gary thomas realtor: My Brother the Mummy - 10/31/14 06:22 AM

I grew up in the 1950's in a little suburb just west of Denver. I shared my bedroom with my big brother. I was ten and he was twelve years older than me. He was a handsome devil. Really. He had just come back after spending two years in the US Army. The first night he was back we went shopping for a new car. He bought a brand new blue and white 1956 Oldsmobile convertible. He was a snappy dresser who had blue suede shoes, a couple of cool sport coats, a worsted wool overcoat, lots of nice short … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1424 Grinnell Street Key West - Sophisticated Mid-Century Renovation - 10/30/14 05:10 AM

1424 Grinnell Street is located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West. This bedroom community is a stone's throw from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The Casa Marina Resort is a short two block walk to the west. Two great ocean front restaurants (Salute on the Beach and Louie's Backyard) are located within a five minute walk.  The madness of Old Town is within easy biking distance for those times you want to break bread with tourists or attend a play at the Waterfront Playhouse or the Red Barn Theater. The area is not without its ties to old … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Simonton Street, Key West - Transient Licensed - 10/27/14 08:21 AM

Just Listed 812 Simonton Street in Old Town Key West. This new listing is offered as either a single, stand alone one bedroom cottage in the rear with a valuable transient rental license or as two building investment property with a total of four units, two of which have transient rental licenses.


I found a couple of old photos taken fifty years ago that show the front house and rear cottage that make up this property. Even back then it appears the original wood front porch was removed and a cinder block addition added to provide a bit … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1311 Petronia Street, Key West, Florida - 10/24/14 11:17 AM

Just Listed by referred Properties (that's where I work but this is not my listing) 1311 Petronia Street which is located in the Meadows Area of Key West. The listing Realtor describes this 1272 sq ft property as
"Property is presently set up for 3 rental units and a bonus unit in the back for owner or caretaker. Could easily be converted back to a single family home. Has had some remodeling and updates. Great quiet neighborhood with ample on street parking."
I looked through my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 that shows this property when … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1723 Bahama Drive - Key West - 10/23/14 12:06 PM

1723 Bahama Drive is located at the easternmost edge on the Isle of Key West. This three bedroom, two bath home is as clean as a whistle and ready for a new owner to move into.  The listing Realtor describes the home as...
"Bright and airy 3/2 family home, on one level with a very large pool. Open living/dining area lead to a covered lanai, outdoor kitchen and a cabana with a shower off the pool. Outstanding landscaping both in the front and back, designed by one of Key West leading landscape architects. This home has no record of flooding … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 3800 Duck Avenue - Key West - Bank Owned at New Lower Price - 10/22/14 06:44 AM

Buyers who are weary of the high priced houses in Key West should consider expanding their search criteria from Old Town to New Town; from totally prime to fixer-upper; 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 now offered for sale at just $328,500 or only $194.62 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 49' X … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1314 Petronia Street, Key West - The Meadows Area - 10/17/14 09:29 AM

The new listing at 1314 Petronia Street located in the Meadows Area of Key West is not the typical cottage most of my readers are looking to buy. But maybe it should be. Consider the features of this new property as describe by the listing Realtor:
"This vibrant, avant-garde 2 bed 2 bath masterpiece, embodies the elegant, tropical indoor/outdoor living for which Key West is famous. Glass sliders disappear, uniting the living room with the poolside, covered outdoor dining area and stunning stainless steel wet bar. The stylish kitchen features gas cooking, granite counter-tops, and ample space for prep and … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 626 William Street, Key West, Florida - 10/16/14 10:34 AM

626 William Street, Key West, is now offered for sale at the asking price of $2,950,000.  This home is one of fifteen Key West properties that Broadway impresario Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello Dolly, and La Cage aux Folles) and his former partner Marty Finkelstein renovated.

Before I started to write today's blog I decided to do a bit or research about Herman. He and his partner flew to the Florida Keys for a weekend in 1984. They met up with a local Realtor who showed them two nearly identical houses in the 700 block of Fleming Street across from … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1109 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida - Bank Owned - 10/15/14 11:18 AM


The Just Listed Bank Owned property at 1109 Fleming Street in Key West is certainly something to cheer about. This Old Town home dates back to before 1889 when it first appeared in the historic Sanborn Fire Map for that year when the property was identified as 416 Fleming Street instead of 1109 Fleming.  The numbers were changed in the 1899 map. The facade of the house today looks quite similar to the way it did back in 1965 when the black and white photo below was taken. Thank goodness for our Historic Architectural Review Commission and the Guidelines … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1513 Pine Street - Key West, Florida - 10/14/14 08:04 AM


I just listed 1513 Pine Street in Key West. While this stunning home may look old, it is anything but old. Every detail of this recently constructed home at The Meadows of Key West is done with style, function, and cost-saving ownership in mind.  The home was built new in 2008 and offers 1717 sq ft of luxurious living set behind a white picket fence on a street of beautiful homes.  The area is a mix of historic old homes as well as the eight homes built by the developer of The Meadows. The Garrison Bight Marina is just … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane, Key West - Columbus Day OPEN HOUSE - 10/11/14 04:58 AM

812 Johnson Lane is located  within easy walking distance to Duval Street - just three blocks to the west and within few minute walk to the historic Key West Seaport located six blocks to the north. Most of the gyms and many of the yoga studios are located within easy walking distance as well. This convenient location ought to make this freshly renovated home a perfect Key West vacation rental property. Notice the bricked off street parking large enough for two cars. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this home.

