Ocean Reef Orphans Fund


4 years ago, a small group of reefers began a partnership with an orphanage in Guatemala.  Our own Christina Watson, who adopted 2 children from Guatemala, had a special relationship with this orphanage, called Casa Bernabe. Her second child lived there for 4 years during the difficult adoption process.  As a way to give back, Christina began leading mission trips of Ocean Reefers back to her children's beginning. 



Center Rear - The 2017 Team led by Christina Watson and Mike & Laurie Tein.

When it started, groups of 28 to 35 traveled down to the orphanage and painted, babysat, built fences, fixed roofs; taught Zumba, volleyball, and soccer.  Of all these things, the soccer was by far and away the most popular with the kids.  


Destination Guatemala 


Pastor Carlos blesses and distributes food in Guatemala barrio

“Each trip, we brought new gear, professional coaches, and a lot of players. We've been back 5 times and have made our mark in several ways, but soccer has always been our jam.  So when asked to take their program to the next level, the generous people of our little hamlet came through.  


In late February, and just in time for the lockdown, the brand-new artificial turf soccer field was completed, right on campus!  In a culture where soccer is such a big part of daily life, in a place where the rains turn the concrete-like dirt to a mud slick, this gift is one that the kids could barely wait to use. The plaque reads: We thank God for the generosity of the good people in Ocean Reef for this soccer field.

SOCCER FIELD INITIATIVE

The rain turns the concrete-like dirt to mud. The astroturf was completed in February 2020


Our 6th mission trip was scheduled for June 13-20 but had to be canceled due to COVID19.  In place of a live visit, we have funded 4 "feeding events" where we sent funds to the local church who bought supplies and rallied the volunteers to distribute food to the neediest areas.


The beautiful thing about our trips is watching not only the smiles on the faces of the orphans that we have come to bless but also the smiles of the team members, whose hearts are changed in ways they never imagined,” says Watson.

Eve Tatlock entertains a youngster on the 2019 Trip.

Missions Continue

The Ocean Reef Orphans groups include members, employees, and friends of this community. They anticipate return trips in safer times when the borders open. The team will find more ways to help. So to be a part of this incredible journey or learn more about us please go to orcfororphans.com.


Christina Watson

Christina Watson brings years of business experience to Watson Luxury Properties. Her business management skills have been put to good use, coaching the family firm to new heights. She is a licensed sales associate as well, and under the tutelage of her sister, Bobbie, she has learned the ins and outs of the real estate market on the reef.  Christina also leads a mission trip to an orphanage in Guatemala where her daughter lived before she came home. Together with the generous people in Ocean Reef, the team have conducted 6 trips and made a great impact. Christina is also an advocate of the Academy at Ocean Reef where she has served on the Board and where her 2 children attended for many years.

Visit Ocean Reef For Orphans on Facebook


Posted by Roberta Watson on August 7th, 2020 4:05 PM

Fancy catching a Florida Spiny Lobster? Ask Watson Luxury Properties for a tour of their listings at the Ocean Reef Club. 

Join in Lobstermania at the Ocean Reef Club this July 29th and July 30th.


LOBSTERMANIA AT THE OCEAN REEF CLUB 

VALUABLE INFORMATION - Link to Monroe County Sheriffs Office Lobster Mini Season Information 

This July 29 marks the beginning of Ocean Reef 'Lobstermania.' Although it's a short two day precursor to the official opening of Lobster Season in August, it's the perfect reason to indulge in a month-long rental or purchase of a home at North Key Largo Real Estate's private fishing and golf club. How else will you catch and consume your delicious fresh Florida Spiny Lobster? 

LOBSTERMANIA - untangle the secret of how to net the right sized bug...and you get a madcap weekend full of fun competitions, prizes and activities. It's always the last Wednesday and Thursday of July - when the Florida Keys in general and Ocean Reef Club in particular, go crazy for lobster. 

Members of the Ocean Reef Club and their guests are offered two days to forage and then feast! While the focus is on the hunt for lobster – there is life beyond the bug.

Lobstermania, for those who want to relax as the festivities unfold offers an alternative schedule. But for the adventuring crustacean hunters among you - once you have your bag limit - drop your catch off by 5pm and return later to enjoy a freshly prepared dinner.


