gary thomas: 627-629 Eaton Street - Old Town Key West Landmark For Sale - 10/09/13 07:28 AM


My friends at Prudential Knight and Gardner Realty in Key West recently listed one of the last untouched Old Town landmarks in Key West. Dear Readers, this property located at 627-629 Eaton Street might just be your dream property. Think I'm a little wacko?  Read on.
I searched the old Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West and found this building on the 1889 map which means it was built some time prior to that date. The Monroe County Property Appraiser's official records show the construction date as being 1929. (I think the Sanborn Map is more correct, but the … (1 comments)

gary thomas: 1106 Thompson Street - Key West - Tropical Haven - 09/04/13 07:08 AM

 I am writing about 1106 Thompson Street for the third time which is remarkable for me since I normally do not write about houses located in the midtown area of Key West. But this place is different. It has the potential to become a Tropical Haven. It needs some TLC but it has so much going for it that I want some buyer looking for a good deal to go take a look at it with me.
The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Fantastic Deal And A Great Location! Would Be Perfect For An Investor Or Someone Who … (0 comments)

gary thomas: 800 Fleming Street #2A ~ Old Town ~ Key West - 03/19/13 08:16 AM



 800 Fleming Street #2A in the historic William Fleming Condominiums in Old Town Key West is offered at the asking price of $875,000. The listing Realtor describes this unit as:
"Modern renovation of this late 1800's Historic structure. As you enter you are greeted by soaring ceilings, revealing a spacious living/dining room with French doors that open to a wrap around porch. Two large bedrooms with sleek bathrooms, new kitchen with custom slate counters and stainless steel appliances. Stairs lead to an extra 180 sq.ft. of loft space not included in the square footage, which can be used … (1 comments)

gary thomas: 909 Pohalski Lane - Open House - Today - Key West - 12/23/12 06:17 AM

If you are out and about in Old Town Key West this Sunday afternoon please drop by 909 Pohalski Lane between 12:00 and 2:00.  Look at the 60 second video below. You'll then wanna see this lovely two bedroom, two and one-half bath home in person. Offered at $695,000.
CLICK HERE to view a 60 second video of this property.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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gary thomas: Clicker - 10/26/12 07:16 AM

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!

That's Judge Joseph P. Lewis, Betty the division clerk, Velma the court reporter (stenographer), and me. The photo was taken 40 years ago. I was Judge Lewis' legal staff assistant. I had recently graduated from the University of Denver College of Law when the photo was taken. I had passed the bar and was looking for a job as an attorney. I was 25 at that time. I was 5'8" tall and probably … (0 comments)

gary thomas: Freddie's (almost) Dead! - 05/12/12 06:59 AM
It came unexpectedly, like a punch in the gut. Fast Buck Freddie's is closing - forever! At the end of the month. Thud!

 Another agent in my office gave the bad news a couple of days ago. A mutual friend who works at Fast Bucks had called her minutes earlier to tell her the owner had assembled all of the store emloyees that morning to make the surprise announcement that they would be out of a job by the end of the month.
 

 I have previously written about my first trip to Key West. I had read … (3 comments)

gary thomas: 1411 Petronia Street - The Meadows Area - Key West - 04/12/12 10:50 AM
Just listed, but not by me, is a newly completed renovation of an absolutely charming two bedroom two bath home in the quiet Meadows Area of Key West. I wrote about this property a couple of years ago when it was offered as a short sale. I even had a buyer who made an offer that was accepted and we went through months of negotiation with the prior owners' lender and eventually got the short sale approved. Then my buyer decided not to buy. The buyer did not do the inspection. The buyer got cold feet. So the very disappointed seller … (1 comments)

gary thomas: 809 Fleming Street - Prime Old Town Location - Short Sale - 03/14/12 07:40 AM
 
809 Fleming Street - Key West The Short Sale listing (this is not my listing) at 809 Fleming Street will surely get a lot of attention because of the prime Old Town Key West location. It has a lot of Rah! Rah! Rah! factor. The house was built in 1906 as a single family residence. The property is currently a legal two story duplex. Upstairs is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom - 699 sq ft unit with a balcony overlooking the 800 block of Fleming Street that rents for $2,000 per month. Downstairs is 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom - 1074 … (1 comments)

gary thomas: 1216 Knowles Lane - Key West - 11/09/11 09:18 AM
 
1216 Knowles Lane - Key West I have written about life on the slow lanes of Key West many times and even mused about some lanes being so hidden that it became necessary for one Key Wester to write a directional pamphlet to give to firemen and policemen so they would know how to find some of the smaller lanes.
Knowles Lane - One of the Slow Lanes of Key West  
The FedEx man needed help finding this slow lane I just listed the charming two bedroom two bath cottage home at 1216 Knowles Lane. The owner mentioned that … (2 comments)

gary thomas: Misconception - Key West Real Estate - 09/29/11 10:20 AM
As I get older the more I thought I knew becomes blurred. Partly because my memory isn't what it used to be (true), and because things that I grew up believing are true no more. I really did believe in the Tooth Fairy. I really believed in Santa Clause despite the protestations of my big brother otherwise. When Officer Goody came to my grade school and told my classmates about safety, I believed all policemen were good. I believed, for example, that my government would never lie to me. Life taught me that sometimes others say things that are not true: … (1 comments)

gary thomas: Labor Day Open House - 630 Elizabeth Street - Old Town - Key West - 09/03/11 10:46 AM
I will be hosting a LABOR DAY OPEN HOUSE on Sunday at 630 Elizabeth Street between 12:00 to 2:00 PM. I will be providing hard hat tours of this wonderful old Key West property that is ready for renovation. This property has received HARC approval to convert this current "legal duplex" into a 2300 sq ft single family residence. CLICK HERE for more information on this renovation opportunity.
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gary thomas: 2430 Fogarty Avenue - Key West - Estate Sale - 08/24/11 10:28 AM
 
