What’s Happening on the Gulf Coast?

During the past few weeks, temperatures have stayed above 60 degrees telling us spring is quickly approaching the Gulf Coast! As we welcome freshly bloomed flowers and longer lasting sunlight, we can’t help but notice the traffic getting heavier along I-10 and Scenic Hwy 98 as vacationers make their way to the beaches of Alabama and on the Florida Panhandle.  The Gulf Coast is open for business and, over the next few months, will have plenty of exciting events and festivals taking place around the area – from Gulf Shores, AL to Panama City Beach, FL. The first major event to take place is  The 66th Annual Fairhope Arts & Craft Festival scheduled for March 16th – 18th along the beautiful scenic streets of downtown Fairhope, AL.  This 3-day festival features over 200 talented artists from all over the U.S. and draws around 300,000 visitors!  The next big event is The Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the world-famous Flora-Bama Lounge.  Running April 27-29, this all-day beach party hosts a fish-throwing tournament attracting competitors of all ages.  For just $15 you can be a part of this long-standing tradition of throwing a slippery mullet as hard as you can over the state-line.  During the same weekend and several hundreds miles east,  Panama City will hold its first alternative-rock music festival on its beautiful sugar white beaches.  Set for April 26-28, SandJam Fest will treat beach-goers with musical performances from famous bands Incubus, Sublime with Rome, Fitz & The Tantrums, and many more! Just a few weeks later, starting May 2, the beaches of Panama City will become alive again during the 20th Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally.  Bikers numbering in the tens of thousands will dominate the roadways for a 4-day bash that stretches for miles along the city’s beachfront.  This lively event has become such a hit it occurs twice a year – in the spring and fall.  Back over in Alabama, the famous Hangout Music Fest will commence during the 3rd week of May attracting approximately 35,000 concert-goers.  This 3-day festival will bring big-name musical performers to Gulf Shores beaches.  Headliners include The Killers, Kendrick Lamar, The Chainsmokers, Portugal. The Man, Logic, and Halsey. 

Get ahead of the game and start planning your trip now!  With hundreds of Gulf Coast condos to choose from it will be easy to find your dream getaway – from extravagant penthouse suites overlooking the Gulf of Mexico to economical efficiencies units just steps from sandy white beaches.  If you like staying in the center of all the action, will offer helpful guides such as Condos Near Hangout Fest and Condos Closest to Mullet Toss. Visit our site to find more exciting happenings in coastal Alabama, Destin & Fort Walton, and Panama City Beach.  Our lists are continuously updated as we learn of more events taking place along the Gulf Coast area.

Family-Friendly Condos in Orange Beach & Gulf Shores

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With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to begin planning an exciting summer vacation with the family. By booking early you will benefit from a wide selection of choices and get in on the best deals before they’re snatched up. With beautiful powder-white beaches, emerald green waters, and charming small-town atmosphere, it is no wonder why the Alabama gulf coast has been a long-time treasured destination for vacationing families.

What are the most important features when choosing your vacation getaway? Do you look for a condo with spacious accommodations with all the comforts of home along with great views?  What about a wide array of amenities such as an outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts and game room? Or is location the most important? Do you prefer to be walking distance to your favorite restaurants or entertainment spots?

We have compared Orange Beach and Gulf Shores condos and selected the most popular family-friendly destinations in regards to location, onsite amenities, and comfort of accommodations.

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Turquoise Place is undeniably one of Orange Beach’s leading beach retreats.  These two high-rise towers boast incredible panoramic views of the Gulf and, depending on floor level, the entire city of Orange Beach.  This luxury resort offers three to five bedroom floor layouts with spacious living areas of 2,300 square feet and larger allowing plenty of space for large families. In addition to each unit’s large wraparound balconies and private hot tubs, the complex offers many resort-style amenities including a lazy river, indoor  outdoor pools, spa, poolside cafe/bar, gym, and tennis courts. 

