gary thomas realtor: 306 Peacon Lane - Old Town - Key West - 01/31/15 04:51 AM

The house at 306 Peacon Lane dates back to circa 1850.That makes this one of the older homes on the Island of Key West. The house was originally located in Peary Court and relocated to this location several generations ago. I checked the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned a smaller house existed at this address until at least 1899 because the present house appears on the 1912 map. The address itself appeared on earlier maps as 104 Grunt Bone Alley and later as 104 Grunt Bone Lane. The property was first identified as 306 Peacon Lane in the 1912 … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Where Have All the Houses Gone? - The Lack of Houses For Sale in Key West - 01/30/15 11:10 AM

I just returned to my desk after showing homes to a couple who are looking to purchase a home in Key West. I sat down at my desk and brought up my mls website. Eight properties went under contract since last night. I just checked the mls again and learned that we have 136 houses under contract of which 99 went under contract since January 1 of this year. Here's the kicker: 39 of the 99 went under contract during the past seven days. (Within thirty minutes of writing the above, another property went under contract. I did not change … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2601 South Roosevelt Blvd #609 A, Key West - Key West By the Sea - 01/29/15 06:17 AM


 I found an artist's conception of Key West by the Sea and knew it had to be the lead photo for today's blog about 2601 South Roosevelt Unit #609A. The front two buildings marked "A" and "B" were built in 1964. The "C" building was built in 1967.  Like any project built around fifty years ago, Key West By the Sea has changed a bit. The buildings are the same on the outside. There is a second pool in the courtyard behind the "A" building. The landscaping has matured, but it has not overgrown. The interior courtyard still has … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1308 Reynolds Street, Key West - Casa Marina Area - 01/28/15 03:13 AM


Just Listed by Preferred Properties, 1308 Reynolds Street. On the outside this home looks like so many of  the Conch Cottages that make up Old Town. But this home is actually located just five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in the tony section Casa Marina Area of Key West. And on the inside, it is not like any other Conch Cottage I've seen.


The front door opens into a center hallway which leads to the open living area at the rear. There is a smallish room with closet on the left side that could work as a … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 6 Pinder Lane, Key West - A Magical Secret Garden - 01/27/15 06:41 AM

Located in the Heart of Old Town but tucked away and hidden from view is this enchanting home and secret garden that once belonged to author Nancy Friday. The home seems to rise from the garden with a wrap-around-porch and broad deck that circles the nearby pool and spa. This very private home has three bedrooms and two baths including the treetop master bedroom with private bath. 

This is no ordinary "quintessential" Key West home. And the lot on which it is built is not just an ordinary lot. No, not by a long shot. Pinder Lane is a … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 927 United Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - 01/24/15 05:17 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West 927 United Street, Key West. This home was renovated and expanded a couple of years back and is now offered for sale at the asking price of $1,495,000.  It is a mix of old and new, charm and utility, pool and parking, and it looks great!

The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home this way:
"An exceptional property awaits you in Key West. Come experience an harmonious blend of historic craftsmanship and modern conveniences. Downstairs is a the master bedroom with luxurious en suite bath and two private covered porches. The … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Buy a Piece of Old Key West - 01/23/15 01:50 AM

If you have been thinking about buying a small house in Key West but have decided you have been priced out of the market, you might consider buying a much smaller place like the one above built by  Ronny Bailey.  You can do so at the 30th Annual Arts and Crafts show this Friday and Saturday between 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Whitehead Street between Fleming and Caroline Streets. CLICK HERE for more information on the show.
 
Ronny Bailey dropped by my office last week to show this new piece which is one of three he will be … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 526 Southard Street, Key West - Business For Sale - 01/22/15 06:53 AM

Okay, Dear Readers, you've toyed with the idea of leaving your hour long commutes to work and moving to Key West. You've wondered how you might make a living here that does not involve waiting tables, cleaning toilets in hotel rooms, ferrying tourists from Toledo around on Conch trains, or being a greeter at KMART or HOME DEPOT. Those are all good jobs and keep a lot of people here employed. Preferred Properties Key West just listed an alternative business that would be perfect for a single person to operate with the assistance of an occasional back-up staff person. That … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1221 Grinnell Street Unit No. A, Key West - Just Listed - 01/21/15 04:26 AM


Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that is where I work but this is not my listing, 1221 Grinnell Street Unit A. The listing Realtor describes this home thus:
"Bright spacious and clean! This rare three-bedroom, two and a half bath townhome in Grinnell Gardens has long windows on three walls for lots of sunlight. Both the front porch and second floor balcony overlook the shared swimming pool. French doors open from the dining room to the sunny private enclosed rear deck. The assigned parking space is right next to the rear deck gate which allows for private … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 221 Petronia Street, Key West, Florida - Bank Owned Buying Opportunity - 01/20/15 07:34 AM





I'll bet you have walked or driven by the new Bank Owned listing at 221 Petronia Street in Key West and thought something like "that could really be something if they fixed it up".  Well now is your opportunity to be the one that does the "fixing". This property is all sealed up and cannot be viewed because it has fire damage. If you look at the last two photos above you will see fire damage at the rear on both the first and second floors.
 
