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Aug. 26, 2016

Sugartree townhome 2305 in Pensacola is for sale

Front of 2306 Sugartree

Sugartree townhomes offer the perfect location along Escambia Bay. Enjoy walking with nature. The highly sought after peaceful setting features gorgeous views, walking trails, a park, picnic areas and so much more.

The newest home available in the complex, unit 2305. It is a two level unit with a master suite and balcony located on the upper level. The main level features a guest bedroom, bath, large living area and a private walkway that leads to the huge patio with garden area.

Patio at 2305 Sugartree

Conveniently located within a short distance to local markets, coffee shops, dining establishments, schools and shopping. Perfect for a family, vacation home or rental investment. With a low HOA fee, convenient location, and gorgeous views, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.

Call or text Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty is see this townhome: 850-437-5618

Posted in Pensacola
Aug. 19, 2016

Sans Souci 708 for sale Pensacola Beach

View from Sans Souci 708 in Pensacola Beach

Sans Souci has been one of the most popular destinations for beach enthusiasts for numerous years. The complex is also centrally located within one mile of a multitude of dining establishments and great shopping and entertainment.

 Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico and across the street from Peg Leg Pete's, one of the most visited dining establishments on the beach. Those who prefer to catch their own can take the short stroll to the nearby Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier. The pier itself is one of the longest in the Gulf at 1,471 feet. It is open 24 hours a day and offers an Oyster Bar and gift shop.

Living room at Sans Souci 708

Sans Souci 708 is the latest unit for sale at Sans Souci Condominium and is one of the finest units available with numerous upgrades added during a complete remodel. There is crown molding throughout. The floors are a gorgeous, durable laminate in the main living area and bedrooms. Both baths feature travertine tile with matching wall tile accents in the shower and tub.

The unit comes fully furnished and includes stainless steel appliances and can comfortably sleep nine with plenty of room to spare. The open living area is complete with a huge wrap around sofa and entertainment center. Or enjoy the spectacular gulf views from the over-sized balcony with room for a complete patio set.

If you are looking for a second home or an investment opportunity with great rental potential, then Sans Souci is just for you. Give Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty a call today to set up your personal tour, 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for Sans Souci 708.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
July 26, 2016

Pensacola Beach Renourishment Is Underway

Pensacola Beach Renourishment is underway

The beaches on Santa Rosa Island are getting bigger and better. Dredging boats are in place at Pensacola Beach and are currently pumping sand onto the beach from several miles out in the Gulf. The area currently being restored includes eight miles from Park East, east of Portofino to the beginning of Gulf Islands National Seashore on the Ft. Pickens side of the beach. Funding for the $16 million project is being provided by the Santa Rosa Island Authority and a grant from the state. The work is being done to shore up area beaches and to continue to protect the island from erosion.

The sand restoration at Park East will initially be wider than other areas because of the natural wave action that causes the sand there to roll to the west. As the beach erodes in other spots it will be filled by sand rolling down from Park East.

The nourishment project under way in Pensacola Beach follows the completion of erosion restoration that was done along Navarre Beach. The Navarre Beach project is said to have been completed under budget and on time, per the Santa Rosa County Commission. Rugged winter weather caused the original November start date to be delayed.

The process is done by placing a dredge off shore to vacuum sand and send it via pipes to the shore. Bulldozers and other earth moving machines push the new sand into place. The goal is to rebuild the beach back to 2006 levels. The beach berm will be increased between 100 to 200 feet and will incorporate approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand. Dune restoration and replanting of native plants and grasses are also part of the project.

Visitors to Pensacola Beach have already noted the improvement and express gratitude that efforts have been made to assure that no turtle nests have been harmed in this process.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
July 26, 2016

New Pensacola Bay Bridge

Pensacola Bay Bridge approach in Gulf Breeze


A division of Skanska USA has been hired by the Florida Department of Transportation to design and to build the new replacement for the three mile Pensacola Bay Bridge.  The $500 million project will span Pensacola Bay between Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.  Locally known as the "Three Mile Bridge," this project connects Pensacola to Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach.

The bridge to be replaced was built in the early 1960's and has been deemed to be structurally deficient.  While this designation sounds frightening, there is no current threat to the public.  The structurally deficient designation requires the Department of Transportation to plan a replacement strategy within the next five years.

Skanska is slated to oversee the design of the new bridge which is currently depicted as having three 12-foot lanes in both the north and south sections.  The conceptual design shows the bridges with a wide shared use path on the outside of each bridge and has a concrete barrier separation between the outside roadway shoulder and the pedestrian pathway.

