Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Just Closed In Tavernier ... The Cutest Conch House I Have Seen! The Old Keys. $420,000

The Old Keys...
The Old Screened Porch. The Original Social Networking
The virtually undisturbed Beauty, the majesty of the waters and the crisp smell of the salty air.
The Old Keys ...Hemingway's Keys...Rum and Speakeasys... Bordellos and Smuggling.  Adventure and Mosquitoes ... Sweltering Nights and Front Porch Afternoons.
No Internet, no cable, no xbox, no Kardashians... maybe a phone. Definitely a Fishing Pole.

The Old Keys ... Charm, Diligence, and a Pioneering Spirit.
Hemingway's Keys and The Keys that I Love Best!

Your Conchquistador just sold a home from that bygone era and it is one of the Coolest Homes I have ever had the privilege to represent.

Located in Old Tavernier ( the second Oldest community in the Keys of the modern era) at the southern Tip of Key Largo on tiny Lowe Street lies the best preserved Conch House I have seen.

Yesterday's Vibe
What's a Conch House???  Well, Conch Houses refer to a style of home that generally was built in the aforementioned bygone era, generally between the early 1900s through the 1940s with a few in the early 50's and they are what you envision as a cute charming Keys House, with a multitude of them in Key West, of course, and a good smattering of them throughout the rest of the Keys, and named for The Conchs (Keys Folk) who lived in them.

They are generally wood framed homes of very modest size, and quite often 2 bedrooms / 1 Bath and extremely well built with lots of Dade County Pine and quite often, metal roofs. And of Course... Porches!  Like the people that built and lived in them, they were hearty! And many have stood the test of time. 

Now, they have become Collectors' Homes.  Rare Treasures that are quite sought after along with Red Cross Homes (Those are for another post!).

Today's Reality!
122 Lowe Street
List price $424,900 / Sold Price $420,000
3 Bedrooms / 1 Bath

Really appreciate the assistance of Christy Hughes of Moorings Realty who brought fantastic Buyers who I know will cherish and preserve the great spirit and vibe of this home. And of Course my Sellers, Coral and Jeremy who kept this jewel in pristine condition and whose subtle updates were so in character of the original charm.
This Home sold really quickly and was the subject of multiple competing offers. Your Conchquistador knows how to create demand!! LOL

Description: Super charming and oh so Conch-y! Rare, 1948 Conch House in historic Tavernier. Old Keys charm coupled with subtle updates make this the ideal Keys Home. 3/1 with workshop/studio nestled in a large coral rock walled lot amongst Oaks,
Gumbos, and Mahoganies. 
Gorgeous wood floors, old-style sitting porch, Chicago Brick walkways, covered parking, an open kitchen, and plenty of boat parking are just some of the elements that make this home magical, yet so very comfortable. Dine alfresco under the Orchid Trellis! A tonic for the artist, poet, and pirate in all of us who enjoy the Old Keys!

Yep... Intoxicating.
Bring on the Rum...The Salty Air... A Breeze.. and a dog eared copy of "To Have and Have Not", a true taste of the Old Keys awaits

Work with an Agent who can turn YOU onto the true Vibe of the Keys! 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, January 4, 2017

Your Conchquistador Celebrates Best Year Yet with 2016 Sales!!!

So, yes, 2016 will, for many people, go down as not one of there most Cherished Years ... (Can you imagine being Mariah Carey right now??!!)  
So many distractions and craziness, and losses of some of our most creative and admired Celebrities and Artists.  Several among whom were very special to me such as Prince, David Bowie, and John  Glenn.

On a different note though, 2016 will forever hold a special place
for your humble Conchquistador, as my BEST Year yet Professionally!!!

In my 22 years of practicing real estate (Holy  @#%, has it really been that long??), 2016 ranks as the year of my greatest $$$$ Production. The privilege or working with the diversity of clientele that entrusted me with their Real Estate Business, was truly the highlight of my Career thus far!  

Mariposa In Grassy Key Sold for $2,700,000 (Thank you Bernard and Marien!)
With transactions ranging from a Buildable Lot in Marathon to a Magnificent Custom Ocean Estate on Grassy Key,  and sales ranging from Key Largo to Middle Torch Key in the South, the scope of properties has been really fun to work on.  
Shark Key Property Sold for $1,850,000. (Thank you Ann and Edwin!)
Also had the opportunity to sell a few Mainland properties as well in Palmetto Bay, The Redland, and Homestead.  
The greatest Honor though, was working with the the most Military Personnel that I have had the great fortune to to offer my Services to, including and Active Navy Seal.

Modular Home Under Contract In Key Largo
The Keys were HOT in 2016, and I don't just mean in temperature.  Buyers world-wide were laser focused on our great values and stunning properties. A bargain when compared to other tropical ports of call!!

The really interesting aspect was the rise in interest in Lower Keys properties (The Best bang for the Buck).

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Some of the trends for 2017 look pretty interesting. For the most part, we are on what I call a Par market, meaning it's not a solely a buyers or sellers market. That being said, certain parts of the Keys offer certain negotiation advantages to either buyers or sellers depending on their absorption rates. These advantages can even change with different neighborhoods and different price strata. 

Anyway, I'm at stats junkie so forgive me for spouting off crazy numbers as I'm getting all excited about absorption rates. Real Estate Porn.

So whats next??? Well, time to make 2017 my new Best Year!!
And to do that I am asking for Your help! 
The greatest part of my Business is providing exceptional service to Customers that have been referred to me first hand from reads like YOU! 

And to those of you who I have had the great privilege to work with THANK YOU!!!

May 2017 bring great Joy and Prosperity to You and your Loved Ones. 

Now Turn up the tunes, mix up a pitcher of Margaritas and plan your Keys Get-Away!!

Work with an Agent who knows how find YOUR Keys Oasis. 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