key west: Merry Christmas from Key West 2014 - 12/25/14 04:12 AM


key west: 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)

key west: 1616 Atlantic Boulevard #2 - Key West - Casa Caselles Ocean Front Town Home - 05/09/14 10:50 AM


Casa Caselles is a town home community of just twenty ocean front units.  1616 Atlantic Boulevard Unit No. 2 is a three level unit two bedroom two and one half bath unit with two balconies and a private gated rear garden.  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 bedroom has a walk-in closet and a sleek well-appointed bath. There is covered … (1 comments)

key west: 923 Eaton Street - Key West - 05/07/14 03:26 AM

New to the market after a recent update is 923 Eaton Street in Key West, Florida. This home and the house next door at 921 Eaton Street are the embodiment quintessential Key West cottage style architecture. In fact, the house at 921 Eaton Street was the the cover photo for Alex Caemmerer's The Houses of Key West. Caemmerer wrote "What particularly impressed me at that time, although many of these houses were small and owned by people of modest means - mostly local workers, they had a simplicity of line and an aura of elegance and dignity which had the … (2 comments)

key west: 112 Hutchinson Lane - Key West - Price Reduction - 04/22/14 10:23 AM

The asking price on 112 Hutchinson Lane in the Bahama Village area of Key West was just reduced to $399,000. If you are a potential buyer looking for a reasonably priced fixer, this historic cottage may be the property you have been hoping to find
I checked the old Sanborn Fire Maps of Key West to see if I could determine the approximate date this house was built.  Frequent readers know that our county property records were destroyed in the great fire many years ago. During the Depression workers from the Works Project Administration reconstructed property records and unfortunately … (0 comments)

key west: 1021 Washington Street, Key West, Florida - The Casa Marina Area - 01/14/14 06:10 AM

When I write about certain properties in Key West I often use the term "one-of-a-kind".  Maybe I use the term too often. Maybe the significance of the truly unique property gets lost in my exuberant description of properties. Today's home at 1021 Washington Street in Key West is truly one-of-a-kind and the term as used is an understatement.

Look at the photo above. Look at it. It just shouts "Old Florida!" - Old Florida before the invasion of the hordes of snowbirds, before the colonization of South Beach, before the gayification of Fort Lauderdale, and before the gentrification … (0 comments)

key west: 48 Coral Way - Key West, Florida - Transient Licensed Condo - 01/08/14 12:44 PM

Just listed, but not by me, 48 Coral Way in Key West, a two bedroom transiently licensed town home with parking, and a pool at an affordable price.  The listing Realtor describes this property as
"TRANSIENT LICENSE!!!! Located in the gated community of Coral Hammock, this lovely 2 bedroom and 2.5 bath is situated by the community pool. Relax in comfort on your balcony and enjoy the sights. The first floor features 9 foot ceilings, a spacious kitchen, living room, dining room and powder room. The second floor with vaulted ceilings offers two master bedrooms each with a private bath. … (1 comments)

key west: 1300 Virginia Street - Key West - Award Winning Restoration - 12/14/13 09:26 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 1300 Virginia Street, Key West. This 1223 sq ft home has just about everything a primary home or second home buyer seeks in a house in Key West - great renovation (it's got an award to prove it), great location (near everything), and an affordable price (who wouldn't love that?).  I dug down into the old shoe box and found a photo taken back in 1965 that shows 1300 Virgina Street and a photo of the two story house next door located at 1308 Virginia.

1300 Virginia Street was built in 1893 … (0 comments)

key west: 1421 Reynolds Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West - 12/06/13 02:28 AM

Buyers who want a million dollar address ought to take a look at 1421 Reynolds Street in Key West.  Locals and frequent visitors to Key will likely recognize the value of owning a home located in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. This Mid Century home is located within a five minute walk to Higg's Beach and the Great Atlantic Ocean.  And it has easy access to the rest of Key West as well. The great thing about this three bedroom, two bath home is that it is move-in ready and it is priced at only $649,000. That beats the … (1 comments)

key west: 415 Bahama Street - Old Town Key West - Tropical Oasis with 4 Transient Licenses - 09/13/13 06:28 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 415 Bahama Street in the Old Town area of Key West. I found what I believe to be 415 Bahama Street on the 1889 Sanborn Fire Map of Key West. The houses were not numbered the same in 1889 as they are today. But the location of the house is in scale with the other properties that are (or were) located on that block.  If you love "old houses", you're gonna really love this one.

 In his book The Streets of Key West J. Willis Burke tells us that in the past Bahama … (0 comments)

key west: 801 Fleming Street - Key West - 08/23/13 12:32 PM

Two historic old houses located at 801 - 807 Fleming Street were recently updated with a contemporary twist. The resultant property boasts five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a stunning pool, and two separate living areas and separate kitchens. They are located on one of the very best blocks of Old Town Key West and are now offered for sale at only $1,695,000. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet and to see listing photos.