Design of new bridge to Pensacola

The plans utilize a design and build method where the same team of contractors and engineers will be authorized to oversee the final design of the span and also responsible for the construction of the project.

The daily traffic count for the current bridge is over 50,000 vehicles daily, but that number swells during the summer months as sun worshipers head south to the beach.  Locals can look forward to a means for safe pedestrian and bicycle traffic as well as relief to the traffic delay that the additional lanes will bring.

Posted in Pensacola
July 16, 2016

Emerald Dolphin Condominium Unit 940 for Sale

Balcony over looking Pensacola Beach

Beautiful condo is available in one of Pensacola Beach's newest complexes, Emerald Dolphin. Located in on the quieter side of the beach at 850 Ft Pickens Rd. This highly sought after resort has tons of luxuries for its owners to enjoy including a private gated community, an Olympic sized swimming pool with whirlpool, a spacious clubhouse, reserved covered parking and on-site management.

The unit comes completely furnished. It is turnkey ready, has two bedrooms, two baths and is beautifully decorated.  Used only as a second home and never rented, it is in pristine condition. With no short-term rental restrictions, owners have the potential for substantial income.

Pool at Emerald Dolphin Condominiums

Enjoy the views of the Gulf of Mexico from every room through the nine-foot glass sliders and huge windows. The balcony is over 300 square feet and makes the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the beach scenery below.

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

See listing detail page for Emerald Dolphin #940.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
July 15, 2016

6435 Avenida De Galvez Home for Sale in Navarre

House at 6435 Avenida De Galvez, Navarre

6435 Avenida De Galvez combines luxury waterfront living and a custom-built, one of a kind home. Featuring a private deep water dock and 13,000-pound boat lift as well as a 1250 jet ski lift, a seawall, and private beach all within in a few feet of your back door.

No expense spared in the construction of this luxurious home lodged in the perfect location. There are three large bedrooms each with access to a private bath and a walk-in closet. The master suite has a large walk-in closet, a huge bathroom with dual vanities, water closet, and custom tile travertine shower.

There are dazzling views from the majority of the home which overlooks Santa Rosa Sound and the sparkling waters of the enclosed, heated, salt water pool and hot tub. The large patio is the perfect place to dip your toes into the water while enjoying the scenery or spend the afternoon fishing from the private dock.

Pool and dock on Santa Rosa Sound

Convenient to Hurlburt, Fort Walton, and Pensacola. Ten mins to white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. Two miles to Hidden Creek Golf Course. Robledal Estates is a sought after bayfront community with winding roads, majestic oaks, and southern magnolias offering a great place to walk and bike. The school system rating is among the best in the state of Florida.

To arrange a tour of the luxury home contact Kim Gibbons, Emerald Coast Realty at 850-437-5618.

See listing detail page for 6435 Avenida De Galvez

Posted in Navarre, FL
July 13, 2016

Pensacola Beach Photo Gallery - Emerald Coast Realty

Pensacola Beach Gateway

Historic Pensacola Beach Gateway sign, when you see this you are almost in paradise.

Beach chairs on the Florida Gulf Coast

This is why most people come to Pensacola Beach, great Gulf views and relaxation.

Pensacola Beach welcome sign

Welcome sign as you are entering Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island.

Trolley Stop

This one of the stops for the free beach trolley. This a great way to get around the island for free.

Waterfront activities on Pensacola Beach

There are plenty of waterfront activities to keep you busy all day.

Portofino Condominium

Portofino on Pensacola Beach is one of the most amenity rich condominiums available locally.

Snorkeling Reef at Pensacola Beach West End Park

The signs you see here indicate the area reserved for the Pensacola Beach Park West snorkeling reef.

Observation Wheel

The Observation Wheel is a great way to get bird's eye view of all the beach has to offer.

Beach access

Access to Pensacola Beach over the sand dunes.

Pensacola Beach paddleboard class

Students at a paddleboard class in Pensacola Beach are preparing to launch their boards on the Pensacola Bay.

Florida Gulf from Tristan Towers Condominiums

Great view of the Gulf beach and Pensacola Bay at the West end of Pensacola Beach from Tristan Towers Condominium.

Pensacola Beach Dog Park

This is one of two Dog Parks at Pensacola Beach. The one you see here is located at the east end near Portofino. The other is located at the west end near Fort Pickens. Come and enjoy time with your pet on Pensacola Beach.

