preferred properties: 634 Louisa Street #5, Key West - An Affordable Home at Last! - 12/09/14 10:00 AM

Locals and maybe even buyers who are looking for an affordable retirement home in Key West ought to consider looking at 634 Louisa Street #5.  This is a two story town home built in 2007 with lots of money saving construction features that will save a potential new home owner money year after year.

Loyal readers know my penchant for searching through the old shoe box to find photos of old homes. Well, I found one for this property - sort of. The black and white photo was taken of 634 Louisa Street back in 1965.  It looks to … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 623 Petronia Street, Key West - Old Town - 12/03/14 03:22 AM

If you become the new owner of 623 Petronia Street you'll never have to buy flood insurance because this home sits at the top of Solares Hill, the highest point on the Island of Key West - 18 feet above sea level. This family home has been carefully maintained over the years. It is is move-in condition. The listing Realtor describes the home as being:
"Only two blocks from Duval Street, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom single level home with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom accessory unit near the top of Solares Hill is within walking distance to all of Key … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1711 Atlantic Blvd. Key West - New Lower Price - New Higher Height - 11/22/14 04:06 AM

1711 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West was originally offered at $680,000 just before Christmas in 2013. The price was reduced to $630,000 in April 2014. The asking price on this mid-century modern home was just reduced to $590,000. 

The listing Realtor, not me, describes 1711 Atlantic Boulevard this way:
"40,000 PRICE REDUCTION! Motivated seller! This solidly built concrete home is unique on Atlantic Blvd. as it was built on top of 5 feet of fill making this the most elevated lot on Atlantic Drive. A nature preserve is the only thing separating this home from the Atlantic Ocean … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 416 Margaret Street, Key West - an Old Town Beauty - 11/17/14 09:57 AM

The house at 416 Margaret Street really is one of the prettiest homes in Old Town. The listing Realtor, not me, describes this Key West home this way:
"Two blocks from the Historic Seaport and 4 blocks from Duval, this classic home embodies the charm of Old Key West. With original Dade County Pine throughout, the first floor features 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths, living and dining area, and kitchen with granite countertops and top of the line appliances. The lovely covered lanai is the perfect spot to relax poolside. The upstairs studio has a kitchenette, full bath and … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 622 United St., Key West, Florida - 11/15/14 03:27 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 622 United Street in Key West.This house dates back to World War II when it was used as an Army barracks and then located at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West. At the end of the war the Army sold off these barracks at $100 each. Each buyer had to relocate the barracks to a different location. The photo below shows the approximate location where Army barracks similar to the one that was relocated to 622 United Street once sat. The wide open street on the right side of the photo below … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1317-A Catherine Street, Key West, Florida - 11/07/14 09:53 AM

I was looking through the old shoebox and found this photo of 1317-A Catherine Street in Key West that was taken in 1965. I offer this picture to you so that you can get a sense of how this home has evolved into the property that is currently listed for sale at $639,000 which the listing Realtor describes as
"Great little 2/2 Conch cottage with a private pool, comfortable deck area and very lush privacy planting. Nice location for walking to the beach and the White Street restaurants and markets. Parking is on street but generally no problem. It was … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 522 Petronia Street - Old Town - Key West - 11/05/14 08:48 AM

I recently showed 522 Petronia Street which is actually two Key West cottage style homes that were joined together to create one larger home as well as a larger plot of ground. If you have been reading my blog for a few years (there are some who have), you may remember other blogs I have written where two houses have been made into one. Those blogs include 1315 Eliza Street, not to be confused with 1319 Eliza Street, and 704 William Street.  Several years ago before housing prices became so high, it made economic and practical sense for a home … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 1317 Catherine Street, Key West, Florida - 11/01/14 05:01 AM

1317 Catherine Street sits behind another house that faces Catherine Street. Were it not for today's blog, you might never know about this two bedroom two bath home even exists or that is offered for sale at $659,000. The features and price point of this property deserve a little more of your time. Please read on and then CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet. This property is currently used as a vacation rental.  The listing agent describes the property as a
 "Hidden gem just a short walk off White Street on Catherine. Well updated 2/2 with a … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1424 Grinnell Street Key West - Sophisticated Mid-Century Renovation - 10/30/14 05:10 AM

1424 Grinnell Street is located in the tony Casa Marina Area of Key West. This bedroom community is a stone's throw from the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The Casa Marina Resort is a short two block walk to the west. Two great ocean front restaurants (Salute on the Beach and Louie's Backyard) are located within a five minute walk.  The madness of Old Town is within easy biking distance for those times you want to break bread with tourists or attend a play at the Waterfront Playhouse or the Red Barn Theater. The area is not without its ties to old … (3 comments)

preferred properties: 812 Simonton Street, Key West - Transient Licensed - 10/27/14 08:21 AM

Just Listed 812 Simonton Street in Old Town Key West. This new listing is offered as either a single, stand alone one bedroom cottage in the rear with a valuable transient rental license or as two building investment property with a total of four units, two of which have transient rental licenses.

