gary thomas realtor: SUPERMAN and Me - 09/13/14 04:40 AM
Awhile back a reader posted a couple of comments about me being just a 'salesman'. He or she noted there is nothing wrong about being a salesman, but that reader thought my 'job' is pretty much like being a sales clerk in a store. No more, no less. Later in response to another comment on another blog I posted a pic of a snappily dressed salesman with the notation 'not Gary Thomas'  as if to disprove that I am a salesman.
 
A few years ago a couple I sold a house to invited me to dinner at the Cafe Marquesa … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2649 Gulfview Drive - Key West Waterfront Living - 09/10/14 11:47 AM

Yours truly just listed 2649 Gulfview Drive in Key West, Florida  I have written before about the scarcity of homes that actually have waterfront views on our little island. This home is one of the few homes on the isle of Key West with a waterfront view from the first and second floor rear porches. The home sits at the far end of the private drive in the gated Gulfview Pointe community also known as Roosevelt Annex. The setting, Dear Readers, is park-like. The grounds are meticulously maintained.

 The planned community is situated on the former site of the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 809 Eaton Street - Key West - Short Sale of Significant Importance - 09/08/14 07:58 AM

 
809 Eaton Street in Key West is now offered as a Short Sale at the asking price of $2,295,000. That's a lotta money! But this is a lotta house!  The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Classic 1800's Old Town property which is a combination of the Henry Lowe House and the Samuel Kemp House, built in 1840. This 5 bedroom / 4.5 bath 3 story home with 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom guest cottage has all the amenities you're looking for! This historic home offers a spacious living area with large open kitchen which is great for … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Not Available in Key West! - 09/07/14 08:20 AM
 
I watched an episode of Vacation House for Free on HGTV yesterday afternoon. It was filmed at Marco Island, Florida earlier this year.  I was immediately skeptical of the show's premise because there are very few things in life that are free. I had never seen the show's host Matt Blashaw before so I knew nothing about him. Even with my preconceived skepticism, I was immediately taken by Matt's good looks, exuberance, and charm. 
 
As I watched I said to myself this guy is doing kinda what I do in my blog when I write about what a potential … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 920 Pohalski Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Property - 09/05/14 10:23 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 920 Pohalski Lane in Old Town Key West. There's truly good reason to jump for joy on this listing because this architect designed home offers designer features at an affordable price - $494,025.  This Bank Owned property was renovated and expanded around 000000. Today the house has 920 sq ft of living space divided between the first and second floors. The house sits on a good sized lot of 1925 sq ft (55' X 35'). There is off street parking in front, a large decked rear yard, and a side side yard on the … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 526 William Street #4 - Old Town - Key West - 09/04/14 06:58 AM

 
Old Town Key West is known for its beautiful old homes. What was once called Delancey Hall at 526 William Street is one of the prettiest of the old girls. The building was thoroughly renovated and  converted into five condominiums back in 2001.
 

Delancey Hall is one of the very best renovations I have seen in Key West. The quality of the workmanship and the superior interior finishes look as good today as they did thirteen years ago when the original renovation was completed. Each Delancey Hall unit was built to high quality standards. Unit #4 located … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1310 Newton Street - Key West - The Meadows Area - 09/02/14 11:32 AM

The listing Realtor describes 1310 Newton Street as
"Charming turn-key house in the popular Meadows neighborhood was fully renovated in 2004 from the supporting piers up to the roof. Home is bright and modern with great use of space. Detached 100 s.f. accessory building in the back yard has been used as an artist studio with power and water and is ready for new owner to customize."
I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West to see if I could determine the approximate age of the house. The house first appeared on the 1892 map where it was … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1403 Olivia Street, Key West, Florida - 08/31/14 06:30 AM

 There is something about a simple Conch House that brings most people down from their lofty perches to appreciate everyday life in Key West.
 
The listing agent describes 1403 Olivia Street as "This charming home is a very traditional Conch house and located in a fabulous neighborhood. The home has been well maintained by the current owner with much Dade County pine, original stair case, and wood floors. The homes is set back slightly from the street with an inviting front porch that overlooks a colorful garden. The rear yard is fenced with a garden shed, and decking."
 
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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)

 
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