gary thomas realtor: Flash Sale in Key West - One Day Special Sales Price - 05/24/15 03:30 AM

Hey Readers!  Don't Fret!  I'm not gonna de-brief.  But I am gonna tell you about a novel one day approach to sell two very different houses located here in Key West. Both properties are listings of Preferred Properties Key West. That's where I work, but these are not my listings.  I have, however, written about both properties before.  If you are here in Key West today, Sunday, May 24th, stop by either or both houses for a view. Or if you are really serious about buying a home, please call me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642 and ask me to accompany you to … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1104 South Street, Key West, Florida - 05/21/15 08:38 AM

One of the joys of living in the Casa Marina Area of Key West is driving home down uncontested streets lined with giant palm trees and mahogany trees.  I often see locals walking their dogs or tourists on bikes touring the area pointing out houses that they wish they someday could call home. Some of the houses sit back from the street behind expansive lawns while others are hidden behind six foot tall privacy walls. There are a smattering of 1960 vintage CBS houses left that have not been touched. While Casa Marina Court, Johnson Street, and Flagler Avenue have curbs … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2412 Linda Avenue, Key West - New Lower Price at Water's Edge - 05/20/15 07:50 AM

The asking rice on 2412 Linda Avenue in Key West just got a whole lot better. Now this waterfront property is offered at only $705,000. I first wrote about this property a few months ago when it was first listed. I am a bit familiar with the location as I wrote an offer for on a nearby bank owned property a couple of years ago. I had no idea how radically different the two properties were even though they are located only a few houses apart on the same side of the street. The two differences are even more dramatic as … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1503 Washington Street, Key West - 05/19/15 07:55 AM
Dear Reader, I planned to write a new blog on our listing at 1503 Washington Street. But when I looked through what I previously penned I decided not to change it. While the references to the Christmas in Connecticut movie may be corny, they are real nonetheless.  This home has lots of personality and plenty of space for family living and gracious entertaining. Below: a reprise.
Shortly after I arrived at 1503 Washington Street to take photos for today's blog, I fell in love with this home and garden that was decorated to the nines to celebrate the Christmas season.  At first … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1013 Packer Street, Key West - Old Town at a Bargain Price - 05/11/15 12:32 PM

 Just Listed by Preferred Properties, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1013 Packer Street in Old Town. This little house is offered at just $399,000 which is pretty inexpensive for Key West.
I looked in my old shoe box and found a couple of photos which show the house as it appeared in 1965 and an even older photo that shows Mr. Edward Heil who lived here back around the turn of the twentieth century when locals needed identification cards to show who they were and where they worked. These cards were necessary to protect the Key West … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Bank Owned - 107 Front Street #317 - Harbour Place Condominium - Key West Waterfront - 05/09/15 07:30 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, Units # 317 and #318 at Harbour Place Condominium in Key West. This property is actually two units which were combined to create this quite large top floor residence with direct ocean views of the Key West waterfront.  Even though Key West is a small island, you simply don't get views like this. And rarely do you get this much quality space and construction for the asking price of this Bank Owned property.  The listing Realtor describes this unit this way:
"Enjoy Spectacular Key West Sunsets From Your Own Rare 4 Bedroom 3.5 Bath Condo With … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1441 Thompson St., Key West - Bank Owned Home - 05/08/15 01:22 PM

Just Listed, by not by me, 1441 Thompson Street in Key West, Florida.  This home was built new in 1985 and reflects the architectural style and building elements that were incorporated to homes at that time. Remember, 1985 was 30 years ago. That is when TV shows like Golden Girls, Growing Pains, MacGuyver were popular.  Lots of TV stars and regular folks sported hairstyles which probably look a bit out of place today. And so it is just a bit with this house. It's not that this house needs a makeover as much as it needs a trip to a stylist. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 921 Whitehead Street, Incredible Old Town Home - 05/07/15 09:47 AM

I showed the centuries old house located at 921 Whitehead Street in Key West yesterday afternoon.  As I sat on the front porch waiting for the prospective buyer I looked across the street at the historic old Key West lighthouse. I was so taken by the view. This is the kind of house so many home shoppers want but which, sadly, only a few can afford. I mused how different the house and the view would have been a century earlier before all the tourists arrived when the former residents would pass the time of day as horse drawn carts passed … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1324 Seminary Street #B, Key West, Florida - 05/06/15 12:50 PM

Buyers who are looking for either an affordable full time residence in Key West home or a getaway place with a pool, parking, and a price that won't break the bank ought to consider 1324 Seminary Street #B in Key West. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this condominium this way:
"Adorable 2-Bedroom Condo with Private Pool. Built in 1933 and renovated in 2004, this is one of two units tucked away in a secluded enclave with its own pool (not shared with the other condo). Totally fenced for privacy and tropically landscaped. Ample off-street parking and low condo fees make this … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The New Key West Fire Departmet is Finally Complete - The Torture is Over! - 05/03/15 08:06 AM

