Key Largo, FL Real Estate News

By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
  Stillwright Point In Key Largo 1 North Drive Key Largo Wow! Stillwright Point is Hot! Stillwright is one of my favorite Key Largo Communities.  My colleagues Terry Canto and Kelly Wilson, had the listing on this home that was right across the canal from the previous Deal of the Day, and is the essence of Keys Living! The smart money is definitely in Stillwright Point!             1 North Drive, Key Largo   List Price: $799,000 / Sold Price: $770,000 Original Price $895,000   3 Bedrooms / 2.1 Baths   Mile Marker: 105   Description: CASUAL ELEGANCE! Beautiful new concrete house meticulously maintained. Featuring a beautiful & spacious kitchen, island w/granite, tiled floors throughout with top-of-the-line finishes. Vaulted/tray ceilings, impact resistant windows & wraparound balcony. En...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
With this Post, I will join the illustrious 100,000 Point Club here on ActiveRain.com! 340 Days and 245 Blog Posts got me here. I have been quite fortunate to share my unique, albeit slightly skewed, perspective, on Florida Keys Real Estate and our island lifestyle in general, with some really great folks and have received some really cool commentary. In that time I have seen Active Rain eclipse 200K members, and I was honored to have one of my Posts, "Key Largo Unveils Stunning, New, Welcome Sign", Featured.  I have gone on to sponsor several of our communities here on Active Rain and am now the #1 Ranked Professional in Key Largo! 44,466 have seen my Blogs listed and 22,654 have actually read my posts for a click thru ratio of 51% ! Leading to over 6000 views to my profile. Thank you ...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Stillwright Point (originally Stellrecht Point) is a great community that is on a natural peninsula positioned perfectly in Key Largo on picturesque Blackwater Sound. 45 Minutes to Miami...But an entire World away.  It is a premiere community made up of sumptuous waterfront estates with breathtaking open-water views. 8 Center Lane Key Largo List Price: $729,000 / Sold Price: $635,000 3 bedooms / 2 Bathrooms Mile Marker 106 Description: BAYSIDE BEAUTY in desirable Stillwright Point. Immaculate canalfront; remodeled kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, solid maple cabinets, sit-up island & wine captain. 2 bedrooms on main level, bath with frameless shower & Jerusalem soapstone tile. Strand-woven bamboo floors, whitewashed tongue & groove pine ceilings & gas fireplace...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
 From late 1950's to the mid 70's, my Grandfather delivered Keg Beer for Budweiser to all the restaurants and bars from Key Largo to the 7-Mile Bridge, and drove a large beer delivery truck.  I can still remember his stories about how often his side mirrors would "kiss" other truck mirrors on the impossibly thin, 2-laned, dreaded, "18-Mile Stretch", that desolate, albeit, beautiful stretch of US1between Florida City, the last mainland outpost, and Key Largo as you traverse Jewfish Creek and Lake Surprise.   The New Jew Fish Creek Bridge       Probably one of the deadliest roads in America, the "18 Mile Stretch" as it is called, was a very scary ride at times, with most of the traffic accidents resulting from terrifyingly tragic, head on collisions.  You had to know how to drive the stre...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
  Announcing the  2011-2012 Marketing Plan Discover the Reasons to List Your Home with Mary       When you are ready to list your home for sale it would be my pleasure to present you with the most comprehensive Marketing Plan on Ocean including the expansion of our our popular FINEWines Dinner Events                            --Mary   Click Here to View     Highlights of the Marketing Plan    Call or Email to Schedule a Listing Presentation 917.603.3252 Mary@MaryLeePresentsOceanReef.com  
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
I LOVE finding new places to eat in the Keys! I could easily host a Travel Channel show highlighting cool and funky places to eat in the Keys!!  The Mile High Key Lime Pie at Blue Heaven in Key West, Ziggy and Mad Dog's for Chops in Islamorada, The Friday night Fish Fry at Shipwrecks in Key Largo, The Charm and food at Porky's in Marathon, ANYTHING at Doc's in Key Largo.   Marina Side Casual Dining at Key Largo Fisheries Now, there is a new great entry!  Key Largo Fisheries Backyard Take-A-Way Cafe!  Yes, yes I know Key Largo Fisheries is certainly not a new name, having provided some of the best and freshest seaford around for ages, but their recent renovations and inclusion of a waterfront picnic style Take A Way restaurant only make this place even cooler!!!   Fresh Lobster at The Fi...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
New York Athletic Club & Ocean Reef Club    Create Affiliation    New York Athletic Club  Mary's husband, John, was instrumental in developing an affiliation between Ocean Reef Club and the New York City Athletic Club. With its 8500 members, the NYAC is totally debt free. It is one of the few private clubs in the country with a waiting list. As an integral part of Mary's 2011-2012 Marketing Plan, she will be promoting Ocean Reef and her listings every month with full page ads in NYAC's Winged Foot Magazine that reaches all current members.   According to John, "The two clubs share so much in common that a reciprocal agreement is an ideal arrangement. Both have rich traditions that span generations and a membership that represents the finest individuals in business, finance and entrepren...
