Key Largo, FL Real Estate News

By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
STONE CRABS!!!!!!  Down here in the Keys we love 'em.   In fact tomorrow I am going out on the water to see if my crab traps are full.  Each licensed angler is permitted to have up to 5 traps, and we can only harvest the claw, which must be a minimum if size.  This way the little critters get to survive and grow some new ones.  The best bait is Pigs feet and you leave traps soaking for about a week or so. This week is the Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood festival and is always a lot of fun. Activities include: · Little Mermaid Contest · Kids Play Area · Shrimp Eating Contest · Key Lime Pie Eating Contest · Casting Contest · Arts & Craft Vendors · Face Painters · Boat Dealers · Live Fish Aquarium / Touch Tank · Kids Band · Junkanoo Band · Pirate Demonstrations · Magic Shows · Fireworks o...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Yes, I know it's odd, but one of my favorite times of the year is the latter part of January, as that is when I am able to accurately compile the previous year's sales statistics.  I love numbers...and the stories that they tell, the impartial, matter-of-fact, in-your-face, veracity.  Good or Bad.So, what do last year's numbers tell us??  Well the most resounding message is that prices have tumbled and that it's a great time to make a move on Florida Keys Real Estate!  Both Waterfront and Non Waterfront properties are a great opportunity, with the Upper Keys' median price for a non waterfront home being $ 230,000, and a Waterfront Home being $550,000.  Not great news for Sellers, though better than 2009 when very little was selling.Below are Figures for Upper Keys Waterfront and Non Wat...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
They call me The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador. and as The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  With it's proximity to Adams Cut, the mid Key Largo opening between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Largo Sound Area is ideal for Boaters who want the best of Both Worlds!!  Exceptional back country fishing in the Bay and world class blue water fishing and diving in the Atlantic. 35 Bonefish Avenue, Key Largo Description: Large and beautiful executive home on oversized corner double lot in one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Key Largo, Largo Sound ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
This is a great quick promotional video for Key Largo, in the Fabulous Florida Keys produced by Tinsley Advertising.  It really gives you a taste of what Key Largo is all about. Key Largo is the Northernmost of the populated Keys Chain and is home to phenomenal reefs and wrecks that are draws for divers and anglers alike. These are the Florida Keys, where I am proud to be...The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador! Please visit my Nationwide Housing Trends Newsletter!
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By Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo
(BHHS Keys Real Estate)
Things to do in the Fabulous Florida Keys, The Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival. The 2nd annual (2011) Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival will be held at Rowell's Marina Mile Marker 104.5 Bay side in Key Largo on Saturday January 29 from 11 to 8 PM and Sunday January 30th from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be a kids play area Cooking demonstrations Nashville Music Arts & Crafts vendors Shrimp eating contest Key Lime eating contest Casting contest Face painter Music Fireworks and more! Website
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
With it's proximity to Adams Cut, the mid Key Largo opening between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Largo Sound Area is ideal for Boaters who want the best of Both Worlds!!  Exceptional back country fishing in the Bay and world class blue water fishing and diving in the Atlantic. They call me The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador. and as The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  622 Island Drive, Key Largo  Description: Island Drive residence on the open water of Largo Sound,an address steeped in the history of Key Largo. Panoramic views of Largo Sound and ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
How Cool is this??? Florida REALTORS are sponsoring their 2011/2011 Scholarship Essay Contest for High School Seniors. This year high school seniors living in the state may receive up to $28,000 in college scholarship funding! Entering the contest is easy.  Students must write a typed, double spaces essay -500 words or less on  the topic, "How does a REALTOR Professional Benefit the Community?" All essays, accompanied by an official essay cover form, must be postmarked no later than February 9, 2011. FAR sends copies of the 2010-2011 scholarship essay contest application kit and other materials to senior high schools' guidance offices throughout Florida.  The materials are also available online at http://media.floridarealtors.org/scholarshipinfo.htm
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
