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Islamorada, FL Real Estate News

By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
As one of Islamorada's most in demand communities, Venetian Shores is always tops on everyone's list. Only minutes from Miami, yet a world away. As, a Venetian Shores Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties. I Love Venetian Shores, it's one of my favorite Keys Communities. With its 11 peninsulas reaching out into Snake Creek like fingers thirsty to drink in the sea, it offers hardcore boaters deep water dockage and quick access to Islamorada's famed fishing grounds through the Keys' last Draw Bridge.  If you have a Hatteras or other large boat this is the community for you! 141 Valencia Drive,  Plantation Key, Islamorada List Price: $1,499,000 5 Bedrooms / 3 bathrooms Mile Marker ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
        Tonight, January 19 - Third Thursday Morada Way Arts & Cultural District Walkabout MM 81.5 - Sunset + 3 hours. Art - Music - Food - Drink and Fun Park and stroll along the Old Highway for three hours after sunset with friends and family, and enjoy the sights, sounds and culinary arts in the Heart of Islamorada.    And,  this Saturday and Sunday January 21 and 22, The Islamorada Art Expo located in the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District.   For More Info Contact: www.islamoradafineartexpo.org 305-664-9100
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
136 San Remo Drive, Islamorada 2012 is certainly arriving with much gusto!!  And the heart of that real estate gusto is centered right on Venetian Shores.  Venetian Shoes has long been a popular and in-demand community here in Islamorada...and why not?  When this community was developed off Snake Creek, they had the foresight to dredge deep...really deep.  Venetian Shores is the best option for those hard and true boaters and fishermen with big burly. deep draft vessels and a channel that keeps them out of trouble as some other channels in the area are thin and sometimes traverse into skinny water. Hey, I like Venetian Shores because most of the streets have Italian names like Stromboli and Palermo.  Your Humble Conchquistador's last name in Italian, Marinelli, literally means "The Litt...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
127 Bayview Isle Drive, Islamorada -You have no idea how often I will be sharing my "Elevator Speech" with someone, and when they hear that I sell Real Estate in The Keys....DING, their eyes light up, their mouths water and their breathing becomes more rapid!  And then they utter it...like scripted dialog...a veritable Pavlovian Dog response, '"Let me Know if you run across and Steals!!"  " I've always wanted a place in The Keys" Well Ladies and Gentlemen, here was your chance!  And though I recommended this home to quite a few buyers, alas, I did not have the opportunity to sell it, but I Know some lucky Buyer is Very Happy indeed. Located in Islamorada's prestigious Venetian Shores on Bayview Isle Drive, the last waterfront street in Venetian Shores before the Bay, and interestingly e...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
  What a great way to spend a mid week afternoon! A Tantalizing Combination of Exquisite Real Estate, Food and Wine! One of the great tools that we, as Realtors, use are Brokers' Open Houses also known as Caravans, though there is a slight difference.  Brokers Opens are open usually for a few hours, while Caravans are progressive and are open for 15-20 minutes, then everyone piles on to the next one, like a roving band of property selling Gypsies Brokers Opens are well...an Open House, but geared primarily to Brokers and by that we mean agents too.  The Public is of course welcome, but the gist of these Opens are to give Agents an opportunity to preview a property so when that magical moment arises when a buyer asks them for a particular type of property, the agent can confidently chime...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
  As, a Venetian Shores Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties. As one of Islamorada's most in demand communities, Venetian Shores is always tops on everyone's list. Only minutes from Miami, yet a world away. I Love Venetian Shores, it's one of my favorite Keys Communities. With its 11 peninsulas reaching out into Snake Creek like fingers thirsty to drink in the sea, it offers hardcore boaters deep water dockage and quick access to Islamorada's famed fishing grounds through the Keys' last Draw Bridge.  If you have a Hatteras or other large boat this is the community for you!120 Giardino Dr Plantation Key List Price: $1,439,0003 Bedrooms / 4.1 Bathrooms Description: Beautiful canal...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Did you Know that this year makes 100 years that have spanned since Henry Flager took his inaugural ride on his Overseas Railroad across the Florida Keys??? Everyday I drive through our magical chain of Islands, I pay respect to those rugged individuals who had this enormous ....Vision to transpose our 120 or so miles of coral rock, limestone and mangroves into a majestic railroad spanning both Gulf and Sea   Celebrate the Flagler Centennial with the Keys Community Concert Band!     Always a fun, family event I am Certain they will be featuring music from that bygone era when it was Mosquito and Native Americans that ruled the Keys!! Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in th...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Here is a comparison of 2010 vs 2012 Venetian Shores Waterfront Home Sales. As you will see we had Increases in both the Quantity of sales AND in the Median Sale Price!   As one of only a handful of agents who had sales in Venetian Shores in 2011, I like to keep my readers up to date with the latest trends.      Work with an Agent who Specializes in Venetian Shores. Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.Ready to create your own no-hassle shopping cart of available Properties in the Florida Keys, with multiple search capability? Click here: ConchMLS.com.
