The Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, and Perdido Key condominium markets have begun to see some increase in sales. The total number of sales for these three areas, two of which are on Santa Rosa Island and the third on Perdido Key have increased from 211 units sold in 2008 to 298 units sold in 2009 for an almost 30% increase. During the same period average price per unit dropped from $566,000 to $383,000.The continuation of near historically low interest rates, and the falling prices are getting the attention of many more buyers.
I provided a report on the condo and beach real estate market back in mid-2008. You can check out that real estate condo report to get an idea of just how much prices have dropped and sales have increased in 2009.
Pensacola Beach’s core area has returned to its pre-hurricane Ivan condition, and actually has more to offer than ever. Most of the year there are 5 to 10 venues with live entertainment and a wide variety of restaurants including everything from fine dining at Hemmingway’s at the end of the Portofino Boardwalk, to Hooters, to Sidelines Sports bar.
The newly rebuilt Pensacola Beach fishing pier is back for fishing as well as sightseeing. The road to Fort Pickens has reopened, along with the road through the national seashore that connects Pensacola Beach with Navarre Beach. The picture below is a view of Pensacola Beach from the pier.
All of the annual events that take place on Pensacola Beach have resumed, bigger and better than ever, including the Blue Angels air show, and the world famous Pensacola Beach bushwhacker festival, as well as the huge Pensacola Beach Memorial Day celebration.
Here is the schedule of events for January through March from the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce:
January 5, 2010
Annual Polar Bear Dip, Flora-Bama, (850) 492-0611
Navarre Half Marathon 5K/10K, (850) 476-7434
All American Chili Cookoff, Seville Quarter, (850) 434-6211
Youth Art Focus, Pensacola Museum of Art, (850) 432-6247
Annual Antique Show & Sale, Fairgrounds
Pensacola News Journal Double Bridge Run, 15K/5K, (850) 434-2800
Mardi Gras Street Party, Seville Quarter, (850) 434-6211
Mardi Gras Parades
Blue Angel Marathon
Cajun Fest, Pensacola Beach, (850) 932-1500
Heart of Gold Ball, American Heart Association, (850) 473-0411
Mardi Gras Parade, Pensacola Beach, (850) 932-1500
Lust for the Arts, Seville Quarter, (850) 434-6211
Gumbo Ya-Ya, Seville Quarter, (850) 434-6211
Pensacola Children’s Chorus, (850) 434-7760
Beulah Sausage Festival
Business Expo at Civic Center, (850) 438-4081
McGuire’s 5K Run, (850) 433-6789
Rockabilly Festival, Seville Quarter, (850) 434-6211
Pensacola Junior League Bargain Sale, (850) 433-4421
Santa Rosa Celebrates the Arts, (850) 623-2339
Magnolias and White Linen, (850) 435-2533
Gulf Coast Renaissance Festival, (877) 429-8462
Riverwalk Fine Arts Festival, Milton, (850) 626-9567, (850) 623-8493
Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts