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New York is in the midst of cold spell upon cold spell, a wintry nightmare made no more bearable by the much-hyped "bomb cyclone" blanketing the East Coast in snow and ice today. Rather than spend your waking hours hugging your radiator and praying for spring, consider fleeing this frigid Hoth clone for balmy Key West, where average winter temperatures hover around the mid-70s (the high today is a relatively frigid 62) and six-toed cats roam free.
Owning property in Key West does come with a hurricane risk, but last summer's Hurricane Irma was the first major storm to hit the island in over half a century, and even that powerful hurricane didn't do much lasting damage, as most businesses bounced back in just a few weeks.
We're not the only ones who think Key West is still a desirable place for a second, or even a first home. For evidence, look no further than the median home sale price of $549,700, which is higher than much of the country, though not quite at Manhattan levels.
And what you get here is well worth the money. The Keys' main metropolis has killer nightlife along Duval Street, access to the Florida Keys Reef and the Gulf of Mexico, the titular desserts served up at the Key West Key Lime Pie Company, and the aforementioned polydactyl cats who reside at the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Key West is also home to Robert, the world's most haunted murderous doll. Do with this information what you will.
Here's a taste of what the continental U.S.'s southernmost municipality has to offer.
This standalone two bedroom, two-bath Conch cottage, also pictured at top, is in Lionsgate, a private community in Old Town, just a few blocks from the water. The house has two porches, an in-ground pool, an additional half bathroom, cathedral ceilings, lots of light, and lush greenery surrounding it. The owner is asking for $879,000.
This colorful two bedroom, two bath condo comes with its own private pool, which will come in handy when the summer humidity rolls in. The house has Dade County pine walls, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and a bricked-off parking space, plus it's located just a block from the storied Key West cemetery. Listing price: $639,000.
This one-bedroom, one-bath condo in Bahama Village has walk-in closets, laundry hookups, and a fancy new kitchen, along with outdoor space and lots of island-appropriate greenery. The bungalow is located just a block from the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, so you can visit the cats anytime you like. The owner is asking for $425,000.
This wood-heavy two bedroom, two bath standalone was built in 1930, and its vintage design is perfect for pretending you're living back in Key West's wilder bohemian days. The house comes with a heated pool, a deck, an open porch, stainless steel appliances and ceiling fans (along with air-conditioning, of course, this is Florida), cathedral ceilings, and Dade County pine walls. The house is only a few blocks from the Key West Harbor, home to Schooner Wharf Bar, which has some of the finest breakfast burritos in the land. The owner is asking $869,000.
This three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath house isn't quite as fancy as some of the others on this list, but there's room for improvement here. The lot has space for a pool, and the house has cathedral ceilings, a privacy wall, an open porch, and a beautiful backyard. Plus its located so close to Kermit's Key West Lime Shop that you can practically smell the whipped cream. The listing price is $650,000.
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