Monthly Archives: November 2014

711 South Street, Key West, Florida—SOLD $3,650,000.

711 South Street offers resort style living at its best!

711 South Street offers resort style living at its best!

We love the welcoming foyer.

We love the welcoming foyer.

A few years ago, I was invited to a soirée in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. I found myself standing before an austere two-story brick wall on Dauphine Street—double checking the address—convinced that I could not possibly be at the right place. Having been told that the party was being held at an exquisite private residence that had recently graced the pages of Architectural Digest, I could not imagine such a treasure being hidden behind such an uninviting façade. After hesitantly ringing the bell, I was soon welcomed into a jaw-dropping property that far exceeded my grandest concept of perfection.

The living room opens to the resort style pool and tropical garden.

The living room opens to the resort style pool.

Much like the French Quarter, Key West has its lion’s share of magnificent homes, surprisingly concealed behind white picket fences and lush tropical landscaping. 711 South Street is one such hidden treasure.

After touring 711 South Street for the first time, Dean returned to the office with a look of astonishment on his face—declaring it a paragon of design. He could not stop describing the flawless home as sheer perfection, down to the smallest detail. How could we not be in love with 711 South Street? It is spectacular.

The exquisite master suite is divine.

The exquisite master suite is divine.

The golden touch of legendary interior designer Alexander Baer can be seen throughout the home. From the moment we enter the verdant front garden and meander along the winding brick path to the generous and welcoming front porch, we are transported to a genuine Key West fantasy. The wide foyer opens to an office, two large guestrooms, a grand and inviting living room, and an unforgettable veranda. The exquisite master suite is divine. We love that the kitchen, with its tiger maple cabinets, opens to both the living room and the veranda. The separate garage and guesthouse is as beautifully designed as the main residence. The resort style pool and patio, surrounded by tropical plantings, makes us believe that this extraordinary home deserves a five star rating.

We have strolled past 711 South Street countless, never imagining that paradise lay beyond its white picket fence.

Keith and Dean

Click here to enjoy a virtual tour of this exquisite home.

The generous front porch overlooks a secluded tropical garden.

The generous front porch overlooks the secluded tropical garden.


We are not foodies—we are professional diners. Our kitchen is certainly more decorative than utilitarian. Much to the amusement of our friends, we eat out every night of the week. Luckily, we live in a small town that offers big city choices when it comes to dining out.

Compiling this list of Our Top 10 Favorite Key West Restaurants was a lot of fun! Some of our top pics are casual and some are fancy. Some of them are reasonably priced and some are a bit pricey. Some require a reservation and some don’t. All of our favorites keep us coming back with terrific food, smiling faces, and great value.

Keith & Dean


10. Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria, 5620 Macdonald Avenue, Key West, Florida
The best place for pizza in Key West! We love the Mixed Green Garden Salad, Margherita Pizza, and Chicken Parmesan.

9. El Meson de Pepe, 410 Wall Street, Key West, Florida
Our favorite place for Cuban food on the island. We love the live music, Cuban bread, and ordering by the numbers. We can’t get away from ordering #61 Picadillo Habanero and #92 Mahi Mahi con Salsa de Camarones!

8. Mangia Mangia Pasta Cafe, 900 Southard Street, Key West, Florida
Great homemade pasta keeps us coming back! We love the Lobster Linguine, Spaghettini Schmappellini, and Grilled Fresh Atlantic Salmon.

7. Nine One Five, 915 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Fabulous food and great people watching from the front porch! We love the Caesar Salad, Grass Fed 8oz Burger, and the Soul Mama Seafood Soup. Whatever you choose, order the Cone of Fries!

6. Chico’s Cantina, 5230 Highway 1, Key West, Florida
Key West’s best Mexican food! We are always treated like family at Chico’s. We love the Chips and Salsa, Cheese Crisp, Taco Salad, and Chicken Enchiladas.

5. Latitudes, 245 Front Street, Key West, Florida
Our favorite place to celebrate a special occasion. We love the boat ride to Sunset Key, dining on the porch, and the gorgeous sunset views. The Pan Seared Snapper and the Honey & Ancho Chile Crusted Waygu Beef Skirt Steak cannot be beat.

4. Salute! On The Beach, 1000 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West, Florida
The best lunch spot on the island. We love the Old Key West feel, beautiful ocean views, and entertaining people watching on Higgs Beach! The Green Salad, Shrimp Salad Sandwich, and Carrie’s Gazpacho keeps us coming back.

