gary thomas realtor: 809 Eaton Street - Key West - New Lower Price - Historic Old Town Luxury Home - 07/28/14 08:39 AM

809 Eaton Street in Key West dates back to circa 1840 when it was built for Henry Lowe. The house was totally restored and enlarged in 2005 when it was featured in the Old Island Foundation House Tour.  Today this home is one of the finest examples of a Bahamian styled home located in the Old Town Historic District.

Many of the Key West's founding fathers were expatriates from the Bahamas. They brought with them the architectural style and construction techniques with which they were familiar.  Bahamian styled houses were placed on piers and had wood frames and had … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 201 Golf Club Drive, Key West Golf Club Community - 07/25/14 07:07 AM


Just about every time I write about homes located in The Sanctuary at the Key West Golf Club I usually include the words "value" or "bargain".  And so it is this time as I write about 201 Golf Club Drive. This 1600 sq ft three bedroom, two and one-half bath home is in tip-top condition.  There is a covered off street parking spot plus space for a second vehicle. A white picket fence and trellis provide just enough privacy from the street which loops around this area.

This home has first and second floor porches at both … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 421 Catherine Street - Old Town _ Key West - 07/23/14 09:22 AM

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 421 Catherine Street in Old Town Key West as a
"Charming and meticulously renovated 2 bedroom 2.5 bath home in Old Town Key West. The home has a breezy front porch for relaxing and watching the interesting neighborhood stroll past. The interior is impeccable with cherry floors, and vaulted ceilings. There is a bedroom and bath on the first floor, top of the line kitchen, half bath,surround sound system, and living room which opens through French doors to the private back yard. There is a master bedroom and bath with walk-in closet and a … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1626 South Street, Key West, FL - 07/22/14 08:27 AM

The lovely three bedroom home at 1626 South Street awaits a buyer who wants a three bedroom, two bath home that is in tip-top condition and ready to move into.  This 1962 sq ft ranch style home (built in 1955) has been thoughtfully updated inside and outside. The grounds are fenced for privacy.

When you open the front gate it is as if you are entering an arboretum.  The grounds are just that perfect. A bricked path winds its way from the gated off street parking around the front and then traverses the east side … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 326 William Street - Key West - 07/21/14 07:15 AM

326 William Street in Key West, Florida is located within a block of the historic Key West Seaport. Most of the houses in this immediate area were built in the last half of the 19th Century. The seaport was the hub of Key West commerce. The 300 block of William Street is noted as having some of the oldest homes on the island.

For some odd reason the 300 block of William Street was omitted from the 1889 edition of the Sanborn Fire Map. But it did appear in the 1892 edition. That map shows numerous small lots … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1433 Reynolds Street, Key West - Casa Marina Area - 07/19/14 12:11 PM

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1433 Reynolds Street. This beautiful home is located a short two block walk from Higg's Beach and the great Atlantic Ocean. The Grand Dame of old Florida hotels, the Casa Marina, is located opposite and up one block.  The famous Reynolds house is located next door to the south. If your house hunt requires a superior location, a bit of history, and a beautiful home that is ready to move in to, 1433 Reynolds St. may be the home you have been hoping … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1429 Johnson Street Key West - Bank Owned Property - 07/12/14 07:41 AM

New to the Key West mls is the Bank Owned mid century home at 1429 Johnson Street. The home was previously updated but it probably would benefit for at least some paint and super-cleaning. This 1532 sq ft home has two bedrooms, two full baths, a pool, pool house, and a pool bath that sit on a 5896 sq ft lot in an area just east of Casa Marina. The ocean and beaches are a few minutes away by bike. Old Town, the airport, and the shopping centers are a five minute car ride. 

The mid century house was … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1406 Leon St. Key West - Short Sale - Buying Opportunity - 07/11/14 08:33 AM

The asking price on 1406 Leon Street was just reduced to $1,099,000. This is a real buying opportunity for a buyer who wants a custom home in tip-top condition in a great neighborhood. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This pristine home is walled for privacy. Step into your own private oasis where comfort abounds in this three bedroom home. Bedrooms offer custom built-in cabinetry and open onto lush tropical gardens. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and easy access to a laundry room. The gourmet kitchen will delight the most discriminating chef and the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1028 Whitehead St., Key West Bank Owned Property - 07/10/14 11:21 AM

The listing Realtor describes the new Bank Owned property at 1028 Whitehead Street as an
"Old Town corner location with two legal residential units & two buildings designed to fit your imagination! Open the fence gate and realize the potential associated with this space. Design your dream complex with the two existing separate buildings. Previously, a commercial office existed downstairs as well."

