Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hide Your Honey Hole!! It's the 2014 Mini-Lobster Season! They're Out There and They Are BIG!

Tickle Stick...Check...Net ...Check...Gloves ...Check ....Secret GPS Lobster Spots (AKA Honeyholes) Check!
OK! It's time for Mini-Lobster Season!!!  Get The Butter!

Your Conchquistador With Tonight's Dinner!
For 2014 the Bugs are out and they Are Big!!

Yes it's that crazy two days in July here in The Keys where boat gas prices soar, and Johnny Law is just itching to cite violators who don't measure or exceed their catch.

Hoards of marine hunters motor down here boats in tow, like pilgrims to Mecca to hunt for our tasty crustations and catch a post dive buzz at the Tiki Bar.

Come and Get 'Em!!! Photo courtesy of Capt. Matt Bellinger of Bamboo Charters
For the uninitiated, Lobster Mini Season is always the last Wednesday and Thursday in July.  That gives recreational harvesters an edge on the commercial guys who can't start fishing until August 6th.

It's also a great weekend for real estate, as many people, especially mainlanders finally say, "I need a place down here!"  And that, my friends is when your Humble Conchquistador springs into action!  With all the great deals down here, there is something for everyone.

From Mobile and Manufactured homes to Oceanfront Estates, The Florida Keys offer you your own customized Island Oasis.

Everyone Is in Mini-Season Mode!
So come on down, know the rules, grab some bugs (local slang for Lobster), grab a beer, and then call me to grab a slice of paradise.

Oh yeah and since you read this far, I am going to share with you, my faithful reader, one of my favorite spots! Trust me this is a Major Gift, as Spots are super secret!!! But hey...I am a benevolent Conchquistador.
Try Hog Rocks off Key Largo GPS  N24 59.550 W80 27.440.  7-15 feet down under the rocks.

Ready to stop paying for a Hotel during Mini Season and have a place of your very own?? 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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Times They Are A Changin' - And I'm Broken Hearted - Another Keys Landmark Fades to Memory. Good Bye Lighthouse.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes .... David Bowie sang that refrain so many years ago in 1971, and it was about that same time, when I was about 5 or 6 years old, that I became aware of what was to be one of the Florida Keys' most enduring Landmarks.
And now, as of this is gone.
Placed upon the mantle of Memory

The Lighthouse at the Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet was (Pardon the obvious and deliberate pun) a beacon for travelers and locals alike, for so so many years.

With its kitschy decor and never-ending portions, the Buffet and it's iconic Lighthouse were known the world over.

Back In the Day
To me, it  always used to symbolize the entry to the magical locale of Islamorada.  As a kid, I used to believe there was someone up there tending to the lights.

As you may know, the Whale Harbor Buffet suffered a catastrophic fire not too long ago. And though they razed the structure to be able to rebuild, there was an effort to preserve the historic Lighthouse.
But, alas, the ravages of time, and damage from the fire proved too much for it to bear, and the decision came from on high that it had to, regrettably, come down.
And Now...A Memory

Papa Joe's, the old Plantation Yacht Harbor, Coral Grill, the Polynesian Buffet in Key Largo, Bimini Row at Holiday Isle, the Quay, Italian Fisherman, Nike Missile Bases, Erik's Floating Restaurant.  Just some of the Old Keys landmarks that are no more, and now, we add the treasured Lighthouse.

Like everything, my Keys are changing, it's past fading like so many layers of paint in the bright Sun.  There is a new breed of ownership here in the Keys.  We have become a bit more accessible and convenient, than in the old days of the scary two lanes of the stretch, and water coming down from the mainland in a pipe. 

While I am saddened to see so much of our History gently laid to rest, I am excited about being part of the Keys' Future and the prospect of new custodians who cherish the Keys like I do.

People like Jon and Julie Landau who have so embraced out Islands with their love and generosity,  Artist extraordinaire, Pasta Pantaleo, whose magnificent visions on canvas so vividly capture the essence of our waters and wildlife, and the voice of Key's Fishing, Matt Bellinger, who daily educates and entertains with his fishing acumen and  caretaking of of fisheries.   These fine folks and many others are part of the New Breed of the Keys, and I look forward to the New History that they will create.

Until then, my mantle is FILLED with lovely, lovely memories.

"Time may change me.  But You can't change Time."

Make your own bit of History.  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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's Happening with FL Keys Real Estate? It My FL Keys Real Estate Resource Report!

Just Another Day In Paradise!
The Fabulous Florida Keys.
Why would you want to be anywhere else?  
The Florida Keys in the summertime are a Paradise like no other.  
Soft, balmy breezes, usually out of the East, married to gorgeous sunsets, and multi-hued aqua and turquoise infused waters brimming with life, beckoning you to fish, dive, and snorkel.  There's no place else that you will rather be, once you savor a taste of the Keys. 

And that taste of tropical serenity is mighty alluring to buyers of properties here in our Island chain.

Take a look at our latest Real Estate Resource Report for July.

As you will see, business is brisk.  Prices have basically been at a stable plateau with a little fluctuation, with days on the market down dramatically.

The Bottom line is that we are still seeing an influx of local, domestic and international Buyers all yearning for a taste of our proverbial Key Lime Pie, but prices have not yet spiked up.
Are YOU ready to put Your feet in the Water and buy your own slice of Paradise?

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

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

1 Mangrove Lane, Key Largo - Turnkey Waterfront Home- Just Closed $559,000 - The Conchquistador Deal of the Day 7/9/2014

OK Readers... Time to brush the dust off and get back to some serious hardcore blogging about what's hot in Florida Keys Real Estate.
Your Conchquistador has been tied up lately with a lot of great business, but happy to be once again working out my stubby fingers on the keyboard bringing you the latest and greatest.

To sum it up...The Florida Keys are on Fire!!! And no I don't mean flames but red hot real estate activity.
Check out an upcoming blog post where I will share with you our Florida Keys Real Estate Resource Report detailing recent sales activity.

In the meantime, lets talk about a really great deal that recently closed and was actually listed by our Broker, Joy Martin, who always does a great job for her Customers.

Finishes, Finishes, Finishes.  This home is ideal for those who wanted a turnkey home with close proximity to the Mainland. It's located in the very nice gated enclave of Mangrove Lane right off the calm waters of Blackwater Sound.

A super deal for a ready to go waterfront home!

1 Mangrove Lane, Key Largo 

3 Bedrooms / 2.1 Bathrooms
2296 sq. ft.
Mile Marker: 106
Sold Price: 559,000 - List Price: $559,000
IN THE FABULOUS FLORIDA KEYS! - You will love the finishes on this 3 story spacious 3 bedroom home. Beautifully appointed kitchen and main open living & dining room with travertine flooring throughout. Second level has a large entertainment deck off the living room where you can bring the party outside. The third floor has 3 bedrooms & 2 baths and another deck area for enjoying the outside. The...
water frontage is over 85ft on the canal with an almost new dock for your watercraft. Easy, straight shot to the bay. Enjoy this modern & expansive Keys home. Great as a vacation home, but large enough for a primary residence.

View Detailed Brochure with Photos and Mapped Location Here

View Available Key Largo Waterfront Homes $500,000 -$750,000 here

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