Friday, September 28, 2012

Blue Wahoos finish their 1st Season in Pensacola!

Take me out to the ball game!
As the Blue Wahoos wrap up their 1st season, fans eagerly await the 2013 season!
Welcome to Downtown Pensacola, home of the Blue Wahoos baseball team and their new park, The Pensacola Bayfront Stadium! The Blue Wahoos' custom built, state of the art stadium has recently been named "2012 Ballpark of the Year" by
Blue Wahoos Bayfront Stadium in Downtown Pensacola~ Located at
New to Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team began playing here April 5, 2012 vs. Montgomery Biscuits with a 3-1 win. Their last game was September 3rd, 2012 against the Tennessee Smokies.
Blue Wahoos Waterfront stadium in downtown PensacolaMany Pensacola area residents and visitors alike have enjoyed cheering them on during their first and very successful year.  The Blue Wahoos finished their first season September 3rd, 2012 with 68 wins and 70 losses. It's a wonderful time for all, to enjoy the beautiful summer nights watching the Wahoos play in this newly built stadium overlooking Pensacola Bay and the downtown historical district. 

The Blue Wahoos 2013 Season will kick off Thursday, April 4, 2013 at home. Visit their website to view the 2013 schedule or to purchase advanced season tickets.
Outdoor waterfront concert venue at Blue Wahoos Stadium~
With a seating capacity of more than five thousand, this park will not only host a great minor league baseball team, but also many other venues during the off season including:
  • Concerts
  • Football games
  • Family oriented movies
  • Faux ice skating rink
  • Beer Festival
  • Car Show
  • Birthday Parties & more!
Downtown Pensacola~ City of 5 Flags
Downtown Pensacola~ City of Five Flags!
 For more information and updates on off season events at the stadium, follow them on facebook.
Pensacola is a wonderful community to call home. The historical downtown Pensacola area not only welcomes the new baseball team, but is host to many seasonal festivities and events such as the upcoming Seafood Festival this weekend, September 28th through 30th which is held in Seville Square. Indulge yourself in every type of seafood possible from local restuarants and vendors and browse arts and crafts from over 100 artists.
View of Blue Wahoos Bayfront Stadium from Palafox Pier~ Sunset time!
For other fun downtown Pensacola events, check out our articles on:
If you are interested in living in the Downtown Pensacola area or East Hill neighborhood, email for a list of homes for rent or homes for sale in the area or give him a call at (850) 304-5236.

Blue Wahoos Bus in Downtown Pensacola
Blue Wahoos Bus in Downtown Pensacola
See you in downtown Pensacola!
Keven Ard, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
Over 45 Pensacola Homes
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Downtown Pensacola celebrates Gallery Night~

Downtown Pensacola welcomes you to Gallery Night! 
What a wonderful way to discover downtown Pensacola and the businesses that call it home.

Downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night, celebrated several times a year, is a family friendly event that is sponsored by businesses and galleries located in downtown Pensacola. Palafox steet is closed to traffic from 5- 9p.m. on select Friday nights throughout the year. The street party usually lasts through midnight.

Crowd hangs out in front of Hopjacks in Downtown Pensacola~
The Gallery Night crowd is very diverse. The early crowd is a mix of families with children participating in events such as the legal graffiti wall and listening to the different street bands play. As the night dances on, families head home and the streets fill with more of a younger crowd. Hundreds hang out at one of the many bars and restaurants on Palafox, such as Hop Jacks and Global Grill. World of Beer, Palafox's newest bar, has been a big hit at Gallery Night since it's opening this summer.

Shopping is abundant at Gallery Night. Local stores extend their hours to accommodate shoppers.  Visit one of the many art galleries and support a local artist with the purchase of one of their paintings, sculptures, or drawings. Buy some handmade jewelry, pottery, soap, and more from local vendors at Art in the Park, which is set up along the sidewalks and along the street near Seville Quarter.
Gallery Night in Pensacola
Gallery Night along Palafox Street in Downtown Pensacola, FL~

Art Gallery on Palafox St in old court house building
Gallery Night is also a venue for several community events.  This past Gallery Night, held on September 14, 2012 hosted Pensacola's Block Party Wedding. Several brides and grooms, dressed in their wedding attire, met at the corner of Palafox and Garden streets to get married in a group wedding setting.
There are two more Gallery Nights scheduled for this year including October 19 and November 16, 2012. For a list of participating vendors and updates, follow them on facebook.

Downtown Pensacola has so much to offer with its many festivals and its vibrant downtown with a mix of old world charm and growing contemporary vibe. This weekend, September 28th through 30th, downtown Pensacola will host its annual Seafood festival.
For more information on living in beautiful downtown Pensacola or the surrounding area, contact me, the local expert on Downtown Pensacola home sales and rentals! Email me for a list of homes in the downtown Pensacola or East Hill area at or give me a call at (850) 473-3983.

