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The Townsend Team 
Dean and Keith Townsend, REALTORS®

You will love living in Key West!


Making our home on a lush tropical island, where we are free to be ourselves, is a dream come true.   The island’s unique combination of small-town life and big-city amenities allows us to be as involved as we wish and to disconnect in the paradise of our own backyard.   Walking to dinner in the evening, meeting friends at a gallery opening, or spending a sun-filled day on the water, always reminds us that we are exactly where we are meant to be.   No matter where we travel in the world, coming home to Key West never disappoints.

Whether you are longing for a part-time tropical escape, or you choose to settle into island life permanently, we can help you discover the charming Victorian cottage, stunning oceanfront condominium, or historic Old Town estate of your dreams.

When the time comes to sell your Key West gem, our laser focus and proven strategy for marketing online and through social media will get your home sold fast.   We don’t just list properties, we market and sell homes.

Dean & Keith Townsend, The Townsend Team


(305) 942-1369,

333 Fleming Street, Key West, FL 33040







Dean was born in Montréal, grew up on Chicago’s North Shore and spent his childhood summers in the English countryside.  After attending McGill University, he toiled away as a thermal dynamics engineer by day so he could invest in real estate by night—buying and selling thirty homes by the age of forty.

In 2002, escaping a cold Chicago winter, Dean first visited Key West.  Captivated by the island’s tropical charms, he returned to the frozen north, quit his engineering job, sold his house in Lake Forest, and moved into his first Key West cottage within a few months.  Dean found his place in the sun.

Dean dove into Key West real estate head first, becoming a REALTOR® shortly after settling in.  Between selling houses and devoting himself to numerous community organizations, he found time to complete a couple of residential redesign projects and constructed a new home in Old Town.  In January, 2008, Dean brought his seasoned selling skills and vast knowledge of the ins and outs of reconstructing and building in Key West to Doug Mayberry Real Estate.  Dean played a pivotal role in building Doug Mayberry Real Estate into one of the top producing real estate companies on the island.  A dynamic real estate partnership began in 2013, when Dean and partner Keith combined efforts to create The Townsend Team.    



Keith first moved to Key West in the 1990’s, after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mississippi University for Women.  Key West’s unique combination of tropical small-town life and generous cultural activities ignited his imagination.  Among the island’s colorful characters and regal palms, Keith brought his dream of becoming a successful art dealer and gallery owner to fruition.  Although career opportunities eventually took him away from his beloved island home, he made a commitment to come back to Key West once he made his entrepreneurial dreams come true. 

In 2010, Keith joyfully returned to Key West.  After teaming up with veteran real estate agent Dean Townsend in life, the two made the decision to team up as REALTORS® in 2013.  With the creation of The Townsend Team, a dynamic real estate partnership was born.   

Decades spent selling one-of-a-kind artistic treasures, proved to be a fertile training ground for selling Key West’s real estate gems.  Keith consistently attends to the smallest detail, offers superior customer service, and builds lasting relationships.  Mastering the art of matching buyers with their dream homes and inventively marketing and selling properties are Keith’s driving passions. 

After achieving over 13 million dollars in annual real estate sales, Dean and Keith Townsend made the transition in 2017 to Compass Realty to be a part of their core group of REALTORS® as they joined forces with the most dynamic real estate company in the world,

Experience, Creativity, Knowledge:  qualities that make Dean and Keith Townsend,
The Townsend Team, your REALTORS® of choice.



In our blog, Our Key West, we share all the wonderful, uniquely quirky things we love about our tropical island home.  Read about the restaurants that consistently satisfy our taste, the homes we wish we were buying, the galleries and shops that keep us coming back, along with the local characters and events that keep us continually entertained.  You will undoubtedly love Our Key West as much as we do!





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