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Key West Lighted Boat Parade

The 29th Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade Nothing says Christmas in the Islands like partying down on the waterfront in shorts and Hawaiian shirt as holiday-lit boats of every shape and size cruise the harbor in a nautical noel celebration. The 29th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade weighs anchor at 8 p.m. […]

Halloween Fantasies in Key West

Experience the Key West Fantasy Fest! Besides being one of America’s most haunted cities, Key West is renowned as a free-spirited, party-loving town. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Halloween on the island has been stretched into a ten-day celebration of a scale that easily rivals the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Sport, spectacle, […]

Bird Watching in Key West

Community Event: Fall Migration Mania The Lower Florida Keys have long been recognized as an area rich in both migratory and resident bird life. Native Americans, seafarers, and early explorers in the Keys often harvested birds, eggs, and plumage for use as food and trade items. Famed 19th century naturalist and painter John James Audubon […]

Key West Real Estate: Snowbird Purchases

Snowbird Buyers in Key West Key West has been a winter getaway city for most of its history, attracting celebrities and typical vacationers alike with the promise of relief from severe northern winters. Many winter visitors stay for several months and make up Key West’s yearly population of temporary residents nicknamed “Snowbirds”. As both renters […]

Key West Public Parks

Where are the best Key West public parks? Being a tropical island surrounded by turquoise blue waters, Key West as a whole is like one big beautiful park. But folks looking for grass and a place for the kids to play will not be disappointed. Even though it is a city where space is at […]

Key West Historic Landmarks-Ft. Zachary Taylor Cannon

Key West Historic Landmarks

Historic Key West The island of Key West features a long and very rich history for such a small place. Spanish treasure fleets plied the waters just offshore on the route between Spain and the New World. British-Americans settled the island and the nearby Bahamas during and after the American Revolution. Later, sea-going fortune seekers […]

Key West Public Beaches

Although natural sandy beaches are rare in the Florida Keys, Key West residents are fortunate to have access to six nice public beaches. Most of them are free, all are convenient to any part of the city, and they are open from dawn until late night. None of the Key West public beaches have life […]

BG 20th Anniversary

Bascom Grooms Real Estate Celebrates 20 Years of Key West Real Estate Excellence

Bascom Grooms Real Estate: 20 Years in the Key West Community April 12th 2019 saw the Bascom Grooms Real Estate team gather along with guests and well-wishers from the Key West community to celebrate the firm’s 20th year of offering comprehensive Key West and Lower Keys real estate services. The festivities took place at the […]

Increase in FHFA Conforming Loan Limits Gives Key West Home Buyers More Flexibility

In November 2018, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced an increase in the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages closing on or after January 1, 2019. Across most of the U.S., the baseline 2019 conforming loan limit for single unit properties will rise to $484,350 from $453,100 in 2018.   What is a conforming loan? Fannie Mae […]

Key West Community Organizations

Key West was founded in 1822 and since that time an incredibly eclectic mix of adventurers, seafarers, vagabonds, creatives, and celebrities have made the island their home. This has given rise to a collection of clubs, associations, interest groups, and organizations that is quite impressive considering the small size of the city. Here is a sampling […]