At Last Key Realty, we are a small team of Realtors, Property Managers, and Business Associates who are passionate about Key West, our homes, and our guests. Once you are here in Key West with us, we thrive off of meeting you and getting to know you. Until then, here are some quick introductions to who we are and how we got to paradise.
Hometown: Massapequa, New York on Long Island
Professional Background before Last Key: Owned and operated an ad agency for 28 years. The agency grew to a staff of about a hundred people and specialized in broadcast advertising.
Why Key West? Where else in America can you find tropical weather, sophisticated culture, and a community of truly strange and wonderful people?
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Hogfish Bar & Grille, as quirky as Key West is, Hogfish is part of an even more individualistic subculture, with a community of artists and artisans making their living out of what used to be shrimpers' shacks.
Favorite Key West Activity: Cycling up the Keys on US 1 on my "Orbea" Time Trial Bike. It's a very zen experience riding at about 20 mph with the tropical breeze at your back, the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
Why Last Key Realty? At first, it was our accidental business. We just were trying to find a better way to manage our own vacation rental homes, which were staying vacant for months at a time. After the first couple of years, it became a passion. And now, it's a way of life for us.
Hometown: Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada
Professional Background before Last Key: M.A. in Art History from NYU Institute of Fine Arts
Why Key West? Relaxed atmosphere and perfect weather.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Latitudes, it's like going to your own private Florida Keys island experience.
Favorite Key West Activity: Walking on the Smathers Beach "boardwalk" because the vista is so refreshing - every morning it's like a new day.
Why Last Key Realty? Somebody had to keep the office organized! :)
From the cold climes of Maine, I first visited Key West in 1976 and knew immediately that I wanted to live here. In 1989, I got an employment opportunity that brought me here part time. Then in 1996, I found a full time opportunity. Today it would take an overwhelming winch to get me out of here. It’s a great place to live.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: The best food in the lower Keys is at the Square Grouper at MM 22. If you prefer to stay in Key West, Prime has the best steaks. For elegant dining overlooking the water, the Hot Tin Roof is my favorite.
Favorite Key West Activity: Spending time with friends. I’ve never had as many wonderful friends as here in Key West.
Why Last Key? In 2008, I was fortunate to be one of the founders of Last Key Realty. Since then the company has been enormously successful at creating first-class vacation experiences for our customers, enhancing the values of the properties entrusted to our care, and creating a work family of dedicated, happy employees who take pride in their work. Last Key is the best!
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Professional Background before Last Key: Merchandiser for The Home Depot, UNF graduate
I moved to Key West by way of Jacksonville, FL in 2016 to be closer to my girlfriend (now wife) and family, and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. The weather, the people, the scenery, the atmosphere… it doesn’t get any better than Key West!
Why Key West? I grew up vacationing to Key West and always had a fascination with this place, so when the opportunity to move here presented itself I couldn’t pass it up.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Santiago’s Bodega. They have the best Happy Hour on the island and an incredible selection of food on their menu.
Favorite Key West Activity: Enjoying some Vitamin D and “Sea” out on the water or at Fort Zach!
Why Last Key Realty? Last Key has such an amazing rapport with its’ guests! I wanted to be part of a company that values the same things I do, as well as to gain exposure in various aspects of the real-estate business. I also love the family-like atmosphere of our team.
Hometown: Sharonville, Ohio
Professional Background before Last Key: I studied Management Information Systems and Business Administration at Miami University.
After college, I worked as a Human Resource Director for an office equipment sales and service company. Once in Key West, I worked as a Bartender at Margaritaville Cafe, Pepe's Cafe and Shanna Key Irish Pub. I then moved on to Event and Wedding Coordinator with Love In Bloom Florist before making my way to the amazing Last Key Realty team!
Why Key West? I have been in Key West for 21 years now. The sun and sand is what brought me to paradise, but it’s the people and the relaxed, laid back vibe that keeps me here.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: I have so many favorites! Pepe’s Cafe is top of my list for any meal. Everything is super fresh, especially the oysters and the fresh squeezed lime margaritas!