2430 Fogarty Avenue - Key West Just listed, but not by me, 2430 Fogarty Avenue in Key West. The listing agent describes the property this way:
"Perfect home for a small family, this renovated CBS has a 2 bedroom/1 bath main house, and a 1/1 attached efficiency. Boasting a concrete fence streetside, the spacious front yard is nicely landscaped with a magnificent Bismark palm, and a brick walkway and brick drive and carport. This home also features tiled floors, laundry room with washer/dryer, and a 12x13 work/storage shed on a concrete slab. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, bullnosed granite … (2 comments)

gary thomas: Let's Buy a Guest House in Key West - 08/06/11 09:23 AM
Catchy name for a place to stay, eh! Maybe the GAYWAY MOTEL isn't your vision of the kind of guest house you envision owning, but I have a property that just might fit the bill. The Victorian House at 806 Truman Avenue in Old Town Key West is looking for a new owner. I think this place could "go gay" or stay "straight" and still be a good "buy".The listing Realtor describes 806 Truman this way:
"***PRICE REDUCED*** Elegant and spacious historic home with three transient rental licenses. Great sitting rooms, formal dining room, five bedrooms, five full baths and two … (0 comments)

gary thomas: 840 Olivia Street - Old Town - Key West - 08/05/11 11:10 AM
 
840 Olivia Street with two off street parking spaces Even the listing Realtor says this new listing at 840 Olivia Street needs a little TLC (maybe short for Tools, Labor, and Cash) but he adds:
" Great location for a house you can move into tomorrow. Needs some TLC but has all the potential for a really nice home. New windows, updated appliances and new A/C units are some of the desirable features of the property. Off street parking for two cars and room for a small pool are definite pluses. Anyone interested in an Old Town location at a … (0 comments)

gary thomas: Very Affordable Key West Condo - Bank Owned - 07/30/11 10:49 AM
 
1010 Grinnell Street -Unit No. B $159,900 Bank Owned The new Bank Owned condo listing at 1010 Grinnell Street Unit No. B is very affordable at just $159,900. The listing broker describes the place this way:
"Detached Condo That Feels Like A Single Family...Private Enclave Off Master Bedroom With Decking And And A Place For Your Green Thumb, Wood Floors, Your Own Washer/Dryer, Close To Downtown And Steps From The Pool." I was a bit skeptical because the property is located so near the corner of Grinnell and Truman. Click GOOGLE MAP to checkout the area. (Use the toggle switch … (3 comments)

gary thomas: 1517 Washington - east Casa Marina Area - Key West - 07/21/11 09:55 AM
I wrote about 1517 Washington Street a couple of months back when it was a fresh new listing. It went under contract soon thereafter. The would-be buyer isn't gonna-be. So the property is now back on the market and available once again at the affordable asking price of $425,000. I've shown this property several times since I wrote the initial post. I am now more convinced that this is a super bargain for a buyer looking for a entry level house into a very nice area of Key West. Please read on.The listing broker describes the property this way:
"This darling … (3 comments)

gary thomas: 1421 Eliza Street - Short Sale - Key West - 06/20/11 07:09 PM
 
1421 Eliza Street - Key West Just listed by Preferred Properties Coastal Realty (that's where I work but this is not my listing), 1421 Eliza Street, Key West. The home has been featured on HGTV and now is offered for sale as a short sale at the asking price of $360,500. The listing Realtor describes this utterly charming house this way:
"Bank approved short sale. Decorated & owned by exp. designers, this 2br/1 bath home nestled in a quiet neighborhood can be yours for a steal! Tropical foliage surrounds this beautiful Conch house creating your own private paradise. The inside … (0 comments)

gary thomas: "I Hope Your are Not French!" - 06/19/11 08:22 AM
 
Outside my kitchen window last year - hoping I'm not French Many of my readers and customers who send me emails know that I have a terrible sleeping problem which stems from a fall I took a couple of years back while showing a bank owned property in Key West. I ended up in the Lower Keys Hospital with a concussion. I'm okay, now, but I did take a big spill. Damned cheap banks that don't take care of their bank owned homes!Anyway, if you have ever suffered a concussion you know that one of many symptoms can be a … (5 comments)

gary thomas: Great Expectations - Great Frustrations - Short Sale - Old Town - Key West - 06/16/11 10:50 AM
 
1211 Margaret Street - Key West Just listed, but not by me, 1211 Margaret Street in Old Town Key West.The Monroe County Property Appraiser's website says the house at 1211 Margaret Street was built in 1938. That was in the Depression and just before the outbreak of World War II. I question the construction date, but who am I to question the government. See the photo below which shows what the house looked like in 1965.
1211 Margaret Street Key West as it appeared in 1965 The property was dramatically enlarged and thoroughly renovated after 2005 both on the inside … (0 comments)

gary thomas: 820 Windsor Lane - Old Town - Price Reduction - 06/10/11 11:13 AM
Preferred Properties (that's where I work) just reduced the asking price on this utterly charming house at the corner of Windsor Lane & Poorhouse Lane in the Old Town area of Key West. But you won't be poor if you buy this house located at 820 Windsor Lane which is offered at just $425,000. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Location & Charm. Two-story conch home on a corner lot in a great old town neighborhood, this property offers original historic details with an attractive floor plan: guest bedroom and bath are downstairs while the master bedroom and half-bath … (0 comments)

 
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