City of Pensacola Florida

Military Relocation to Pensacola, Florida and Pensacola Homes
March 12th, 2011 8:10 PM

Thank you for Serving our Country!

Having grown up in a military family where Jeannette's family moved 29 times in 25 years' Jeannette knows what it is like as a child moving into a new area.  My father was a 100% disabled veteran and growing up with my father as a veteran; I know what veterans experience.  If you are looking for a new home in the Pensacola area, give Jeannette Spencer a call 850-438-7755 or toll free: 877-461-9907.

As an adult, Jeannette moved many times due to her 25 years in corporate america where she travelled extensively for work.  So Jeannette understands what it is like as an adult to move into a new area.  That understanding & been there in YOUR shoes is important.  It is remarkable how many persons in this big world of ours do not understand the coordination that YOU have to do when you have orders with your new duty station, furnishings, your other home, your new homes, kids, schools, and so much more.

Jeannette Spencer understands what it is like to relocate to a new area.... and all personal things that happen to you in the acclimation of your new environment.

Jeannette will assist you in your relocation to the Pensacola Bay area.... she knows the schools, grocery stores, ...any many pertinant details that occur when you move!  Print out this page and when you buy a house from Jeannette Spencer, Jeannette will pay $500 towards your closing costs for being in the military.

Some of the military bases close by:

Welcome to Pensacola Naval Hospital

You can access the Pensacola Naval Hospital site directly by typing http://www.pcspensacolanavalhospital.net.

Click Here to Visit the State WebsiteInstallation Info: Zip Code: 32512, Area Code: 850, DSN: 534

Even though the air above the Pensacola Naval Air Station is routinely split by the sound of screeching jets and the whirr of helicopters, the atmosphere within the hospital is calm and serene. At the 104-bed facility on the western end of the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola Naval Hospital cares for the ill and injured pilots, trainers and crew of Pensacola Naval Air Station, as well as the personnel of any nearby military installation. The hospital's staff is made up of 800 active-duty personnel and 300 civilians who live on base and the area surrounding it.

Base housing offers 164 officer-family units, 721 enlisted-family units, 230 unaccompanied officer units, 444 unaccompanied enlisted units and 52 trailer lots. It also offers a large commissary, mall and six shoppettes. Of course, health care is provided at the hospital, which is eight stories high, contains 104 beds and offers inpatient, emergency and surgical care. The hospital is under the Tricare System. Hospital personnel shop at the air station's commissary, though they do have their own exchange. All schools in the area are under the control of the local school district. Childcare is provided at a number of childcare centers (maximum capacity of 240, home care maximum is 120) and summer programs at the station. The hospital has tennis courts and a softball field. The station also offers golf; motorboat and sailing facilities; gym; camping; gear rental; and a large museum dedicated to the history of aviation in the U.S. military.

Welcome to Pensacola Naval Air Station

You can access the Pensacola Naval Air Station site directly by typing http://www.pcspensacola.net.

Click Here to Visit the State WebsiteInstallation Info: Zip Code: 32508, Area Code: 850, DSN: 922

Pensacola Naval Air Station began its existence in Florida in 1826, with the establishment of the Pensacola Navy Yard. As one of the nation's best-equipped Navy yards, its mission was to suppress piracy and the slave trade in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Fearing attack by Union soldiers in 1862, Confederate sailors burned most of the buildings on the yard. The yard was rebuilt after the Civil War, but a 1906 hurricane destroyed most of the new buildings. In 1913, Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels appointed a board to establish an aviation training station in Pensacola. During WWI, the station doubled in size to 438 officers, 5,538 enlisted and 1,000 aviators, but the aviation program dramatically decreased to 100 aviation graduates a year after that war ended. Most of the aviators were Annapolis graduates and the naval station became known as "Annapolis of the Air." With the inauguration of the cadet-training program in 1935, Pensacola again was a bustling aviation-training base. As WWII approached, Pensacola was considered the hub of air training activities. During the Vietnam War, pilot production was at an all-time high. In 1971, Pensacola NAS was picked as headquarters site for CNET, a new command that combined direction and control of all Navy education and training. Today, the Pensacola Naval Complex employs more than 9,600 active duty and 6,800 civilian personnel. The best known of them, though, are the fliers and support team that make up the pride of the Navy, the Blue Angels precision-flying squadron.

Pensacola Naval Air Station is home to Chief of Naval Education and Training, Navy Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels); Training Air Wing 6; Naval Aerospace Medical Institute; and Naval Aviation Schools Command. Other units being relocated to Pensacola NAS include the Naval Air Training Center and Naval Aeromedical Research Laboratory. Pensacola NAS employs more than 9,600 active duty and 6,800 civilians. Housing is limited to 164 officer-family units, 721 enlisted-family units, 230 unaccompanied BOQ spaces, 444 unaccompanied enlisted BEQ spaces and 52 trailer lots. Several facilities are located within the complex for shopping convenience, such as a large commissary, Navy Exchange and mini-mall. A child development center accommodating 240 children is available, though there is a waiting list for infants. Local public schools are provided for children residing on the base. Medical facilities include the Branch Medical Clinics, with Pensacola Naval Hospital available for specialist referral.

Being in Florida's Panhandle near the Alabama border offers those assigned to Pensacola Naval Air Station mild temperatures and climates, ideal for almost all outdoor recreation. Various recreation facilities and state parks are within proximity of the base. Blue Angels Navy Recreation Park, established in the 1940s as a training ground, is now a beautiful park, which offers camping, boating, swimming and picnicking. Big Lagoon State Recreation Center has almost 600 acres great for fishing, boating or just observing nature's beauty. The 690-acre Blackwater River State Park is great for canoeing or hiking.

 

Welcome to Corry Station

You can access the Corry Station site directly by typing http://www.pcscorry.net.

Click Here to Visit the State WebsiteInstallation Info: Zip Code: 32511, Area Code: 850, DSN: 922

The Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center is considered to be one of the Navy's training showplaces. Corry Station dates from 1923 when it was first opened in a rural area of Pensacola, Fla. Relocated in 1928, the station bears the name of Lt. Cmdr. William M. Corry Jr., a Medal of Honor winner. Lt. Cmdr. Corry was among the first Navy flyers to receive "Wings of Gold," recognizing him as a naval aviation pioneer. Corry Station was an active participant during WWII and the Korean War, used for training advanced fighter plane aviators. Decommissioned in 1958, the base was recommissioned in 1960 with the arrival of the first class of cryptologic technicians. Training facilities such as hangars were converted to classrooms and laboratories. In 1973, the name was officially changed to NTTC Corry Station, with the addition of two new schools of photography and electronic warfare. By 1982, Corry Station was the largest military command in the Pensacola Naval Complex, based on assigned personnel. Today, Corry Station graduates more than 6,700 students annually. Its mission through the years has remained the same, to offer entry- and advanced-level training to all military personnel of all branches. The training facility takes pride in providing the "finest and best-trained personnel in the military." Only three miles from Pensacola Naval Air Station, Corry Station is home to Naval Technical Training Center; Electronic Warfare and Technology School; Instructor Training School; Joint Aviation Electronic Warfare Training and Cryptology Training. With an active-duty population of more than 3,400, housing is limited to 200 enlisted-family units, though there also are 2,800 unaccompanied enlisted rooms available at the BEQ's. Officer-family housing units and BOQ's are at Pensacola NAS. Other facilities located throughout the training center include a very large commissary, small exchange and a childcare center accommodating 26 children. There are no schools or medical facilities within the complex. Local schools are provided and medical treatment is referred to Pensacola Naval Hospital.

Being in Florida's Panhandle near the Alabama border offers those assigned to Corry Station mild temperatures and climates, ideal for almost all outdoor recreation. Various recreation facilities and state parks are within proximity of the base. Blue Angels Navy Recreation Park, established in the 1940s as a training ground, is now a beautiful park, which offers camping, boating, swimming and picnicking. Big Lagoon State Recreation Center has almost 600 acres great for fishing, boating or just observing nature's beauty. The 690-acre Blackwater River State Park is great for canoeing or hiking.

 Welcome to Eglin AFB

You can access the Eglin AFB site directly by typing http://www.pcseglinafb.net.

Click Here to Visit the State WebsiteInstallation Info: Zip Code: 32542, Area Code: 850, DSN: 872

In addition to playing a prominent role in airpower history, Eglin Air Force Base belongs to the Air Force Materiel Command, with the Air Armament as its host unit. One of the largest Air Force bases in the world, it covers 724 square miles of reservation and 97,963 square miles of water ranges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Originally established in 1935, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in 1937 in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, U.S. Air Corps, who was killed in an aircraft crash. The base is home to the Air Force Development Test Center, the 33rd Fighter Wing and the 46th Test Wing. Six miles northeast of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and 60 miles east of Pensacola, Eglin maintains a population of 9,653 active duty, 23,500 family members, 200 Reserve and 7,237 civilians. Unmarried junior enlisted members generally live in one of Eglin's seven dormitories. Dormitory residents are generally handled by each individual unit; bachelor officer quarters are not available. Base housing offers 263 officer-family units, 2,071 enlisted-family units and 1,200 barracks rooms. A very large commissary and large exchange with mall and specialty stores serve personnel. The Okaloosa County School District runs two elementary schools on base, with off-base schools in the same county. Childcare and home care are available with wait. The Eglin Regional Hospital takes care of all health needs.

The most valued asset of the "Emerald Coast" is its subtropical weather nine months out of the year. The semitropical climate permits visitors to enjoy the beaches almost year-round. Base recreation includes: sports and fitness center; softball and football fields; tennis; pools; youth center; aero club; bowling; and theater


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:10 PM

March 24, 2011.. the Maritime Park is still on the way with the Multicultural center being the focus.

The plans currently are currenlty to open in spring of 2013.

What's a multicultural center?

The concept is to tell real stories through Pensacola ancestors of various ethnic groups with reasons they made Pensacola home.

There will be displays of cultural forms of visual art, as well as, performance art with Spanish poetry recitals, native-American arts and crafts, singing African-American traditional hymns, Scottish bagpipe performances, cultural lectures, Greek dancing, or a small cultural-focused performance by a stringed quartet.