The main house pictured above … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 717 White Street, Key West, Florida - 10/10/14 07:46 AM

 Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 717 White Street.  This mid-century property is a single story single family home that sits on a 3168 sq ft lot (36' X 88') at the corner of White at Newton Street. The existing 1535 sq ft house has two bedrooms, two baths, a Pullmanesque kitchen, additional storage room, a private outdoor courtyard, and enclosed front porch that currently is used as an office.

This property is located across the street from former military housing that date back to the Civil War.  … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 530 Catherine Street, Key West - A Success Story - 10/09/14 11:08 AM


 I am forever telling potential buyers that are looking for a "fixer-upper" to forget what the inside looks like and not to fixate on the negative issues of the exterior. I tell them that they are buying boxes that will get torn apart and rebuilt. If they come up with a good design by themselves or if they hire a good architect or designer and if they select the right contractor, they can create the house of their dreams. The freshly completed renovation and expansion of 530 Catherine Street is a perfect example of a quality renovation.


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gary thomas realtor: 1600 Sirugo Avenue, Key West Development Parcel - 10/07/14 10:16 AM

If you have been looking for a perfect place to build a major new residence in Key West free of restrictions from restrictions imposed in our Old Town area, may I offer for your consideration 1600 Sirugo Avenue - just one block north of the Higg's Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  


The grounds were designed by Raymond Jungles Design. The garden as currently configured includes an allee of specimen palms on either side of the interior lawn. The ten foot waterfall and pool anchor this portion of the lot. Just out of sight is an equally large terrace … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Small World of Ronny Bailey - Key West Folk Artist - 10/06/14 12:19 PM

 Have you ever wondered what the history and architecture of Key West looks like through the eyes of a native?  Ronny Bailey, a 5th generation Conch, recreates local landmarks and houses from locally salvaged materials and adds whimsical details that help bring old Key West to life.

If you are in Key West of Friday, October 10th you are invited to the Opening reception at the Key West Customs House, 281 Front Street at 6:00 PM. The exhibit will run through February 4, 2015.

 
I have written about Ronny Bailey in several blogs. You gotta see his … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 44 Kingfisher Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Home - 10/04/14 04:18 AM



Just Listed - 44 Kingfisher Lane, Key West.  This 780 sq ft two story cottage two bedroom cottage is ready for immediate occupancy.  This BANK OWNED property surprised me with all of the upgrades it has including first floor travertine marble floors, crown molding, and custom cabinets in the kitchen and living room. There are new impact wind resistant windows throughout the house. The exterior Hardiboard siding helps make this a home-safe-home and a place that will be less expensive to insure year over year.  Whats-more the house is nestled away at the far back side of the … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 414 Louisa Street, Key West - Old Town - 10/03/14 06:22 AM

414 Louisa Street is a totally renovated cigar maker's cottage that has been lovingly renovated by the current owners who added lots of personal touches to make this a home sweet home. I wrote about this property late last year soon after it was listed for sale. I showed the house a couple of days ago and decided it was time to give this place an updated blog in light of other recent sales in the same block.

 Upon arrival you will notice the house has off street parking and inviting front porch that sits behind a white picket … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1724 Rose Street, Key West, Florida - 10/02/14 08:28 AM

The listing Realtor describes aptly describes 1724 Rose Street in Key West this way:
"Opportunity knocks! This home sits on a very large corner lot near the beaches & White Street Pier. The house needs work but has a great floor plan that opens to the spacious, private rear yard. There is an open floor plan with the kitchen, Florida room & dining room all opening to each other and to the outdoors. The master bedroom en suite also opens to the outdoors. Two more guest rooms share a bath. There is a lot of space inside and out on … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 216 Eneas Lane - Key West, Florida - 09/27/14 07:33 AM


Just Listed, but not by me, 216 Eneas Lane in Old Town Key West.  If you are unfamiliar with the location, you probably have driven near it many times on your trips to Key West and just never knew that there were houses down the little lane that is only 25 feet wide. The lane is located midway between Duval Street to the east and Whitehead Street to the west. The lane runs about 200 feet  to the north of Truman Avenue. CLICK GOOGLE MAP for aerial and street views. I dug down into my old shoebox and found … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 712 Love Lane, Key West - Short Sale - 09/26/14 11:03 AM

If you have been waiting to find that perfect place that you can tinker with just a bit to make it fit your personal needs, I offer for your consideration one of the prettiest properties in Old Town Key West - 712 Love Lane.  This property is back on the market.  It is now offered as a Short Sale at the asking price of $995,000.
 
The listing broker describes this hidden gem this way:
"One of the island's best kept secrets. This 4/3 triple saw tooth shotgun proved inspirational to many. Harry Roberts was the model for Harry Morgan … (1 comments)

 
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