gary thomas realtor: 812 Windsor Lane - Sitting Pretty in Old Town Key West - 04/23/15 06:40 AM

The simple home at 812 Windsor Lane in Key West did not always look so neat and proper.  I remember driving past that house several years ago on repeated occasions when someone would ask "How much is that house"?  I would always respond "It's not for sale" to which they would reply something like "We'll I want to buy it when it is for sale." The house looked pretty rundown back then. The front yard was over-grown. The place looked like it had been abandoned. But then in 2008 the family who had owned this house since it was first built … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1111 Packer Street, Key West, Florida - 04/22/15 09:21 AM

 The newly listed home at 1111 Packer Street will appeal to a buyer who is looking for an eventual retirement home in Key West but who wants a place that can be used as a vacation rental to help reduce purchase and maintenance costs. This home has been thoughtfully renovated and has all the attributes that make it very desirable both as a place to live and also a place to spend a vacation. 
I looked around in my old shoebox and found the black and white photo above which shows 1111 Packer Street fifty years ago. If you compare that photo … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 617 Ashe Street, Key West, Florida - 04/21/15 10:25 AM

I know I'm not the only person who upon arrival in Key West the very first time was amazed at the number of incredible old homes packed together in the Old Town area. I walked the streets up and down and back and forth looking at the  houses. I took pictures of the places I thought were amazing as if to build my dream book of places I would like to live someday. I took pictures of forlorn places thinking they could be fixed up and made right. Key West back then was much different than it is today: there were … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2312 North Roosevelt Blvd. Key West - Deveopment Opportunity! - 04/19/15 06:38 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties - 2312 North Roosevelt Boulevard in Key West, Florida. This nearly 20,000 sq ft lot irregularly shaped rectangle (102' X 194') frontage on US 1 as it makes its way into the Old Town corridor. It is located opposite the Key West Yacht Club.

I dug into my old shoebox and found an aerial photo from the not too distant pass taken by Ty Symroski and Wendy Tucker.  I have added arrows to point out the location of 2312 N. Roosevelt which is shown just opposite the Yacht Club. The small Hilton Haven enclave is located on … (3 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 2645 Gulfview Drive, Key West Waterfront Property - 04/18/15 04:49 AM

2645 Gulfview Drive is a smart looking 1600 square foot home located at Gulfview Point (formerly Roosevelt Annex) in Key West where each of the 25 single-family homes and town homes  are located on the water and sited for exquisite views of the setting sun over the Gulf of Mexico. Gulfpoint Annex continues to be an exclusive community with a neighborhood of homes surrounded by water on three sides.  This is the only place of this kind in Key West! Click GOOGLE MAP for an aerial perspective of the property and its relationship to the water.
This development was built by Pritam … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1309 Eliza Street, Key West, Florida - 04/17/15 08:46 AM

1309 Eliza Street is located in the Arts District in Key West, Florida. The owner of this pretty little house invited me over to take some photos of the house which I am pleased to share with you today. CLICK HERE to view all the photos I took which show the house, rooms, and yard from varying views.

 I found a "before" photo taken of the property back in 1965. If you compare it to the color photo above you will see the only significant difference is that the galvanized chain link fence has been replaced by a wood picket fence and … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: Key West Oceanfront Luxury - 20 Sunset Key Drive - 04/16/15 10:08 AM

20 Sunset Key Drive is located on Sunset Key, a private island just a five minute boat ride from Key West. The guest cottage, above, looks somewhat similar to some of the cute little cottages that you might find in Old Town Key West. That's where the similarity stops because this place is a show stopper. The cottage isn't little and it is only a small part of  a much larger manse with the very best oceanfront location on the island. A pergola connects the cottage with the main house. The pool and spa are on the west. The luxuriant garden … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1317 Elizabeth Street, Key West - Dynamite Location - 04/15/15 08:58 AM

Buyers looking to purchase a Key West property that they could renovate, add a pool, and have off street parking with a dynamite location in Old Town ought to consider the house at 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 … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 10 Spoonbill Way, Key West - It's a Wonderful Life - 04/13/15 06:04 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 10 Spoonbill Way, Key West, Florida. This 1624 sq ft home that is located in the Key West Golf Club Community is probably the best priced home in all of Key West as I write this blog.  Read on, Dear Reader, and I'll tell you how I arrived at that conclusion.
Every time I enter the golf club and start to drive down Golf Club Drive I just start to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. There is not one straight street in the place. Each of the roads winds around a bit. Each of the houses … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 818 Carsten Lane, Key West, Florida - 04/12/15 07:19 AM

