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Old 02-08-2021, 09:00 PM   #1
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A friend faces a personal mortgage crisis, and must sell her Florida home. (Half-mile from the ocean, but walking-distance to shopping and restaurants). This one-owner house is located closer to Cuba than Miami!

It's a custom "Great Room" design, mostly of heavy cypress and cedar construction, and a loft-bedroom and balcony—which makes this a three-story house. It has huge south-facing wooden-floor porches, and built on one acre, leaving lots of room for boats and trailers.

This countryside lot is quiet, private, fenced, raised, and has many mature Coconut Palm trees, decorative- and flowering- trees. Overall, the soil has been carefully maintained, mulched and supports a huge garden. At times, it's a nursery for tropical plants:

Royal Poinciana, African Tulips, Sapodilla, Chinese Eggfruit, Governor's Plum, Barbados Cherry, Suriname Cherry, Fig, Guava, Sea Grape, Gumbo Limbo, Indian laburnum, Ponderosa Lemon and more...

A well, a pump, one concrete- and one aluminum- storage building are adjacent to the house. (County water is supplied).

The bottom floor is all concrete, and could store several boats and cars. There are two bedrooms on the main floor, and the loft is plumbed for a third bathroom. (Plumbing not completed, as the kids have moved out).

It has a full-metal roof, and is slated to receive new/replacement windows this month. Some decorations and furniture can stay. (Ask about the Airstream).

She's asking $750K, but the clock is ticking! (305) 872-4531

(Requesting you text first, leaving your name).

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Old 02-09-2021, 06:37 AM   #2
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After the well written, detailed description of the property I looked forward to seeing pictures of the house. I guess that was not to be! It sounds like an interesting property.

But, that is a really nice picture of a dirt road!
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Old 02-09-2021, 10:05 AM   #3
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At least providing a town/city it is located in might help....
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Old 02-09-2021, 10:19 AM   #4
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Is it on Zillow? Or listed anywhere?
There are DIY listing sights that will get it up on MLS.

Without it properly listed she is likely to take a bath on it.
I’m assuming it’s not listed because I’m assuming you would have given the link.

Realtor’s are free until it’s sold.

And sounds like it’s not time to try and save on fees if time critical. Arguably they are worth the fees any time because they usually bring in higher bids.

I also think realtors help legitimize a property for sale.

My first thought is, what’s going on that a friend has to help promote it with no MLS link or realtor. I know your trying to help a friend. But I think the best thing is to talk her into finding a local realtor.
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The "abode" IS pictured.....

Think "where's Waldo"
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Old 02-09-2021, 07:08 PM   #6
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Wink Airy, Open Space, All Wood, Quiet, Convenient...Bananas Within Reach!

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After the well written, detailed description of the property I looked forward to seeing pictures of the house. I guess that was not to be! It sounds like an interesting property. But, that is a really nice picture of a dirt road!
That's the driveway. It'll not be getting pavers on her meager social security checks.

It's also a view of what an acre looks like. There appears to be a camper (L) parked next to her shed (R). The rear fence is probably 20 feet further back.

Not having been there for some time, I'll have to take a guess as to the actual address. It's going to be about 31030 Litton's Way, ZIP 33043—or across the street at 31031. Lots of privacy added, so "street view" is going to show only natural privacy-screening, tropical greenery—and a gate. You open the gate to the driveway (pictured). Outside the gate, the generous tropical greenery is approaching full recovery from Hurricane Irma. Maybe too much recovery!

Thanks, mswlogo, each of your excellent points have been put forward.
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The house is plopped in the middle of a tropical garden.

Nice and airy—there's even more living space on the first floor—I like it.
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Is that Big Pine Key, Florida, 33043 ...... well on the way to Key West ..... tomorrow's February 10, Wednesday weather: Mostly sunny with a high near 83. East wind around 10 mph.

Does Florida require a salt water fishing license? ....

Does Florida require a yearly automobile state safety inspection now with the corona virus happening? ....

Does Big Pine Key have an airport? ....

Any dirt cheap, direct flights from Plymouth NH Municipal Airport to Big Pine Key?
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Zip code 33403 is Big Pine Key in Florida.

This is one of the Keys you cross on your way down to Key West. The area is loaded with "Key Deer". Key Deer never get to the size of the deer we see in New Hampshire.

Key Deer were almost hunted to extinction in 1967, but have been protected since then. The biggest female may be 65 pounds, and the biggest male may be 80 pounds.
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Is that Big Pine Key, Florida, 33043 ...... well on the way to Key West ..... tomorrow's February 10, Wednesday weather: Mostly sunny with a high near 83. East wind around 10 mph.

Does Florida require a salt water fishing license? ....

Does Florida require a yearly automobile state safety inspection now with the corona virus happening? ....

