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5 IMPORTANT REASONS TO MOVE TO THE KEYS

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buyers guide lower fl keys-sellers guide Welcome to the Lower Keys – the world-renowned Florida vacation destination where our extraordinary waterfront and numerous Islands fulfill a stress free way of life. Offering warm weather conditions, numerous attractions and recreational possibilities. The lower Florida Keys are an idyllic location for people of all way of life to call home, work and play. My name is Tom Willi, and as the top Lower Keys Realtor® serving from Islamorada through Key West, I look ahead to showing you what makes the residential areas, life-style and the real estate marketplace here so special.
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It is indeed my objective to deliver both buyers and sellers the highest level of professional services and individual attention, as I realize how important any decision about buying or selling real estate can affect your life. Whether you are buying a vacation home or a primary residence, you'll want an agent who will really listen to your needs. With my services you will get a hard-working and sincere professional Realtor® who is always available to guide you through the process of Buying, or Selling. Be assured that even after your transaction is completed, I will be available to you as a local resource, advisor and friend.

Making the decision to live in The Florida Keys is just the beginning. Searching for the Perfect Property, can be an involved and tedious process. To HELP you navigate through these property searches, I have set up a Quick Search Page. The Page give you property breakouts based on Cities, price points and types for Lower Keys Real estate and our neighboring areas

Tom Willi with his knowledge of the area, professional approach, attention to detail, went above and beyond for us, in every way

lower keys homes for sale We have such a wonderful lifestyle here. You’re going to love the golf and tennis, going to the gym, boating with your family and friends, dining at our local restaurants and being involved at church and in the community.
What isn’t to love about seeing an evening sunset from your back window or reading for an hour at the beach?
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About Big Pine-Lower Fl Keys

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Big Pine in particular is one of the largest and most interesting Islands in the Keys. It has a population just over 5000. As of the last quarter of 2010 the average property sale value was $407,000 in the Lower Keys..  As you get closer to the water or buy a home on a canal, the prices rise accordingly.  But there are quite a few different developments, mostly of single family houses, and some are pricier than others.


Water depth affects prices, and some areas have about 15 inches and some have 3-4 feet.  Obviously this means you can have a certain kind of boat in some areas that won’t work in other areas.  It depends what you’re looking for. 

The shallower areas have more direct and private access to a lot of the wilder and more pristine parts of the Island and adjacent backcountry.  They may also (but not reliably) be less expensive.


Until now, on the drive down the Keys from Miami, the housing areas were arrayed on either side of the road, gulfside/bayside or oceanside.  Here it’s different.  The 2-lane, 45 mph Overseas Highway (what a misnomer!) runs across the southern edge of Big Pine, through the restaurant and business area; most of the residential areas are situated several minutes drive to the north.  To some buyers that slow drive (30-35 mph speed limits, for the deer) is a price deterrent the farther north you go; to others the isolation means extra value.

Monroe County’s elementary and middle schools for the Lower Keys are on Sugarloaf; for high school kids are bused to Key West. 

What’s this isolation feel like?  Not bad, actually.

Recreation:  Boating, exploring, fishing.  Whether you are interested in offshore or backcounty, Big Pine offers quick and easy access to both venues.  Or walk along the nature trails that wind through Federal Refuge land of pine barrens and hardwood hammocks, and observe the miniature deer and bird life.  Or kayak any of a number of “trails” in the shallow water backcountry.  Or ride a bicycle along miles of safe roads and trails.  Or  snorkel or dive Looe Key, perhaps the best of the best when it comes to Florida’s coral reefs.  It’s 3 miles or so offshore, straight out Newfound Harbor Channel.


The Lower Keys are definitely getting away from it all.

Employment:  If you live here, and are not retired, most likely you will work in either Key West or Marathon. Both of these towns are about a half hour to one hour drive at max from Big Pine, even at rush hour (an oxymoron for sure).

Remember that “mile markers” in the Keys, which are the standard way of giving an address along the Overseas Highway, start at Key West and number 1.  Big Pine is mile marker 30 or 30 miles away---Marathon is mile marker 48.  Key Largo is 99.

Local employment is fairly highly concentrated at this time, either tourist-related or construction.  The rest of the services sector is still pretty small.


But in conclusion, if you want to be near world-famous Key West but yet have a quiet neighborhood and homes that are more affordable, the Lower Keys could be the answer.  And if you really want to get away from even the sight of traffic on the Overseas Highway,  Big Pine Key Real Estate offers that too.

 

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