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Selling to Generation Y Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

Generation Y, otherwise known as the Millennials have had a bit of a bad rap up to now. The stereotype of 30-somethings living in their parents’ basement is finally giving way, as real estate agents and home builders see these Generation Y-ers flocking to the housing market.

Targeting these clients is different than working with older home buyers. According to the National Association of Home Builders, this young generation is prioritizing when it comes to looking for a new home.

They want efficiency for the long run over a low purchase price. The Gen Y clients are bringing their green sensibility to their home purchases. They want high-grade insulation and energy-efficient appliances that will save them on utility costs over the long run, and are often willing to pay more at the time of purchase to get tank less water heaters and super-efficient HVAC systems. That said, a game room wired for hi-tech toys is often on a young buyer’s wish list, beating out stainless steel fridges and marble countertops.

These young buyers also want to meld into their new locales. “Walk Scores” – the measure of a neighborhood’s friendliness and accessibility to pedestrians – are important to them. Proximity to public amenities, shops, and reliable public transportation are also big influences on where they’ll buy.

096Pensacola Real Estate Professionals recommends young buyers look at the following subdivisions: Plantation Woods, Covington Woods and Cottonwood. These subdivisions rank high on “Walk Scores”! Check them out, and see if you don’t agree.

These neighborhoods are all centrally-located, and they are close to shopping, restaurants, schools, churches and entertainment venues.

These subdivisions are family-friendly and nestled in secure areas. They are the perfect settings where a family can settle and grow.

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Buyers over the last 15 or so years wanted to get the maximum house for their money. Millennials seem to be content with just buying the size they need. However, they are interested in design and layouts that will allow them to change functionalities for different areas of the home, so they can adapt their living spaces to what they need right at the moment: dinner for 10, video game playoffs, or working from home. Again, these buyers are ranking efficiency incredible high on their list of home must-haves. Interestingly, they also seem to be trending toward single-level homes, a trend usually seen in much older buyers with lower mobility.

Timberland Contractors, LLC have a large assortment of floor plans! One of them is sure to suit the needs of any Generation Y buyer! Timberland Contractors LLC floor plans feature multi-purpose rooms and energy efficient appliances, doors and windows.

Contact me, Lisa Burns, Broker, Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, here or directly at 850-393-7106, and I will be happy to show you these plans, or help you revise any of them to suit your needs.

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Shane’s Rib Shack in Pace Florida Gets a Big Thumbs Up from Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

shanes rib shack 1This past May, Shane’s Rib Shack opened in Pace, Florida. It is a spectacular, family-friendly barbecue restaurant serving lunch, dinner and carry out meals! Pensacola Real Estate Professionals gives it a big thumbs up for the mouth-watering pulled-pork, ribs and chicken wings, to name just a few of Shane’s menu items.

With Thanksgiving a few days away, and family members gathering, why not head to Shane’s Rib Shack for a family barbecue before the big Thanksgiving feast?! It is well worth the trip! It is close to Stonebrook Village, Cottonwood, Covington Woods, Winners Gait, Hammersmith, Abernathy, Plantation Woods and Ashley Plantation. Their central Pace/Milton location puts them in close proximity to these neighborhoods, as well as the many others in the area.

There are also locations nearby in Gulf Breeze, Florida and Mobile, Alabama.

Shane Thompson built his business around hard work, family support and out-of-this-world food. He believes in giving people more than what they pay for and he believes in treating everybody like family. Family comes first, but darn good barbecue is a close second in his opinion. We heartily agree!

His dream started in the Atlanta, Georgia area, when he dusted off his grandfather’s secret recipe and opened his first shack in 2002. Shane’s Rib Shacks can now be found across America. We are lucky to have three in our general vicinity. shanes big dad sammie

Try Shane’s chicken wings. They are so moist and delicious, they just fall off the bone! The Big Dad’s pulled-pork sandwich is to die for, too! The french fries are crisp and flavorful and their salads are full of the freshest ingredients! It doesn’t seem like you can go wrong with any selection off of their varied menu!

The Pace/Milton Shane’s Rib Shack is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. ¬†They serve lunch and dinner. Contact them at 850-736-8851, if you need to have an event or special occasion catered. They do that, too! Yum! Stop by and let them know that Pensacola Real Estate Professionals sent you!

