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Oct. 25, 2016

House at 1800 Knight Circle for Sale in Cantonment

Front of the house at 1800 Knight Cir in Cantonment, FL

Finding a home that is perfectly maintained and has multiple amenities can be a tiresome and difficult thing to do. Occasionally, opportunities come your way. As a buyer, knowing when to step forward and go after that opportunity is key.

Kingswood Estate's residents take pride in their community. They recently completed an overhaul of the subdivision entrance, and the main road was recently repaved. Each home has an abundance of curb appeal.

That is especially the case with the newest home available, 1800 Knights Circle. The all brick exterior is surrounded by gorgeous landscaping and an extremely well-maintained lawn. The huge backyard is completely privacy fenced and features a large in-ground pool with super quite energy efficient pool pump Polaris pool sweep. The two-car garage has access to the attic which had flooring installed for extra storage space.

Swimming pool

The interior of the home is updated and move-in ready. The carpets are less than a year old and all rooms were repainted including the garage. The little touches set this home apart, from the gorgeous contemporary new kitchen backsplash, the touch faucet sink, resurfaced cabinets to the new shower heads, comfort height toilets and exhaust fans in the bathrooms. A new 50-gallon water heater was installed, and the heat pump replaced two years ago. The master suite has its patio entrance, and the master bath features a cathedral ceiling, a huge walk-in closet as well as a second closet, dual vanities, separate shower and a relaxing jetted tub. There are two guest bedrooms and a beautiful fireplace rests in the center of the open living and dining area.

In addition to over 1,700 square feet of living space, the home has a 180-foot sunroom with gorgeous French doors opening to the spacious patio overlooking the pool. After only a few moments in this immaculate home, it will be obvious that the owners have taken a lot of pride and love into making every inch a perfect place to live.

Call Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty to schedule a tour, 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for 1800 Knight Circle, Cantonment, FL 32533.

Posted in Cantonment
Oct. 22, 2016

2221 W Strong St for Sale Pensacola, FL

Property for sale at 2221 W Strong SAtreet

If you are searching for an investment opportunity, take a moment to consider multi-family housing. There are numerous benefits to this type of property. It is a great way to create consistent cash flow month after month. There are multiple tax advantages, simpler access to financing, and while growing your rental property portfolio.

A fantastic new opportunity at 2221 W Strong Street in Pensacola just became available for sale. Three separate dwellings located on a double size corner lot, close to the heart of the city and historic downtown. There is a 1,200-square foot home with four bedrooms and two baths. Just past the main home is a two-story apartment duplex. The upper level has two bedrooms, one full bath, and 900 square feet. The lower level has one bedroom, one bath, and 543 square feet.

Multi-family housing in Pensacola

There is ample parking space, two large storage areas and a partially fenced back yard. The main house and upper apartment have both been HUD approved.  All three rentals have existing leases through the end of 2017. Give Miriam Rowland at Emerald Coast Realty a call to set up a showing for this fantastic opportunity, 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for 2221 W Strong St, Pensacola FL 32505.

Posted in Pensacola
Oct. 19, 2016

Portofino 1005 tower 2 for sale Pensacola Beach

View of the Gulf from Portofino Balcony 1005 Tower Two

Portofino Island Resort can easily claim to be the most famous luxury resort on Pensacola Beach. It combines luxurious accommodations, the natural beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and a huge variety of family friendly activities.

Ever dream of owning your slice of paradise? With the newest condo available for sale at Portofino, that dream can become a reality. With an established rental history and one of the best and most popular property managers on the beach, Premier Island Management Group; this condo is sure to be the perfect vacation home investment.

Portofino swimming pool

This unit comes fully furnished and ready to move right in! You'll love the two spacious bedroom suites, a huge open living area with dining room and the beautiful galley kitchen. Enjoy breathtaking views, with miles and miles of coastline of the Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony.

Seize this great opportunity before it is gone. Call Kim Gibbons today, 850-437-5618.

See the listing detail page for Portofino 1005 Tower Two.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
Oct. 7, 2016

House at 4000 Bay Pointe Dr for sale in Gulf Breeze

Front of house at 4000 Bay Pointe Dr

It is no surprise that so many people choose to flock to Gulf Breeze Florida each year. Gulf Breeze offers its residents a prime location within close driving distance to Pensacola Beach, the arts and cultural events in historic downtown Pensacola and a seemingly endless choice of popular dining, shopping, and entertainment establishments.

