Monday, April 25, 2016

It Was Hawaii or The Keys ...And The Keys It Is!! On Shark Key, My Latest Sale $1,850,000

Very cool story.

My Clients had never visited the Florida Keys before and were considering purchasing a property in Hawaii, which they had
previously visited.  They were told some great things about the Keys and contacted Your Conchquistador to fill them in on our Keys Real Estate options

Shark Key. Named so not because of sharks there, instead because of its SHAPE

Dangerous move!!!  

Well, long story short: They came on their first visit, and in Three Days, under your Conchquistador's spell, looking at properties from Key West to Islamorada, they had a gorgeous estate on super cool Shark Key under contract and have now Closed! 

How could they resist?? The Florida are such a siren song. And as lovely as Hawaii is, it is so much simpler to get to the Keys.  Don't get me wrong. I've been to Hawaii and I loved it, but like so many, so much more enjoy the prettier and more temperate waters of the Atlantic/Caribbean over the Pacific. 

Robbie's Trailer Trash Bloody Mary.  Photo courtesy of Tim Rahn Photography
Plus, working with yours truly, they got to visit some unique spots, like Robbie's to feed the Tarpon and enjoy a Trailer Trash Bloody Mary, and heard about more Keys history than they ever wanted to hear (LOL).  And at the end of the Day.. They "got it".  I love that moment, when I get to see folks unfamiliar with our Island Chain suddenly "get it"... and fall in love.  It is the most rewarding part of what I do (as I really cant call this a "job").

Now, Shark Key, In my opinion, is one of the absolute coolest of our Keys.  A Super private enclave of only about 60 gorgeous estate homes, just 11 miles from the heart of Key West.  It is an oasis within as oasis, with intoxicating miles-long vistas of ever changing water hues, punctuated with verdant green drops of unpopulated mangrove islands.

Check out my detailed page dedicated to Shark Key by clicking the tab above.

And this property, their new home, is incredible!

51 Cannon Royal Drive, Shark Key
List Price: $1,995,000 / Sold Price: $1,850,000
3 Bedrooms / 3.1 Bathrooms
Mile Marker 11

Description:  Breathtaking masterpiece located in the gated waterfront community of Shark Key...Spectacular, Unspoiled & Private....Soaring ceilings & walls of glass are the perfect complement to the incredible open water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Custom designed 3 BR/3.5 BA for the ultimate in one floor living, Living area opens up through glass doors to a large porch overlooking the turquoise waters of the gulf, enjoy gorgeous sunrises from your master suite, huge state of the art kitchen & Breakfast room overlooking the water, walk-in pantry, porcelain floors, custom designed baths, fine fixtures, full laundry room with top of the line washer & dryer, sink & cabinets, multiple carport, enclosed storage room, copper roof & plenty of room for a pool. Amenities include inland swimming lagoon & beach.

View Detailed Brochure and Mapped Location Here
View available Shark Key Properties Here

It was such a privilege to work with such great buyers!!
And this was one of the smoothest transactions in over 21 years of practise.  It was also great to work with other dedicated professionals like Joanne Allen of Prudential who worked with the Seller, and Mendy Alden from First International Title, who was the Closing Agent.

So great when everyone plays nice and gets the job ...DONE!

Let me put a Florida Keys Spell on You!  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

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mariposa...My Latest Florida Keys Sale ... Art in Architecture $2,700,000

What the hell IS Zen??? 
Is it a Place?  Is it a Feeling?
Is it a  ... State of Mind? 
Or, is it a Moment?
A Blissful Moment, when the Ideal meets the Cognitive, when Beauty meets Grace, when the full and complete understanding of what you desire is manifest in your Reality?
Zen, is the driving element of my latest sale... Mariposa.  
As much Art as it is a residence.  The essence of what a Luxury Oceanfront Estate should, and could be.
Over 120 feet of true sandy beach (a Keys rarity) along Grassy Key, basking in the ever-changing hues of the Atlantic.
A coral clad 5000sq + residence, with one primary design goal: Bring the gorgeous vistas of the Outside... In.
A Home that is like wearing white linen.  Beautiful and flowing, unadorned by fancy, but tailored by skill and finesse.
Am I a fan of this Home?? You're Damn right!  
It truly is the most unique and and conceptualized home I have had the Privilege and Honor to sell.
A Home, in a Place that grabs you and gently lulls you the Moment you arrive, into Feeling its intoxicating State of...ZEN. 