Want to go?

• WHAT: UWF Board of Trustees meeting.

• WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Friday. Discussion on consultant's report expected at about 10 a.m.

• WHERE: University Commons Conference Center, Building 22, (parking lot K) on University Parkway


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Pensacola Beach Real Estate & Pensacola Beach Homes

  Life's a Beach if you want it to be

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PENSACOLA BEACH PROPERTIES:

850-438-7755 local  877-461-9907 toll free

 

    

Why work so hard and not enjoy life? RELAX on the beaches of the GULF COAST OF FLORIDA!
 
Own your own piece of paradise; live in a gated waterfront community in Santa Rosa Villas Estate. Build your dream villa, cabana or LOVE SHACK! Protected with convenants and building restrictions.
 
               
 
Enter a gated community of 15 homes sites; a small neighborhood that is nestled cozily between the SOUND and GULF of MEXICO.      Walk a few steps to the beaches on either the Sound or Gulf....    cast your fishing line on the private community's dock. Enjoy the community's pool (where you do not have to personally keep it up!) This lot is next to the community pool!, ride on the bike path which runs the entire span of the Island - all the way East to Navarre Beach or West to Ft. Pickens- or just sit and watch the waves, the sunset, the surfers, the Pelicans, the Blue Herons and the dolphins. Walk right out to the beach or the pool (about 120 - 150 steps to both), and then head to the pier on the back bay to catch crabs or cast a fishing line. There is a bike path which runs directly in front of the gated subdivision and you can ride for a little shopping; dining either casual or for the more discerning palate - a 5-star dining on Pensacola Beach's restaurants. You can ride your bikes on the beach for ice cream and goofy golf or watch hermit crabs at the back bay. Enjoy the beach every afternoon and then collapsed "HOME" at night to listen to the waves. Life is short; so stop and smell the "salt air"! neighborhood is located next to Portofino towers. From our pier you can walk East along the sound past Portofino for miles and miles on an empty beach where you can find crabs and all kinds of wildlife. On Pensacola Beach is an elementary school, two full-time churches, a small grocery store and boutique shopping. There are free outdoor concerts on Tuesday nights in the summer, great bands at the local bars all year long, and a range of restaurants from burgers to fine dining. Not to mention the outdoor things you come here for - surfing, swimming, fishing, bike riding, and walking on the beach. Several charter fishing boats leave out of Pensacola Beach. The beaches are open for anyone to walk - throughout the entire island. If you feel you need outlet shopping, SilverSands Outlet Mall is 55 minutes via the newly opened beach road and Cordova Mall is 30 minutes in town. Downtown Pensacola has places to hang out with fine dining, art galleries, museums and great night spots
     
 
 
MARGARITAVILLE HOTEL is now on Pensacola Beach!   Jimmy Buffett, the legendary singer-songwriter has reached an agreement to launch the first Margaritaville Beach Hotel in a $50 million, 162-room Gulf-front hotel and is now open for Parrotheads!

     

redfish caught                                              dock of Santa Rosa Villages                    Gulf Front from Santa Rosa Villages walk

If it has been a while since you’ve come to the beach, take a deep breath. It’s time. The gentle breeze is still soothing just as the crystal-clear waves roll in from the emerald sea. The flawless white sand is just as soft as before, and the sea oats still dance for a glowing sun.

Film North Florida has beautiful photos of RANGE POINT of Pensacola Beach which is right next to a beautiful gated subdivision on East Pensacola Beach called Santa Rosa Villa Estates and next to Portofino Island Resort.

If you ever watched EXTREME HOMES on HGTV.com,  you will sometimes see on the flash intro the UFO alien house on Pensacola  Beach.

 The Quietwater Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island, directly across from Casino Beach. Retail shops, restaurants, nightclubs, street musicians and sidewalk artists line it. The Boardwalk has a large sea shell stage where concerts are held several times a year. Behind it, there is a beach silent except for the sounds of sea gulls, and children making sand castles. Most events are held here, including The Lobster Fest, Bushwacker Fest, and the Independence Day fireworks. Behind the beach there is a boat dock where anyone can park their boats free of charge.

 Fort Pickens

The Fort itself is only part of the National Seashore's attractions: the boundary stretches back seven miles (11 km). (Fodor's rates Ft. Pickens' beaches the best in Florida.) So whether you take the bike trail or the highway, you'll find campgrounds, nature trails, and miles and miles of protected beaches perfect for sand dollar and sea shell hunting, and for picking through flotsam washed ashore from the high seas and exotic foreign ports. The highway to the Fort has been blocked since hurricane Ivan caused significant damage to the surrounding areas and the Fort itself. The Fort is still accessible by hiking or biking, but the structure itself is very weak due to storm damage, and considered a safety hazard.

Novelty houses

A Beach is home to several "novelty houses", including a house with a UFO-shaped Futuro attached as a second story. This Futuro house is sometimes called the "Spaceship House." Another novelty house is the "Dome of a Home", a home in the form of a large concrete dome, designed to structurally withstand hurricane-force winds and storm surge.

Education

There is one school on Pensacola Beach. The Pensacola Beach Elementary School is for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. This school has an enrollment ranging from 120 to 140 students. All elementary-school age children on Pensacola Beach are eligible to attend the school. The first year the school was open, for the school year 1977-1978, classes were held in an empty A-frame house owned by a local named Harry Gowens. The Pensacola Beach Volunteer Fire Department building was also used in aiding the teachers and administrators. In November 1977, four portable buildings were moved to the present site. The school has continued to grow and produce some outstanding students. The school has been ranked as an 'A' school in the state for many years running. They have also received the 5 Star School award since 1998. This award recognizes schools with exemplary student involvement. In 2001 the Pensacola Beach Elementary lost its ties to the Escambia County School District and became a Charter school. Now the school, with the help of parents, volunteers, and the community, must find ways to pay for their resources and staff.

  

 http://www.visitpensacola.com      THIS LINK HAS THE LATEST HAPPENINGS IN PENSACOLA with a live CAM WEB so you can see the surf!

Florida's fun can be found in Pensacola Florida located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Pensacola Beach is a 40 mile barrier island with sugary white sand. The eight and one-quarter square miles of land that comprise Pensacola Beach was originally owned by the United States Department of the Interior, but was deeded to Escambia County in 1947, on the condition that the land would never be sold. As a result, there are no property owners in the community, only long-term leaseholders.  Casino Beach is busy; especially when the Blue Angels are scheduled for an Air Show.

Beach Names

For decades, every stretch of sand on the island was simply called Pensacola Beach. Now, there's a colorful variety of names for the beaches, some old, some new, and some really weird.

Opal Beach was created after Hurricane Opal wiped out the sand dunes there in 1995, so it makes sense that the beach was named for the storm.

Casino Beach is named for the Casino Resort, the first tourist destination on the island, which opened on the same day as the first Pensacola Beach Bridge in 1931. With a bar, tennis courts, bath houses, and a restaurant, it was a popular resort until it eventually closed in the 1960s.

Quietwater Beach's name is self-explanatory; the water of Santa Rosa Sound is much less wavy than at the Gulfside beaches.

Langdon Beach is named for Lieutenant Loomis S. Langdon, a soldier stationed at Fort Pickens during the Civil War who eventually became commander of the fort. He was commander of the fort in the 1880s, during Geronimo's famous imprisonment there.

 

In the community of Pensacola Beach, there are quite a few stretches of shoreline to choose from, depending on your tastes. Just a short drive takes you from a rowdy party beach, to a calm kid-friendly one, to sand-dune protected solitude. The most popular beaches are on the south side of the island, facing the Gulf of Mexico, usually called Gulfside; these beaches have powdery white sand, clean water, and moderate waves, but there is a danger of rip tides and marine life. The north side faces Santa Rosa Sound, and is called Soundside; there are few waves here, and no rip current, but the sand isn't as nice, and the water is more polluted due to boats and runoff.

  • Casino Beach, Via de Luna Dr (south of intersection of Via de Luna and Fort Pickens Rd). Daily 24-hours. This is the most popular beach in all of Pensacola, and has the most amenities. Restrooms and changing rooms are available, there's a large lifeguard presence, police, vendors, umbrellas, a large fishing pier, and surfer-free areas. Portofino Boardwalk, with food and shopping, is within walking distance. During the summer and on weekends, the local radio station is often here, broadcasting music for the beachgoers. Volleyball courts are available here. The further you travel from the pier, the fewer crowds there are. You can even drive down Ft. Pickens Road and use one of the entry points on the left-hand side of the road to find less popular areas, although these areas may not have changing rooms.  
  • Fort Pickens Gate Park, Soundside, Fort Pickens Rd (north of Fort Pickens Rd, at Fort Pickens Area gate entrance). It lies on the north side of the island, facing Santa Rosa Sound. It is mostly a parking area for the gulf side public beach. Although there are tons of interesting shells, shell-collecting here is a bad idea, since almost all the best finds are already inhabited by hermit crabs.  
  • Fort Pickens Gate Park, Fort Pickens Rd (south of Fort Pickens Rd, at Fort Pickens Area gate entrance). Daily 24-hours. This out of the way beach is located just before the Fort Pickens gate, and is one of the best beaches on the island. It has restrooms, lifeguard protection, ample parking, good waves, lots of white sand and shells, and has far fewer people than the busy Casino Beach. Make sure not to cross into the Fort Pickens park boundary; the shoreline there is off limits due to nesting shorebirds. Walking the shoreline further to the west will lead you into Gulf Islands National Seashore property. Beware of nesting bird areas and stay out of those areas. However, the shoreline is not otherwise closed to visitors. 
  • Park East, Via de Luna Dr (follow main road east). Daily 24-hours. Park East is 1.25 miles eastof the Portofino Resort and Spa, this is the last beach on the island before you enter Gulf Islands National Seashore property and reach the Opal Beach area further to the east. There's a restroom and changing room here, as well as picnic pavilions and a lifeguard station. This beach tends to be less crowded than other beaches.
  • Langdon Beach, Fort Pickens Rd (inside Fort Pickens Area). 8AM-sunset. Langdon Beach is one of the beaches open to the public in the Fort Pickens Area; most other beaches in the park are closed for shorebird nesting. There are no amenities, and no lifeguards. Like the rest of the Fort Pickens Area, there is no automobile access, so you'll have to hike, bike, or boat here. Since it's so hard to get here, the area is isolated, with very few people: just sea grass, sun, sand and waves. 
  • Opal Beach, Via de Luna Dr (past East Park barricade). 8AM-sunset. Further east than East Park is the hurricane-damaged Opal Beach, part of the National Park Service. The road from Pensacola Beach to Opal Beach and Navarre Beach is now open (April 2009). Opal Beach is currently under construction and some features might be out-of-service, but you can still walk or bicycle down the beach road or enjoy the sun.
  • Quietwater Beach, Quietwater Beach Rd (from Portofino Boardwalk to Pensacola Beach bridge toll booth). Daily 24-hours. Located on the sound side of the island, behind the Portofino Boardwalk. The beach here is narrow, and since the island blocks the waves from the Gulf of Mexico here, the water is quiet, with no waves. With no waves, no rip currents, and lifeguard protection, it's a great beach to take kids to.   

