We sold our oceanfront home in only 88 days. Typically, a home in this price range can take 1-3 years!!! John was always available for our questions and concerns. I would recommend him and his agency without hesitation. In addition, he assisted us in purchasing a condo for our downsizing move. He negotiated a super price for us. The condo has appreciated approximately 30% according to Zillow calculations.

Read the review posted on Zillow

-Buyer Joe Sachs
Islamorada, Florida

Canal Front Homes for sale in Islamorada

Canal Front Home

Canal Front homes in Islamorada offer many advantages of living by the water in the Florida Keys. Water access is such an important aspect of living in the Florida Keys. Homes with open water views and access can be very pricey and perhaps out of the price range of many real estate buyers. Many homes in Islamorada are located in neighborhoods with a series of canals. These canals offer protected dockage for boats. There is a feeling of community in these canal front neighborhoods. Living in a canal front provides more protection from the elements that living on open water does not have. The house and the boat are both out of direct wind. Wake effect from other boats is minimized due to the canal environment. These type of homes offer convenience in closing up should this be a second home purchase. Most of the canal front homes in Islamorada are located on the bayside. This provides easy water access to the gulf and Florida Bay. If the home buyer or owner is interested in ocean fishing, he should be aware of closest bridge location and boat height access of the bridge. One of the reasons that Islamorada is called the Fishing Capital of the Florida Keys, is because of great bridge access, providing the Islamorada canal front home owner easy access to both the bay and the ocean.
Many times,canals are located within neighborhoods with a combination of open water homes, land locked homes and then of course canal front homes. In some places, the neighborhood is designed with all canal front homes. Plantation Key and Lower Matecumbe are the islands in Islamorada that have a selection of canal front homes.

Venetian Shores
Safety Harbor
Port Antigua


Artist House for sale in Islamorada

Local artist house ”Beach Style Cottage” in Islamorada Florida Keys has been listed for sale.

Located centrally in uptown Islamorada, this house is close to the hospital and the schools. The ground level house has been completely remodeled floor to ceiling. The kitchen has up to date stainless steel appliances that look great and are energy efficient. The interior spaces have been decorated by Artist Stacie Krupa. The furniture has been custom designed with modern touches. All furnishings fit perfectly in the spaces. Custom furnishings are included in the price of the home. All Krupa art hanging is negotiable in the sale. The large backyard has been beautifully landscaped to give that beachy island feeling.

The house is ground level on a large lot. Plenty of space on this property. Enough room to add a pool or even house expansion. The street is private in a great family neighborhood.

I love this place. The backyard gives the feeling of being on the beach. The furnishings give the place a roomy feeling. The upscale decor make it feel more expensive. Located in the premier town of Islamorada on Plantation Key, this home offers desirable location, upscale style, turn key decor and Florida Keys value.

Artist Stacie Krupa thrives on the colors around her in the Florida Keys. Krupa’s art depicts ocean life, animals and people. Krupa incorporates iridescent colors layered with drips and sparkles in to her paintings of local ocean life. Krupa artwork complements the decor of this house giving the homeowner the true feeling of living in the Florida Keys.

Krupa says “I came here because if you’re going to live in Florida, you should live in the Keys,” she says. “Moving here also gave me the opportunity to bring the mentality and the essence of fine art from the Northeast to the Keys.”More about the artist

international HGTV  and Islamorada Dream Home Artist Stacie Krupa Lee Design and Interiors

The house is being marketed by Sotheby’s International Realty in Islamorada. Ocean Sotheby;s International Realty

Three bedrooms two baths house on Plantation Key in Islamorada in the Florida Keys Details on this listing

  • Listing Price: $445,000
  • Address: 200 THOMPSONVILLE Road
  • Plantation Key, Florida 33070
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Square Feet: 1,200

Artist House for sale in IslamoradaArtist House for sale in Islamorada


Islamorada Buyer Review KMM

John is a natural when it comes to real estate. He not only knows the market but how to interface with both purchasers and buyers to ensure a smooth, successful transaction. In my case, I put an offer on a bay front property where the owners were in bankruptcy. The selling agent appointed by the court was incompetent. Plus because of the bankruptcy, new bids could be considered even though I had a signed contract to purchase. Back taxes, an IRS lien and other legal issues made this transaction a real challenge. John was proactive every step of the way, He negotiated contract extensions, ensured that deadlines were met, and all contingencies satisfied. Finally the legal issues were resolved and clear title established. I know that without John’s professional expertise, I would not have been able to successfully purchase my dream home. See actual review as posted on Zillow