They don't make Key West cottages any cuter or more perfect than 818 Carsten Lane.  If they did or if they could, everybody would own one. But they don't.  Some places are so special that there is only one. And this is that one!
I found an old photo of 818 Carsten Lane taken fifty years ago. The house was dramatically updated a few years ago. Today the place is picture perfect down to the replica mailbox out front that greets guests as they approach this smart two bedroom two bath cottage style home. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this home … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 846 Olivia Street, Key West - Old Town - 04/10/15 07:06 AM

The listing Realtor describes the house at 846 Olivia Street as:
"Unique property located on beautifully landscaped corner lot in the heart of Old Town. Built in 1908, this original tobacco barn boasts 3 bedrooms/3 full baths. Enter through the hand carved Brazilian mahogany door into a 20 x 30' great room with 9 ft ceilings, crown molding and Dade County Pine. 1st floor pantry with sink and entrances on both Olivia & Packer with large porches & plans in place to connect the two. Fenced yard with a bricked area for bikes, scooters, grill & 1 Off Street Parking Space. An … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1019 Elgin Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Fixer-Upper - 04/08/15 12:32 PM

Just Listed 1019 Elgin Lane Key West. This is a Bank Owned property located in a desirable Old Town location near the Historic Seaport. 
I searched the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and found this house shown on the 1889 map (when it was then designated as 909 1/2). Hidalgo Lane was the name of the two block long "alley" that runs from White Street to Grinnell Street. That name was later changed to Elgin Lane. Today most of the homes on the lane have been updated. This is a property where a renovation of sorts was started but that was abandoned some … (1 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 1010 - 1012 Olivia Street, Key West - The Beginning of the End - 04/07/15 01:38 PM

Local folk artist Ronnie Bailey stopped by my office last week to show me (and my Dear Readers) his latest work a special commission of the two houses at 1010 and 1012 Olivia Street in Key West.  The owner of these houses wanted to capture the essence of these houses as they now exist because like much of old Key West, they are about to get renovated. I took a lot of photos of Ronnie's art which you can see if you CLICK HERE.

If you look carefully you will seethe word "peace" printed on the wood floor in the photo above.  … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 24 Arbutus Drive, Key West - Bank Owned Home on the Water - 04/06/15 09:14 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, is a Bank Owned home located at 24 Arbutus Drive in Key West, Florida. This 1832 sq ft home was built in 1964 which sits on a 6,000 sq ft (60' X 100') canal lot in the Key West suburb known as Key Haven.  I found an aerial photo taken by Cory McDonald in 1968 to which I have add an arrow to point out this house. More telling in the photo is the relative newness of all of the houses located there and the lack of trees.

I found the aerial photo … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 812 Johnson Lane - Key West - Easter Sunday Open House - 04/05/15 04:35 AM

If you are in Key West and are out and about this Easter Sunday 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. This home will be visible to all between 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

812 Johnson Lane is 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 … (2 comments)

gary thomas realtor: The Long Ago Good Friday - 04/03/15 06:58 AM
Good Friday fell on April 19th in the year 1957. It was the Good Friday I will never forget. i was ten years old. My dad arrived home late that night and walked in the front door with a box in his hands. He said something like "Son come here." He called me "son" a lot. I wonder if other guys who grew up in the 1950s got called "son" as well.
I approached him and looked inside the box not having any suspicion of what might be in there. Four years … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 800 Fleming Street Unit B-2 - The William Fleming House - Key West - 03/31/15 08:27 AM

The above photo of the William Fleming House located at 800 Fleming Street in Old Town Key West was taken in 1986. You can see a klieg light in the foreground. The movie Russkies was filmed in Key West in late 1986. A lot of locals got to be a part of the production crew in that film. The photos below show the building in earlier years that lead up to the conversion of the mercantile building when it was converted into condominiums. As you look at the old photos you see that the building w as brick clad. During … (0 comments)

gary thomas realtor: 225 Petronia Street, Key West - Investment Property - 03/30/15 05:57 AM

Just listed - 225 Petronia Street. This commercial/residential  property is located two blocks west of Duval Street at the corner of Thomas Street in Key West. The listing Realtor describes the property this way:
"Fantastic potential for this large property in Bahama Village. One of the premier commercial locations in the area. Across from Blue Heaven, La Creperie and Johnson's Grocery; just hard to find a better location on what is proposed to be the entrance street to the waterfront at Truman annex."

I looked in my old shoebox and found a photo of this same building … (1 comments)

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. … (1 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 … (5 comments)

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