key west: All The Way with LBJ - Reflections of a Former Teen Democrat - 05/26/16 07:39 AM

The photo above shows Marcia McGinley, Ben King, and me awaiting the arrival of President Lyndon B. Johnson at a political speech in Denver in 1964. I was the president of the Jefferson County Teen Democrats. Our group attended a speech the President made at the old auditorium arena sometime during the race for the White House. Later that day the President signed the poster I was holding.

I still have the poster with LBJ's autograph as well as autographs of Senators and Congressmen who accompanied him. It's been kept in dorm rooms, basements, and closets for years. There are little tears … (0 comments)

key west: 11 Boca Chica Road, Key West - Lower Florida Keys Private Paradise - 03/21/16 07:41 AM

A while back I wrote a blog about a waterfront property on Saddlebunch Key.  A few days later a fellow Realtor mentioned she read that blog and asked if I had packed a lunch before I ventured the few miles outside of Key West to take the photos. Then a few days later the listing agent of 11 Boca Chica Road asked me if I would photograph his new listing on Geiger Key. I said, "Sure".  As we crossed over Cow Key Channel (the span of water between Key West and Stock Island) he made a similar remark about me venturing … (3 comments)

key west: 415 Amelia Street, Key West - Potential Vacation Rental - 03/04/16 06:08 AM

New to the market is 415 Amelia Street, Key West, Florida. Frequent readers of my blog know I like to dig in the old shoe box to see if I can find any old photos of houses I write about.  In the case of 415 Amelia Street I found a great black and white photo taken fifty-one years ago (see below). I recently took a photo from the same location.  If you look closely you will notice many similarities but some marked differences as well.  Three boys shown in the photo standing in the driveway in the old photo. I'd love … (1 comments)

key west: 109 Front Street No. 112, Key West - Harbour Place Waterfront Condominium - 03/01/16 11:54 AM

There are seven distinct communities at Truman Annex in Key West. The one with the Million Dollar Views is Harbour Place Condominiums. If you are reading my blog you may be considering the purchase of a home or condo in Key West - perhaps you are looking for the perfect place to retire to in a few years. Or maybe you are just looking for a safe place to invest some excess cash in the hope that it will multiply in value as our economy prospers in the years to come. You probably want a place where you can enjoy all … (0 comments)

key west: 1010 Whitehead Street, Key West - Historic Bank Owned Cottage - 02/27/16 11:21 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1010 Whitehead Street, Key West. This unassuming cottage home once belonged to Lawrence Formica who created the world famous La Terraza di' Marti which is less formally known as La Te Da. Today this little home home is Bank Owned.
I looked in my old shoe box and found a photo of 1010 Whitehead Street that was taken in 1965. If you look carefully you will see that the columns supporting the front porch used to be wood and the 1970s-ish concrete block had not been added to the historic house. That kind of addition wouldn't … (3 comments)

key west: 23096 Tarpon Lane, Cudjoe Key, Florida - 02/05/16 12:23 PM

Just Listed, 23096 Tarpon Lane, Cudjoe Key, Florida. CLICK GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of this home and the area.  Use the toggle switch to expand or contract the viewing area. You will see the house is located on open water and has instant access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. And it is only takes about thirty minutes to drive to Key West.
All of the living space in this home is located on the second floor which may be accessed via stairs or the private elevator. The Monroe County Property Appraiser shows this home has 1788 … (0 comments)

key west: 237 Golf Club Drive, Key West, Florida - 02/03/16 04:43 AM

Just Listed by yours truly 237 Golf Club Drive which is located in the The Sanctuary at the Key West Golf Club Community. This 1720 square foot Grand House is located at the end of cul de sac. This home has recently updated throughout including the addition of solid Gunstock Red Oak Stairway and Floors on the upper level. 

 If you have seen other Grand Houses before you need to see this one now because it isn't like the others. The French doors off the dining room open out to the east terrace where the swimming pool is located. Large trees and … (3 comments)

key west: 1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West - Potential Casa Marina Renovation Project - 01/25/16 06:23 AM

1022 Flagler Avenue was just listed by Preferred Properties Key West. This home was originally built in 1958. Today we describe the architectural style as mid-century modern. I dug into my old shoe box and found the photo below which shows the home as it appeared in 1965. Just below the old photo is a new photo that shows how the house and yard look today. The carport has been updated. The yard has more palm trees and tropical foliage and the grass has been replaced with bricks. Not much has changed. The house is super clean and very well cared … (2 comments)

key west: 816 Terry Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Duplex - 01/10/16 04:46 AM

 Just Listed, but not by me, 816 Terry Lane, Key West. This is a Bank Owned legal duplex located on a lane that runs parallel for two blocks between Whitehead Street on the east and Thomas Street to the west. Frequent travelers to Key West know the area because Blue Heaven Restaurant and Santiago's Bodega are located around the corner on Petronia Street. 
In his book The Streets of Key West: A History Through Street Names, J Willis Burke quoted Thomas Sanchez, Mile Zero where Sanchez describe the area today known as Bahama Village "...a place marked on the early Key West … (2 comments)

