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Thursday, January 19, 2017   /   by Amy Norris

NEW HOMES & CONDOS in ORANGE BEACH & GULF SHORES - Building Continues To Boom On Pleasure Island

ORANGE BEACH, AL — The hum of machines, clattering of nail guns and banging of hammers is being loudly reverberated across the landscape of both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.  (from Condo Owner Magazine)*
A look at the agenda for the Orange Beach Planning Commission’s meeting on Monday harkens back to the days of the mid-2000s boom period.
That bustling activity is likely to continue as the commission will address a new condo tower west of the Cotton Bayou Beach Access, 69 homes next to Villages of Romar on the beach and 56 town homes on a lot in Canal Square Lane behind Blalock’s Seafood.
“That reminds back from the days of 2006 and 2007 when we were busy,” City Planner Griffin Powell said.
On Sept. 27 the Gulf Shores saw the preliminary approvals for a potential of 1,208 homes and multi-family units on 178-acre former site of Woodlands Golf Course, a 98-room Comfort Inn hotel on the north side of East Beach Boulevard and 106 apartments at Bon Se/ ...

  #preconstructional, #newhomesgulfshores, #newhomesorangebeach, #newcondosgulfshores, #newcondosorangebeach, #newcondosperdidokey, #newhotelsal

Monday, January 9, 2017   /   by Amy Norris


The 520-acre Owa development is adjacent to the City of Foley’s $40 million sports tourism complex which features 16 state-of-the-art outdoor fields and a 90,000 square foot indoor events center that is slated to open in the summer of 2017. Phase One of the project, which includes the 150-room hotel, retail and dining spaces, amusement park and lake will open Summer 2017. Future plans call for a waterpark, additional hotels, a condominium complex and a resort-level RV park. When complete, total investment in the development is expected to top $500 million. The two projects will provide a seamless experience for “sport families” who travel to the area specifically for tournaments, but who will avail themselves of opportunities offered by Owa to entertain the entire family. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians on Wednesday unveiled detailed plans for a new “first-class, family-friendly tourist A ...

  #owa, #preconstructional, #amysellsthebeach, #foleyamusementpark

Friday, January 6, 2017   /   by Amy Norris

Kitchen, Flooring & Lighting Remodeling Tips for Dummies (or those who don't do it everyday!)

So I've heard even when you build a custom home, there are things you wish you knew or would do over..  Here is what I learned from experience from rehabbing my personal condo and some tips I tell clients.  I hope they help you or someone you know!  Any suggestions I would love to hear at Amy@AmySellsTheBeach.com

Have kitchen sink mounted or leveled so food rolls toward hole or disposal and doesn't get stuck to sides
Make sure your floor installer knows you want the LEAST amount of thresholds (those ugly pieces of trim that break up the flow of a room when unnecessary.)  My flooring people did a great job of having my beautiful luxury vinyl flow throughout the condo, even the bathroom for a more spacious look
Go for egg shell, washable flat or Satin finish paint for a more updated, high-end feel.  Shiny painted walls and ceilings makes a home look cheaper and highlights any flaws.
Don't feel obligated to have the big ugly florescent light in the kitc ...

Friday, January 6, 2017   /   by Amy Norris


The City of Gulf Shores announced today that it has joined with a private development partner to apply to team with an international hotel brand to construct a 240-room full service hotel, spa and meeting facility on city-owned property located at the corner of West Beach Boulevard and West 1st Street. Article link from Pulse $80 MILLION MIXED-USE HOTEL DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED FOR GULF SHORES
If approved, the hotel will serve as an anchor on the two acre site for a proposed mixed-use development that will include a restaurant, street level retail and a third floor pool deck overlooking the public beach. The estimated $80 million project is being proposed by a development team led by Birmingham-based developer Ron Durham and architect Mack McKinney in response to a Request for Proposals issued by the City in the spring of 2015.


The City of Gulf Shores announced today that it has joined with a private development partner to apply to team with an; ...

Friday, January 6, 2017   /   by Amy Norris

Buying Florida or Alabama? The BORDER OF INDECISION

If you have every been one of the happy people to come visit our beaches, you know that both areas of our coast are wonderful.  But as much as the bras hang on the ceiling of the Florabama, you may have indecision hanging on your mind for which state to buy in.  Naturally, we would advise you to consult your CPA, attorney, and realtor, etc. for your personal situation. Here are are some things to think about:

Orange Beach/Gulf Shores, Alabama..What you need to know
1/3 of cost for property taxes generally when compared to FL
$$$ RENTAL INCOME - Higher gross annual rental income if your buying a gulf front home or condo
More BeachFront/GulfFront homes that are truly ON the beach..not across from the beach
New Luxury condos with fabulous rental income
No property taxes for some that retired
Usually easier to resell than FL properties due to taxes
Lots of restaurants and things to do: Tanger Outlet Shopping, 2 Starbucks, 2 theaters and The Wharf just to mention a O ...

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