Thursday, January 22, 2015

Neighborhood Profile: South Harbour Condos

Entrance to South Harbour Condos in Pensacola Beach, FL~
Entrance to South Harbour Condos in Pensacola Beach, FL~
South Harbour Condos, Pensacola Beach, FL
Waterfront condos in the heart of Pensacola Beach on Little Sabine Bay. 

South Harbour Condos are located at 751 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 in a prime location on Pensacola Beach! This waterfront condo community is situated on Little Sabine Bay, with views of the Gulf of Mexico from the front of the building. 

South Harbour Condos Pensacola FL
Prime real estate in the heart of Pensacola Beach!

Blue Angels fly next to South Harbour Condos
South Harbour Condos overlooks the main core of Pensacola Beach.  An easy walk to Casino Beach, Quietwater Beach, Portofino Boardwalk, and most of the dining, entertainment, and shopping on Pensacola Beach, this is a favorite location among many.

Little Sabine Bay is the perfect location for water sports enthusiasts as the calm waters provide for excellent paddle boarding and kayaking opportunities.  It's also the perfect location to catch the summer US Navy Pensacola Beach Air Show

South Harbour Pool overlooking Little Sabine Bay
South Harbour Pool overlooking Little Sabine Bay

South Harbour Amenities
Condos with pool, gym, and sauna in Pensacola Beach
Gym and sauna at South Harbour Condos on Pensacola Beach
  • Prime location within walking distance to Casino and Quietwater Beaches
  • Water views from all condos
  • Gated condominium complex
  • Security access required to gain entry into building and elevator
  • In-ground pool
  • Exercise facility
  • Sauna
  • Dock (some units come with boat slips)
  • Watersport storage
  • White sand private beach
South Harbour Condos

Built in 1997, the property is very well maintained. With 72 condos on fourteen levels, the building offers water views from all units.

The majority of condos at South Harbour are 2 bedroom 2 bath with a little over 1,000 square feet.  South Harbour does have three penthouse units and three terrace units on the top floors which are range from about 1,950 square feet to 2,250 square feet.

South Harbour Condos for Rent

Pensacola Beach Condos
South Harbour backyard beach with water sport storage
South Harbour offers both long term (7+ months to a year) leases as well as short term vacation rentals depending on your needs and availability.

The average monthly rental rate for South Harbour Condos in 2014 was $1,750 per month.  Some are rented furnished and all rates include some utilities which are paid by the homeowners association. The building is pet friendly but each owner has separate pet preferences so pets are not accepted at all South Harbour rentals.

Long Term South Harbour Condo Rentals
If you are looking for a long term Pensacola Beach rental like those at South Harbour, email me, for a current list of availability! 

Realty Masters manages long term rentals at South Harbour and other Pensacola Beach condos and is happy to assist you with leasing your property or finding a waterfront condo for you to rent!

Short Term South Harbour Condos for Rent
If you are seeking a short term vacation rental for a week or month at South Harbour, our friends at Gulf Blue Vacations on Pensacola Beach have several so visit their website at for rates and availability.  

View from 6th floor balcony at South Harbour Condos overlooking Little Sabine Bay
View from 6th floor balcony at South Harbour Condos overlooking Little Sabine Bay
South Harbour Condos for Sale

The average sales price for South Harbour condos sold in 2014 was $286,000 with sales prices ranging from $230,000 to $330,000.  These sales do not represent any of the larger penthouse or terrace units, only the two bedroom two bath units.  Two of the higher sales prices include deep water boat slips available at South Harbour.

If you are interested in purchasing a South Harbour Condo or a similar Pensacola Beach condo, email or call her at (850) 232-2200 for a list of properties.

Thanks and have a great day,
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to turn must-do home improvements into things of beauty

(BPT) - When it comes to

When "want to" and "have to" meet, they create the opportunity to make a smart buying decision - and choose an upgrade that will look good and improve the livability of your home. The key to making smart home improvement decisions is to recognize these opportunities and take full advantage of them.

Here are a few "have to" improvements that have the potential to turn into a good-looking, energy-efficient, enjoyment-enhancing "want to."

Replacing the hot water heater

You probably don't care what a new hot water heater looks like sitting in your garage or basement - or wherever it resides in your home. But the right replacement water heater can help your house achieve a lovely shade of green. High energy-efficiency water heaters can help reduce energy usage, thereby trimming your energy bills and your home's environmental impact. Solar water heating systems take the beauty a step further by using the power of the sun, collected through low-profile solar panels on the roof, to heat water - at a monthly savings that's about 80 percent less than the cost of traditional heaters.