Waterfront subdivisions are among the most popular residential destinations in Gulf Breeze. This house at 4000 Bay Pointe Drive is in Bay Woods, a few miles outside of Gulf Breeze Proper, and the subdivision's residents enjoy a peaceful community resting on the bay with no association restrictions.

Back of house for sale

With the appearance of a countryside English manor, this captivating estate offers over 100 feet of waterfront overlooking East Bay and Escambia Bay. It is a boaters dream with water access, a private pier, dock and boat lift. Professional landscaping lines the rolling grounds and a huge screened porch and open cobblestone patio add even more outdoor entertaining space.

The interior of the home is very spacious with four bedrooms on the upper level including a master suite and a guest bath. The main level is expansive with a generous family room, den, living room, formal dining room, kitchen with pantry and breakfast area, a huge foyer and spacious laundry room. There are multiple sliding glass door entries to the 10 x 20 screened porch and over 500 square foot patio overlooking the garden area and water.

Waterfront dock in Gulf Breeze, FL

The gem of the estate is the rear of the home. Imagine sitting on your patio surrounded by gorgeous landscaping, listening to the water lap up on the sea wall of your backyard. Enjoy a picnic at the end of your private pier while reeling in a Spanish Mackerel or Red Drum, both commonly found in Escambia Bay. You could bask in the sun from your boat as it sets off from the pier into sparkling waters at sunset or an afternoon of water sports.

Abundant curb appeal and endless possibilities help turn this picturesque home into your very own dream estate. Give Kim Gibbons a call to envision the dream for yourself, 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for 4000 Bay Pointe Drive, Gulf Breeze FL 32563.

Posted in Gulf Breeze
Sept. 28, 2016

West Pensacola Building Boom

Rapid West Pensacola growth

In the midst of the worst recession our country has experienced, a group of developers moved forward with plans to create an upscale new community in the northwest area of Escambia County near the Navy Federal campus. Widely panned as doomed from the start, the community is now regarded as the crown jewel in a rapidly growing part of town.

Homes located in Nature Trail are surrounded by nearly 750 acres of naturally wooded land that was previously a portion of the Tree Farm Plantation. 450 acres within Nature Trail is managed in conjunction with the Nature Trail Conservancy. The Nature Trail Conservancy Trust is a non-profit organization that was established to ensure the preservation of the land. Homes and lots in Nature Trail are subject to a sales transfer fee that is used to fund the Trust. The Trust promotes land stewardship to perpetuate the environment integrity that the developers of Nature Trail originally envisioned.

In the years since Nature Trail was established many other subdivisions have taken root in the Greater Beulah area. Communities such as Huntington Creek, Quail Ridge, Jaxson Estates, Upland Woods, and Woodlyn Meadows have joined others in the area that offer new homes priced from the $150,000 range to over $600,000. The area has become a mecca for new construction.

Plans to build an elementary and middle school in the central part of the county have been implemented to accommodate the growth. The new elementary school will be constructed adjacent to Ransom Middle School and will hold 800 students.

The planned construction of a middle school is slated to have a capacity of 1,100 to 1,300 students. Escambia County plans to relocate students from Woodham Middle and to rezone other students from Ransom Middle to the new middle school.

Local Option Sales Tax money is being used to fund the project which is scheduled to be ready by the 2018-2019 school year.

Much of the growth in this part of the county is a result of the expansion of the Navy Federal Credit Union. Already one of the largest employers in the greater Pensacola/Escambia County metro area, Navy Federal continues to grow. The Nine Mile Campus has experienced rapid expansion that spurred the Florida Department of Transportation to widen Nine Mile Road.

The area housing Nature Trail, Navy Federal and other upcoming communities are conveniently located off of Nine Mile Road and offer easy access to grocery stores, shopping, the mall, hospitals, downtown Pensacola and Pensacola International Airport.

Posted in West Pensacola
Sept. 26, 2016

999 Coronado Ct for sale in Gulf Breeze

Front of house for sale at 999 Coronado Ct, Gulf Breeze FL 32563

On the outskirts of Gulf Breeze Proper is the prestigious community Villa Venyce. The location is optimal because of the short distance to area shopping and dining as well as attractions and cultural activities. 