Preferred Properties Key West is the listing brokerage for this property. That is where I work, but this is not my listing. The … (0 comments)

key west: 501 Duval Street - Key West - News You Can Use - 08/21/13 12:33 PM

I was walking up and down Duval Street this morning taking photos for an upcoming blog when I passed by 501 Duval Street, the PACE Building, or as it has been known prior to 2000 the Banana Republic building.  I was startled to see the windows had been totally covered by brown paper. Then I was alarmed to see the BANANA REPUBLIC signage had been removed. Doom! I thought.
On May 12, 2012 I wrote that Fast Buck Freddies was closing its doors. Fast Buck Freddies did an orderly liquidation over several weeks.  Then it shut its doors forever. … (0 comments)

key west: 1114 Watson Street - Old Town - Key West - Legal Duplex - 08/06/13 06:23 AM

If you are looking for an affordable house in Old Town Key West with income potential, covered off street parking, and roof for a pool, the new listing (not mine) at 1114 Watson Street just may the answer to your dreams. And if you are an investor looking for a legal duplex with upside potential, this new listing may just entice you to take a look. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"So many sunny living areas in this move in ready duplex! From the enclosed front porch to the open living room, to the kitchen/living room combo … (0 comments)

key west: 1421 Reynolds Street - Key West - 07/26/13 08:59 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 1421 Reynolds Street in the Casa Marina Area of Key West.  Locals and frequent visitors to Key will likely recognize that this Mid Century home is located within a five minute walk to Higg's Beach and the Great Atlantic Ocean.  And it has easy access to the rest of Key West as well. The great thing about this three bedroom, two bath home is that it is move-in ready and it is priced at only $649,000. That beats the higher prices you'd expect for similar sized house in Old Town.  The listing Realtor describes … (1 comments)

key west: 328 Elizabeth Street - Old Town - Key West - 07/17/13 08:19 AM

Just listed, but not by me, the picture perfect home at 328 Elizabeth Street located near the Historic Key West Seaport.  I found this home shown on the 1889 Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West.  So we know it was built prior to that date. Interestingly the house next door to the north 324 Elizabeth Street  (opposite Donkey Milk Lane) was built in 1867.  The seaport area is where the first houses and commercial buildings in Key West were first built. My guess is that 328 Elizabeth was built about the same time as it's neighbor to the north.  … (0 comments)

key west: 916 Fleming Street Key West - Price Reduction - 06/27/13 01:26 PM

There has just been a new price reduction on 916 Fleming Street in Old Town Key West. The new reduction makes this great home the least expensive major house on a price per square foot basis ($599.25 to be precise). I have written about some of these other houses before I don't want today's blog to appear that I am disparaging any of those houses because I am not. But I am suggesting that a bargain shopper might want to do some comparison shopping.
916 Fleming Street is located on millionaires row where you will find some of … (0 comments)

key west: 921-923 Johnson Street - Casa Marina Area - Key West - 05/31/13 12:02 PM

I frequently write about this or that property being located on one of the best lots in Old Town because most new "second home" buyers want a house in the Old Town area. That is the area with which they are most familiar.  I often write about homes in the Meadows Area or Casa Marina Area as differing locations worthy of consideration.  The listing at 921-923 Johnson Street is located in the Casa Marina Area.  It is probably not what second home buyers envision unless they are looking for a large lot with development potential in a terrific location where … (0 comments)

key west: 532 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West - 04/18/13 10:19 AM
The house pictured above looks pretty much the same in 2013 as it did back in 1912 when the colored post card was made. Back then the property was not a "house" but was instead the Louise Maloney Hospital.
Thank God that when other towns across America were allowing old houses and historic buildings to be torn down to erect new structures, Key West preserved properties like this. I found a photo of 532 Fleming Street taken from the parking lot next door which is where the world famous Faustos' Food Emporium is located today.

The red brick building … (0 comments)

key west: It's a Crying Shame - Key West - 03/29/13 12:10 PM

Longtime readers will recall that I have written several blogs that have chronicled some of the ongoing renovation or remodeling of older homes and the infrequent construction of new homes.  I have been taking photos and have been planning on doing an update in the very near future. To my deep dismay I saw an item in Thursday's Key West Citizen that totally shocked me. The newspaper reported that one of our lovely remodel projects had been damaged by fire. I drove past the house twice that day and went back this morning to take a couple of pics to … (1 comments)

key west: 801-807 Fleming Street - Old Town - Key West - 02/19/13 11:02 AM

 Just listed by Preferred Properties (that's where I work but this is not my listing) 801-807 Fleming Street in Old Town Key West.  I dug deep into the old shoe box and found photos taken back in 1965 that show the houses as they existed then. This was during a period where much of Key West had been neglected for years. The houses were updated several years ago and then significantly updated just recently.
 The listing Realtor describes these two properties that are now forever joined this way:
 "This extensively renovated prime Old Town property consists of 2 historic homes … (1 comments)

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