Tuesday, January 29, 2019

15% of Your Travel Time Through The Florida Keys Is On Bridges!

Yep, That's right, 15% of your time traveling from Key Largo to Key West is spent crossing Brides.

The Channel 5 Bridge - My Favorite!
In all, there are 42 Bridges that traverse our stunning waters, ferrying you from one Key to the next.  Each with it's own story.  Some small, like the Harris Gap bridge at 37 feet in the Lower Keys, to the Majestic and almost World Wonder-ish 7-Mile Bridge, and the stunningly eerie Old Bahia Honda Bridge (now decommissioned). 

Crossing these connectors is a study in colors and hues in the water, that would make even Bob Ross salivate, as he yearns to add some happy little corals.

Your Conchquistador has such a fascination and love for these concrete spans, that my License Plate is CONCH42.

These bridges create their own narrative, like a novel or film, with the dramatic opening of the so-high Jewfish Creek Bridge, hitting you over the head like a Beethoven opening, with it's jaw dropping views. An overture and foreshadowing of what's later to come. As the story goes on, Snake Creek Bridge bursts open the first great water view since, and closes out Act 1.  
As you progress, you reach the Dramatic midpoint of the 7-Mile Bridge, the tension of the sight of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, and a slow resolution of the endgame, after crossing the denouement of the Nile Channel Bridge.  
Yes, Intrigue, Mystery, and Love... the labors of Love and sacrifice that went into building Flagler's original bridges, over 100 years ago, and the subsequent newer bridges.

This journey is a must on any Bucket List!

Below, is a a list of these Lovely Ladies that are our Guides through 109 miles of our dazzling, Island Wonderland.  


Jewfish Creek Bridge
Name – Mile Marker – Length
Jewfish Creek – 107 – 223′ 
Adams Waterway – 103.5 – 60′
Tavernier Creek – 91 – 320′
Snake Creek – 86 – 230′
Whale Harbor – 84 – 270′
Tea Table Relief – 80 – 270′
Tea Table – 79 – 700′
Indian Key – 78 – 2,460′
Lignumvitae – 77.8 – 860′
Channel 2 – 73 – 1,760′
Channel 5 – 71 – 4,580′
Long Key – 65 – 12,040′
Tom’s Harbor 3 – 61 – 1,270′
Tom’s Harbor 4 – 60 – 1,460′
Vaca Cut – 53 – 300′
Seven Mile – 47 – 35,830′ The longest bridge.
 

7-Mile Bridge
Little Duck  – 39.5 – 840′
Missouri-Ohio – 39 – 1,440′
Ohio – 38 – 1,050′
Bahia Honda – 36 – 6,734′
Spanish Harbor – 33.5 – 3,380′
North Pine – 29.5 – 660′
South Pine – 28.5 – 850′
Torch Key Viaduct – 28 – 880′
Torch-Ramrod – 27.5 – 720′
Nile Channel – 26 – 4,490′
Kemp’s Channel – 23.5 – 1,030′
Bow Channel – 20 – 1,340′
Park – 18.5 – 1,340′
North Harris – 18 – 430′
Harris Gap – 17.5 – 37′ The Shortest Bridge.
 

Bahia Honda Bridge
Harris – 16 – 430′
Sugar Loaf – 15.5 – 1,260′ 
Saddle Bunch 2 – 14.5 – 660′
Saddle Bunch 3 – 14 – 760′
Saddle Bunch 4 – 13 – 900′
Saddle Bunch 5 – 12.5 – 900′
Shark Channel – 11.8 – 2,090′
Rockland  – 10 – 1,280′
Boca Chica – 6 – 2,730′
Stock Island – 5 – 360′
Key West – 4 – 159′


Thank you to my friends at Florida Keys Treasures for some of the great info that assisted me in putting this post together.  Their site is a MUST visit!

Work with an agent who can bridge your Island Dreams to you new Tropical Reality.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Check out this Phenomenal and Stunning Video Aerial Tour of Venetian Shores in Islamorada. OMG!!


TALK ABOUT WOW!
CHECK OUT THIS STUNNING AERIAL TOUR OF
VENETIAN SHORES IN ISLAMORADA THAT WE JUST PRODUCED.
Click Image to view video

VENETIAN SHORES: ONE OF THE JEWELS OF ISLAMORADA

Venetian Shores in Islamorada is one of or most in demand communities.
Perched on scenic Snake Creek, it comprises a multitude of finger peninsulas that lead to the pristine waters of Florida Bay and to the majestic Atlantic via the last drawbridge in the Keys, offering easy passage to tall vessels.
Just minutes from the world famous Islamorada Sandbar.
The essence of Florida Keys Living!

