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June 13, 2016

1721 Kings Way Drive Home for Sale in Cantonment

Pool at 1721 Kings Way Drive

1721 Kings Way Drive in Cantonment is the perfect home for the family, friends, and entertaining.   This home for sale is on a quiet street with beautiful mature trees and natural scenery allowing for privacy; the abundant curb appeal is a promise of good things to come.

There are three bedrooms, a loft, lanai and a large bonus room currently used as an exercise room, located above the two-car garage. The attractive hardwood and tile flooring flow throughout the main living area into the newly remodeled and strikingly gorgeous kitchen. Just a few of the upgrades include recess lighting, a large breakfast bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, inset sink and elegant finishing touches such as the gorgeous octagon window over the sink.

Step outside onto the huge patio and pool area to enjoy the open space, perfect for family gatherings and get-togethers. The pool house offers a great place for guests to change and relax. Behind the pool area resides a large concrete pad complete with basketball goal and a play area with play house.

Cantonment home for sale FL 32533

Kingswood Estates, a Cantonment subdivision, is known for its gorgeous country, family-friendly atmosphere and being part of a great school district. The latest home available within the community may just be one of the most alluring.

With all of the amenities, great location, and a fabulous price, this home will not last long. Give Emerald Coast Realty a call today at 850-437-5618.

Posted in Cantonment
June 9, 2016

7130 Beulah Road Home for Sale in Pensacola

Beulah Road home in Pensacola

This home for sale at 7130 Beulah Road is near the expansion of Navy Federal Headquarters  Available homes in the area will sell quickly once construction of the facility is completed. This is an excellent opportunity to live in a desired neighborhood with quite country living.

Great curb appeal, a gorgeous mosaic tile entry, hardwood floors in the guest bedrooms, an oversized master suite with huge master bath, formal dining room, breakfast room and tons of windows overlooking the neighboring pond and lush landscape are just a few of the amenities that come with this home. 

This three bedroom, two bath home features a split design floor plan, cathedral ceilings and large open spaces. It has over 2,000 square feet, a two-car garage which is on 2.76 acres and located within a short drive to the coveted Beulah Elementary School.

Living room

This home is listed for sale through Emerald Coast Realty, 850-437-5618. Call to arrange a showing.

Posted in Beulah
June 2, 2016

Verandas Condominium Unit 401 for Sale

Swimming pool at The Veranda in Pensacola Beach

Verandas unit 401 offers spectacular views of Little Sabine Bay, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunsets from your over-sized balcony. Snuggle up in the Master Suite with floor to ceiling windows to watch the sparkling waters on a starry night.

The Verandas Condominium is more than luxury living it is a lifestyle. This one of a kind home has the perfect, unique touch of eclectic design mixed with one of the most prestigious, sought after locations on Pensacola Beach. Inside you'll find multiple custom tile mosaic accents, custom lighting, three balconies, upscale furnishings and large, impressive open living space.

The elevator takes you directly to your very own private double door entry opening up into an impressive, majestic view. Two guest suites are situated at one end of the condo while the large master suite is on the south side of the sky-home. The master features imported furnishings, a private balcony entrance, high ceilings, and a large walk-in closet with dressing area. The breathtaking master bath looks more like a spa with the dual vanities, a large jetted tub, separate shower, water closet and gorgeous finishing touches completing this little oasis.

The kitchen has everything you could need or want with state-of-the-art appliances including a stainless steel Jenn-Air double oven, GE monogram refrigerator, large corner pantry, granite counter tops, mosaic tile backsplash and large breakfast bar overlooking the dining area. One the of the most amazing features of this home is the custom lighting. Throughout you'll notice custom pieces over the dining table, dropping from the kitchen and most impressively found in the foyer with color accent and gorgeous design.

View from unit 401 of the Bay at Verandas.