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. They didn't demand my lunch money - no they just made life a living hell for the last year. They blocked the little lane that leads to the parking lot behind my office. They erected barriers and diverted traffic so that I could not get into my parking lot. For several weeks I didn't know which street to take to … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1107 Olivia Street, Key West - an Old Town Buy! - 05/01/15 10:53 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1107 Olivia Street in Key West, Florida. This Old Town cottage was restored a few years back and looks great. The house was totally renovated in 2008 giving the interior and the outside a new lease on life. The house first appeared on the Historic Sanborn Fire Map dated 1899.  Other houses were in this block before that date, but they were numbered differently.  I cannot determine if this house was built before 1899, but I am sure that it existed as of that date. I found a photo of the house taken fifty years … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 527 Margaret Street - Key West - An Old House Made New - 04/26/15 05:39 AM

The paint is barely dry in the newly rebuilt home at 527 Margaret Street in Old Town Key West. I got a chance to meet the new owners, Kirk Thompson and Brett Burch, this past week. The owners explained to me that they were visiting Key West in January when the passed by the house which was then still under construction. The builders (Paul Misch and his son-n-law John Tutlewski) invited Brett and Kirk inside to see what was being done. They liked what they saw so much that they signed a contract to buy the place before it was complete. … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Be Careful Who You Trust with Access to Your Home in Key West - 04/25/15 05:00 AM
I love living in Key West. You can be who you want to be and love who you want to love. Nobody cares what you do or who you sleep with other than the guy who parades around town with his anti-fags sign. Gays and straights and rich and the not-so-not rich mix at work and at play with ease. We have a lot of people that have moved here from all over the world. There are good people and some that are not so good. The bad people sometimes give the rest of us a bad name.
I recall an evening … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Windsor Lane - Sitting Pretty in Old Town Key West - 04/23/15 06:40 AM

The simple home at 812 Windsor Lane in Key West did not always look so neat and proper.  I remember driving past that house several years ago on repeated occasions when someone would ask "How much is that house"?  I would always respond "It's not for sale" to which they would reply something like "We'll I want to buy it when it is for sale." The house looked pretty rundown back then. The front yard was over-grown. The place looked like it had been abandoned. But then in 2008 the family who had owned this house since it was first built … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1111 Packer Street, Key West, Florida - 04/22/15 09:21 AM

 The newly listed home at 1111 Packer Street will appeal to a buyer who is looking for an eventual retirement home in Key West but who wants a place that can be used as a vacation rental to help reduce purchase and maintenance costs. This home has been thoughtfully renovated and has all the attributes that make it very desirable both as a place to live and also a place to spend a vacation. 
I looked around in my old shoebox and found the black and white photo above which shows 1111 Packer Street fifty years ago. If you compare that photo … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 617 Ashe Street, Key West, Florida - 04/21/15 10:25 AM

I know I'm not the only person who upon arrival in Key West the very first time was amazed at the number of incredible old homes packed together in the Old Town area. I walked the streets up and down and back and forth looking at the  houses. I took pictures of the places I thought were amazing as if to build my dream book of places I would like to live someday. I took pictures of forlorn places thinking they could be fixed up and made right. Key West back then was much different than it is today: there were … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2312 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West - Deveopment Opportunity! - 04/19/15 06:38 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties - 2312 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Florida. This nearly 20,000 sq ft lot irregularly shaped rectangle (102' X 194') frontage on US 1 as it makes its way into the Old Town corridor. It is located opposite the Key West Yacht Club.

I dug into my old shoebox and found an aerial photo from the not too distant pass taken by Ty Symroski and Wendy Tucker.  I have added arrows to point out the location of 2312 N. Roosevelt which is shown just opposite the Yacht Club. The small Hilton Haven enclave is located on … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2645 Gulfview Drive, Key West Waterfront Property - 04/18/15 04:49 AM

2645 Gulfview Drive is a smart looking 1600 square foot home located at Gulfview Point (formerly Roosevelt Annex) in Key West where each of the 25 single-family homes and town homes  are located on the water and sited for exquisite views of the setting sun over the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfpoint Annex continues to be an exclusive community with a neighborhood of homes surrounded by water on three sides.  This is the only place of this kind in Key West! Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of the property and its relationship to the water.
This development was built by Pritam … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1309 Eliza Street, Key West, Florida - 04/17/15 08:46 AM

1309 Eliza Street is located in the Arts District in Key West, Florida. The owner of this pretty little house invited me over to take some photos of the house which I am pleased to share with you today. CLICK HERE to view all the photos I took which show the house, rooms, and yard from varying views.

 I found a "before" photo taken of the property back in 1965. If you compare it to the color photo above you will see the only significant difference is that the galvanized chain link fence has been replaced by a wood picket fence and … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Oceanfront Luxury - 20 Sunset Key Drive - 04/16/15 10:08 AM

20 Sunset Key Drive is located on Sunset Key, a private island just a five minute boat ride from Key West. The guest cottage, above, looks somewhat similar to some of the cute little cottages that you might find in Old Town Key West. That's where the similarity stops because this place is a show stopper. The cottage isn't little and it is only a small part of  a much larger manse with the very best oceanfront location on the island. A pergola connects the cottage with the main house. The pool and spa are on the west. The luxuriant garden … (0 comments)

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