Saturday, March 31, 2012

Renting in Pensacola: Pet Friendly Rental Housing

You don't have to get rid of your pet to rent a house!
Unless you have a Pit bull, Rottweiler, or a Chow...

Aggressive Breed Dogs
Let's go ahead and get that out of the way.  Unfortunately, we can not accept dogs that will affect the owners insurance. There is no standard aggressive breed dog list (that would be easy!) It varies between companies and policies. This is one of the reasons we accept most pets on owners approval, as we need to run all pets by the home owner.
Marie Hazen's beautiful Rottweiler!
Common pets found on the list include:  Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows, Presa Canarios, Akitas, Huskies, Wolf hybrids, German Shepherds, and American Eskimos. The dog can also be included in this list if it is more half or more of one of the above listed breeds. I've even seen chihuahuas on the list!

We are sorry. :( It is merely a matter of keeping the homeowners insurance in tact, which is especially important during hurricane season! Homeowners insurance in our area is expensive and hard to secure and keep. Per most insurance policies, the policy can be cancelled if an aggressive breed animal is on the premises.
There is typically no chance of getting Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, or Chows accepted in our properties. For other breeds, we typically consult with the owner of the property for approval or denial for your pet based on their preferences and their insurance company's policies. For pit bull. doberman, and rottweiler dog owners, we suggest checking with private homeowners.

Define Pet
If you feed it, bathe it, clean up after it, love it, or take it outside, it's a pet. You must disclose any pets including gerbils, fish, mice, reptiles, etc. All pets are subject to a minimum $250 nonrefundable pet fee

Other factors when considering pets:
1. Number & Type of Pets- One pet is usually a go if advertised pets on approval. Conversely, 4-6 pets is usually a no when renting a home!
2. Age of pet(s)- Facts of life: Babies cry, Puppies chew. Mature animals do considerably less damage than immature animals.
3. Size of pet(s)-Larger pets have the ability to do more damage.
4. Flooring Type- Some owners with light colored carpeting do not allow pets.
5. Adequate fencing and yard space- Important to some
6. Homeowners Association Restrictions- Some subdivisions, mainly condos and town homes, have certain pet restrictions.

Getting your pets accepted
Pam Keen, Broker, gives my dog some love.
Our goal is to provide plenty of nice, pet-friendly rental homes! Most of our agents have pets that are part of our family, and we understand your need for a nice home to include them.
Generally, the advertisements on our website will have some specific information about pets if the owner has expressed restrictions. Some examples include, no cats, no reptiles, pets under 50 pounds, 1 pet only, no pets, etc.

You must send a photo of your animal(s) with your application and make sure to provide the 1) type of pet, 2) breed 3) age 4) weight in order for pets to be processed. You may email your photo to the property manager or to Nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com for approval.

Increase your chances of getting your pet(s) approved!
1. Send the picture with a write up about your pet(s). Describe your pet to the property owner including what your pet likes to do, whether your pet is kennel trained, or took an obedience class or two. Make sure to include all the pertinent information above. Call it his/her pedigree.

2. Include vet records, shot records, and proof of flea medication with your application. This lets the owner know you are a serious pet owner and take good care of your pet(s). Ask for a letter from your vet, and ask them to comment on your pet(s) temperament if they will!

3. Offer an extra $250 refundable deposit to the owner! If you have multiple pets, this is not a bad idea to offer some extra security. As the rental market continues to thrive, we can receive multiple applications in the same day. Homeowners will chose 1 pet over 3 most days.

Have insurance questions Pensacola? Call my friend Matt Salvator at (850) 932-3459. He can answer them!
*These are only our company policies, although many local property management companies have similar guidelines please be sure to verify all pet guidelines.
Mocha the Realty Masters office dog~
Email me your questions or post them here!

Good luck!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL #1 in Pensacola Rental homes & Pensacola Property Management
(850) 473 3983 phone~ www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Nieghborhood Profile: Stonebrook Village Golf Community~ Pace, FL

Stonebrook Village~ Gated community in Pace, FL
Beautiful golfing community in Santa Rosa County.
Entrance to subdivision off Woodbine Rd. in Pace, FL
Santa Rosa County is known for its waterfront and golfing subdivisions as well as its A school districts! Pace, FL is located East of Pensacola and West of Milton in Santa Rosa County.
The Stonebrook Village Community is one of the most popular, gated communities in Pace. It is located off Woodbine Rd. near the "five points" intersection (Quintette Rd., Chumuckla Hwy, and Berryhill Rd intersections!) and situated along the Stonebrook Golf Club. It's a 10-15 minute drive to Pensacola, UWF, shopping, UWF, I-10 and more!
The main entrance is located off Cobblestone Drive and Woodbine Rd.

