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Rudy Molinet, Broker-Associate, Royal Palms Realty
Royal Palms Realty Associates

Rudy Molinet, PA
Principal Broker

Key West And Its Lifestyle

Discover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain. Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House, and Ernest Hemingway's home. Walk in the footsteps of Jimmy Buffet, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams. Gaze at the fabled treasure of the galleon Atocha. Discover tomorrow's fine art treasures by Key West's well-known and unknown artists.

Rudy Molinet, PA
Principal Broker
Royal Palms Realty Associates
1955 NE 7 Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Direct: 305-240-1090

Key West, America's Caribbean

"Everything Old Is New Again!"
Only in Key West would the sun shine brightest when it sets. Everyone gathers for the never planned, always varied Sunset Celebration on the Mallory Dock. Once the sun is safely tucked away by jugglers, mimes, musicians and street artists, the city moves to a different beat. A night beat. The streets, filled with sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants come alive. Gourmets and gourmands alike treat their palates to island specialties. Drama, musicals and comedy flourish on our stages. As you enjoy these sights, you'll discover that modern Key West is a warm-hearted place where all are welcome. The city's vibrant Gay and Lesbian Community helped spearhead the island's economic and social revival in the 1980's.

Key West Bight
  Key West Bight
The island's seafaring tradition lives on at the renovated Historic Seaport district, known locally as the Key West Bight. Dozens of shrimp boats once called this harbor home. These days, "the Bight" is a popular place to arrange a day on the water, whether you are a diver, snorkeler, fisherman or eco-tourist. Others come just to stroll along the harbor walk or dine at one of the many restaurants.

In Key West you can use convenient public transportation, taxis, pedi-cabs, tour trains, trolleys, bicycles, or even your own two feet to see the sights. However you choose to see the town, you'll discover that old town Key West is one of America's true architectural and botanical treasures. On even the tiniest lanes, the locals have faithfully restored old wooden homes and adorned them with lush tropical trees and flowers.
Conch Republic Flag
  Conch Republic Flag
New restaurants and stores are popping up in the historic Bahama Village neighborhood, which was settled in the 19th Century by Bahamian immigrants. Hemingway loved coming here to mix with the hard-working locals at boxing matches and arm-wrestling contests.

In this city of fascinating contrasts, you could easily find yourself wanting to let go of mainland hassles permanently.

Grand Old Town Key West House

Bahamian Style Old Town Key West House

Historic Old Town Key West
Key West is loaded with history and there is no better place to find it than in Old Town. You can find Hemingway's House, the Key West Light House, Truman's Little White House or your new home in Old Town Key West!

There are several Old Town neighborhoods. Among them the Solares Hill area, The Meadows, Downtown Key West, Bayview Park, Casa Marina and Bahama Village. These neighborhoods are loaded with charm. Check out these beautiful streets: William, Frances, Fleming, Southard and Elizabeth. Explore little-know lanes like Bakers Lane, Penny Lane, Love Lane, and Nassau Lane.

Get lost in the tropical foliage, in the colorful architecture and colorful characters that make Key West a unique tropical paradise.

There is also the beautiful private community known as Truman Annex; an award winning, gated community located 2 blocks from famous Duval Street. Truman Annex offers resort style amenities and a luxurious ambience.

Truman Annex Home

Truman Annex
Located on the site of a former Navy base in downtown Key West, Truman Annex is among the most desirable communities in Key West. This community features a variety of architecture and home types. You can enjoy palm-lined private streets, waterfront amenities including a nearby beach, marinas and harbor walk. This gated community in the heart of Old Town Key West is perfect for second home owners.

The community has a private security force and on-site property management. Truman Annex is beautifully maintained. Home styles range from condominiums, townhomes, and single family homes. This includes waterfront properties and mansions.

Rudy Molinet is one of the top realtors serving the Truman Annex and can help you find your dream home!

The Meadows Neighborhood

"The Meadows"
Built in the early 1930's this Old Town neighborhood has a distinct suburban feel. Wider streets and larger lots provide a different feeling than the core Old Town area. There is less commercial development and many residents live here year round. The architecture is similar to Old Town including conch homes and shotgun homes. The tree lined streets offer a tranquil environment to relax in Key West.

There are several houses of worship in the neighborhood and a few cozy restaurants. The neighborhood has undergone tremendous renovation during the past 10 years. This area is bounded by White Street, Eisenhower Boulevard, Truman Avenue, and Peary Court.

Casa Marina Hotel

The Casa Marina Area
Named after the famous hotel built by Henry Flagler, The Casa Marina offers a totally different lifestyle than Old Town. "The Casa" as the locals call it has large lots, wide boulevard-like streets and larger homes. The typical architecture is Post War Modern (now being called MiMo) and was developed in the 1950's. There are also some exclusive estates and mansions. This neighborhood is walking distance to the Atlantic Beaches and the Upper Duval Street area.