I checked the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Open Houses and Beyond! - 01/18/15 12:38 AM

Loyal Readers and Guests to Key West, if you are out and about today right after church or brunch, drop by an Open House at 1513 Pine Street and 812 Johnson Lane to see two of my listings.
 

 
1513 Pine Street   This Beautiful Home was built new in 2008 with Top-of-The-Line Materials and Craftsmanship. Features include Custom Solid Wood Cabinetry, Granite Counter-Tops, Deluxe Stainless Steel Appliances. 8 Ft Glass Doors open out to Beautifully Landscaped backyard with Heated Pool with Waterfall and Spa. Impressive Architectural Details throughout the house including 11 Ft Ceilings, Crown Molding, High Baseboards … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Something Big is Happening in Key West Real Estate - 01/17/15 05:38 AM

If you're one of those would-be buyers who spends too much "work time" sitting in front of your office monitor searching new listings or back-on-the-market listings on the Key West Association of Realtors mls website or scavenger sites like Zillow or Trulia, you may have noticed two separate phenomena.  First, many of the recent higher priced listings have gone under contract within a matter of days after being listed. Second, many of the listings that have seem to have been "one the market forever" have also recently gone under contract. I think we are going through another "I'm gonna get … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1320 Olivia Street, Key West - A New "Old" House - 01/15/15 07:52 AM

As a rule newly built houses in most parts of the United States pretty much go un-noticed but here in Key West new houses are the exception rather than the rule. 1320 Olivia Street is one of those exceptions - it is a two story 1242 sq ft home with two bedrooms, two and one-half baths, first and second floor porches that look out to the a little one-way street that traverses the quiet area of Key West known as The Meadows Area.

The great room plus the half-bath occupy the first floor of the house. The large open … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Projects of Key West - An Update - 01/14/15 04:23 AM

Four months have passed since I last wrote about the projects of Key West - the renovation of older homes and the construction of new homes that keep our little island a beehive of activity.  I guess you might call the renovation of our little homes a cottage industry, pun intended.  Some of the recent renovations are shaking up my belief system as to what our Historic Architectural Review Commission may allow. I'm not complaining. I just am not sure I always understand what gets approved and why while other projects do not get approved.
 
I wrote about the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1112 Varela Street, Key West - Old Town - 01/13/15 07:33 AM


Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1112 Varela Street in the South of Truman section of Old Town Key West.  A lot of would-be buyers may not realize there is more to Old Town than those few blocks between the Key West cemetery and Duval Street. There are more houses of the same approximate age and construction in the area South of Truman. Many of the streets have different names and this confuses both tourists and locals. The new listing on Varela Street would be Frances Street if … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 720 Washington Street - Key West - Casa Marina Area - 01/12/15 09:04 AM

 Just Listed by Preferrred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 720 Washington Street which is located in the Casa Marina Area.

 The listing Realtor describes this 2138 sq ft house this way:
"If you want to live in the best neighborhood in Key West, this is the perfect location in the exclusive Casa Marina area, its just 2 blocks from the ocean and public tennis courts. Built in 1985 and refined in 2002. This 4 bedroom 3 bath home sits prominently high up on the property. Cathedral ceilings and open floor plan … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 720 Simonton Street (rear) Key West, Florida - 01/10/15 08:53 AM

A few years ago I started to use the term "slow lanes of Key West" as a counterpoint to places up north in America where people live their lives in the fast lane. You know what I mean.  People who live lives driven by ambition and accumulation. People who buy things for show and blow. Down here hardly anything ever happens on a slow lane. Hardly anybody ever sees what's going on because most people here don't care what you "have" or what you "do" or how "rich" you are. And most people won't be driving their cars or riding … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 809 Eaton Street Key West - Bank Owned - Buying Opportunity - 01/08/15 06:25 AM

809 Eaton Street in Key West just became a Bank Owned Property. It is an historic house. It is a very large house with 6 bedrooms 5 1/2 baths, a pool, a guest cottage, two off street parking places, and an incredible street presence. It is priced beyond the means of most potential buyers. But it is an incredible buying opportunity for the buyer who wants to own a significant home in a great Old Town Key West location. It is offered for sale at $1,995,000.


The front section of the house stands three stories tall and appears … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2014 A Retrospective in Key West Real Estate - 01/07/15 01:02 PM
I previously wrote about my picks for the top 20 single family home sales in Key West for 2014. It occurred to me that it would be interesting to look back to see some of the properties that I wrote about in 2014 to see what happened to those properties.
 
January 14, 2014 - 1021 Washington Street, the Casa Marina Area of Key West

This property was re-listed by a different company this year after having been on the market for several years. It recently went under contract. I think this is one of the most beautiful homes in … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane - Open House Today - Key West - 01/04/15 03:11 AM
Open House Today at 826 Johnson Lane
 Key West, Florida
 
 


The main cottage has just been remodeled. It includes two bedrooms, travertine marble bath, new kitchen with wood cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances. All new floors, air conditioning, plus electric and plumbing. And don't forget the bricked off street parking up front.


 The rear cottage has just been updated and expanded with the addition of a bath and laundry room. There is an outdoor shower. A heated pool and sunny deck links the two cottages and will provide the new owner with … (4 comments)

 
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