Key Largo, FL Real Estate News

By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
You Know, down here in the Florida Keys, I don't so much sell Properties as much as I do the LIFESTYLE and unique CULTURE of the Keys and that...ESSENCE is the chum that makes them bite. Tonight's event is a perfect illustration of what makes our Island Chain so damn cool!  "Monday Night Movies on the Dock"   The World Famous Caribbean Club in Key Largonow hosts a movie night under the palms. Grab a drink and enjoy a different movie every Monday night, stating at 6PM. Tonight in honor of Veteran's Day, they will be screening "Kelly's Heros" The Caribbean Club is a Florida Keys institution!  A bad ass dive bar with character and rich in history, and wow, if those walls could talk!!!   The Caribbean Club was the final project of auto parts and real estate promoter Carl Fisher. Opening in ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Upper Keys Fishing Reports   If you are down here in The Fabulous Florida Keys and you are itching to fish, there in one person to turn to Captain Matt Bellinger of  Bamboo Charters for the BEST in what's happening on the Briny.   Captain Matt Bellinger of Bamboo Charters is THE Voice of what's going on. He has been featured on National Geographic Television and his daily reports put you on the fish, with the where when and who of the day's catch. Captain Matt can be heard daily at local radio stations Sun 103.1 and 100.3 FM and now right here at this very Blog.   Entertaining and Insightful, Captain Matt always has his line in the water for fresh Intel to help you catch the big ones.   As Captain Matt always says..." Get out On The Water....Go Fish!"   Visit Captain Matt's Bamboo Char...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
It's funny, Your Conchquistdor is now taking Blog requests!!   I recently posted in Facebook, that I was enjoying breakfast at Robbie's in Islamorada with my faithful canine, Donatello in tow, and that we were lucky to have so many Pet-Friendly eateries here in the Keys. This prompted one of my loyal readers to remark that I should do a Blog post with locations of others. Great Idea!!! And Here you go:   Keys People love their pets....and they REALLY LOVE their Dogs.  The Florida Keys, in my humble opinion, are the most accepting and in many cases, most welcoming of patrons accompanied by Man's Best Friend.   I have had many transactions that had to take into account how the Buyer's pet(s) would fare in their new surroundings   It is quite common to sit on a patio, at a local eatery, an...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Sometimes in Life you are allowed the opportunity to work with one of the "Good Guys".   Let's face it, when some people still think of a Real Estate Agent in South Florida, thoughts of  guys with Pencil Thin mustaches that they twirl at the ends while they impart the wondrous value of swamp land come to mind. And yes... there were those unsavory characters that have sullied our reputation as Real Estate Professions here in South Florida and it has taken a considerable amount of time to turn the tide.   Joel Young being Awarded "REALTOR of  The Year" by The Florida Keys Board of Realtors But then comes, Joel Young....A Galahadian version of what we, as vessels of our profession, should be!  Joel, has just been named by The Florida Keys Board of Realtors as their "Realtor of The Year", a...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Like Jimmy Buffet sang about being a Pirate too late, your Conchquistador still has a bit of Buccaneer in him!!   As most of you are aware, this crazy Government shutdown has forced the closure of Everglades National Park, the source of livelihood for many of our local fishing guides. These poor guys are taking it in the proverbial shorts!! And if the Guides aren't making money, they don't go to restaurants, spend money, and so on and on it goes with the financial ripple, that can even, eventually affect real estate in the long run.   So, what is a Pirate like me supposed to do??? Protest!!!  Along with about 200 of my Keys Brethren. Yes, about 200 boats, including my vessel the Conch-Keys-Tador, took part this Wednesday, in a peaceful, but very vocal protest of the Park's closure, that...
