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Covington Woods, Pace, Florida Subdivision Report from Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

Covington Woods Subdivision, in the heart of Pace, Florida is becoming a “contender”! Begun in April, 2007, and centrally located off of Highway 90 and Bell Lane, Covington Woods is made up of  homes averaging in size from 1,322 to 2,944 square feet with an average listing price of $166,495.

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Currently, Timberland Contractors. LLC is the only builder with Real Estate Listings under construction or slated to be built  in the Covington Woods neighborhood. Since its inception in 2007, there have been 22 homes sold there with an average selling price of $153,941.

The City of Pace Florida was named after James G. Pace, who owned large lumber, paper and turpentine productions in the Pace area and throughout the southeast. He was instrumental in repairing a sawmill damaged by a hurricane marking the start of this community. Known for its excellent schools, low crime rate and rapidly growing neighborhoods, Pace, Florida draws families like bees to the hive.

This upper bay community has numerous neighborhoods with waterfront homes for nature enthusiasts and boaters alike. Residents enjoy easy access to hiking trails, fishing in local bays and estuaries, golfing at professional ranges, boating and sailing on various local waterways and camping at numerous sites in neighboring wilderness areas.

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This charming Northwest Florida Community is gaining in popularity, in part due to its small-town atmosphere. Residents get the best of both world, because all the benefits of city living are close at hand. Shopping, medical facilities,quality schools and entertainment venues abound in close proximity.pace medical park

In addition to Covington Woods, other local neighborhoods in Pace, Florida include: Stonebrook Village,

stonebrook village signWinner’s Gait, Ashley Plantation, Abernathy, Hammersmith, Woodbine Springs Plantation, North Harbor, Brentwood, Crystal Creek, Laurel Oaks, Stonechase,Stonechase sign Habersham, Tiburon West, Montrose and Windsor Forest.

Single-family homes continue to dominate the sales market in Pace, Florida. Land and waterfront property also continue to hold their value, as the area is still growing.

Pensacola Real Estate Professionals has been instrumental in helping buyers and sellers locate, build or sell real estate in this area. Call me, Lisa Burns directly at 850-393-7106 or contact me here, if I can help you or answer any of your real estate or community-based questions.

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Villa Venyce Waterfront Homes Boast Deep Water Access to the Gulf of Mexico

Just across the bay from the Pensacola Real Estate Market and just east of Gulf Breeze Proper and The Naval Live Oak Reserve, you will come across the first Waterfront Neighborhood: Villa Venyce.

santa rosa sound 3Villa Venyce is a traditional, canal and sound-front neighborhood south of Highway 98. It is across the street from Grandpointe and is built along the Inter-Coastal Waterway of Santa Rosa Sound.

Built around an extensive network of canals, Villa Venyce’s Waterfront Homes boast Deepwater Access to the Gulf of Mexico. It is not unusual to see large sport fishing boats moored in many of the backyards in the neighborhood. The homes were built mainly in the 70’s and 80’s. Most are brick and ranch-styled, with a few custom split plans and two stories sprinkled throughout, here and there. These older, Canal-Front Homes are often the best value in protected Deepwater, Waterfront in the Gulf Breeze Florida Real Estate Market.santa rosa sound 4

Although the neighborhood has a few years on it, many of the homes have had extensive upgrades and renovations. The neighborhood is well-established and is considered a great place for kids since its inception. It is in the highly-coveted Santa Rosa County School District. Children attend Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze Middle School and Gulf Breeze Elementary School.

Santa Rosa Sound is created by the Gulf Breeze peninsula to the north and Santa Rosa Island to the south. Santa Rosa Island stretches from the Pensacola Pass to the Destin Pass and is home to Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach,  The Gulf Islands National Seashore and Ft. Pickens National Park.santa rosa sound 1

peg leg pete'sPensacola Beach is home to many Waterfront Restaurants. They can be visited by water, and many residents of Villa Venyce make the short boat ride across Santa Rosa Sound to dine at such places as The Grand Marlin, Flounders, Peg Leg Pete’s or The Paradise Bar and Grill. These eateries all have boat docks for their customers, great food and live music.

Next to Gulf Breeze Proper and the Gulf Breeze neighborhood of Grandpointe, Villa Venyce is one of the closest bedroom-community neighborhoods to Downtown Pensacola and all of its historical Real Estate.