Sunset Key

Sunset Key
An exclusive enclave of single family homes, Sunset Key is a private island off the coast of downtown Key West. Accessible only by private ferry, this community is exceptional. There are a combination of waterfront homes and so-called "overlook homes" which feature a third floor outdoor area that provides water views. There is a private beach for residents only.

There are no cars on the island and residents walk to the ferry or use golf carts. Enjoy incredible sunset views and delicious food at Latitudes restaurant.

House InThe White Street Arts District & Midtown Key West

The White Street Arts District & Midtown Key West
These two areas extend from Bayview Park to the Atlantic and from White Street to Leon Street. There is an area close to Bayview Park that is part of the Key West Historic District and includes conch style homes of different sizes. The lots in this neighborhood are a bit larger than in Old Town. Tennesee Williams moved his house here from Old Town decades ago and the house still stands at Duncan Street.

On the other side of Flagler, the Beachside neighborhood boasts single family, concrete block homes reminiscent of other Florida communities. Many are MiMo post war modern architecture with flat roofs and many windows. The neighborhood is undergoing major renovation and some homes are being torn down and replaced with newer larger homes. This part is not currently in the Key West Historic District. You can stroll to the beach, walk your dog in the the "Bark Park" or enjoy a gorgeous sunrise view on the bike path.

Waterfront Properties

Waterfront Properties
Key West has many condominiums and town homes that offer waterfront living. However, there are not many single family homes in Key West proper. There are some fantastic waterfront homes a little north of Key West in such communities as Shark Key, Bay Point and Sugarloaf Key. These homes feature open water views. Bay Point and Sugarloaf offer great boating access and many homes have their own davits or boat slips.

The waters around Key West are warm year round and our proximity to the Coral Reef makes diving and snorkeling a favorite past time. Cruise on your boat to the many uninhabited islands that make up the Florida Keys.

Key West Golf Club

The Key West Golf Club
At the entrance to the island of Key West, the unique Key West Golf Club's 18 holes encompass over 200 acres of beautiful Florida Keys foliage and wildlife. This private residential community offers a variety of lifestyles including townhomes, cottages, single family homes and the exclusive "Sanctuary".

Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed the Key West Golf Course, an 18 hole, 6,500 yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities.

Located in the heart of Key West, Florida the Key West Golf Club is the only Caribbean golf course in the United States.

Key West has wonderful Beaches

Key West Beaches
Key West has some quaint beaches both on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. They include Higgs Beach, Smathers Beach, Dog Beach (yes, the pooches can run free), and my personal favorite, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. At "Fort Zach" you can enjoy quiet picnic areas, near shore snorkeling, bike trails and a civil war era fort (Key West was with the Union). Fort Zach is also the host of the annual "Sculpture Key West" exhibition which displays sculptures on the beach and in the park from world know artists. Our warm water is a treat especially for our visiting "snow birds" from up North.

Getting out on the water is popular with snowbirds and locals alike; see our guide to enjoying Key West watersports.

One Human Family

One Human Family
The City of Key West is a menagerie of people from all walks of life. We are fortunate to live in a tolerant community that respects and celebrates differences. We have a vibrant gay and lesbian community and Key West has been ranked as one of the "Top Gay and Lesbian Destinations" in the world. This spirit of tolerance is evident everywhere on our Island. As I often say, we are a Paradise, not a Utopia...but no more perfect place exists to live and vacation than the funky little city we call home.

In an article published February 17, 2008, on the website, Edge New York, Rudy talks about the origins and current state of the Gay Community in Key West. He states, "Younger retirees who came here in their twenties and thirties are coming back in their fifties and sixties to enjoy a youthful retirement."
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Read Rudy's contribution on page 3 of the article.

Festivals, Parties, and Culture
Key West enjoys an incredible social and arts scene for a city of our size. We have a symphony, an opera, two community playhouses, an old fashioned movie theater featuring foreign films, a performing arts center, and hundreds of musicians. We are home to numerous accomplished artists, writers, and journalists. This is evident by the dozens of art galleries and festivals related to culture and the arts.

Key West is also a town that likes to have fun. We have several festivals and events throughout the year including Fantasy Fest®, The Key West Literary Seminar, Womenfest, The Poker Run, The Powerboat Races, The Sailfish Tournament, and Gay Spring Break. The list goes on and on. In fact, during the high season, there is rarely a night that something is not happening here.

Key West is also a very giving and generous community. We are fortunate to have dozens of non-profit organizations that are supported by private donations from our full-time and seasonal residents. These organizations are as diverse as the city itself. We boast three Rotary Clubs, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce, The Key West Woman's Club, The Bahama Village Consortium, The Key West Business Guild, two VFW halls, The Queen Mother Pageant (featuring drag queens who raise money for Hospice), and several fundraising events for a variety of worthwhile causes.

There are many world class restaurants in Key West with every cuisine imaginable. There are also dozens of bars featuring live music and fun. We have houses of worship for all faiths. We are a multitude of cultures including a mix of Cuban and Bahamian descendants. Truly a "small town with a big mind".

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