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Venetian Shores is really Heating up! As one of Islamorada's most in demand communities, Venetian Shores is always tops on everyone's list. Only minutes from Miami, yet a world away I Love Venetian Shores. Located at Mile Marker 86 in Islamorada, it's one of my favorite Keys Communities. With its 11 peninsulas reaching out into Snake Creek like fingers thirsty to drink in the sea, it offers hardcore boaters deep water dockage and quick access to Islamorada's famed fishing grounds through the Keys' last Draw Bridge.  If you have a Hatteras or other large boat this is the community for you! As, a Venetian Shores Specialist and as the Venetian Shores Community Sponsor On ActiveRain.com, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Just a Note of Thanks to all of you who visit my blog.2011 turned out to be a fantastic year for me in many ways. I have had the privilege to work with wonderful new clients and some repeat clients as well (Always the Greatest of Honors!). My Level of business here in the Keys has really grown exponentially. I now have the Opportunity to help Guide our firm to great new heights, as I assume the position Of General Manager, while still assisting my existing and future clients with the level of Service that yours truly is known for. My Colleagues here at American Caribbean are some of the best in the Business.  I could not ask for a greater sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and professional competition that keeps you on your toes.  BEST of all, is that I have had YOU, as a reader.  I canno...
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By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
I do not know why, but in 15 years in Florida, we never made it to the Florida Keys. I was 3 times in US Virgin Islands, which is way farther, but never got past Miami on the way to the Keys. I consider myself living in Paradise. But humans are very strange creatures, and sometimes they need to get away even from Paradise. A week in the Keys was my away from the Paradise, a wonderful tranquil experience. Keys have something from the Caribbean, something from Florida… Of course, when we were visiting local “beaches”, we laughed. Beaches are not in the Keys, beaches are in Daytona. But there is a lot in the Keys, these turquoise waters, sallow lagoons, mangroves, kayaking, fishing… And it is only 5.5 hours from Daytona to Islamorada. So. Looks like we will be coming here just to get away ...
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By Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
 Our friends from Connecticut called us and said they were planning a vacation for Christmas week. I was thinking of going to Florida Keys for some time and I thought it was a golden opportunity. But our friends preferred a cruise, so that they can enjoy a week with no cooking or any other chores. I went on a cruise once, it was an excellent ship, food was to die for, but besides that I did not like it at all, and the idea of spending a week in a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere called ocean, makes me uneasy. So here we were. Already mentally set on going for unplanned vacation, but the whole thing was falling apart. We figured that if our friends did not want to go with us, we would still go. We took our daughter, our son-in-law and our youngest grandson Shane and off we went to Isl...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
I am a Very active member of the Islammrada Chamber. The Islamorada Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to our Holiday Party/After Hours on Tuesday, December 20th from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Robbie's Marina and the Hungry Tarpon Restaurant at MM 77.5 bayside will be hosting the party.  Great food, holiday cheer and jolly ole Santa Claus will fill the evening with cheer.      We will have a money tree available for donations to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry  (cash or cans appreciated).   We hope to see you there!                                                                                 Happy Holidays
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
I love to walk.  Be it the when I lived in Paris and San Francisco, walking the urban centers and vibing on the electricity of life, or strolling the pastoral countryside of the South of France or the remote stretches of Tennessee, there is nothing like a nice long walk to liven and reinvigorate the senses. And NOWHERE is that more true that in my favorite place to walk...The idyllic Florida Keys! In an effort to keep in fighting shape as Your Conchquistrador, I have gone back to enjoying my long walks.  And with the advent of today's technology, I am able to be tied in and assist my clients while soaking in all of the Keys' majesty.  I have assembled about 1/2 dozen routes in Key Largo and Islamorada, ranging from 3/4 of a mile to 4 miles. The maps below show my routes in the Bay Harbo...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
