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Learn the basics about Florida Keys real estate

Let me share some local knowledge with you so you can become an expert on the Florida Keys real estate market. As a licensed general contractor and a top producing agent, I will be happy to be your guide every step along the way to finding your primary or secondary home in the Keys. Florida Keys MLS property searches should not be left to a general practitioner. I’m a specialist in Florida Keys real estate waterfront, mobile homes, condos, and lots. In addition to knowing Keys homes for sale, I also take pride in being knowledgable about the lifestyle that you are seeking. Let’s work together!

Key Largo real estate waterfront, mile markers, and boat parks

The Upper Keys are located 65 miles South of Miami Airport and roughly span from Key Largo to Islamorada.  There is also a commercial airport in Key West, which is located about 96 miles south of Key Largo.  Once you cross over the causeway from the mainland, things start to transition to a different pace and lifestyle.  In fact, we use mile markers along overseas highway for describing where we live. It is common to describe where you live by using a Florida Keys mile marker followed by which side of Overseas Highway you are located. For example, if you live in Port Largo and you wanted to order delivery from the Tower of Pizza, then you would tell them your street address followed by Mile Marker 100, Ocean Side. Key Largo real estate is made up of several great communities, let me start a custom keys MLS search for you!

Florida Keys homes for sale waterfront, dry lots, and wet lots


Here in the Florida Keys we have two types of property, dry lots and wet lots. Wet lots are on the waterfront of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay, or alongside a canal, while dry lots are completely surrounded by land. Waterfront properties range in price depending on features just like every other property, but access to the water typically increases value and desirability. Some waterfront properties offer much larger water access points and deeper draft depth than others. If you plan on sailing up to your house, then we need to talk about draft and bridge height so we can find the right neighborhood for you through the Florida keys MLS.

Depending on what you're looking for, there are many features and amenities to consider with either waterfront properties or dry lots.  For example, some homeowner associations here in the Upper Keys provide access to private boat parks which offer a variety of amenities including a boat ramp, boat trailer parking, and some beach access. Beaches and boat ramp access are limited in the Florida Keys, which is what makes the features associated with the home owners’ boat parks in the Florida Keys uniquely important. Let me show you the difference in Key Largo real estate boat parks.

Oceanside and Bayside considerations with Florida Keys property

Another consideration when searching Florida keys homes for sale waterfront is Oceanside vs Bayside. Both sides offer that stunning view that you are looking for, but there are some differences to consider for your cozy getaway home in paradise. The Florida Keys are not very wide, which means the distances to your normal destinations on land will pretty much be negligible; however, your boating transits on the water are a different story.  Depending on your waterborne activities, you may prefer one side over the other.

Bayside water access in general offers closer access to the backcountry skinny water and the inter-coastal waterway.  The inter-coastal waterway is like a highway on the water that runs up and down the eastern coast of the country. Water access is not the only consideration when it comes to living on a waterfront property on the bayside in the Florida Keys. Waterfront property in the Keys offer the most magnificent sunrises and sunsets. Imagine winding down for the day at your home on your very own piece of paradise in the Florida Keys. Let's start a search for Key Largo waterfront homes for sale!  

Oceanside offers access to the Atlantic Ocean where you can find John Pennekamp State Park and miles and miles of reef line in the Upper Keys. Although many homeowners on Bayside have larger boats, the majority of waterfront property with deep water access can be found oceanside on canals.  Search results from Key Largo waterfront homes for sale provide Port Largo as a great example of waterfront property oceanside with deep water access for larger boats.

Many boaters enjoy both oceanside and bayside on the same day by accessing one of the few cuts to get back and forth between the two bodies of water.  It’s very common to fish or snorkel on the reefs and take a sunset cruise in the evening bayside. Access to Tavernier Creek, Adam’s Cut, and Snake Creek are examples of how to transit back and forth between the two bodies of water. You may want to consider how close you live to one of these cuts if you plan on boating in the Florida Keys on a regular basis. Contact me to find Key Largo homes for sale waterfront!