Getting some light in here

Do you really need a bunch of scientific studies to tell you that a home filled with natural light just feels better? Probably not. Illuminating your home with natural light is a smart buying decision on multiple levels. First, you don't pay to power the sun. Second, natural light delivers a host of mood-enhancing benefits. If you have the wall space, by all means add some windows.

But for rooms where a window is impossible (like a powder room) or where you don't want to sacrifice privacy (like a master bathroom) a tubular skylight is a good alternative. Some are easy enough to install that a seasoned do-it-yourselfer could accomplish the task. They cost less than traditional skylights and bring natural light to hard-to-light areas like closets, hallways and other small spaces.

Getting some air in here

Just as natural sun is good for your mood, ventilation can be good for your health. An Energy Star qualified venting skylight is a great way to passively vent stale, moist air from inside your home, especially from baths and kitchens. While some skylights are "fixed," those that do open can be controlled by a remote to open when you want fresh air and close when you want to retain warmth. They can also close automatically in case of rain. In addition, they introduce free light into your home. Adding blinds - also remote-controlled - can help you better control the amount of sun a skylight admits into your home. And blinds are not just functional - you can get them in colors and patterns to complement your decor while increasing energy efficiency. Compared to other venting solutions, a skylight is a relatively low-cost, great-looking way to address ventilation issues while adding drama to a space. Log on to to learn more about skylights.

When one door opens ...

Beat up, weathered garage and front doors not only look bad, they can be a source of air leaks that make your heating, ventilation and cooling system work harder. Exterior doors aren't something you buy every day, but they can have a big impact on how your home looks and on its energy efficiency. They can definitely be a smart buying decision if you opt for doors that not only look good, but are also highly rated for energy efficiency. If you're not sure how to choose, look online, where you'll find guides for buying garage doors and front doors.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Home remodeling for the long haul: Making your space work for you

(BPT) - As more people choose to stay in their current homes longer, Americans are diving into large remodel projects. Forty percent of homeowners plan to remodel or build an addition to their existing home within the next two years, with kitchen and bathroom projects remaining the most popular remodeling jobs, according to the Houzz and Home Survey.

Home remodeling for the long term can be challenging, as newer designs may clash with the existing style of the home. The key to a successful remodel is to choose elements that will create a cohesive design throughout, yet remain fashionable and functional well into the future.

"Whether it's upgrading their existing home or renovating a newly purchased one to fit their long-term needs, homeowners are settling in and want quality products that will look great, provide design flexibility and perform well over time," says Andy Wells, vice president of product design, MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.

Here are a few tips to help make your remodel work for the long haul:

Keep your space flexible with neutral color choices

As homeowners stay in one place longer, they are passing on bright, bold colors, especially in the kitchen and instead choosing neutral colors and clean styles that work well with a variety of design elements. Many new earthy, neutral color palettes provide visual warmth while seamlessly blending with the rest of a house. Moreover, neutral hues can increase dramatic impact when carried throughout the kitchen in various textures, such as flooring, a backsplash or cabinets.

Decora Cabinets recently partnered with Sherwin-Williams to create a custom color-matching program for cabinets, which offers more than 2,000 shades of color to choose from, including a wide range of neutrals that can be easily adapted to specific design tastes. Give your kitchen a warm, cozy feel with Decora's Down to Earth series of soft browns or create a trendy, elegant feel with the Quiet Sophistication line of blacks and greys in your cabinetry.

Complement existing design elements with transitional styles

Modern cabinets can clash with traditional elements in other rooms, especially when remodeling older homes. Choose cabinets with design elements that easily transition across differing styles and bridge the gap between your desire for a contemporary kitchen and the traditional reality of an older home.

Cabinetry manufacturers are offering many new styles that help create flow between old and new spaces within your home. Consider the new Aristokraft VanWyke Thermofoil cabinets or Omega Perrini cabinet door styles. These simple cabinet doors can adopt a contemporary feel in a kitchen or complement a traditional style in the bathroom, all while maintaining a continuous, polished look across your home.

Create a functional, organized space

Functionality is essential to a kitchen or bath that will continue to meet the changing needs of your family over time, whether it's ensuring there's enough storage space for a growing family or making the home more accessible for family members of all ages and abilities. Remodeling for the long haul also means creating a planned, practical space and many new products are available that can help improve the organization in your home.

