The Pie Hole

Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West

I often write about the charm of living on one of the slow lanes in Key West where there are cute little cottages, little to no traffic, and peaceful surroundings as contrasted to the hullabaloo associated with Duval Street. There are a few streets which provide the same type of serene environment including the one shown above. It's not just the lanes and streets that makes life in Key West so appealing, it is the way we live. A lot of us came here from somewhere else to find a better life. To be accepted. To be less judgmental of others. Key West is sort of a nesting in place kind of town. It is cozy, inviting, and private all at the same time. This is the true story of two neighbors who share a fence.


A fellow Realtor and her mother share an Old Town home with the Realtors mother - Mom. Mom is old school. She makes food the old fashioned way - from scratch as opposed to from store bought pre-made whatever. Mom bakes pies. Really great pies.


The Realtor became friends with the man who lived behind her on one of the cute little lanes in Key West. It turns out he likes pies and he liked Mom. Mom liked him back and started to make him pies. It became a habit. They cut a hole in the wood fence that separates the two properties so that Mom could share her pies with her appreciative neighbor. They dubbed the opening "The Pie Hole"




Comments (15)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

The story with PIE in the title must be awesome. WOW Great information and make it a great Saturday.  Bill Salvatore 

Apr 03, 2021 05:22 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gary. What a unique idea to pass the pies! Once owned a townhome and installed a gate for the neighbor so we could do evening cocktail hour. Enjoy your day!

Apr 03, 2021 05:26 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A place where people are less judgmental, sign me up!  There are definitely too many judgmental people around me and that is why I keep my inner circle small, haha.

Apr 03, 2021 05:34 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a great story! In this case, no one will ever say, "Shut your pie hole" - they'd want to keep that one open!

Apr 03, 2021 06:20 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I certainly would like to be a part of that pie hole. Key Lime please.

Apr 03, 2021 08:35 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Gary - while I typically don't like the term "pie hole" the definition in your post "serves up" a particularly nice alternative.  Thanks for this nice slice of Key West life.   

Apr 03, 2021 08:53 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gary- I'm so glad that Brian reblogged this post. It is sweet and makes me long for the days of homemade goodness. 

Apr 03, 2021 03:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 03, 2021 06:48 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Gary - that really sounds like old Americana.  Almost the way they used to make sitcoms in the 50s and 60s.

Apr 04, 2021 05:38 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Interesting story.  We spent a couple of days in Key West this past Feb, should reach out next year for the location of the pie hole

Apr 04, 2021 06:29 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

That's a wonderful story and I wish my fence had a pie hole, my neighbor is a retired baker!

Apr 04, 2021 08:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a cool idea, Gary. It certainly makes one long for neighbor closeness that just doesn't always exist!


Apr 04, 2021 08:04 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Where may we find this pie hole and possibly intercept one of Mom's delights, Gary?! 


I'll submit my special request for my favorite - Key Lime Pie - appropriate for this post too!

Apr 05, 2021 09:50 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Such a plus to have wonderful neighbors!  Soon after moving into our current home, we installed a gate between our backyard  fence and the neighbors--we became fast friends!

Apr 08, 2021 02:08 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Cute neighborhood story. Just like the old days.

Apr 11, 2021 11:10 AM