Community Overview
Guarded & gated entrance!
  • Gated and guarded entrance!
  • 13 phases in the subdivision with over 614 lots surrounding the Stonebrook Golf Club. Subdivision phase names include: Cobblestone, Kings Mill, and South Lake.
  • Construction began in 1989 and has continued since with the majority of the homes built in the mid 1990's.
  • The community contains waterfront homes and golf course front homes.
  • From smaller patio homes to 3,000+ SF executive homes, this community has a little bit of everything!
  • Subdivision has an active homeowners association with dues averaging about $1,000 per year depending on which phase of the subdivision you reside in. All residents are required to adhere to the covenants and restrictions set forth by the homeowners association!
  • Great halfway point between Whiting Field in Milton and NAS Pensacola in SW Pensacola
Stonebrook Golf Course ~ golf course front homes in Stonebrook Village Subdivision!

School Districts for Stonebrook Village
S. S. Dixon Primary School- Graded an A school for 2010-2011 and a B school for 2009-2010
Sims Middle School- Graded an A school for 2009- 2011
Pace High School - Graded a B school for 2010- 2011 and an A school for 2009-2010
Visit this website to view current school grades for all Escambia and Santa Rosa County Schools!

Stonebrook Golf Club
The Stonebrook Village Community was constructed with and around this beautiful golf course. This 18 hole regulation golf course is a favorite among locals. Recently, the Stonebrook Golf Club partnered with the Tanglewood Golf Community in Milton to get access to both courses for one membership fee. Annual membership runs around $1,800 per year for a single membership or about $2,200 a month for a family of three. Homeowners who pay the $240 golf assessment towards capital improvements on the golf course; therefore, they receive a $240 gift card to be used a the golf shop or on the golf course.

Regardless of whether or not you are a golfer, this attractive water and sand golf course offers an excellent atmosphere.
Popular Street Names in Stonebrook Village, Pace, FL, 32571
    • Augusta Drive              •Gleneagles Drive
  • Ballybunion Drive            •Greystone Drive
  • Berkshire Drive               •Killarney Drive
  • Bobby Jones Drive           •Oakmont Drive
  • Champions Drive            •Pine Valley Drive
  • Cobble Creek Drive         •Sandstone Drive
  • Cobblestone Drive           •Southlake Drive
  • Doral Drive                    •St Andrews Drive
  • Eagle Pointe Drive            •Tamarack Drive
  • English Turn Drive               •Troon Drive
  • Firestone Drive            • Village Green Drive
  • Fox Trail Drive             • Village Lake Drive
Homes for Rent in Stonebrook Village 
Near the entrance to Stonebrook Village Community in Pace
There aren't currently any homes available for rent in Stonebrook Village, but by the time I finish writing this maybe there will be. Email us~ nicoles@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com and I will be happy to give you a list of availabilities for rent in this community and in nearby communities~
Homes in Stonebrook Village have recently rented between $1095 for a smaller patio home up to $2400 for a 3,300 square foot home on the golf course! The average rental rate for Stonebrook Village homes comes to around $1,450 per month.
For Sale~ 5685 English Mill Turn~ 3,300 SF for $334,000
Homes for Sale in Stonebrook Village
With 16 single family homes currently for sale, they range in price from $229,000 to $415,000 with three of those under contract.
Sales in the last 6 months in this community show an average sales price of around $102,000 per square foot with an average sales price of $320,000. The lowest sales price was $189,900 with the highest price of $450,000.
Historically, the lowest sales price in the subdivision was a 2 bedroom 2 bath patio home for $135,000 back in 2002 with the highest sales price of $850,000 for a 5,500 square foot home on Cobblestone Dr.
Contact our broker Pam Keen at Pam@PensacolaRealtyMasters.com or (850) 232-2200 for a listing of homes for sale in the Stonebrook Village Community and similar communities.

Until next time!
Pam Keen & Nicole St. Aubin
Realty Masters of FL
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheapest Gas Prices @ Gas Stations in Pensacola, FL

Gas prices around the nation are on the rise (again)
Use these tips to track the best bargain prices for gas in Pensacola!

With regular gas prices nearing $4 per gallon in Pensacola (is $4 at the BP downtown!) we look for ways to help you save a few dollars at the gas pump.

Location, location, location!