Events

  • Bushwacker & Music Festival, Quietwater Boardwalk. First weekend in August. Locals like to keep this event a secret, and it's hard to find any information about the festival online, but the festival has been celebrated every year in August for more than twenty years. Sponsored by the bars on the island, it honors the famous Bushwacker cocktail with live bands on two stages, a dance club, and cheap drinks; the fun lingers into the early hours of the morning.
  • Pensacola Beach Air Show. July. Sometime around Independence Day, the famous Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, puts on a free show for spectators at Pensacola Beach. This popular event swamps the small island, so expect hard-to-find parking, incredibly slow traffic, and long waits at the local restaurants. If you don't mind spending a lot of time on the beach instead of fighting traffic, and love air shows, it's a great way to spend a weekend celebrating the United States.
  • Christmas Boat Parade. The lead boat will be Reel Eazy, piloted by Captain Buddy Rogers, and will carry Santa Clause for the duration of the procession. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, December 3rd, and will begin around 6:15 in front of the Sabine Marina on Pensacola Beach. From the marina, boats will cruise out into the sound, make their way toward Deer Point, and come back through the bridge. The Christmas spectacle will then pass the boardwalk and the lead boat, Reel Eazy, will drop Santa Clause off at Key Sailing. Santa says he hopes to be greeted by his loving fans and is excited about sharing his Christmas cheer. Succeeding the event, there will be an after party at Bamboo Willie’s open to both parade participants and the general public.
  • Mardi Gras Parade on Pensacola Beach is one of many parades during the Mardi Gras season.For a view of photos from 2009, click here:

Eat

Pensacola Beach has avoided the glut of fast food restaurants that most of northwest Florida is known for. Food on the island is more expensive than on the mainland, and since they cater to tourists, the food generally isn't authentic, but there are still some good eating options.

    Budget

  • Bagelheads, 5 Via de Luna Dr, ? +1 850 916-3287. M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Closed Su. A small Pensacola-based chain of shops featuring fresh-baked, from scratch bagels, Bagelheads has a popular location on Pensacola Beach. Try their veggie cream cheese, made with freshly cut, crisp vegetables for an awesome (but still not healthy) breakfast. Skip the coffee though, unless you like rubber-tasting Community Cup brews; instead, try their cinnamon-y House Latte, or their excellent cappuccinos. $1-5.  
  • Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd, ? +1 850 932-1417. Their burgers are often called 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise,' but then, what beachside burger joint isn't compared to that? This joint, built above an innertube shop, serves made-to-order hamburgers and cheeseburgers from fresh ground beef, along with fries and shakes.  
  • Tiffany's, 3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, ? +1 850 932-3663. Despite numerous attempts by the county to evict it and resell the land, this scrappy hamburger shack on the Casino Beach Boardwalk has managed to stay in business. You can walk up from the beach, order a burger and a milkshake, or a cold beer, and head back to the sand to enjoy. And yes, they have heard the 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' line a million times. 

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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 16th, 2011 6:04 PM

March 12th, 2011 9:45 PM

Technology Park is being developed on a 9.2-acre tract of public land located between the Pensacola Civic Center and the Aragon neighborhood. Initially proposed by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the completed park is expected to host between 300,000-500,000 square feet of office space.

Florida Blanca Street and a service road abutting the Aragon neighborhood — is owned by the City of Pensacola (1.7 acres) and Escambia County (7.5 acres) and has been used for overflow parking during Civic Center events.

Pensacola-Escambia Development Commission will be in charge of developing and marketing the park when the infrastructure improvements are completed is a multi-use development in Pensacola, Florida, under development as of 2009. The mixed use stadium is proposed to hold 3,500 people, and be used for a number of events year-round, including baseball, soccer, football, festivals, graduations and similar events. The multi-use stadium was originally designed to be the home field of the Pensacola Pelicans. Instead, it will host the Cincinnati Reds' double-A affiliate - currently called the Carolina Mudcats. It is expected to open in 2011 and will replace Pelican Park. The Park will also have retail and office space, an outdoor amphitheater, as well as the UWF Maritime Museum and public park space


Admiral Mason Pond

The city is building a stormwater retention pond which is going to be a feature of downtown. The pond will be located at Admiral Mason Park, at the corner of 9th Av and Romana, adjacent to Veteran's Park. It is going to be an attraction, rather than something behind chain link fences. The perimeter of the pond will be quite long, about a third of a mile--a great exercise loop for the walkers and runners out there as well as a nice place for a quiet stroll. The pond will have fountains spraying in it, so it will likely be visible from Bayfront as you approach the city. This pond will provide stormwater retention for the tech park. In addition, it will be able to accommodate further development on other undeveloped parcels in the surrounding area, increasing the potential for other economic development downtown.

So, in a sense, the city is providing city property for economic development. But the citizens are not losing any property but rather are gaining a new type of park, a new kind of attraction.

This entire project, the tech park and the pond, are an intriguing collaboration among many partners--the city, the county, the chamber, even the federal government--which is going to provide economic growth, a new park feature, increase density in our urban core, and even improve the looks of our community







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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 9:45 PM

March 12th, 2011 8:13 PM

click on picture for link to Pensacola Historic Village Tour

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN DOWNTOWN PROPERTIES WITHIN THE 32501, 32502 ZIP CODES? click below

A complex of museums, a Colonial Archaeological Trail, and furnished houses, and buildings such as the Dorr House, Lavalle House, Wentworth Museum, and the Old Christ Church including information for businesses and real estate investments.

History

Explorers first put the Pensacola area on the map 450 years ago, starting a long, rich, diverse heritage. Today, you can enjoy that multicultural legacy at many historical attractions.

Pensacola got its name from the Panzacola Indians who greeted the first Spanish explorers in 1559, when Don Tristan de Luna led 1,400 colonists to what is now Pensacola Beach. But a major hurricane sank ships, drowned livestock, and prompted them to flee. Although the Panzacola Indians are now extinct, Creek Indians live in the area and celebrate their traditions.

More conquistadores arrived in 1698. Spanish soldiers, aided by slaves, built a fort at what is now the Naval Air Station on Pensacola Bay. That settlement was unearthed in 1998 and opened to the public. A bastion and educational kiosk help you imagine life over 300 years ago.

Over the years Pensacola changed hands often - among Spain, France, England, the United States and the Confederacy. During the Civil War, Union troops held Fort Pickens and Rebels held Fort McRee.

All those bricks! More than 21 million. Most of them were made right across the bay in Pensacola and barged to the site where the Fort stands today.

The Fort was completed in 1834 and used until WWII, when modern weapons made traditional coastal defense obsolete. Fort Pickens has changed over the years, so take the self-guided tour and peel back the layers of history. It'll lead you to cannon emplacements, powder magazines, and show you where Bastion D isn't: the corner of the fort that was destroyed when a warehouse fire reached a magazine holding four tons of black powder. The 1899 explosion showered debris over 1-1/2 miles, reaching Fort Barrancas at the naval air station on the mainland.

The Navy shipyard, established in 1825, evolved into an air station, propelling Pensacola into the forefront of naval aviation. This affiliation produced many distinguished military soldiers, sailors and aviators, including the first African-American to become a four-star general in the Air Force, Chappie James of Pensacola, who flew 100 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam.

Tne glimpse of the past is offered at St. Michael's Cemetery, where slaves and nobility alike are buried.

Pensacola's past comes alive in the Historic Pensacola Village and the Pensacola Historical Museum, located in the Pensacola Historic District. The historic district is one of the oldest and most intact in all of Florida, its architecture reflecting modest structures perfectly suited to the climate. Within this small neighborhood is Old Christ Church, Florida's oldest church (1832), and St. Michael's Cemetery, deeded to Pensacola by the King of Spain in 1822.


JACKSON'S RESTAURANT in Pensacola, Florida. 

 PLAZA DE FERDINAND

The cession of Florida to the United States from Spain occurred at the Plaza on July 17, 1821. General Andrew Jackson made a public speech to townspeople, informing them that the land was now the Florida Territory, and that Pensacola would be its capital. General Jackson was later sworn in as first Territorial Governor in the plaza. A bust of Jackson now stands at the spot where he was inaugurated.

The Plaza was listed for consideration as a National Historic Landmark in 1960, achieving that status in 1966. Archaeologists, in 2002, discovered evidence of British structures previously not known to have existed in that area.

A bust of Andrew Jackson at the Plaza Ferdinand VII, where Jackson was sworn in as Governor

This was the site of the completion of the formal transfer of Florida from Spain to the U.S. on July 17, 1821. Andrew Jackson, as newly appointed Governor, officially proclaimed the establishment of the Florida Territory. Pensacola was established as its temporary capital

In 2002 the Division of Historical Resources gave a grant to complete a second season of archeological investigations within the Plaza. Evidence of British colonial structures was discovered.

