Morton Street on Grassy Key

Morton Street WaterfrontMorton Street wanders along the gulf side of Grassy Key of the middle keys. Morton Street is a premier waterfront neighborhood situated privately on Grassy Key. Grassy Key is the northernmost island in the Middle Keys of the Florida Keys. Grassy Key is located via mile markers 57 to 58 with properties both bayside and gulfside. It is the home of the Dolphin Research Center .

Many people think of the city of Marathon when they hear of the middle Florida Keys. It is true that Marathon is the major incorporated area in the middle keys. Many other beautiful keys make up this area. Key Colony Beach, Stirrup Key, Vaca Key, Pigeon Key, Grassy Key and Big Pine Key are all important islands in the middle Florida Keys. These islands have their own individual features. Grassy Key is close to historic Pigeon Key, sandy Sombrero Beach, the Dolphin Research Center, the Turtle Hospital, spectacular reef for diving and many marinas. While the area is bustling with tourists, living on Morton street allows one to relax and enjoy the beautiful Florida Keys on ones own private waterfront estate.

Morton Street on Grassy Key offers waterfront living on a secluded street. Deep water dockage and spectacular sunsets are prime features of this upscale neighborhood. Easy access to the Florida Gulf and Atlantic Ocean makes Grassy Key living perfect for the avid boater and fisherman. Minutes from the incorporated city of Marathon and the Marathon Airport, one can be connected quickly. The secluded drive down private Morton Street makes one feel that he has disappeared on a tropical island.

I have recently listed a beautiful home for sale at 57151 Morton Street, Grassy Key Florida. It is a beautiful bay front home with a spectacular boat basin. This fabulous home features custom Honduran wood ceilings and doors throughout, expansive great room, a chef’s gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and custom cabinets, a beautiful master suite and a home office with a wet bar. The custom tiled swimming pool has a cascading waterfall surrounded by a large deck. Dockage, views, comfort, privacy are prime on this estate home in the Florida Keys.

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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


Hotel for Sale in Islamorada Florida Keys

hotel and motel for sale in IslamoradaSeveral hotels and motels for sale in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. One of the great investment opportunities in real estate in Islamorada and the Florida Keys is a hotel or motel. There is a large price range of this type of commercial real estate. Small motels or hotels for sale in Islamorada are a rare find. They offer the opportunity for investment real estate with a consistent income. Pools, beaches, dockage, oceanside views are important amenities necessary for a successful motel or hotel in the Florida Keys. Opportunities include Bed and Breakfasts, Boutique Hotels, Inns, Motels, and Full Service Hotels and Resorts in the Islamorada and Florida Keys area.

Islamorada in the Florida Keys is a prime location for the small hotel and motel business. As a resort destination, hotel business in Islamorada or the Florida Keys makes prfect sense. These hotels and motels offer ocean or bay view, beaches and dockage. Popular activites include boating, fishing, weddings, and quiet relaxation. Proximately to downtown Islamorada is key to the success of these hotels and motels. Islamorada real estate opportunities are limited and opportunities to purchase in this area move quickly. Several of the major hotels in the Islamorada area are being pursued for purchase by the Carlye Group. “Carlyle’s interest in the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle and La Siesta comes on the heels of its purchases of the Pelican Cove and former Hampton Inn properties, both within the past 11 months”-Article in the Free Press 

I have access to all of the Hotels and Motels listed for sale. Simply give me a call for more info or to arrange a showing now


Strong fundamentals and investment interest should keep the Florida Keys’ hotel market booming for a long time to come. “A location that is constrained in its growth but not in its demand is an investor’s dream — and it makes for a terrific market,” says Singh, founder and president of The Singh Company –Article in CNN Money


Follow this link to view hotels and motels for sale in Islamorada in the Florida Keys
Hotels and Motels for sale in Islamorada

Follow this link to view hotels and motels for sale in the Florida Keys
Hotels and Motels for sale in the Florida Keys

Testimonial from seller of the Sands of Islamorada

La Jolla Hotel for sale

La Jolla Hotel for sale in islamorada

There is a limited selection of hotels or motels for sale in Islamorada. The La Jolla Resort and Marina is currently for sale. This bayside motel, together with two residences, is located in the center of downtown Islamorada. This hotel for sale is the perfect quaint Old Florida’ boating and fishing family-style property. It features a deep water 10 slip marina and boat ramp on the bay of Islamorada. Guests enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the world! This Islamorada motel for sale contains 20 rooms (16 kitchenettes.) A pool, boat ramp and beach rounds out the amenities. Small motels like this offer a unique investment opportunity for income producing waterfront property in the heart of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. For more detail information on the La Jolla Resort and Marina for sale follow this link