106 San Juan Drive, Plantation Key, Islamorada Venetian Shores, on the Southern tip of Plantation Key, in Islamorada, is one of  my favorite communities in The Keys!  Rich in History and THE spot for serious fishermen, with its deep water protected dockage and ideal access to open water via Snake Creek, Venetian Shores is the go-to community when looking for luxury, location, and the Essence of Keys living.  World Class Fishing and Diving to the Left, Championship Bonefishing and Flats fishing to the right.  Wow when you get to Snake Creek...what a great choice!!!Now, when people think of Venetian Shores, they think of pricey, million dollar plus, waterfront homes on canals that lead to open water.  What few people know, is that there is a section of Venetian Shores, not so pricey, tha...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
As your humble Conchquistador, I am proud to announce that on January 1st, I will be assuming the role of General Manager of my firm, American Caribbean Real Estate.  I must say that this is the proudest moment of my real estate career!   I have followed American Caribbean Real Estate (ACRE for short) since I first entered real estate, almost 17 years ago, when I practiced on the mainland and both ACRE and the real estate company that I was then with, were both Sotheby's Affiliates.  I was continually impressed with their market dominance and caliber of their agents.   Fast forward and  I find myself now charged with the continued success of our storied company.!   I must thank my Broker, Joy Martin for her faith in me, to take over the reigns of day to day operations.   I look forward ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
OK, so Yes He IS a Living Legend.  Hell, he even has a Freeway Named After Him!!! He's Had the only Perfect Season in Football. His Steakhouses make the Perfect Steak (mmmmm the Porterhouse, said ala Homer Simpson) Now, Don Shula is trying his hand at The Perfect Burger...The Shula Burger! Set to debut right here at his new flagship Shula Burger restaurant at Postcard Inn and Marina at Holiday Isle! So VERY Happy to see Holiday Isle coming back with a vengeance!!! A Major part of my, and many of our lives down here. Check out this article in Forbes.com Larry Olmsted, Contributor "NFL Legend Don Shula Tackles Burgers And Fries Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula celebrating his record 325th win.    The winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula is also the only one with a perfect season on hi...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
202 Johnny Road, Plantation Key, Islamorada This is a really interesting time in Florida Keys Real Estate.  It's actually a good time for BOTH Buyers AND Sellers!! Usually it's one way or the other.  It's Great for Sellers in that property are Selling.  It's hard to keep good inventory.   For Buyers it's still great because although homes are selling and inventory is lowering, prices are staying lowwwww.   I still do a Double Take when I see some of these prices. 206 Sonny Road Today' deal is another example.  An Oceanside waterfront home.  A short sale a block from the the open ocean!  $350,000!!!  In 2006 it was listed at $1,399,000!   And as great of a Deal as This one was it can not compare to the deal I JUST listed, one block away, On Sonny Road - Check it out Here: Conch Republic ...
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Many of those living in the Northeast, Northwest and Midwest look to retiring or owning a second home in the Southeast or even Southwest. With chilly winter conditions, it is no wonder residents of cold climates long for warmer weather. It is also little wonder universities and research organizations have conducted extensive studies into economic and health factors in cold versus warm climates. What has been gained from such empirical research only confirms what we already seem to intuitively know: warmer climates are easier on our wallet and better for our health. But why are warmer climates more economically friendly and healthier than cold-weather climates? Economic Advantages of Living In a Warmer Climate: There are several advantages to living in a warmer climate, opposed to living...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
206 Sonny Road Islamorada FL 33070 Description Your Conch Republic Oasis Awaits!! Exceptional Islamorada Opportunity! Oceanside CBS Home 2 blocks from Tavenier Creek and Open Ocean. 75 ft of deep water cement dockage. 2 bedrooms/ 2 updated baths, Gas Cooktop, plus HUGE downstairs enclosed storage and fisherman’s workshop. Metal Roof, Coral Rock wall fireplace, chickee, fish cleaning station with water & electric, and Veranda with custom railings add to its charm. Plenty of space for your Boat trailer or RV.World class fishing and diving are mere minutes away! Visit mt Florida Keys Real Estate Blog at TheRealEstateConch.com for more Keys Info! » Waterfront Home 2 Blocks from Open Ocean! » Fireplace » 75 Foot Deep Water Concrete Dock » Custom Fishcleaning Station with Water and Electric ...
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