Diamond Cabinet's Logix product line offers a wide variety of innovative organizational cabinet solutions for the kitchen. One original space-saver is the new Diamond Wall Pull Down Spice Rack, which brings items down to eye-level from three chrome basket racks inside the cabinets, putting your favorite spices and other items right at your fingertips for easy reach.

With these tips and a wide breadth of cabinetry, colors and styles designed for today's transitioning homes, remodeling for the long haul has never been easier.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Teach your children the value of a loonie

(NC)-Young children are fascinated by money. What can I get with this nickel? What's a loonie? Teaching your children the value of money is part of your job as a parent, but knowing where to start can be intimidating.

"Financial literacy is an essential life skill that children need to learn to be successful adults," says Raymond Chun, a senior vice president at TD Canada Trust. "It is never too early for your kids to start learning the value of a dollar."

Chun offers his advice on how to teach young children the value of a loonie:

• What is it? Start by introducing your children to all the coins, including their names, colors and values. Once they master the basics, you can help your child understand the monetary system and practice their math by counting out how many pennies or dimes are in a loonie.

• What can you buy for it? Set up a play grocery store with their toys or take your child to the store to show them what they can buy with one, five and 10 loonies to give them a visual understanding of its value. Depending on their age, you could also use this as an opportunity to explain how a bag of rice can feed a small family for a week, yet it costs the same as a bag of candy.

• How do you get more Loonies? It's important children learn from a young age that money comes from hard work and saving. Consider linking their allowance to age-appropriate chores, like making their bed or putting away their toys, and help them choose a treat that they can start saving for.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Your tax documents - what to keep and shred

(BPT) - Whether you use old-fashioned manila filing folders, a flash drive or cloud storage, tax and personal finance authorities agree on the importance of saving tax documents and records. In addition to using the information for preparing your next income tax return, it may come in handy years from now.

"Your tax data is helpful and often required in many non-tax financial situations," says TaxACT spokesperson Jessi Dolmage. "For instance, insurance companies, lenders and creditors often use tax information to verify income and asset value. Form W-2s can provide proof of income if your Social Security benefits are less than what they should be."

Information to save for your next tax return

Organizing and saving information throughout the year will cut tax return preparation time and can even save you money. Save any information related to:

* Income from wages, dividends, interest or business: Forms W-2, 1099, and K-1, bank statements, brokerage statements

* Deductions and credits (child care expenses, medical and dental expenses, business use of home, charitable gifts, vehicle sales tax, alimony): Receipts, invoices, mileage logs, bank or credit card statements, canceled checks

* Home and property: Closing statements, invoices, proof of payment, insurance records, receipts for improvements

* Investments: Forms 1099 and 2439, brokerage statements, mutual fund statements

While you don't need a fancy or high-tech organizing system, you do need to keep the information in a secure place. Consider saving electronic copies to the cloud or on a backup storage device in addition to, or in place of, your paper files.

"One of the key advantages of going digital is that your tax information is better protected from natural disasters," says Dolmage. "Saving electronically also means you can access the information anywhere from a mobile device."

Apps and websites make digitizing documents easy. TaxACT DocVault is a free mobile app and website specifically designed to create and save secure, digital copies of tax documents. At tax time, import DocVault images into TaxACT Deluxe to save with your return.

What to keep after filing your taxes and how long to keep it

Knowing what information to save and for how long can be confusing. As a general rule of thumb, keep tax returns and related documents for at least three years from the April 15 filing deadline.

* Three years: Tax return forms and schedules plus all information to support what you claimed on your return, especially records related to property, investments, or business assets (for depreciation). While there are exceptions, the IRS has three years to assess additional tax and audit returns. Three years is also the amount of time you have to amend your return.

* Four years: Many income-taxing states have an additional year to audit individual returns.

* Six years: Forms W-2, 1099, etc. because the IRS has six years to contact you if you've failed to report income.

* Seven years: Any information regarding loss from worthless securities or bad debts.

Certain documents should be saved longer. "Information related to your home, property, investments and retirement plans should be kept indefinitely," says Dolmage. "If you dispose of an asset, be sure to keep the information for another three years."

Business owners should keep tax information for at least four years. That includes employment records, gross receipts, invoices, bank statements, proofs of purchase, asset records, databases, emails and even voicemails.

Refer to IRS Publication 552 at for more information about tax recordkeeping, Publications 583 and 463 provide specific information for businesses. Visit to download TaxACT DocVault for free.