Florida Real Estate

New Smyrna Beach style.

The shoot me before I live in one of these condos. 

The Miami Look, just you and 1000 other snow birds.    
Cell Block A. Not an ounce of sunshine on the oddly sideways facing balconies. 

TWENTY IDENTICAL BUILDINGS!!!! Don’t say I’ll meet you at the cream and blue one! Across the street from the ocean so lugging chairs is part of the routine. 

Cell Blocks B and C. Many of these condo towers look like once former Holiday Inn hotels. I can certainly understand why the condo towers are so popular. Come down. No maintenance of a house. On the ocean. Bingo done. To each his on but not for me. We looked at prices online and they range from $300 to $1.4, depending on size and location. 

Houses come in every shape and form too. From Needs a Bit of Work

to I‘ll Take That Tomorrow …..

This gray one is also for rent and is a big contender if I come back so I’m not Minnie the Mooch.

And everything in between.

This one is for sale.

This one glows in the dark.

The old Howard Johnson’s red roof.

To glass front.

To brand new.

No links to the listings, sorry, just enjoy!

8 thoughts on “Florida Real Estate

  1. You are getting to be more amped up than Chris Fountain on his most manic day in real estate.

    To correct your sun angle theory at New Smyrna Beach for a full two months from May 21 to July 21st, there is at least 13 1/2 hours of sunlight.

    North face facades receive potential direct sun from the east until 10:10 am and receive it after 4:40 pm from the west. There is mid-day shade from the blazing sun for 6 1/2 hours, leaving at least 7 hours of optimum sunlight.

    In all other respects, I agree with your dissing of FL beach architecture. It is fun to see the mixing of new FEMA compliant and old-style cottages along the beach. All soon to disappear into the sea.

    1. But who wants to be in Florida from May to July, or more, who would want to rent a condo then? It’s one thing if it’s your own home to be there year round but with the highest rent rates over the winter, a condo with no sun seems like a rookie mistake.

      We get the sense that beater beach houses don’t get scraped, they get “renovated” in the original footprint and go up. That way they aren’t required to lift the house or comply with FEMA regs. Is that wrong?

      1. Actually we are banking on spending the dreadful Florida summer months in Oregon, Cape Cod, Greenwich and Bolivia, hounding our kids, all of whom have great summer weather. I’ll be learning the language of the Inca this July, surviving on corn beer and fresh fish run up daily from the coastline over the old Inca highways and rope bridges.

        FEMA codes seem to vary greatly as to how the local community implements the federal building codes for flood hazard areas.

        This all hinges on the underlying FIRM – Flood Insurance Rate Map – which can be very inaccurate for a given site.

  2. Eos, have you spent time on Sanibel/Captiva? It’s our dream to winter there.. Two lane roads, 45% conservation land, bike trails everywhere, great restaurants, interesting people with midwestern values, a vibrant intellectual, ecology-minded population interested in the arts, no building higher than 3 stories, and a terrific Episcopal church. Beaches and shells for your morning walks and a spectacular wildlife refuge. Maybe I’m preaching to the choir. Bibi

    1. I’ve not spent a lot of time there but good friends rented a cottage on Sanibel and we visited enough for me to agree 1000% with your assessment. It’s spectacular. Great minds think alike and thanks too for the mention of Off The Hook.

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