 

'TWO DAYS TO CATCH THE BUGS'

LOBSTERMANIA TWO-DAY COMPETITION WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 & THURSDAY, JULY 30 

9:00AM – 4:00PM 

Heaviest lobster wins in this two-day competition. Bring your bugs to the weigh scale outside Orvis, dock side to enter this complimentary competition. Details: 305-367-6526 

AWARDS PRESENTATION 

THURSDAY, JULY 30 5:00 P.M. 

BURGEE BAR 

All weigh-in participants invited. 

COOK-YOUR-CATCH 

DINNER SPECIAL 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29 & THURSDAY, JULY 30 

ISLANDER, GIANNI & BURGEE BAR 

Drop your lobster off by 5:00 p.m. and return to enjoy a succulent dinner, freshly caught with your own two hands.

Reservations: 305-367-5931 

YOUR TARGET - THE CORRECTLY SIZED, NON EGG LAYING, SPINY FLORIDA LOBSTER


Link to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Lobster Mini Season Informational Film by FWC Officer Bobby Dube 

SAMPLE OCEAN REEF’S ICONIC LIFESTYLE

Beyond the excitement of a fresh-from-the-ocean delicacy only available here in the Florida Keys, there is everything else to love. When you can fly right into the Ocean Reef Airport's private 4,000 ft runway, perhaps it isn’t unreasonable to throw your catch in a cooler and bring it home with you. 

But why leave when the good life and luxury surround you? The immaculately tended, well-masterminded homes, the nature, the azure blue water that wraps and weaves its glistening way throughout this North Key Largo private fishing and golf club all beckon you to stay.

LAUNCH YOUR BUG HUNT FROM YOUR DOCK & GO

2B PUMPKIN CAY

2B MARLIN LANE

OR JUST MEDITATE ON IT?

The scene here fits perfectly with the concept of epic Yoga sunrise and sunset poses. Whether you want to hunt lobster or immerse yourself in golf, fishing, tennis or croquet. The hustle of Miami is 60 miles away! And the rich culture, both literary and piratical, of Key West is 120 miles straight down US1. 

And although the Ocean Reef Club marinas are occasionally home to south Florida’s largest collection of mega-yachts, the way the Equity Members feel about keeping their sanity intact, it’s no surprise it’s incredibly peaceful and with a dress code, rather well-heeled. 

Truly, the Ocean Reef Club is a place in which to invest. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that many do find difficult to leave behind. So the quandary is to buy and live, to buy for investment, or to rent once in a while?

As ‘Lobstermania’ presents the good life, and a perfect opportunity to sample the adventure surrounding you here with a test of one's bug hunting skills. It also offers the opportunity to contemplate one's options.









Posted by Roberta Watson on July 28th, 2020 7:57 AM



Meet Michael Watson 

Michael Watson MLL Career Highlights
Michael Watson lacrosse Hi There!  My name is Michael, brother of Bobbie & Christina Watson.   I am a Baltimorean and proud graduate of the University of Virginia where I was a 4X All-American lacrosse player.  Lacrosse has always been a big part of my life.  I went on to represent my country as a US Team World Champion, played 10 years professionally, and am currently a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.  


I began my real estate career in 1999 in beautiful sunny San Diego -where my love for the ocean was rivaled only by my appetite for good Mexican cuisine.  I spent the early part of my career representing buyers and sellers in the mid-size multi-family properties.   I moved on to Director of Acquisitions for a private equity firm focusing on residential condominium conversion development in the San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Austin markets.  


Although I loved the northern beaches of Cardiff/Encinitas and never thought I would leave my oasis by the sea, the family ties here in ORC kept calling me back east. I traded one paradise for another and brought with me a diverse real estate skill set in commercial apartment brokerage, office & condo development, and residential sales to the team at WLP.  

I have been coming to the Ocean Reef Club since birth as the son of long-time members, Jim & Joan Watson and now I am happy to call it home. My clients rely on my strong work ethic, positive competitive spirit, combined with a calm demeanor. I have built a strong referral network by remaining devoted to my clients and always being someone who they can count on. Staying true to these values has allowed me to grow quickly within the Ocean Reef community where I support our local businesses by serving on the board of the Ocean Reef Chamber of Commerce 


If I’m not out showing property I can be found on the golf course, boating, or playing tennis.  If I am not getting my exercise in the great outdoors you can find me at our state-of-the-art fitness center where I enjoy the boot camp, yoga, and spin classes.  Anything else you would like to know just ask.   My door is always open.   