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By Mary Lee, Ocean Reef
(Ocean Reef Club Real Estate)
    What's New On the Market   105 Andros Road:  $4,500,000 If your dream is to be on the ocean for the sunrise, than this is the spot for you today.  Fabulous location!  Walking distance to Buccaneer Island. 22 Sunset Cay Road:  $3,500,000 Must See!  Beautifully maintained home with living room, family room, large open kitchen, extra large laundry room & master den.  S.E. exposure with large covered patio over looking the pool.  7A Marina Village:  $1,950,000 Great view of the marina.  Condo has been redesigned with a sofa bed in the master vanity area.   34 A Moorings:  $899,000  Priced to sell this week.  Bathrooms and kitchen all re-done in granite and tile.  Carpet still remain in bedroom and living room.  Deeded dockage of 31 feet at the waterline.  Extra large screened patio.  W...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
The Pilot House in Key Largo at Mile Marker 100 is a Keys Institution.  I have been going there since I was 10 years old!! Over the years, I have watched this local eatery on Lake Largo (not really a lake but rather, lagoon that connects to the ocean), set amongst lobster fishermen and the charter boat fleet, expand from a screened-in porch  take away restaurant to the Bar/Dining/Marina that it has now become.   The latest addition to the complex, is a fantastic floating dock with slips for transient and live aboard vessels.  These are slips that can handle the BIG Boys.  LARGE fishing boats, sail boats, cruisers, the works, with full electrical and water hook-ups.   For more info: http://www.pilothousemarina.com/marina.html So cruise on in by land or sea!   Put the experience and expe...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Testimonials...THE ABSOLUTE Best form of adsvertising in my Opinion.  Of course we all enjoy our commission checks but sometimes, the written appreciation from a satisfied client is often, even more gratifying.  Here are some incredibly kind words from some recent clients:     "Hey Mykael,   Just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for your efforts in helping us transition from NJ. Moving a family of five 1,300 miles in less than 30 days seemed impossible.  However your assistance in providing keen insight into neighborhoods, schools, and youth sports on top of your market prowess really put us at ease.   The home we chose is exceeding our expectations and we are very happy.  Who knew you could spend just six hours searching for a home and come away with the perfect dwelling for your...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
 Fishing Chart - In the Florida Keys, fishing is fantastic year 'round!  With the changing of Summer to Fall though, WHAT you catch may differ.  Below, is a handy Fishing Chart courtesy of Captain Matt Johnson's site SeaSquared-charters.com, that showcases which species are best to target and when.  Some species such as Yellowtail and Mangrove Snapper are excellent throughout the year.  Reel 'em in!!!      
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
One of my greatest pleasures, and I get this from my Dad, is bird and wildlife watching.  There is nothing like cruising your boat at slow speed as you motor across a backwater bend and come upon the Majestic Beauty of a group of snow white Egrets or Herons lounging in the mangroves. Add to that a pod of porpoises racing parallel to your boat, a sight I had this very weekend!       Well, for these of you who enjoy Nature in its fullest, as I do, there is the 13th Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Always a fun and educational evert with a host of activities, from ecotours, to snorkeling to bicycling amongst nature's finest!Be sure to visit their website at Keysbirdingfest.org.Deal with an Agent with an eye of the essence of the Keys!  Put the experience and expertise of...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Stillwright Point (originally Stellrecht Point) is a great community that is on a natural peninsula positioned perfectly in Key Largo on picturesque Blackwater Sound. 45 Minutes to Miami...But an entire World away.  It is a premiere community made up of sumptuous waterfront estates with breathtaking open-water views. 26 North Drive,  Key Largo Description: Bayfront concrete home in well loved Stillwright Point. 2/2 upstairs and pre-firm (grandfathered in) 2/1 downstairs. Enjoy relaxing on expansive porches overlooking the beautiful Florida Bay WITHOUT seeing your neighbors homes. List Price: $875,000  4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms  Mile Marker 105 Bayside  View Detailed Brochure with Photos  View Mapped Location  View Available Stillwright Point Homes  View Key Largo Waterfront Homes $750K -$1M
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