Remember to follow us on Facebook for more family, friendly activities in the Pensacola area.

See you at Gallery Night in October!
Keven Ard, Broker Associate 
Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pensacola Photo School Photography Classes!

Calling amateur photographers of all ages!
Pensacola Photo School offers $20 classes in Downtown Pensacola.

The Pensacola Photo School is now offering basic and advanced photography classes in Downtown Pensacola. 
Lee House in Downtown Pensacola
near Pensacola Photo School
The Pensacola Photo School offers 4 classes including:
  • Digital Photography 101
  • Creative Composition
  • Low Light Photography
  • Basic On-Camera Lighting & Flash
The cost for each class is $20 with advanced registration for $35 at the door. The classes last approximately two hours. All classes are held in Downtown Pensacola.

Silhouette shot created during
the Creative Composition Class~

As an amateur photographer myself, I recently attended the Creative Composition Class for my first ever photography class. There were approximately a dozen students in attendance including a varierty of photographers- moms who want to photograph their children, business professionals trying to hone their photo skills, and even nature enthusiasts who want to better capture the Pensacola area's natural beauty. The walking class was informative, fun, and a great value for only $20.

The Pensacola Photo School's next class will be Digital Photography 101 on September 30, 2012 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Pensacola Cultural Center (400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502). This entry level class is the only class that is held in a classroom setting. The class introduces basic concepts of photography and exposure.

The other classes are all walking classes taught on the streets of downtown Pensacola including Palafox St. and Main St. near Seville Square.

Pensacola Photo School Class~ Downtown Pensacola off Main St. near Historic Pensacola Village~

If you are interested in taking a photography class or want more information, visit their website or give them a call at (850) 308-1605.

Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola area Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503~ (850) 473-3983
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL~

Lucky to have the National Museum located here in Pensacola!
Spend a day exploring the National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola~
National Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola~
National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola~

If you haven't made it to Pensacola's very own National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station Pensacola, you are missing out. Pensacola is proud to be home to the world's largest naval aviation museum. 

The Naval Museum is located at 1750 Radford Blvd. Suite B, Pensacola, FL 32508 on Pensacola Naval Air Station and accessible from either the front gate of Navy Blvd. or back gate of Blue Angel Pkwy.  Please remember, this is a military base and you must provide proper identification to be allowed onto base property.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but is closed on Thanksigiving, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.

View from 2nd story of Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola~

NAS Pensacola Museum
Inside the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL~
The Naval Air Museum first opened in June 1963 with approximately 8,500 square feet and eight air crafts. Since then, the museum has grown to be the world's largest aviation museum with over 350,000 square feet of exhibits and over 150 air crafts from Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation. The museum will be celebrating its 50th year in 2013 and continues to expand.

Small children playground area
indoors~ The kids love it!
Planning your Visit
With over 350,000 square feet indoors, there's plenty to explore in the museum. Plan to spend a minimum of three hours in the museum in order to absorb all it has to offer. They have exhibits for children of all ages including indoor play areas for small children and an outdoor playground. 
According to their website, "The exhibits of the National Naval Aviation Museum seek to capture the human element of the enduring history of Naval air power and the eras in which it served and continues to serve. Each represents a chapter of that story - stirring tales of combat actions, scientific discovery, technological achievement, and triumphs of the human spirit."
Hometown USA exhibit~

The museum houses exhibits from the beginning of military aviation and showcases historical events and military personnel that shaped our nation. Thousands of stories and artifacts are preserved at the Naval Air Museum.

Some of the more popular exhibits include:
  • WWI
  • USS Cabot Island
  • Sunken Treasures
  • Pacific Island
  • WWII Aircraft Carriers
  • The USS Enterprise
  • POW Experience in Vietnam
  • Bob Hope 
    Raft: a Story of Survival at Sea
  • Naval Aviation in Space!
Many of the exhibits offer hands on learning opportunities for everyone including small children, youth, and adults alike.  Several of the planes, including a few retired Blue Angels jets, are available to climb and play on. There's so much to see, do, and learn at the National Museum of Naval Aviation- no wonder it's the areas top museum!

View of National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola NAS~  World's largest Naval Aviation Museum!
U.S.S. Enterprise Exhibit at Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, FL~ Actual artifacts and the stories behind WW II
National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, FL
Free Tours at Naval Air Museum
It's easy to get lost in here! With so much to learn, I suggest taking advantage of the free tours. The museum offers free guided tours daily at 9:30, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm given by retired military museum volunteers. You can also take a self guided tour by downloading the tour information from their website. There's also a 20 minute Fight Line Bus Tour that explores over 40 air crafts which are stored outside the museum. Donations are appreciated.