The Verandas complex has some of the finest amenities around. The unit comes with a private, climate controlled storage space, a covered and open parking space, large fitness room, sauna, infinity pool, hot tub and community area. Located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, just walking distance to the highest rated restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

If you are looking for above and beyond, one of a kind and something out of the box from the ordinary mundane beach condos, then you have found it. It is hard to find a luxury furnished home like this with this many amenities in such a prime location at such a competitive price. Call Kim Gibbons for more information on this beautiful condo.

Call Kim Gibbons, Emerald Coast Realty to schedule an appointment at 850-437-5816.

Posted in Pensacola Beach
May 31, 2016

Five Ways to Trim Summer Energy Costs

Save on home energy costs

Our utility bills seem to rise along with the thermometer come summer. Certain steps and upgrades can help cut down on cooling costs and other seasonal home expenses.

One minor task that has major impact is cleaning the HVAC filter, says Ameeta Jain, co-founder of Homeselfe. Regardless of the unit you own, cleaning the filter on a regular basis is important. When the filter is dirty, the system consumes more energy. With a clean filter, the system can cool your home more efficiently.

Another task to consider is mulching your garden, Jain says. Mulch lessens the amount of watering needed for plants, reducing expense and consumption. Mulch works to prevent evaporation so plants have more time to absorb water.

Jain recommends using a rain barrel to collect water, as well. Harvested rainwater can be recycled in the garden, saving even more money on water bills.

Energy-smart upgrades are also a consideration, Jain says. Apply window film to your windows to block heat from entering the home (while preserving the view!), resulting in less use of the A/C. The best part? Window films on the market these days are easy to DIY-apply.

Consider installing a programmable thermostat, too, says Jain. Newer models allow you to set different temperatures for various times throughout the day. You may, for example, want to set your thermostat to turn off while you’re at work and then cool down right around the time you’re on your way home.

Though these tips are seasonally-related, they can be applied year-round, Jain adds: “It’s always a good time to reduce your energy consumption and save on utility bills!”

Source: Homeselfe.com

Reprinted permission RISMedia. ©2016.

Posted in Real Estate News
May 31, 2016

Single Women Are Changing the Home Buying Market

Single women buying a home

By Megan Wild

While women in business schools and C-level suites may still hover on the low end when compared to their male counterparts, single women are currently proving to be one of the most important demographics in the home-buying market.

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) reported this year that—of the recent buyers who are single — single women accounted for 60 percent more home purchases than single men, across all age groups. They are actually the biggest home buying demographic after married couples.

This trend of single female home ownership is projected to increase in the coming years, thanks to a variety of factors. The gender-pay gap is decreasing, giving women increased financial independence. In some areas, their incomes are even increasing faster than their male counterparts' are.

Generational Gap: Baby Boomers (Still) Own the Housing Market

Even though millennials show great promise in the real estate market, baby boomers are still the largest group of homebuyers. NAR found that single female baby boomers buy twice as many homes as single men do and account for one out of every five houses sold in their own age cohort.

Additionally, baby boomers are wealthier than any other generation. They are set to inherit $13 trillion of wealth in the next 20 years, and 70 percent of them believe that their current home will not be the best one that they live in. Contrary to cat lady stereotypes, a 2015 survey of over 1,000 single boomer females found that the overwhelming majority — 74 percent — are as confident and happy as they were at 35. These women are going to keep buying houses. Better, bigger houses, at that.

This trend affects the housing market as well as the interior design business. A company that targets single female baby boomers would be wise to consider their preferences. Boomers overwhelmingly live in the suburbs and have more space than other generations who camp out in smaller city apartments. Custom hardwood cabinetry, granite or marble countertops, and the ability to customize are all attractive options for single female baby boomers. This slice of consumer will not shy away from affordable luxury, like a glass-gated walk-in shower or custom bathtub.

Per Richard Endres, the owner a residential home remodeling company, “Statistics show the number of single women homeowners is on the rise.  We have a number of single women homeowner clients so we are experiencing the statistic first-hand within our residential remodeling division.  There are subtle and pronounced differences in how women approach a remodeling project as opposed to men."

