preferred properties: Price Reduction - 405 Olivia Street - Old Town Key West - 07/30/14 08:03 AM

"The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it."
                                                                                                                          Ernest Hemingway
 

I came to Key West in 1984 for a vacation. Town was much different back then. There were not nearly as many tourists, or cars, or motor scooters, or trolleys, or delivery trucks. Dogs could nap in the street.  More houses were broken than were fixed, especially in Old Town.  I remember walking back the guesthouse late one night after a night on Duval Street.  I passed under an old giant Mahogany tree … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1626 South Street, Key West, FL - 07/22/14 08:27 AM

The lovely three bedroom home at 1626 South Street awaits a buyer who wants a three bedroom, two bath home that is in tip-top condition and ready to move into.  This 1962 sq ft ranch style home (built in 1955) has been thoughtfully updated inside and outside. The grounds are fenced for privacy.





When you open the front gate it is as if you are entering an arboretum.  The grounds are just that perfect. A bricked path winds its way from the gated off street parking around the front and then traverses the east side … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1406 Leon St. Key West - Short Sale - Buying Opportunity - 07/11/14 08:33 AM


The asking price on 1406 Leon Street was just reduced to $1,099,000. This is a real buying opportunity for a buyer who wants a custom home in tip-top condition in a great neighborhood. The listing Realtor describes this property this way:
"This pristine home is walled for privacy. Step into your own private oasis where comfort abounds in this three bedroom home. Bedrooms offer custom built-in cabinetry and open onto lush tropical gardens. The spacious master bedroom has a walk-in closet and easy access to a laundry room. The gourmet kitchen will delight the most discriminating chef and the … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 617 Flemng St. #9 - Freshly Renovated Key West Condo - 07/04/14 07:56 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, 617 Fleming Street #9. This Eyebrow Cottage dates back to around 1890, but it just nearing completion of a new interior restoration that adds current designer touches plus updates that include all new A/C (with heat), plumbing fixtures, and so on. What's more, this cottage is situated of the Campbell Courtyard Condominiums which means you can lock and leave this little home and go back up north knowing that your property will be well cared for. There are just nine units at Campbell Courtyard, some of which are rented as vacation rentals. Unit … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 3630 Flagler Ave. Key West - Price Reduction - 07/03/14 11:35 AM


The asking price on 3630 Flagler Avenue in Key West just got reduced. That makes this home a better buy for buyers who seek a freshly renovated home with the latest in interior finishes and appliances.  The listing Realtor describes this forward thinking 1517 sq ft ranch style home this way:
"Brand new renovation from top to bottom. Outstanding family 3/2 bedroom home on a very large corner lot. Kitchen renovation has been opened to increase the great room living space with the latest in appliances and finishes. Marble counter tops, and sliding glass doors reveal a 30 foot … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1423 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida 33040 - 06/30/14 10:07 AM

The listing Realtor describes 1423 Catherine Street as "Wonderful home in Old Town, close to Bayview Park. This home has been recently painted, has newer shutters, great front porch, and more. There are wood floors throughout, and wide plank flooring in the bathroom. There is a private fenced back yard with a deck,and there appears to be a cistern under the decking that could possibly be converted to a small plunge pool. There is parking for 2 cars tandem, and a large attic for storage."


I went to my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 5030 5th Avenue #20 - Key West, Florida 33040 - 06/26/14 07:51 AM

If you are like me you probably watch too many episodes of HGTV's House Hunters. You likely appreciate that each potential buyer has a unique vision of that dream home and where it is located. Some buyers require a location near a city center or public transportation. Others may seek a private or isolated location. Some may seek a home with quick water access or a myriad of other requirements. The point is that every person has a different ideal of a dream home.
 
Late yesterday afternoon I got to take a look at the new (unfinished) Islander Village … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 622 Louisa Street - Key West, Florida - 06/22/14 08:08 AM

 
I tell buyers all the time you can never tell what is behind the facade of some of the houses in Key West. Preferred Properties just listed Casa Louisa at 622 Louisa Street, and boy did my remarks ever hold true on this place. Gee Whiz!  The listing Realtor describes this property as:
"Very sharp total renovation of an historic two bedroom, two and a half bath single level home with a one bedroom, one bath guest cottage. Pool with waterfall, vaulted ceilings, extensive decking and French doors. New kitchen with granite & stainless steel; luxurious new baths. Parking … (2 comments)

preferred properties: Wrestling with Buyers in Key West - 06/20/14 08:03 AM

I love living in Key West.  It is not a perfect place. I was initially drawn to this imperfect place for many reasons that include the great old houses, the wonderful weather, and the acceptance of gay people.  Some of the old houses were and continue to appear to be falling down shacks. The weather is normally so great that locals love it when we have cool weather and a few days of rain that break up the monotony of pleasant temperatures and lots of sunshine. Accepting gay people is nothing new - it has been the way people live … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 812 Johnson Lane Key West - Open House Father's Day - 06/15/14 03:39 AM


If you are in Key West for Father's Day, Gay Pride, or Hemingway Days and are out and about today please drop by my listing at 812 Johnson Lane between 12:00 to 3:00 for an OPEN HOUSE.  If you saw this house before, you must see it now because it is not the same place.  It has been totally renovated and is in move-in condition. Plus it is as cute as a button!