The house is nestled on a quiet, peaceful cul-de-sac at 999 Coronado Court. It boasts over 2,200 square feet living space, including three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge great room and an open kitchen and dining area, as well as a 15 x 15 sunroom. It is obvious that this home has been well loved and well maintained. The living area has gorgeous hardwood flooring, high arched ceiling, and a beautiful fireplace.

Kitchen and living area

The kitchen is expansive with a great deal of counter space, gorgeous cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. The split floor plan provides privacy to the master suite which features a huge master bath with dual vanities, a separate shower, water closet and his and her walk-in closets. The gorgeous yard has beautiful landscaping, a stone step path, a yard building, privacy fence, well-manicured shrubbery and yard irrigation system with well. This home has been refreshed with new carpet, new paint and is "move in ready."

Gulf Breeze is on the Fairpoint Peninsula between Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. It is a prosperous community, vibrant with parks and numerous recreational facilities and activities. With 18 miles of waterfront, a low crime rate and being known for its superior schools, it is no surprise why living here is such a popular choice among so many.

 Call Miriam Rowland at Emerald Coast Realty to schedule an appointment, 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for 999 Coronado Court, Gulf Breeze FL 32563.

Posted in Gulf Breeze
Sept. 25, 2016

Pensacola 2016 Fun Fall Events

Pensacola festival

Fall in Pensacola brings cool evenings and crisp sunny days with milder temperatures. After a long hot summer that was all about the beach or beach traffic now is the time to branch out to all the other great destinations our area offers. Fall brings us a busy season of festivals and events that showcase our love of food, fun, fitness and family. There is something for everyone for the next month or so. It is time to get out and enjoy the local offerings. Here is a partial list of some of our favorites:

Pensacola Seafood Festival and Pensacola Seafood Festival 5K Walk/Run. The Seafood Festival runs from September 30 thru October 3rd in Seville Square Park, Pensacola. The festival features both regional and local seafood dishes and offers a children's area with activities and fun for the kiddos. The festival also offers local entertainment in Fountain Park as well as vendors and local artisans displaying and selling arts and crafts in the square. The 5K Walk/Run is on October 1 and starts at 130 E. Government St in Seville Quarter. The course runs through Historic Downtown Pensacola and goes around the Seafood Festival. A great end to a fun run.

Santa Rosa Island Triathlon.  October 1, 2016, this year's Annual Santa Rosa Island Triathlon has sold out 1,250 athletes to compete in the Pensacola Beach event. This race includes a 600-yard swim, and an 18-mile bike race and a 3.1-mile run and is a listed nationally renowned sprint triathlon event.

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival. September 29 - October 2, 2016, See dozens of songwriters perform their songs in a variety of Pensacola Beach venues. Schedules and other information is available at pensacolabeachsongfest.com.

Taste of Gulf Breeze October 7th. This is the opening event for the Gulf Breeze Community Expo is a competitive culinary adventure. The event offers samples of appetizers, desserts and beverages as participants vie for votes for the Golden Spatula Award. Gulf Breeze Community Center

57th Annual Pensacola Greek Festival. October 7-9, 2016 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 1720 W. Garden Street, Pensacola. Food/Culture/Entertainment - need I say more? Pensacolagreekfestival.com

35th Annual St. Rosa of Lima International Fall Festival. October 7-9, 2016. This festival features three days of international foods, carnival rides, arts and craft, vendor exhibits and a farmers market. Call 850-602-7495 for details.

Flora-Bama's Oktoberfest October 8th.  The Flora-Bama's Gulf Coast take on the German Oktoberfest featuring Brats, Sauerkraut, music, dancing and yes, of course, German beer.

Fenner Ride in Milton.  October 15, 2016. The annual Fenner Ride attracts hundreds of cyclists a year who come to the event to ride through Blackwater State Forest with options of 100, 62, 40 and 18-mile tracks. The Blackwater State Heritage Trail is an incorporated part of the ride.  Fenner Ride starts at 8:00 a.m. and will end at the Milton Community Center 850-433-5437.

Pensacola Beach Art and Wine Festival. October 23, 2016, at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. The Pensacola Beach Art and Wine Festival promises to bring local artists and the best wine offerings together in one place. Admission to the festival is free, but participation in the progressive tasting is $30 a person or $50 for two.