According to Endres, when his company meets with a female client to start a remodeling project:

  • She knows her budget and she’s determined to stay within that budget.
  • She wants to reflect her personality and her own personal style through the project. Fortunately there are many design styles and options today to choose from.
  • She takes time to do her research and make final decisions.
  • She wants the best quality products and workmanship she can afford within her budget.
  • She is concerned for others. She focuses on comfort for herself as well as family and friends who will benefit from the remodeling project.

It’s clear from this industry insight that single women, regardless of age, are coming into their own in the housing market.

Millennial Focus: Young Adults Will Enter the Market
Millennials tend to live in smaller spaces located within major cities, close to their workplaces and social centers. Also, millennial women tend to get married later (if they plan to marry at all) and are well-educated. Their demand for housing will likely increase along with their salaries. It’s no secret that the U.S. marriage rate has hit record lows in recent years, which makes singles an even more important player in markets like housing, traditionally dominated by married couples.

Millennials also want to differentiate themselves from their parents — McMansion-style designs will not sell well within this age group. They tend to favor unique, stylish, but practical designs. This could mean an in-kitchen cocktail/bar space for entertaining complete with mason-jar cocktail mugs, or a shower with a top-mounted rainfall showerhead that adds a bit of comfort and class to a small space.

Location will be particularly important for this cohort. On the upper end of this market, a preference for apartments or condos in dense communities with vibrant street life is expected. Dense cities like San Francisco or Pittsburgh are currently enjoying downtown booms, with ever-increasing numbers of high-earning women moving in every year.

Future Plans: Housing Options Marketed Across Age Groups

As the housing market continues to change, it’ll be more important to market towards women across all age groups, not just millennials. No generation is homogeneous, and marketing that way is a recipe for failure. A variety of choices and designs targeted towards all women, and features like easy parking, safety and overall affordability, will have obvious appeal for all single females.

Single women are getting a lot of attention in the real estate industry — and for good reason. This group is clearly on the upswing both financially and demographically. The current U.S. economy favors the growth of home buying, despite rising prices in certain areas. Lenders are making it easier and easier to get a mortgage after tightening the screws during the financial crisis. Many are saying that the time to buy a home is now, since property prices in the U.S. overall are expected to increase in value following the housing bust.

All in all, in an increasingly fragmented market, single women are the most important demographic to watch out for. They are increasing in power, wealth and market share, and are a force to be reckoned with.

Reprinted permission RISMedia. ©2016.

Posted in Real Estate News
May 30, 2016

New Beach Condo Construction

Gulf Coast condo construction

New construction of condos is booming on our area beaches from Perdido Key to the beaches of 30A. Bolstered by a booming economy and a shortage of existing beach inventory, the new construction offerings are the first in nearly a decade for gulf front luxury condos under way all along the Gulf Coast. A drive along our sandy beaches offers many new opportunities.

Vista Del Mar is the newest development in Perdido Key. Offering spacious three, four and five bedroom homes with floor plans the developer has called innovative and featuring generous balconies with outdoor grills, Vista Del Mar is truly a paradise found. This gated complex is located adjacent to Gulf Islands National Seashore on the eastern tip of the Key and offers expansive views of the park, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities include an indoor heated pool, extravagantly appointed outdoor pool with deck and hot tub, high-end finishes and floorings, chefs kitchens featuring Wolf ranges and Subzero refrigerators and a wet bar with wine fridge.

Portofino Final Phase is underway and will be the last development on the eastern end of Pensacola Beach. Portofino Resort is the premier vacation destination in Pensacola Beach and offers a host of amenities and entertainment options. Current plans for towers 6 and 7 include a wellness center and a conference center. Expect more pools with waterfalls, children's pool and plenty of upscale seating areas. Portofino already has a top rated restaurant and snack bars on site; the new expansion will expand those offers and up the options for pampering yourself or your visitors.

