gary thomas realtor: 1201 Pearl Street, Key West - Bank Owned - 03/29/15 11:54 AM

The newly listed Bank Owned property at 1201 Pearl Street in Key West will surely attract a lot of attention and for good reason.  The house was updated about 20 years ago when the interiors were remodeled, kitchen and baths updated, and pool added. There is off street parking for two cars. And it is located near schools and Bayview Park. Asking just $480,000.

 
I found 1201 Pearl Street on the 1912 Sanborn Fire Map for Key West. The prior additions neglected this area. That means the house existed as of 1912 but could have built much earlier. … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: OPEN HOUSE TODAY - 812 Johnson Ln Key West - 03/29/15 07:18 AM

If you are in Key West and are out and about today after church or after brunch, stop by my Open House at 812 Johnson Lane in Old Town Key West. I have put a GOOGLE MAP just below so that you can find me. The home will be open 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

812 Johnson Lane is actually located three blocks from Duval Street and about one-half block north of Truman Avenue on a single block that begins at Windsor Lane and ends at Packer Street. Most of the cottage style houses on this block date back to … (4 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1501 Truman Avenue, Key West - Transient Licensed Property - 03/28/15 08:38 AM

Sometimes we need to look backward to see forward. That's the case for the investment opportunity located at 1501 Truman Avenue in Key West. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this listing as a:
"Great Investment Opportunity. High Visibility On Truman Ave. 4 Units Each With Full Kitchen And Private Bath. Transient Licenses, Pool And Off Street Parking For Two Cars.Original Structure Has Dade County Pine.Needs Tlc,Being Sold As Is."

 
I recently took some photos for a potentially interested buyer which you can see if you CLICK HERE. I used the pocket camera and the pics are not … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 413 Virginia St., Key West, Florida - 03/26/15 09:18 AM

A buyer looking for a renovation project in Key West may want to consider the recently listed house located at 413 Virginia Street. The property is listed in the Key West mls as "413-415 Virginia Street". You'll quickly notice that there is only one house, the one with the numbers 413. The other house was razed years ago and is now vacant space. I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found 413 Virginia (previously numbered 203) and 415 Virginia (previously numbered 205) on the 1889 map.  Then I looked through my old shoe box and found photos of each … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2601 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Unit 306A - Key West By the Sea Ocean View Condominium - 03/25/15 06:50 AM

Some pretty sharp buyer is going to snatch-up Unit 306A at Key West By the Sea that is priced to sell at just $439,000. The listing agent describes this 960 sq ft third floor in the A Building located only one unit from the front this way:
"OCEAN and pool views from the living room and balcony of this third floor two bedroom apartment. Unfurnished. Right on Smathers Beach, the main beach in the Florida Keys. Eight acres of lushly landscaped grounds, two pools (one heated), two tens courts, low density, no transient rentals, gated community. Very strong concrete block … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 615 Angela Street, Key West - The One You Have Been Waiting For! - 03/24/15 04:48 AM

Every now and then I get a phone call, an email, and even a personal visit (usually at an open house) from loyal readers of my little blog. Most are people who have a dream of someday owning a place in Key West. Many of my readers are people of normal means. They work 9:00 to 5:00 jobs and spend a part of workday doing what their company pays them to do and sometimes do a little internet cheating by keeping track of new listings that pop up on Zillow or other real estate search engines that they monitor throughout … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane, Key West - Two Houses, One Price! - 03/22/15 02:27 AM

If you are in Key West and are out and about today after church or after brunch, stop by my Open House at 812 Johnson Lane in Old Town Key West. I have put a GOOGLE MAP just below so that you can find me. The home will be open 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

812 Johnson Lane is actually located three blocks from Duval Street and about one-half block north of Truman Avenue on a single block that begins at Windsor Lane and ends at Packer Street. Most of the cottage style houses on this block date back to … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 210 Olivia Street, Key West, Florida - 03/20/15 12:14 PM

The listing agent, not me, describes the newly listed property at 210 Olivia Street in Key West this way:
"Renovation project on a double lot with accessory building, carport and plenty of off street parking. Main house 2/1 with additional 1/1 cottage. Inviting conch cottage with a great front porch and tons of Key West charm. The right buyer could really make this a spectacular home. Room for master bedroom addition and pool. Just a few blocks to Ft. Zachary beach and Duval St."
 


I poked around in the old shoebox and found a black and white … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1211 Duncan Street, Key West - Bank Owned! - 03/19/15 07:16 AM

There is a new Bank Owned home located at 1211 Duncan Street in Key West that bargain hunters will surely pounce on.  It has an affordable price tag for our town, just $424,700. It is in basic move-in condition, but it has room for improvement which will make it not only a better house down the road but also a more valuable home for eventual resale.
I dug not too far down into my old shoebox and found a black and white photo of the house taken fifty years ago. I took another from a similar location yesterday. The neighborhood … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: WHAT A BUNCH OF CLOWNS! - 03/17/15 07:50 AM

This is a true story.
 
