sanctuary are large villas compared to the small cigar maker cottages and conch homes located about seven miles down the road in Key West.
 
The listing Broker describes the newly listed … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 527 Margaret Street, Key West - Stunning New Renovation in Old Town - 06/09/16 07:07 AM

Just Listed 527 Margaret Street, Key West. This home is a stunning new addition to Old Town Key West. It is located just four blocks from world famous Duval Street and only four blocks to the Historic Seaport. One of Key West's finest steak houses in located across the street and dozens of small joints and fine dining restaurants are within easy walking distance. While what you see from the street is picture perfect, it's the interior that will really grab your attention. As you look more closely, you'll appreciate the quality new construction coupled with the cost saving benefits of
owning … (3 comments)

 
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