Joyce Kendall’s Newsletter RE/MAX Orange Beach Winter, 2018
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2018 is shaping up to be a very active year. With the decrease in inventory, prices will rise. Buyers, please don’t wait until you are priced out of the market. Call me for current, up to date information. Rentals seem to be booking a little slower this year, but hopefully that is just people being unsure of their dates. Please, whatever you do, don’t book your vacation with VRBO or other sites that take all the choices out of the owners’ hands and charge renters huge fees. Check out these local rental sites: www.alabamavacationhomerentals.com/ www.ECBYO.com or other local sites to book your vacation.
New listing coming soon
New construction on Perdido Bay – brick 1910 sq. ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bath home has granite counter tops, stainless appliances, 2-car garage. Also, master bath with glass surround, double sinks & walk in closet. Lot is 81’ on the bay & approx. 300’ deep. It is in the new Elberta High School district. 499,900 MLS 266758. Completion June or July, 2018. Call me.
Lodging Tax Information
Effective May 1, 2018 the lodging taxes in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach will be increased 2%, making the total tax 13%. Unincorporated Fort Morgan rentals will remain at 6% or 8 ½%. Do you think this will make a difference with rentals?
OWA in Foley
The OWA in Foley opened its doors the end of July last year, but are running on a limited schedule during the winter. The Poach Band of Creek Indians with the City of Foley have formed a joint venture for this park, which features 21 rides, Groovy Goat Restaurant, Wahlburgers’ Restaurant & Hershey Ice Cream Parlor plus a large lake. Also, in the park is the Marriott Towne Place Suites. More stores, restaurants & features will be added in 2018.
Gulf Shores plans to break away from the Baldwin County School System and form their own system. A board has been nominated and a new Superintendent has been named. Orange Beach will remain with the Baldwin County Public Schools. There is lots to be discussed, including where Orange Beach students will attend during the transition. Orange Beach has already announced the construction of a new middle school on Canal Rd where the old sewer plant was located, but it will not be completed until 2019. They also plan to build a new high school just north of the intercoastal waterway off the Toll Road. One of our realtors, Norma Lynch, was just appointed to fill a vacancy on the Baldwin County School Board. We are all proud of her, and she will do a great job, as she is a retired teacher & principal.
Calendar of Events
3/16 – 3/18 Annual Fairhope Art & Craft Festival
3/22 – 3/25 Boat & Yacht Show – Wharf
3/24 Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Bellingrath Gardens, in Mobile
3/31 Original German Sausage Festival in Elberta
4/7 Discovery Day at The Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab
4/14 – Styx & REO Speedwagon Concert at the Wharf
4/14 Waterway Village Zydeco & Crawfish Festival in Gulf Shores
4/20 - Chris Young Concert at the Wharf
4/27 – 4/29 Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party at the FloraBama
5/4 - Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival – Foley
5/12 – 5/13 Art in the Park – Foley 10 – 4 pm
5/18 – 5/20 Hangout Music Festival – Gulf Shores
I am sure you will find lots of sporting events, whether you want to participate, or just watch. There are a lot of golf courses in the area, plus tennis, beach volleyball & runs. This area has become popular with youth sports. Here are two of the area’s complexes.
Foley Sports Complex – soccer, softball & baseball
Gulf Shores Sportsplex – CR 6 – football, baseball, soccer, softball & track
Other Interesting Places
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuse – Hwy 180 Gulf Shores http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Fairhope http://wwwweeksbayreserve.com
Ft Morgan Historic Site – Ft Morgan
Dauphin Island Sea Lab – Dauphin Island
National Museum of Naval Aviation – Pensacola
Bellingrath Gardens – Mobile
Tanger Outlet Mall – 140 stores – in Foley
Flora Bama http://florabama.com
City of Gulf Shores www.GulfShoresAL.gov
Orange Beach www.cityoforangebeach.com
Tourism & Convention www.GulfShores.com
Baldwin County taxes www.co.baldwin.al.us
The Wharf www.amphitheateratthewharf.com
Perdido Chamber http://visitPerdido.com
Tanger Outlet Mall in Foley www.tangeroutlet.com
The Hangout in Gulf Shores www.thehangoutal.com
The Hangout Music Festival hangoutmusicfest.com
Pick the location where you want to buy and call me for the best deals.
Hope to see you soon.