Visit Michael Watson on Linkedin  Visit Michael Watson MLL Career Highlights on YouTube 

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Posted by Roberta Watson on July 24th, 2020 3:25 PM

North Key Largo Real Estate


Tee Off. This Independence Day

Come and see North Key Largo Real Estate at the Ocean Reef Club. Enjoy the fabulous family friendly festivities on offer.

To keep up with the Watsons follow their antics on Instagram and Facebook. Staying up to date with events on The Reef in these interesting times has never been easier with the Ocean Reef Press. Don't lose sight of home prices and new listings in this always interesting marketplace.

Watson Luxury Properties is based at Ocean Reef, right on the Golf Course! We are North Key Largo Real Estate's property experts who really 'Know The Reef.' 

We know Real Estate at the Ocean Reef Club as well as Ocean Reef Club Rental Properties. Specialists in a broad field for many decades, our family team can help you with your investment or home search. 

Perhaps you began your search in the nearby Key Largo Real Estate market but didn't find what you were seeking. Allow us to help you find your home in North Key Largo Real Estate's exceptional family-oriented environment.

Watson Luxury Properties at Ocean Reef Club - has been member owned and family operated since 1998

'Where Quality Service Is A Family Value'

The Watson family adheres to this adage, doggedly. We deliver client services with consistent levels of excellence. 

Ask us anything, with over 50 years of combined experience in North Key Largo's exclusive Ocean Reef Club Real Estate sales and rentals, we 'Know The Reef!' 

Our team is never happier than when we are out on property showings. Whether it is a water view, a slot for your boat or a peaceful golf course abode, we just know we have the perfect spot for you.  

The Reef's full service marina offers a perfect place to purchase a slip for your boat. It is a world class marina and boasts some of the world's most elegant and quietly famous, beautiful yachts.  

13B FAIRWAY LAKES - WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF THE GOLF COURSE    

North Key Largo Real Estate
PERFECTLY APPOINTED MARINA SLIPS FOR EASE OF ACCESS

Our two championship golf courses offer open fairways and beautiful foliage - with some challenging greens.  What about a game of Golf this Independence Day weekend? Come see a little slice of heaven from your golf cart on our beautiful award-winning landscaped roads and pathways. This oasis never gets tiresome.  


MICHAEL WATSON - ALWAYS IN THE SPORTING FRAME OF MIND

IT'S NEVER 'JUST' A SHOWING

Because we are family operated we know a real estate showing is never 'just' a showing. 

Please join us for a true lifestyle experience, by way of a showing. If your search for Premium Key Largo Real Estate didn't satisfy your tastes, we are happy to offer Ocean Reef Club Real Estate listings to improve the day.

And if COVID travel is restrictive we offer the ever more popular, increasingly effective virtual 'in person' tours

FABULOUS FEATURE? WE THINK SO! For your piece of paradise think about this water front land. This one is on the market and waiting for you. What an open water view too! Start building  your dream home now in the friendly and safe confines of the Ocean Reef Club. We can't say enough good things about this view and the potential for your future enjoyment here.

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CARD SOUND ROAD LAND - WATERFRONT

JUST WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT OUT LOUD? COME & GOLF ON IT!

Of course our family team would love to meet you to discuss your options. Our slower pace can really do wonders for everyone's state of mind. in particular clearing ones own mind to ascertain what is truly going to make you and everyone you love and cherish, absolutely happy.

North Key Largo Real Estate as it is known to locals offers buyers premium listings wrapped in this special environment. Watson's team offer condominiums, and homes with or without yacht slips, as well as waterfront homes, wooded hammock homes and homes with that great Golf Course view. 

Ocean Reef Club GolfOne feature many love about The Reef is 'safety.' The Reef is a well managed haven of elegance and a way of life that truly welcomes families within the community. 

You can find us at 9 Barracuda Lane, Key Largo or call us and we would be happy to meet you socially. Perhaps join us you over the Independence Day weekend. Chat with us during Tee time on the Golf course. Or with lines in the water, we love to spend time in and on the ocean.

JULY 4TH 'GET INTO GOLF' FROM YOUR GOLF COURSE ABODE

Enjoy Summer Golf - or just golfing in general - we've discovered that choosing to get your game right starts here. It really really does. Especially with the Big Cups Golf Tournament. A tradition not to be missed.