The Details:
58418 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key  "Mariposa"
Perched on 120 feet of Ocean, beachfront magnificence, this Gossamer, rises from the sand like a Babylonian tower, clad in an exterior of coral rock, and resting on almost an acre and a half of the best of Grassy Key.

Evoking a super Zen vibe, this home is huge by Keys standards, at over 5100 sq ft of interior living space, and has a multitude of bells and whistles, some of which you can see, and quite a few that you purposely don't.

Each of its 5 bedrooms has its own en suite bathroom. Doors cascade and pocket.  
The Master Bedroom is a study of Light and Sea.
In fact, the whole concept of the Home is to bring the visual of the Ocean, the Water, the Sea, INTO the Home.
This is achieved through a multitude of floor to ceiling windows and industrial French Doors, that offer light, light , and more light.

Floating Staircases, Glass Wine Room, pivoting multi-ton doors, an awesome Summer Kitchen, imported stone, and the infinity pool of infinity pools are just some of the, "Oh yeah, they went there", amenities.

The Architecture, Construction, and Design Elements are so distinctive, that the owner, who is also the mastermind and builder behind this creation,was featured on a nationally televised program highlighting this home.  Yes, it's that cool.

58418 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key
List price:$2,999,000 / Sold Price: $2,700,000
5 Bedrooms / 6.1 Bathrooms
Mile Marker 58
Description: Discover Mariposa: Unparalleled and unique, this stunning Florida Keys estate is remarkable in every way The spectacular architecture inspired the name of this magnificent oceanfront estate that spans 120 ft. along the beach on Grassy Key in the beautiful Florida Keys. Secluded behind a privacy gate, this Bali influenced contemporary home was painstakingly built and designed by the owner to standards in which only the absolute best of everything would do. Floor to ceiling impact windows and doors invite you into this 5 bdrm Contemporary residence on the glorious multi-hued waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Elegant, minimalist architecture, high-quality and designer finishes give a Zen vibe of "Cool"

View Detailed Brochure with Photos and Mapped Location Here

"Butterflies are self-propelled flowers."
                    - Robert A Heinlien

Work with an Agent who gets your Zen! 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, April 6, 2016

Time To Lay The Smack Down! American Caribbean Dominates First-Quarter Sales!

Time to lay the smack down! American Caribbean dominates first-quarter sales!

Yeah, OK ... being a little full of ourselves, but hey, as I've been told, "It ain't bragging if it's true"!

I am really fortunate to work with, what I believe are the best colleagues in the business here in the Florida Keys. 
Our company, American Caribbean Real Estate, dominated First-Quarter residential real estate sales in the Upper Keys. 
As you'll see in the graph below, and yes, we do need names (mm hmm, that's right), our firm had a commanding lead over all of the other companies. And yes, this includes the huge national companies and franchises.

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I've always preferred to work with locally owned companies. There's just a groundedness I find, and an awareness and an ability to react to the local market, that you just don't get with that huge national real estate firms, like those with blue and white logos, and gold jackets. Wait, did I go there?? Yes, yes I did.

Our firm capitalizes on the great team spirit and intimate and immediate knowledge of each other's property listings.  And though we are a locally owned company our reach is GLOBAL, owing to our phenomenal  affiliation with Christies International Real Estate.  This, List Local/Market Global dynamic is very much the fuel that runs our engine, and its effectiveness can be seen in sales ranging from entry level dry lot homes to magnificent Ocean Estates.

The Florida Keys real estate market is red-hot and your Conquistador is proud to be with a Company that is flaming…mmm ... Wait, let's say ... on fire. 

If you're considering your own Island Oasis or looking to sell your existing Conch Maison, 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