Phoenix West is centrally located in Orange Beach and one of the newer developments among the Phoenix condominiums.  This upscale resort offers an endless list of amenities including a beachside pool with waterslide, lazy river, kiddie pool, fitness center, saunas, and tennis courts.  Phoenix West offers three- and four-bedroom units ranging from approximately 1,900- 2,500 square feet.  A reputable name in Orange Beach, Phoenix condos have provided families with unforgettable vacation experiences for over 30 years.  

Views are unbeatable at Caribe with large wraparound balconies overlooking Perdido Pass, Ole River, and Gulf of Mexico. This upscale resort offers roomy accommodations available in two- to three-bedroom floor plan styles.  The grounds resemble an outdoor tropical oasis with 40,000 sf of indoor/outdoor pools, a winding lazy river, putting green, tennis courts, and more.  Book your stay at The Caribe and it is guaranteed the kids will never be bored. 

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The Wharf is a resort community offering plenty of entertainment options and features an open-air shopping and dining district, private marina, movie theater, ferris wheel, and amphitheater.  During peak seasons, the Wharf boasts an amazing water resort with a lazy river, wave pool, hot tubs, and poolside grill.  The Wharf condos are elegantly furnished and comfortably accommodate all family sizes with 1 to 4 bedroom floor plan styles. 

Lighthouse is located in the heart of Gulf Shores and the largest condominium in the area.  Guests can walk to popular restaurants and entertainment spots like The Hangout just a half-mile away.  Offering great amenities and well-appointed gulf front units ranging from 1 -4 bedrooms, Lighthouse is a top-ranking destination for families. 

Seachase is a fantastic beachfront development with numerous onsite amenities including 4 outdoor pools, heated indoor pool, hot tubs, children’s interactive splash pad, kiddie pool, and tennis courts.  Seachase is set in central Orange Beach close to favorite restaurants and attractions, such as offshore fishing excursions, shopping centers, and entertainment venues. 

Summerhouse is another gulf front development offering great amenities and centrally located in Orange Beach.  Families can enjoy a massive tiered beachfront pool,spacious sundeck, putting green, children’s playground, basketball and tennis courts.  These three-bedroom condos offer roomy accommodations with unobstructed gulf views.

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Sugar Beach is a popular gulf front complex enjoyed by vacationing families without breaking the bank. Central to Orange Beach restaurants and attractions, Sugar Beach is a great getaway offering several beachside pools, a kiddie pool, tennis courts, and a seasonal snack bar.  Condos range from studios to three-bedroom units with direct or indirect gulf views.

Gulf Shores Plantation is located on the Fort Morgan peninsula and next door to Kiva Dunes, a top-rated golf course.  The resort’s offers a variety of reasonably-priced accommodations along with an exceptional amenity package that includes 6 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, kiddie pools, hot tubs, fitness center with saunas & steam rooms.  Families can enjoy many outdoor activities with shuffleboard, basketball, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a putting green located on the property grounds.

If you are looking to find a permanent vacation home, visit our Orange Beach condos for sale and Gulf Shores condos for sale pages to learn more about beachfront real estate, ownership costs, and to view current listings in these areas and nearby communities such as Perdido Key and Destin, FL.  We provide annual rental revenue for buyers interested in joining a rental program. Why wait any longer? Own your personal beach retreat and create long-lasting memories to be cherished by family and friends year after year.

Gulf Shores Condos Similar to Lighthouse

Lighthouse Condominiums in central Gulf Shores is one of the area’s top-producing revenue condos.  This condo development is a highly sought-after beach destination due to its close proximity to the heart of Gulf Shores and popular entertainment venue, The Hangout.  Vacationers are treated to an exceptional amenity package with features such as a two beachfront pools, hot tubs, indoor heated pool, high speed elevators, exercise facility, sauna, and steam room.  Lighthouse caters to families of all sizes offering one to four bedroom units ranging from 875 to 2,397 square feet of living area.  There are a number of similar Gulf Shores condos for sale that rival the amenities and features of Lighthouse condominiums.  These gulf front developments are Seawind, Island Tower, Island Royale, Crystal Shores, and Crystal Shores West.