Once upon a time in a year not far ago I represented a buyer that had a contract to purchase a Bank Owned cottage in Old Town Key West. As is the case in most bank owned real estate transactions, the bank hired a closing agent out of the area to "close" the transaction. A closing agent can be a title company or in some instances it may be a law firm. In this particular instance the out of area bank owner engaged a lawyer located far away from Key West to close this … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Open House - 812 Johnson Ln, Key West Florida - 03/15/15 03:19 AM

If you are in Key West and are out and about today after church or after brunch, stop by my Open House at 812 Johnson Lane in Old Town Key West. I have put a GOOGLE MAP just below so that you can find me. The home will be open 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

812 Johnson Lane is actually located three blocks from Duval Street and about one-half block north of Truman Avenue on a single block that begins at Windsor Lane and ends at Packer Street. Most of the cottage style houses on this block date back to … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1430 Albury Street, Key West - Build Your Dream House Here - 03/14/15 05:04 AM


Just Listed by yours truly, 1430 Albury Street in the quiet Meadows Area of Old Town Key West. I wrote about this location a couple of years ago when there was a CBS house located here. Back then the address was 901 Pearl Street. The owners took down the old house, cleared the lot, and added the nice tall white picket fence shown below.
 




The owner in collaboration with architect Carlos Rojas designed a two story 'Conch' Style home with about 1900 sq ft of living space on a 50' X 70' (3500 sq … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1516 Duncombe Street, Key West - Bank Owned - 03/12/15 02:51 AM

The banner photo above was taken about sixty years ago in front of the old Key West High School at 1300 White Street. The new high school coincidentally is located across the street from the house that is the subject of today's blog - 1516 Dumcombe Street. The listing Realtor describes this Bank Owned property this way:
"This three bedroom home features tiled floors throughout, updated kitchen with granite counters and SS appliances. Large family room, utility room and a fully fenced yard. Great location, walking distance to shopping and beaches."
 

 
1516 Duncombe Street is a 1247 … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 820 Carsten Lane, Key West - An Old Town Suprise - 03/11/15 03:33 AM

When I started this blog eight years ago I realized that one of the things that draws people to Key West is the simple way we spend our lives. If you watch any of those reality tv shows about million dollar listings in Beverly Hills or New York you get to see houses for people that live the fast life, the showy life, the I'm very important life. While I amdit I watch those shows, I don't aspire to live in those places. Life in the slow lane is fine with me.

Just listed, but not by me, is … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1405 Washington Street, Key West Florida - 03/09/15 08:45 AM

I dug down inside the old shoebox and found a photo of 1405 Washington Street that was taken in 1980 after the house was moved from its original location on Simonton Street. You can tell from the outset that the roof was replaced and a dormer added in front. A new addition was added to the rear of the property which today gives the current house1574 sq ft of living space. The house sits on a 53' X 94' lot (4945 sq ft) lot on a great street just a couple of blocks east of White Street and six blocks … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Ln, Key West - Come On-A My Open House - 03/08/15 05:20 AM


I am holding an OPEN HOUSE today between 12:00 to 2:00 at 812 Johnson Lane and I would love for my Dear Readers and tourists alike to come up and see me and this wonderful Key West cottage.  The location is near perfect - a quiet little lane located three blocks from Duval Street and three to four blocks from most of the gyms and yoga studios in Key West. A buyer who is looking for a quiet location near the action but not so close to be bothered by the noise will love this place.

812 Johnson … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1434 Virginia Street, Key West - Bank Owned - 03/07/15 07:57 AM


Just Listed, but not by me, 1434 Virginia Street which is located across the street from beautiful Bayview Park in Key West. Buyers who are looking for a "project house" or "renovation project" or a "flipper" ought to take a look at this very large property. The listing Realtor describes this Bank Owned property:
"A lovely, large, stately home with good bones, lots of Dade County Pine and Key West character. 2 off street parking spaces are a BIG plus. City records show it as 2 units but will make a very nice, large single family home. It has … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 304 Julia Street, Key West, Florida - 03/05/15 08:14 AM

I graduated from high school fifty years ago, the same year the two black and white photos below were taken of 304 Julia Street in Key West. The color photo above shows 304 Julia Street today. When I compared the color to the black and white photos I was a bit doubtful (being the Thomas that I am) that the black and white photos were of the same house. But then I remembered I had found another photo that showed the side of the 304 Julia Street also taken in 1965. I added that photo to my blog about 1017 … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2412 Linda Avenue, Key West - La Belle Vue Cottage - 03/02/15 06:13 AM

The listing agent of 2412 Linda Avenue invited me to stop by and take a couple of photos of this new listing for use in my blog. 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. Today's blog is a short narrative with photos I took and listing photos. I must tell you from the outset that I was so amazed by what I found. It truly is a La Belle Vue Cottage!
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gary thomas realtor: Don't Buy a House in Key West from a Mr. POTATO HEAD! - 02/28/15 04:55 AM

One of the very best Christmas gifts I ever received was given to me by my big sister back in the early 1950's - it was a Mr. POTATO HEAD. Unlike the Mr. Potato Head OF today, you needed a real potato to make this toy work. Today's version is made out of plastic and to me that is just wrong.
 
The thing I liked about Mr. Potato Head was that I could make him become whoever I wanted him to be. He could look happy, for sure. But I could put his ears or nose in a funny … (1 comments)

 
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