Santa Rosa County has cheaper gas than Escambia County! It's something we've known for a long time, although I'm unsure as to why. On average, Santa Rosa County has cheaper gas. Out of the 15 gas stations with the cheapest gas today, 9 of the 15 are in Santa Rosa County, mostly Milton.
I would say the exception to this is Gulf Breeze where there are less gas stations and more demand for gas because of Beach Traffic. Comparing the most expensive gas prices, 6 out of 15 in our area were reported in Gulf Breeze! However, if you are in Milton, Pace, or Navarre-- Fill up!

Check out this "heat map" I found showing average gas prices by zip code for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties! This says volumes about where to and where not to fill up in town!

Obviously, Southwest and West Pensacola near Pensacola NAS and Milton appear to have the cheapest gas on average.

Our favorite technologies to track gas prices:
Gas prices vary in the Pensacola area as much as $.20+ per gallon. If you're pumping 15 gallons, that's a savings of over $3 per fill up, which could save you over $150 a year if you fill up weekly. Use these technologies to track gas prices in Pensacola, Pace, Milton, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre.
1. PensacolaGasPrices.com- Search the entire state of FL's gas prices including Pensacola gas prices.  You can also use http://www.pensacolagasprices.com/ for a URL you can easily remember!

The website, powered by Gas Buddy, encourages consumers to input current gas prices at gas stations they pass. Consumers get points for posting prices. If you have enough points, you are entered to win a weekly $250 gas card giveaway. Of course, you also help the other members in your community.

2. Gas Buddy- the mobile app! Free mobile app powered by Gas Buddy that allows you to view and input local gas prices easily from your cell phone. You can use either the website and/or the mobile app to gain points.

3. Mapquest.com is now tracking and reporting gas prices. If you are new to the area, and unsure of where major roads are, you may want to use the mapquest version. It doesn't track as many gas stations as GasBuddy.com but it does have a nice map layout where you can easily find gas prices at the closest gas stations to you.


Gas prices have risen $.10 in two weeks
in the Pensacola area!
Other ideas to save money on gas:

* Gas Stations Reward Savings cards like the Tom Thumb Card allow you to convert purchases into points which equal savings on your gas. You can even purchase gift cards and receive points. Once you get 100, you can save $.10 per gallon of gas; once you reach 1,000 you get $1 off per gallon of gas!

* Walk, bicycle, or run! We live in Florida- come on guys. Get out there and enjoy the sun.
* Carpool. We have a few co-workers who carpool to work. It saves them around a tank a month.
Happy Travels- as always, no texting while driving! Stay Safe Pensacola.

Until next time,
Realty Masters of FL ~ #1 in Pensacola Rentals and Property Management!
Over 45 rentals available @ www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Get involved Pensacola! Spring 5K Walks & Runs.

Tis' the season for Charity 5K Runs in Pensacola
Pensacola hosts over 50 running events in the Spring 2012 season.
We've compiled a fairly comprehensive list of Spring and Summer walks and runs, including 5K's in the Pensacola area. So pick your favorite(s), register, and lace up your sneakers!

Pensacola features a large number of beach front runs- runs occur on walking track along beach.
April 7, 2012~ 7:30 a.m Sandman 5K Run/ Walk on Pensacola Beach to benefit St. Judes.
April 7, 2012~ 8:30 a.m. UWF Bunny Dash 5K through UWF campus including a nature trail. Sounds like a lot of fun, only $15, (free for UWF students!) but I do not see that it benefits a charity.

April 14, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. UWF Reverse Sprint Triathlon (5K Run, 15K Bike & 400M Swim)

April 14, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. St. Ann People for People Run 5K in Gulf Breeze Proper at St. Ann's Church. 
Florabama Lounge on the Florida/ Alabama border!
April 15, 2012~ 7:00 a.m. Gulf Coast Half Marathon @ Pensacola Beach. 13.1 miles along gorgeous Pensacola Beach!

April 21, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. 16th Annual Mullet Man Triathlon benefiting Leukemia Lymphoma Society @ Florabama in Perdido Key.

April 21, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. 5th Anniversary Run for Their Lives 5K @ Pensacola Beach benefitting the Lakeview Center.

April 28, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. Humane Society Charity 5K @ Washington High School

April 28, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. Navarre Funfest 5K on Navarre Beach. Proceeds benefit the Navarre Chamber Foundation's Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary.

April 28, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. Run for the Stars 5K @ UWF. Proceeds benefit the education of handicapped children, Autism Pensacola and Miracle League of Pensacola.

April 28, 2012~ 9:00 a.m. 2012 Let's Move Together Arthritis Walk Pensacola.
May 5, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. 38th Annual Fiesta 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run- Get Cindo de Mayo started off right with a lengthier run through Downtown Pensacola.