From Scott Kirkwood, Director of Golf, from the "Golden Tees""We have an exciting slate of summer tournaments this year, and the next one is coming up on Saturday, July 4. The annual Independence Day Big Cup Golf Tournament will be held on the Dolphin Course.

'You can make your own tee-time on ForeTees and the format will be individual stroke play. The catch is, the holes will be much larger than normal, more than twice the size! See how low you can go with our always popular Fourth of July tradition,' says Kirkwood.

If you are in love with the idea of Golf but cant imagine yourself out there, for love nor money, with no clue what to do. Or have played before but know you can do better, consider a training session with Derek Swoboda, who talks about Bioswing Dynamics and the Blueprint For Your Golf Swing. He is going to measure your Shoulder Plane, Torso Plane and Hip Plane and then you'll get to see how good you can really be.

FIREWORKS, GOLFING, FISHING, SHOPPING & 'JUMANJI' 

North Key Largo is our Ocean Reef Club home and here at Watson we are so excited for the upcoming Independence Day 2020 events, primary amongst them would be the fireworks on Buccaneer Island from 9pm to 930pm. If you aren’t scheduling something from the list golf, fishing, shopping, drive in movie, this year it's Robin William's in  'Jumanji' it's not too late to register for Independence Day 2020 Ocean Reef activities. 

Or simply arrive and enjoy. And what fabulous choices. Whether it's a new home or a fun Independence Day weekend with family and the possibility of a prime piece of Ocean Reef Club Real Estate. We hope you enjoy the decades of expertise presented to you by the member owned, family operated Watson Luxury Properties team. And we can't wait to meet you. We are here and loving the life, ready to share that enthusiasm with you.

Cheers!

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Posted by Roberta Watson on July 4th, 2020 4:13 PM

Dear Fellow Members,

This is a general update on a number of Club related matters.


CURRENT FINANCIAL CONDITION

Your Board and Club Management continue to take a variety of fiscal measures to minimize the economic impact on the Club. Everyone should rest easy for the moment regarding the financial impact to our Club. While we will suffer significant cash losses for the foreseeable future, we are in a very strong financial condition. We have over $60 million of cash in the bank and no debt borrowings. As a result, we do not envision any special charges or assessments related to the Coronavirus. (We will however, have our normal annual repair and maintenance charge which will be reflected in your April statement.) We will discuss in detail, the economic impact on the Club’s finances and the likely short term and long term consequences caused by the virus during our Annual Meeting.

During the Annual Meeting, we will also provide the Membership with a detailed update on our major Capital Projects (Associate Parking Garage, Ocean Room building renovation, Golf Clubhouse renovation, Lagoon upgrades) and any impact on anticipated completion timing based on the Coronavirus situation.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT THE CLUB

Last week, there were an estimated 1,550 Members at the Club. More than 93% were Equity Members and their families. The remaining people were comprised of Social Members that also work daily in the community at our Medical Center, Banks and Real Estate offices as an example, along with a few Social Members who were already staying over in long-term rentals or as Designated Users of Equity. As you know, The Inn, Vacation Rental and Marina Rental program has been closed since March 22nd, per the Monroe County Emergency Management directive. The current Member population is less than 50% of the historical count during this same period over the past couple of years.

Posted by Roberta Watson on April 3rd, 2020 2:40 PM

Thinking about putting your house on the market in March? There are many factors to consider when trying to time the market, but seasonal trends are certainly worth noting. Here are five tips for selling your home in March for a great deal — and fast.


1. Keep Your Area’s Weather Patterns In Mind

2. Use Seasonal Perks to Your Advantage

3. Consider the Competition

4. Vamp Up Your Property’s Curb Appeal

5. Consult with a Local Real Estate Agent


For the whole article, click here!

Posted by Roberta Watson on March 27th, 2020 6:20 PM


FEMA recently released the draft flood maps that have moved many property owners to a higher risk flood zone than what they were previously mapped in.  In Key West alone, over 2,000 properties may be moved from the X zone where flood insurance is not required by lenders into a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) where insurance will be required.

Fortunately for these property owners there is the "Grandfathering Rule" option. According to FEMA's website, when flood map changes occur, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides a lower-cost flood insurance rating option known as “grandfathering.” It is available for property owners who:

  • Already have flood insurance policies in effect when the new flood maps become effective and then maintain continuous coverage; or
  • Have built in compliance with the FIRM in effect at the time of construction.

