gary thomas realtor: ArAre You Sure You Really Want to Buy a Fixer in Key West? - 12/17/14 08:02 AM

A few days ago I wrote about a very beautiful home in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. It's priced pretty high because it is very special. We have a lot of special homes in Key West. Most of our houses are expensive compared to other parts of the country, and some are much more expensive than others. We have many smaller places that still come at high prices considering their small size. Many of the buyers I work with say they are willing to do a little work to buy a place that is more affordable. They think … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1522 Patricia St., Key West - Price Reduction - 12/16/14 06:33 AM

The asking price on 1522 Patricia Street in Key West was just reduced to $1,295,000. This listing of Preferred Properties Key West was recently renovated and expanded and is now ready for a new owner to move in 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.  Flood insurance is quoted at $1,900 per year, Windstorm is quoted at $2,500 per year.

The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home this way:
"Built to last, this spacious split-level home is situated on … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 828 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Just Listed Old Town Duplex - 12/15/14 06:48 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 828 Elizabeth Street in Key West, Florida. This two story house is shown on the 1889 Sanborn Fire Map so we know it is at least 125 years old. It is also located on Solares Hill - the highest point on the Island of Key West. That means if you finance this property your lender will not require that you purchase flood insurance. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet.

The black and white photo above was taken half a century ago. That photo shows the house in a way … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 901 Washington Street, Key West - Stunning Casa Marina Transformation - 12/12/14 06:37 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties (but not by me), 901 Washington Street, Key West. Unlike the Cute Conch Cottages, the Elegant Eyebrow Houses, and the Grand Conch Houses that are rooted in the late Nineteenth Century neighborhoods of Old Town Key West,  this recently renovated mid-century home is emblematic of the new wave of architecture and design taking root in the Casa Marina Area in the 21st Century.

Loyal Readers of my blog (Thank You, All!) know that I live in the Casa Marina area of Key West.  I love the area and have never regretted leaving Old Town … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1213 Margaret Street, Key West, Florida - 12/11/14 10:02 AM

The new listing at 1213 Margaret Street may look like a typical Key West renovation on the outside, but it is anything but typical on the inside. I dug into the old shoebox and found a photo taken of the house about fifty years ago. I doubt it got much better looking than that over the years. That is until the most thorough renovation of this absolutely charming home.  I took some photos to help illustrate the near ten years of work that resulted in what I will simply call a labor of love. The changes are amazing.


gary thomas realtor: 634 Louisa Street #5, Key West - An Affordable Home at Last! - 12/09/14 10:00 AM

Locals and maybe even buyers who are looking for an affordable retirement home in Key West ought to consider looking at 634 Louisa Street #5.  This is a two story town home built in 2007 with lots of money saving construction features that will save a potential new home owner money year after year.

Loyal readers know my penchant for searching through the old shoe box to find photos of old homes. Well, I found one for this property - sort of. The black and white photo was taken of 634 Louisa Street back in 1965.  It looks to … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 808 South Street #201 - Key West - 12/08/14 02:46 AM

Just Listed 808 South Street Unit #201 in the Southpark Condominiums. I have written about these condominiums before and offered my opinion that they have one of the prettiest pools on the Island of Key West. I have noted that they have a great location. Upper Duval Street is just a three block walk to the west and Higg's Beach is only four blocks to the south. There are just four buildings with four units in each building. All units are just one bedroom. Each unit has been updated over the years. That means that although the interior layout is … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 302 Amelia Street - Key West - Pretty as a Postcard - 12/04/14 08:06 AM

302 Amelia Street is a recently constructed two story home at the corner of Amelia and Thomas Streets that is so pretty it could be on a travel poster for Key West. The second floor veranda wraps around this stylish house. The occupant of the front bedroom has a view of the the historic Key West lighthouse. The view off the master bedroom isn't shabby either - it's the Great Atlantic Ocean.

This home is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. While the facade may mimic grand old homes from two centuries … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 623 Petronia Street, Key West - Old Town - 12/03/14 03:22 AM

If you become the new owner of 623 Petronia Street you'll never have to buy flood insurance because this home sits at the top of Solares Hill, the highest point on the Island of Key West - 18 feet above sea level. This family home has been carefully maintained over the years. It is is move-in condition. The listing Realtor describes the home as being:
"Only two blocks from Duval Street, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom single level home with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom accessory unit near the top of Solares Hill is within walking distance to all of Key … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 723 Olivia Street - Key West, Florida - 12/02/14 07:01 AM

The more than century old house at 723 Olivia Street in Key West is vacant and ready to be renovated. The 1912 sq ft house sits on a large corner lot at the intersection Olivia Street at Petronia Lane. Petronia Lane is identified at Passover Lane where it originates on Windsor Lane one block to the north and east. Passover Lane becomes Petronia Lane at Bill Bullock Park where it turns at a right angle and dead ends 250 feet later when it meets Olivia Street. The lot measures 46.25' X 78'. The west half of the lot sits vacant. … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1513 Pine Street, Key West - Value for Your Money - 11/29/14 07:32 AM

1513 Pine Street - Key West - Offered at $1,195,000

If you are an active home buyer that is looking for quality and value up front plus affordable insurance costs and low maintenance fees year over year, the recently built home at 1513 Pine Street located in the Meadows Area of Key West is certainly a home to consider. I'll depart from the way I write most blogs and instead do a list of features that make this home standout.

