Brokerage Manager, Real Estate Professional
Visionaries have often made Key West their home port. Some of their family names can be traced to Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas, and have included adventurers with a keen eye toward opportunity as well as the spectacular sunsets!
Bob Cardenas is the Broker Owner of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, the General Manager for Sunset Key Development, and the Exclusive Real Estate Broker for Sunset Key Island, a one of a kind luxury home development. The Cardenas name has long been well known in Key West. His family has been in Key West for over 39 years, and they own long established businesses and homes in the area. Bob’s wife, Debbie, is descended from some of the earliest settlers of the Florida Keys, migrating from Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, in the early 19th century.
A graduate of FSU, with a Masters Degree in Marine Biology, and a passion for the water, Bob is also an avid sailor and fisherman who has accomplished two Trans-Atlantic sailboat crossings, and many other adventures. As an experienced navigator, he is in charge of setting the course for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty in the middle and lower Keys - a course that includes an energetic outreach program to other Real Estate Brokers, both international and domestic.
With more than 38 years’ experience as a Real Estate Broker in Central and South Florida, Bob has also earned the real estate equivalent of a PhD: the title of CCIM, placing him among the top ranking Real Estate Brokers in North America. In addition, he earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), the Short Sale and Foreclosure (SFR), the Trans Referral Certification (TRC) for international real estate, the Resort and Second Home Specialist (RSPS) designation, and the GREEN designation for responsible housing practices. These designations and certifications enhance his success marketing homes in the upper tier price range. His success, strong business ethics, and unquestioned discretion, have combined to establish him as one of the most outstanding realtors in all of Key West.
Bob is active in the Key West Association of Realtors and the local community. He currently serves as Director and Past President of the Key West Association of Realtors; served as the 2013 District Vice-President of Florida Realtors; was the Global Networking Committee Chair of Florida Realtors. Mr. Cardenas also is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Florida Keys Community College Foundation, and the President of the International Reef Relief organization, helping to protect the world coral reef systems.