Posted in Pensacola
Sept. 16, 2016

West Pensacola Home for Sale, 108 Carrier Drive, FL 32506

Family room and kitchen at 108 Carrier Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506

Just a short drive through West Pensacola through beautiful landscape and quiet neighborhoods put you in front of 108 Carrier Drive where you can realize a fantastic opportunity to own a beautiful family home at an attractive price.

With just over 1,400 square feet of living space, this home has plenty to offer. The living area features a beautiful trey ceiling, large windows with plantation shutters and opens up to the separate dining area. The well-appointed kitchen has tons of counter and cabinet space perfect for any chef. This house has a separate laundry room and a huge two-car garage. The garage has two separate stacks of oversize shelving offering plenty of storage space and comes with storm shutters. There are three bedrooms including the 14 x 20 master suite with a spacious walk-in closet. The master bath has dual vanities and a private commode and bath area.

Backyard and patio

On the rear of the home is large covered patio perfect for family gatherings and cookouts. The patio connects to a 12 by 14 sunroom not included in the main living space.

What a great opportunity to find a beautiful home in West Pensacola located in a nice neighborhood only minutes from N.A.S. Pensacola, Perdido Key, and Lost Key Golf Course. In the heart of the Blue Angel and Bailey School District, this move-in ready home is waiting for its new family.

Contact Kim Gibbons, Emerald Coast Realty (850) 437-5618 to see this wonderful home for yourself.

See the property listing detail page for 108 Carrier Drive, Pensacola, FL 32506.

Posted in West Pensacola
Sept. 2, 2016

7345 Du Monde Pl Home for Sale in West Pensacola

There is so much to love about this home starting with its exquisite contemporary style. 7345 Du Monde Pl in West Pensacola is nestled on just under an acre of land in the highly sought after community, The Estates of Marcus Lakes subdivision. It is the largest home currently available in the subdivision. The property rests in a cul-de-sac and has a meticulously maintained privacy fenced backyard with more than enough space to add a pool. With all of the beautiful scenery and proximity to the lake, it's perfect for an evening stroll. The location is within a short drive to shops, dining, the historic downtown district, and the famous white sand beaches.

Front of the house at 7345 Du Monde Pl, Pensacola

As soon as you enter the living area, you notice the tall vaulted ceilings that add to the large open space with plenty of room for options with the placement of your furnishings. This area is open to the dining room and kitchen which feature gorgeous tile with stained glass accents. The kitchen itself is vast with tons of cabinets, a center island, eclectic cast iron sink and huge walk-in pantry. Just past the dining area leads you to the large screened patio overlooking the gorgeous yard. There is even a large yard building for yard equipment and extra storage.

Great room

There are three spacious guest bedrooms large enough for sitting areas, and all include over-sized closets. Between them are two full-size guest baths. Down the hall leads you to the expansive master suite with a trey ceiling and double entry to the large master bath with his and her walk-in closets, dual vanities, a separate shower and water closet. 

With the cost of this home priced lower per square foot than most recent sales, combined with the fantastic location and pristine condition the house will sell quickly.

Contact Nicole Gilchrest at Emerald Coast Realty, 850-437-5618 to schedule a showing appointment.

See listing detail page for 7345 Du Monde Pl., Pensacola.

Posted in West Pensacola
Aug. 30, 2016

Pensacola Beach: To Tax or Not To Tax

Pensacola Beach Taxes

Escambia County has lost the latest round to tax Pensacola Beach property owners.  The Florida Supreme Court rejected the counties appeal, saying it was not legal for Escambia County to levy taxes on leases if they were not automatically renewable leases.  Most residential lots on Pensacola Beach have automatically renewing leases that may not exempt them from paying property taxes on the land.  Any improvement built on these lots is still subject to property taxation.  

Starting in the current tax year, the County will not levy taxes on any lease that is not automatically renewable.  Chris Jones, Escambia Counties Property Appraiser, has estimated that the ruling will cost the county $1.2 million of estimated revenues.

This ruling does not include taxes levied on twenty-six condo complexes located in Pensacola Beach.  The Homeowner Associations of many beach condominiums have already started the process to litigate this issue, and most of the other complexes are expected to follow suit.

The Santa Rosa Island Authority cut lease fees last year to most of the leaseholders.  The county has been assuming responsibility for many of the public works and public safety operations from the Island Authority.  This new ruling could see the county raising lease fees to cover the revenue lost from this decision.

Posted in Pensacola Beach