Favorite Key West Activity: Taking a leisurely ride around the island on my bicycle and basking in the sun.
Why Last Key Realty? The high standards Last Key Realty holds itself to is what drew me to the company. We truly care about our guests and strive to provide them with exceptional service. Also, I love to meet new friends and introduce them to my little piece of paradise!
Hometown: Liberec, Czech Republic
Professional Background before Last Key: Assistant to the CEO and legal department of a large Construction Company in my Hometown and waitress at Amigos Tortilla Bar in Key West.
After my second vacation in Key West I decided to quit my job back home and try something new, I needed some change in my life. So I moved to Key West in 2012. I have to say it was the best decision in my life…I found what I was missing in my life…
Why Key West? It is like living life in paradise… Yes, you have to still work and pay bills like anywhere else BUT the weather, the ocean and the nice people are the great things about living here.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Amigos Tortilla Bar, the staff is very friendly and the food is so delicious. But I have to also say Hurricane Hole and Geiger Key are good places too. WHY? Because having a cold beer and sitting by the ocean is an indescribable feeling.
Favorite Key West Activity: Spending time on the water, going to the sand bar, where no one is around, it is like taking a mini vacation, the perfect getaway.
Why Last Key Realty? Because it was the right time and place for a career change. It was really nice of Chris and Sharon to offer me this job and give me the opportunity to join the Last Key Realty family. Also, it is great experience for me because I have always been interested in Real Estate.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio. 23 years there, followed by 20 in the DC/Annapolis area.
Professional Background before Last Key: Accountant and bookkeeper-around-town. While in DC I worked for NASA and a Political Action Committee on Capitol Hill.
While working in Annapolis MD, a very close friend the Captain on Senator John Glenn's 52 ft Hatteras, relocated the boat to Jupiter, FL for the winter, and invited me for a visit. A roadtrip the next day to Key West cinched the deal. Upon my return to Annapolis, I told my husband of the island, and we vacationed here every February for my birthday. We brought our 8 year-old daughter for a visit, and later that year when my husband's vehicle broke down in a major snow storm, my daughter asked why don't we just move to Key West and not have snow-related issues? Two weeks later we sent my husband down to do some house hunting, and 6 weeks later, the truck was unpacked and we began our odyssey of living on the rock!
Why Key West? It was as far as I could go at the time without a passport! And I had everything I required for a good day every day - sun and being surrounded by water.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Saluté for the scallops or mussels appetizers and Santiago's Bodega for their tapas and sangria.
Favorite Key West Activity: Spending the day under the pines at Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park with my dog, Meister. Or getting off the rock and spending an afternoon at the Jumping Bridge on Sugarloaf Key.
Why Last Key Realty? I'm impressed with what our company offers to guests looking for outstanding accommodations. Our properties are exquisite, and really provide the laid-back island-living lifestyle. That's what it's all about. I'm totally grateful, and extremely blessed that they offered me the job.
Hometown: Carol Stream, IL
Professional Background before Last Key: Was the head concierge of a 5 star resort in Key West. I also owned & managed a bar on Duval St for a short time.
Why Key West? It’s a self-contained little world unto itself. Warm weather, great people and a fantastic community atmosphere.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: Santiago’s Bodega followed by Better Than Sex. The tapas at Santiago’s is fantastic, truly not to be missed. Then head to Better Than Sex for some mind-blowing desserts!
Favorite Key West activity: Nothing is more fun than taking my son out on a jet ski! Zipping around the island, jumping over some waves, taking in the sights from the water - you can’t beat it!
Why Last Key Realty? For years I’d heard what a stellar company Last Key is not only with how well they treat their employees but the level of service and care they extend to every guest. Lucky for me circumstances fell into place that allowed me to join the team!