They call me The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador and as The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  With it's proximity to Adams Cut, the mid Key Largo opening between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Largo Sound Area is ideal for Boaters who want the best of Both Worlds!!  Exceptional back country fishing in the Bay and world class blue water fishing and diving in the Atlantic. 522 Plante St Key Largo, Key Largo, FL Description: Delightful ground level home in South Creek Village. Screened patio to enjoy the breeze. Tile & carpet, bahama blinds thru-out, ve...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Today we celebrate and remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, a man who...dared to DREAM.  We celebrate diversity, equality, and opportunity. We are one of the few countries in the world that promote home ownership. The opportunity to own your own domain, regardless of color or creed.  Now to some that might not seem like much, but time travel back 60 or 70 years in a time before Dr. King and that opportunity was not so easily achieved for many of our citizens based solely on the color of their skin.  Dr. King's influence on our society is to me incalculable and we are a better nation for it.Today's deal is located in the Stillwright Point community (originally Stillrecht Point), a fantastic location in Key Largo that is a peninsula jutting out into Blackwater Sound, an...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
With it's proximity to Adams Cut, the mid Key Largo opening between Florida Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the Largo Sound Area is ideal for Boaters who want the best of Both Worlds!!  Exceptional back country fishing in the Bay and world class blue water fishing and diving in the Atlantic. As The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  354 Sound Dr Key Largo, FL Description: An exclusive beachfront location and breathtaking ocean views are among the features that make this one of the most impressive home in the Upper Keys. Located on beautiful Largo Sound, this property feat...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
It's funny how sometimes you can take things for granted until you see them from someone else's perspective.Recently, I met with client who was relocating  from the Northeast to The Keys, and as she sat at my desk, she saw my logo with the address TheRealEstateConch.com.   She asked...What's a Conch?One of the humorous things we Keys Folk get a kick out of, is the way tourists say "Conch" with the ch  sounding like the ch in cheetah.  Conch...Pronounced like KONK is a wonderful mollusk that I and many other Keys Folk have an incredible affinity for.For centuries, the Native American and subsequently the Anglo settlers in the Keys came to rely on this relative of the snail for its high protein as a mainstay staple on their tables.They were, as well, prized for their beautiful shells.As t...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
As The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  418 3RD St Key Largo Description:  Two story house built on one of largest lots in Largo Sound Village featuring deluxe cherry kitchen, moen acceted bathrooms & more. All windows & sliding glass doors are heavy duty accordion shutters including garage. Also features high efficient central air conditioning, stove with vent & dishwasher have never been used! Home is fenced & surrounded by line of Palm trees on north side.  Offered by Keller Williams.  Located in Largo Sound Village List Price: $449,000  4 bedrooms /3 Baths Mile ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
819 Bonita Lane, Key Largo2011... a New Year filled with new opportunities.  Could this be the year YOUmake the move down to our Fabulous Florida Keys???  Is a seasonal residence or weekend getaway on your horizon?  Or are you ready to take Life the B....I mean are you ready to experience life full time in the Keys???2011 is going to be a very interesting year in how it shakes out.   The magic question being where is the Market going??? My crystal ball says that we will see a great deal of sales activity, but prices will remain stable, neither declining nor appreciating even with the increased activity.  A plateau of sorts.  I will soon publish year end sales figures which are sure to tantalize, delight, and awe...OK maybe you don't get into this stuff like I do...but that's why you rea...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
The Overseas Highway, also known as US1 runs through the Florida Keys like a spine, many times being the ONLY road in a particular Key.  As one drives North or South, you will see green mile markers along the way.  In the Keys...these are our primary reference points.  Even more than physical addresses, everything is specified by its mile marker location.  For instance, my office is located at Mile Marker 81.  The numbers increase /decrease from its proximity to the Heart of Key West, which is Mile Marker 0. Below is an excellent summary of Mile Marker Locations put together by Jerry Wilkenson my associate at the The Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. Mile Markers in the Florida Keys      Mile Markers (MM) is a relative location of a site in reference to the number of mi...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