I found a couple of old photos taken fifty years ago that show the front house and rear cottage that make up this property. Even back then it appears the original wood front porch was removed and a cinder block addition added to provide a bit … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1311 Petronia Street, Key West, Florida - 10/24/14 11:17 AM

Just Listed by referred Properties (that's where I work but this is not my listing) 1311 Petronia Street which is located in the Meadows Area of Key West. The listing Realtor describes this 1272 sq ft property as
"Property is presently set up for 3 rental units and a bonus unit in the back for owner or caretaker. Could easily be converted back to a single family home. Has had some remodeling and updates. Great quiet neighborhood with ample on street parking."
I looked through my old shoebox and found a photo taken in 1965 that shows this property when … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 626 William Street, Key West, Florida - 10/16/14 10:34 AM

626 William Street, Key West, is now offered for sale at the asking price of $2,950,000.  This home is one of fifteen Key West properties that Broadway impresario Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello Dolly, and La Cage aux Folles) and his former partner Marty Finkelstein renovated.

Before I started to write today's blog I decided to do a bit or research about Herman. He and his partner flew to the Florida Keys for a weekend in 1984. They met up with a local Realtor who showed them two nearly identical houses in the 700 block of Fleming Street across from … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1109 Fleming Street, Key West, Florida - Bank Owned - 10/15/14 11:18 AM

The Just Listed Bank Owned property at 1109 Fleming Street in Key West is certainly something to cheer about. This Old Town home dates back to before 1889 when it first appeared in the historic Sanborn Fire Map for that year when the property was identified as 416 Fleming Street instead of 1109 Fleming.  The numbers were changed in the 1899 map. The facade of the house today looks quite similar to the way it did back in 1965 when the black and white photo below was taken. Thank goodness for our Historic Architectural Review Commission and the Guidelines … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 1513 Pine Street - Key West, Florida - 10/14/14 08:04 AM

I just listed 1513 Pine Street in Key West. While this stunning home may look old, it is anything but old. Every detail of this recently constructed home at The Meadows of Key West is done with style, function, and cost-saving ownership in mind.  The home was built new in 2008 and offers 1717 sq ft of luxurious living set behind a white picket fence on a street of beautiful homes.  The area is a mix of historic old homes as well as the eight homes built by the developer of The Meadows. The Garrison Bight Marina is just … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 812 Johnson Lane, Key West - Columbus Day OPEN HOUSE - 10/11/14 04:58 AM

812 Johnson Lane is located  within easy walking distance to Duval Street - just three blocks to the west and within few minute walk to the historic Key West Seaport located six blocks to the north. Most of the gyms and many of the yoga studios are located within easy walking distance as well. This convenient location ought to make this freshly renovated home a perfect Key West vacation rental property. Notice the bricked off street parking large enough for two cars. CLICK HERE to view the Key West mls datasheet on this home.

The main house pictured above … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 717 White Street, Key West, Florida - 10/10/14 07:46 AM

 Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 717 White Street.  This mid-century property is a single story single family home that sits on a 3168 sq ft lot (36' X 88') at the corner of White at Newton Street. The existing 1535 sq ft house has two bedrooms, two baths, a Pullmanesque kitchen, additional storage room, a private outdoor courtyard, and enclosed front porch that currently is used as an office.

This property is located across the street from former military housing that date back to the Civil War.  … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 530 Catherine Street, Key West - A Success Story - 10/09/14 11:08 AM

 I am forever telling potential buyers that are looking for a "fixer-upper" to forget what the inside looks like and not to fixate on the negative issues of the exterior. I tell them that they are buying boxes that will get torn apart and rebuilt. If they come up with a good design by themselves or if they hire a good architect or designer and if they select the right contractor, they can create the house of their dreams. The freshly completed renovation and expansion of 530 Catherine Street is a perfect example of a quality renovation.


preferred properties: 1600 Sirugo Avenue, Key West Development Parcel - 10/07/14 10:16 AM

If you have been looking for a perfect place to build a major new residence in Key West free of restrictions from restrictions imposed in our Old Town area, may I offer for your consideration 1600 Sirugo Avenue - just one block north of the Higg's Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.  

The grounds were designed by Raymond Jungles Design. The garden as currently configured includes an allee of specimen palms on either side of the interior lawn. The ten foot waterfall and pool anchor this portion of the lot. Just out of sight is an equally large terrace … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 414 Louisa Street, Key West - Old Town - 10/03/14 06:22 AM

414 Louisa Street is a totally renovated cigar maker's cottage that has been lovingly renovated by the current owners who added lots of personal touches to make this a home sweet home. I wrote about this property late last year soon after it was listed for sale. I showed the house a couple of days ago and decided it was time to give this place an updated blog in light of other recent sales in the same block.

 Upon arrival you will notice the house has off street parking and inviting front porch that sits behind a white picket … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1724 Rose Street, Key West, Florida - 10/02/14 08:28 AM

The listing Realtor describes aptly describes 1724 Rose Street in Key West this way:
"Opportunity knocks! This home sits on a very large corner lot near the beaches & White Street Pier. The house needs work but has a great floor plan that opens to the spacious, private rear yard. There is an open floor plan with the kitchen, Florida room & dining room all opening to each other and to the outdoors. The master bedroom en suite also opens to the outdoors. Two more guest rooms share a bath. There is a lot of space inside and out on … (0 comments)

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