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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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Drop-Dead Gorgeous Beach House Interior Design Ideas

beach theme room 3Think light and bright, washed wood and wicker to create a drop-dead gorgeously designed Beach House on Pensacola Beach! Simply Woods is a local shop that specializes in real wood furniture, finished or unfinished built to your specifications and Pier 1 has a nice selection of rattan or wicker furnishings.

A living room in a home on the beach, aside from having breathtaking ocean views, may be designed to features soft colors, easy to clean fabrics and throw rugs in varying shades and textures.
Or try a light color palette backdrop blended with blue and teal accents to deliver an eye-popping and appealing tropical oasis statement.beach house living room 1 Using white-washed wooden tables gives the room a look of something having just washed up on the beach. Finish off the look by decorating with seashells, fish nets, nautical ships and the like. Colorful tropical bird statuary, coral and driftwood may also be utilized to decorate niches, bookcases or table tops.
Design your beach house to include a large, well-lit kitchen, with lighting selections from Shades of Light. Create a comfortable kitchen setting with tropical, wicker bar stools, to add  beach-style charm. Cream and pale blue or cream and yellow color combinations give a clean and inviting look to beach-style kitchens. Plant ledges, shelves and niches can showcase special seaside treasures.
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Beige overtones, wooden or white-washed furniture, large, picture windows and glass doors can grace a master bedroom suite and make for a true beach retreat. Parquet flooring or other types of wood flooring from Gene’s Flooring is designed to allow for easy clean up, especially from sand that gets tracked in from the beach.
A grand-style beach bathroom with ocean views may feature golden and off-white marble, sunken spa tubs, ornate chandeliers and recessed lighting.
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Or an “under-the-sea” look can be attained in a beach house bathroom by incorporating a sea blue-green color palette or any other light color mixed with wooden furnishings, great lighting and tropical plants.
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An array of Pensacola shops, such as the Sea Shell Shop, sell beach-themed accessories and decor. Combine your favorite pieces with white-washed wood, wicker furnishings, backdrop colors of beige and gray and your dining room or family room will go from blase to beach beautiful!
It would be my pleasure to help you find Pensacola or Gulf Breeze Beach Front Real Estate or build your dream beach house.

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Romantic Getaways Right Here in Pensacola, Florida!

Everyone needs a break now and then. A chance to get away from the “rat race”, even if it is only for a weekend. There are fabulous resorts on Pensacola Beach that offer “Romantic Getaways” for you to reconnect with that special someone in your life. The best part of this equation is that you don’t have to hop in an airplane or drive untold miles in your car to get there. Once you have a coveted piece of Pensacola Real Estate, you can easily slip away to an area resort for a little R & R.  There is something very special about Gulf of Mexico sunsets, white sand beaches, the gentle lull of the surf and luscious sea breezes.

The serene and seductive setting at Portofino Island Resort is the ideal setting for honeymoons, anniversaries, vow renewal ceremonies or the occasional romantic weekend . Their Romance Package includes a chilled champagne greeting in the sky room and a bed adorned with rose petals. Spa services are available, as are private cruises for two.Sunset from Portofino Resort

There is also a fitness and tennis center, on-site dining and shopping, dining and shopping at the Portofino Boardwalk, Adventure Beach water sport rental, Adventure Cove Water Park, bicycle, scooter trike and motorized scooter rentals, golf course access, fishing charters and water shuttle service and cruising options aboard the Portofino I, a 63′ catamaran. For more information about Portofino’s Romance Packages and events, email or call 866-976-4344.

Sunset at Portofino Island Resort is spectacular. Come and getaway on Pensacola, Florida’s white sand beaches!There is no wrong way to enjoy a “stay-cation”, but heading to anyone of Pensacola’s resorts is a great way to start! Margaritaville Beach Hotel Pool and Tiki BarAnother memorable local getaway location is Margaritaville Beach Hotel. No passport is required to revel in the luxurious surroundings here with its Gulf of Mexico backdrop! This resort is inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffet. The dream of a tropical island escape can come true while sipping on margaritas and other rum based concoctions! There are weekend special events, romance and family vacation packages and a myriad of enjoyable entertainment options that can be made a part of any vacation.

Margaritaville Beach Hotel Shark Fin fire pit fun

There is live entertainment, a poolside Tiki bar, beachside pavilion – “Landshark Landing”, local spa services, paddle boat rentals and hotel based activities. Margaritaville offers over 10 specialty packages from which  to choose. For example, there is a “Sleep and Sail Package”, a “Bed and Breakfast Package” and a “Sip, Savor and Stay Package”. For more information on any vacation packages, call reservations at 850-916-9755.

Beach Club Resort BalconyIntimate and contemporary, the Beach Club Resort and Spa offers you, your friends and family a serene sanctuary to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate. These artistic accommodations have been designed to charm and beguile! The stunning views of the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico will help set the tone for a getaway to remember. Area attractions include: Historic Pensacola, Portofino Boardwalk, Gulf Islands National Seashore and Tiger Point Golf and Country Club.

Pensacola, Florida offers a fine array of Real Estate, and a whole host of fun things to do, as well. What a fantastic place to live and play!

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