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key west: 3029 North Roosevelt Boulevard #25, Key West - 12/21/15 09:21 AM
3029 North Roosevelt Blvd. Unit No. 25 - Key West
There aren't that many homes, condos, or town homes in Key West which are actually located at waters edge or that even have water views.  As a rule properties that are located on the water are pretty darned expensive. Rules are made to be broken. The listing agent for Key Cove Town home Unit No. 25 describes this recently list home this way:
"Waterfront Townhome with Garage - Built in 2002 & renovated to the nines just two years ago. This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom townhome is one of only 8 on … (0 comments)

key west: 1025 Grinnell Street, Key West - 12/04/15 04:20 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1025 Grinnell Street, Key West, Florida. This property is a legal duplex which is located in the south of Truman area in Old Town.  Look at the photo above and contrast it to the photo below taken fifty years ago which I found in my old shoe box.You will quickly see that the original front porch and side porch were both enclosed and that a cinder block fence added to the yard.

The existing house takes up about 70 percent or so of the lot. The rear 30 percent is big and open. There is … (1 comments)

key west: 11 Boca Chica Road, Geiger Key, Florida - 12/01/15 07:09 AM

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about a waterfront property on Saddlebunch Key.  A few days later a fellow Realtor mentioned she read that blog and asked if I had packed a lunch before I ventured the few miles outside of Key West to take the photos. Then last Tuesday an agent in my office asked if I would photograph his new listing on Geiger Key. I said, "Sure".  As we crossed over Cow Key Channel (the span of water between Key West and Stock Island) he made a similar remark about  me venturing so far out of Key … (1 comments)

key west: 721 Georgia Street, Key West - Income Property and More - 11/30/15 08:19 AM

The legal duplex located at 721 Georgia Street in the Meadows Area of Key West is a pert but yet unassuming two story abode waiting patiently for a new owner. I dug down into my old shoe box and found a photo of the house taken back in 1965. There was a note on the back stating that the house used be known as 1301 Petronia Street rear. I took a picture from a similar location so that readers could see how little this home has changed in fifty years. The fence is taller and more private, the Bahama shutters are … (1 comments)

key west: 1209 Margaret Street, Key West, Florida - 11/29/15 04:42 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 1209 Margaret Street located in Old Town Key West. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This little jewel box of a house has just been completely and beautifully renovated with brand new kitchen and bathrooms. The historic old town cottage is in the x-zone and has three bedrooms and two full baths. It is graced by vaulted ceilings, an extra deep front porch and and a spacious and sunny rear deck. It is a wonderful property at a great price."

I found a photo of 1209 Margaret Street taken fifty years ago. You'll quickly … (3 comments)

key west: 1527 Von Phister Street, Key West - Bank Owned - 11/22/15 06:50 AM

Just Listed, buy not by me, 1527 Von Phister Street, Key West. This is a Bank Owned property located in a residential neighborhood four blocks east of the Casa Marina Area and one block north of Flagler Avenue. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Traditional conch house 2 bedroom 2 bath home with a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment upstairs that is separately metered for electric and water. The rear yard is great for entertaining with a patio and pool. Fully fenced for privacy. Centrally located in the heart of Key West."

This property will appeal to those folks who are … (0 comments)

key west: 916 Von Phister St, Key West - Casa Marina Contemporary - 11/21/15 08:53 AM

916 Von Phister Street is located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West. This bedroom community is a stone's throw from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The Casa Marina Resort is a short two block walk to the west. Two great ocean front restaurants (Salute on the Beach and Louie's Backyard) are located within a five minute walk.  The madness of Old Town is within easy biking distance for those times you want to break bread with tourists or attend a play at the Waterfront Playhouse or the Red Barn Theater. Otherwise, you'll enjoy the serenity of this little enclave.
The … (0 comments)

key west: 420 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Simply Elegant - 11/20/15 01:30 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West - 420 Elizabeth Street - a simply elegant home located in the very heart of Old Town. This home was the 2010 recipient of the Historic Florida Keys Foundation Award for Excellence in Preservation and New Construction. The prized Ceramic Star is affixed to the left of the front door.

The street appeal of this old home has not changed over the centuries. It's still a beauty. I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that this house was shown on the 1889 map as "207 Elizabeth". Three years later the same house was … (4 comments)

key west: 13 Bougainvillea Avenue, Key West - Bank Owned Property - 11/18/15 10:32 AM

The new Bank Owned property located at 13 Bougainvillea Avenue in Key Haven, our suburb to the north, is something for bargain seekers to cheer about. CLICK HERE to read the Key West mls datasheet on the property. But there's more to this home than the datasheet suggests. When a Realtor creates a new listing in our mls, he or she uploads data from the  Monroe County Property Appraiser's website. That data auto-fills the mls with information from historic county records. The mls is correct as to what is shown on the Property Appraiser's site. However, it appears that a former … (0 comments)

key west: PARIS, a Remembrance - 11/14/15 04:46 AM

Our train from London pulled into Paris on a late afternoon in June 1963. I was traveling with 17 other teens and two chaperons from the western suburbs of Denver to do grand tour that many American teenagers get to do. We got our bags and checked into a small hotel on the Left Bank. It was a walk-up. I shared a room with Bill Roberts. I think we were on the third or fourth floor. I remember the windows opened out to the mansard roofs across the street and sky above. I had never seen a sight like this before. … (10 comments)

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