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Pensacola Area Food Drives Abound this Thanksgiving: Please Share with Those in Need

We, at Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, want to share some good news to encourage all our neighbors from Pace, Milton, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, Florida and any other surrounding areas to give thanks by sharing with those in need.

mayflower food driveEpiscopal Day School

Episcopal Day School, Manna Food Banks and Coastal Moving and Storage are sponsoring the “Fill the Mayflower” food drive in downtown Pensacola in front of Christ Church on Palafox Street on Friday, November 22 and Monday, November 25 at the Cordova Mall.

A 26-foot Mayflower van will be parked on Palafox Street in front of Christ Church beginning at 7:30 a.m. this coming Friday Morning.

Donors are encouraged to bring canned and dry goods for Manna Food Pantries to the truck until 3:30 p.m. Some examples of donations include canned fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta mixes, cereal and other ready-to-eat breakfast items, as well as dry baking goods, such as flour, powdered or brown sugar, nuts, etc.

Most needed items include: peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruits and vegetables and individually packed breakfast items.

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Donors dropping off before 8 a.m. or between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m should park behind Christ Church to avoid the car line for Episcopal Day School.

Pensacola Catholic High School

A Thanksgiving Food Drive is also under way at Pensacola Catholic High School. This began November 1 and runs through November 22, 2013. Non-perishable food items that are donated will be distributed to those most needy in the area through the St. Vincent dePaul Society distribution centers, the Alfred Washburn Center and St. Joseph’s Food Pantry.

Pensacola Catholic High School is located at 3043 West Scott Street, Pensacola, FL 32505. If you have any questions about this drive, please call 850-436-6400.

Shaggy’s Restaurant

Shaggy’s Restaurant on Pensacola Beach is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help those less fortunate, too! Guests are encouraged to bring in $5.00 worth of food donations. Those that do, receive 10% off of their dining bill. Donations collected will be given to the Santa Rosa Kids House. Shaggy’s is located at 701 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32561. Call them at 850-934-4852 for additional details.food drive

Little Flower Catholic School

Little Flower Catholic School located at 6495 Lillian Highway, Pensacola, FL 32516 is sponsoring its own Thanksgiving Food Drive. Donations are being accepted through November 22, 2013.

Many area churches and schools take part in collecting non-perishable food items during the holiday season. Please check with your local parish or school district and help those less fortunate by giving what you can. Thank you for caring and sharing! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Pensacola Real Estate Professionals.

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Cottonwood Subdivision, Milton, Florida Real Estate Information Update Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

“As I was walking down the street, down the street, down the street…”

I was just remembering the song “Buffalo Gals” with the above line from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, as I was poised to write this informational piece on the Cottonwood Subdivision in Milton, Florida. The charm of Bedford Falls, where this story takes place, makes me think of Cottonwood.cottonwood subdivision sign 1

Nestled in the heart of Milton, Florida, this delightful neighborhood of homes ranging in size from 2,044 square feet to 4,348 square feet beckons to those who are desirous of a home close to big city amenities, beaches, schools, churches, as well as to rural pleasures, such as fishing, hiking, horse back riding, canoeing and kayaking.

There is a warm feeling that permeates throughout Santa Rosa County and although the Real Estate options range from unassuming, to tropical, to extravagant, the people are gracious and friendly.

santa rosa county 2Santa Rosa County was created in 1842 . It was named for the Roman Catholic saint, Rosa de Viterbo. The County can be divided into three distinct sections: South Santa Rosa, Central Santa Rosa and North Santa Rosa. The sections are centered on the main east/west roads that pass through the County.

South Santa Rosa County comprises the area from Holley and Navarre in the east to Gulf Breeze at the western end of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula (Fairpoint Peninsula), and along U.S. Highway 98. A section of Santa Rosa Island, containing the unincorporated community of Navarre Beach, is also part of South Santa Rosa County. Major bodies of water including Santa Rosa Sound, Pensacola Bay and East Bay strongly influence the housing and life style of citizens here. This fast-growing region serves primarily as “bedroom communities” for Pensacola to the west of Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, and Eglin Air Force Base to the east. The U.S. Navy presence is marked by Whiting Field, NOLF Spencer Field and the former Ellyson Field.

