Key West, FL in Monroe County is famous for its coral reefs and beautiful, sunny weather. As Florida's southernmost point, it is the last Florida Key linked to the others by the Overseas Highway. The cost of living is quite high in such a limited, desirable space, and housing prices reflect that. The median home price is $457,500. Available properties around the median price are generally compact condominiums.
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The average island summer temperature is 85 degrees F, and the average winter temperature is a pleasant 72 degrees F, allowing for plenty of outdoor time. The island draws active, adventurous people. Residents and visitors can choose between endless activities such as fishing, scuba diving, water sports, playing golf, shopping or strolling along the harbor during daylight hours. In the evenings there is a sunset celebration at Mallory Square with performers such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and animal acts wowing spectators as the sun sets dramatically into the Gulf of Mexico. After sunset, people meander to delicious sidewalk cafes and restaurants with fresh seafood and other island specialties. The vibrant scene offers many open-air bars, some with live entertainment.
The high school graduation rate is quite high at 87% and there are many learning experiences for residents. Key West, FL offers many cultural events during the year that celebrate the diversity and history of the people. The Bahama Village neighborhood was established in the early 1800s by Africans who emigrated from the Bahamas. Here they hold celebrations of African cultural heritage in historic churches, eat indigenous food and participate in annual festivals. The local theatre scene is filled with musicals, drama, and comedy events. The Pigeon Key Art Festival and Key West Craft Show are high quality events that showcase local art, and art walks are popular on famous Duval Street. Check out the rich local history in places such as at Ernest Hemingway's house, the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens or the Key West Art & History Museum.