Located on Okaloosa Island, Blu is seven-story condominium with forty-seven residences. Current plans offer three and four bedroom condos with four unique floor plans that feature media rooms or bunk rooms. The complex offers two gulf front pools, one of which is heated. There will also be a fitness center, covered parking, grilling area and hot tub. The upscale homes will include porcelain tile, quartz kitchen countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Promising a contemporary coastal vibe, this gulf front condo is the first pre-construction opportunity on Okaloosa Island in years.

1900 Ninety Eight is a luxury sixteen unit condominium in the heart of Destin. Located next to Signature Beach and just a few doors down from the Back Porch, this complex is minutes away from the private airport and local entertainment venues.  Construction is due to be completed this year and will offer two units per floor with a lavish rooftop pool. The penthouses are two story units with private elevators, master bedrooms with private balconies and kitchens with butler's pantries. The open floor plans on all of the units offer expansive views of the gulf and very generous sized balconies with electric grills.

The Henderson Lofts, located in Destin's Crystal Beach at the corner of Scenic 98 and Matthew Boulevard. The lofts will offer 54 condominium homes as part of the new Henderson Beach Resort. The project borrows its name from Henderson Beach State Park of which the property is adjacent. The park offers a huge expanse of pristine beaches right in the middle of Destin's premier shopping and restaurant district. This new resort will offer a beach club and private access to the beach, pools with a lazy river, a state of the art fitness room and a luxurious spa. Phase One of The Henderson Beach Resort will be a 170 room gulf front hotel which is scheduled for completion this summer.

The new construction opportunities are not limited to the few examples detailed here. If you would like more information on these properties or others available, contact Emerald Coast Realty at 850-437-5618.

May 12, 2016

Indigo Condo 402W for sale, Perdido Key

View if the Beach from Indigo Condo balcony

One of the newest complexes in Perdido Key, the luxurious Indigo Condominiums, is situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico and the Emerald Coast’s famous white sand beaches.

This prestigious gated community offers a host of amenities from multiple community and social rooms, a private theater room, fitness centers, an elevated gazebo and streaming fountain heads. The jewel of Indigo is the 6,000 square foot meandering heated pool with raised spa, beachfront lounge, and umbrella service. These homes feature floor to ceiling gulf views as well as private tiled terraces.

Living in luxury is easy when your own at Indigo. This prestigious fourth-floor unit has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, comes fully furnished and beautifully decorated.

As soon as you step off the elevator, you enter directly into your private foyer. The large open living and dining area are illuminated by the breathtaking views. The kitchen is beautifully appointed with granite countertops, custom backsplash, inset sink and stainless steel appliances.

Living room overlooking the Beach

The master suite features a large walk-in closet, entry onto the large terrace, and an enormous master bath with separate shower, large garden tub, and double vanity. Each guest bedroom also has a private balcony and large closet.

Amenities such as golfing, fishing, parasailing and diving are all at your leisure here. With a full-service marina just around the corner, close access to shopping and entertainment, this paradise destination has everything you need in just the right location.

Call Miriam Rowland at Emerald Coast Realty to arrange an appointment to view Indigo 402W, 850-437-5618.

Posted in Perdido Key
May 12, 2016

803 Knowles Ave Home for sale - East Pensacola Heights

803 Knowles Ave house for sale

This charming home at 803 Knowles Avenue, in a great neighborhood close to shopping, dining, entertainment and is in the much sought after A.K. Suter Elementary School District. East Pensacola Heights is the place to be. This up and coming neighborhood has the same revitalization buzz going that we see in downtown and East Hill. It has been modernized and updated with a designer’s eye to detail. Three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a large great room with dining area fully remodeled kitchen and large corner fireplace. The redesign features state of the art appliances, top of the line fixtures and gorgeous lighting accents. The large sliding glass doors lead to your very own outdoor oasis. Sit back and relax on the comfy lanai while the sun beams off the sparkling waters of the screen enclosed salt water pool. There is room for multiple patio sets as well as a large area for grilling masters. The perfect entertainment site.

