gary thomas realtor: 1414 5th Street - Key West Bungalow with a Place for Mom - 08/29/14 12:21 PM

What an inviting and pretty house 1414 5th Street is. As I got out of my car to take photographs of this home I had to stop and take in the simplicity and charm of this home. We are all aware of the Cigar Maker Cottages, Eyebrow Houses, and Grand Conch Houses in Old Town. And we all are familiar with the mid century homes and more recent new homes in the Casa Marina Area which often sit behind imposing six foot privacy fences. So it was pleasing to see an atypical bungalow framed by waving palms and perched … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Projects of Key West - Not Quite What You Might Think - 08/27/14 05:47 AM

The Key West real estate market is in the summer doldrums. Not much is happening. A lot of agents and business owners have left or will be leaving town for a few weeks rest and relaxation before Fantasy Fest hits in October and Season starts around Christmastime. I thought this is a good time to bring readers up to date on some past projects and a couple of new ones.
The house at 617 Grinnell Street is a bit of a rarity in Old Town Key West. Our Historic Architectural Review Commission normally does not allow old houses to … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 616 Eaton Street, Key West - SOLD - 08/23/14 04:18 AM

616 Eaton Street in Old Town Key West may be the most photographed house in town. It sits far back on the lot behind a relic of a rusty iron fence on Eaton Street, a main thoroughfare where Conch Trains, Trolley Cars, taxicabs, bikes, scooters, and pedestrians pass every day. The house looks like it hasn't been painted in decades and sometimes looks like it might even be haunted.

The United Methodist Church (also known as the Old Stone Church) sits to the west. The gracious mansion at 620 Eaton Street sits to the east. Tourists from around the … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1711 Atlantic Boulevard - Key West - Renovate this Mid-Century House, Tear It Down, or Build New? - 08/21/14 06:30 AM

1711 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West offers an interesting opportunity to renovators, flippers, and builders looking for a new project. This architecturally pleasing mid-century home was built in 1958 is different than most Key West mid-century homes built 50s and 60s which are concrete block with stucco finish on slab foundations a tad bit elevated over street grade. There are two additional factors that distinguish this house from others that make this property particularly appealing.
First, the house sits on a large 8050 (70' X 111') square foot lot across from the City of Key West Nature Preserve situated … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Guest House - Price Reduction - 08/18/14 07:07 AM

The asking price on the Frances Street Bottle Inn in Key West was just reduced to $2,450,000. The listing Realtor describes this eight room guest house this way:
"The Frances Street Bottle Inn is a well established guest house in the heart of old town Key West. The house has been lovingly restored and is a beautiful example of historic Key West architecture. There are eight lovely rooms, seven transient and one non-transient. In addition to the guest rooms there is a spacious lounge/dining room, an office/reception area and a wide porch where guests relax in the mornings and evenings … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Game of Frowns - 08/16/14 12:04 PM

A couple of days ago a fellow Realtor told me the story of a recent sale where the agent represented both the seller and the buyer in a real estate transaction. The house sold for a whole lotta money.  The seller's attorney had approved all contract documents including an addendum that itemized personal property the seller was leaving in the property including four TVs mounted to the walls. There should have been no surprises at or after closing. But there was. It seems the seller's moving company removed the four television sets and took them far, far away.  When … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1616 Atlantic Bloulevard No 9 - Key West - Oceanfront Living - 08/15/14 10:14 AM

Casa Caselles is an ocean front town home community of just twenty units located at 1616 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West, Florida. 1616 Atlantic Boulevard Unit No. 2 is a three level unit with two bedroom two and one half baths. It has under unit parking plus two balconies plus a private gated rear garden and patio.  The listing Realtor describes this 1940 sq ft property this way:
"This three-story townhome at glamorous Casa Caselles has two balconies with ocean views and two balconies overlooking the lush and green nature preserve. The modern kitchen is light and bright and each spacious … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3800 Duck Avenue - Bank Owned - Key West - 08/14/14 07:08 AM

Buyers who are weary of the high priced houses in Key West may want to consider expanding their search criteria from Old Town to New Town; from totally prime to possibly sublime; from pricey per square foot to the least expensive house on a per square foot (or webbed foot) basis.  The Bank Owned house at 3800 Duck Avenue, Key West is offered for sale at just $364,000 or just $215 per square foot.