3. The Café, 509 Southard Street, Key West, Florida
Delicious and healthy options galore! The Café has the best Spinach Artichoke Dip on the planet. We love the Cream of Tomato Soup, Truffled French Fries, Falafel Sandwich, Grilled Portobella Mushroom Salad, and Café ‘Veggie’ Veggie Burger.

2. Santiago’s Bodega, 207 Petronia Street, Key West, Florida
Our favorite place to meet friends for dinner. We love the large selection of tapas to share. The Spinach Salad, Dates, Croquettas, Camembert Wedge, and Miniature Quesadillas are always on our list. Save room for the amazing Bread Pudding!

★1. The Flaming Buoy Filet Company, 1100 Packer Street, Key West, Florida,
We love The Flaming Buoy Filet Company! Many happy memories have been made at this charming and acclaimed, off the beaten path, Key West treasure. Scott, Fred, and their amazing staff always welcome us with open arms. We love the Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Iceberg Lettuce Wedge, Seafood Marinara, The Filet Co. Three Way, and Spicy Chocolate Quesadilla. The Flaming Buoy Filet Company was an easy pick for our absolute favorite Key West restaurant.

The Flaming Buoy Filet Company.  Our top pick!

The Flaming Buoy Filet Company. Our top restaurant pick!

2026 Seidenberg Avenue, Key West, Florida—SOLD $925,000.

We first fell in love with 2026 Seidenberg Avenue when the midcentury modern gem captured our attention in Leslie Linsley’s gorgeous coffee table book, Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle.

A mid-century modern architectural gem!

A mid-century modern architectural gem!

We love the tranquil color palette.

We love the tranquil color palette.

Our friends Guillermo Orozco and Kent Ducote not only renovated the 1950’s home, they created a one-of-a-kind Key West masterpiece. Architect, Guillermo Orozco saw past the original construction’s small rooms, lack of charm, and dark kitchen to envision a modern, light-filled home that would suit a contemporary lifestyle.

Rick Worth's custom mural is enchanting.

Rick Worth’s custom mural is enchanting!

Style abounds throughout the three bedroom/2 bath home. We love the neutral, off-white, and earthy tones that bathe the home in serenity. The inviting living/dining room is perfect for visiting with friends and family. Painted by Key West artist, Rick Worth, a beautiful wall mural of a mangrove forest turns the sitting room into a magical retreat. The modern kitchen features custom cherry wood cabinetry, honed-slate countertops, stainless steel appliances, a wine cooler, and a reverse osmosis water purifier. Overlooking the pool and garden, the upstairs master bedroom opens to an intimate balcony.

Breakfast in the pavilion?

Breakfast in the pavilion?

Paradise clearly exists in the garden of the home. The stunning black lagoon pool, coral stone waterfall, and tropical plantings are enchanting. The alluring outdoor pavilion is the perfect embodiment of outdoor island living at its best.

We wish we were moving into 2026 Seidenberg Avenue. What a gem!

Keith & Dean

Square 1: Key West’s Best New Restaurant

We love Square 1's stylish décor!

We love Square 1’s stylish décor!

The spinach-ricotta gundi is devine!

The spinach-ricotta gundi is divine!

We love the latest incarnation of Square 1—now open in the legendary restaurant’s familiar location at 1075 Duval Street. Just down from our office in Duval Square, the new Square 1 premiered to rave reviews just a few weeks ago. With the culinary talents behind Banana Café and The Café joining forces to reopen the Key West favorite, Square 1 will undoubtedly continue to be a go-to dining destination for locals and visitors alike.

The seafood bouillabaisse special is a hit!

The seafood bouillabaisse special is a hit!

On Saturday evening, we joined our friends Jack and Kevin for another visit to the new Square 1. We were delighted once again with the wonderful service, creative cuisine, and stylish décor. Danielle, a familiar face from Banana Café, greeted us fondly. As soon as the cordial hostess showed us to our cozy table by the window, we were introduced to our attentive waiter, who kept us wanting for nothing during our lengthy stay. With a wide array of small plates, entrees, and specials to choose from, it was hard to decide what to order. For starters, we selected the devils on horseback, the café cream of tomato soup, and the chef was kind enough to create a special green salad just for Dean. For our entrees, Jack chose a wonderful seafood bouillabaisse special, Kevin and Dean were very pleased with their grilled hanger steaks, and I was thrilled with my spinach-ricotta gundi. We could not say enough about the delicious food, generous table, comfortable chairs, fashionable surroundings, and wonderful artistic touches. Without being rushed to turnover our table, we were free to enjoy desserts, after dinner drinks, and a special night out with friends.

Square 1 gets our vote for the best new restaurant on the island!

Keith & Dean

Click here to take a look at Square 1’s exquisite menu.

The new Square 1 feels like home.