Marathon Fl Real Estate(see listings below)
Geographically, the Middle Keys stretch from the southern tip of Islamorada
at the high-rise Channel 5 bridge – which has, in both directions, perhaps
the most beautiful and stunning views in the Keys – to Marathon’s improbable,
spectacular Seven Mile Bridge connecting Marathon to the Lower Keys.
Most of us have seen this famous 7 mile bridge in movies (True Lies)
or television commercials. It neatly divides the Atlantic Ocean on the
East from the Gulf of Mexico to the West, a mere thread of concrete across
the 75-100 square miles of azure and green seas and “flats” and islands
that your eyes encompass simultaneously.
As a practical matter, the Middle Keys basically refer to the “large”
incorporated town and bustling commercial center of Marathon and the
nearby expensive housing areas of Hawks Key (Duck Key), Key Colony Beach,
and Long Key. The other islands in the Marathon region are Boot Key,
Knight Key, Hog Key, Vaca Key, Stirrup Key, Crawl and Little Crawl Key,
East and West Sister’s Island, Deer Key and Fat Deer Key, Long Pine Key
and Grassy Key. Marathon’s metro area sits between mile markers 48 and
55 and has a non-tourist residential population of more than 13,000 (it
feels bigger than that), with a median age of 44.
Marathon is centrally located 80 miles south of mainland Florida and
more or less just 50 from Key Largo and 48 from Key West. Marathon is
served by bus lines to Key West and the Mainland, and by the sleek Marathon
airport offering connections to Miami and Ft Lauderdale and from there
to anywhere in the world.