Island Cross Pensacola Beach

This Island Cross commemorates the the first mass performed by the Dominican Friars on Pensacola Beach in 1559.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
July 8, 2016

North Pensacola Home at 713 E Ten Mile Rd for Sale

Front of house at 713 E Ten Mile Road

 This three bedroom, two bath home at 713 E Ten Mile Road in North Pensacola offers charm, space, and privacy. The kitchen opens up to the living room which overlooks the large enclosed Florida room. There are two nicely sized guest bedrooms and a master bedroom with full bathroom, a large bonus room, utility room and a den with a fireplace.

The cozy backyard is completely enclosed with privacy fence and features three workshops, a garden area, and a charming stone patio as well as a second screened-in patio.

Florida room

This house is sensibly priced with lots of living space all in a peaceful setting. North Pensacola offers a subdued atmosphere away from the tourists but remains conveniently situated within a short drive to amenities, dining, and entertainment. Contact Kim Gibbons, Emerald Coast Realty, 850-437-5618 for a property showing.

Posted in North Pensacola
June 29, 2016

Gulf Breeze Home 1530 Winding Shore Drive for sale

Gulf Breeze Home at 1530 Winding Shore Drive for sale

Lighthouse Pointe has some of the most beautiful waterfront homes available in Gulf Breeze. This gorgeous three bedroom, two bath home is for sale at 1530 Winding Shore Drive has over 2,500 square feet of custom built living space complete with a private beach, 312-foot boat dock, and 10,000-pound boat lift. As soon as you drive up, you will become entranced by the grand entry, beautiful landscaping, and attractive curb appeal. 

The glass double door entry brings you to the spacious foyer. Light fills the home from the multiple glass sliding doors and large windows overlooking the sparkling waters of the Santa Rosa Sound and Intracoastal Waterway. The remarkable view is available from almost every room in the house. 

The 12-foot ceilings add to the flowing open design. The living space is accented by the gorgeous tile fireplace and features an office with double doors that can also be a formal dining room. The chef inspired kitchen has black granite counters covering the center island and large prepping area. The appliances are state of the art GE stainless steel. There is even a large walk-in pantry. The dining area is offset from the kitchen and surrounded by water views with two separate entries to the screened-in balconies. 

View of dock and bay from the house

The master suite has one of the best views of the beach and dock, as well as a private balcony. The master bath is like an oasis. There is much open space, a sitting area, dual vanities, a large jetted tub, and separate spacious tile shower. 

Beneath is a six-car garage, ample storage space, and an elevator. The home has a security system, intercom and stereo system, irrigation, central vacuum. The garage takes you out to the large covered patio that spans the width of the home. Waiting for you just a few feet away is the private, soft, sandy beach. 

Posted in Gulf Breeze
June 28, 2016

Five Stress Relieving Tips for 1st Timers

 First-time homebuyers

Moving into a new place is both exciting and challenging, and that is especially true if it's your first time as a homeowner. Instead of allowing the process to overwhelm you, keep some tips in mind to help navigate through this exciting journey in your life.

Don't Proceed Alone
You don't need to take on the process of searching for and buying a home without assistance. Maintain contact with a real estate agent throughout the process. A well-qualified agent can assist you in searching for the perfect property.

Open Your Mind
Right now, you may have a list of all the features that you want in a house. You may have decided that you will only live in the community with the lowest crime rate and the best schools. Keep in mind that all of these desires cost money and you probably do not have an unlimited budget. Instead of maintaining such a myopic view of your new home, open your mind to the possibility of making some concessions.

Define Your Financial Ability
Opting for a pre-approval is a good idea so you know how much of a loan you can receive approval for. Once you obtain that amount, you might decide to spend the maximum amount. Doing so will likely prove uncomfortable for your budget. If you or your partner lost your job, you might not have the ability to keep your house at all. Try to start small with your first house purchase and avoid spending money beyond your means.

Take Your Time
Once you decide that you are in the right place to buy a house, you might be so eager that you rush through the process. Weigh the pros and cons of each house you look at. If possible, plan an adequate amount of time around the buying process to ensure that you have considered all your best options.

Prepare for Other Expenses
You need to find out if you are expected to pay closing costs upfront or if you can roll them into your loan. In some areas, the sellers will agree to pay for the closing costs. Not only do you need money for these expenses, but you'll also need to cover other costs that are associated with moving into a new house.

Buying your first home can be both terrifying and wonderful all at once. Be prepared to invest in a financial investment like this by hiring professionals and making smart decisions. If home is where the heart is, allow yourself the time and care in finding the best possible place for you and your family.

By Meghan Belnap

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