 


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:13 PM

March 12th, 2011 8:12 PM

Pensacola Bay Area 1031 Tax Exchange Property.

A 1031 exchange, otherwise known as a tax deferred exchange is a simple strategy and method for selling one property, that's qualified, and then proceeding with an acquisition of another property (also qualified) within a specific time frame. The logistics and process of selling a property and then buying another property are practically identical to any standardized sale and buying situation, a "1031 exchange" is unique because the entire transaction is treated as an exchange and not just as a simple sale. It is this difference between "exchanging" and not simply buying and selling which, in the end, allows the taxpayer(s) to qualify for a deferred gain treatment. So to say it in simple terms, sales are taxable with the IRS and 1031 exchanges are not. US CODE: Title 26, §1031. Exchange of Property Held for Productive Use or InvestmentDue to the fact that exchanging, a property, represents an IRS-recognized approach to the deferral of capital gain taxes, it is very important for you to understand the components involved and the actual intent underlying such a tax deferred transaction. It is within the Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code that we can find the appropriate tax code necessary for a successful exchange. We would like to point out that it is within the Like-Kind Exchange Regulations, issued by the US Department of the Treasury, that we find the specific interpretation of the IRS and the generally accepted standards of practice, rules and compliance for completing a successful qualifying transaction. Within this web site we will be identifying these IRS rules, guidelines and requirements of a 1031. It is very important to note that the Regulations are not just simply the law, but a reflection of the interpretation of the (Section 1031) by the IRS.

1031 tax deferred exchangeWhy 1031 Exchange?

Any Real Estate property owner or investor of Real Estate, should consider an exchange when he/she expects to acquire a replacement "like kind" property subsequent to the sale of his existing investment property. Anything otherwise would necessitate the payment of a capital gain tax, which can exceed 20-30%, depending on the federal and state tax rates of your given state. To make it easy to understand, when purchasing a replacement property (without the benefit of a 1031 exchange) your buying power is reduced to the point, that it only represents 70-80% of what it did previously (before the exchange and payment of taxes). Below is a look at the basic concept, which can apply to all 1031 exchanges. From the sale of a relinquished real estate property, we should understand this concept so that we can completely defer the realized capital gain taxes. The two major rules to follow are:

  1. The total purchase price of the replacement "like kind" property must be equal to, or greater than the total net sales price of the relinquished, real estate, property.

  2. All the equity received from the sale, of the relinquished real estate property, must be used to acquire the replacement, "like kind" property.

The extent that either of these rules (above) are violated will determine the tax liability accrued to the person executing the Exchange. In any case which the replacement property purchase price is less, there will be a tax responsibility incurred. To the extent that not all equity is moved from the relinquished to the replacement property, there will be tax. This is not to say that the (1031) exchange will not qualify for these reasons. Keep in mind, partial exchanges do in fact, qualify for a partial tax-deferral treatment. This simply means that the amount, of the difference (if any), will be taxed as a boot or "non-like-kind" real estate property.

THE 1031 Exchange Rule

A property transaction can only qualify for a deferred tax exchange if it follows the 1031 exchange rule laid down in the US tax code and the treasury regulations.

The foundation of 1031 exchange rule by the IRS is that the properties involved in the transaction must be "Like Kind" and Both properties must be held for a productive purpose in business or trade, as an investment.

The 1031 exchange rule also lays down a guideline for the proceeds of the sale. The proceeds from the sale must go through the hands of a "qualified intermediary" (QI) and not through your hands or the hands of one of your agents or else all the proceeds will become taxable. The entire cash or monetary proceeds from the original sale has to be reinvested towards acquiring the new real estate property. Any cash proceeds retained from the sale are taxable.

he second fundamental rule is that the 1031 exchange requires that the replacement property must be subject to an equal or greater level of debt than the property sold or as a result the buyer will be forced to pay the tax on the amount of decrease. If not he/she will have to put in additional cash to offset the low debt amount on the newly acquired property.

1031 Exchange Rules and Timelines:

There are 2 timelines that anybody going for a 1031 property exchange or ) should abide by and know.

he Identification Period: This is the crucial period during which the party selling a property must identify other replacement properties that he proposes or wishes to buy. It is not uncommon to select more than one property. This period is scheduled as exactly 45 days from the day of selling the relinquished property. This 45 days timeline must be followed under any and all circumstances and is not extendable in any way, even if the 45th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal US holiday.

The Exchange Period: This is the period within which a person who has sold the relinquished property must receive the replacement property. It is referred to as the Exchange Period under 1031 exchange (IRS) rule. This period ends at exactly 180 days after the date on which the person transfers the property relinquished or the due date for the person's tax return for that taxable year in which the transfer of the relinquished property has occurred, whichever situation is earlier. Now according to the 1031 exchange (IRS) rule, the 180 day timeline has to be adhered to under all circumstances and is not extendable in any situation, even if the 180th day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal (US) holiday. 

Call me today to assist you in finding, purchasing and assisting you with your 1031 Exchange properties for the Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach areas in both residential and commercial real estate.  I can coordinate you with the proper attorney to assist with the 1031 Exchange process.

 

 

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Why Use a REALTOR?

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS are properly called REALTORS. They proudly display the REALTOR "" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR again.

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR.

But if you're still not convinced of the value of a REALTOR, here are a dozen more reasons to use one:

1. As your REALTOR I can help you determine your buying power -- that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders -- banks and mortgage companies -- offer limited choices.

2. As your REALTOR I have many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.

3. As your REALTOR I can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

4. As your REALTOR I can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5. As your REALTOR I can provide due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your REALTOR, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.

6. As your REALTOR I can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified lenders.

7. As your REALTOR I can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.

8. When selling your home, as your REALTOR I can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your property sold at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.

9. As your REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your REALTOR can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property. Your REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. In many markets across the country, over 50% of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer. Your REALTOR acts as the marketing coordinator, disbursing information about your property to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service or other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, etc. The REALTOR Code of Ethics requires REALTORS to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.

10. As your REALTOR will know when, where and how to advertise your property. There is a misconception that advertising sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

11. As your REALTOR can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your REALTOR can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.

12. As your REALTOR can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, unexpected repairs are required to obtain financing or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your REALTOR is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing (or settlement)


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 Life's a Beach

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Why work so hard and not enjoy life? RELAX on the beaches of the GULF COAST OF FLORIDA! Own your own piece of paradise; live in a gated waterfront community in Santa Rosa Villas Estate. Build your dream villa, cabana or LOVE SHACK! Protected with convenants and building restrictions. Enter a gated community of 15 homes sites; a small neighborhood that is nestled cozily between the SOUND and GULF of MEXICO. Walk a few steps to the beaches on either the Sound or Gulf.... cast your fishing line on the private community's dock. Enjoy the community's pool (where you do not have to personally keep it up!) This lot is next to the community pool!, ride on the bike path which runs the entire span of the Island - all the way East to Navarre Beach or West to Ft. Pickens- or just sit and watch the waves, the sunset, the surfers, the Pelicans, the Blue Herons and the dolphins. Walk right out to the beach or the pool (about 120 - 150 steps to both), and then head to the pier on the back bay to catch crabs or cast a fishing line. There is a bike path which runs directly in front of the gated subdivision and you can ride for a little shopping; dining either casual or for the more discerning palate - a 5-star dining on Pensacola Beach's restaurants. You can ride your bikes on the beach for ice cream and goofy golf or watch hermit crabs at the back bay. Enjoy the beach every afternoon and then collapsed "HOME" at night to listen to the waves. Life is short; so stop and smell the "salt air"! neighborhood is located next to Portofino towers. From our pier you can walk East along the sound past Portofino for miles and miles on an empty beach where you can find crabs and all kinds of wildlife. On Pensacola Beach is an elementary school, two full-time churches, a small grocery store and boutique shopping. There are free outdoor concerts on Tuesday nights in the summer, great bands at the local bars all year long, and a range of restaurants from burgers to fine dining. Not to mention the outdoor things you come here for - surfing, swimming, fishing, bike riding, and walking on the beach. Several charter fishing boats leave out of Pensacola Beach. The beaches are open for anyone to walk - throughout the entire island. If you feel you need outlet shopping, SilverSands Outlet Mall is 55 minutes via the newly opened beach road and Cordova Mall is 30 minutes in town. Downtown Pensacola has places to hang out with fine dining, art galleries, museums and great night spots.

JIMMY BUFFETT'S MARGARITAVILLE HOTEL is now on Pensacola Beach!

Jimmy Buffett, the legendary singer-songwriter has reached an agreement to launch the first Margaritaville Beach Hotel in a $50 million, 162-room Gulf-front hotel and is now open for Parrotheads!

 If it has been a while since you’ve come to the beach, take a deep breath. It’s time. The gentle breeze is still soothing just as the crystal-clear waves roll in from the emerald sea. The flawless white sand is just as soft as before, and the sea oats still dance for a glowing sun.

Film North Florida has beautiful photos of RANGE POINT of Pensacola Beach which is right next to a beautiful gated subdivision on East Pensacola Beach called Santa Rosa Villa Estates and next to Portofino Island Resort.

If you ever watched EXTREME HOMES on HGTV.com,  you will sometimes see on the flash intro the UFO alien house on Pensacola  Beach.

 The Quietwater Beach Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island, directly across from Casino Beach. Retail shops, restaurants, nightclubs, street musicians and sidewalk artists line it. The Boardwalk has a large sea shell stage where concerts are held several times a year. Behind it, there is a beach silent except for the sounds of sea gulls, and children making sand castles. Most events are held here, including The Lobster Fest, Bushwacker Fest, and the Independence Day fireworks. Behind the beach there is a boat dock where anyone can park their boats free of charge.

 Fort Pickens

The Fort itself is only part of the National Seashore's attractions: the boundary stretches back seven miles (11 km). (Fodor's rates Ft. Pickens' beaches the best in Florida.) So whether you take the bike trail or the highway, you'll find campgrounds, nature trails, and miles and miles of protected beaches perfect for sand dollar and sea shell hunting, and for picking through flotsam washed ashore from the high seas and exotic foreign ports. The highway to the Fort has been blocked since hurricane Ivan caused significant damage to the surrounding areas and the Fort itself. The Fort is still accessible by hiking or biking, but the structure itself is very weak due to storm damage, and considered a safety hazard.

