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Directions for Key West Real Estate in 2021

Is the Key West housing market on a run? Key West, America’s only Caribbean island paradise, is down at the very end of the Florida Keys, a chain of islands stretched over 100 miles south and west of Miami and linked together with forty-two bridges. If distance (from the Mainland) means difference, maybe that’s why […]

Out With The Old!

Masks Can’t Hide Key West Holiday Spirit After a year of unprecedented challenges, Key West visitors and locals alike questioned the fate of the island’s legendary holiday festivities, especially given an unfortunate spike in COVID 19 cases. There was certainly cause to worry when the Key West Hometown Holiday Parade and the 30th Annual Key […]

Celebrate 38 Years of Conch Independence

Why are Key Westers Called Conchs? Island newcomers may wonder why born and bred Key West natives like Bascom are known as “Conchs”. In fact, there is tradition behind the reference that runs far deeper than a mere moniker. But the history of the term is speculative, clouded by time, and tangled in the extremely […]


And the Bubba Goes to: Bascom Grooms

Bascom is the Local Choice for Best Key West Realtor The people have spoken and Bascom Grooms has been voted as the best Key West realtor for the 7th consecutive year. Bascom was honored with the Best Realtor award at the 2020 Bubbas: Key West People’s Choice Awards. This year’s altered pandemic-aware competition format presented […]

Key West Homes for Sale

Rethinking Priorities 2020 has been a uniquely stressful year for folks in America and around the world. We have faced pandemic, civil unrest, political turmoil, economic chaos, and even a few hurricanes thrown in to keep things really stirred up along the US Gulf Coast and across the Caribbean. All that in sharp contrast to […]

Bascom Featured in Keys Weekly Article on Hot Local Real Estate Market

A Keys Weekly story published August 28 2020 made it clear that the post-lockdown Florida Keys real estate market has heated up like the tropical summer sun. In a remarkable recovery, July 2020 Monroe County residential property sales popped 50% above 2019 comparable numbers. Closings hit 286 for the month, an impressive gain over July […]

Getting Away From It All in the Florida Keys

Emergency Alert: Key West Bars Closed! Last call at only midnight in Key West? Now that is a disaster. It’s downright scary and even un-Conch Republican. But what a year 2020 has been and what a summer we have had down here in America’s Caribbean Paradise. It seemed like the Keys were finally shaking off […]

Key West Lobster

Shake Off the Pandemic Stress With a Key West Summer Highlight

Limited Hours But Unlimited Fun in Tropical Paradise It has been a crazy summer but fortunately, with less than 2,000 total COVID-19 cases and fewer than 20 fatalities, Monroe County has so far been relatively lucky through the pandemic in comparison to many other regions. The Florida Keys were able to get back open for […]

Key West Reopens!

The Florida Keys are Once Again Welcoming Visitors On March 27, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shut-down of the entire Florida Keys chain to visitor traffic by road. Only people who lived, owned property, or worked in the Keys were allowed through the checkpoints at mile marker 112 and on Card Sound road. At […]

Key West Real Estate

Shedding Light on Key West Real Estate & COVID-19

COVID-19 Hits the Florida Keys Hard It’s nearly impossible to overstate the impact that the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease have had on the Florida Keys and Key West economies. The Keys island chain is literally closed to visitors and the beating heart of Key West is all but silent. Coming so soon in the wake […]