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)

gary thomas realtor: 911 United Street, Key West - Price Reduction on a Classy Move-in Ready Home - 02/27/15 05:32 AM

The asking price on 911 United Street in Key West was just reduced from $1,295,000 to $1,189,900. While this beautiful house looks like a classic Conch Revival, it was actually built new in 2000.  The listing Realtor describes the property as a:
"Meticulously maintained home on corner lot featuring open floor plan with sliders leading to the deck with covered outdoor area, heated pool and spa. Three bedrooms, two full, two half baths. Master and guest bedroom on the second floor ensuite. Large his and hers closets in master with ample storage in master bath. Master balcony accesses pool area … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1317 Elizabeth Street, Key West - An Old Town Buying Opportunity - 02/26/15 08:15 AM

Just listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1317 Elizabeth Street. The listing Realtor describes this 952 sq ft legal duplex this way:
"Duplex in old town located on a quaint street between United & South Streets, close to Duval, the beaches, restaurants. This ideal location also comes with off street parking and a nice yard. Could use some TLC but is currently rented. One unit in front & one at the rear. The front unit has a covered porch and small front & side yard plus parking. The back unit … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 307 Truman Avenue, Key West - 02/23/15 08:09 AM

If you are a buyer searching for a Key West house with a checklist that an three bedrooms, two baths, a pool, and parking, you need to checkout 307 Truman Avenue. CLICK HERE to view the Key West Association of Realtors mls datasheet on this 1280 sq ft house that sits in the shadows of the Historic Key West Lighthouse.

I searched the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found 406 Division Street on the 1889 Map. The street number on the 1892 Map was changed from 406 Division Street to 307 Division Street. Division Street later became Truman Avenue.  … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 826 Johnson Lane - Key West - 02/22/15 06:24 AM

One of the least expensive houses in Old Town is a potential candidate for renovation or possibly demolition and rebuilding. The listing Realtor, not me, describes 826 Johnson Lane, Key West this 1128 sq ft cottage style house this way:
"Renovation project in prime Old Town Key West location! This Old Town frame residence was built circa 1938 and is ready for a complete rehab. Nestled on a quiet lane near Truman Avenue and just blocks to famous Duval Street, this property is sited on a 116 foot deep lot and offers endless possibilities to create your dream home in … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1429 Johnson Street Key West - Freshly Renovated Residence - 02/20/15 06:56 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 1429 Johnson Street in Key West, Florida. This home has just received a sophisticated makeover. It is now ready for a new owner to take up permanent residence. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"Recently renovated, one level contemporary home on large corner lot completely walled for privacy. Bright and open floor plan. Vaulted ceiling in Master bedroom with adjacent sitting room/office. Luxurious Master bath. New kitchen with Bosch Appliances. Huge pool with waterfall and outdoor cabana. Cabana could be outdoor kitchen or turned into third bedroom as it is adjacent … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 720 Simonton Street (Rear), Key West, Florida - 02/19/15 07:00 AM

There's a little cottage located at the far end of a private lane located just south of the swank Gardens Hotel. The street address of this place is 720 Simonton Street (Rear). I dug into the old shoebox and found a photo taken half a century ago. The cottage sits at the rear of the deeded private. You'll probably recognize the contemporary house located next to the driveway. I found a photo of the old commercial building that occupied the same location years ago.

I found more photos of other surrounding houses that all appear to have been … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1009 Eaton Street, Historic Old Town Key West Conch Cottage - 02/17/15 06:24 AM

1009 Eaton Street is a  two bedroom/two bath Conch style home offered for sale by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing.  I found this home on the 1889 Sanborn Fire Map.  That would indicate it existed before 1889 when the map was drawn. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Historic Cigar Cottage in the heart of Old Town Key West with the Seaport and some of our best restaurants at your doorstep. Preserved Dade County walls throughout. Main level consists of a living room, dining room, kitchen and … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1314 Petronia Street Key West - Price Reduction - 02/16/15 07:03 AM

The asking price on 1314 Petronia Street located in the quiet Meadows Area of Key West was just reduced from $1034,950 to $995,000.  The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"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 entertainment. The master bedroom suite features vaulted ceilings, double French doors leading to a … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane - OPEN HOUSE TODAY - Key West - 02/15/15 04:00 AM

Sixty years ago President Dwight D. Eisenhower rode in a motorcade down Truman Avenue past the MARGARET-TRUMAN LAUNDERETTE which is still located there (at 900 Truman Avenue).  CLICK GOOGLE AERIAL VIEW of the location. Then look up just a bit. You will see little Johnson Lane that runs parallel to Truman for just one block between Windsor Lane and Packer Street.

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 stop by and see this wonderful Key West cottage.  The location … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1529 Von Phister St., Key West - Price Reduction - 02/14/15 03:48 AM

You'll be smiling too now that the asking price on one of the prettiest homes in all of Key West has been reduced. That's right, the asking price on 1529 Von Phister Street has just been reduced from $1,600,000 to $1,495,000. The listing Realtor describes this home this way:
"This historic home was completely restored and has been meticulously maintained. The beautiful curb appeal matches the interiors and will not disappoint. This stunning home offers heart pine floors, high ceilings, crown moldings, interesting architectural details and bright sunlit rooms. The living room, dining room, den and kitchen all flow … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1127 Von Phister Street, Key West - Won't You be My Neighbor? - 02/13/15 08:07 AM

Good Morning, Neighbor.  Won't you be my neighbor?  You can if you buy the new listing at 1127 Von Phister Street located in the Casa Marina Area of Key West.  I live just a few houses to the west where I have lived 20 years. Let me tell you about the house and later the neighborhood.

1127 Von Phister Street is a classic two-story double galleried home that sits behind a white picket fence and amid a lush tropical garden. A bubbling fountain welcomes your guests as they walk up the bricked path to … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1418 Leon Street - Elegant Key West Home - 02/12/15 10:13 AM

First time visitors to 1418 Leon Street in Key West will fall in love with the elegance and beauty of this pristine five bedroom home located just a couple of blocks away from the Atlantic Ocean. The front door opens into a formal entry with marble floor flanked by cherry wood floors, recessed lighting, crown molding, and French door that open out to the rear garden and pool.

Multiple sets of French doors in the open living area also open out to the covered lanai and pool. During this time of the year most Key Westers leave doors like … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1108 White Street, Key West, Fl - Investment Property - 02/11/15 10:30 AM

1108 White Street is a two story mixed-use building located on the White Street business corridor sometimes referred to as the Arts District. Even if you aren't all that familiar with Key West yet, you  surely have driven past this location before. Fausto's Grocery Store is located across the street. Sandy's is down the street.  Look closely at the photo, you'll see 1108 White reflected in the glass doorway 

I looked through the old shoebox and found a photo of the property as it appeared about fifty years ago. If  you compare the current facade in the color photo … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: "Cute but poor finishes - lipstick on a pig." - 02/09/15 07:10 AM

A couple of weeks ago I showed a recently renovated Key West house to a potential buyer. I showed the house before and knew what to expect.  While driving to the property I told the buyer I thought the owner/renovator had done a nice cosmetic makeover but warned her to look beyond the new kitchen and a slick paint job. The place looked great. When we were outside I pointed out rot in the eaves which was painted over. Then I directed her attention to a section of newly added siding that was applied just below historic siding which had … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1026 Von Phister Street, Key West, Fl - Casa Marina Area - 02/07/15 03:59 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 1026 Von Phister Street located in Key West. The listing Realtor describes this 2233 sq ft four bedroom, four bath Casa Marina Area home with guest cottage as a:
"Modern Traditional sprawling ranch home on a large corner lot in the much sort after Casa Marina. The interior flows to incorporate the massive outside living area, focusing on the 38'X 14' heated pool and outdoor kitchen with covered dining. There is a guest cottage with a breakfast kitchen and full bath that is situated just off the pool. The house boasts an … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West's Newest Beach... - 02/06/15 04:52 AM
A tourist recently captured a couple of photos of Key West's newest beach - The Fleming Street Beach located opposite the Monroe County Public Library.

If you would like to buy a place in Key West that has a pool and more privacy, contact me, Gary Thomas, 305-766-2642.  I am a buyers agent and a full time Realtor at Preferred Properties Key West. Let me help you find your place (with a pool!) in Paradise.


gary thomas realtor: 324 Whitehead Street, Key West, Florida - 02/05/15 09:17 AM

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 324 Whitehead Street in Key West this way:
"Historic Truman Annex Naval Officers home, circa 1906, featuring 5 bedrooms each with its own ensuite bathroom. Classic front double porches grace the facade of this home, one of the most grandiose in Old Town Key West. Home has been extensively restored to feature a chef's kitchen, formal sitting room, spacious dining area, media room, and guest cottage with large indoor/ outdoor living room not included in living square footage. Master suite boasts a sun-filled sitting room that serves as its entrance. Spacious guest rooms and … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1416 White Street, Key West - An Elegant Casa Marina Home - 02/04/15 09:58 AM

 Longtime readers of my little blog know that I live in the Casa Marina Area of Key West because I am  always writing about houses in this part of town. I lived in Old Town during the first two years I lived here. I enjoyed the convenience of being able to walk to everything. Then I moved to the Casa Marina where I have lived for nearly twenty years. I love living here because there are fewer people, fewer houses, larger lots, bigger skies, taller palms, and a myriad of other reasons. Today I am writing about 1416 White … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane - Key West - Open House - New Lower Price - 02/01/15 05:43 AM
New Lower Price!
Open House Today at 812 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 … (1 comments)

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