Novelty houses

A Beach is home to several "novelty houses", including a house with a UFO-shaped Futuro attached as a second story. This Futuro house is sometimes called the "Spaceship House." Another novelty house is the "Dome of a Home", a home in the form of a large concrete dome, designed to structurally withstand hurricane-force winds and storm surge.

Education

There is one school on Pensacola Beach. The Pensacola Beach Elementary School is for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. This school has an enrollment ranging from 120 to 140 students. All elementary-school age children on Pensacola Beach are eligible to attend the school. The first year the school was open, for the school year 1977-1978, classes were held in an empty A-frame house owned by a local named Harry Gowens. The Pensacola Beach Volunteer Fire Department building was also used in aiding the teachers and administrators. In November 1977, four portable buildings were moved to the present site. The school has continued to grow and produce some outstanding students. The school has been ranked as an 'A' school in the state for many years running. They have also received the 5 Star School award since 1998. This award recognizes schools with exemplary student involvement. In 2001 the Pensacola Beach Elementary lost its ties to the Escambia County School District and became a Charter school. Now the school, with the help of parents, volunteers, and the community, must find ways to pay for their resources and staff.

  

 http://www.visitpensacola.com      THIS LINK HAS THE LATEST HAPPENINGS IN PENSACOLA with a live CAM WEB so you can see the surf!

Florida's fun can be found in Pensacola Florida located on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Pensacola Beach is a 40 mile barrier island with sugary white sand. The eight and one-quarter square miles of land that comprise Pensacola Beach was originally owned by the United States Department of the Interior, but was deeded to Escambia County in 1947, on the condition that the land would never be sold. As a result, there are no property owners in the community, only long-term leaseholders.

Casino Beach is busy, especially when the Blue Angels are scheduled for an air show.

Beach Names

For decades, every stretch of sand on the island was simply called Pensacola Beach. Now, there's a colorful variety of names for the beaches, some old, some new, and some really weird.

Opal Beach was created after Hurricane Opal wiped out the sand dunes there in 1995, so it makes sense that the beach was named for the storm.

Casino Beach is named for the Casino Resort, the first tourist destination on the island, which opened on the same day as the first Pensacola Beach Bridge in 1931. With a bar, tennis courts, bath houses, and a restaurant, it was a popular resort until it eventually closed in the 1960s.

Quietwater Beach's name is self-explanatory; the water of Santa Rosa Sound is much less wavy than at the Gulfside beaches.

Langdon Beach is named for Lieutenant Loomis S. Langdon, a soldier stationed at Fort Pickens during the Civil War who eventually became commander of the fort. He was commander of the fort in the 1880s, during Geronimo's famous imprisonment there.

 

In the community of Pensacola Beach, there are quite a few stretches of shoreline to choose from, depending on your tastes. Just a short drive takes you from a rowdy party beach, to a calm kid-friendly one, to sand-dune protected solitude. The most popular beaches are on the south side of the island, facing the Gulf of Mexico, usually called Gulfside; these beaches have powdery white sand, clean water, and moderate waves, but there is a danger of rip tides and marine life. The north side faces Santa Rosa Sound, and is called Soundside; there are few waves here, and no rip current, but the sand isn't as nice, and the water is more polluted due to boats and runoff.

  • Casino Beach, Via de Luna Dr (south of intersection of Via de Luna and Fort Pickens Rd). Daily 24-hours. This is the most popular beach in all of Pensacola, and has the most amenities. Restrooms and changing rooms are available, there's a large lifeguard presence, police, vendors, umbrellas, a large fishing pier, and surfer-free areas. Portofino Boardwalk, with food and shopping, is within walking distance. During the summer and on weekends, the local radio station is often here, broadcasting music for the beachgoers. Volleyball courts are available here. The further you travel from the pier, the fewer crowds there are. You can even drive down Ft. Pickens Road and use one of the entry points on the left-hand side of the road to find less popular areas, although these areas may not have changing rooms.  
  • Fort Pickens Gate Park, Soundside, Fort Pickens Rd (north of Fort Pickens Rd, at Fort Pickens Area gate entrance). It lies on the north side of the island, facing Santa Rosa Sound. It is mostly a parking area for the gulf side public beach. Although there are tons of interesting shells, shell-collecting here is a bad idea, since almost all the best finds are already inhabited by hermit crabs.  
  • Fort Pickens Gate Park, Fort Pickens Rd (south of Fort Pickens Rd, at Fort Pickens Area gate entrance). Daily 24-hours. This out of the way beach is located just before the Fort Pickens gate, and is one of the best beaches on the island. It has restrooms, lifeguard protection, ample parking, good waves, lots of white sand and shells, and has far fewer people than the busy Casino Beach. Make sure not to cross into the Fort Pickens park boundary; the shoreline there is off limits due to nesting shorebirds. Walking the shoreline further to the west will lead you into Gulf Islands National Seashore property. Beware of nesting bird areas and stay out of those areas. However, the shoreline is not otherwise closed to visitors. 
  • Park East, Via de Luna Dr (follow main road east). Daily 24-hours. Park East is 1.25 miles eastof the Portofino Resort and Spa, this is the last beach on the island before you enter Gulf Islands National Seashore property and reach the Opal Beach area further to the east. There's a restroom and changing room here, as well as picnic pavilions and a lifeguard station. This beach tends to be less crowded than other beaches.
  • Langdon Beach, Fort Pickens Rd (inside Fort Pickens Area). 8AM-sunset. Langdon Beach is one of the beaches open to the public in the Fort Pickens Area; most other beaches in the park are closed for shorebird nesting. There are no amenities, and no lifeguards. Like the rest of the Fort Pickens Area, there is no automobile access, so you'll have to hike, bike, or boat here. Since it's so hard to get here, the area is isolated, with very few people: just sea grass, sun, sand and waves. 
  • Opal Beach, Via de Luna Dr (past East Park barricade). 8AM-sunset. Further east than East Park is the hurricane-damaged Opal Beach, part of the National Park Service. The road from Pensacola Beach to Opal Beach and Navarre Beach is now open (April 2009). Opal Beach is currently under construction and some features might be out-of-service, but you can still walk or bicycle down the beach road or enjoy the sun.
  • Quietwater Beach, Quietwater Beach Rd (from Portofino Boardwalk to Pensacola Beach bridge toll booth). Daily 24-hours. Located on the sound side of the island, behind the Portofino Boardwalk. The beach here is narrow, and since the island blocks the waves from the Gulf of Mexico here, the water is quiet, with no waves. With no waves, no rip currents, and lifeguard protection, it's a great beach to take kids to.   

Events

  • Bushwacker & Music Festival, Quietwater Boardwalk. First weekend in August. Locals like to keep this event a secret, and it's hard to find any information about the festival online, but the festival has been celebrated every year in August for more than twenty years. Sponsored by the bars on the island, it honors the famous Bushwacker cocktail with live bands on two stages, a dance club, and cheap drinks; the fun lingers into the early hours of the morning.
  • Pensacola Beach Air Show. July. Sometime around Independence Day, the famous Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, puts on a free show for spectators at Pensacola Beach. This popular event swamps the small island, so expect hard-to-find parking, incredibly slow traffic, and long waits at the local restaurants. If you don't mind spending a lot of time on the beach instead of fighting traffic, and love air shows, it's a great way to spend a weekend celebrating the United States.
  • Christmas Boat Parade. The lead boat will be Reel Eazy, piloted by Captain Buddy Rogers, and will carry Santa Clause for the duration of the procession. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, December 3rd, and will begin around 6:15 in front of the Sabine Marina on Pensacola Beach. From the marina, boats will cruise out into the sound, make their way toward Deer Point, and come back through the bridge. The Christmas spectacle will then pass the boardwalk and the lead boat, Reel Eazy, will drop Santa Clause off at Key Sailing. Santa says he hopes to be greeted by his loving fans and is excited about sharing his Christmas cheer. Succeeding the event, there will be an after party at Bamboo Willie’s open to both parade participants and the general public.
  • Mardi Gras Parade on Pensacola Beach is one of many parades during the Mardi Gras season.For a view of photos from 2009, click here:

Eat

Pensacola Beach has avoided the glut of fast food restaurants that most of northwest Florida is known for. Food on the island is more expensive than on the mainland, and since they cater to tourists, the food generally isn't authentic, but there are still some good eating options.

    Budget

  • Bagelheads, 5 Via de Luna Dr, ? +1 850 916-3287. M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Closed Su. A small Pensacola-based chain of shops featuring fresh-baked, from scratch bagels, Bagelheads has a popular location on Pensacola Beach. Try their veggie cream cheese, made with freshly cut, crisp vegetables for an awesome (but still not healthy) breakfast. Skip the coffee though, unless you like rubber-tasting Community Cup brews; instead, try their cinnamon-y House Latte, or their excellent cappuccinos. $1-5.  
  • Surf Burger, 500 Quietwater Beach Rd, ? +1 850 932-1417. Their burgers are often called 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise,' but then, what beachside burger joint isn't compared to that? This joint, built above an innertube shop, serves made-to-order hamburgers and cheeseburgers from fresh ground beef, along with fries and shakes.  
  • Tiffany's, 3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, ? +1 850 932-3663. Despite numerous attempts by the county to evict it and resell the land, this scrappy hamburger shack on the Casino Beach Boardwalk has managed to stay in business. You can walk up from the beach, order a burger and a milkshake, or a cold beer, and head back to the sand to enjoy. And yes, they have heard the 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' line a million times. 

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For Gulf Breeze Real Estate, whether it is Gulf Breeze Homes or Gulf Breeze Commercial properties, Call Jeannette Spencer 850-438-7755

Gulf Breeze Homes are highly desired due to the small town atmoshere, closeness to Pensacola Beach and schools!

