gary thomas realtor: Key West - What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen - 04/28/17 02:22 AM

Do not take life too seriously – you will never get out of it alive. - Elbert Hubbard
The quote is funny and yes it is true.  The tragedy of the quote is that many people live in a pretend world where they do accept they will die.  Or maybe it is just that they prefer not to think about it or talk about it.  I guess it is sort of funny that some Key West vacationers take walking and trolley tours of so called haunted houses and often end up at the Key West Cemetery. They take photos of the graves … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 520 Porter Lane, Key West - Transient Licenesed President's Walk Town Home - 04/20/17 06:15 AM

I have written about Presidents Walk Town homes on several occasions over the years. These town homes were built in the early 1990s and vary somewhat as to interior layout and condition. Some are pretty much in the original condition while others have been updated - some tastefully and others done to the owners' sense of style. Some are located on Southard Avenue while others are nestled away to the rear of large multi-million dollar single family homes which face Front Street.

Some homes have first and second floor front and rear porches or balconies, but not all.  Each unit has an … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3419 Flagler Blvd, Key West - An Unexpected Treasure - 04/15/17 04:14 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 3419 Flagler Avenue, Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing. The listing broker describes this home as an unexpected treasure when she writes:
"This charming home is an unexpected treasure. It has very high ceilings and tall windows that let in lots of light. Polished wood floors and crown moldings compliment the custom built solid wood cabinetry of the cook's kitchen. There are three bedrooms and two baths plus ample storage. Doors open to a decked and bricked yard and garden where one will surely enjoy the scenery. Off street … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3029 North Roosevelt Dr, Key West - Bank Owned Property - 04/12/17 08:19 AM

Just listed but not by me 3029 North Roosevelt Blvd #35, Key West. This 1400 square foot town home is Bank Owned and in move-in condition. This home end unit has lovely unobstructed water views to the east and partial views of the Gulf of Mexico where the small cove separates this development from land located two blocks to the east. The community pool is located across the winding interior road which can be seen from the front first and second floor balconies.
 This home has two covered under building parking spaces accessed by remote control plus abundant storage for bikes and … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 514 Elizabeth St Key West - New Lower Price - 04/10/17 10:42 AM

The asking price on 514 Elizabeth Street in Key West was just reduced to $1,350,000. I have written about this historic Old Town home a few times over the ten years I have written my blog, not because it has been offered for sale but rather to share with my Dear Readers that this is the first house I sold in Key West.  It has been owned by the same people these many years. As I recall there were three factors that influenced their decision to buy this place. First, the house really is historic - it is one of the … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 903 Eaton Street, Key West - OPEN HOUSE - 04/09/17 05:18 AM

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
903 Eaton Street, Key West
Development Potential 50 foot X 106 foot deep lot - 5300 sq ft
Existing two bedroom one bath home is in move-in condition.
The existing house can be razed!  
Walk the Lot. Admire the neighboring homes. 
Imagine what you create.
Someone is going to buy this place and create something new.
Could that someone be you?
CLICK HERE to view the KEY WEST MLS datasheet on 903 Eaton Street offered at $795,000 by Gary Thomas at Preferred Properties Key West. Phone 305-766-2642 Email

gary thomas realtor: 903 Eaton Street, Key West - Potential Renovation and More - 04/05/17 06:39 AM

Just Listed by yours truly, 903 Eaton Street in Key West, Florida. If you look at the above photos you may see a big open lot and maybe that's all. Maybe you see the beautiful home across the street and think maybe this is a good location where you might build an equally beautiful home. It's what you cannot see from the street that may make this property more interesting to you because there is an existing two bedroom, one bath home located at the rear of the property.

One of the great features of 903 Eaton Street is the lot size … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1215 Truman Avenue, Key West - 04/02/17 06:33 AM

1215 Truman Avenue is new to the Key West MLS. Locals refer to this style of house as a Conch House. It is large impressive house with the strong architectural lines identified elsewhere as a Classical Revival.  In his book The Houses of Key West Alex Cammerer described Conch Houses as "...a simple rectangular block of more than one story. It has a low-pitched roof; the main entrance is on the gabled end. The attic story extends beyond the vertical plane of the vertical stories, forming a portico. Formal columns ...are an integral part of the portico structure."
 I searched for historic … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: EXPERT REALTOR and Other April Fools - 04/01/17 05:57 AM

  "The Internet is populated with self-professed experts."
                                                                    Doc Martin
A few years I was watching a reality show of some sort where the participants would be recognized for their knowledge or achievement of some sort. I remember a particular girl who was in her early twenties responded to the question as to why she deserved the recognition. She said something like "I earned it". She had lived; therefore she deserved to be deemed superior to all others. How arrogant, I thought!
One of my favorite Internet sites is Instagram. I use it to post new listings, open houses, and solds. I follow … (19 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 522 Simonton Street, Key West - Strategicallly Located Renovation Project - 03/30/17 12:41 PM

As March winds down to its end I am reminded of my first trip to Key West in 1984.  Back then more of the houses needed renovated than had been done.  I am an early riser and remember walking the streets of Old Town and looking at the old houses and thinking what I could do if I owned one of those old places. I fell in love with this little island town that would later become my home. I traveled back to Key West a few months later and started what would become a nine year vision quest before I … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 32 Hilton Haven Road, Key West - New Lower Price - 03/28/17 07:21 AM

The asking price on 32 Hilton Haven Road #4, Key West was just reduced making this waterfront home an incredible buy in my opinion. The listing Realtor describes this property as being the largest waterfront condominium available in Key West. Two units were combined to make one 2258 square foot home with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a large open concept kitchen, dining, and living area with open water views from the fifty foot balcony.This unit has been completely renovated from bottom to top including new wood and tile floors, recessed lighting, wind impact doors and windows, kitchen cabinets, appliances, and … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Sunday Open House - 1500 Albury Street, Key West, Florida - 03/26/17 05:03 AM

1500 Albury Street, Key West
Open House Sunday March 26th
12:00 to 2:00 PM
Come see this brand new 2240 square foot home located just one block north of Bayview Park.
Hardiplank siding and impact windows and doors throughout mean cost savings on insurance, energy, and maintenance. Top of the line construction throughout including crown molding, high baseboards, coffered ceiling in living room, wainscoting, real wood doors, custom kitchen, stainless steel appliances, travertine marble and hardwood floors. Heated pool, waterfall, LED water light symphony, outdoor shower, landscape lighting, irrigation system. Corner lot with white picket fence, gated off-street parking for two cars Whole house … (5 comments)

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)

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