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By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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  Just Listed 615 Thomas Street, Key West. This place looks just like you'd expect an historic house in Old Town would look like. But you would be wrong because this home was built in 2013 and is now offered for sale. I took photos during the construction - CLICK HERE to see the home designed by ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Just Listed but not by me 802 Southard Street, Key West. I saw this on a late June afternoon in 2018 - the day it was first listed for sale after having been used as multiple apartments The property sits in the heart of Old Town. I arrived at the appointed time and was advised the house was alre...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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from:  March 6, 2010You're Gonna Howl with Laughter at this New Bank Owned Key West Property    From Dale McDonald Collection showing a funeral march through Old town I have written before that in a prior life I did commercial loan workouts for a couple of big national banks in Denver. Part of my...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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We all know how this story will end. You know the ending within a few minutes after the movie starts - you just do not know how it will occur. There is always a pretty girl or dog or maybe an idealistic home when something suddenly happens.  This a true story of Key West real estate. But the stor...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Many long time Readers know that I was an attorney in Colorado in the 1970s. Later I worked in the Special Assets Department of a very large bank headquartered in Denver. Subsequent to that job, I managed a similar department for another bank. It was my legal background that brought me to the ban...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 From: October 1, 2010...hold the chicken... I was showing property the other day and had a few minutes to kill between appointments. I asked my buyer if he would like a cup of coffee. Yes, he replied. So I drove over to Sandy's Cafe at the corner of White at Virginia. I had been at the same plac...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Welcome to 316 Peacon Lane, Key West which was just listed for sale by Preferred Properties Key West. That is where I work but this is not my listing.  The listing Realtor describes this 1.986 sq ft home this way:   "Historic Conch style home located in The Famous Key West Seaport Area. Spacious...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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   JUST LISTED - 724 Windsor Lane, Key West located in the heart of Old Town at the "intersection" (smirk) of Windsor and Galveston Lanes across the street from the Historic Key West Writer's Compound and near the top of Solaris Hill. Duval Street is a short stroll to the west and the historic se...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From: April 7, 20151010 - 1012 Olivia Street, Key West -The Beginning of the EndLocal folk artist Ronny Bailey stopped by my office last week to show me (and my Dear Readers) his latest work a special commission of the two houses at 1010 and 1012 Olivia Street in Key West.  The owner of these hou...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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On August 24, 2020 I blogged about Key West real estate sales since March when Monroe County authorities blocked US 1 from Key Largo to Key West. At first it almost felt like we were isolated from the rest of the world. Well, I guess we were. Non essential businesses, bars, restaurants, and hotel...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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  The listing Broker describes this 1,717 Sq Ft home this way:  "Located on a picture perfect street in the Meadows, this stunning home was built with high end finishes in 2008. Features include 11 ft. coffered ceilings and 8 ft. glass doors that open to a private heated pool and spa plus and out...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I normally work with buyers from outside of Key West who are looking to buy a second home. They ask a lot of questions about taxes, insurance, renting rules, and so on. Some ask about safety. I tell them that Key West is a very safe place to live and suggest they checkout the Monroe County Sherif...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From May 3, 2015The New Key West Fire Department is Finally Complete - The Torture is Over! It's over!  Thank God, it's over! I won't have to deal with big burly guys pushing me around anymore. I won't have to endure being bullied and having to walk a couple blocks out to way to go to my office. ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Just Listed, but not by me, 831 Georgia Street, Key West. This is a brand new home located in The Meadows area of Key West. I was surprised to learn that the lot was the side yard to an adjacent home and  had never been built upon before. While I have been photographing the exterior for several m...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 From: 11/19/2014Key West is the Opposite of OhioWhile speaking at the Key West Literary Seminar poet Mark Doty said that although “he was never actually here,” Hart Crane “loved Key West.” Crane loved Key West because by all reports it was the opposite of Ohio.* Hart Crane A while back I watched...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 The road must eventually lead to the whole world.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road When I first came to town I felt Key West was falling apart. I remember walking back to  the guest house at night. Big palmetto bugs fell from the huge trees landing on the cracked sidewalks. The bugs crunched under t...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Just Listed, but not by me, 312 Margaret Street, Key West. This freshly and stylishly renovated home is located one block from the historic seaport or Key West Bight by locals. Decades before selfies and slurpees were common sights at the Key West sea port, spongers and shrimpers would bright th...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I took the above photo of Marty's Place in Key West. The cottage complex was ideally located in Mid-Town about five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and easily accessible to Old Town to the west and the three shopping centers to the east. The complex became an independent housing environment in the...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From October 2, 2015The Metallic Man and the Clicker  How in the world could something so innocent as a tiny little metal clicker have to do with buying a house in Key West? How, indeed! The above photo shows Judge Joseph P. Lewis, Betty the division clerk, Velma the court reporter (stenographer)...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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A couple of recent listings and sales recently got my attention.  Yesterday I wrote about 1218 Varela Street in Key West where I pointed out it had sold several times over the past twenty years. We just cannot build new houses on the Island of Key West because we do not have land and we have stat...

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