May 5, 2012~ 6:00 p.m. 4th Annual Sunset Stampede 5K Walk/ Run in Navarre Beach begins at favorite local hangout spot Juana's and travels down the beach. Not sure this is charity at all but I'm sure a fun one being on the beach.

May 12, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. 6th Annual Michele Hill Raider Run in Navarre which is used to support the Navarre High School Raiders Football fund.

May 12, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. 2012 Pensacola Walk to Cure Diabetes in downtown Pensacola.

May 12, 2012~ 5:30 p.m. St. John Sunset Run 5K/ 1 Mile Fun Run off Navy Blvd. in West Pensacola. I believe proceeds benefit St. John's Catholic School.

May 19, 2012~ 7:00 a.m. Bear Lake Trail Challenge around Bear Lake near Blackwater in Munson (north of Milton).  It's 4 miles.

May 19, 2012~ 8:00 a.m. 3rd Annual Navy Federal 5K in downtown Pensacola @ Seville Square benefiting the Armed Forces Relief Trust.

May 20, 2012~ 7:00 a.m. 3 Mile Bridge Swim! If running isnt your thing and swimming happens to be it! Swim through Pensacola Bay.

May 28, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. Gate to Gate 4.4 Mile Walk/ Run on Eglin AFB
Summer Events already scheduled!

June 9, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. Gary McAdams 5K Run/ Walk on Pensacola Beach.
June 9, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. Flag Day 5K in Gulf Breeze. To benefit these charities - Special Operations Warriors Foundation, Spectrum House (School for Handicapped Children), Guardian Ad Litem Program (for abused and nelected children.)
June 9, 2012~ 8:00 a.m Hale and Hearty 7K
June 30, 2012~ 7:30 a.m. Ronald McDonald House Firecracker 5-K

July 4, 2012~ Celebrate Freedom 5K and 1 Mile Run/ Walk
July 21, 2012~ Festival of San Fermin (2 miles)
August 6, 2012~ Bushwacker 5K Run
I'm sure more races will be added during the season. The Pensacola Runners Club knows a lot more than we do so check their schedule here. or the PNJ calendar or at www.active.com
Don't see your favorite run? Feel free to post it below!
Happy Trails Pensacola!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bald Eagle spotted on Pensacola Beach, FL

Spring is here- and so is our national's beloved bird!
The American Bald Eagle visits Pensacola Beach for Spring Break~

We're not sure if this guy (or gal) makes his home in Pensacola Beach or if he came to celebrate the last day of Spring Break, but we are sure glad we caught him on camera this Sunday morning flying around the soundside on Fort Pickens Rd. near the entrance to Fort Pickens.
The whole encounter with the bald eagle lasted less than 5 minutes.  Here's how it went:

8 a.m. Sunday morning on the soundside of Ft. Pickens Beach.
I'm looking for birds, and spot a group of a dozen seagulls feeding.

In flies this guy, and away all the other birds go!

He sat perched upon the piling for a few minutes, before landing on the beach.
Then, of course, something spooked him and off he went!


It is the first time I've seen such a creature and was glad to have my camera  (with zoom) ready to go.
Other local sightings
I have read online that a few bald eagles have been spotted in the Perdido Key/ Southwest Pensacola area as well as reports in Milton and Navarre in Santa Rosa Counties, FL.
Although sightings are rare, it appears that bald eagles do make their home in Northwest Florida! Who can blame them?

Have you ever seen a bald eagle in Northwest Florida?

Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Rental homes and apartments!
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Orders to Pensacola NAS or Whiting Field NAS?

PCS'ing to NAS Pensacola?
Here's some tips to help you with the move.

If you have military orders to Pensacola and are unsure about the Pensacola area, you have come to the right place. Our office helps military service members and their families with their relocation to the Pensacola area every day.

Map with local area military bases including NAS Whiting Field in Milton, FL and NAS Pensacola in Pensacola, FL.
Naval Air Station Museum in SW Pensacola, FL~
Pensacola is home to a Naval Air Station, the Blue Angels, and the National Aviation Museum. With such history and infrastructure, we also have several military bases in the local area including the following:
1. Whiting Field NAS in Milton, FL~ Northern Santa Rosa County off Stewart Street
2. Corry Station in Pensacola, FL~ Southwest Pensacola off Navy Blvd. / New Warrington Blvd.
3. NAS Pensacola in Pensacola~ South Pensacola with two entrances- the front gate off Navy Blvd. in South Pensacola and the back gate off Blue Angel Pkwy and Gulf Beach Hwy in Southwest Pensacola near Perdido Key Beaches.
*4. Hurlburt Field AFB in Mary Esther, FL~ Lcoated in Okaloosa County between Navarre, FL and Fort Walton Beach, FL. It's location right off Hwy 98 causes traffic congestion in the morning and afternoons.
*5. Eglin AFB in Crestview, FL~ Located in Okaloosa County south of Niceville and Northeast of Hurlburt Field AFB.