Hometown: St. Peter, Minnesota
Professional Background before Last Key: Office Manager of a Los Angeles law firm
I’ve been enjoying vacationing in Key West for many many years, so when I found myself contemplating a job change… I thought why not make it an adventure and move to Key West? Two of my very best friends in Los Angeles convinced me it was the right thing for me to do and said to me, if not now, when?
Why Key West? Who doesn’t want to live the dream on an island in Paradise?! I love to feel the warmth of the sun and the ocean is so inviting. Life truly is better in flip flops!!
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Geiger Key Marina Fish Camp and The Boathouse for some happy hour… there are so many great places, it’s hard to pick just one!
Favorite Key West Activity: Paddle Boarding and Kayaking…boat trip to Marvin or Snipes…anything on the water.
Why Last Key Realty? Because it’s not a law firm… it’s a wonderful company with a great team of people! I’m learning something new and enjoying the challenge.
Hometown: Martigny, Switzerland
Professional Background before Last Key: I have worked at the front office of several hotels in both Europe and Key West. I'm a proud WSU graduate.
I ended up in Key West very randomly; after I graduated from college I found a one-year internship at a hotel in Key West. I loved it so much that I made it happen again two years later and never left. Going on my 4th year of calling Key West home.
Why Key West? At first, I didn't know where I was going just that I was going to be in Florida for a year. After moving here and experiencing Key West, how could I leave? All the locals are so welcoming, you get to meet people from all over the world. You can walk or bike all around the island and easily get to all of your favorite spots. It just feels right! Add the beautiful weather into the mix and how can you ask for more?
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: That's the most difficult question! Key West has an amazing food scene, it's a food lover's paradise. But if I have to make a choice (under torture): Breakfast at Pepe's, lunch at Hogfish, happy hour at the Boathouse and dinner at OnlyWood.
Favorite Key West Activity: Simply being out on the water, watching the sunset and eating around town.
Why Last Key Realty? I was ready for something different from the hotel scene. Last Key has been the most welcoming company I've had the privilege to work for. I'm excited for the possibilities, I can't wait to see where it takes me!
Hometown: Key West, Florida
Professional Background before Last Key: I worked at Ocean Key Resort for 15 years.
Why Key West? I was born here! I didn't have a choice. After leaving the island for college and to see more of the world, I realized there was nowhere else like this island and that is why I returned and why I continue to call Key West home.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: Hot Tin Roof for brunch, Santiago's Bodega for dinner, and always enjoy topping the night off with dessert at Better Than Sex. Outside of Key West, you can't beat the Square Grouper.
Favorite Key West Activity: Boating. I spend almost every day off out on the water. However, if it's too windy, you'll probably find me playing roller hockey.
Why Last Key Realty? Last Key has a great reputation and when I heard an opening was available, I decided to come aboard.
Hometown: I was born in Huntington Beach, California but Key West is the only place I have ever called home.
Professional Background before Last Key: Before joining the Last Key Realty team I was part of the managerial staff at Sears Key West.
In 1991, I arrived on this island for a three day vacation and I still haven’t left.
Why Key West? Because you can get into a five-star restaurant wearing a tank top and flip flops.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: There are so many amazing restaurants on our island, my search continues.
Favorite Key West Activity: All activities involving our marine habitat.
Why Last Key? Last Key Realty provides me with a stimulating work environment coupled with a family atmosphere. It doesn’t get better than that.
Hometown: Cape May, New Jersey - which is also an island!
Professional Background before Last Key: I have worked in the Key West hospitality industry since 2008 at guesthouses, hotels and also another vacation rental company. When I first moved here I waitressed and was a tour guide for jet-skis around the island.
I ended up in Key West because I graduated college and decided to follow my big brother to Key West. 24 years in New Jersey was enough for me!
Why Key West? When on one of my 12 vacations to Key West, I started to envision myself here and decided the next time I come it will be to move.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: My favorite restaurant is The Cafe on Southard Street.
Favorite Key West Activity: Getting on the water in any capacity.