Their website also says that timing is important because owners of most pre-FIRM buildings (built before the first flood map became effective) have only one chance to grandfather and lock in existing zone fore future rating. To read more about the Grandfathering Rule click here. 

To view the flood maps for your location, click here. 




Posted by Roberta Watson on October 9th, 2019 2:20 PM


The Ocean Reef real estate market is both unique and competitive; and with so many fabulous properties in one little piece of heaven, how in the world do you make your home stand out?

Well, you highlight its strengths, you downplay its weaknesses, and you appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. Which is exactly why Watson Luxury Properties has been focusing more efforts on home staging than ever before.

Once staged, homes spend an average of 73% less time on the market and buyers are willing to spend 1% to 5% more of the dollar value on a staged home than a non-staged home.

Home staging makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize the property as their future home and one study shows that 68% of staged homes sold for 9% more than their un-staged neighbor’s home. (That’s a $90,000 difference on a $1,000,000 property!)

Take our listings 104 Creek House; watch the before and after video below and just see the difference a little home staging can make:

104 Creek House: Before & After Home Staging Video

Note that the changes are subtle but impactful. For more tips and tricks on home staging, check out this article from moving.com:

Moving.com Article Here

(We like to add extra emphasis to de-cluttering, making the space neutral, and lighting.)

While we’re talking about subtle home improvements, have you heard of the TAKL App? One of our most favorite clients introduced the app to us and we can’t get enough of it!

TAKL Video Here




Posted in:Tips and tagged: HomeStaging104CreekHouse
Posted by Roberta Watson on April 26th, 2019 3:17 PM
We love trying new marketing techniques at our office; especially for certain listings that need a little help  to show the public their potential.

Let’s face it. We all aren’t the type who can see a plot of land and envision our own castle there; to truly see potential for its best use. That takes a very special and creative person and we salute you.

Take the vacant lot at 29 Baker Road, for example. There are 14 vacant lots for sale in Ocean Reef, 4 of which are located in the Hammock Course neighborhood.  So how do we get the word out that this sweet piece of the pie has the greatest potential? 



Well, after a brainstorming session at our office, we invited our favorite videographer down to Ocean Reef for a relaxing day out on the water making this very point:
Click here to see the video.

Now you see it, right?!
 
All building permits for 29 Baker Road have been pulled and are ready to transfer to the new owner, including the dock permit. All the hard work has been done! 
Oh, and did we mention that Architectural plans are available with purchase? This property just keeps getting sweeter.



29 Baker Road, offered at $695,000. Contact Watson Luxury Properties at 305-367-0999 with inquiries.
Posted in:Marketing
Posted by Roberta Watson on April 6th, 2019 8:40 AM


It is terrifying (to say the least) to witness an injury, much less that of your own mother. After a fall on the bridge near Buccaneer Island, the Watson Team’s own Joanie Watson was attended to by Public Safety paramedics in record response time. Cared for, transported to the airport, and air-lifted by helicopter to a trauma center, Joan’s family could not be more grateful to the Public Safety Department for their skill and professionalism.

Bobbie Watson, broker at Watson Luxury Properties, was in awe of Public Safety’s quick response time. What felt like an eternity waiting for paramedics, was only less than 3 minutes.

“You just can’t expect that response time anywhere else but inside of the Ocean Reef Club,” said Bobbie.

Christina Watson, Business Coach and Agent at Watson Luxury Properties, recalls the event, “with deftness they gently put a collar on to protect her neck and head, lifted and turned her to lay her flat on the board and then used the hydraulic lift to seamlessly insert her into the rescue vehicle for transportation to the airport. You don’t realize the importance of the equipment we are blessed to have with Public Safety until you watch a frail woman in no condition to withstand any jarring be placed carefully into the rescue truck with such finesse.”

   

During the entire event, Public Safety Officers offered encouragement and comfort to the Watson family. They were informative, skilled, gentle and held a talent for reassurance that quelled all fears.

Two officers in particular truly deserve extra credit, Officer Marin and Officer Alvarez, both experts in their field. The Public Safety Director himself, Tim James, even personally called Bobbie’s cell shortly after the event to give reassurance and support.

A horrific event was made bearable by the Ocean Reef Public Safety Department. Our Joanie is doing well and we can't wait to welcome her home. Thank you Public Safety.



Posted by Roberta Watson on March 5th, 2019 3:27 PM

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