Wear comfortable shoes. There are elevators to access the upper story. They also have a gift shop and a cafe with food and beverages.

New at National Museum of Naval Aviation
Recently, the museum opened the Flight Adventure Deck which contains a number of hands on science experiments, facts, and an actual flight simulator! A number of scientific devices and displays help children understand the concepts of gravity, Newton's Law, air pressure, Boyle's Law, and other elements that affect aviation.

IMAX® Naval Aviation Memorial Theatre
The IMAX Theatre offers the largest IMAX screen in Florida and one of the largest in the world.
The museum offers several 3D films including the Magic of Flight which features our hometown heroes, the Navy's Blue Angels. Most IMAX movies are between 35 minutes and 1 hour. IMAX tickets are $8.75 for adults and $5 for children.

View of Blue Angels flying over Naval Aviation Museum~
Blue Angels Practice 
This museum just keeps getting better! You can watch the Blue Angels practice over NAS most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings during the season (March through November).  You can catch free shows weekly at Naval Air Station as the Blue Angels practice for their upcoming shows. Even better- the Blue Angels are available at the National Museum of Naval Aviation after Wednesday morning practices for photo opportunities and to sign free autographs. 

Navy Blue Angels at National Museum of Naval Aviation
View of Blue Angels taking off over NAS~
2012 Remainder Practice Schedule at NAS
September 12th, 18th, and 19th
October 17th, 23rd, 24th, and 30th
November 2 & 3rd is the annual Blue Angels Homecoming Show at the Naval Air Station. 

For more information on the National Museum of Naval Aviation, visit their website or call them at (850) 452-3604. 

While you are here, you might as well go across the street and visit the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum! From the top, you'll have a one-of-a-kind view of the Naval Air Station, Museum, and the Gulf of Mexico.

See you at the NAS Pensacola!
Nicole St. Aubin & Pam Keen Brantley
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola area Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503~ (850) 473-3983 ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ YouTube

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Outdoor, Waterfront Zumba Classes in Pensacola~

Zumba dance/ fitness classes on the water.
Perfect weather brings a huge turnout at Bayview Park's Zumba fitness classes.

Pensacola has been spoiled with perfect weather this week- lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's.  After a hot, rainy and humid summer, we are thrilled to open our windows and spend some time outdoors.

That must be why so many showed up for this Monday's Zumba fitness class at Bayview Park in Pensacola.  Zumba is a dance fitness class which combines fitness with dancing- including salsa and meringue dance steps. With high energy Latin music, this group (comprised mostly of ladies) danced it out right over Bayou Texar while the sun set!

Around 50 people participate in Zumba at Bayview Park alog Bayou Texar in East Hill, Pensacola area~

Interested in joining the fun? Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. at Bayview Park near the water. The cost is $5 per class. You don't need to RSVP, just show up! Call Cheryl at (850) 436-5190 with questions and to confirm class times.

If you're not familiar with all the fun you can have at Bayview Park, make sure to read our blogs on Bayview Dog Park and Water Sport Rentals at Bayview Park.

They also have outdoor Zumba classes along the water at Sanders Beach (1400 Cypress St, Pensacola, FL 32501) in Downtown Pensacola on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per class. For more information and to confirm times, call Tim at (850) 436-5198 or visit the City of Pensacola's Park and Recreation website.

Of course, many gyms and fitness centers host indoor Zumba, but, come on! We live in Florida. Get outside and enjoy it.

Until next time,
Realty Masters of FL ~  #1 in Pensacola Rental Houses!
Moving to Pensacola? Over 45 rental homes & apartments @
(850) 473-3983 phone / 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tiger Point Recreational Center in Gulf Breeze, FL~

Tiger Point Park & Recreational Center
One of the reasons we love Gulf Breeze so much: nice parks!

Tiger Point Park & Recreational Center has something for every member of the family! Located at, 1370 Tiger Lake Drive in Gulf Breeze, FL 32563, this 30 acre facility is one of the largest in the area.

tennis courts, basketball courts, walking jog, footbal field
Benches, Walking Track & Football Fields at Tiger Point~
The park has just about everything:
  • Walking/ jogging track
  • Playgrounds
  • Basekball & Tennis courts
  • Batting cages
  • Tee-ball & Softball fields
  • Soccer and Football fields
  • And most importantly, Bathrooms!
The Tiger Point Park & Recreational Facility is a public park operated and maintained by Santa Rosa County. The park is open from 6 am to 10 pm daily. There's plenty of parking. As with any park in Florida, make sure your family has plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray!

