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By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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713 Eaton Street, Key West as it appeared in 1965 Shortly after arriving in Key West on my very first visit in March 1984 I walked up and down every street in Old Town marveling at what then were mostly funky old houses some of which looked like they were ready to fall over. I started to imagine ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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I always preference my little tales of Key West by telling my Dear Readers that the stories are true as opposed to stuff that comes out of Washington and reality television. You can't make up the truth, and, sometimes, the truth hurts. A few years ago on the week before Christmas, I was setting u...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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BANK OWNED HOUSE - BACK ON THE MARKET.  1501 Leon Street in Key West is a bank owned property that just went back into our MLS as an active listing. The property had been under contract and suddenly the deal fell apart. I spoke with the listing agent who reported the property was ready to close w...

By Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony
(Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS)
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Marathon Florida Vacation Rental ~ Oceanfront, 4BR, pool by Coco Plum Vacation Rentals OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionVideo Contact us for pricing Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms Location 59 Kyle WayMarathon, FL 33050USA Coco Plum Real Estate & Vacation Rentals ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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Okay all of you romantics in Key West this Valentine's Weekend, bring your beautiful bride or handsome husband to see this adorable two bedroom home located at 713 Emma Street just a couple of blocks from Ft Zach Taylor Beach and only a couple of blocks to Duval Street. OPEN HOUSE 12:00 to 3:00 P...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 This is a retelling of a true story imparted to me by a lady lawyer who purchased an Old Town  home from me. She lives in a big eastern city throughout most of the year, but spends her winters in Key West. She enjoys the ability to practice her profession in the comfortable environment of her tr...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, there's no stopping me on this house. How cute is the front of 1109 Stump Lane? Wait till you see inside. It looks like the photographer was doing a photo shoot for Ralph Lauren Home or Coastal Living Magazine. It's that adorable!For readers not familiar wi...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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My generation, the baby boomer generation, grew up fearing Russia and anything alien from outer space which I think was really about Russia - a society totally different than our own. One of the cult classics of that time was IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE.  I liked it so much I bought an 8mm five minu...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 Just Sold - 522 Simonton Street located in Old Town Key West. I represented the buyer who plan  a major revation of the proerty which will take three years to accomplish.  Sales Price: $1,300,000. I wrote about this house several months ago. I had the priviledge of showing this property a couple...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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My last blog on the Projects of Key West was in July 2017. Key West made the news a four months later when television networks showed property damage caused by Hurricane Irma.  The networks mentioned Key West in almost all the coverage leading viewers to think Key West incurred the same devastati...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 A couple of days ago I was talking with a fellow agent at Preferred Properties Key West. She told me she was up at 5:00 AM and was looking at sales statistics. She said not much has sold and there aren't all that many houses under contract. We shared our concern about over-priced market. I state...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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Just Listed, but not by me, 315 Virginia Street in Key West, Florida.  This home has recently been renovated into a really charming two bedroom two bath with new salt water pool. It is located just two blocks west of Duval Street and within easy walking distance to nearby Ft Zachary Taylor Beach,...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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I have written several blogs over the past few years touting the folk art of Ronny Bailey, Key West's "artist of residences" so to speak. Ronny is a fifth generation Conch (local who can trace his ancestry for five generations who have lived on the Island of Key West). Ronny  built houses for a l...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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The asking price on 618 Whitehead Street, Key West was just reduced to $1,860,000. This historic property has had several uses over the years, but most recently has been successfully used as a monthly vacation rental. In fact the property has consistently generated annual revenues in excess of $1...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 Just Listed 713 Emma Street No. 2, Key West, Florida. This is a genuine buying opportunity for the buyer who wants a home in move-in condition and priced way below the market on the other side of Duval Street. Let's take a look.This little compound of four homes is located just a couple of block...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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 Not everybody has oodles of dollars to buy a place in Key West. Some people have to find a way to  make the place help pay for itself so to speak. The legal duplex located at 1109 Petronia Street, as cute as it is, could do just that. The owner could live on the first floor and rent out the seco...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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I have written and rewritten the true story about the time sixteen years ago when a couple walked into my office one morning and told me they wanted to buy a small house in Old Town Key West.  I showed them several properties on my computer. They selected a few to see that afternoon including one...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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I don't know what it is about white old men (I am one), but I'll bet they look at the picture of Andy, Barney, Opie, and Aunt Bea and recall that time as the "good old days". Well, I guess, I agree to part of that. I still watch the reruns - they are on TV everyday.  The Andy Griffith Show began ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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Just Listed, but not by me, 1214 Von Phister Street, Key West, This Casa Marina east 2140 square foot home has it all - ALL!  The home was built new in 2002, not remodeled. It has four bedrooms, three baths, and an open concept living area. It is a spacious two story with abundant main floor livi...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.)
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I have written about or mentioned the house at 629 Elizabeth Street numerous times over the past eleven years including when it was first listed for sale as a "fixer-upper". I know a lot of buyers tried to buy the place back then, including a buyer I represented. He made what he called a fair cas...

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