(1) Date of Construction and Location. This home was built new in 2008. It is one of eight … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Happy Thanksgiving to My Dear Readers! - 11/27/14 05:29 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to my Dear Readers 
and to the Buyers and Sellers who have
chosen me to be their Realtor!
I love being the guy that 
gives new homeowners 
keys to their new Dream Home!


gary thomas realtor: 1428 White Street, Key West, Fl - Casa Marina Area - 11/26/14 06:55 AM

Just listed (but not by me) 1428 White Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West, Florida.  This home was built in 2000 by David Wolkowsky, the man who built the world famous Pier House at the foot of Duval Street. Wolkowsky built many homes in Key West over the years. His properties are legendary.  This is one of them. 

Wolkowsky's homes are not reinterpretations of old Conch houses with white picket fences you would expect to see in Old Town. Instead, his homes evoke a sense of mystique, grandeur, and purpose. A story high privacy wall set … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1227 Von Phister Street, Key West, Florida - 11/24/14 03:53 AM

Just Listed, 1227 Von Phister Street, Key West. Local architect Michael Miller designed the renovation and expansion of the bungalow style home and Scott Miller of Native Landscape designed the gardens. Their design earned a Ceramic Star for preservation from the Historic Florida Keys Foundation.

The listing Realtor describes the property as:

I think craftsman style homes are so very easy to understand. Unlike the Victorian and Queen Anne homes at the turn of the Twentieth Century which had all kinds of architectural drama going on, craftsman style homes were simplistic in design. Whereas … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Open House Today - 812 Johnson Lane, Key West - 11/23/14 05:28 AM


Please stop by to see this totally renovated Key West Cottage with separate Guest Cottage, Pool, and Off Street Parking that is offered at just $795,000.
Johnson Lane is located between midway Truman Avenue and Olivia Street. 


gary thomas realtor: 1711 Atlantic Blvd. Key West - New Lower Price - New Higher Height - 11/22/14 04:06 AM

1711 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West was originally offered at $680,000 just before Christmas in 2013. The price was reduced to $630,000 in April 2014. The asking price on this mid-century modern home was just reduced to $590,000. 

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 1711 Atlantic Boulevard this way:
"40,000 PRICE REDUCTION! Motivated seller! This solidly built concrete home is unique on Atlantic Blvd. as it was built on top of 5 feet of fill making this the most elevated lot on Atlantic Drive. A nature preserve is the only thing separating this home from the Atlantic Ocean … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - The Opposite of Ohio - 11/19/14 09:52 AM
While 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.*
A while back I watched HGTV's Urban Oasis giveaway of a sleek high rise condo at Miami's Paramount Bay.  I mused about winning the $900,000 condo and then thought to myself "Self, if you win, you will have to pay income tax on that thing. Do you really want to own a condo in Miami where people get shot and killed daily … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane - Old Town - Key West - 11/18/14 09:13 AM

It's time to talk turkey about 812 Johnson Lane in Key West. This Old Town cottage style home was completely renovated earlier this year. Just about every part of the inside was replaced or updated including all a new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops; new floors throughout; new bathroom with travertine marble shower and floor; new whole house air conditioner; and crow molding. A bath and laundry room were added to the guest cottage at the rear which also includes an outdoor shower. Finally, the front of the property now offers bricked off street parking for two … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 622 United St., Key West, Florida - 11/15/14 03:27 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 622 United Street in Key West.This house dates back to World War II when it was used as an Army barracks and then located at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West. At the end of the war the Army sold off these barracks at $100 each. Each buyer had to relocate the barracks to a different location. The photo below shows the approximate location where Army barracks similar to the one that was relocated to 622 United Street once sat. The wide open street on the right side of the photo below … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West - Cha Cha Cha - 11/10/14 06:35 AM

On the back of this old snapshot I found the following: “The trailer camper’s pleasure islands. The Florida Keys, where you can park without charge on a sandy beach, and fish or loaf (sic) to your heart’s content.” From the Stetson Kennedy collection, photographer unknown. C 1940. I am sorry to report that there is little of anything in the Florida Keys that is free anymore. And that is especially true in Key West where parking is scarce and very expensive.

I took the above photo on Sunday morning. It shows the house at 904 Flagler Avenue in … (1 comments)

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