 I fished around in my old shoebox and found a couple of photos that show 1028 Whitehead Street as the two properties appeared about fifty years ago. Back then the corner building was a neighborhood … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1024 Virginia Street - Key West Renovation Project - 07/07/14 01:41 AM

 New to the Key West real estate market is 1024 Virginia Street which is located in the South of Truman area of Old Town.  The house is located midway in the block between Varela Street to the east and Watson Street to the west. I looked at the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps to discern when this house was built. The first time it was identified on a map was in 1912. On that map this house was identified as being 1024 Sodus Court. It is the same house. Virginia Street was not a through street in 1912. A large house … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Ln. Key West - Sunday Open House - New Price - 07/06/14 02:12 AM

Open House 
July 6th
12:00 to 2:00

Freshly Renovated Two Bedroom Main House & 
Stand alone One Bedroom Rear Cottage
New A/C, New Floors, New Drywall, New Electric, New Plumbing, New Kitchen, New Baths
Pool & Big Sunny Deck
Off Street Parking for Two Cars
Great Old Town Key West Location - near everything but situated on a quiet little lane three blocks from Duval. 
Located in the X Zone - No Flood Insurance Required!
Best of All - New Price - $795,000
CLICK HERE to view … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 617 Flemng St. #9 - Freshly Renovated Key West Condo - 07/04/14 07:56 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 617 Fleming Street #9. This Eyebrow Cottage dates back to around 1890, but it just nearing completion of a new interior restoration that adds current designer touches plus updates that include all new A/C (with heat), plumbing fixtures, and so on. What's more, this cottage is situated of the Campbell Courtyard Condominiums which means you can lock and leave this little home and go back up north knowing that your property will be well cared for. There are just nine units at Campbell Courtyard, some of which are rented as vacation rentals. Unit … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3630 Flagler Ave. Key West - Price Reduction - 07/03/14 11:35 AM

The asking price on 3630 Flagler Avenue in Key West just got reduced. That makes this home a better buy for buyers who seek a freshly renovated home with the latest in interior finishes and appliances.  The listing Realtor describes this forward thinking 1517 sq ft ranch style home this way:
"Brand new renovation from top to bottom. Outstanding family 3/2 bedroom home on a very large corner lot. Kitchen renovation has been opened to increase the great room living space with the latest in appliances and finishes. Marble counter tops, and sliding glass doors reveal a 30 foot … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Geromeo, Geromeo, Wherefore Art Thou Geromeo? 9 Gerome Avenue Key West - 07/02/14 05:06 AM

I wrote about 9 Gerome Avenue a couple of months ago. I really believed that it would have been under contract by now because it is perfectly nice hidden cottage hidden away in Old Town Key West. Maybe it has not sold because it is so well hidden. I'll betcha that few locals have any idea where Gerome Avenue is located.  But everyone knows where the Truman and White Chevron station is located.  There is a little walking lane called Nichols Avenue that is about 150 feet north of and runs parallel to Truman Avenue.  Nichols intersects … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1319 Catherine St., Key West, Fl 33040 - 07/01/14 05:53 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West (that's where I work but this is not my listing) 1319 Catherine Street, Key West. This new listing may appeal to a buyer who wants a property that they can successfully rent throughout the year as a monthly vacation rental.  This two bedroom/two bath home has a lot of features packed into its 743 square feet.  I have a bit of history that dates back to early 1997 when I sold the prior owners an adjacent duplex on Florida Street. They understood the value of owning and controlling abutting property especially … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1423 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - 06/30/14 10:07 AM

The listing Realtor describes 1423 Catherine Street as "Wonderful home in Old Town, close to Bayview Park. This home has been recently painted, has newer shutters, great front porch, and more. There are wood floors throughout, and wide plank flooring in the bathroom. There is a private fenced back yard with a deck,and there appears to be a cistern under the decking that could possibly be converted to a small plunge pool. There is parking for 2 cars tandem, and a large attic for storage."

I went to my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 5030 5th Avenue #20 - Key West, Florida 33040 - 06/26/14 07:51 AM

If you are like me you probably watch too many episodes of HGTV's House Hunters. You likely appreciate that each potential buyer has a unique vision of that dream home and where it is located. Some buyers require a location near a city center or public transportation. Others may seek a private or isolated location. Some may seek a home with quick water access or a myriad of other requirements. The point is that every person has a different ideal of a dream home.
Late yesterday afternoon I got to take a look at the new (unfinished) Islander Village … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1522 Patricia Street Key West, Florida 33040 - 06/25/14 10:40 AM

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1522 Patricia Street. This place is new and expanded renovation and ready for the new owner to move and start to live the good life.  Everything has been done to make this new home user friendly, easy to maintain, and inexpensive to insure. 

The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"Built to last, this spacious split-level home is situated on a sunny corner lot in the neighborhood that is Key West's best kept secret. The lower level has three guest bedrooms … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 622 Louisa Street - Key West, Florida - 06/22/14 08:08 AM

I tell buyers all the time you can never tell what is behind the facade of some of the houses in Key West. Preferred Properties just listed Casa Louisa at 622 Louisa Street, and boy did my remarks ever hold true on this place. Gee Whiz!  The listing Realtor describes this property as:
"Very sharp total renovation of an historic two bedroom, two and a half bath single level home with a one bedroom, one bath guest cottage. Pool with waterfall, vaulted ceilings, extensive decking and French doors. New kitchen with granite & stainless steel; luxurious new baths. Parking … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Wrestling with Buyers in Key West - 06/20/14 08:03 AM

I love living in Key West.  It is not a perfect place. I was initially drawn to this imperfect place for many reasons that include the great old houses, the wonderful weather, and the acceptance of gay people.  Some of the old houses were and continue to appear to be falling down shacks. The weather is normally so great that locals love it when we have cool weather and a few days of rain that break up the monotony of pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine. Accepting gay people is nothing new - it has been the way people live … (0 comments)

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