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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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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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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.

publix in pace

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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