*We don't handle many properties in Okaloosa County near Hurlburt or Eglin but you can search this area's MLS with the following link: http://www.EmeraldCoastHomesOnline.com ! Many people prefer the Navarre and Fort Walton Beach areas to be close to Hurlburt Field AFB. Traffic gets heavy on Hwy 98 so keep that in mind when planning your move.

Moving near NAS or Whiting Field
You can pretty much live anywhere in Pensacola (even Cantonment, Gulf Breeze, Pace) and get to Pensacola NAS in under an hour.

If you are in flight school and need to train at both bases, you may want to consider living in the Northeast Pensacola area (32514, Northwest 32534) or in Pace, FL (32571) which is in between both bases. You can hop on I-10 to Milton's Whiting Field NAS and go down Pine Forest Rd. to get over to NAS Pensacola's back gate of I-110 to get downtown and use the front gate. You could also live farther south in Pensacola and hop on I-110 or I-10 to get up to Milton! Remember, the military clause does not allow you to move from your rental home unless you are more than 35 miles away from your new duty station. Most homes in Pensacola do not meet this criteria (although we have some waterfront townhomes at Innerarity Point Rd that do! photo below) so make sure to be familiar with the guidelines set forth by the military clause.
If you are being stationed at NAS Pensacola (32507) or Corry Station (32506), you will probably want to be close by and can live in downtown Pensacola (32501, 32502), South Pensacola (32505), Southwest Pensacola (32506, 32507), or West Pensacola although if you fall in love with that house in Cantonment (32533) with 2 acres, it's still < 30-45 minute drive to base.

There are a good variety of townhomes, condos, and single family residences with garages and fenced yards in the Pensacola area and surrounding cities. Use this zip code map to help you while you search!

Santa Rosa School districts, on average, have better school rankings than Escambia County Schools. Santa Rosa County entails the cities of Gulf Breeze, Navarre, Pace, and Milton, FL (32570) with Pensacola, Cantonment, Pensacola Beach, and Perdido Key in Escambia County. Because of this, inventory in Gulf Breeze stays low especially in Gulf Breeze Proper (the area just east of the 3 Mile Bridge) as there are not a lot of rental homes in these areas.
Navarre also rents fast due to the proximity between both bases and to Hurlburt Field AFB.

2 Bd/2.5 Bath townhomes near NAS at Innerarity Point in SW Pensacola.
If you want to live waterfront or with a waterview- you can do so all throughout the Pensacola area including NE & SE Pensacola off Scenic Hwy, off Lillian Hwy or Hwy 98 in SW Pensacola, off Bayou Chico or Bayou Texar in South Pensacola, out in Perdido Key or off Innerarity Island! Even in Gulf Breeze Proepr (it'll cost ya') and Milton have some waterfront homes. We usually have a nice selection of townhomes and condos in these areas although rarely any single family waterfront homes.
There are a few areas that experiences traffic delays during specific rush hour, with afternoons around 5-6pm being the worst. They include but are not limited to Cervantes near 17th, Hwy 98 in Gulf Breeze through the National Seashore, Davis Hwy near I-10, 9 Mile Rd., Brent Ln. near I-110, Hwy 90 near Woodbine, I hear it's really not bad compared to other bases!

Is it in a "good" neighborhood?
I did a blog recently about this question because we get it all the time. Realtors are not allowed to comment on neighborhoods and locations so we have a few suggestions to help you research the local neighborhoods in Pensacola. Read this blog for felony & sex offender searches, school district information, police dept information, and helpful tips about choosing your next home from afar.

Can you rent a home sight unseen?
Many companies have their own policies concerning this. Some companies will not allow you to rent a house sight unseen. We prefer if a family member or co-worker could visit the home and drive through the neighborhood prior to you signing a lease. If you were to rent something sight unseen, it would most likely come with a sight unseen addendum which states that you must fulfill your lease obligation. This sometimes leaves renters unsatisfied- definitely read my previous blog on Moving to Pensacola and google map the address of any homes you are considering renting sight unseen. Homes are going fast in our area- you may miss out on one or two if you wait to secure a home so more people are renting homes sight unseen.

