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)

preferred properties: Not Available in Key West! - 09/07/14 08:20 AM
I watched an episode of Vacation House for Free on HGTV yesterday afternoon. It was filmed at Marco Island, Florida earlier this year.  I was immediately skeptical of the show's premise because there are very few things in life that are free. I had never seen the show's host Matt Blashaw before so I knew nothing about him. Even with my preconceived skepticism, I was immediately taken by Matt's good looks, exuberance, and charm. 
As I watched I said to myself this guy is doing kinda what I do in my blog when I write about what a potential … (2 comments)

preferred properties: 920 Pohalski Lane, Key West - Bank Owned Property - 09/05/14 10:23 AM

Just Listed, but not by me, 920 Pohalski Lane in Old Town Key West. There's truly good reason to jump for joy on this listing because this architect designed home offers designer features at an affordable price - $494,025.  This Bank Owned property was renovated and expanded around 000000. Today the house has 920 sq ft of living space divided between the first and second floors. The house sits on a good sized lot of 1925 sq ft (55' X 35'). There is off street parking in front, a large decked rear yard, and a side side yard on the … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 526 William Street #4 - Old Town - Key West - 09/04/14 06:58 AM

Old Town Key West is known for its beautiful old homes. What was once called Delancey Hall at 526 William Street is one of the prettiest of the old girls. The building was thoroughly renovated and  converted into five condominiums back in 2001.

Delancey Hall is one of the very best renovations I have seen in Key West. The quality of the workmanship and the superior interior finishes look as good today as they did thirteen years ago when the original renovation was completed. Each Delancey Hall unit was built to high quality standards. Unit #4 located … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1310 Newton Street - Key West - The Meadows Area - 09/02/14 11:32 AM

The listing Realtor describes 1310 Newton Street as
"Charming turn-key house in the popular Meadows neighborhood was fully renovated in 2004 from the supporting piers up to the roof. Home is bright and modern with great use of space. Detached 100 s.f. accessory building in the back yard has been used as an artist studio with power and water and is ready for new owner to customize."
I checked the Historic Sanborn Fire Maps for Key West to see if I could determine the approximate age of the house. The house first appeared on the 1892 map where it was … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1403 Olivia Street, Key West, Florida - 08/31/14 06:30 AM

 There is something about a simple Conch House that brings most people down from their lofty perches to appreciate everyday life in Key West.
The listing agent describes 1403 Olivia Street as "This charming home is a very traditional Conch house and located in a fabulous neighborhood. The home has been well maintained by the current owner with much Dade County pine, original stair case, and wood floors. The homes is set back slightly from the street with an inviting front porch that overlooks a colorful garden. The rear yard is fenced with a garden shed, and decking."

preferred properties: The Projects of Key West - Not Quite What You Might Think - 08/27/14 05:47 AM

The Key West real estate market is in the summer doldrums. Not much is happening. A lot of agents and business owners have left or will be leaving town for a few weeks rest and relaxation before Fantasy Fest hits in October and Season starts around Christmastime. I thought this is a good time to bring readers up to date on some past projects and a couple of new ones.
The house at 617 Grinnell Street is a bit of a rarity in Old Town Key West. Our Historic Architectural Review Commission normally does not allow old houses to … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 1711 Atlantic Boulevard - Key West - Renovate this Mid-Century House, Tear It Down, or Build New? - 08/21/14 06:30 AM

1711 Atlantic Boulevard in Key West offers an interesting opportunity to renovators, flippers, and builders looking for a new project. This architecturally pleasing mid-century home was built in 1958 is different than most Key West mid-century homes built 50s and 60s which are concrete block with stucco finish on slab foundations a tad bit elevated over street grade. There are two additional factors that distinguish this house from others that make this property particularly appealing.
First, the house sits on a large 8050 (70' X 111') square foot lot across from the City of Key West Nature Preserve situated … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 3800 Duck Avenue - Bank Owned - Key West - 08/14/14 07:08 AM

Buyers who are weary of the high priced houses in Key West may want to consider expanding their search criteria from Old Town to New Town; from totally prime to possibly sublime; from pricey per square foot to the least expensive house on a per square foot (or webbed foot) basis.  The Bank Owned house at 3800 Duck Avenue, Key West is offered for sale at just $364,000 or just $215 per square foot.

3800 Duck Avenue is located near the eastern end of the Island of Key West.  The house sits on a large fenced lot that measures … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1103 Fleming Street - Key West, Florida - 08/13/14 09:12 AM

A lot of potential buyers for homes in Key West seek a house that can be rented to help defray a part of the cost of home ownership.  A few years ago the City of Key West adopted a restrictive ordinance that limited the number homes that would qualify to receive a transient rental license which would permit daily or weekly rentals throughout the year. The conch house located at 1103 Fleming Street is one of the few single family homes in Old Town that has a transient rental license.  It is offered for sale at the asking price of … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1005 Watson #1 Key West, Florida - An Unexpected Alternative to a Single Family Home - 08/11/14 07:26 AM

The two photos above were taken about fifty years apart of the same house at 1005 Watson Street in Key West. I am often amazed at how different a property can look after it has been renovated. That is certainly the case for this one time single family home that is now a two unit condominium located in the south of Truman area of Old Town Key West.  The house first appeared in the 1899 Historic Sanborn Fire map as 105 Watson Street. The house number changed to 1005 Watson in the 1912 map.  The home was renovated in … (0 comments)

preferred properties: 1709 Washington Street, Key West, Florida ~ Move-In Ready - 08/10/14 05:50 AM

Just Listed by Preferred Properties Key West, that's where I work but this is not my listing, 1709 Washington Street which the listing Realtor describes this way:
"You will fall in love with this beautiful conch house located on Washington Street. From the wraparound porch to the the 16' ceilings, Dade County pine and stunning original crown molding, this house is full of historic character but also virtually brand new inside. The floors are wide plank Hickory and the roof, windows, kitchen and baths all brand new. There are 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a master-suite and a guest … (1 comments)

preferred properties: 812 Fleming Street #7 - Key West, Florida - 08/07/14 11:03 AM

If you are a single guy or gal with a de-cluttered lifestyle, the rear penthouse ("wink") at 812 Fleming Street #7 may just appeal to you. This compact 518 sq ft home offers the rich Dade County Pine walls, ceiling, and floor on the top floor of the Seafoam Condominium building. I have written about other units in previous blogs. All of those units faced Fleming Street and had balconies that overlook the gayest street in Key West. This unit is located on the rear side of the building and has a rear balcony that overlooks the pool.


preferred properties: Key West Real Estate - 2014 Mid-Year Sales Report - 07/31/14 07:39 AM

I just did a quick review of single family home sales for Key West for the first half of 2014. I used the Key West mls database as the source for my report. If you have read a sales report in some other media, you may have seen different numbers. Our local mls runs from Key West up to Big Coppitt Key which is 11 miles from Key West and in my view has nothing to do with what happens in Key West real estate. I therefore eliminated all Big Coppitt sales from consideration.
The first half of any … (0 comments)

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)

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