Thursday, June 7, 2012

Neighborhood Profile: Heron's Forest Gated Subdivision near NAS

Herons Forest Subdivision sign Gated Heron's Forest Subdivision
Popular community right at the back gate of NAS Pensacola

Heron's Forest is a gated community located less than 1/2 mile from the back gate of Naval Air Station off Gulf Beach Hwy near the intersection of Blue Angel Pkwy. The proximity to the back gate, beautiful white sand beaches, and popular Perdido Kid's Park make this a favorite community, especially among military families.

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Street Names in Heron's Forest Subdivision include the main road Rookery Road, as well as the cul-de-sac roads of Jaburu Lane, Limpkin Lane, Grallatoral Lane, Rail Circle, Tanger Circle, Lorikeet Lane and Bittern Drive.

Within 5-10 minute drive, there is adequate shopping including Target, Walmart, Winn-Dixie and Publix as well as access to Perdido Key Beaches and Big Lagoon State Park. Additionally, the popular Perdido Kids Park is less than a mile from this community. The Perdido Kids Park is a well maintained newer park, and is hands down the best park in the Pensacola area!
Community Features
  • Gated Subdivision
  • Gated community pool
  • Two nicely maintained tennis courts
  • Access to Nature Trail & beaches
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Community Pool in Heron's Forest Subdivision near NAS Pensacola

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Tennis Courts at Heron's Forest Subdivision

Trout Point Nature Trail
Trout Nature Preserve which borders NAS & Heron's Forest Subdivision
Approximately 1 mile walk to Beaches
via access to Trout Point Natural Trail
from Heron's Forest Community
Heron's Forest is surrounded on three sides by the US Navy Trout Point Watchable Wildlife Area which is part of NAS Pensacola. This area is largely wetlands and offers fabulous opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat.
In addition to access from inside the gates of Naval Air Station Pensacola, there is access to the Trout Point Nature Trail from inside Heron's Forest Community. The trail entrance is off of Bittern Dr. and includes approximately 1 mile walk through the nature preserve to beautiful white sand beaches. 
Trout Point Nature Preserve over Big Lagoon
End of Trout Point Nature Reserve on Big Lagoon!
Observe wildlife from Trout Point Nature Trail~
School Districts
Hellen Caro Elementary- A School as of 2011
Jim Bailey Middle- A School as of 2011
Escambia High- C School as of 2011
To view more information on Escambia County and the current school grades, visit their website here.

Navy Blue Angels fly over Heron's Forest Subdivisions weekly during season
Blue Angels fly over Heron's Forest
Warning: Your neighbors are loud!
Due to the proximity to the Naval Base, you can expect some noise from planes nearby. In fact, because Pensacola is home to the Navy Blue Angels, you may hear quite a bit of noise. During their season, the Blue Angels practice overhead every Tuesday & Wednesday morning right at 8:30am. It's part of the charm of this subdivision- unless you happen to work 3rd shift~ Don't say we didn't warn you!

Style of Homes in Heron's Forest Subdivision
One of the things I love about this community is that every house has its own personality. Many of the newer subdivisions are what we call cookie cutter subdivisions- each home varies silghtly but overall design is the same. This is not the case in Heron's Forest! Take a look at a few of the different style homes in the community.
South Florida Stlye stucco home with side entry 2 car garage~
Brick patio home with front entry 2 car garage ~
Craftsman Stlye Home in Heron's Forest Community
Homes for rent in Heron's Forest
While most of the homes in Heron's Forest are owner occupied, there are a few rental homes in this community. Currently, there are three homes available for rent in Heron's Forest, although avaiablity changes daily. The homes are listed between $1695 and $1750 and are all over 2,000 square feet.
Homes for rent in Heron's Forest have rented previously $1150 for a smaller patio home to $1800 for a larger executive style home. Rental rates are on the rise and I don't expect seeing many homes below $1350 in this community for some time!

If you are interested in renting a home in Heron's Forest community or other similiar gated communities near NAS, email Nicole at for a list!
Homes for sale in Heron's Forest
There are several homes for sale in Heron's Forest. They are listed from $210,000 for a 3 bedroom 2 bath, 1900 square foot home to an executive 3,350 square feet home for $425,000. Comparable homes have sold in 2012 between $229,000 and $288,000 with an average price of $96 a square foot or $255,000.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in the Heron's Forest Community, email Pam Keen at with your requests or feel free to call her at (850) 232-2200.

Homeowners Association
If you are interested in renting or buying a home in Heron's Forest Community, I urge you to review their important documents including the Rules and Regulations as well as Covenants and Restrictions for the Homeowners Assocation. There is an active Home Owners Association, the Heron's Forest Property Owners Association. HOA dues are currently $100 a month and cover the assocation, common grounds landscaping, pool maintenance, tennis court maintenance, and professional management of the community.
Until next time,
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