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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...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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The furor over the allegations President Trump denigrated members of the military are troubling on so many levels. I will leave it right there and let the electorate decide how to judge him.  I have been going to write this particular blog for several months and then stopped. I planned to expand ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 From April 25, 2015 Be Careful Who You Trust with Access to Your Home in Key West I love living in Key West. You can be who you want to be and love who you want to love. Nobody cares what you do or who you sleep with other than the guy who parades around town with his anti-fags sign. Gays and st...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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I have made numerous references in my blog to Bill Butler Park when discussing homes on Upper William Street, Galveston Lane, and Poorhouse Lane. This "Pocket Park" is named after  Bill Butler, a musician who led funeral procession band to the Key West Cemetery. I did not see him play, but I have...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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JUST LISTED 907 Washington Street, Key West. This 2,120 Sq Ft home sits on a huge 8,960 Sq Ft lot (80' X 112') just four blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in the Casa Marina Area of Key West. I dug down into my old shoebox and found a photo of this same home that was taken in 1965 just two years aft...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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The spring and summer of 2020 have alternatively sped by and dragged on, depending on your mindset or the day of the week when my mind functioned normally. The tedium of the lock down and being forced to stay at home was moderated by the fact I live in paradise. Friends and fellow agents have sha...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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  I've got writer's block. I shall return. Soon!    

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Earlier today I was clicking through Instagram photos until I saw the photo above. I stopped and took notice. I thought to myself "Self, this could work in Key West".  I clicked  back through the link and found the Instagram feed for the designers of this property. CLICK HERE to view more photos...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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Earlier today I was clicking through Instagram photos until I saw the photo above. I stopped and took notice. I thought to myself "Self, this could work in Key West".  I clicked  back through the link and found the Instagram feed for the designers of this property. CLICK HERE to view more photos ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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The asking price was reduced $100,000 on 617 Frances Street, Key West. I had the opportunity to see this Old Town home just before it was listed and want to share some photos and thoughts with my readers - especially those looking for a fixer-upper. I love how much the houses of Old Town have cha...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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  Written on the back of this 1960's photo "Dancing girls at a service club" Key West Florida Stop. Stare. Consider this. These women were probably in their very early 20's, if that, in 1960. They would be at least 80 in 2020. They would be somebody's grannies. A few years ago I went to look at O...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 All of the stories I write about Key West are true. I change names and places to protect myself from lawsuits. This is a true story. I hope my former neighbor don't read this or sue me. I moved to Key West in December 1993 to own and operate a guest house. I quickly met many of my neighbors and ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Just listed 1009 South Street, an early 20th Century home that has become a legal multi-unit apartment. The builing has 2,381 Sq Ft of living space and sits on a 4,830 Sq Ft corner lot in the Casa Marina Area of Key West.I found the above aerial photo taken in 1930 which shows 1009 South Street ...

By Gary Thomas
(Preferred Properties Key West)
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 Image driving home after a long day on the water boating, fishing, diving for lobsters, or alternatively working again. This is the view you will have when entering The Sanctuary at the Key West Golf Club Community. I just listed 265 Golf Club Drive, the largest single family home in The Sanctua...

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