If I can help you locate the home of your dreams, please contact me here or call me, Jim Holland directly at 850-206-6140, and I will be happy to assist you.

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Top Trending Halloween Costumes Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

This Halloween, as you map out your routes through Nature Trail, Creekwood, Milestone, Cottonwood, Hammersmith, Woodbine Springs Plantation, Whispering Woods, Sand Piper Village, Grand Point East and River Gardens (to name a few) take note, that the following are the HOTTEST costume choices for 2013!

At Pensacola Real Estate Professionals, we want you to always look your best, whether it is your personal Real Estate or your pick of a Halloween Costume sure to incite rave reviews!

According to Google searches, “The Great Gatsby” appears to be having a huge influence on people’s 2013 Halloween Costume choices. Break out your grandmother’s flapper-style dress and you will be sitting pretty as a dapper Flapper.flapper costume 2

batman costumeBatman costumes are also all the rage with another film set for release.

Love those cute little Minions from “Despicable Me”. You will fit right in with what is trending.minion costume

Breaking Bad is another popular costume choice, especially for adults who are fans of the series.breaking bad costume

Children love everything Minecraft, including Halloween costumes.minecraft costume

Realty TV has given rise to the popularity of “Duck Dynasty”, and people are searching Google to see how to look like their favorite cast dynasty costume

Another steaming hot costume selection this year is that darn Miley Cyrus, aka the twerking queen.miley costume

game of thrones costumeDaenerys from “Game of Thrones” is easy to replicate with an icy wig and appears to be ranking high on the list of sought after costumes.

People are also electing to be the Fox from “What Does The Fox Say?”fox costume

The high-tech robotic-look of Daft Punk is another top choice for Halloween 2013.

daft punk costumeHaving listed the above Top-10 Halloween Costume Choices, I have to admit, I still like seeing the good, old costumes from my youth. Give me a witch, a vampire, a pretty fairy princess, a scary dinosaur or a ghost; and I am ready to throw upon the door and hand out Halloween candy, while feeling a sense of happy nostalgia.

Remember to visit friends and neighbors you know first, and then, only houses with lights on indicating trick or treaters are welcome. Be safe! It is always smart to travel in large groups if possible. Retailers have gotten into the act, too. Cordova Mall, Publix and other area shops take part in handing out Halloween Treats. If you have wee ones, these indoor venues may be the perfect spot to collect goodies with your little beggar. Having your own Halloween Bash is another way to celebrate and provide candy treats to your family and friends without having to go house to house!

Thinking ahead to 2014, you may want to have your digital camera on-hand to snap shots of those stand-out costumes, so that you can replicate them next Halloween.

Happy Halloween and may the full moon rise up to greet you!

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Happy Halloween! The Best Trick Or Treating Neighborhoods in the Pensacola Florida area

Halloween 2013 Trick or Treating in Pensacola, Florida just got a little easier! Here is a list of “Best” trick or treating neighborhoods, where the Real Estate is all decked out for the Spooktacular night, and the goodies are deemed by many to be the best around! And, of course nowadays, the beggars arrive in style via a myriad of special chariots!

Back when I went trick or treating, we always walked around our neighborhood or nearby neighborhoods to snag the choice morsels that we craved on Halloween night.

Creekwood Subdivision Pensacola FL 32526Nowadays, it is not unusual to see kids “bused” or “driven” into the “prime” neighborhood haunts where the best candies and treats are handed out. From the golf cart, to cars, to pick up trucks with decorated trailer beds, there is no end to “how” the little goblins are carted from place to place to scare up the treats that please.

Some of the Best Neighborhoods are listed here to give you a head start on a blue print you may want to map out for your excursion on Halloween 2013!

Halloween in Pensacola, Florida is celebrated throughout the various suburbs. For instance, in the 8 mile Road, Beulah area vicinity Creekwood Subdivision is a popular spot, as is the Milestone Subdivision in Cantonment around Pine Forest Road and Nine Mile Road.

There are several subdivisions in Pace, Florida that are crowded with beggars. One is Hammersmith Subdivision off of Berryhill Road, and another is Woodbine Springs Plantation Subdivision off of Woodbine Road.