For a selection of Venetian Shores homes and other tropical homes that we currently have listed, visit our Island Collection of homes at

www.TheKeysIslandCollection.com.
Venetian Shores in Islamorada, The Florida Keys

Work with an Agent who can find you
your ideal property in your ideal community!

Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

It’s "The Pirates, Poets, and Troubadours Wednesday Night Jams", Hosted and Sponsored By Yours Truly!

You know, one of the cool things about the Florida Keys is the caliber of musicians that we have down here, and even the generous attitude they have with playing with just about everyone. 

Belting one out at the DAB with the late Johnny B
Well, now that the Godfather of Jams at the old DAB ( For those that don’t remember, it being the Dead Animal Bar, also known as Safari Lounge, and oh what stories those cigarette stained walls could tell) is no longer around, several other great jams have surfaced. Such as, the now legendary Tuesday Night Jam at the OV in Islamorada, and the burgeoning 333 Jam on Thursdays at the American Legion in Key Largo.

With that being said, Yours Truly, along with the great folks at Radio A1A and Heartbreakers Brewhouse in Islamorada, have created something a little bit different, (something different, from your Conquistador??? Really? LOL). 
We have built something unique that has really taken fire and gained traction: 



“The Pirates, Poets and Troubadours Jam”, happening every Wednesday from 7 to 10 PM.

So, what makes this one different from the rest? Where are we
National Tour Acts such as Casey Smith have been joining us!
zigging, where everyone else is zagging? For one, we are focusing on all acoustic music, basically a bit of folk, a lot of blues, some Tropical-Americana, some originals, and so much more. Often, we will have National Top-Rock Touring Acts stop by to jam on their way to Key West. And one of the really cool things is we are focusing a lot of spoken word. Cool Marine, Key-z inspired poetry and stories.

Yes, yes I know a little bit Beatnik, but you’ve got to realize where we are doing this.
Heartbreakers Brewhouse has totally got that Bohemian vibe!
I spent 10 years in San Francisco, hanging out in coffee houses there, and this totally reminds me of a Bohemian coffeehouse, except with custom craft brews.

Another cool and unique aspect of our Jam is the ability to record and even simulcast our jams on Radio A1A!  As our headquarters is located in Heartbreakers Brewhouse, we have a fully equipped recording studio and broadcast center.

It’s a great place to hang make friend, hang out and soak in your inner Bohemian vibe. It’s a little laid back and sometimes a little edgy.
And you never know who might show up!

Thankfully, the only thing we are missing, is friggin patchouli. Good God that stuff reeks!

So, I invite you to join us every Wednesday night at “The Pirates, Poets, and Troubadours Jam”!

Work with an Agent who gets  YOUR Vibe.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Make Holiday Shopping Easy, Buy This Super Cool Keys Home $405,0000 - My Newest Listing

Be it Chanuka, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, nothing says "Home for the Holidays", like...well...A New Home!

Adorable Manatee Mailbox Greets You
And opposed to a dradle, ugly sweater or, and forgive me, not sure what you give at Kwanzaa, the gift of a new home really shows you care.  Even if that gift is to yourself!!

And wow, what a gift I have available!! I couldn't have gift wrapped it any better than if Rowan Akinson's Jewelry Clerk in "Love Actually" had wrapped it!!  
This home is the ideal Keys second residence, or even primary residence, for those looking to move right in and start enjoying...now!


Elevated and perched high in a natural hammock of Gumbo Limbos and swaying palms, the casual vibe just says, "Home".

For me, I barely need to walk through the door, as the veranda is Magical.  I would actually LIVE on the Veranda!! But if you DO make it through the door, a jewel awaits, as you are greeted by a totally renovated open kitchen and living room that are ideal for entertaining.


The Sellers really did a superb job bringing this home back to to a stylish, comfortable vibe.

And the location is super. With plenty of room to park your boat, you also have some great launching options.  For the Bay side use the community ramp, and if you're going out Oceanside, well, Pennekamp state park is right around the corner!!

Only one hour to Miami, (though why would you want to go here?), this home is style, location and value rich, and truly makes a nice present ... especially for yourself!

Now for the Details:

  

756 Musa Drive, Key Largo
3 Bedrooms / 2 Baths
List Price: $405,000 
Mile Marker 103
Description:
Opportunity knocks! This elevated and updated, 3 bedroom / 2 bath home is ready to go! From the moment you enter the lovely veranda, where you will surely want to relax, unwind and savor the day, it feels like ... Home. The ideal spot to create your own Keys sanctuary. Loads of extras! Totally new, stunning open kitchen with stainless appliances, Metal roof, volume ceilings, storage shed, new flooring and brand new Trane AC! Exceptional storage underneath to park your boat, and plenty of room for all your toys. Launch your boat at the community ramp Bayside, or Pennekamp, which is super nearby, for Oceanside. Perfect Key Largo location, close to the mainland... yet a world away!

View Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Here

Work with an Agent who can help stuff your stocking full of Keys Property Treasures.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Friday, November 30, 2018

And Exhale ...The Hurricane Season Comes To An End and the Keys Are Blessed. It's Time for Neptune's Ball!

Like a good cigarette after sex (and I don't smoke), or a cup of coffee or espresso after dinner, or maybe a Brandy or Cognac. 
One can let go, and let that ...tension...dissipate.

The Tension?? The HT, Hurricane Tension, a type of PTSD you develop after being part of a serious Hurricane. 
And when June 1st rolls around, those that know what I'm talking about, realize that there is a menacing tightness that lingers until today, November 30th.

And, as we here in the Keys are only 1 year removed from the catastrophe of Irma, and in light Maria's and Michael's devastation,  that... stress, never really goes away during Season.  
One mention of a disturbance off of Africa and that hair rises, as does your pulse.... wondering, praying, that it doesn't come ... HERE.

This year, the Keys were blessed. And thankfully so, as the rebuilding efforts in the Lower Keys still have some ways to go. The scars need to mend. 
Our prayers, thoughts, and relief efforts go out to those affected by Michael. We know their pain and the challenges that lie before them.

Your Conchquistador has been through, Irma, and Wilma, and Katrina, Irene, and in the  Heart of Andrew (an experience like no other).  I know this stress first hand.  It's one of the reasons I am so adamant that my clientele are well prepared for the possibilities that exist. That their properties are ready, and that they themselves will be safe.

Yes, exhale my friends, let that HT, Hurricane Tension, subside. The Season is over. Put away your shutters and store your supplies.  

Of Course, in true Keys fashion, we are actually having a celebration party, entitled Neptune's Ball, at the super cool Heartbreakers Brewhouse, with musicians, craft beers, hookah lounge, a paddle board give away, and a custom sculpture burning at midnight!  
It's going to be a lot of fun!! 




November 30th is one of my favorite days of the year and June 1st, my least.

And for the 2018 Hurricane Season...let's tell that Bitch, "Na-na, Na-na, Hey-hey, Good-bye!"

Work with an Agent who can see you through the storm!  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Just Closed! Islamorada Oasis $775,000. Conchquistador Deal of The Day!

You Know, one of the greatest joys of this profession is the opportunity to service clientele not just once, but multiple times over the course of many years.

So it is with my latest sale.  I have now had the privilege to work buy my Buyers, Bert and Terry, for 5 transactions!!  The first dating back 20 years in 1998 when I sold their Miami Home.

And now I have been able to work with them to obtain their own Islamorada Oasis.  And man talk about cool!!! 
Located on Plantation Key in the Indian Waterways neighborhood, this home at 157 Caloosa Street is the perfect Keys getaway.

Listed by my friends Aryl and Pati Robison of Re/Max, it boasts super waterfront dockage, a custom build Tiki entertainment area, Garage,
Main House, and a separate Guest House!!


Originally built in the 60's, it has been wonderfully updated and is ready to move in, and ready to party and or relax.

At a Sale price of $775,000, this was a win-win for both Buyer and Seller. Love those kind of deals!!

Aryl and Pati have been kind enough to allow me to share some of their photos and description.

Now the details:

157 Tequesta Street, Islamorada
List Price $799,995 / Sale Price $775,000 
3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms
Bayside Canal

Description:
Paradise awaits. This spectacular canal front home is the epitome of Florida Keys Living. Completely renovated and remodeled in 2011 & 2012, the property offers a main house with 2 beds and 2 baths, Dade County Pine ceilings, detached garage, separate guest quarters with a living area, kitchenette, bedroom & bathroom, a spacious dock, boat ramp, lushly landscaped grounds, tiki hut and even a white picket fence. Located in Indian Waterways, it is minutes from the Bay & Ocean Access Access via Tavernier Creek and Snake Creek. It is also centrally located and very convenient to shopping, restaurants, the hospital & schools. Plus, this home did not suffer any hurricane damage and offers privacy with a nature preserve across the Street.

Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Here

Thank you Bert and Terry!! Looking forward to our next one!

Work with and agent who can help you find your OWN Oasis and who will stick with you for years to come. Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

You've Bought A Fantastic Keys Home. Now, Where Do You Go To Fish???

You know, one of the big questions I get asked by my buyer clients is, "Where do we go fish??" 

What You’ve gotta understand is,
that’s like asking, "Hey where is the Oasis in the Sahara??"

It’s a big ocean out there boys and girls, and this question is kind of an ambiguous one as well. 
A lot of factors go in to determining what’s a great fishing spot.


A just undersized Grouper caught on the Patch Reefs.
What maybe great to you isn't necessarily so great to me depending on the type of fish you like to catch, the style of fishing, and how much you can handle being rocked on a boat in "sporty " chop, before you are chumming the waters yourself.