Gulf Breeze is a city located on the Fairpoint Peninsula in Santa Rosa County, Florida and is a suburb of Pensacola, FL. The population was 5,665 at the 2000 census. As of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 6,455. The developments are Sunchase condominiums, Deer Point, Eventide, Bay Breeze and more!

The City of Gulf Breeze is a beautiful seaside community, comfortably nestled in Northwest Florida located between Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola, Florida. : http://www.cityofgulfbreeze.com.

Still considered Gulf Breeze, but not considered the “proper”, you will find Oriole Beach and Soundside. There are developments such as Tiger Point, Villa Venyce (a boater’s paradise & boater’s community), and other areas.

Gulf Breeze area residents enjoy a friendly, small-town atmosphere, yet have easy access to all of life's modern amenities. Plentiful educational, recreational, cultural and shopping opportunities abound.

Located at the tip of a 25 mile long, 3/4 mile wide peninsula, and two miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf Breeze offers it all. Being within minutes of the famous Gulf Coast sugar-white beaches, the area is a water-lover's paradise.

The mild climate, high quality of life and Southern hospitality add to the attractiveness of the area. Residents are provided top-notch public safety, lots of community involvement and enough family events and festivals to keep them entertained all year. The Gulf Breeze area and the Chamber of Commerce encourage commercial interests, which respect the fragile environmental integrity of the area. Home to the largest national seashore in the national park system, Gulf Islands National Seashore offers natural beauty, recreation and a historical perspective on our area.

Schools

The Gulf Breeze area's five schools consistently score well above state and national averages on all standardized examinations and have earned "Five Star School Awards" repeatedly. They are all recipients of the "Golden School Award" for volunteer hours and enjoy the distinction of being "Red Carpet" Schools" which means they are community and parent friendly.

The Santa Rosa County School Board offers pre-kindergarten through adult education programs in the community. Year-round literacy activities are available through the adult learning center. The Community School offers a variety of classes such as boating safety, art and complete childcare. Our school serves a diverse population and also serves students with special needs.

Area Schools


Gulf Breeze Elementary

549 Gulf Breeze Parkway

934-5185

Oriole Beach Elementary

1260 Oriole Beach Road

934-5160

Gulf Breeze Middle

649 Gulf Breeze Parkway

934-4080

Woodlawn Beach Middle

1500 Woodlawn Way

934-4010

Gulf Breeze High

675 Gulf Breeze Parkway

916-4100

Santa Rosa Community School

200 Park Ave.

983-5650

St. Ann Discovery

100 Daniel Drive

932-2859

Pensacola State College

1000 College Blvd.-Pensacola

484-1000

Pensacola State College

5988 Highway 90-Milton

434-4437

Pensacola Christian College

250 Brent Lane-Pensacola

476-8000

Troy State University

700 S. Navy Blvd.-Pensacola

455-5836

University of Florida

5988 Highway 90, Bldg. 4900-Milton

983-2632

University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway-Pensacola

474-2000

Gulf Breeze News will you the lastest information on the Gulf Breeze community and is the Gulf Breeze Community newspaper.

The City of Gulf Breeze, Florida is a directory of all the services available with contact information.

Visit Pensacola Beach is a special web promotion site for the Santa Rosa Island Authority.

You can be provided with your special search link to Pensacola Beach Real Estate - Gulf Breeze homes for sale or whatever your needs may be!

On Pensacola Beach, there is a Pensacola Beach Elementary and a Pensacola Beach Community Church!

The Andrews Institute is located in one of the most beautiful and popular locations in the United States. The white sandy beaches, tropical climate, gentle gulf breezes, and the captivating blue waters provide an ideal setting to inspire athletes and all participants to achieve their maximum potential. The property is contiguous to Gulf Breeze Hospital in Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa County.

 

 


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:08 PM

March 12th, 2011 8:08 PM

Cordova Park is a wonderful "family friendly" community in Pensacola, Florida.  Cordova Park is very close to  the Pensacola Regional Airport and within minutes to shopping, hospitals, restaurants, etc. 

This community has it's own elementary school, Cordova Park Elementary, and a fabulous park that has recently gone through a major updating and beautification process called Vickery Park.  The Cordova Park community also has a Homeowner's Association.  To see what Cordova Park area homes are available, click here 

Cordova Park is very close to the Roger Scott Tennis Center and The Vickery Community Center.  The Vickery Center has a 22,500 SF building which includes a gymnasium, meeting rooms, billiards and game room, a weight room with exercise equipment, locker rooms and kitchen. The center is part of a 52-acre complex owned by the City of Pensacola that also includes an outdoor swimming pool, 24-court tennis facility, and football, baseball, softball and soccer fields.

For those families and kids interested in a volleyball league, be sure to check out Pensacola's volley ball league called the Lizards.

Pensacola has several dog parks.  There is a large and small dog park located in the Vickery Center.

click on the picture above to see about the dog parks

This area is also close in proximity to Pensacola State College, Cordova Mall, Pensacola Airport (for those who have to travel alot for their profession; the close proximity relieves alot of stress), and the area is centrally accessible for the various Medical Facilities such as: Sacred Heart Hospital, West Florida Hospital, Medical Center Clinic, Woodlands Medical Center and Baptist Hospital

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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:08 PM

March 12th, 2011 8:07 PM

Welcome to DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA FLORIDA!

Downtown Pensacola has wonderful Five Star to casual bistros providing such wonderfully diverse eating pleasures. Close to downtown is East Hill and North Hill.

Are you interested in DOWNTOWN properties?

Jeannette Spencer 877-461-9907

Jeannette Spencer specializes in residential sales of Downtown Pensacola real estate and historic Pensacola homes, as well as, Commercial properties of the downtown area.

There is a rare find in Historic Downtown Pensacola - a large undeveloped lot in an elevated area located in a Prime Location on 600 E Government St. It is for sale $300,000. The lot's dimensions are 68 FF by 127.5 depth

Jeannette Spencer's husband, Rick Spencer's practice, Psychological Associates has been downtown Pensacola for over 20 years. Over the years, there has been many changes to downtown Pensacola. History is where one has been and the historic district has always been a passion of Jeannette Spencer's. A history lover since High School; this passion enabled Jeannette to attend William & Mary College early due to her scholastic achievements. The historic Penscola is an area where Jeannette loves to work with clients.

People that live downtown, LOVE downtown. The more than 1,500 people that now call Downtown Pensacola home list walk-ability, cultural attractiveness, waterfront proximity, and a high quality of life as the reasons they love living here. They walk the same paths that Andrew Jackson once tread when they go from their homes to the downtown restaurants, shopping, entertainment and churches – and they realize the uniqueness and value of downtown’s blossoming urban environment.

Be sure to check out for downtown happenings: http://www.downtownpensacola.com/things/events-calendar.asp There are other unique experiences which enhance downtown such as Winterfest, UFO Trolley Tour (what fun with kids and friends) and so much more!

Real Estate in the Pensacola Downtown area range from the Bay front to East Hill to North Hill. There are so many home buyer options in the Downtown Pensacola area and little subdivisions such as Aragon Court. To live downtown is to love downtown with the walking convenience to shopping, theater, museums, parks and recreation. It is a diffrent lifestyle then living in Brittany Forge, LaVallet Gaberonne, East Hill, North Hill which are other areas that I specialize in.

Downtown offers small cottages, ginger bread cottages, Victorian mansions, Creole architecture,condomimiums to sleek modern townhomes. If you love looking at photos, be sure to visit Denise Daughtery's website: NORTH FLORIDA FILM. Call Jeannette Spencer today for your tour of downtown Pensacola today! 877-461-9907 or 850-438-7755. Email: pensacolrealestate@msn.com

There has never been a better time to buy real estate and there are numerous programs available to help first time home buyers so call me today

Note by click on the Aerial Picture of downtown Pensacola, you will go to a website about Downtown!!!!

DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA IS THE HEART OF THE CITY OF PENSACOLA, FLORIDA!

Downtown Pensacola is a wonderful place to live. It is where Pensacola began which makes it a historic place to live with over 300 years of history! There is a wonderful blend of new with old combining historical buildings, historical homes, upscale lofts, fine dining, parks, retail shops, marinas and waterfront fun!

Every October, BARKTOBERFEST is held downtown

in Seville Park that benefits the HUMANE SOCIETY. It is where animal lovers with their dogs dress in costume. You can participate and register for the contest by visiting: http://www.humanesocietyofpensacola.org/.

Every November, the Gulf Coast Arts Festival is held downtown in Seville Park. The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the most highly regarded and popular arts festivals in America. The Festival, a three-day, juried art show, comes to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square the first weekend in November. Each year, it draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mixed-media artists and others who have been gifted with the ability to turn inspiration into art. The Festival features great music on the Main Stage, dance on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage, and authentic craftspeople in the Heritage Arts area. The Children’s Arts Festival features numerous free, hands-on artistic opportunities for kids. The Student Art Show showcases the talents of school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Food and beverages are available from a variety of vendors, including some of Pensacola’s best-known restaurants and chefs. November 6, 7 & 8, 2009 -Seville Square, Pensacola.

Downtown is the primary center for arts & culture within the Pensacola region and has convenient amenities, unique shops, fantastic restaurants that are just a trolley ride away. Downtown has a creative community spirit combined breathtaking water views – families, empty nesters and singles alike have found a place to call home in Downtown Pensacola.

Aragon Court is a subdivsion downtown which is a 20+acre site referred to as the "Aragon" site is a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) project that extends the neighborhood "fabric" of the Seville area to the north. There are 129 residential lots and several mixed-use (office, retail, residential) sites on this waterview location

.

Sidewalks, tree-shaded streets, historic street lighting, a central park space and easy access to downtown Pensacola's thriving business district have created a renewed interest in downtown living. This project will further realize the long held goal of the CRA to create a 24-hour-a-day population in the inner City through infill residential development.

Palafox Pier Day & Sunset CLICK ON TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ON PALAFOX PIER!!!

DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN

Downtown Pensacola is host to many recreational activities and events. At the center of Downtown are its many public parks – with acres of century-old oak trees, these parks are known for hosting events and concerts throughout the year. Events occur every week Downtown – from the ever-popular McGuire’s Run, which draws thousands of runners annually – to numerous parades, festivals, marathons, and summer nights gathering on a blanket for “Evenings in Old Seville Square.” With activities that range from experiencing the coastal ecosystem to watching the famous sunset over the bay every night, Downtown serves as a recreational hub for all of Pensacola.

Project Greenshores - a habitat-restoration project along downtown Pensacola's waterfront, attracts large numbers of waterbirds, gulls, tern, and cormorants. Located on the northwest side of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, sometimes more than 300 are seen at one time!

Civic Center - home to Pensacola’s own hockey team, the Ice Pilots, and numerous sports activities from youth ice hockey to a competitive indoor soccer league. You’ll also find your favorite artists, musicians and performers here.
For more information, go to www.pensacolaciviccenter.com

Historic Pensacola Village - a complex of late nineteenth century homes, several museums and the Colonial Archaeological Trail. The Village includes homes such as the Lavalle House, the Dorr House, the Julee Cottage and other historical homes. The Museums include the "Museum of Industry, Museum of Commerce, T.T. Wentworth, Jr., Florida State Museum. The Colonial Archaeological Trail begins with an exhibit telling you about the British Fort site and it's history then your led to a Garrison Kitchen, then a government house, a British well sight and other excavations.

Seville Square - at the center of Downtown’s historical district is Seville Square, a park nearly 200 years old. In the 1960's a small group of preservationists began the reconstruction of the square and today it serves as the focal point of festivals and concerts where thousands gather.

Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park (Plan Currently in the works) - The park represents an exciting new chapter for Pensacola's waterfront. The Community Maritime Park is a public/private venture planned for the 27.5 acres of publicly owned property on Pensacola Bay. It will include a 3,500-seat multi-purpose stadium, a conference/continuing education center, a maritime museum, and a mixed-use development including retail and commercial space. On April 14, 2005, the City Council approved to move forward with the plan. Next on the agenda is for the council to approve the finances, development and operations for the plan they accepted. For more information on this very exciting plan, go to www.propensacola.com

Downtown Palafox Street

Palafox DowntownDowntown Palafox has been restored and offers retail and office space with parking and access to the waterfront nearby.

The renovation of sidewalks, parking spaces, and landscape along a three-block section of Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola has been completed. As a part of the streetscape renovation the city has added 15 new on-street parking spaces for the convenience of downtown visitors. Stretching from Garden Street to Government Street, the three-blocks are the core business section of the downtown area. Downtown Pensacola offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and services convenient to downtown employees, residents and visitors. Within this three-block area there are sixty businesses that offer a wide variety of shopping, dining, entertainme

WHO LIVES DOWNTOWN?

During this past August and September, the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board conducted a survey of the 588 households (1058 residents) that reside within the area bounded by Belmont and Heinberg Streets on the North, “A” Street on the West, 17 th Street on the East, and the shoreline of Pensacola Bay on the south. The results, from this annual survey of downtown residents sheds new and revealing light on those that call the downtown area home.

With an 88% confidence level, the results suggest that the typical downtown resident was most often (53%) female. Similar majority percentages held true for all parts of the survey area except for the waterfront neighborhoods within the area south of Garden Street and west of Palafox Street. In that quadrant of downtown, men outnumbered women by almost 2 to 1.

The average age for the typical downtown resident was around 57. Some 45% of all downtown residents fall within the age category of 50 to 64. The next largest age group (23%) was those that identified their age as being from 35 to 49. Only 5% of all downtown residents are over the age of 75 while just 11% were under the age of 18.

Typical educational attainment for downtown residents is defined as someone with at least a college degree (67%). Forty-one percent of the total downtown residential population also has some graduate work or a graduate degree or more. Only 4% of those over the age of eighteen have not completed college.

Eighty-nine percent of all downtown households contain no children (i.e. those under the age of 18). The fewest children were found in the Belmont-DeVillers section of the survey area ( i.e. the area north of Garden Street and west of Palafox Street). Of the 11% of downtown households that do have children, a majority (55%) had only one child. The average household size was 1.8 persons. Thirty-eight percent of the people residing downtown live alone. The most common family unit was defined as spouses or significant others living together (48%). Another 5% of households defined the relationship of the people living in the household as roommates.

Thirty percent of downtown households have combined household income levels in excess of $100,000. The next largest household income category (20%) was found among those having incomes between $40,000 to $59,000. Only 14% of households had combined incomes less than $20,000. These numbers are not surprising considering that 70% of all downtown residents are employed. Another 21% are retired. The 9% that do not define themselves as actively in the workforce or retired include stay-at-home spouses, full-time students, and the unemployed.

Of those that work, 23% are engaged in general business activities. Employment in education and government each account for 16% of the employment sectors found among downtown residents. Medical professions comprised another 15%; and service sector jobs are held by 13% of all downtown residents. Other employment sectors mentioned less frequently included: legal, transportation, clerical, technology, retail, creative services, and the arts.

Not surprisingly, 35% of residents work in the downtown. 30% work outside of the downtown but within the City of Pensacola. Another 22% are employed somewhere in Escambia County outside of the City of Pensacola. Six percent work in Santa Rosa County; and another 6% work from home.

Ninety-six percent of all households have at least one automobile. An identical percentage of all residents over the age of 17 are registered to vote in Escambia County. Seventy-six percent of downtown residents own their own homes. Of those that do not currently own, 57% plan to try and purchase a home in the downtown area within the next two years.

Forty-eight percent of downtown residents have lived in the downtown for more than one year but less than six. Those that have lived downtown for more than 20 years accounted for 16% of all residents. The vast majority (89%) of downtown residents identify the primary reason for living downtown as convenience. The next closest reason (for access to cultural/artistic attractions) was identified first by only 3% of residents.

A complete report of the results from this research can be viewed on the DIB website (www.downtownpensacola.com). Please remember that this data was obtained from existing residents of Downtown Pensacola during August and September 2005 – not the purchasers and/or occupants of the ten new condominium projects planned or under construction in the same area. Armed with these results, our efforts to attract more quality retail and residential development will only be enhanced. It is indeed a great time to be in Downtown Pensacola.

Events

From Mardi Gras parades to the Blue Angel Homecoming Show, Downtown Pensacola is alive with unique events for everyone. For outdoors enthusiasts there’s McGuire’s Annual Run, where a green beer will greet you at the finish line. Looking for a taste of culture? Try Downtown Gallery Night – when hundreds of residents flock downtown as galleries and businesses host everything from art exhibitions and live demonstrations to music. If you’re lucky enough to be here in June you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Fiesta of Five Flags – celebrating the five flags of the countries that have ruled over the city with parties, parades, sand castle contests and treasure hunts!

PALAFOX PIER

Palafox Pier is a downtown property which has commercial businesses on the first two floors and residential on the upper two floors. There is residential garage parking with elevators in the rear for the home owners.

If you are interested in Palafox Pier, call me for more information on what property is available! The aerial picture below still shows the Bayfront Auditorium in front of Palafox Pier. The auditorium has been removed for a downtown park. Above Palafox Pier is Palafox Pier marina with Port Royal which is downtown Pensacola's only waterfront gated community. Port Royal consists of residential property only from townhomes, condos and single family residences.

Aerial View! Click on picture for MAP of downtown!

Click on picture to link to City of Pensacola Palafox Pier Restoration Project

BEFORE Palafox Pier Commercial / Residential Properties were developed!

Click on Picture bordered in burgundy for link to DOWNTOWN MASTERPLAN!

1904 1907 Beginning of Pensacola's Port!

click on picture to link to

Pensacola Historic District URBAN DESIGN ASSOCIATES - Palafox Pier Sunset

PORT ROYAL DEVELOPMENT

There are several units available for sale, CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO SEE WHAT IS AVAILABLE! Please note that Jeannette is NOT a rental agent in the residential area, but a residential sales with commercial sales / lease only. Thank you.

PORT ROYAL IS DOWNTOWN'S ONLY WATERFRONT GATED COMMUNITY!

Port Royal offers gorgeous waterfront views of Pensacola Bay, upscale shopping, fine dining, nightclubs, financial services, psychological services, medical spa services, art festivals, symphony, and parks are just within minutes away. The complex has a swimming pool, fitness center, and entertainment center available with kitchen and outdoor covered area. The gorgeous beaches are just minutes away - or scoot across the bay with your boat marined close by!

While Port Royal is convenient to downtown amenities and lifestyle, the security gate and Pensacola Bay insulate the development from all the hustle and bustle!

GATED COMMUNITIES!

The popularity of living in gated, or private communities has been rising in recent years.It used to be that gated communities were thought of as being only for the rich. But today they are becoming more and more popular with middle and upper middle class families. Security is usually given as the biggest reason for choosing to live in a gated community. Among the other reasons people are attracted to living in these communities are protecting property values and lifestyle. Many gated communities are designed with amenities built around a particular lifestyle- Port Royal's lifestyle is:

  • Art Galleries
  • Walking to restarants
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Waterfront
  • Walk to Marina
  • COMING SOON - TRILLIUM
  • Fresh Fish Market
  • Music In Seville Park on Thursday Evenings
  • Walk to a French Bakery.
  • Gated communities are usually located on some of the most desirable land in the area. Prime land, combined with careful planning and HOA rules create an environment where home values hold up extremely well.

Aside from the gates or walls, the second most defining characteristic of gated or private communities is the Homeowners Association (HOA). The HOA is made up of all the owners of the development. The HOA is responsible for collection of the Association fees and making and enforcing the rules of the community. It is often also responsible for maintaining the public aspects of the community, such as streets, security, parks, etc.

The rules set by the HOA can vary a great deal, depending on the individual development.Typically the HOA will have rules pertaining to upkeep and appearance of homes within the development, specifying the colors of paint on outside walls, types of fencing, guidelines for landscaping and storage of boats or recreational vehicles.