Our company is #1 in Leasing Homes in the Pensacola area!
Realty Masters offers reduced application fee ($15 per adult instead of $30) for active duty service members and their spouses. Some of our military owners also offer a reduced security deposit to help ease the transition of moving
We have over 45 rental homes available in Pensacola, Pace, Milton, and Perdido Key areas. Make sure to visit our website to view homes, townhomes, and condos for rent in the Pensacola area! Call our office (850) 473 3983 M-F 8-5pm and Saturday 8:30-2pm or stop in at 4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503.

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Until next time,
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Break 2012 hits Pensacola Beach~

As we honor the first day of Spring 2012...
We also hit Pensacola Beach- along with a few thousand Spring Breakers!
Beach goers enjoy Pensacola Beach during Spring Break 2012!


Escambia County public schools are currently on Spring Break, with Santa Rosa County schools back to school Monday after completing their Spring Break. I suspect many other schools are on Spring Break because traffic was a nightmare this weekend over the 3 mile bridge as locals and tourists alike packed the beaches.
Parking lot is full along Portofino Boardwalk~
Unlike our neighbors to the east in Panama City Beach, FL, Pensacola Beach's Spring Break is more of a family atmosphere- not a party town.

The parking lots are packed with license plates from Texas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Louisiana just to name a few.

There are parasailers, tons of boats, jet skiers, tubers, swimmers, men playing football, and women laying out. People are walking up and down the beach, flying kites, jumping waves, collecting shells, fishing, bird watching, masking in the sun, surfing, snorkeling, building sandcastles, and even those just relaxing.
We love to feel the warmth of a Spring Day, and to see our beloved beaches being enjoyed to the fullest. So get out there and get to Pensacola Beach like the rest of us!~

Here's a few tips to help you enjoy Pensacola Beach:

1. Wear sunscreen. Half of Pensacola is walking around burnt today (or will be by next week!) The suns rays peak from about noon to 2pm, which is considered the danger time zone for your skin! You can even develop a severe sunburn from walking around on a cloudy day.

2. In peak seasons, like spring break, you have to be on the beach by about 11 am to avoid the traffic that consumes Gulf Breeze Proper and downtown Pensacola. Just get there early and you won't have a problem.

3. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid too much alcohol when in extreme heat or direct sunlight!
Lifeguard sits duty at his stand on Casino Beach ~
4. Learn about Rip Currents before you get in the water and always pay attention to the warning flags. Never try to fight a rip current, swim with it parallel to the shore. Lifeguards are on stand from 10 am to 6 pm and on certain beaches! If you have never swam in the ocean before, go to one of the more populated beaches with lifeguards. Drowning deaths are more common than they should be as most can be prevented.
5. Don't feed the seagulls! They will invite their seagull friends, never leave, and the people around you will probably get mad.
Happy Beachin!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL  #1 in Rental Homes in Pensacola! (850) 473 3983
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Pensacola's 3 Minute Adventures- fun things to do in Pensacola!

Visit Pensacola continues 3 Minute Adventure Series
Highlights Pensacola's favorite activities

We love the new series that Visit Pensacola produces called 3 Minute Adventures. They currently have 5 videos out and I have watched them all. The videos are approximately 3 minutes in length and highlight some of Pensacola's most exciting adventures including skydiving, zip lining, and the Blue Angels!
Here are a few for you to enjoy!









For more information, visit their website www.VisitPensacola.com

Until next time,
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Waterfront Condo Living: Bayview Terrace in SE Pensacola Heights~

Scenic Hwy is a favorite location among locals
Gorgeous views offered from affordable waterfront condo in Southeast Pensacola!

We get a lot of calls looking for affordable one and two bedroom condos in East Hill and downtown Pensacola. While availability is scarce (and pricey) in these areas, it's neighbor to the east, East Pensacola Heights is also very popular among locals.

One of our favorite and one of the most affordable condominiums is called Bayview Terrace, which is located at 710 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32503.  Located just minutes to the beach, I-10, downtown Pensacola, and Gulf Breeze, this location is highly desired.


The complex is waterfront and low-density with only 74 units. It's located along Pensacola Bay with a New Orleans Courtyard style build with the pool inside the courtyard and all units facing the courtyard.  The property is tropically landscaped and features a sparkling clean pool and clubhouse.

Pensacola Condos for sale near East hill
Nicely landscaped grounds at Bayview Terrace, Pensacola, FL 32503 in Southeast Pensacola








Pensacola Property Management and Real Estate
Pool and Clubhouse at Bayview Terrace Condos in East Pensacola off Scenic Hwy~ Close to Downtown & East Hill!
All of the condos are currently 1 bedrooms (approximately 700 square feet) and 2 bedrooms (approximately 936 square feet) and most feature waterviews of some type! There are three floors but the complex also features an elevator. There are also community laundry rooms with coin operated washer and dryers as not all units have individual w/d hookups at this point.

