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Old 10-04-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Cool, alternative, energetic retired couple from Toledo thinking about moving to Key West full time. A retired teacher and business owner and former B&B innkeepers with many skills. We have a comfortable monthly income but we like to work and keep busy. We would be interested in working part time doing just about anything to supplement cost of living in Key West. We do not want to buy housing and prefer to rent. Any suggestions??
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Cottonwood CA
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Don't know too much about Key West. Had a good time as tourists there for a couple of days last month. But we found real estate to be incredibly expensive. Took this photo of a "fixer-upper" about 3 blocks from Duval Street. (assuming the download works) If you zoom in you'll see the advertised price on the sign is $3.79 million!

With that kind of property value I can't imagine where the folks who work the shops and services can afford to live (rent or buy).

Good luck.
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Old 10-05-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Atlanta native 40 years too long
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Suggestions: yes, win the lottery.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:15 AM
 
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Ha Ha! Thanks for your comments and the photo!

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Don't know too much about Key West. Had a good time as tourists there for a couple of days last month. But we found real estate to be incredibly expensive. Took this photo of a "fixer-upper" about 3 blocks from Duval Street. (assuming the download works) If you zoom in you'll see the advertised price on the sign is $3.79 million!

With that kind of property value I can't imagine where the folks who work the shops and services can afford to live (rent or buy).

Good luck.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:16 AM
 
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Ha! I wouldn't mind doing that wherever I'm living!
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in time.
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Best of luck, I have no info for u but thier will be alot that do I just found it kinda cool that you are from Toledo, we are close to Bryan, don't know if you have heard of it or not but its about an hour away. Oh and we are trying to relocate to Florida as well, but to the gulf side.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Key West, Florida
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Don't know too much about Key West. Had a good time as tourists there for a couple of days last month. But we found real estate to be incredibly expensive. Took this photo of a "fixer-upper" about 3 blocks from Duval Street. (assuming the download works) If you zoom in you'll see the advertised price on the sign is $3.79 million!

With that kind of property value I can't imagine where the folks who work the shops and services can afford to live (rent or buy).

Good luck.
Hah, that rundown place just happens to have a lot of land attached to it, a lot for Old Town Key West anyway, about two acres I believe, if that. Nobody is paying that much though. Values have slowly been dropping from what they were a few years ago, but stubbornly so, and still very high.

As far as how "service industry workers" can afford to live here, they work multiple jobs so they can afford to pay the rent on the apartment they might share with three or more roommates. It's no way to live for long, and borders on exploitation. Many are foreign nationals who'd rather do that though, then go back to their home country.
There has been some debate of how the Keys are going to maintain local people who work in these industries, but rent control projects are very limited, and seem in stall mode most of the time.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Cottonwood CA
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Hah, that rundown place just happens to have a lot of land attached to it, a lot for Old Town Key West anyway, about two acres I believe, if that. Nobody is paying that much though. Values have slowly been dropping from what they were a few years ago, but stubbornly so, and still very high.

As far as how "service industry workers" can afford to live here, they work multiple jobs so they can afford to pay the rent on the apartment they might share with three or more roommates. It's no way to live for long, and borders on exploitation. Many are foreign nationals who'd rather do that though, then go back to their home country.
There has been some debate of how the Keys are going to maintain local people who work in these industries, but rent control projects are very limited, and seem in stall mode most of the time.
Actually the sign claims 1/2 an acre. In its format here that is probably unreadable-sorry. I have trouble appending photos to posts here.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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Yep! We know Bryan. We have been there many times, mostly for soccer tournements when the kids were younger. Nice place!
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