Category: Real Estate

  1. Buying a second home (keys retreat) ahead of time, can help you ease into retirement.
  2. Location, view and other amenities will determine if it is a wise investment or financial bust. Don’t rush your decision. I can help you with this.
  3. Your main motivating factor should be to relax. Renting your home can be profitable, but consider the constant cleaning and other factors. For top dollar, you would rent your home at a time you would most probably want to go.
  4. Rule of thumb – your keys retreat should be less than 2 hours from your primary residence. It will be frequented more often than something further away.
  5. Know the costs. Make sure you can afford the new place. Calculate mortgage payment, real estate taxes, property insurance, utility bills, maintenance and possible repairs.
  6. Find a lender who is familiar with the Florida Keys. I can help recommend several lenders.
  7. Your keys retreat can function as a weekly mini vacation from the hustle and bustle of your every-day lives. Enjoy it weekly until you retire. When the time is right, you can make it your primary home.

If you have ever considered buying a “keys retreat”, please contact me at 305 496-3489 or

2018 shrimping reducedPack your boat with some goodies and head out just before sunset. For best results, go on a cold night and full moon. Find your favorite alcove where the current goes through. After sunset, drop some lights in the water on the side of the boat. Several people can have nets and look for the shrimp to run. Drop the net in the water and the shrimp will swim into it. Get a 5-gallon bucket and put the catch in there. Make sure to observe the legal limits. Before you know it, you will have a nice dinner. Once you get to shore, you can remove the shrimp heads. You pack it up in dinner portions and freeze.

I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours!

Cristina Allen  305 496-3489

Blue Waters Trailer Village is an ocean-side community located on mile marker 92 in Tavernier. It is an easy drive from Miami. It usually takes less than an hour and a half door to door. This community consists of @ 250 waterfront manufactured and concrete homes. It is conveniently located on the same street as Harry Harris park, which has one of the only beaches in the upper keys.

2015 sales in the subdivision range from $247 per foot to $331 per foot.

As of August 1st, there are 8 waterfront homes for sale between $324k and $596k. If you are interested in seeing any of them, please contact me.

“I found my keys retreat, let me help you with yours!”