Scenic Hwy Condo for rent in Pensacola

You can't beat this view- and the sunrises right behind here!
Sunrise behind Baywinds Condos & Bayview Terrace Condos along Scenic Hwy in Pensacola, FL~


School Districts
Elementary: AK Suter
Middle: Workman
High School: Washington

Condos for Rent in Bayview Terrace

Rental rates for Bayview Terrace average $550-$650 for the 1 bedroom and $650- $800 depending on the interior condition and updates, location in the complex, and waterview.
Scenic Hwy ~ photo of  condo for rent
Call our office for current availability as it changes daily. These units rent pretty fast, but we do manage quite a few at Bayview Terrace and its sister building (very similiar) Baywinds located at 600 Scenic Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32503.  Make sure to check our website for current availability!

Note: The homeowners association does not allow renters to have pets at this complex or next door at 600 Scenic Hwy. Boo!

Condos for Sale in Bayview Terrace
Waterfront condos in East Pensacola for sale
View of Pensacola Bay
There are currently three condos for sale at Bayview Terrace and all three are located on the 2nd floor. All three properties are 2 bedroom 1 baths and listed between $34,000 for an incomplete unit, $67,000 for a unit in good condition that needs new carpet, and $75,000 for a renovated condo. for more information on condos for sale in Bayview Terrace, contact Pam Keen at (850) 232-2200 or Jim Riley (850) 255-9472.

Homeowners Association

There is a very active homeowners association at the complex that does have rules and restrictions. You can view these on our website here. The association dues are approximately $200 a month and cover items such as water, sewer, garbage, lawn maintenance, association management, landscaping, master insurance policy, common grounds maintenance and more. For questions in regards to the HOA, please visit our website or contact Realty Masters at (850) 473-3983.

Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin & Pam Keen,
Realty Masters of FL  ~ (850) 473 3983 phone
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Over 45 rentals at http://pensacolarealtymasters.com/?page=rplistings
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Perdido Key Sunset: The countdown to Spring continues!

Some of the best things in life are in fact free!
The Perdido Key Sunset is breathtaking. Make sure you catch the show.

There are several  places to watch the sunset in Perdido Key.
My favorite is off Johnson's Beach off Perdido Key Blvd. It's the perfect tranquil spot to watch the sunset in Northwest Florida. However, Perdido Key offers several public beach access points with a perfect view of the show for free.
I recently watched the sun set along beach access #2. Here's a few photos from my experience:

The beginning of a beautiful sunset over Perdido Key Beach, FL in March 2012

The last few moments of the sunset over Perdido Key Beach, FL
Isn't Northwest Florida a fabulous place to live?

Until next time,
Realty Masters of FL (850) 473 3983
Over 50 rentals available at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Monday, March 12, 2012

List of Public Boat Launches in Pensacola, FL area~

Who doesn't love a good boat ride?
Here's a comprehensive list of boat ramps in the Pensacola, FL area.

With only 8 days 'til Spring, we have Spring fever! If you are new to the area and not sure of where to stash your boat for a day on the open water, here ya go.

Pensacola Area Boat Ramps

Bayou Texar Public Boat Launch- 24 hour public boat launch with over 2 dozen parking spaces. Located in SE Pensacola at the corner of Strong and Bayou Blvd. Located along Bayou Texar.

Bayview Park Public Boat Landing- 24 hour hour public boat launch located at 2000 E. Lloyd Street, Pensacola, FL 32503 in SE Pensacola. Also located along Bayou Texar with picnic tables and grills.

Bayou Texar Public Boat Ramp
Becks Lake Fish Camp Pay Ramp- 2020 Becks Lake Rd., Cantonment, FL 32533- Commercially owned- $5 for full-day parking along Escambia River. Freshwater.

Big Lagoon State Park Boat Ramp- 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32507 along Big Lagoon.  $4 launch fee.

Bill Dixon Park and Boat Ramp- 3148 Fenceline Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507 along Bayou Grande.

 City of Pensacola 17th Street Public Boat Ramp- 1401 E. Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 along Pensacola Bay. Better known as the Graffiti Bridge parking lot! Small parking lot with 10 spaces and 1 porta potty. Fills up fast on the weekends.


Coronado Boulevard Public Boat Ramp- Located off Coronada Blvd. off Innerarity Point Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507.

Galvez Landing Public Boat Ramp- Located off Galvez Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507 along Perdido Bay with over 46 parking spots.

Millview/ Heron Bayou Public Boat Ramp- Lillian Hwy & Dog Track Rd., Pensacola, FL 32506 along Perdido Bay. Only 4 parking spots!