My wife Michelle and I saw this this morning on Keysnews.com and just had to put it on here!!! So true to a Holiday in the Keys.Please click on the beautiful wreathes to visit chartworksart.com, artist Margorie Smith's warm collection of Keys inspired art.'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Keys, Most of the anglers were enjoying a warm ocean breeze.The rods were all rigged by the transom with care,In hopes that big fish will soon leave their lairs.The beers were nestled all snug in the ice,While visions of hookups soon would be nice.And mamma in her 'kini, and I in my Crocks,Had just cast off lines from our Key Largo dock.When out on the flats there arose such a splash,I sprang from the helm to see a bright silver flash.Away toward the clatter I drove in a dash,The o...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
113 Peace Ave Key Largo  -I must say, that I've been waiting...betting, even...betting that we would see a navigable waterfront home sell under $300,000 and now...BOOM here we go!!! I am in shock, even though I anticipated it.  A few years ago, it would have seemed like a pipedream to get a house on the water at this price...$295,000. Now, this is not a USDA Prime Home. What would you expect at this price??  BUT it IS waterfront, and it IS Navigable, on Dove Creek on the Ocean Side.  A great Keys get away for the lucky new Buyer. I swear, they are going off like popcorn!! Lot's of vitality in the Market down here now.113 Peace Ave Key LargoDescription: Two bedroom two bath Canal front home with plenty of dockage. Open Ocean access in just minutes. Oversized lot for guest entertaining. ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
572 Beach Road Key Largo - And the deals just keep on coming!!!!  Wow! just when I thought I found the best deal....another one pops up.  We were just chatting here, in the office at American Caribbean, this morning, about the vitality that we are seeing in the market down here in the Florida Keys and how ironically the increased volume of sales has had the effect of LOWERING prices !!!  Now, how long that will last is a good guess, but these SOLD prices that we are seeing are amazing.  Today's deal barely eclipsed $300,000!! A navigable waterfront home in Key Largo for $301,000.  And this isn't a 2 bedroom Conch Cottage, but rather a 5 bedroom home!! Just mere minutes to some of the world's greatest sportfishing and diving. If owning a waterfront home were ever on your bucket list...No...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
As The Largo Sound Specialist, I enjoy keeping my clients up to date with the latest available properties and real estate news, as well as recently closed properties.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area in Key Largo, only minutes from Miami, yet a world away.  808 Oceana Dr Key Largo Description: Enjoy this Keys Style Conch Home! Double Lot surrounded by the Beautiful Grounds of theHistoric Key Largo Lodge in the Private area of Oceana. Large Pull through Garage; enter from Oceana or Pompano. Park like Setting across the street offers more privacy. Public Boat Ramp & trailer parking nearby. Location!! 1 lot from the Ocean launch your kayak or canoe & Enjoy the Sunrise & Ocean Breeze! List Price: $249,500 / Sold price: $235,000 2 Bedrooms /1 Bathroom Click here for mapped Location Wi...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
I love referrals, of course we all do.  Fortunately I find myself working more and more of them from both my personal sphere but also through the great network of national and international agents that I have been able to create, and quite a few from Active Rain!! With this in mind, I have been reevaluating my business plan for 2011, and have decided to fore go some of the more traditional forms of marketing in order to offer my Active Rain colleagues a more aggressive referral. For 2011, I will be offering a 30% referral, at closing, to my Active Rain collegues on the respective Buyer/Seller end for your Florida Keys referrals (large or small), excluding Key West. Of course referral splits aren't the only reason you should referral your valued clients to me.  With over 15 years in the ...
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By Pat & Curt Barlow
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt)
Once you leave civilization at Florida City, Key largo is the first town and first island you come to as you travel down US 1 -- across a dozen plus miles of beautiful and still totally pristine Everglades country, then along a narrow strip of mangrove splitting Barnes Sound from Blackwater Sound and Florida Bay, now across the old swing bridge at Jewfish Creek, finally over Lake Surprise. And there it is: Key Largo, the stuff of myth, located some 55 miles and about an hour south of Miami International Airport and just 24 miles south of Homestead. You are now on a different planet. Since 1948, when it was the setting for the movie, "Key Largo," starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Lauren Bacall, the name Key Largo has become world famous. In fact, Key Largo is one of the o...
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