Hotel for sale in Islamorada

Drop Anchor Motel for sale in Islamorada

The Drop Anchor Resort and Motel is for sale. This hotel property is located oceanside on Windley Key in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. This motel features 18 Remodeled oceanfront units. The Drop Anchor resort property has a beautiful sandy beach with approximately 85 palm trees. The pool is heated. The ocean dockage for 10 boart spans 290 feet.  Property includes a desired boat ramp.  This is another of the limited boutique hotels for sale in the prime Florida Keys area of Islamorada. For more specific listing information follow this link

Days Inn in Islamorada is for sale

Days Inn Hotel Oceanside in Islamorada

The Days Inn Hotel is located oceanside in the heart of downtown Islamorada.  This is a great opportunity to own one of Islamorada’s most successful hotels.  Purchase of this hotels includes 37 Transient Rights with a valuable beer and wine license. The property has a rare boat basin. Atlantic oceanside dock and deck complete with a tiki bar. Property includes owned bay bottom.  Days Inn is a Branded Hotel Motel. Follow this link for more detailed listing information

Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event 2014

#GNE2014I just returned to Islamorada in the Florida Keys after attending the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event for 2014 or #GNE2014 on Miami Beach. Top producing Sotheby’s Realty  agents from all over the world were in attendance. The networking conference provided a professional venue for connecting with over 1400 top Sotheby’s Realty agents and brokers across the country and the world. Building these relationships are key in increasing my reach through referrals into prime real estate, motivated buyers and luxury property sellers.

I had the unique opportunity to hear from Pat Riley, president and former head coach of the Miami HEAT, as our keynote speaker. His winning philosophy is a true inspiration, making me want to be the best Sotheby’s agent that I can be. The event “speaks to the power of the brand and the strength of our relationships worldwide, which are invaluable to our clients,” One Sotheby’s president Daniel de la Vega said. — Eric Kalis of the Real Deal

I was able to meet with the entire Sotheby’s International Realty team and understand how Sotheby’s International Realty is moving forward “as the go to place” to market Real Estate in the future. Sotheby’s International Realty offers an integrated user friendly app making it possible to shop for real estate from anywhere in the world. This online ability reaches beyond most exceptions.

Through these types of connections I will be able to connect buyers and sellers from all over the world. Together with Ocean Sotheby’s Realty based in my own Islamorada, we are able to market all types and prices of homes to anyone looking to come to the Keys. After speaking with so many agents from the rest of the world, I am convinced that the Florida Keys and Islamorada  is on the top of many people’s list for primary and second homes.

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 !

Venetian Shores Real Estate

Venetian Shores real estate

Homes for sale in Venetian Shores

Venetian Shores Homeowners Association

Venetian Shores in Islamorada offers unique waterfront real estate. Venetian Shores is considered a premier boating neighborhood in the upper Florida Keys. Immediate access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Bay. This makes this a desirable place to dock your boat at a permanent residence or vacation home. The wide deep channel Snake Creek runs between the island Plantation Key and Windley Key. This allows access for boats of all sizes.The Snake Creek Drawbridge opens on request for tall boat traffic. The majority of homes in Venetian Shores are on wide deep channels.  The canals offer  protected dockage for most any size boat. This upscale neighborhood, a subdivision in Islamorada is located at bayside Mile Marker 86.

Properties on the south side of Venetian Shores are on open canals.  They have access to the Ocean and the Florida Bay via Snake Creek Channel. Deepwater dockage is at one’s backdoor with  protected sea walled properties. Some homes are located directly on Snake Creek offering even more  spacious waterfront views, yet have protected canal front dockage.

Properties on the north side of Venetian Shores are on plugged canals. These canals do not have boating access to open water. Many of these homes have deeded dockage at Venetian Shores’s bayfront marina giving them easy boating access. These homes  provide waterfront lifestyle and privacy. Kayaking and swimming are popular activities on these clean canals.

The streets of Venetian Shores have names with an Italian influence. They reflect the feeling of Venice and the lifestyle of living along local waters. Venetian Shores in Islamorada has location as it’s prime asset. It is conveniently situated in the Village of Islamorada. It is close to Founders Park, Tavenier Shopping Plaza and many popular restaurants. It is ideally located on Snake Creek Canal. This provides immediate access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Bay. The unique waterfront subdivision called Venetian Shores in Islamorada is a boat lovers paradise. It is a great neighborhood for families with people walking and biking through the pleasant streets of Venetian Shores. Click on the aerial photos of Venetian Shores to browse all real estate for sale in the subdivision.

Houses for sale in Venetian Shores

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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.