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By Phil Stevenson, CRMP, "Mortgage Nerd" in Miami, Florida and Texas
(PS Mortgage Lending 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630)
Will FHA and HUD Be Affected By Government Shutdown? The government shutdown is in effect for the first time in 17 years but, for the time being, reverse mortgage loan, insured HUD and FHA, will largely remain unaffected. The shutdown came as a rude awakening for many government workers, and tourists who hoped to visit Yosemite National Park during its birthday. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, however, was already prepared for the worst when they released a contingency plan yesterday, September 30, the same day the changes to the reverse mortgage program changes were implemented. According to an article published by Reverse Mortgage Daily, "HUD Makes Back-Up Plans in Case of Government Shutdown," HUD has also specified that its Office of Single Family Housing will "cont...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Sounds like I'm hawking sodas and dogs at the ballpark. Numbers, Numbers, Get Yer Florida Keys Real Estate Stats Here! Though I don't sell Red Hots, I Do sell Red Hot real Estate!!  Yes, yes, I know. That one was Really bad, but hey it's 4 pm on Friday, and I'm itching for a Conch Colada to start the Weekend off right.   (BTW, Conch Colada.... My own recipe and creation is 1.5 oz of  Bacardi  Pineapple Fusion, Pineapple Juice, and Sweet and Sour or Margarita Mix.  Shake vigorously with ice and strain over fresh ice or serve up.  Goes exceptionally well with a good Partagas Black Label cigar!) OH and my lawyers wanted me to add, please drink responsibly and only drink if you are over 21.   Anyway, back to Rea Estate. As you can see from my report below, our market has stayed pretty const...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
The Florida Keys are an incredible destination for travelers the world over.   That being said, it is imperative, that in order to maintain this tropical paradise, we as locals, and visitors alike adhere to a few "Keymandments".   I saw this great list of directives on the Florida Keys and Keys West website at fla-keys.com, geared at educating our valued visitors on the protocols to Keys living and conservation:   ‘Ten Keymandments’ for Keys Travelers While the Bible's Ten Commandments advise people what not to do, these "10 Keymandments" are designed to guide visitors in what you CAN do to have meaningful, memorable vacations while respecting and helping preserve the Florida Keys environment. Great new button on the Fla Keys and Key West Website Plant a coral (or adopt one of the cute...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Wow, talk about an Honor! I had the distinct pleasure to meet one of my true inspirations, my new Friend, Dr. Guy Harvey! Guy is an amazing individual, not just as a superb artist of enormous talent, but also as a big game fisherman, conversationalist, philanthropist and ecological educator.   My wardrobe consists mostly of his line of fishing shirts, and his brand has become somewhat of a cottage industry.   I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Guy, and found him to be most delightful and engaging.  We both spoke of our love for the sea and the Florida Keys in particular.  Kindred spirits for sure.   Guy's marine wildlife art is among the best in the world, and his floor to ceiling mural at Fort Lauderdale's airport is breathtaking.   Another Hemingway devotee, like yours tr...
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By Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo
(Century 21 Schwartz Realty)
Direct Bay front, 4th floor OverviewMapsPhotos $739,500 Condominium Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,278 sqft Location 96000 Overseas Hwy W43Key Largo, FL 33037USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please click the "Like" button below: Kathy Denworth (305) 394-3400KathyDenworth@gmail.comhttp://www.KathyDenworth.com   Listed by: Kathy Denworth @ C21 Schwartz Realty Our recent listings One of the few remaining Islamorada Ocean front lotsBuy it today, be in this weekend!Concrete Roof on 3 bedroom, 2 bath Islamorada HomeOcean View Townhome in IslamoradaUnique Property with Pecky wood, Skylights and Dade County Pine Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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Sunset Hammock is a bayfront gated community offering lush tropical landscaping, community pool, tennis, clubhouse, boat ramp and more. This spacious townhouse has a nice open floor plan, with over 1,450sf, 2 bedrooms & 2.5 bathrooms with a screened porch overlooking the tranquil lake.
