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Customer-driven Philanthropic Program

 At every closing, Kent & Regan will donate 1% of our net commission in your name to a local non-profit of your choice from the basket of non-profits listed below.

AH of Monroe County, Inc Our goal: that our next generation be HIV-free
Bahama Village Music Program offers individualized music lessons at no cost
Community Foundation of the Florida Keys philanthropy to local charities
Florida Outreach Coalition  preventing homelessness through interventions
Key West Literary Seminar  promoting the understanding of literary works
Key West Wildlife Center, Inc  providing rescues and quality rehabilitation
Keys to Be The Change, Inc  Empowering children, youth and adults
Literacy Volunteers teaching to read, write and communicate in English
MARC (Monroe Assn of Retarded Citizens) provides professional care
Old Island Restoration  sustaining Key West’s architecture, culture and history
Red Cross preventing and alleviating human suffering
Reef Relief improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem
Rural Health Network providing a high-quality health care center
Sister Season Fund focusing on the Hospitality/Tourism employees
SPCA dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of all animals
The Frederick Douglas School Black Educators Memorial Project, Inc 
The Studios of Key West (TSKW) promoting Key West artists
United Way of Monroe County mobilizing the caring power of our community
Wesley House Family Services protecting and nurturing children and families
Zonta Foundation of Key West, Inc empowering women


Schools

This photo from 1911 is the San Carlos Institute in Key West which was one of the nation’s first bilingual and integrated schools. Below are links to the many choices for schools in Key West.

The College of the Florida Keys
Key West High School (Public)
Somerset Island Prep (Charter High School)
Grace Lutheran School (Religious)
Montessori School of Key West (Montessori)
May Sands Montessori School (Montessori)
Horace O’Bryant School (Public)
Sigsbee Charter School (Charter)
Poinciana Elementary (Public)
Gerald Adams Elementary (Public)
The Basilica School of St Mary Star of the Sea (Religious)

Arts & Culture

Key West has an illustrious history of attracting creative souls allured by its lush, tropical beauty. The quirky and fun people who currently call Key West home were perhaps also inspired by the former presence of Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams who were among the most famous literary figures living on the island in the 20th century, but only two among many great talents of yesterday and today. In Key West, one now finds an eclectic mix of galleries, museums, theatre productions and arts festivals as well as an unmatched culinary scene for pre and post art events! Below, you will find links to some of our most notable cultural resources.

The Studios of Key West
Key West Art & Historical Society
Cultural Calendar Florida Keys Council of the Arts
Gallery Guide–Florida Keys Council of the Arts
Key West Theatre Directory
Key West Literary Festival
Tropical Cinema
The Key West Film Festival
Key West Songwriters Festival
South Florida Symphony Orchestra in Key West

Utilities

This photo is of Key West’s first electric generating plant. It came on line, and shortly thereafter Thomas Edison was doing what he was doing in New York City. Below are choices for utility companies with links.

Electric:  Keys Energy Services*, 305-295-1000
Solar:  Benson Green Technologies*, Jolly Benson, 305-296-3940
Water :  Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority*, 305-296-2454
Cable Internet/TV/Phone Options :
 Comcast*, 1010 Kennedy Dr. 888-220-6780
 AT&T*, 1113 Key Plaza 305-296-5007
 Propane Options:
Suburban Propane*, 726 Catherine St., KW 305-296-2411
Amerigas*, 6301 3rd St., Stock Island 305-295-7724
Como Keys Gas*, 1109 Eaton Street, Key West 305-296-2848

*We know these contractors and vendors to be reputable from our past experience; this does not constitute any guarantees, warranties, or promises on our part for their future products or services. 


Gingerbread Biographies

Now that you have settled into your wonderful new home, let local historian, artist and long-time Key West resident, Sharon Wells, create your house history! Her new art venture is called Gingerbread Biographies.

Each Biography pulls together Wells’ expertise in history, archival research, art and architectural photography. Each individual commission, is exclusively compiled for the Homeowner. Combining historic & contemporary photographs, deeds, wills, maps and plats, genealogy, with archival research focused on one individual Historic House, Each Gingerbread Biography represents over 100 hours of work.

Each is presented, signed and framed, as a unique Montage Print. Call Sharon for a quote 305-923-5133 or email her: sharonwells1@yahoo.com or view her Facebook Page


Dynamic FEMA Flood Maps

Enter Address Search and Click on “Dynamic” on the next page

The FEMA website has a dynamic map whereby you simply type in a full address and press enter. This will help you to determine in what flood zone a property sits. It will not however help with determining flood insurance premiums. The premiums depend upon the elevation of the house at its lowest level and this requires an elevation certificate. Below is a list of surveyors who can provide the service for obtaining an elevation certificate. If an elevation certificate has been issued in the past on the property and it is available, there is no need to conduct another one. Provide your insurance agent with an elevation certificate in order to obtain the insurance premiums.

J Lynn O’Flynn, Inc.* 305-296-7422

Reese & White Land Surveying*, 305-872-1348

Island Surveying, Inc.*, 305-293-0466

*We know these contractors and vendors to be reputable from our past experience; this does not constitute any guarantees, warranties, or promises on our part for their future products or services. 


Key West Insider Guide

“If I arrived in the Keys out of the blue…

Click here for the Guide

I wouldn’t know where to eat. Certain restaurants are famous, but how’s the food? Where are the hidden, local gems, and new places, and best spots for basics, like breakfast? What places aren’t tourist traps? People ask me, “Where do YOU eat?” and this guide is my answer. Consult it for the local specialties (fish sandwiches, peel-n-eat shrimp, conch fritters, Key lime pie), most romantic tables, and best view. 

Read why some places are worth a visit for the quirky charm they serve, a side dish to the cooking. Who knows why certain restaurants endear themselves to us? Each member of this guide proves some of the reasons why, and is a place that could only be right here in the Keys. Each offers an authentic experience that represents to me the very reason for travel. Make each meal count!  Please tell your server, host or reservation-taker you read about it here. We’re all curious to see if you’re as glad to have this guide as we are!”                                                                         

Margit Bisztray


Latest News about our Market

Keep up with the latest news about the Key West real estate market, our community and the world at-large as it affects us.

Regulators Scale Back Citizens Rate Hikes

By Jim Saunders

A 3.2% increase for multi-peril policies was approved instead of a requested 6.2% hike; a request to charge actuarially sound rates for new customers was also rejected.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Regulators have scaled back rate increases sought by Citizens Property Insurance Corp., dealing a blow to leaders of the state-backed insurer who argue it needs to charge more for coverage…Read all articles


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