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)

preferred properties: 615 Southard Street - Key West, Florida - 09/29/14 08:24 AM

The very first time I came to Key West I decided I would move here someday. I actually thought of looking at properties on that first trip, but I decided that would be too impetuous. So I booked another trip and came back six months later to start to look at properties. I talk to potential buyers and get emails from others who tell me similar stories of coming to Key West, falling in love with this simple little town, and dreaming of moving here some day. Many of these people hope to find a house or condo that they … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 216 Eneas Lane - Key West, Florida - 09/27/14 07:33 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 216 Eneas Lane in Old Town Key West.  If you are unfamiliar with the location, you probably have driven near it many times on your trips to Key West and just never knew that there were houses down the little lane that is only 25 feet wide. The lane is located midway between Duval Street to the east and Whitehead Street to the west. The lane runs about 200 feet  to the north of Truman Avenue. CLICK GOOGLE MAP for aerial and street views. I dug down into my old shoebox and found … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 712 Love Lane, Key West - Short Sale - 09/26/14 11:03 AM

If you have been waiting to find that perfect place that you can tinker with just a bit to make it fit your personal needs, I offer for your consideration one of the prettiest properties in Old Town Key West - 712 Love Lane.  This property is back on the market.  It is now offered as a Short Sale at the asking price of $995,000.
The listing broker describes this hidden gem this way:
"One of the island's best kept secrets. This 4/3 triple saw tooth shotgun proved inspirational to many. Harry Roberts was the model for Harry Morgan … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1117 Watson Street, Key West - Conch Grove Compound, A Singular Sensation - 09/25/14 06:47 AM

1117 Watson Street, Key West is located two blocks west of White Street and two blocks south of Truman Avenue in the Conch Grove Compound which consists of thirteen cottages and single family houses that share a large sunny and heated pool, gardens, and off street parking. Each cottage or house owns the property in fee simple - just like your home up north in America. But all property owners share ownership of all of the common areas. Each cottage or house is unique. Some cottages are pretty small. A couple of the houses are quite large. So the compound … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 717 Southard Street, Key West - 09/21/14 08:36 AM

The three bay revival style house at 717 Southard Street sits near the tippy top of Solares Hill, the tallest point on the Island of Key West. The house itself appears to reach to the sky - it's three stories tall and sits close to the street. You can 't but help to notice the size of this place. The house is painted crisp white. The azure shutters and red front door beckon passers-by to take notice. And those that take a closer look will see pediments above each window or door interconnected with detailed trim that give this home … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 530 Grinnell Street - Key West Award Winning Cottage - 09/16/14 07:49 AM

My jaw literally dropped last week when I got to see the inside of 530 Grinnell Street.  I was inside the house many years ago when it was offered for sale as a "fixer".  I remember the old version as being boxy, cramped, and devoid of style. The new version is open, airy, and chic.


I checked the historic Sanborn Fire Maps and learned that 530 Grinnell Street first appeared in the 1889 map except it was then numbered 237 Grinnell Street. The numerical identifier was changed to 530 Grinnell Street on the 1892 map.  Placement in … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 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)

preferred properties: 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)

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