preferred properties key west: 1109 Petronia Street, Key West - Just Listed - Legal Duplex - 12/08/17 05:25 AM

Just Listed - 1109 Petronia Street, Key West, Florida. This is a sweet legal duplex located on a quiet little block just east of the Key West cemetery. Petronia Street at this location runs only two blocks from White Street to Frances Street where it appropriately dead-ends at the cemetery.  A full time owner and/or tenants will love the location because it is near all the attractions around Duval Street and the historic seaport (it's within easy walking or biking distance to both), but it is far enough away not be a part of the hub-bub. I looked in my old … (3 comments)

preferred properties key west: Just Listed: 1233 South Street, Key West - 12/07/17 02:32 AM

Just Listed by yours truly, 1233 South Street in Key West, Florida.  I have had an interesting association with this property for the past few years. I wrote in my blog about the home that used to occupy the lot for generations. I refer to the former home in the past tense for a reason: the former home no longer exists. All that remains of the old structure is the foundation upon which a totally new house plus new master wing was built.

The new 1750 sq ft three bedroom 3 1/2 bath is sited on a large 6066 sq ft corner … (6 comments)

preferred properties key west: The Little Cabin in the Rockies that Did Not Happen - a Life Lesson - 12/05/17 06:15 AM

I found the above photo while surfing the internet last week. It reminded me of a time in the 1950s when I was a wee lad living in a western suburb of Denver. I was probably ten or eleven when my parents and I went to a trailer exposition like the one shown above. We were not planning on moving into a trailer. Instead, my folks had purchased a building lot in a Clear Creek County in the foothills just west of Denver that lead up to to the Rocky Mountains.  After finding out how much it would cost to build … (40 comments)

preferred properties key west: 712 Ashe Street, Key West - Present Perfect - 11/30/17 02:30 AM

I have written about the house at 712 Ashe Street in Key West a couple of times for over the past three years. I remember the day I first set foot in the original house. I almost dare not write about the place for fear of any reader thinking that any part of the old house remains except for a few, and I mean FEW, original boards remain, because what used to be belongs in a creepy TV show. The place was a mess from floor to ceiling, front to back, and all places in between. It was scary walking around … (3 comments)

preferred properties key west: 1211 Grinnell Street, No. F - Key West, Florida - 11/27/17 02:17 AM

Just Listed  by Preferred Properties Key West, 1211 Grinnell Street, No. F. Key West, Florida. I have written about this home a couple of years ago when it was offered as a short sale and later as a bank owned property. The property was sold and has been updated and transformed into a three bedroom two and one-half bath home. CLICK HERE to view more photos.
 
This home is located in Grinnell Gardens, a unique compound consisting of seven distinctive units which share a large and sunny pool. Each home has one designated off street parking space. These homes were built new … (3 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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 … (3 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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 … (4 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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 … (2 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 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 … (4 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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 … (4 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 1011 Windsor Lane, Key West - Buying Opprotunity - 10/21/17 08:25 AM

1011 Windsor Lane in Key West, Florida has all the makings of superior renovation project. I recently showed this to a customer seeking that impressive Conch House facade. This place fits that ticket big time. According to the Monroe County Property Appraiser this home was built in 1899. It sits on a large rectangular 5529 sq ft lot (115' X 50') which includes bricked off street parking.  The house is located across the street from St. Mary's Basilica, an Old Town Landmark. Longtime readers know that I like to rummage through my old shoebox to find old time photos of houses. … (2 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: Just Listed: 413 Frances Street Key West Florida - 10/11/17 05:25 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 413 Frances Street, Key West, Florida.  The listing Realtor describes this way:
"Beautifully renovated historic home located on highly desirable Frances Street in the heart of Old Town Key West. Meticulous restoration with high ceilings and Dade County Pine walls and floors. Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Two bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, plus a downstairs bedroom that is currently used as a den. Pool, back deck, and front porch for enjoyable outdoor living. Two off street parking spaces and a fabulous location near the Historic Seaport make this a Key West tropical … (3 comments)

preferred properties key west: 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)

preferred properties key west: 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)

 
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