Navy Point Boat Ramp- SW Pensacola @ W. Sunset Ave and Greve Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507. Larger boat ramp with over 56 parking spots located along Bayou Grande and Pensacola Bay.

Park West Canoe & Kayak Launch / SRIA - Fort Pickens- Fort Pickens Rd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561. Over 200 parking spots for a canoe/kayak launch. You can not launch your boat from here!


 Pensacola Shipyard Marine Complex- 700 South Myrick St., Pensacola, FL 32505. Located along Bayou Chico and Pensacola Bay. $5 fee for parking.

Quietwater Beach Wayside Boat Ramp- Pensacola Beach Overpass Ramp- small parking lot to accommodate a few vehicles.

Sanders Beach Recreation Complex- 913 S. I. St., Pensacola, FL 32501. Accommodates 14 vehicles with trailers.

Smiths Fish Camp Pay Ramp- 3509 Smiths Fish Camp, Pensacola, FL 32514 located along Escamiba Bay and Escambia River with over 80 parking spots for a $4 fee.

Swamphouse Marina and Boat Ramp- 10421North Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32514. Open 6 to 8pm, this commercially owned boat launch cost $5 and offers over 50 parking spots.

For more information on boating and/or a comprehensive listing of boat ramps in the Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation website or call  (850) 488-4676
Boat at Miami Boat Show- Call
Justin Williams your Pensacola Boating Expert.
And, if you are interested in buying a boat, let me recommend Justin Williams a boat broker here in the Pensacola area- call him at (850) 291-0400 or contact him here http://www.linkedin.com/in/captainjustintwilliams

Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker associate
Realty Masters of FL
Over 50 rentals available @ www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

McGuires 5K St. Patricks Day Run~ Get involved!

Pensacola celebrates & welcomes Spring!
With beautiful weather comes the season for charity walks and runs in Pensacola.  

It's one of our favorites restaurants- the one we bring all our out of town guests to and definitely our favorite restaurant to celebrate St. Patricks Day with! McGuire's Irish Pub is an award winning restaurant and a favorite among locals with locations in Pensacola and Destin, FL.

It's a Pensacola tradition- one that's been around since they opened in 1977. 

McGuire's is such a part of Pensacola's history that the restaurant has developed its own traditions!  Here are a few of those traditions

1. Dollar bills hanging from the walls and ceilings.
Since 1977, people have been posting dollar bills on McGuires bar, walls, and ceilings. Currently there is over $550,000 covering miscellaneous surfaces inside McGuire's!

2. Kiss the moose!
If it's your first time at McGuire's and you tell your waiter/waitress~ they will make you kiss the moose. It's just something you have to do.

3. Which bathroom am I supposed to go into?
Everytime I go to McGuire's, I still have to think about which bathroom to go to. The sign says Ladies room this way with an arrow pointing to the ladies room, but is on the mens door (and vice versa). I also always see unsuspecting customers standing in confusion which is part of McGuires' charm.

4. McGuire's 5K Run & Party!
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the 35th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day Run! The run is this weekend, March 10th, 2012. A map of the route .

In it's 35 year, this is one of (if not the biggest) runs in the Pensacola area. With a $25 donation, runners jog through downtown Pensacola along Bayfront Pkwy and 9th Ave. Many military members participate in this race as one of the beneficiaries is the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund. Other beneficiaries include the Pensacola Police Department and Boy Scouts.

5. McGuire's Running Club!
McGuire's also has a running club that meets every Tuesday night at 5:45 and runs approximately 3 miles. Participation is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. You even get a discount on your meal if you show up in your running club t-shirt. The website says over 11,000 Pensacolians have run with the McGuires Running Club! And if you don't want to join the runners, just be cautious on Tuesday evenings when driving in downtown Pensacola.  

6. St. Patrick's Day Celebration.
The party begins at 11am....

Any other McGuire's traditions or fun facts that I missed?

Until next time,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL ~ (850) 473 3983
Over 45 rentals available~ www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com
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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Who else is pinned to Pinterest? Follow Pensacola on Pinterest!

We love our hometown of Pensacola!
And we love Pinterest too.
We love Pensacola- the long summer days, abundant sunshine, white sandy beaches, The Blue Angels. Because we love it, we want to share it with you and we're using Pinterest to help us do it.
No wonder Pinterest is the fastest growing website in the world ... we can't stop logging on. Creativity and inspiration are endless on this massive online pin board community.
Home decoration, recipes, inspirational messages, do it yourself craft ideas, wedding planning, photography.. You can spend hours rummaging through millions of ideas through web links and photos.
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