Playground in Gulf Breeze at Tiger Point
Large playground area at Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze, FL~

Tennis Courts at Tiger Point Park~ Located near the Walmart and Lowes in gulf Breeze off Hwy 98 & Tiger Lake Dr.
Basketball & Tennis Courts ~ Large PlayGround~ Soccer Field~ Tiger Point Park in Gulf Breeze, FL

This park is just one of many fabulous parks in Gulf Breeze. Make sure to read Your Guide to Gulf Breeze Parks if you haven't yet.

Interested in Gulf Breeze homes for rent? Give us a call at (850) 473-3983 or visit our website at

Until next time,
Realty Masters of FL~ (850) 473-3983
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503 ~ Over 45 Pensacola rental homes and apartments!
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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Think Good Credit is not Important?

Think Good Credit is not Important?
Whether renting or buying, having good credit is vital!

Think again~!

Good credit is very important if you want to get ahead in this world financially, and especially if you want to rent or buy a home.  I can still remember the days when it seems lenders would approve a home loan for any adult with a pulse who was willing to sign the application, however that is no longer the case. 

Most landlords also check credit and background when you apply to rent a house or apartment. So face it, if you want a nice place to live, you must have good credit.

I was reading an article today that addressed credit and things you can do to improve your score, and I felt it was worth sharing.

Follow the tips above and you can begin to improve your score in as little as 3 months.

But credit is not the only thing that lenders consider.  They look at income and debt ratios and time on the job, and especially for self employed borrowers time in business is of utmost importance.  You must file two years of tax returns in your business that show sufficient income in order to be considered for a mortgage.

Whenever I talk to prospective buyers, I advise them to get preapproved for a mortgage first before looking at homes, because there is nothing more disappointing for both the buyer and seller than getting turned down for a mortgage at the last minute before closing.  And when you speak to the lender, be truthful and provide them with your income documentation to include W2s and your tax returns. The approval is only as good as the info they receive from you, and the approval always has conditions, so make sure you give the loan officer accurate information and let them know about all of your debts.

There is no real approval unless it has been reviewed by an underwriter, this is where the buck stops.  Don't buy a new car, refrigerator, or new furniture or do anything at all to change your debt situation from the time you apply for the loan until you have actually signed the closing papers because they will check your credit and employment the day before closing and you will have to sign something at closing that says your financial situation has not changed since applying for the loan.

If you have a recent copy of your credit report and would like some advice about how you can improve your score, I will be happy to review it with you and help you come up with a plan to improve your credit and you will be a homeowner in no time!  

Just give me a call at (850) 473-3983 or email me your list of questios

Here for you,
Pam Keen Brantley, Certified Residential Specialist
The Realty Masters team at Keller Williams Gulf Coast

Weekend Trip: Estuarium at Daulphin Island

Family Fun near Pensacola: The Estaurium!
Your family will enjoy the Marine Aquarium at Daulphin Island Sea Lab.

Estuarium near Fort Morgan in Daulphin, AL~
We are continuously exploring the Gulf Coast to bring you fun day trips for the whole family. It's worth traveling a few hours to visit all the hidden treasures along the Gulf of Mexico. 

The Estuarium is located at 101 Bienville Blvd, Daulphin Island, AL 36528 which is just under a two hour commute from central Pensacola. The Estaurium is a marine aquarium that offers hands on education for all ages. It allows you up close and personal encounters with some of the marine life we share the Gulf Coast with.
Exhibits at the Daulphin Island Sea Lab Estuairum~
Children explore animal skeletons up close and personal~

The Estuarium features over 10,000 square feet of educational exhibits and living marine life as well as a large "Living Marsh Boardwalk" featuring live Gulf Coast marine life.  The Estuarium showcases wildlife from four different Alabama coastal habitats including Mobile Bay, Mobile Tensaw River Delta, the Barrier Islands, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Living Marsh Boardwalk at Estuarium on Dauphin Island, AL~
Some of the permanent residents at The Estuarium in Daphne
Admission Prices & Hours of Operation
  • Adults $10
  • Children (5-18) or with student ID $6
  • Seniors $8
The estuairum is open seven days a week. 
Summer Hours: March 1 - August 31~ Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.
Winter Hours: September 1- February 28 ~ Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

Expect to spend around an hour or two exploring the estuarium.  While there is a small gift shop, they do not provide food or beverages outside a few vending machines.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. For more information about the Estuarium, visit their website.

Since you made the trip, you should definitely visit the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center too. Located at 65 Government Street, in downtown Mobile, AL, it's on the way to (or back from) Daulphin Island. Entrance is $16 for adults and $14.50 for children. This museum is much larger with over 150 hands on science activities and experiments that children of all ages will enjoy for hours. 

Together, the Estuarium and Exploreum make a very fun, educational day that's definitely worth the drive!

Until next time,
Realty Masters of FL ~
Moving to Pensacola? Over 45 rental homes @
(850) 473-3983 phone / 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
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