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Upper Keys Rendezvous

A few weekends ago I met some girlfriends in Key Largo to celebrate my best friend getting married (Cinco de Mayo in the Sunshine) and we haven’t stopped talking about it since.  Living in Key West means that I am usually the friend that has to travel the farthest to participate in life events of my friends and family (it’s just one of the sacrifices you make to live on an island and I wouldn’t have it any other way.) but this time I got to have 7 ladies in my backyard and show off The Florida Keys.  Although I’ve lived in Key West for quite some time the Upper Keys have typically been a place to stop and grab lunch, perhaps a cocktail or two between trips from Key West to the Mainland, but I’ve never spent a weekend there so I started researching and planned the most ultimate bachelorette partay. 

If anyone is thinking about taking an Upper Keys Rendezvous here’s a quick recap of our weekend with recommendations… 

The Accommodations:

We stayed at Keys Breeze, a privately owned condo at The Mariner’s Club in Key Largo managed by Star Properties.  The property was perfect for our group, 3 bedrooms with a great kitchen, private balcony overlooking the water, and plenty of room for everyone.  The property itself had resort style amenities with a walk-in pool, private beach, and an adult only pool and hot tub. 

View from the balcony
Resort style pool with private beach

The Itinerary:

Friday: 

The girls arrived on Friday afternoon and after a day of traveling I knew that everyone would likely want to have a cocktail, bite to eat and freshen up before heading out to a local restaurant. 

One Love food truck located at the Chevron Station on Stock Island provided the welcome platters for the ladies.  Since I was driving up I placed the order 2 weeks ahead of time and they were ready for pick up on my trip up The Keys.

We had fresh guac & house made plantain chips, jerk rubbed tuna w/ wasabi crema, ceviche & chips, and a tropical fruit & meat charcuterie board.  Is your mouth watering yet?

Fresh Keys cuisine ready for pick up!
Everything was fresh, delicious, and a total hit with the ladies!

^^side-note:  these platters would be perfect for happy hour, a potluck, boat day, welcome gifts, anything! 

Once the girls were ready we grabbed a cab to Lorelei, one of the most popular dock bars in Islamorada. They had live entertainment and most importantly cold cocktails and good food.

Friday night sunset @ Lorelei

Saturday:

Saturday we took advantage of the resort and played by the pool for the day.  The condo had a handy cooler in it so we filled it up with White Claws and headed to the sunshine armed with sunscreen and sombreros.

After getting sunkissed we freshened up for a photo session with Costa Vida Photography.  Michaelynn was recommended to me from Jaclyn, the owner of Star Properties and Michaelynn was great, she bearing a bottle of sparkling rose and made all of the girls feel super comfortable and beautiful.

For dinner I hired a private chef to come to the condo and cook dinner for the ladies.  I cannot say enough good things about Chef Wes and his assistant Penny.  From start to finish they were wonderful to work with.  Penny was responsive to all of my emails and questions throughout the process.  The food was excellent and they take care of the clean up too! 

Fresh grouper ceviche
Filet Mignon with Florida Lobster, mashed potatoes, broccoli and Key Lime bernaise
Chef Wes with homemade Key Lime Pie for dessert

Sunday:

Helloooo Sandbar Sunday! We headed out to the Islamorada Sandbar via the Tiki Tiki and we had an amazing time!  The Tiki Tiki is an all-inclusive boat charter that comes complete with rafts, drinks, food, and music of your choice.  The captain fileted fresh grouper and shrimp on a paddleboard in front of us and cooked it on the grill for lunch.  But the best part of the day was that they took photos of the whole day so no one was glued to their phone and everyone got to enjoy the day. 

Cheers to the Bride
Fresh fruit appetizer
Paddleboarding like a pro
Fresh grouper and shrimp for lunch courtesy of Captain Charlie

Whether you’re staying the weekend or just passing through I hope my upper keys hit list helps you enjoy the sunshine and all of the amazing things that The Florida Keys have to offer! 

If you’re thinking of buying or selling in the Florida Keys contact me, I’m a full time resident and Realtor in The Florida Keys and ready to help you live where you vacation!

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1202 George Street, Key West Duplex For Sale!

Hello Mid Town, Income Producing Duplex!

Welcome to 1202 George Street! This three bedroom, two bathroom home with a separately metered, legal accessory unit is located on a large private and fully fenced lot in Mid Town Key West.

The main house features three bedrooms and two baths with slate tile throughout. The galley style kitchen features stainless steel appliances and opens to the living and sunrooms. The large sunroom off the back provides plenty of natural light and a great addition to the living space of the home.

The separate, rear unit was completely redone in 2016 as a studio with full bath, private entrance and yard, and separate washer/ dryer. The property also features low maintenance landscaping and an electric fence for off street parking.  

This property is currently a long term rental with Gross Rental Income of $55K which believe it or not is under market for the current rental rates in Key West, market rents project a gross rental income of $62K+

Click the link below for the complete MLS Datasheet, additional photos, and the Matterport Virtual Tour.

https://www.flexmls.com/share/2JXv6/1202GeorgeStKeyWestFL33040

I am a full time realtor with Preferred Properties in Key West and would be happy to help you in your home search. You can reach me via text or phone at 305.394.4073 or shoot me an email: krystal@krystalthomaskeywest.com.

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Fixer Upper Rental Homes

So about this time last year I was preparing to purchase my first home.

It’s something that I had thought about often but in the Key West market was doubtful that I would be able to afford to get my foot in the door.  Enter Pearl Avenue.  This was a deal that kind of fell into my lap and what was a casual home search got shoved into overdrive.

This place was a fixer upper although I didn’t realize just how much of a fixer upper it would become.  What was purchased to be a cosmetic flip quickly became a domino effect of issues and I often found my boyfriend Ed looking at me with wide eyes like what in the hell did we get ourselves into?!

Here’s a before & after to get your juices flowing:

key-west-rental-renovation

In this series of blog posts we will explore the highs and lows of homeownership & renovation life including how not to have a nervous breakdown when you go to your final walkthrough before closing and there is water pouring out of your ceiling.

I am going to break down each step of the way from purchase to renovating to listing the home for purchase to deciding to take it off the market and rent long term to how to be a landlord.