Looking out the floor-to-ceiling window in their master bedroom, Carolyn and Don Clay can see across the bay to Mobile’s city skyline. “On a clear day, you can see forever,” Carolyn jokes, referencing the Barbra Streisand musical. But you really can see an amazing view across the Bayway and up the Mobile River Delta.
Developers are taking on some high-end construction projects in Perdido Key. They include multi-million dollar condominiums.
It’s been over a decade since Hurricane Ivan ripped through the Florida panhandle, taking down property near the beach. One of those properties was Vista Del Mar. Now, more than 10 years later, both developers and locals I spoke with say ‘it’s about time for some revitalization.’
PERDIDO KEY, Fla. (WEAR) — Changes are coming to the Perdido Key skyline as another high-end condominium mid-rise is in the works. It would be the third since crews broke ground on Vista Del Mar in 2015.
Local developers will seek planning approval for Cottages of Romeo Beach, a 25-unit cottage-style condominium project on East Beach Boulevard on about 3 acres across from Lighthouse condos in Gulf Shores, according to builder Greg Kennedy, one of the developers. The first phase will feature 10 two-story cottages, each 1,500-square feet with prices starting at $365,000.
Local developers are seeking site plan approval to build Caribe on the Beach, a 27-story, 170-unit condominium complex at 25802 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, according to the city’s planning commission. Larry Wireman, who developed the condo projects Caribe Resort and Turquoise, has the beachfront site under contract. He plans to partner with Nathan Cox of Battle Plan Capital and Bellator Real Estate & Development on the new Caribe project.
For the first time in nearly a decade, a new condominium development is scheduled to open soon on Perdido Key.
Developers of the 64-unit Vista Del Mar complex said Monday they plan to finish the project by March and have presold all but seven of the units for prices ranging from $825,000 to $1.65 million.
The same developers plan to start another high-end, 49-unit Perdido Key Gulf-front development on the eastern end of the beach by early 2018.
An elegant condo with a million-dollar view of the Gulf of Mexico, an ultra-modern condo overlooking The Magic City and a penthouse made for the ultimate Bama fans – three condos in three Alabama cities, offered at around the same price, just under $1 million. Here’s what you get for between $950,000 and $979,000 in Orange Beach, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa.
A developer paid $1.15 million for more than 1 acre with 300 front feet on Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores, south of Waterville USA, and plans to build Bayou Sunrise, a 22-unit condominium project, according to Ken Crabtree of Re/Max Paradise, who handled the transaction.The two-bedroom, two-bath units will average 1,100 to 1,200 square feet and be priced at $239,000. All the units will face the state park and bayou.
DRG Development’s site plan for Abaco was approved by the city of Gulf Shores on April 26, 2016.
Abaco is taking reservations and offers 78 units, a 5th floor gulf-front Club Room with a gathering area for owners including a catering kitchen and bar, a theater room, and a gulf-front fitness center with his and hers restrooms / showers, sauna and steam rooms.
Local developer Larry Wireman has received site plan approval to construct 474 condominium units on 18.5 acres on Beck Road off Baldwin County 20 behind Tanger Outlets in Foley, according to city records. The Sports World USA condo project is near the Foley Sports Tourism Complex under construction and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians planned entertainment complex. Wireman and his development partners are still working on prices and other details. Wireman developed Caribe Resort and Turquoise Place condo towers in Orange Beach.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – From 2008 until 2014 there weren’t many new condos proposed on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
That’s slowly changing as Brett-Robinson has two under construction, one in Orange Beach and one in Gulf Shores, and several are said to be in the planning stages.
Local developers plan to build Abaco, a 78-unit, 24-story, gated Gulf-front condominium complex on 1.86 acres on West Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores, according to David Head Jr., one of the partners of DRG Development. Henry Norris & Associates designed the project, which includes a pool oasis with a lazy river. The three-bedroom units are 2,080 square feet and up and prices start at $750,000. The property has 200 front feet on the Gulf and is adjacent to Harbor House condos.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — There could be a 26-story, 800,000-square-foot new condo tower going up on the beach next to the Hampton Inn in Orange Beach.
But there’s not.
A building, Phoenix Orange Beach, is going up there soon. But in the new era of managing growth more closely and not relaxing regulations for planned unit developments, the city and Brett-Robinson have partnered to decide on what might be best for both when it comes to new buildings.
Condominium owners who watched their property values plummet during the housing bust are enjoying home appreciation rates that exceed their single-family home owning neighbors.
A proposed 21-story, 114-unit Phoenix Orange Beach condominium project on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach was denied preliminary planning approval by the Orange Beach Planning Commission, city officials said. The request will now be presented at a public hearing on Nov. 17 at the Orange Beach City Council meeting. The condo tower would be built on vacant property west of the Hampton Inn & Suites.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The higher you go, condo-wise, the narrower you must be.