The phenomenal thing about our Fabulous Florida Keys, is that they offer such a widdddddeeeee variety of fishing options!!


Mrs Conchquistador with a super mackerel caught in 17 ft of water!
So, if you’re looking for a constant rod pending action, where the thrill might not be so much catching that elusive big one, as much as being excited with every cast, you can’t beat the Patch Reefs. Small sets of reefs on the oceanside usually close inshore about 3.5 to 5 miles. They hold of wide variety of fish including Grouper, Snapper, Porgies, Grunts, the sooo delicious Hogfish, and sometimes Mackerel. 
Patch Reef fishing is my personal favorite, and generally what I like to do most, as damn it, I wanna put fish in my box!! 
Guess what!? I gotta fever. And the only prescription is more patch reef fishing (that said in my worst Christopher Walken voice from the infamous Cowbell SNL skit). It’s pretty close inshore, doesn’t take a lot of time to get out to, and lots of different spots,


A super Hogfish caught in some deeper water
Now, if you’re looking for that real sense of adventure, start going a little bit deeper. But know that the time between catches and bites may be a little bit longer.
When you’re looking just past the reef, in the 125 foot range, now you’re starting to talk about some of your bigger Groupers, your Mutton Snappers, and especially Kingfish and more. 

But, if you’re ready for some bad ass Hemingway action, you go deeper, and by deeper I’m talking about 600 to 2000 feet. 
Here's where you strap on your big boy, or big girl, pants and you throw your line and you’re looking for Dolphin, (No, not Flipper, but Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, and especially if you're lucky, Swordfish, each a tasty, tasty treat.


Mrs. Conchquistador with a tasty, yes tasty Jack Crevalle
Your style of fishing can also be determined by Where you are in the Keys.
I find Upper Keys fishing quite different from Lower Keys fishing especially when you talk about going on the Gulf side in the Lower Keys, and Bay side and the Back Country in the Upper Keys.
These are whole different fisheries.

And of course, there are particular habitats for other great target species like Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish. 

If you's like even more detailed fishing info and some great gps numbers, visit my GPS page.  And for even GREATER accuracy, visit www.profishingspots.com.  they have INCREDIBLE #s and I know this first hand. May cost you a few bucks, but very much worth it. Tell them my friend Heiko from The South Florida Fishing Channel on youtube sent you. ( More about him and his phenomenal channel in a later post.)


The bottom line (pardon the purposeful "line" pun) is, get a rod in your hand, get some bait, learn how to throw a cast net, be safe, and most of all ... have fun.
 
Work with an Agent who can get you a home closeest to your ideal fishing spot.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Today Is One of My Favorite Days of the Year, And Let Me Tell You Why ...

OK, 
Penn rods and reels ... check 
Pinfish ... check 
Boxes of Chum ... check 
Knocker Rigs... check.
So what is this laundry list, you ask?? 
It is essential gear to stalk my favorite fish to both catch and eat
.
Yes, today is May 1, and that means just one thing ...
the start of Grouper Season!!!
These denizens of the rocky bottom are my favorite prey by far. And to me personally, as table fare, they really can’t be beat. Yes, the Mahi-Mahi is fantastic, and the stats are divided that Hog Fish is on its own plane, but to me, Grouper, yes big fat, sloppy, tasty Grouper is the king of the sea.

The cool thing about Grouper is that there are so many different varieties. Gag, Nassau, Black, Red, Snowey, Hind, and Strawberry are just a few, with Reds my personal favorite.

The most important thing to remember is that there’s only a particular season where we are allowed to get out on the open water and cast our lines and catch and keep these tasty beasts.  That season runs from May 1 to December 31. 

So where am I going to go?? Well, I’ll give you a couple of insider insights.
I just found the most incredible reef off the southern tip of Islamorada, about a mile and a half off shore. It’s got about 12 good sized patches within a 1 mile diameter and lots of great rocky outcrops and corals that make for great Grouper apartments.

Note that in grouper fishing, it is that the first 10 seconds of him on your line that is really going to tell the tale of who is going to be bitch slapped, you or the grouper.  As that is when they head for their nearest whole like a cockroach who's just seen the light in the kitchen. And when the get in that hole they puff up in it, like me after I eat popcorn rice. So getting them out, is where the real challenge begins!

So whether fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water or 150,  there's  always a variety of grouper to be found, especially if you have some type of structure on the bottom.

Oh very happy day I’m ready to get my lines in the water and pull up some dinner.

Pass me some tartar sauce!
  
Work with an agent who can help your reel in the ideal property.  Put the experience and expertise of The Conchquistador to work for you! For more information on the outstanding real estate opportunities that exist in the Keys, call me at 305.439.7730 or email me at DropAnchor@TheRealEstateConch.com.