Gated communities aren't for everyone.But with strong protection of property values, increased security, less traffic and amenities for your specific lifestyle, they are appealing to more people each year.

click on ABOVE picture for all Port Royal properties available

AMENITIES INCLUDE POOL, SMALL EXERCISE AREA,

MARINA IS MANAGED SEPARATELY

ARTIST RENDERING OF AQUARIUM WHICH WILL BE LOCATED NEXT TO

PORT ROYAL IS FEATURED BELOW. click on for more information.






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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:07 PM

Click on picture above to link to all available NORTH HILL HOMES in Pensacola, Florida.  Note: pictures courtesy of Denise Daughtery. 

Please note that Jeannette Spencer services Commercial Leases and Residential Sales.  She is not a residential rental agent.

North Hill is an older neighborhood in Pensacola, Florida with unique architecture. North Hill is one of the largest residential historic districts in the State of Florida and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It contains more than 400 historic homes built between 1870 and the 1930’s.  A stroll through our tree lined streets reveals a literal outdoor museum of architectural treasures from Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Tudor Revival, Craftsman Bungalow, and Mediterranean Revival to Art Moderne.  It is protected by zoning regulations and governed by the City of Pensacola Architectural Review Board to ensure the preservation of its distinctive architectural character and compatibility of future development.

The North Hill District enjoys a strong sense of community pride, not only in preserving our historic homes, but in preserving a quality of life enjoyed for well over 130 years. North Hill is a place where families of all types are made welcome and where neighbors get to know their neighbors. 

North Hill sits on a "Hill" NORTH of downtown Pensacola.  The homes are located on a ridge of high land overlooking historic downtown Pensacola. Its history is rich, from battlefield to preservation district, and all points in between.

North Hill Pensacola homes are unique. Pensacola's historic North Hill is located near downtown and East Hill.  Historic North Hill Pensacola, has many diverse architectural styles.

At the start of the 20th century, another group of Chicago architects was at the forefront in the devlopment of a distinctive midwestern residential mode know as the Prairie Style. The acknowledged leader and spokesman of the movement and the architect who produced the most noteworthy examples was Frank Lloyd Wright. The architect of the style consciously rejected currently popular academic revival styles and sought to create buildings that reflect the rolling midwestern prairie terrain on which they were to be built. As a restult, the Prairie house had a horizontal appearnace with a broad hipped or gabled roof and widely overhanging eaves. Often the roof was penetrated by a large, plain rectanglular chimney. Windows were usually casements arranged in horizontal ribbons. One story porches or porte cocheres, wall and terrances often extended from the main structure of the house and further emphasized its horizontal appearance. Achitects working in this style represent a major achievement, one of international importance, in American architectural development (Source: . "What Style is it? - A Guide to America National Trust For Historic Preservationn Architecture." ISBN 0-471-14434-7).

The Greek Revival home is located in the North Hill Preservation District. The district is made up of 55 blocks of magnificent old family homes which were built "on the hill" to take advantage of the elevation and the cooling summer breezes from the Bay. Many of the homes were built during the booming lumber days of Pensacola when the influential citizens of the day wanted to be isolated from the noisy downtown area often plagued by drunken sailors and roudy lumbermen. (Source: Pensacola News Journal . "North Hill: Visions of Yesterday". Sept. 5, 1980.)

The Queen Anne style home were usually built in late 1800s. The style described buildings that were inspired by transitional architecture of the pre-Georgian period when classical ornament was grafted onto buildings of basically medieval form. As in the home at 620 North Barcelona, huge medieval-type chimneys were common. The roof is gabled with second -story projections borrowed from French chateaux. The gable ends are ornamented with stylized relief decoration. The porches opens the house to the outdoors. The picturesque effects of the Queen Anne style were employed to the best advantage in substantial, free-standing residences. The North Hill Preservation District has many excellent examples of this style. (Source: National Trust For Historic Preservation. "What Style is it? - A Guide to American Architecture." ISBN 0-471-14434-7).

Alabama Square on DeSoto and Reus Street was part of Andrew Jackson's original layout of the city. The city was designed so that a park would be no more than six blocks from any residence. The park was restored and refurbished recently by the North Hill Preservaton Association. (Source: Pensacola News Journal. "Facelift-City Refurbishes Alabama Square". Nov. 10, 1975.) The square is the central park for the North Hill Preservation District.  The park benches are popular spots in the park. There is a  childrens area.

The Turner shop is located at 815 North Baylen Street. It was built in 1896 by Charlie Hill Turner as a residence for his sister and brother-in-law as a mirror image of his house which is next door. His grandson, Bill Turner, turned the house into an antique shop and lives in the original house. Over the years, the original house has had parts added on, so the two houses don't look exactly alike anymore, but the resemblance is still there. (Source: Pensacola News Journal. ?Turner house remains in family.? March 28, 1992.) 
 
The Turner Shop is located on Baylen Street in the North Hill Preservation District, adjacent to downtown Pensacola. The shop is located on the west side of Baylen Street. The Victorian home dates from the 1870's and is a significant contributing structure with lavish detailing. The lots in North Hill are large compared to those in the Seville Historic District.

 To access the North Hill Preservation Association, please click on the PICTURE BELOW HIGHLIGHTED:

 

North Hill is close to downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, close to  the Pensacola Regional Airport and within minutes to shopping, hospitals, restaurants, etc. 

For those families and kids interested in a volleyball league, be sure to check out Pensacola's volley ball league called the Lizards.

Pensacola has several dog parks.  There is a large and small dog park located in the Vickery Center.

click on the picture above to see about the dog parks

This area is also close in proximity to Pensacola State College, Cordova Mall, Pensacola Airport  (for those who have to travel alot for their profession; the close proximity relieves alot of stress), and the area is centrally accessible for the various Medical Facilities such as: Sacred Heart Hospital, West Florida Hospital, Medical Center Clinic, Woodlands Medical Center and Baptist Hospital

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Jeannette Spencer 2107 Airport Blvd Pensacola, FL 32504
Phone: 1-850-438-7755 Toll Free Phone: 877-461-9907 Cell: 850-313-6420 Fax: 1-877-865-7589 Pager: E-mail: pensacolarealestate@msn.com

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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:06 PM

 

Jeannette Spencer specializes in residential sales of:

approximately 15 minutes to Pensacola Beach.

 


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:06 PM

It's a GREAT DAY IN FLORIDA and what a great time to buy a home in Florida!

 

                        

Hello from Pensacola Florida with sugary white sandy beaches and emerald green sparkling waters. Florida Real Estate here in the Panhandle of Florida is a little different with a sultry heat and the quaint southern style of Florida with a mix of New Orleans. Due to the quaint and laid back lifestyle; Pensacola has been called the "PEARL" of the Emerald Coast of Florida or the "JEWEL" of Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast!  It is Southern Living and Coastal Living at its best.  Check out the beaches of Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast!  Come visit Pensacola, Florida.

            

Pensacola, Florida with this website, you can find all your real estate searches from:

  • Pensacola Homes 
  • Pensacola Lots
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Gulf Breeze Homes
  • Gulf Breeze Lots
  • Vacant Land in Gulf Breeze
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Pensacola Beach Homes
  • Pensacola Beach Lots

Do you want to find:

  • Pensacola Beach Commercial Real Estate
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  • DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA EXPERT
    • Historic District Lot for Sale: 600 E Government St

 

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 CALL JEANNETTE SPENCER TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PENSACOLA'S REAL ESTATE!

877-461-9907

For a lot in this gorgeous Pensacola Beach Gated Community; please click on the photo below

Pensacola Home and Garden magazine  provide information on great finds for your home with the section on 10 Hot Finds for your home! 


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:05 PM

It's a GREAT DAY IN FLORIDA and what a great time to buy a home in Florida!

 

                        

Hello from Pensacola Florida with sugary white sandy beaches and emerald green sparkling waters. Florida Real Estate here in the Panhandle of Florida is a little different with a sultry heat and the quaint southern style of Florida with a mix of New Orleans. Due to the quaint and laid back lifestyle; Pensacola has been called the "PEARL" of the Emerald Coast of Florida or the "JEWEL" of Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast!  It is Southern Living and Coastal Living at its best.  Check out the beaches of Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast!  Come visit Pensacola, Florida.

            

Pensacola, Florida with this website, you can find all your real estate searches from:

  • Pensacola Homes 
  • Pensacola Lots
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Gulf Breeze Homes
  • Gulf Breeze Lots
  • Vacant Land in Gulf Breeze
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Pensacola Beach Homes
  • Pensacola Beach Lots

Do you want to find:

  • Pensacola Beach Commercial Real Estate
  • Waterfront Property Search by Price?
  • DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA EXPERT
    • Historic District Lot for Sale: 600 E Government St

 

Search by Area?

 CALL JEANNETTE SPENCER TODAY TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PENSACOLA'S REAL ESTATE!

877-461-9907

For a lot in this gorgeous Pensacola Beach Gated Community; please click on the photo below

Pensacola Home and Garden magazine  provide information on great finds for your home with the section on 10 Hot Finds for your home! 


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Posted by Jeannie Spencer on March 12th, 2011 8:03 PM

An unusual downtown treasure, a wide undeveloped lot in a prime historic location on 600 East Government Street.
 
Lot dimensions are 68 x 127.8 which is rare in historic downtown Pensacola.
 
This lot has WATERVIEW of Pensacola Bay. and is approximately 18 -20 ft elevation above Romano St in Aragon.
It can be commercial or residential with the City zoning HR-1, which allows for a single or two-family (duplex) residence. Division of the lot must be approved by the Planning Board and the City Council.

The exterior elevations must be approved by the Architectural Review Board.
 
You can build in the HISTORIC DISTRIC with new construction energy efficiency.  Build your new home within the HISTORIC DISTRICT with the ambiance of vintage with new construction.

The City is currently evaluating a proposal to convert the parcel of land directly to the west of the Veteran's Memorial into a storm water lake. This lake will appear as a natural water feature and have various recreational uses, such as a smaller version of Lake Ella in Tallahassee, Florida. More information on these projects can be found on the City's web site.

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