29072 Cedar Drive, Big Pine KeyLately, I have been doing a lot more business in the Lower Keys, and I am very impressed with the Deals and dynamic values (ie ; Bangs for YOUR Bucks!) that are coming out of these wayward Western Keys.  Nice Waterfront homes selling for what nasty land locked dry fixer uppers used to sell for! Today's Deal is a perfect example.  In the Hey Day it was listed at $749,000! Super Cute, with a huge lot for Keys Standards...Sold now $285,000!!! $285,000 for f#$@& Waterfront???!!! WOW29072 Cedar Drive, Big Pine KeyList Price: $310,000 / Sold Price: $285,0002 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms Mile Marker 29 Bayside Description: This 2 bedroom,2 bath canal front homes sits on 10,000 sqft of land. Located on a boating canal, this home has s 55' permitted wood dock, boat basin...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Stillwright Point (originally Stellrecht Point) is a great community that is on a natural peninsula positioned perfectly in Key Largo on picturesque Blackwater Sound. 45 Minutes to Miami...But an entire World away.It is a premiere community made up of sumptuous waterfront estates with breathtaking open-water views. Absolutely Breathaking! 63 N Blackwater Lane, Key Largo Description: SUNSET POINT! This private, gated property has 220 feet of waterfront and features a pier well as a concrete dock on the canal along side. There is a slip  for a large yacht plus 2 boat lifts, 2 sets of davits and floating docks for 5 rave runners - so bring all your friends and family. Offered by Century 21 List Price: $3,225,000 5 Bedrooms /4 Bathrooms Mile Marker 105 Bayside    View Detailed Brochure With...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
  446 Barracuda Blvd, Key LargoWhen I'm on our boat, Conch-Keys-Tador, one of the things I love doing, is cruising through Adams Cut.  Now, a good deal of people, in going thru the cut, think it a bit of drudgery, but I love it.For those of you who do not know, Adam's cut is the man-made channel the cuts across Key Largo and provides quick passage from the Bayside at Blackwater sound to the Oceanside at Largo Sound. On either side of the half mile channel are beautiful homes.Drop the boat down to idle/slow, kick back and enjoy the 7-10 minute passage. Crack a beer, listen to some tunes and enjoy the slower pace 'till you're ready to rev up again on the other side.I have always enjoyed looking at the homes on either side of the Cut and waving hello to the owners. Today's Deal is one of t...
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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!!  With its community park and boat ramp...the water is yours! Those of you who follow my blog know that I am a big Fan of the Largo Sound Area, in Key Largo.  Largo Sound is a fantastic little area only minutes from Miami, yet a world away. Exceptional back country fishing in the Bay and world class blue water fishing and diving in the Atlantic is mere minutes away. 55 Bass Avenue, Key Largo Description: Brand new CBS 2 story home on popular Largo Sound's Bass Avenue! Excellent location at the end of the street with short stroll to the ocean front homeowner's park, boat ramp, pavilion and beach! Enjoy rare gar...
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By Jan Keller
(Coldwell Banker)
OCEANFRONT FAMILY COMPOUND! Elegance abounds this outstanding, gated direct oceanfront estate situated on 6 acres. Meander through the gate down the winding drive to discover 4 Superior Custom Built Homes offering amenities such as 2 oceanfront grand swimming pools, sandy beach, clubhouse, private (9 slip) Marina w/2 boat lifts, boat ramp, protected deep dockage.Directions: MM 97.2 oceanside $15,500,000 Provided as a courtesy of JAN KELLER Coldwell Banker Schmitt Islamorada85996 Overseas HwyIslamorada,FL 33036Office - (305) 289-6623Cell - (305) 664-7069Toll Free - (800) 207-4160JANKELLER1@MSN.COMhttp://islamoradajan.com
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Picture this....you are driving down to your favorite ramp in the Keys with your boat in tow and all of a sudden you hear a horrible screeching sound like nails on a blackboard and your trailer lists to one side and you realize in the pit of your stomach that your trailer bearings have froze and you are stuck!!!Been There...Done that...in 100 degree heat and mosquitoes!!!With over 120 mile of Florida Keys,  trailering your boat is quite often a necessity as there are times when the Middle or Lower Keys are calling your name or vice versa and you've got to hook up and go. And NOTHING kills the day worse than trailer issues. Now, I always insist that my friends and clients purchase a  sea towing and trailer towing assistance package from West Marine serviced by Tow Boat US.  The $160 or s...
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By Mykael Marinelli, The Florida Keys Real Estate Conchquistador
(American Caribbean / Christie's International Real Estate)
Stillwright Point (originally Stellrecht Point) is a great community that is on a natural peninsula positioned perfectly in Key Largo on picturesque Blackwater Sound. 45 Minutes to Miami...But an entire World away.It is a premiere community made up of sumptuous waterfront estates with breathtaking open-water views. Now, $1.7M is a lot of money for sure, but in perspective...this stellar estate with views, views, and more views, was originally listed for almost $3M and a few years ago was worth considerably more. My point being, accessibility in the Market has touched all aspects of the Market.. from bungalows to estates such as these.  Yes our economy is shaky, but smart people have been coming to the Keys and taking advantage of our price phase shift.  The most interesting aspect?  Man...
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