But if you have a narrow lot, by the time you reach the 23rd floor the allowable width becomes a design obstacle. The “incremental setback” is part of the building ordinance in Orange Beach.
Wouldn’t it be nice to shop, have dinner, go out for cocktails, listen to live music and just spend a day in an entertainment district with a view of the water and never leave sight of your front door? Maybe even a slip to pull your yacht up to?
Ten years after Katrina, Alabama homeowners are still feeling the impact of the storm when they pay their monthly homeowners insurance premiums. No the state is taking another shot at finding a solution.
State Senator Trip Pittman read a letter from the governor Monday tasking the Coastal Insurance Work Group to solve the coastal insurance crisis. The group met for the first time at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Mobile, a decade after Katrina and 11 years after Ivan devastated the coast.
GULF SHORES, AL — It’s like deja vu all over again.
Back in the post-Ivan years when building and rebuilding was big business in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, several new subdivisions were staked, planned and approved.
In the post-boom bust, however, many of those subdivision plans were put aside as interest and the economy waned.
Now they are making a comeback, City Planner Andy Bauer says.
While Gulf Shores isn’t seeing the same level of interest and activity in the hotel or condo markets as neighbor Orange Beach, the single-family housing market is very active.
What do you get for a condo unit north of a million bucks in Orange Beach? Well, you get walking distance of the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package in Perdido Key, Fla. You also get one of the best vistas on the island. The Penthouse at Bella Luna in Orange Beach, Ala. just yards from the Alabama-Florida state line is currently up for sale for $1, 250,000. Bella Luna’s Penthouse 12 state of the art environment is one that is contemporary, elegant, warm and relaxed.
The steady roar of heavy equipment can be heard just about anywhere you go in Orange Beach.
In the first six months of this year the city had issued more than 700 building permits for everything from single home dwellings, to apartments, to restaurants and condos.
Eleven years after Hurricane Ivan rendered the original Vista del Mar condominiums at Perdido Key uninhabitable, a new $60 million project under the same name has broken ground.
With condominium development pressing on the beach and new residential projects dotting its back-bay areas, Orange Beach has reached a tipping point, according to Mayor Tony Kennon.
Unless the city gets traffic relief, he said, “We’re really going to have to start considering a building moratorium of some kind.
“He said that the summer gridlock is putting the city’s quality of life under siege.
Perdido Key is getting a new high-rise condo.
Developers broke ground on the 60-million dollar project Thursday morning near Johnson Beach State Park.
This could herald new growth spurt for the Perdido Key area.
Construction is beginning on the first condo to go up in more than 10 years.
The condo that used to be here was destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. After that people were afraid to build for awhile.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Orange Beach Planning Commission will have a full slate on Monday, July 13 with discussion planned for a 114-unit condo project on the beach, a 26-unit condo project on Terry Cove and a 77-cottage residential development behind the Village of Tannin on the beach highway in west Orange Beach.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk about traffic swirls and snags develop daily on Orange Beach roads, growth is continuing at a fast pace in the city. Since Jan. 1 the city has issued 48 building permits.
“We’re as busy as we’ve been since the boom right after Ivan in ’06 and ’07,” Lannie Smith, Orange Beach’s Building Official, said.
Riding the wave of renewed investment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Co. is planning its 21st condo project.The Orange Beach-based company already has work underway on the 22-floor Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard and now has plans to build a 21-floor Phoenix Orange Beach on a roughly 2.75-acre lot it purchased for $5.5 million.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Developers of a new 12-story tower, well within the zoning height allowances, are facing a new problem with the width of the project at ground level.
Three owners trying to rebuild on a spot where an eight-condo complex destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 once sat, had hoped site work would be under way by now. But after a recheck of surveys the city believed the 20-foot setbacks from the east and west sides of the property were out of whack.
The city then notified Perdido Dunes Tower it intended to revoke the permit, but the owners filed a lawsuit before the revocation to stop the city from stopping their project.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk in town swirls around massive towers planned at the only north-south intersection on beach road, just to the east a groundbreaking for a more modest tower, one years in the making, is planned.
Flying along the beach front it’s easy to see what brings thousands to this part of the gulf coast. It’s also easy to see where most of them stay. A wall of condo’s line the landscape.
There are a few breaks in the wall. One of those breaks could be home to an ambitious project, the Ascension and Grace condo towers.
“Property’s like this, you don’t get a chance very often to have this in your community.” Robert Stuart chairs the planning commission that approved the project. “They by right could build two 26 story towers. They would have been much wider and would have taken a bigger footprint of the property instead of spreading out and going wide they are going up.”