gary thomas realtor: A Thanksgiving Tale from Key West - 11/28/19 04:47 AM

I was watching NETFLIX'S "The Crown" episode entitled Tywysog Cymru  a couple of nights ago as Prince Charles is sent to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh from an ardent nationalist in preparation for the ceremony for his investiture as Prince of Wales.  The Prince arrived in town with signs of welcome and disdain. He had never been there before and had presumably never done anything to any person there worthy of such scorn. And this reminded me of how my beloved Gertie (above) was treated the first, second, third, and fourth times we walked past the former Strunk Lumber barns in the … (27 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West - Stunning Casa Marina Contemporary - 11/26/19 08:58 AM

Just Listed 1022 Flagler Avenue, Key West. Tom Pope, the dean of architects in Old Town, designed this stunning Casa Marina Area contemporary. He lives across the street. I guess he wanted something really nice to look at when he opens his front door. It worked. The 2,164 square foot home has four bedrooms and three and one-half baths sitting on a 5,100 square foot lot. 

Sleek new fencing and redesigned gardens and entry are among the changes the current owners made to an already beautiful home. As soon as you walk into the entry you are stunned by the view of … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1616 Bertha Street, Key West - an Affordable First Home - 11/25/19 03:11 AM

I was invited to a broker open last week to preview the newly listed home at 1616 Bertha Street in Key West.  I was impressed.  This property has just completed a total interior renovation.  The listing photos in the MLS (copied herein) are what attracted me to go to the broker open. It was seeing the house that made me appreciate the design and materials that made this renovation so attractive. Let's take a look.

You enter into the home off a private side yard into the kitchen with the living room located just beyond. You immediately notice the extraordinary contemporary design … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Angela St Key West - Storybook Open House - 11/24/19 02:57 AM

 1986 -  923 Angela Street, Key West, Florida 
If you are out and about on Sunday, November 24th between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, think about dropping by 923 Angela Street to view the Open House hosted by yours truly. This restored Storybook Cottage is picture postcard perfect.  I don't know if they still make picture postcards. I'll rephrase to say it is Instagram worthy!

One of the first things you'll notice when you step onto the inviting front porch is a Historic Florida Keys Foundation Ceramic Star awarded in 2017 for historic preservation of this home. The house was totally restored … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 619 Virginia Street, Key West _ Open House Saturday Nov 23rd - 11/23/19 12:56 AM

November 23, 2019
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
619 Virginia Street
Key West 
Now Offered Furnished at $869,000

Southernmost Cabanas is a 21 unit town home development recently completed in Old Town Key West. This two story home is located at the end of Virginia Street next to the church school grounds of St Mary's Star of the Sea. This unit is one of only three that have adjacent off street parking and this unit has both the largest side yard and largest deck in the community.

The first floor open living concept includes kitchen with breakfast bar, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, porcelain … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: I Know Where You Live! - 11/20/19 02:22 AM
I watched Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testify at the Impeachment Hearing last week and noted her response after being told about President Trump's TWEET about her. She responded "It's very intimidating."
Her response of feeling intimidated reminded me of an episode in my life about thirty-seven years ago. I worked in the commercial loan workout department of the biggest bank in Denver. Our customer was a Denver Police Detective and his wife. The couple borrowed money to purchase a business and later defaulted in payment. We seized and liquidated their business and later pressed to collect the balance of the loan. We had … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Angela Street, Key West - Sunday Open House - 11/16/19 04:47 AM

If you are out and about on Sunday, November 17th between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, think about dropping by 923 Angela Street to view the Open House hosted by yours truly. This adorable Conch Cottage is picture postcard perfect.  I don't know if they still make picture postcards. I'll rephrase to say it is Instagram worthy!

One of the first things you'll notice when you step onto the inviting front porch is a Historic Florida Keys Foundation Ceramic Star awarded in 2017 for historic preservation of this home. The house was totally restored from foundation to rooftop.

You will find Dade County … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1901 S Roosevelt Blvd 108E, Key West - Oceanfront La Brisa Condo - 11/15/19 03:32 AM

I got a welcomed surprised during a recent Key West Realtor Caravan when I walked into the first floor oceanfront La Brisa condominium. La Brisa Condominiums are located at 1901 South Roosevelt Boulevard opposite Smathers Beach. This unit is the the E building on the far east side of the development. The particular unit is on the far west end of the that building and has a incredible ocean front view.
I walked out to take in the view and immediately appreciated how much this unit has to offer. I pivoted around to then see what I missed by breezing through the … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 811 Washington Street #102, Key West, Florida - 11/10/19 08:34 AM

The listing agent at Preferred Properties Key West describes 811 Washington Street #102, Key West, Florida this way:
"Beautiful townhouse located in the Casa Marina. Cathedral ceilings, top of the line kitchen, large living space are only a few of the amenities of this home. Three bedrooms / three bathrooms occupy the second and third floor. Front and back balconies on first and second level, with beautiful views. Pool and privacy. Perfectly located in walking distance to beaches, restaurants and Duval Street."

As soon as you open the front door of this home your eyes are drawn through the interior toward the pool … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Angela Street, Key West - Open House Saturday Nov 9th - 11/09/19 03:09 AM

Now Offered at $1,100,000
November 9th
12:00 till 2:00 PM
923 Angela Street in Key West

This lovely Key West Cottage received the coveted HISTORIC FLORIDA KEYS FOUNDATION Ceramic Star in 2017 for historic preservation.