If you're a poet and ya' know it, there is a writer's cottage in the back that could also be used as a guest bedroom. … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 721 Windsor Lane, Key West, Florida - 06/12/14 08:26 AM

Just listed, but not by me, 721 Windsor Lane which is located in the Writer's Compound in Key West.The old cottages and houses were once winter homes for writers such as Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur; "Divine Comedy" translator John Ciardi; John Hersey author of "A Bell for Adano" and "Hiroshima", and Ralph Ellison who wrote "The Invisible Man".  The compound is located on Windsor Lane near the top of Solares Hill, the highest point in Key West. All of the houses in the compound sit behind a large privacy fence. Each house sits on its individually owned lot which … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 206 Harbour Place Condominium - Key West Luxury Waterfront Residence - 06/08/14 06:49 AM
During the Spring of 1987 I attended a party held at the World Famous La Te Da hosted by proprietor Lawrence Formica who introduced Pritam Singh to Key West society and announced plans for the Truman Annex. I wish so much that I had a camera that night or that I could find a photo online.  In today's world of Twitter and Instagram,  there would be several such photos. But 27 years ago people did not record every day events like they do today. In fact that day was not an everyday event. It was a transformative day in Key West … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1117 Watson Street - Old Town- Key West - 06/03/14 07:12 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 1117 Watson Street in Old Town Key West. You have seen this same house on my blog a couple of times over the years.  But you have not seen it the way it looks now because the house has been totally updated and give a new houseanality. 
 
I searched the Historic Sanborn Maps to see if I could determine when the cigar maker cottage was built. The first map dates back to 1889 and it shows houses that existed as of that date.  1117 Watson Street was on that map except back then … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 623 Thomas Street #A - Key West, Florida - Bank Owned Condo - 05/26/14 10:26 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 623 Thomas Street #A, Key West, Florida . This is a Bank Owned condominium located opposite to the entrance to the Shipyard Condominiums in Key West, Florida.  Now this unit is nothing like the nice little condos over at the Shipyard, but it isn't priced like those units either.
 
I dug down deep into my old shoebox and found a photo taken about fifty years ago of this multi-unit building.  The building was converted to condominiums around 2002. (The online property records do not show any records other than siding replacement. That does … (0 comments)

preferred properties: The Projects of Key West or How to Endure Torture - 05/22/14 07:06 AM

A few weeks ago I wrote an updated blog on what I call the Projects of Key West.  It discussed current renovation projects and new construction for properties principally located in the Old Town Casa Marina areas on our little island home.
 
During the past several months locals and visitors have been watching as city and state government and private companies have undertaken several large construction projects that will substantially change the way Key West looks for decades to come. Today's blog is intended as a brief comment on those projects.
 
I first blogged about the North Roosevelt … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 2403 Staples Avenue Key West Florida - An Amazing Transformation - 05/15/14 05:26 AM

 
Just SOLD, but not by me, 2403 Staples Avenue, which is located in the midtown area of Key West, Florida.  I seldom write about homes this part of town because the people that read my blog are usually looking to buy a cute little cottage or a big Conch house in Old Town or maybe a Casa Marina area home on a large lot as opposed to a 1950s - 1960s era home where middle class locals live. But I'm making an exception on this house, because everything about this house is exceptional.
 
I found three photos of … (0 comments)

preferred properties: Bank Owned Key West Condo - 1014 Varela St. #4 Key West, Florida - 05/08/14 06:26 AM


 1014 Varela Street #4, Key West, Florida is a Bank Owned property in Old Town Key West. This unit is the second floor rear condominium in a small compound of older cottage style homes that were converted into condominiums several years ago. The listing Realtor describes this property as:
"Key West Central Location With Open Living Area/ Kitchen With 2 Bedrooms And 1 Bath Condo With Outside Private Deck To Enjoy The Beautiful Key West Sunshine. This Unit Needs Some Tlc And Personal Touches."
I wrote about this property a couple of months ago when it was first listed … (1 comments)

preferred properties: Life is Never Predictable in Key West - 05/04/14 04:20 AM

 
There are two things I love about Key West: our wonderful weather and that life never is predictable. Take for example an incident that occurred a few years back when I was riding my bike to the gym. I was riding my bike to the gym around 6:00 AM while it was still very dark outside. Just after I passed the El Patio Motel I saw a young man in his early 20s walking down the street. He was totally nude. He walked to my left. I looked back. Yep, he was buck naked. No doubt about it. I … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 9 Gerome Avenue - Old Town - Key West, Florida - 04/30/14 01:05 PM

Sometimes I think the guys that named the streets in Key West had a very wry sense of humor. Take for example the two little known lanes with somewhat grandiose names of Gerome Avenue and Nichols Avenue.  If you are a local, I'll bet you never heard of either and have no idea where they are located. If you are a Realtor, chances are equally good that you won't know where to go to show the new listing at 9 Gerome Avenue.  But I do.  And today's blog is about this hidden little treasure located near the important stuff in … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 2 Fletchers Lane Key West - 04/28/14 06:41 AM

You won't likely find a slower lane in Old Town Key West than Fletchers Lane. The lane is only one block long and dead ends to one of three houses at the end. Fletchers Lane is sandwiched  between Grinnell Street to the east and Margaret Street to the west. The entrance is just off Eaton Street. The lane is populated by only a few houses. Most people have never heard of it because few houses located there ever get offered for sale. 2 Fletchers Lane (not my listing) is your opportunity to purchase a really special property that I consider … (1 comments)

 
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