key west: The Thing I called "The Thing" that Appeared and Disappeard from Higgs Beach in Key West - 02/07/18 04:43 AM

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 minute silent movie with subtitles.  When we don't understand something we fear it - well, most people do. Others go out and embrace it and figure out what makes it tick. Scientists and daredevils embrace the unknown.
Below are photos, most of which I took, but some … (6 comments)

key west: Key West 1989 - A Depiction of the Past - 12/29/17 01:32 AM

I found the above photo a week or so ago. It was taken in Key West in 1989.  I love this pic.  It depicts how much of Old Town looked nearly 30 years ago. (I invite readers who recognize the location to comment below. I will go over and photograph the location and update this blog.)
I would guess that more than seventy percent of the homes in Old Town have been totally renovated and that less than five percent look anything like the two above. The old wood telephone poles have been replaced by concrete poles which now include fast internet … (5 comments)

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)

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)

key west: 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)

key west: OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY ~ 1500 Albury Street, Key West - 02/12/17 05:57 AM

11:00 - 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 Impact resistant … (3 comments)

key west: 1500 Albury Street, Key West - Just Listed - 01/20/17 06:26 AM

1500 Albury Street is a brand new custom built home resembling the charming historic architecture of Old Town Key West.  While this home looks like a house of the past, it is very much a home of the future. Let's take a look at some of the features of this new 2240 square foot home.

The front entrance suggests there might be two residences here. There aren't, but the second door does lead to the main floor front bedroom which might be used as an owner's lockout or an in home office. The doors are custom made wind impact resistant as are … (3 comments)

key west: Merry Christmas from Key West - 2016 - 12/25/16 04:28 AM

As we drove over to have Christmas Eve dinner at the Banana Cafe last night, I saw the finally completed H20 Hotel on upper Simonton Street in Key West. While I think it is totally out of place in Old Town, it caught my eye and ear. Water trickles down the two-and-one-half story star lighted fountain and adds a sense of calm to the ever increasing calamity that continues to invade this once quiet part of the our island home.
Merry Christmas to my loyal readers and those of you who have contacted me to help you find your place in Paradise. … (3 comments)

key west: 1400 White Street, Key West - OPEN HOUSE Today - 10/15/16 10:32 PM

Yee-haw! Giddyup, pardner!
You've gotta follow us over to 1400 White Street to see the Open House - Open Today 12:00 to
2:00 PM. 
Be the First to Live in this Freshly Renovated, 1353 Square Feet, Two Story, Three Bedroom Casa Marina Area Condo. Grand New Designer Kitchen with Eat-In Dining Area, Custom Shaker Cabinets, Carrra Marble Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances. Two New Baths. Laundry. New Impact Windows and Doors in many areas. Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors. Large 22' 14' Private Deck. Offered Furnished as Shown. Offered at $675,000.

There's many darned good reasons to consider buying this three bedroom condo. There are only three … (2 comments)

key west: Every Vote Matters - 09/18/16 10:30 PM
The photo below shows me, far left (lol), waiting to shake hands with Vice President Humbert H. Humphrey in his hotel room at the Hilton Hotel in Denver in 1968. That was nearly fifty years ago. The photo was taken a few weeks before the Democratic National Convention which I attended as a member of the Colorado delegation.  I left the convention the day after Humphrey won the nomination - I refused to stay to watch him accept the nomination. I felt the whole thing was rigged.
1968 was a pivotal year in American history. These are a few of the events … (1 comments)

key west: Remembering 9/11 from Key West - 09/10/16 11:27 PM
I was driving some buyers around  Old Town Key West the other day and noticed American flags on all sorts of houses. That's not uncommon, but there were more of them being displayed than normal. And I recalled the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 was approaching. That explained it. 
I was in New York City a few weeks ago. That was my first visit since 1998. On the morning of  my first full day there, I took the subway to the Fulton Street Station. I emerged into a hot and humid colossus of towering buildings and streets with barricades. I wandered around with … (4 comments)

key west: 862 Loggerhead Lane, Sugarloaf Key Florida - Bank Owned - 07/09/16 11:39 PM
CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on 862 Loggerhead Lane located on Sugarloaf Key, Florida. Then please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 to set up a personal showing. I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. This house is worth looking at!

key west: All The Way with LBJ - Reflections of a Former Teen Democrat - 05/26/16 12:39 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 12:41 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 - 03/03/16 10:08 PM

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 03:54 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 03:21 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 04:23 AM

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 - 02/02/16 08:43 PM

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 - 01/24/16 10:23 PM

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)

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