CLICK HERE to view the Key West MLS datasheet and more photos of 923 Angela Street, Key West offered for sale at $1,100,000. Better yet drop in during the Open House to see this charming Old Town Cottage.  Listed by Gary Thomas, Realtor, Preferred Properties Key West.

gary thomas realtor: 715 Duval Street, Key West - You Won't Believe This - 11/08/19 04:03 AM

I got a chance to see Preferred Properties new listing at 715 Duval Street in Key West a couple of days ago along with about sixty other Realtors. I think we were all in shock and awe. Who would ever imagine you could find a newly completely rebuilt two story condominium with private pool and two parking spaces on Duval Street. Let's take a look.

The entrance to the home is actually off Dupont Lane which runs parallel to Duval Street and ends at this property where there are are two parking spaces. A very tall privacy fence surrounds the pool and … (7 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1206 Margaret Street, Key West - Move-in Ready - 11/07/19 06:24 AM

The absolutely delightful little house at 1206 Margaret Street in Key West is now available for purchase at $1,195,000.  It has three bedrooms, three baths, a pool, spa, decks, and is move-in ready.  I remember being inside this house several years ago before it was renovated. I even thought I wrote about it in my blog which is "searchable". Alas I could not find the before blog if I indeed wrote one. I did find a photo taken in 1965 which shows how the house looked back then. See below.

The late 2019 version of 1206 Margaret Street is an improvement on … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 723 Windsor Lane, Key West - Key West Writers Compound - 11/05/19 09:07 AM

A few weeks ago I found an utterly charming article entitled Key West Dialogue published in the NEW YORK TIMES March 18, 1984 by A.B. Beattie. CLICK HERE to read - it's worth reading. Locals and long time returning visitors to Key West will appreciate the first paragraph:
"Key West looks like a lurid postcard. The colors are very intense, and almost everywhere you look there is something scenic. I mean, you can go around Key West taking pictures in your head, because almost everything is perfect. You can't miss there. If there's a crack in the sidewalk, there's hibiscus growing in … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3930 S Roosevelt Blvd Unit W-307, Key West - Just Listed - 10/29/19 06:05 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West is Las Salinas Condominium Unit W 307. This is a three bedroom two bath third floor unit with 1072 sq ft of living space plus covered deck. The asking price is just $429,000 or $400 per sq ft. There is a beautiful pool and new fitness center! That's a deal in Key West.
The listing agent describes the property this way:
"This spacious three bedroom, two bath condominium at Las Salinas is in pristine move in condition. With newer upgraded appliances including a washer/dryer, custom plantation shutters, porcelain tile floors and fresh paint, all one needs … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Walking Away Money - 10/28/19 04:00 AM

Most of my customers are buyers. I identify with their wants, needs, frustrations, and frugality.  I know what it is like to dream, to plan, to save, and to eventually to buy the special place to call home. Some people have a lot of money and they sometimes treat price negation as a bit sport while others treat it as a genuine business matter that is to be dealt with. They leave the emotion out of the equation and usually get the deal done. They know what they want and they usually get it.
I think a lot of buyers who are … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1101 Fleming Street, Key West - Just Listed - 10/21/19 02:29 PM

Just Listed. That cute little house that you always loved located at 1101 Fleming Street, Key West. The listing Realtor rightly says it is the most photographed home in Key West. She also says it comes completely furnished and ready for use as a monthly vacation rental, second home, or full time residence.  Let's look inside.

The 772 Square Foot two bedroom, two bathroom cottage is creatively laid out. The living room has a vaulted ceiling with three sets of  French doors which open out to the pool. The doors provide both daytime light and also visual stimulation to lure the owner … (6 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 619 Virginia Street, Key West - Sunday Open House - 10/19/19 08:04 AM
If you are all dressed up and headed to the beach, or brunch, of any of the Fantasy Fest events on Sunday, stop by our OPEN HOUSE at 619 Virginia Street between 11:00 to 1:00 PM.  Come as you are or who you want to be.
619 Virginia Street is located at the far end of Virginia Street which dead ends at the St Mary's Star of the Sea church school wall. There are only 21 units at the newly constructed Southernmost Cabana Resort in Old Town Key West. This two bedroom three bath town home has adjacent off street parking, an … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Four Ocean Front Condos For Sale at Key West By the Sea - 10/17/19 06:48 AM

There are now four ocean front condominiums available for purchase at Key West by the Sea. That;s a first in my recollection. There are usually a few units available in this three unit that includes two pools, tennis courts, tropical and orchid gardens. This is an opportunity for buyers to compare four units by size, condition, height, and price in real time so that they can make the best choice. I am going to list each unit by address number which you may click to read the MLS description and view MLS listing photos.

The Key West by the Seas condos are … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 912 Fleming Street, Key West - Just Listed - 10/15/19 07:19 AM

Just Listed, 912 Fleming Street, Key West. Located on Millionaire's Row, this home checks all the boxes for the buyer who wants it all: historic architectural style, prime Old Town location, stunning pool and gardens, guest apartment, and covered off-street parking.

The living area of this incredible 3,228 square foot home is oriented toward the rear where Key West architect Matthew Stratton added a waterfall to the re-constructed thirty foot heated pool and spa. The bricked terrace provides lots of space for sunning amid exotic tropical foliage. There is an additional 1,017 square feet of covered decks and porches. (The lot measures … (5 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 923 Angela Street, Key West - Just Listed - 10/09/19 04:09 AM

Just Listed 923 Angela Street, Key West, Florida.  This storybook cottage is located on a quiet one-way land in the Old Town Historic District within easy walking or biking distance to Duval Street and the Historic Seaport. You may have seen this house in my blog before as it, like many of our other little houses, has been sold and re-sold several times over the years. Each successive owner has done this and that to improve the simple wooden house.

I dug down into my old shoebox and found the black and white photo taken in 1965 and the color photo just … (4 comments)

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