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Old 03-22-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
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The wife and I still havnt bought a home yet. With us being very busy we are thinking a condo may be better for us right now. Saying that, we've seen some decent condo's on Pensacola Beach in our price range.

What are some of the obvious and most importantly not so obvious pros and cons of living on the island for a family of three with a 4 year old daughter. We dont plan on living there forever, maybe until our daughter is in middle school so that is something else to consider.

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I lived in a small townhouse on Perdido Key for 10 years and loved it until a midsized condo went up next door and they began renting to tourists. The "private" condo lifestyle went away quickly. Beach trashed, drunks walking around partying everywhere, private deck furniture moved to the beach ("We didn't think anybody was staying in your unit..."... in a DIFFERENT condo!)

I loved the beach, but the weekly tourists, not so much. I sold my condo in short order.

You might find a place on the sound or ICW to at around the same price that would be a bit more private.

Another idea would be to rent for a week around where you are looking to live, just to see what it's like.

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Great point Jim, We are mostly looking at condos/townhomes one the sound side (so I guess not technically "on the beach") that seem to be mostly residential units. Saying that, I will definitely take that into consideration!
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:25 PM   #4
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I'm sure you've thought about this and I know it's a 4 letter word but I'd make sure you think about what it takes to evacuate the family when a hurricane comes. That's also something to consider when thinking about whether to get something that is on the 1st floor or at ground level, it's sure be flooded if we get a strong hurricane hit the area. I've thought about moving the family into a Condo and my requirements were it would have to be on the Soundside and it would have to be at a minimum on the 3rd floor but preferably higher! Good luck!
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:47 AM   #6
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Check on maintenance fees, association dues, history of assessments, etc.
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+1 just the home owners association dues are $600+ a month
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We own a condo on the beach at Orange Beach, and it is nice to visit. This complex has less than 10% full time residents. We also own a condo on Terry Cove where the full time folks are closer to 50%. Many of the part time owners (Including us)do not rent their units. The bay unit is much quieter, and the visit is much more relaxed because there are fewer kids raising hell in the pool, elevator, marina, etc. I am not anti kids, because we have 3 beautiful grandkids who we enjoy at the beach.
Another big plus is that I can leave my poat at the Marina and it is only 50 yards from our front door when I decide to go out.
My point is that if I were to live down there, I would surely choose the Bay unit.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:58 AM   #9
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Check on maintenance fees, association dues, history of assessments, etc.
This! Not only is it expensive it's annoying. You will get these old watch dogs that will call on you for anything. We are living in one right now and in the last month the security guard told me he could see tools in the bed of my truck/ the kids used sidewalk chalk which could not stay on over night. And the worst!!! The F'ers towed me while I was waiting on my sticker! My pass was in the window and they still towed me and won't refund my $. If you are going to rent fine but in this economy you can buy a very nice home and lawn guys are cheap. The problem is selling a condo is so much harder than a home so you might get stuck. I would never do this again.
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Get a statement from the HOA,some if not most of the condo assoc. in the Destin area are running under funds, due to foreclosures, short sales, and people just not paying their dues, which = assessments , lack of maintenance, and most important building liability ins.
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