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Buying Your Key West Dream Home

The trademark white picket fences, welcoming front porches and gingerbread adornments of our island’s historic homes evoke the cherished, uncomplicated style of living enjoyed by our grandparents. Only a distant memory in most places, Key West offers an authentic lifestyle of strolling to dinner at neighborhood eateries, visiting with friends and neighbors, and watching the world pass by from a wicker porch swing. We bet you will love living in Key West as much as we do.

As decades-long Old Town residents, we know our community and its neighborhoods well. Whether you are longing for a part-time tropical escape, or you choose to settle into island life permanently, we will help you discover the home of your dreams. With our vast local knowledge and stellar reputation for honesty, sound judgement and rolling up our sleeves, we will work with you to create your Key West vision.

In 2018, Key West was named TripAdvisor’s “Most Excellent” Place to Travel Worldwide. In addition to winning the “Most Excellent” Cities Overall category, Key West also came in first place for “Most Excellent” Cities for Restaurants and eighth for “Most Excellent” Cities for Experiences. With this international acclaim and attention, we believe it could not be a better time to invest in Key West real estate.

When you team up with the Dean Townsend Team to discover your Key West dream home, we focus on you; your goals, priorities, investment and dreams. On your journey to realize your vision, we’ll be there for you every exciting step of the way.

Dean Townsend, Townsend Team

  • The Top 10 Features Key West Buyers Are Looking For In Their Dream Home


    Countless people fantasize about owning a home in Key West. Each year, hundreds of lucky dreamers descend on our island looking for the perfect Victorian cottage, seaside condominium, or tropical estate. The best thing about our job, is helping our clients find the Key West home of their dreams.

    With years of  experience selling Key West real estate, we pretty much know what people desire in their dream home. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten home features that Key West buyers are looking for. What are your Top 10?


    The Top 10 Features Key West Buyers Are Looking For In Their Dream Home

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    10. Old Town Location
    It is no wonder that the Key West neighborhood that tops the list of home buyers is our beautiful, historic Old Town. Amid picturesque Victorian era streets and a lifestyle lived visiting on front porches or strolling to dinner at favorite neighborhood eateries, Old Town is the authentic version of classic small town America that the New Urbanism movement has been recreating across the country for decades.


    9. Palm Trees
    Key West buyers simply can’t imagine purchasing a home without palm trees in the yard. With a subtropical climate offering an eternal growing season, and over 2,500 species of palms to choose from, palm trees abound in our island’s gardens.

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    8. Covered Outdoor Space
    The sun in Key West is intense. Dreams of enjoying a cool tropical drink in the shade of a lazy veranda, live in many a heart and mind. Having covered outdoor space undoubtedly adds to sweetness of island living.


    7. Off-Street Parking
    Although they will likely find themselves walking and biking most of the time, buyers are looking for a home with a parking spot for their vehicle. In our historic neighborhoods that were densely built before the introduction of cars, off-street parking can be elusive.


    6. High & Dry
    With images of the flooding caused by 2005’s Hurricane Wilma lingering in the minds of many buyers, the desire for homes that did not take on water during the storm, is strong. A flood zone “X” certification eliminates most lenders’ requirement for flood insurance. Luckily, the majority of Old Town sits high and dry.

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    5. Move-In Ready
    There will always be those looking for a cigar maker’s cottage to renovate, or a neglected Classical Revival mansion to restore, but most buyers are in search of their move-in ready corner of paradise. With many properties being sold turnkey, it is possible to find a home where you can move in with just your toothbrush.


    4. Indoor/Outdoor Living
    With an abundance of great weather to enjoy, our buyers want to be able to open their windows and doors and live a lifestyle that flows seamlessly from the indoors to the outdoors—especially if they have just endured a Chicago winter.


    3. First Floor Master Suite
    Let’s face it, Key West is not an inexpensive place to live. Most of our buyers have reached a stage in life where they can afford to buy their dream home in paradise. With the possibility of mobility issues looming down the road, a first floor master suite is an important feature for many baby boomers, retirees, and those with elderly parents.


    2. Front Porch
    What is more quintessentially Key West than kicking back on an old fashioned front porch and watching the world stroll by?


    ★1. Pool
    A pool and Key West go together like rum and Ernest Hemingway. Is it any wonder that having a pool tops the list of the features our buyers are looking for in their dream home?

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