-Buyer Kathleen Monahan
Islamorada Florida

John Vlad joins Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty

John_Vlad Ocean Sotheby's International RealtyJohn has joined the team at Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty. This is exciting news ! John Vlad already offers the valuable tool of virtual Florida Keys real estate search with his website  This will not change. He will continue to offer his clients the ability to browse all Florida Keys real estate from their own computers and home on their own schedule. A real estate agent also needs a professional physical location and resources to work with in order to successfully complete that Florida Keys real estate transaction in the best interest of his buyer and/or seller.  Based in Islamorada in the Florida Keys, Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty with its affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty has access to a global real estate network unmatched in the Florida Keys. This boutique real estate office is located in the center of downtown Islamorada at 81888 Overseas Highway. The spacious office complete with its own art gallery  gives one the feeling of luxury Florida Keys living set in a professional real estate environment.  Global marketing and extraordinary photography are features that Ocean Sotheby’s is proud to offer. John is enjoying the increased level of real estate resources which he has and can make available to both his buyers and sellers. A professional staff completes this office making it both a friendly yet top notch real estate office.  John feels that his new relationship with his broker Russell Post at Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty is the best Florida Keys real estate has to offer. Together they can provide the best service in luxury brand real estate in the Florida Keys. John Vlad’s clients will be comfortable knowing that they are dealing with the most extraordinary real estate brokerage in the Florida Keys. Everyone agrees that this is a smart move. Simply said, John Vlad is happy !

Florida Keys Real Estate IDX

Florida Keys real estate IDXFlorida Keys Real Estate is selling. Our website has embedded within it, the official live MLS (multiple listing service) for all of the Florida Keys real estate. Every piece of real estate listed in this Florida Keys MLS is available for John Vlad as a real estate agent to show and sell to his buyers.

While we pay for the service, the use of this IDX (Internet Data Exchange) feed for all of Monroe county or the Florida Keys is free to all of our internet real estate shoppers. This is a valuable tool to become knowledgeable about the real estate for sale in each unique island of the Florida Keys and the corresponding price differences with each area. Become educated so that when you find that perfect place, you are able to make the best offer possible and buy your piece of paradise in the Florida Keys.

When looking to buy the perfect Florida Keys property that meets your personal criteria, John Vlad highly recommends the following procedure:

1)Create a free personalized Listing Manager account. This costs you nothing and helps you compare and easily keep track of the Florida Keys real estate that you are interested in.

2) Browse thru the real estate currently available in the price range and island or community in the Florida Keys that you are interested in. Perhaps you find a few good possibilities. Save the properties in your personalized real estate management account. This is a great way to organize and convey the particular properties to John, your Florida Keys local agent. You can ask specific questions and  schedule showings.

3) Should you not find the right property in the MLS at this time, create a specific Florida Keys real estate search in your management account. This can be general or advanced , by map or individual address. You can specify price range, island, waterfrontage, square footage, dockage, bedrooms and much more. When a real estate listing comes into the Florida Keys market that matches your criteria, you will receive an immediate email update. You will know as soon as it is listed. You will have first hand information as long as you have established your Florida Keys listing management account. This is a great way to stay in touch with the constantly moving inventory of real estate in the Florida Keys. Be patient and stay informed. It has been our experience that the good ones, many times do not last long in the MLS.  Once you have found the right property in the Florida Keys, be ready to make a realistic offer.


Florida Keys Real Estate Search Website

I am excited to announce the launch of the new Florida Keys real estate search website at The website is designed by a local Florida Keys real estate agent for the virtual buyer to browse and select from all of the real estate for sale in the Florida Keys. It includes a custom map of the Florida Keys allowing the visitor to easily view the location of the unique islands of the Florida Keys. Selection of an island or community group leads to a detailed viewing all of the real estate for sale in that particular area.

I have segmented the islands into six groupings that represent the Florida Keys real estate.

  1. Key Largo the northernmost island in the Florida Keys
  2. Islamorada comprised of Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key and Lower Matecumbe Key
  3. Marathon including Key Colony Beach
  4. Big Pine Key including No Name Key
  5. The Lower Keys comprised of Little Torch Key, Middle Torch Key, Big Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Shark Key, Geiger Key and Big Coppitt Key
  6. Key West the southernmost island of the Florida Keys

A buyer can search and view any and all property listed for sale in the Florida Keys Multiple Listing Service (MLS) from their own computer on their own time. While no user login is required to browse thru using the search system, it is recommended that the Florida Keys real estate buyer create a free account that permits them to save custom real estate searches and individual properties that are of interest. This account will also keep the buyer informed by providing them with email updates and alerts of all properties relevant to their search criteria that come new into the system. Up to date information at all times.

The site has valuable information about the individual island communities, links to chambers of commerce, tax information, mortgage calculators and tips on the buying process. Unlike other sites as Zillow and Trulia, this site is designed by a local Florida Keys resident real estate agent with direct access to the Florida Keys Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. All information is reliable. The buyer can feel confident that the listing information is accurate and true plus more information is provided with a quick email or phone call to John Vlad (305.219.5610)

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74940 Overseas Hwy Florida Keys Home For Sale

Waterfront Estate Home in Islamorada
3 Bedroom | 2 Baths
Approx 2,042 sq ft
Gated | Ground Level | Deepwater Dockage
$1,490,000 | MLS# 560257

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Islamorada home in Lower Matecumbe in the Florida Keys is offered for sale at a special value. This is a true Florida Keys Estate with an island style. This charming 3 bedroom 2 bath ground level home is a rare jewel in a lush private Caribbean Estate. It is a classic boaters paradise with superb deep water dockage for up to three boats on protected Sandy Cove Basin in beautiful Islamorada on Lower Matecumbe in the Florida Keys. The home features an old florida pine cathedral ceiling with magnificent updated kitchen and baths. This home was first built in the early 1940 establishing its location on an almost acre estate. The present ground level home was built in 1980 with an open floor plan for family style living and then recently the kitchen and downstairs bath were updated. The estate includes a one and half car garage plus a two car carport for easy parking. The protected waters of Sandy Cove basin offer a unique advantage for deep water dockage and a protected harbor. The home is set far from the estate entrance with lush landscaping providing for total private living and Florida Keys enjoyment. The owners loved birds and built a bird aviary visible from the kitchen. Sit in the backyard and enjoy the panoramic views of waterfront Islamorada in a picturesque setting or visit the Atlantic ocean virtually across the street. Walk Sea Oats Beach and enjoy the Florida Keys sun rise or sunsets over the basin. This Florida Keys property for sale in Lower Matecumbe in Islamorada is truly a diamond in the rough.

Palms of Isla Condominium

Palms of Isla Units currently for sale

Click here for more information on oceanside condos for sale at the Palms of Isla in Islamorada in the Florida Keys Palms of Isla condominium located oceanside in Islamorada  has several units listed for sale. Price reduction makes this a great value at the Palms of Isla in downtown Islamorada. Location means oceanside living. Location means center of Islamorada convenience. Location means value and gret investment. Ocean front gated condominium complex located at 79901 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, Florida Keys 33036 Condo units in Islamorada in the Florida Keys feature ocean views with new hot tub, grills and chickees. This condominium is oceanfront. Kayak storage and launch on property. Bud-N-Mary’s Marina and Islamorada’s great restaurants all w/in walking distance. Well maintained amenities & landscape. Must see and priced right for sale in Islamorada in the Florida Keys makes this a great opportunity to buy that affordable Florida Keys getaway or maybe that home you have been looking for in the best of the Florida Keys. I enjoy this location because it places you within walking distance to a variety of restaurants, shops and world famous marinas. It has unobstructed views of the ocean from the pool and most all common areas as well from most balconies.  

Representative Holly Raschein

It is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to congratulate you on being named Rookie Realtor of the Year by the Florida Keys Board of Realtors. What a tremendous accomplishment!

You are an impressive individual and I want to thank you for your tireless commitment to serving our community. I truly share the pride of your family and friends in this special achievement.

Again, congratulations to you and I wish you the continued success in your future endeveavors

-Representative Holly Raschein
District 120, Florida



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