Why Last Key? I chose to work at Last Key Realty because their values align with my own. It's truly my pleasure to assist guests in any way so that they may enjoy their time on this island as much as I do.
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana aka "The Big Easy" (You can call it NAWLINS if you'd like!)
Professional Background before Last Key: After graduating, I gained experience in every form of hospitality, including property management, small business ownership, guest services, and Concierge services before landing in the vacation rental industry.
One visit started the rest of my life in paradise. Although after Katrina's devastating impact on New Orleans, I was looking for a new place to call home where I could continue my love of fitness and vegetarian lifestyle.
Why Key West? One could say that I was made for the hospitality industry. Born and raised in "The Big Easy", I grew up with world class music, diverse culture, amazing food, incredible nightlife, and all of the history that New Orleans had to offer. It was an easy transition in 2000 when I moved to the sunny island of Key West.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Santiago's Bodega
Favorite Key West Activity: FITNESS! BEING GOOD TO PEOPLE!! SMILING!!!
Why Last Key Realty? Last Key's excellent reputation for world class service and luxury vacation homes combined with a team of happy and motivated employees.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Professional Background before Last Key: Prior to joining Last Key, I worked for another local vacation rental company for 5 years.
I ended up in Key West when I fell in love with a local girl and decided to move down here to be with her. As they say "the rest is history."
Why Key West? After growing up in the City, it brings me peace of mind living in the islands.
Favorite Key West Restaurant: Firefly
Favorite Key West Activity: My favorite activity is working.
Why Last Key Realty? What I enjoy most about working for Last Key is the feeling of working with family. We have a great team here!
Hometown: Graz, Austria
Professional Background before Last Key: Cal Poly graduate with a B.S in Ecology and Systematic Biology, minor in Organic Chemistry. Have worked in the grocery industry for over 25 years, in management and customer service.
I visited the Keys on a camping trip and never wanted to leave!
Why Key West? The people, the vibes and the water!
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: Definitely Alonzo's Oyster Bar! The best oysters in town, and the best variety of seafood on the menu. Service is always exceptional and the happy hour shouldn't be missed!
Favorite Key West activity: Definitely scuba diving! The coral reef is amazing and full of life. From goliath grouper to moray eels, turtles, rays, lobsters, sharks along with an amazing variety of colorful fish and coral. I get out there every chance I get!
Why Last Key Realty? The people I meet! I truly enjoy hosting your stay in paradise, and work to give you the best experience possible. Our entire staff is amazing to work with, the best team on the island!
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Professional Background before Last Key: Studied at Florida Keys Community College. Graduated in 2004 with an AA degree. Background is in retail management for over 15 years
I moved to Key West in 1998 from Atlanta, Georgia. My father told us we were moving to Key West and can't see my place anywhere else.
Why Key West? Key West is a laid back atmosphere with great people. You can wear shorts and flip flops year around.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: Too difficult with so many great choices just to choose one.
Favorite Key West Activity: Enjoying all that the island has to offer!
Why Last Key Realty? After hearing nothing but great things and seeing how true that is. I enjoy meeting new people and working with great people.
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Professional Background before Last Key: Before Last Key, I managed a Salon in downtown San Diego. I also worked the front desk at a local Hotel here in Key West.
I ended up in Key West due to my husband's job in the U.S. Navy.
Why Key West? We chose Key West because we love the tropical climate and being near the water.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: I have a few favorites, however, my top two are brunch at Bagatelle and dinner at Nine One Five.
Favorite Key West Activity: I absolutely love fishing and watching the sunset in the evening.
Why Last Key Realty? From the moment I walked into the office I fell in love. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, and the diversity of the team made me feel right at home. The Last Key Team is truly a family, and I can't imagine a better place to work.
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Professional Background before Last Key: I worked for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for 9 years.
I moved to Key West in 2003 because I was tired of living in Central Florida.
