Located at the very end of a chain of islands stretching far out into the turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico, Key West is a magical island paradise. Although it’s only two miles wide and four miles long, Key West is filled to the brim with amazing art galleries, delicious restaurants, boutique shopping, fascinating museums, and historic points of interest. There is always something new to explore. For a small island, Key West is packed with opportunities for adventure.
If you’re looking to buy a home in Key West, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the different neighborhoods in town. Although the island is small, each neighborhood has a distinct personality and vibe. Once you start shopping for a home, you’ll quickly realize how important it is to choose the right Key West neighborhood for you. And you’ll marvel at how such a tiny island can feel so diverse and expansive.
The experts at Buy The Keys/Vacasa Florida LLC are here to help guide you through each neighborhood.
On the eastern side of Key West lies New Town. New Town is a business district humming with activity. There are three shopping mall areas, anchored by large chain retailers like Pier 1 Imports, Ross, TJ Maxx, Publix, and Winn-Dixie. Numerous banks, restaurants, schools, sports arenas, a movie theater, and specialty shops are located here too.
Besides a bustling business district, New Town has quiet neighborhoods and wide streets. Homes here range from classic, single-story bungalows to sprawling luxury estates. In New Town, there is more opportunity to acquire a larger sized lot— backyards are big. There are even homes on canals here. Check out this exciting opportunity now available in New Town.
Technically part of New Town, the southeastern beachside of Key West has a different vibe all its own. Residences here are mainly large condominium complexes with multiple stories. Buying a home on the beach in Key West is everything you think it will be. You’ll have stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, easy access to kayaking and paddleboarding, spectacular sunrises, and miles of waterfront trails for walking and biking.
Condominium projects like Las Salinas, La Brisa, Key West by the Sea, and 1800 Atlantic offer a wide inventory of condominiums to choose from. With plenty of parking, a friendly community vibe, and easy ocean access, the beach is a great, low-maintenance choice for a Key West home.
Old Town Key West is one of the prettiest neighborhoods in the country. The neighborhood includes impressive Victorian architecture, historic landmarks, quaint conch cottages, quirky details, and lush tropical flowers surrounded by white picket fences. You’ll be delighted as you stroll through the tree-lined residential streets.
Besides bustling Duval Street, Old Town Key West has plenty of quiet neighborhoods tucked way beneath the palm trees. And the highest point in Key West is Solares Hill in Old Town— a soaring nineteen feet above sea level! Endless restaurants, theaters, and shopping are easily accessible by foot or bicycle. Or simply relax on your front porch, sip a cool drink, and chat with your neighbors.
Located on the northwest corner of Old Town, The Meadows is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Key West. It’s made up of a series of one-way streets— including Olivia, Petronia, and Newton— that take up about 24 city blocks.
Quiet and charming, The Meadows has convenient access to both Old Town and New Town. Home here range from cute conch bungalows to luxurious waterfront estates.
The Casa Marina Resort was built by Henry Flagler— builder of the Flagler Railroad— in the 1920s. Homes built around this resort are spacious and vary in style. Most have private pools, large backyards, and ample square footage.
The neighborhood is close to Old Town with convenient access to Flagler Avenue and New Town, too. It’s a highly coveted location.
Located in Old Town, Bahama Village is a 16 block area that is bordered by Whitehead, Southard, and Louisa Streets. The colorful arched gate marking one of the entrances to Bahama Village on Petronia Street lets you know that you are entering a unique area. Bahama Village is a vibrant and diverse Key West neighborhood that offers interesting shopping, delicious dining, and fantastic entertainment.
Visiting Bahama Village is like stepping into another world. There is a certain old-world soulfulness to this neighborhood. Homes here are generally traditional shotgun and conch style homes. Click here to view a gorgeous home for sale on the edge of Bahama Village.
We once heard Stock Island referred to as “the Brooklyn of Key West” and thought this was a fitting description. Technically located to the east of Key West proper, Stock Island is the first island you encounter as you drive north on US1. And it has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years.
Once only known for shrimping boats and a golf course, Stock Island now features exciting local art galleries, amazing restaurants, and gorgeous hotels. Residential homes here include single-story bungalows and townhomes.
Whatever neighborhood you choose, Key West has something for everyone. From stunning waterfront homes to charming conch cottages, Key West architecture has something to fit every style and personality.
To help you choose the right neighborhood for you, contact my office today. With decades of local knowledge and years of experience as a Key West realtor, the staff at Buy The Keys/Vacasa Florida LLC are passionate about finding you the Key West home of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for a vacation rental home or a permanent residence, we’re here to help you.
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