Does Big Pine Key have an airport? ....
Florida does NOT require Florida Inspections during the Corona Virus. Matter of fact, Vehicle Safety Inspections were eliminated back at the turn of the Century back in 2000. Go figure!

The only time a vehicle needs to be inspected in Florida is if you buy a new car from another State, or if you buy a used car within the State. One and done!
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Our best man and his wife live on Summerland Key, which is 5 miles from Big Pine Island....long drive from Sarasota. My unsolicited suggestion to the person trying to sell quickly because of financial difficulties....hire a competent realtor to represent you! Otherwise, the property is unlikely to be shown to qualified buyers, and the whole ordeal could be a nightmare. With a decent marketing plan and today’s technology, it’s very likely that the property could sell sight unseen. It sounds like a poor plan to save a commission when the realtor could very well get an excellent outcome, including more $$$$$. JMO.
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As a real estate sales guy once told me ...... "by giving us 5%, YOU get an extra 10%." .....
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I'm curious about pricing--Did I miss it in one of the posts? Wikipedia says there are (2000 census) about 2250 houses and 5,000 people on Big Pine Key which is about 9.9 square miles in area. 23 miles to Marathon, 30 miles to Key West in the other direction. Looking at Realtor.com, there are many houses for sale, mostly manufactured housing, many on stilts. Lots seem to be 5-8,000 sq ft, so the 1 acre lot for the house in question is pretty special.
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I'm curious about pricing--Did I miss it in one of the posts? Wikipedia says there are (2000 census) about 2250 houses and 5,000 people on Big Pine Key which is about 9.9 square miles in area. 23 miles to Marathon, 30 miles to Key West in the other direction. Looking at Realtor.com, there are many houses for sale, mostly manufactured housing, many on stilts. Lots seem to be 5-8,000 sq ft, so the 1 acre lot for the house in question is pretty special.
The first post lists she is asking $750,000 if that is what you are asking.
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Arrow Three Neighboring Keys: Marathon, Big Pine, and Key West...

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Our best man and his wife live on Summerland Key, which is 5 miles from Big Pine Island....long drive from Sarasota. My unsolicited suggestion to the person trying to sell quickly because of financial difficulties....hire a competent realtor to represent you! Otherwise, the property is unlikely to be shown to qualified buyers, and the whole ordeal could be a nightmare. With a decent marketing plan and today’s technology, it’s very likely that the property could sell sight unseen. It sounds like a poor plan to save a commission when the realtor could very well get an excellent outcome, including more $$$$$. JMO.
Thank you for your "unsolicited suggestion". I'll relay your "take on the matter" to the seller.

Summerland Key, six miles away, has a private runway—lined with private houses. You can land your Cessna in between this row of houses, and taxi into your big and wide garage! (The Keys requires houses on stilts because of occasional heavy flooding due to "hurricane surge").

There are $59 commercial flights to nearby Key West from Kentucky. Private jets can land at nearby Marathon airport. Rental cars can be arranged at Marathon and Key West. Shopping at either location discloses duplicate offices and shops.

Marathon Key has some congested areas of mobile homes on small lots. Big Pine Key is very open, with no congestion. (Just 12 minutes to one of the world's best beaches—cited nearly every year).

This picture shows the huge porch (far left), which I estimate could maintain three table tennis courts. Above it is an open, but private, sun deck—with railings. Below this pictured porch is parking for two cars or boats—with additional space underneath for more cars and boats, or for your favorite hobby.
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Post Far From Any Other Structures, the View Is Mostly of Huge Trees...

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I'm curious about pricing--Did I miss it in one of the posts? Wikipedia says there are (2000 census) about 2250 houses and 5,000 people on Big Pine Key which is about 9.9 square miles in area. 23 miles to Marathon, 30 miles to Key West in the other direction. Looking at Realtor.com, there are many houses for sale, mostly manufactured housing, many on stilts. Lots seem to be 5-8,000 sq ft, so the 1 acre lot for the house in question is pretty special.
It's already in a quiet area, so the one acre is special.

Before building this 1990's house, the lot was filled above the local elevation. The requirement for "stilts" came after this house was built. ("Stilts" are usually made of concrete). The Cypress used for the house was trucked from the owner's North Carolina property.

The lot is mostly one big garden, with flowering trees predominating. Edibles, mostly tropical, are scattered here and there. Pineapples and Key Lime trees do very well in this soil. These edible tropical fruit trees' biggest enemy is one local deer, who is skinny enough to squeeze through the gate.
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Below is the view of the "Great Room" concept from the third floor. The right-hand door is a slider; whereas, the main entrance is the French door. These doors face East.

Three neighbors (only) also have one-acre properties, including the house across the street. These homes are surrounded by County-owned woods—set aside from development.

The third floor is mostly one breezy bedroom—which has one 18'x18' sun deck adjacent and one 5'x12'—still sunny—balcony facing West.
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