Why Key West? I chose Key West to be closer to family and friends.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: It's hard to chose just one, so I'll pick two! My favorites are Banana Cafe and Hurricane Hole.
Favorite Key West Activity: Run/Walk on the Beach.
Why Last Key Realty? Last Key gave me a great opportunity to get into a new career field of hospitality and property management.
Hometown: Gadsden, Alabama
Professional Background before Last Key: I was already doing vacation property management, and before that I was managing housekeeping and engineering for a hotel in town!
The story of how I ended up in Key West is as cliche as it gets! I had a friend from college that was living down here, and I went a cruise with her and her friends. Girl meets boy, girl follows boy back to key west, girl falls in love with the island. Once I was down here, it was just the perfect fit. I loved this island, and with my degree actually being in Marine Biology, it seemed like a good career fit…. here I am 6 years later still loving the island, and still trying to explain to people how hotels and vacations properties somehow align with my marine biology background.
Why Key West? Key West is a city that just grabs ahold of you and pulls you in. Everywhere you go you know someone, and every time you go out it's a chance to meet someone new. So many backgrounds and cultures are so easily meshed together here! And I love being outside and on the water, so once I got here I just never managed to leave!
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: I love 915 and Salute!
Favorite Key West Activity: Looking for turtle nests, and anything out on the boat!
Why Last Key Realty? Last key is a family. A supportive family, there to help anytime it is needed and to cheer you on. We celebrate the small and big victories together. When one of us succeeds we all do. It's a support group that is rare to come by, and I'm very happy to have found it.
Hometown: Magnitogorsk, Russia
Professional Background before Last Key: I've been in hospitality business for more than 10 years, which I love and enjoy! Before the Last Key Realty, I was a Guest Services Manager for another Vacation Rental Company in Key West.
I guess dreams do come true if you really believe in them! Growing up I loved our family vacations on the Black Sea, always dreamed to live by the water...love tropics, palm trees, and traveling. I came to the US in 2008 as an exchange student, New York was my first stop, massive and gorgeous city, then I flew to California and spent about 6 months there, loved it! Then I went back home to graduate and in June 2009 flew to Florida....I didn't have time to visit Miami, so came back and discovered Key West and it happens to be my home now.
Why Key West? I love the Island vibe of Key West. The breathtaking sunsets and friendly locals, beautiful hidden gems, sandbars, and summer all year long!
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: It's amazing how on this small island we have plenty of amazing restaurants! It's hard to choose one...I love Banana Cafe or La Creperie for breakfast, Moondog or Hot Tin Roof for lunch and Onlywood for dinner..... but it's plenty more, especially seafood; Alonzo's is my favorite!
Favorite Key West Activity: I love to spend time with my son, mostly on the water...snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, biking by the beach and watch the sunsets!
Why Last Key Realty? I've been interested in Last Key for a while, the family like atmosphere, and outstanding reputation, amazing guest services, I love the touch we do for our guests. Was very happy to hear there was an opening and applied right away!
Hometown: Babylon, Long Island, New York
Professional Background before Last Key: Maintenance Supervisor for another Key West based company.
I came to Key West for the first time when my friend from New York bought a house and flew me down to do some work. I loved it so much that I never left!
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: La Te Da would have to be my favorite; I've never had a bad meal there!
Favorite Key West activity: It's hard to beat hanging out on a sandbar. Really anytime I can relax on the water is a good day!
Why Last Key Realty? They made me an offer I couldn't refuse! Haha - I heard about their reputation and once I talked with them I liked everything they had to say. They've been great to work with, I'm looking forward to a long career with Last Key.
Hometown: Santa Clara, Cuba
Professional Background before Last Key: Professional Landscaping in Key West for 4 years
I came to Key West to make a better life for my family.
Favorite Restaurant in Key West: Blackfin Tuna has some of the best cooks on the island!
Favorite Key West activity: Fishing anytime I can get a free moment.
Why Last Key Realty? I'd always heard it was a great company to work for. Happy to report everything I'd heard was true!