Grand Pointe EastHeading to Gulf Breeze, Florida, be sure to hit the Sand Piper Village SubdivisionSandpiper Village Halloween house photo or the Grand Point East Subdivision. Both of these neighborhoods see a multitude of children sweeping through on All Hallows Eve!

If Milton, Florida is your destination of choice, check out the Tanglewood Golf and Country Club Subdivision, Cottonwood Subdivision or Whispering Woods Subdivision.

On the West side of Pensacola, be sure to visit Emerald Shores Subdivision and the Estates of Emerald Shores Subdivision and on the North end of Pensacola, in addition to Milestone, there is Bristol Park, Glenmoor Trail and Nature Trail.Nature Trail

A few nice neighborhoods near the University of West Florida come to mind, as well. Off of Scenic Highway, there is the River Gardens Subdivision, Macky Bluffs Subdivision, Hearthstone Subdivision and the Heritage Oaks Subdivision.

It is always advantageous to visit larger Pensacola, Florida Neighborhoods with bigger Real Estate! See related Halloween blog here or Halloween event blog here. Get some related decorating ideas for fall here.

Great Pumpkin 1Celebrating Halloween is sure to create memories to last a lifetime!

Just make sure to be safe. Stay in groups and travel with an adult. Adults, please remember to enjoy the festivities, but don’t partake of any alcoholic beverages if you are driving children around for the event! Drive cautiously! Remember to watch carefully for the little spooks that will be dashing from house to house. They are likely to be more focused on getting that next handful of candy and will not be focusing on the car coming up the road. Only visit houses of those people you know or where there are lights on indicating trick or treaters are welcome.

Do not let your children eat any of their candy until you have visually checked it to make sure all wrappers are intact, and for an added safety measure have your child’s candy x-rayed at a local hospital.

Happy Halloween to all ghosts and goblins!

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Moving to the Gulf Coast? Let Me Show You Coveted Gulf Breeze Real Estate!

If the wind is blowing you to Northwest Florida, let me show you the coveted Real Estate that the city of Gulf Breeze, Florida has to offer!

It is difficult to write a complete article concerning Pensacola Florida Real Estate, without mentioning Real Estate in the charming and desirable area of Gulf Breeze, Florida located across Pensacola Bay and the City of Pensacola, Florida.

gulf breeze florida photo 1Gulf Breeze was originally a small bedroom community on the part of a peninsula that lies west of the Naval Live Oak Reserve. Over the years, it has expanded much farther east. The Naval Live Oak Reserve is a large green belt area that is part of the National Seashore, which is in turn, part of the National Park System. It creates the eastern boundary of what is now known by locals as Gulf Breeze “proper”, or in other words, the original core neighborhood of Gulf Breeze.

Gulf Breeze Proper was developed primarily in the 1950’s through the 1980’s. It includes some of the highest residential waterfront elevations in the State of Florida. There are elevated, multi-million dollar homes sitting atop high bluffs, overlooking picturesque bayous, surrounded by huge Spanish moss covered oaks. There are also lower-elevated beach level homes. Gulf Breeze has some, if not, the most desirable Real Estate in all of Northwest Florida. The interiors area of “the proper” is also highly regarded as a great place to live, for its laid back Florida lifestyle, sense of community and highly-rated Santa Rosa County Schools.

Even though the term “location, location, location” has become a real estate cliche, there may not be another area in Northwest Florida that it applies to better, than “the proper”. Because it is only three miles across the Pensacola Bay Bridge, you can be in downtown Pensacola in minutes, to enjoy a Blue Wahoos’ baseball game,blue wahoos 1mcguires pub 1a Pensacola Ice Flyers’ hockey game, or to eat at one of the many great restaurants including McGuire’s Irish Pub or Jerry’s Drive-In, which have both become Pensacola landmarks and tourist attractions. Or, if you prefer to go to the beach, you can be on Pensacola Beach in minutes as well, to visit the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, or Ft. Pickens, a pre-Civil War era fort that has been preserved as part of the National Seashore, or just enjoy some of the world’s whitest beaches.

So, if you are considering buying a home in Pensacola, let me guide you across the bay to look at Gulf Breeze. You will be glad you did! Contact me here or call me, Jim Holland, directly at 850-206-6140.

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