Seawind is a high-rise condominium holding 155 gulf facing units.  Built in 2006, this development is in a great spot just a half-mile walk from downtown Gulf Shores.  Visitors can take advantage of many onsite amenities including outdoor and indoor pools, exercise center, sauna, steam room, and covered parking spaces.  Find more information for this condominium and search Seawind condos for sale.  

Another popular Gulf Shores condominium is Island Tower.  This impressive 26-story development is easy to spot along the Gulf Shores skyline.  Island Tower offers higher-end condo units with all comprising of three bedroom spacious plans spanning up to 2,400 square feet of living area.  Luxurious amenities include an infinity-edge indoor & outdoor pools, large fitness facility, sauna, and a covered parking deck.  Search Island Tower condos for sale and see what is currently available on the market.

Developed a few years before Lighthouse, Island Royale is a fantastic choice for those looking to reside in the Gulf Shores area.  Housing 84 two and three bedroom units, this development sits directly on the beach and provides numerous amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, gym, hot tubs, and a steam room.  Research more information on these units by visiting Island Royale condos for sale.

Developed in 2007, Crystal Shores is a family-friendly beach destination close to central Gulf Shores and offers great amenities including a swim-through pool, hot tub, exercise center, sauna, and game room.  All units are 2 bedrooms and provide spectacular views of the Gulf. Learn more about Crystal Shores condos for sale and find prices of recently sold condos. 

Crystal Shores West is the sister resort of Crystal Shores and was built around the same time as Lighthouse condominiums.  The complex offers the same great amenity packages such as indoor & outdoor pools, hot tubs, gym, sauna, and game room.  Crystal Shores West is a short trip to Gulf Shores Hangout and the downtown area.  Find more details like potential revenue income by visiting Crystal Shores West condos for sale.

Just a few minutes away is Orange Beach, another popular Alabama beach destination with a booming condo market.  Orange Beach is a wonderful getaway with plenty of attractions for people of all ages.  The town offers delicious freshly-caught seafood restaurants, offshore fishing excursions, fine shopping, and endless entertainment.  Search Orange Beach condos for sale and find the perfect beach haven that best fits your needs.

On the other side of Phoenix X in Orange Beach, AL, sits the world-famous FloraBama lounge.  Legend says this mythical place straddles the state line, but in reality it’s in Florida and on the East side of the FloraBama sits Mediterranean;  the first gulf front condo in Perdido Key.  This area of our coast is narrow and allows for lucky owners to capitalize on the best of both worlds and enjoy the great scenery of a condominium directly on the Gulf of Mexico while having boat slips on the other side of Beach Blvd and Perdido Pass, and access to the gulf, is only a few minutes to the West.  For detailed info on this feature, browse Perdido Key, FL condos for sale.

Changes to Our Network

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We work in conjunction with CondoInvestment.com to promote the AL / FL Gulf Coast and have recently implemented closed sales information.  The NAR (National Association of Realtors) has changed laws in the past year allowing us to publish recently sold real estate.  Larger media websites, like Realtor.com and Zillow have been able to share this info for years using 3rd party vendors, but actual Realtors have been unable to benefit from the use of these recently sold details.  Now that this is allowed, agents and their marketing efforts can include the usage recent sales information, but there are differences.

One of the main differences is that the larger websites use these 3rd party vendors which can, and often is, inaccurate due to the various channels needed to access the details.  An agent website, like CondoInvestment.com, is an actual “real estate website” and the recently SOLD info actually comes directly from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) ensuring accuracy.  We’re also able to structure the info allowing users to filter using sold prices and closed dates making research easy and much more useful.

The same holds true for listings.  The large websites use 3rd party vendors to access listings as well.  The same complications are true for listings and accuracy is ensured because the details are pulled from the actual MLS.  With these changes, some MLS boards all are simply not allowing these large websites to even have access to the counties listings which throws off everything.  It makes sense – is you’re using comprehensive stats that lack even a single MLS board, the stats for everything are off.