Central Santa Rosa County is the area north of the bays and south of the extensive forests separating it from North Santa Rosa. The central section developed along “The Old Spanish Trail” that ran from St. Augustine on the Atlantic Ocean all the way to New Orleans, and further points west. Today, U.S. Highway 90 closely parallels the old trail. The county seat, Milton is located where the trail crossed the Blackwater River. To the west of Milton, the fast-growing community of Pace have turned the west central part of the county into one large “bedroom community” for people who work in the industries here and in Escambia County, to the west. Interstate 10 passes through this section of the county.old spanish trail

Northern Santa Rosa County is forest and farming country. The only town in the north is Jay. Most development has been along State Road 4, which runs through the northern sections of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. A large oil and natural gas field around Jay produced a great deal of oil, and many many farmers millionaires in the 1970s and 1980s, but the field has been depleted and is producing little oil today. The citizens here, for the most part, returned to farming and forestry for their livelihoods.

Today, Milton and Pace Florida continues to grow and thrive. The Real Estate Market has bounced back from the down turn and buyers and sellers are reaping the benefits.

Case in point, there are currently 18 listings in Cottonwood with an average sale price of $272,501. Of these 18, there are 12 either under construction or slated to be built. Timberland Contractors, LLC and D.R. Horton are the preeminent Building Experts in this neighborhood. Ground was first broken here in October, 2005, and since then, 71 homes have sold at an average price of $257,150.

Having been born and raised in Florida, I like to think I have an inside track relevant to the area. If I can share any of this information with you to help you in your house hunting en-devour, please contact me here or call me directly at 850-393-7106.

mary and george bedford fallsIt is nice to come back to that small-town feel. Think of how Mary and George in “It’s a Wonderful Life” eventually settled down happily in Bedford Falls. Living life joyously and simply can sometimes be all that is required to make a body truly happy.

Take a look around Santa Rosa County, and let its communities charm and beguile you.

“Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon.”

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Plantation Woods Phase III Subdivision in Milton, Florida Marketing Report Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

Plantation Woods Phase III in Milton, Florida is blossoming! Located in a highly-sought after USDA-eligible area makes this the ideal place to purchase land and build your dream home. Taking advantage of a possible USDA Government Loan allows you to buy with NO MONEY DOWN, if you qualify!IMG_0337

One of the many advantages of settling here is that the area has a charming small town appeal, while being within driving distance of big city amenities, beaches and tourist attractions in Northwest Florida, Southern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama!

The City of Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, is located near the center of this western Florida Panhandle county, adjacent to the Blackwater River. The City of Milton is among the oldest cities in Florida, incorporated in 1844 under the Florida Territorial Acts of 1844.

In the founding days, the Blackwater River served as the main transportation artery for timber, lumber, brick, naval stores and ship building industries.

historic milton 1The origin of the name Milton is uncertain, but may have been derived from “Milltown”, demonstrating the importance of the lumber industry in the area. The railroads came to town in the 1880’s bringing a new dimension to the commercial activities of the area.

As forests were cleared, farming became a major industry with cotton and peanuts becoming the staple crops. In the early part of the 20th Century, the City of Milton began providing many of the services and conveniences of larger cities.

As WWII approached, the trees were disappearing and the lumber industry began to decline. But war produced the need for Naval Aviators and the U.S. Navy built N.A.S. Whiting Field north of Milton. Over time, Whiting Field and its associated out lying fields, became the preeminent training facility for Naval Aviators and a vital part of this community.

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Today the local population is comprised of a nice blend of young families, retirees and military personnel.

Current Real Estate Listings range from 1,305 square feet to 2,623 square feet with the average purchase price being $134,560. Timberland Contractors, LLC is the only Builder with Real Estate under construction or slated to be built in the neighborhood. There have been 176 Real Estate Listings sold here with an average selling price of $117,094.

miltonriverfrontPlantation Woods Phase III is close to downtown Milton, Florida, where residents can frequent antique shops and locally-owned eateries, such as David’s Catfish House and The Blackwater Bistro.

blackwater kayakingIf you enjoy hiking and biking, Blackwater State Park is a favorite destination for these activities or for canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding or camping. It is a short drive from Plantation Woods Phase III.

For those who love anything having to do with the white sands of Navarre Beach or Pensacola Beach, if you put down roots at Plantation Woods Phase III, you will be but a short 25 to 35 minute drive from either location.

Farmers' Opry scene

Entertainment venues, such as The Farmer’s Opry House in Chumuckla, Florida, Saengers Theatre in Pensacola, Florida or Wind Creek Casino in Atmore, Alabama provide a variety of ways to have a good time without having to travel far from home.

Plantation Wood Phase III Subdivision launched in May, 2007, so Real Estate here is a mere 6 years of age, if that! Let me help you slip into a brand new home with ease. Contact me here or call me directly at 850-393-7106, and I will be happy to help you attain the Real Estate you can be proud of for years to come!

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