Best Websites for Florida Keys Real Estate

jvlad_mapWhen buying real estate in the Florida Keys, finding a house can be an overwhelming task. Many people start their search on the internet. This is a great place to begin.  There are several websites that are very popular on the internet for house hunting. is the number one internet property searched site. It offers a wide range of search functions and filters so that one can browse by price and location. is also a popular site that has the same basic search functions but also offers local information about an area linking to sites such as Yelp. Both sites offer mortgage calculators to help determine the price range of a house one can afford to buy. They offer property comparisons, “zestimates”.  They give a general overview of an area and the homes available for sale. These sites pull from the MLS (multiple listing service) of an area.  They are not specific to the Florida Keys real estate. They are automated imports of sales information. I agree that these sites are both a great place to gain an overview, but not the best real estate “buying tool”.

Because the Florida Keys real estate is unique, not a typical real estate purchase. I recommend working with a local Florida Keys real estate website. This brings you right to the live source, the Florida Keys board of real estate’s actual MLS system. This information is accurate, and detailed and up to date. They are monitored by the individual listing real estate agent. They offer the same basic search function and filters and so much more. The local Florida Keys MLS system offers added search options for waterfrontage, waterfront views and access, types of building construction, communities, boat dockage and even bay side verses ocean side. breaks now the available real estate by island. It is driven by local knowledge. It is linked to the actual Florida Keys MLS system, offering maps and property details. It has every property that is for sale in the MLS.  No bias is given to a particular property. It offers a personal custom search system, which sends out emails when a new listing comes onto the market that meets the search criteria.

The best combination for finding real estate in the Florida Keys is one with a savvy internet buyer working with a knowledgeable local Florida Keys real estate agent.

Florida Keys Real Estate Shoppers

florida keys real estate contract“Sorry, that property is now under contract” seems to be a common answer that I have to give to my Florida Keys real estate shoppers.

Many buyers are not convinced that the real estate market in the Florida Keys is on the move. Properties in the Florida Keys are selling. Recently, a difficult task I have is getting my out of town buyers to realize that a property that they are interested in is also one that someone else may very well be interested in. I try to explain: If you think its a great house, a good buy, most likely someone else is thinking the same. The property that they are thinking about buying tomorrow may be purchased by the person who thought that same thing yesterday.

The phrase “you snooze, you lose” comes from the old Aesop Fable about the tortoise and the hare. The overconfident hare takes a nap while the slow and steady tortoise arrives before him. Buyers who are over confident that the market will wait for them are finding out that the educated buyer who recognizes an opportunity moves forward and gets the deal.

I recommend to my potential buyers:

  1. use my website to browse all the real estate in the Florida Keys.
  2. sign up for notifications of any real estate that comes onto the market that meets their search criteria.
  3. have finances in order
  4. be ready to make a realistic offer when they find the right house, lot or property.

Real estate is a moving target. When is the right time to make an offer on real estate in the Florida Keys? When the right property is found.  A reasonable, fair offer should be made as soon as possible.

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Sandy Cove Basin Property with Ground Level House

Lower Matecumbe in Islamorada still holds that wonderful  feeling of the old Florida Keys. There are only a few places left in Islamorada that can be made into a family compound. Some of these  properties are on the wide Sandy Cove basin on Lower Matecumbe. This is  a hidden protected deep water area on the bay side with immediate access to the bay as well as the ocean. You are able to walk out your rear door step on to your boat and be in the  ocean through Channel Two bridge or straight out to Flamingo for all the back water fishing you could want. This is often refereed to as a Boaters Paradise in the Upper Florida Keys.

I just listed a Lower Matecumbe property with an  island style  three bedroom two  bath Keys classic home located on the beautiful waters of Sandy Cove basin.  Drive thru the gates, and you feel you have entered your own private compound.

I see potential is this property. And I do think property, rather than home. This property has the location, the foliage, the privacy, and the rare “grandfathered” ground level home. It has extensive deep water dockage with the ability to easily dock three large boats in a protected basin. A boat ramp to launch a small boat or pleasure craft is also located on the property. This is a property that is timeless with added features.

While the existing house is ready to go, some may think differently. I say the house simply needs a little imagination and a little love. There are only a few properties that are able to  be re-developed, due to changes in zoning and buildings codes. With it’s CBS construction and Old Florida Pine cathedral ceilings, this house has potential. I see it as a diamond in the rough. The kitchen has been updated and is placed conveniently at the back of the house for easy access to the backyard, patios and dock. The bedroom, bathroom floor plan needs to be reworked to meet  today’s standards. But with a little imagination and a few bucks this could become a grand estate for a family or retirement. You would love it here!

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sandycoveSandy Backyard on waterfront Sandy Cove Basin





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