3800 Duck Avenue is located near the eastern end of the Island of Key West.  The house sits on a large fenced lot that measures … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1103 Fleming Street - Key West, Florida - 08/13/14 09:12 AM

A lot of potential buyers for homes in Key West seek a house that can be rented to help defray a part of the cost of home ownership.  A few years ago the City of Key West adopted a restrictive ordinance that limited the number homes that would qualify to receive a transient rental license which would permit daily or weekly rentals throughout the year. The conch house located at 1103 Fleming Street is one of the few single family homes in Old Town that has a transient rental license.  It is offered for sale at the asking price of … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1005 Watson #1 Key West, Florida - An Unexpected Alternative to a Single Family Home - 08/11/14 07:26 AM

The two photos above were taken about fifty years apart of the same house at 1005 Watson Street in Key West. I am often amazed at how different a property can look after it has been renovated. That is certainly the case for this one time single family home that is now a two unit condominium located in the south of Truman area of Old Town Key West.  The house first appeared in the 1899 Historic Sanborn Fire map as 105 Watson Street. The house number changed to 1005 Watson in the 1912 map.  The home was renovated in … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1709 Washington Street, Key West, Florida ~ Move-In Ready - 08/10/14 05:50 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1709 Washington Street which the listing Realtor describes this way:
"You will fall in love with this beautiful conch house located on Washington Street. From the wraparound porch to the the 16' ceilings, Dade County pine and stunning original crown molding, this house is full of historic character but also virtually brand new inside. The floors are wide plank Hickory and the roof, windows, kitchen and baths all brand new. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a master-suite and a guest … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 615 Southard Street - Key West - Dream a Little Dream - 08/08/14 06:48 AM

 So many people come to Key West and fall in love with this little town. They imagine how simple and wonderful their lives could be if only they could live here - someday.  Most people return to their jobs up north in America and go back to the daily grind. They plod along and do their jobs, go to their kids' school and sports events, practices, or whatever.  They go to meetings and drive in traffic for hours on end. But even if they live a simple life,  they probably close their eyes and envision owning a little place on … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Fleming Street #7 - Key West, Florida - 08/07/14 11:03 AM

If you are a single guy or gal with a de-cluttered lifestyle, the rear penthouse ("wink") at 812 Fleming Street #7 may just appeal to you. This compact 518 sq ft home offers the rich Dade County Pine walls, ceiling, and floor on the top floor of the Seafoam Condominium building. I have written about other units in previous blogs. All of those units faced Fleming Street and had balconies that overlook the gayest street in Key West. This unit is located on the rear side of the building and has a rear balcony that overlooks the pool.


gary thomas realtor: 1311 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida - 08/06/14 12:04 PM

1311 Catherine Street in Key West is a new listing that may appeal to buyers who are looking for an affordable house they can expand to create their little dream cottage. The listing Realtor, not me, describes the property thus:
"Location! Location! Location! Very nice address on Catherine Street. This Conch Cottage is quintessential Key West and ready for an easy, clean renovation. It has one bedroom as part of the home and an additional bedroom/guest quarters with a half bath connected by a short breezeway.A large concrete deck with a vine covered trellis on the East side is accessible … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Guesthouse For Sale - 1101 Southard Street, Key West - 08/04/14 12:42 PM

 The Frances Street Bottle Inn located in Old Town Key West is small boutique style guest house with eight rooms offered for sale at $2,575,000.  The listing broker describes the property this way:
"The Frances Street Bottle Inn is a well established guest house in the heart of old town Key West. The house has been lovingly restored and is a beautiful example of historic Key West architecture. There are eight lovely rooms, seven transient and one non-transient. In addition to the guest rooms there is a spacious lounge/dining room, an office/reception area and a wide porch where guests … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 808 South Street Unit#4, Key West, Fl - Bank Owned Condo - 08/01/14 06:57 AM

No matter whether you are a beach boy, party girl, loving couple, or just a single guy or gal looking for a nice home in a good location with a pool and private parking, the new Bank Owned condo at 808 South Street #4 in in the Casa Marina Area of Key West ought to appeal to you. This 640 Sq Ft one bedroom second floor condominium is offered at $375,000. The listing Realtor describes this Southpark Condominium this way:
"Enjoy a Bright, Airy, second-floor Southpark Condominium centrally located in the Casa Marina Neighborhood. This homes includes a heated … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Real Estate - 2014 Mid-Year Sales Report - 07/31/14 07:39 AM

I just did a quick review of single family home sales for Key West for the first half of 2014. I used the Key West mls database as the source for my report. If you have read a sales report in some other media, you may have seen different numbers. Our local mls runs from Key West up to Big Coppitt Key which is 11 miles from Key West and in my view has nothing to do with what happens in Key West real estate. I therefore eliminated all Big Coppitt sales from consideration.
The first half of any … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Price Reduction - 405 Olivia Street - Old Town Key West - 07/30/14 08:03 AM

"The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it."
                                                                                                                          Ernest Hemingway

I came to Key West in 1984 for a vacation. Town was much different back then. There were not nearly as many tourists, or cars, or motor scooters, or trolleys, or delivery trucks. Dogs could nap in the street.  More houses were broken than were fixed, especially in Old Town.  I remember walking back the guesthouse late one night after a night on Duval Street.  I passed under an old giant Mahogany tree … (0 comments)

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)

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