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
  What’s New On the Market    8 Bayberry Lane:  $3,900,000 Custom lakefront home with panoramic views. This home was designed by distinguished architect, Robert S. Bennet and features 150 year old forest pine, crown moldings, solid wood doors, impact windows and doors, French doors in the living areas, high ceilings throughout, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook and bay window overlooking the lake, stunning landscaping with a pond and entry bridge plus a spacious garage for multiple cars and golf carts. Quality construction, excellent storage, large airy rooms, large entertainment deck around the pool and spa with casual dining and wet bar on the covered patio area. This is a very special home on a quiet street nestled in the Hammock Course and totally turnkey. 27 South Harbor Drive...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
  What’s New On the Market    24 Dispatch Creek Court:  $7,600,000 Magnificent family compound offers unprecedented privacy and 280 feet of water frontage that offers plenty of room for all one’s water toys. Panoramic views, exceptional layout, master sitting room, study with a full bath that can be a 6th bedroom, large outdoor lanai overlooking an infinity edge pool and private beach. Huge garage and tons of storage. 17 Grayvik: $3,250,000 Grayvik Canal Front Cottage. Great canal front location on Grayvik Drive! This charming Chris Fergis designed home offers 3 bedrooms and two baths. Spacious covered outdoor living /dining areas with broad water views. Split floor plan, sky lights, a long spacious kitchen, the home exudes warmth and privacy. The exceptional large lot has tall mature ...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
    What’s New On the Market    39 Cardinal Lane: $5,975,000 Canal front 2-story with ocean view! Features include state-of-the-art kitchen, soaring ceilings, gorgeous pool with spectacular gazebo/bar/spa. Outstanding sun & moon rises. Great room, family room, mega storage for boats, trailers, cars, scooters, golf carts, etc plus attic storage. 66’ dock with davits, 50 amp service and 5’ draft for a max 63’ boat. Beautiful landscaping for privacy with some new upgrades. 48 Sunrise Cay: $4,700,000 Spacious 3-story family home with dock, easy ocean/bay access and long water views. Elevator access from the two-car plus cart garage to the first level consisting of large/legal living area with full bath and kitchenette, A/C storage, then up to the main living area and then up to the third f...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
  What’s New On the Market    18 Channel Cay: $5,500,000 Fabulous custom home with open floor plan, perfect for entertaining. Vaulted ceilings with panoramic views of the water. Four bedrooms with en suite baths, with a separate guest suite. 289’ feet of seawall on a perfect corner lot with easy access to the Ocean and southern exposure. Perfect for all boaters and water sport enthusiasts! 27 Island Drive: $3,950,000 Anglers Club Cottage #27. A Bay front beautifully renovated home with open water views of the marina and Card Sound.  Featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, Jerusalem stone flooring, marble kitchen counter tops with custom cabinetry and a Viking gas stove.  Impact glass throughout the whole house and an elevator from the garage to first and second floors. Exquisitely decorated ...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
  What’s New On the Market    28 Baker Road: $4,250,000 Enjoy the privacy and serenity this elegant home with exceptional furnishings! This beautiful, four bedroom, five and one half bath home has soaring ceilings and wonderful amenities of the highest quality. Entertain in the fabulous living room with a fireplace overlooking lush tropical foliage. Relax in the family room with the media center and wet bar. A formal dining room is the perfect setting for special occasions. The gourmet kitchen with gas range, stainless steel appliances and fine cabinetry includes a cozy breakfast nook. A splendid, large master suite and office is located on the first floor and three spacious guest rooms with en-suite baths on the second floor. The outdoor living space offers a private terrace, outdoor ...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
modifyremoveorganizepost follow up     What’s New On the Market    2 South Pelican: $6,750,000 What a Tropical Oasis! One of the most luxurious homes at Ocean Reef! This beautiful six bedrooms, six and two half bath home comes with a home theater room. Home also features a large pool with waterfall spa, elevator, gourmet kitchen, beautiful orchid garden, large covered terrace, a separate guest suite, three-car garage, and outside decks galore. Enjoy parking your yacht directly behind this home at your own 70’ dock and ramp. This house boasts 8,642 square feet and soaring two story ceilings throughout. 600 Coral Lane: $4,500,000 Enjoy your island paradise with complete privacy in this Hawaiian inspired home. Five bedrooms, five and a half baths with a separate entrance for the fifth bed...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Our New Billboard on US1 at the gateway to The Keys!! OK, so talk about Coups!! My friend and colleague Joel Young, was able to use his long time connection at the Visitor Center in Florida City on US1, the gateway to The Keys,  to score us a double sided Marquee Billboard!!! Super excited to be able to have folks see our banner as they both drive To AND From the Keys! We even obtained a new toll free number 888-963-KEYS. Program it into you phone now! In my ongoing efforts to dominate Keys real estate...Veni, Vidi, Vici...this is just one more tool in my belt to offer my Clients Outstanding Service. Zillow and Tulia Premier agent status...Check Local Radio show sponsorship ... Check Featured as Local Real Estate Expert on Radio...Check Award-Winning Blog....You KNOW that's a Check Soc...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
The Heavy Hitters have come to Play!!! In a matter of days, two properties in the $2Million range have closed in Key Largo!!! Hows THAT for your 1% !!!  I just hope that we don't get an Occupy Key Largo movement. As the Keys are certainly the best and SAFEST buy for national AND international Buyers right now looking for fun and sun and all that goes with it, more and more of our $1million+ homes are disappearing.  In fact in our office for the month of July we saw that 30%  of our pending and Closed Transactions transactions involved foreign Buyers, including buyers from Europe and South America. And, Wow what an amazing estate this is that just Closed!  Easy Bayfront waters, gorgeous sunsets and all the pampered amenities that you could ask for. Congrats to my friend Kim Thaler on a m...
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