We stay current on these types of issues to offer our clients the best possible experience when browsing for real estate along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast.  Browse the Gulf Coast like never before and enjoy our exclusive aerial imagery to gain unprecedented access to listings including condos, homes, land and commercial real estate in our area.  Orange Beach condos for sale along with Perdido Key condos for sale offer interactive Google maps and property details and revenue info for all condos on the AL Gulf Coast and the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast or “Panhandle”.  We strive to make shopping for real estate from the comfort of your own home – easy and try to make your visits as productive as possible.  So the next time you’re looking for details, give CondoInvestment.com a try.

Orange Beach

Orange Beach is another great area on the Alabama Gulf Coast.  Orange Beach is surrounded by water and actually an island on the AL / FL state line.  Attached to Gulf Shores, this area of the Alabama Coast is the fastest growing area in the state.  Development is everywhere these days and can be seen from most any road in Baldwin County, but the beaches and areas just North, like Foley, Elberta and North Gulf Shores have the most, by far.  Some of the larger developments currently taking place in these areas are:  the Poarch Creek Band of Indians site, the new Auburn campus purchase and the Gulf Place beach revitalization.  The latter is going to change the downtown area of Gulf Shores and make the area much safer for pedestrian and bike traffic.  New roads, bridges and development are all coming;  the BP settlement seems to have influenced these add-ons substantially.  For more info on these developments, check out our BLOG.

For more info, visit our page for Orange Beach condos for sale

Lighthouse Condominium

The Lighthouse is located at 455 East Beach Blvd in downtown Gulf Shores, AL.  View Map  Relax in style with breath-taking vistas from every unit in the Lighthouse condo in Gulf Shores, AL. The Lighthouse condominium was completed circa 2006 by a very well respected local real estate developer. His knowledge of the market steered him in an interesting direction concerning design. The Lighthouse offers computer rooms which most have converted to bunk rooms allowing for additional accomodations. The Lighthouse Resort in Gulf Shores actually sits on the land which held Gulf Shores original Lighthouse. Enjoy the resorts 635-foot private beach, 2 gulf front hot tubs, gulf-view fitness room with sauna or cool off in the two private gulf-front pools. The Lighthouse possesses all of the amenities required by the discerning off-season renter or “snow bird” as we affectionately call them. The zero-entry pool with four waterspouts, is perfect for children or anyone looking to beat the heat. Guests may swim year-round in the heated indoor pool. These Gulf Shores vacation rentals are made for family vacations and for real estate sales info, find helpful sales info for the Lighthouse on CondoInvestment.com.

Located less than one mile east of Highway 59, The Lighthouse Resort condos in Gulf Shores are the perfect setting for most any family or friendly get together, with one, two and three bedroom suites available. These Gulf Shores condos feature fully-equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, cable/satellite TV, DVD and CD players, and high speed Internet. Master bedrooms feature both a shower and a large whirlpool tub. The dressing area has his and her vanities with a large walk-in closet. One bedroom units offer two full baths while larger condo units include a bath for each bedroom.

Gulf Shores, AL offers a variety of nearby restaurants ranging from family-friendly, casual seafood spots to fine dining establishments. Sports enthusiasts can choose from golf, tennis, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and other water sports we consider commonplace. Serious shoppers have ample choices at the area outlet malls, art galleries, and boutiques. Spend an afternoon at one of the local amusement parks or, after a day in the sun, take in a movie at a local cinema.

Interested in other Gulf Shores condos for sale?  Find info on all other condos in the area including gulf front, lagoon front, bay front, golf course and all other condo types in Gulf Shores, AL.  The sales pages offer recent sales info, revenues, aerial imagery, property details and much more info published to take the guess work out of finding condos in Gulf Shores.

We’ve also included the same info for Orange Beach condos for sale, as well as, Perdido Key condos for sale and all of the great tools and features used for Gulf Shores, can be found for these areas as well.  Our coverage area extends from Mobile, AL to Panama City, FL making us one of the only local teams offering this info in one place.  And while the larger websites, like Zillow and Trulia offer listings for this area, these are media sites and their info is pulled from 3rd party vendors and not nearly as reliable as our info.  We’re a “real estate website”, not a media site and in place of being paired with which ever agent is up in their queue, Mike has been specializing in condos and water-front real estate in the South AL / Northwest FL Gulf Coast area since 2000.