Swimming pool at 803 Knowles Ave in Pensacola

The great room has so much character; the centerpiece is a gorgeous modernized brick corner fireplace with a refinished over-sized mantle. The wiring for your entertainment devices has been built into the walls so you can hang your flat screen without the worry of dangling wires.

 

The kitchen area features a beautiful island with hanging custom lighting, granite counter tops, inset sink, stainless steel appliances and a new modern Samsung glass top digital oven. The dining area is the perfect place for entertaining, and the centerpiece of the room is the superb crystal chandelier. 

See the property listing detail page for 803 Knowles Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503.

For more information call Kim Gibbons, 850-437-5618 Emerald Coast Realty, Pensacola.

May 10, 2016

Summerwind Condo 702 for sale in Navarre Beach

View of Navarre Beach waterfront

Located on the far eastern side of Navarre Beach, Summerwind Resort is the ideal location for families to enjoy a nice getaway. There are three pools, three Gulf front hot tubs, three fitness centers, multiple grilling areas and local restaurants within walking distance.

The unit has floor to ceiling windows to capture the views as well as a balcony overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Navarre Beach Pier, and State Park. It sleeps eight to ten people comfortably and features a bonus bunk room. It comes fully furnished including a washer and dryer. The Master Suite offers private balcony entry as well as a master bathroom with dual vanities.

Navarre Beach Summerwind condo 702 for sale

If you are looking for even more fun in the sun, the Navarre Park is a short drive and a great place to take the children to play, with fun sprinklers, a playground, and even a duck pond. Try a visit to the Panhandle Butterfly House featuring indoor and outdoor gardens and a butterfly nursery. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Center is located in Navarre Beach Park and offers activities including snorkeling, boat trips and more all meant to explore aquatic life. With all of these fun activities, sites to see and a fabulous condo location, everything you need is right here.

Call Kim Gibbons at Emerald Coast Realty to schedule an appointment, 850-437-5618.

Posted in Navarre Beach
April 26, 2016

5 Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

Energy efficient lighting

Did you know that the energy used by homes in the U.S. accounts for almost one-quarter of the country’s overall energy consumption? Or that the average household spends upwards of $2,200 a month on utilities?

Improving your home’s energy efficiency can be accomplished in several ways, ranging from inexpensive upgrades to out-of-bounds costly overhauls.

“From whole-home energy audits to simply swapping out a water-guzzling toilet, there are dozens of ways homeowners can make their homes more energy-efficient,” says Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of New Jersey-based Gold Medal Service. “Even a few small changes can have a big impact on energy consumption, helping the Earth and helping to lower energy bills at the same time.”

He recommends homeowners start with these five upgrades:

1. Ceiling Fans – Installing ceiling fans in your home is a low-cost way to reduce energy consumption. On hot days, ceiling fans can cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent, and on colder days, they help circulate air, saving you up to 10 percent on heating costs.

2. LED Lights – Swap out incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR®-qualified LED lights—you'll consume a whopping 75 percent less energy! LED lights also last up to 50 times longer than incandescent ones, and up to five times longer than fluorescent ones, saving you the expense of replacement.

3. Smart Thermostat – Programmable thermostats can instantly make your heating and cooling system more efficient. The latest models allow you to set temperatures for different times of day, so you aren't paying to heat or cool your home when no one is there.

4. Tankless Water Heater – Tankless water heaters—sometimes called “on-demand”—heat water as needed. ENERGY STAR® tankless water heaters can reduce your annual water costs by up to 30 percent. They last nearly 20 years—double the lifespan of a traditional hot water heater.

5. Whole-Home Energy System – The average home is hit with over 20 energy spikes each day. These can wreak havoc on your energy bills. Prevent them from occurring with a home energy management system with surge protection.

For those who want a hand improving the energy efficiency of their homes, an HVAC, plumbing and electrical professional can assess current energy usage and recommend ways to make the home more efficient.

Reprinted permission RISMedia. ©2016. All rights reserved.

Posted in Real Estate News