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By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I took the above photo of Marty's Place in Key West. The cottage complex was ideally located in Mid-Town about five blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and easily accessible to Old Town to the west and the three shopping centers to the east. The complex became an independent housing environment in the...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From October 2, 2015The Metallic Man and the Clicker  How in the world could something so innocent as a tiny little metal clicker have to do with buying a house in Key West? How, indeed! The above photo shows Judge Joseph P. Lewis, Betty the division clerk, Velma the court reporter (stenographer)...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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A couple of recent listings and sales recently got my attention.  Yesterday I wrote about 1218 Varela Street in Key West where I pointed out it had sold several times over the past twenty years. We just cannot build new houses on the Island of Key West because we do not have land and we have stat...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Just Listed - 1218 Varela Street, Key West. This historic home is located in Old Town on the south side of Truman Avenue and about a good ten minute walk to Higgs Beach and Atlantic Ocean. And a five minute or so walk to legendary Duval Street. Soon after I started to sell houses in Key West I as...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 I clicked on a TWITTER link CLICK HERE showing strange things some Realtors have post in their MLS listings.  Below are photos of properties I have blogged about or photographed for customers. The house below was a fixer to say the least. The least I say, the better. Pics talk for themselves. Lo...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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    I took these photos from the balcony of a Harbour Place Condominiums in February 2016 when I blogged about one of the waterfront condominiums that was then for sale. In a few weeks Key West voters will vote on a referendum to limit the size of cruise ships that dock in Key West. There a yard ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I have written numerous blogs about particular listings at the Key West Golf Club Community over the years including many during and after the Great Recession when there were so many short sales and bank owned units for sale. I estimate I have sold over 41 of the 390 homes in this planned unit de...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From: Valentine's Day 2018Strange Love in Key West - A True Story  I always preference my little tales of Key West by telling my Dear Readers that the stories are true as opposed to stuff that comes out of Washington and reality television. You can't make up the truth, and, sometimes, the truth h...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Just Listed 1217 Grinnell Street, Key West.  This is a free standing single family home located on a 3,386 Sq Ft Lot lot in the Grinnell Gardens Compound.  Long time readers may recall I have written about other units here including a single family home I listed in February of this year. It sold ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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4 Gecko Lane is one of my all time favorite properties in Key West. I think I saw it the very first time in 2003 soon after it was listed for sale. It was at that time a one-of-a-kind property where two houses were made into one. A few other people copied the concept but the original remains the ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Casa Caselles is a town home community of just twenty ocean front units. 1616 Atlantic Boulevard Unit No. 20 is a really special three level unit two bedroom unit that has been recently updated with a new kitchen, baths, custom wood cabinetry, plantation shutters, and a private heated pool.This h...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From October 14, 2016 (Just Before Fantasy Fest)Key West Horror Story No. 5 A few years ago I represented a buyer who found me via my blog. He lived up north in New York City and was looking to buy a cute Key West cottage where he planned to move. He came to town on several visits to find that pe...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I have been spending too much time on TWITTER and INSTAGRAM over the past six months. My business has been slower than I would like, but better than I expected. I decided to do a quick comparison of Single Family Home Sale in Key West for the first 15 days of September from 2017 thru 2020.   Reme...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From August 4, 2012 HOW GAY WAS MY VILLA? It's a free world (at least it is here in Key West) where people can be and do just about anything and everything. We all seem to get along. And except for some do-gooders that sit on some public commissions, we all try to stay out of each others "busines...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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   Today's Trivial Pursuit is a No-Brainer because I added the address of the property in the photos. It is nonetheless interesting to see how one property can change so much over the period of fifty years. When I was a kid I counted my age by quarter and half years. Now it is decades. I have wat...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 The new listing at 505 Noah Lane, Key West merits the attention of the buyer seeking a spacious three bedroom home with pool and parking. Okay there are quite a few houses like that available, but this one is located in the highly desirable Truman Annex plus it has a Special Truman Annex Transie...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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This is a true story. It occurred about ten years ago. I cannot remember their real names, so I will call them Ted and Alice. Otherwise, all is true. Alice contacted first by email and later by phone. She and Ted had been to Key West before and decided they wanted to buy a guesthouse. I sent her ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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From December 22, 2018 Key West - A Couple of Days Before Christmas Story  This is true. I don't make stuff up. Sometimes my memory plays tricks on me and I get things a little screwy, or I can't add correctly, but for the most part if I write it in my blog soon after I experience something, it w...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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  923 Southard Street in Old Town Key West is back on the market. The original cigar maker's style cottage was built circa 1889. I found an old photo that shows pretty much the original structure as it appeared 50 some years ago (see the black and white photo below). If you look carefully you can...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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It is amazing how much Key West has changed in the last thirty years. But it is more amazing how it has changed from 100 years ago when the photo at the top of today's blog was taken on the eastern end of the island looking southwest on Flagler Avenue. That is where today's house is located. 3838...

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