Celebrating the 4th of July in Ocean Shores is really a pretty darn cool experience. First of all, you can set off fireworks on the beach pretty much anytime from June 28th through July 5th. Check with the Police or Fire Departments for the specifics. On the actual 4th of July, the beach is a crazy place. Forget that, the entire town is quite nuts on the 4th. It's the day that brings the most tourists into town. It's the biggest day of the year in Ocean Shores. The beaches are packed with cars and people hanging out with bonfires, music, refreshments, good times and of course, fireworks. If you're going to plan on parking out on the beach, get their early. The beach will fill up with cars and people and you'll have to walk and pack it in to get a good view if you don't get their early enough. As it starts to get dark, the number of fireworks will increase and before you know it, it will be dark and the entire coastline will be enraged with fireworks as far as you can see. This truly is one of the most exciting things to see. It's really amazing that something like this can still happen.
The headliner during the show is the "Fire O'er the Water" held up in Ocean City (just a couple miles North of Ocean Shores). You can see that show from Ocean Shores though. You can also see thousands and thousands of other people setting off their own fireworks too. It's pretty nuts. If you've never experienced the 4th of July in Ocean Shores and can, I highly recommend this experience to you. You won't be disappointed.
- You can only set off fireworks on the beach, not in town...
- Don't set off any fireworks near the grass dunes and don't shoot them over the dunes. The grass will catch on fire...
- Pick up your mess.
- Make sure you put out your fire when you leave.
- Make sure that your fireworks are legal....
- Try not to aim your fireworks at other people or their vehicles..
- Wear a hat! What goes up... will come down... and ping you on the head.
Ocean Shores Real Estate Update
Sales have been plugging along at the beach. Pending lot sales are up quite a bit though surprisingly. Sales dipped a little bit for May. The outlook is steady though and the market does seem to be improving. A year to date comparison shows that from January 1st through May 31st, 2010, 72 homes sold for an average price of $166,788. During the same time period last year, 68 homes sold for an average price of $176,736. So, price is down a little and sales are up. That's good news. The forecast is always good for home sales this summer as this is the time when a lot of homes sell at the beach (if it's like summer outside and not winter....). Duh. Pray for sun.
May Home Sales
19 Homes sold during the month of May for an average price of $181.250 compared to 24 last month for an average price of $157,290. The big jump in average price is due to a Jetty front home that sold for $450,000. Average time on the market was 268 days - a jump from last month's 183 days on market. One home spent 1000 days for sale before being sold. There are currently 26 homes pending right now. Inventory shrunk just a tad bit as there's 246 homes on the market compared to 248 homes last month.
May Vacant Lot Sales
Lot sales were again down as only 10 sold in May compared to 13 last month. Average sales price was $59,980 (two ocean front lot sales jacked that number way up!). Average time on the market was only 149 compared to 228 days last month... 10 lots are currently pending, compared to only 9 lots last month. There are 554 lots on the market now compared to 551 last month. Inventory definitely seems to be stabilizing. This is good.
May Condo Sales
1 cheap little Condo sold in May for $45,000. Dreamscape Condos had a closing in June so that will help out next month. Speaking of Dreamscape Condos, they're now offering to pay for two years of the HOA dues if you buy a condo in the next month or so. That's about a $6,000 value. Let me know if you'd like the details.
If you have any questions regarding Ocean Shores/North Coast Real Estate, call Jeff Daniel of Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties at 360.581.9020 or visit my website at www.cityofoceanshores.com. Thanks! All statistics are supplied from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
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Sand & Sawdust Festival-Sand Sculptors and Chainsaw Carvers Compete
June 25-27, 2010
Five Star Dealerships Sand and Sawdust Festival welcomes you to the beach! Master, Intermediate, & Novice Sand-Sculpting teams compete for over $5,000.00 in cash prizes. At the Convention Center master woodcarvers from all over the world compete in this amazing annual competition. There are vendors, food sales & the live auctions are held daily on carvings! Families & children are invited to enter the sand-sculpting competition or learn sand-sculpting skills at the free lesson offered Friday AM.
7th Annual Ocean Shores Independence Day Picnic
July 3rd, 2010 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fun and activities for all ages - but mainly kids...
Place: North Bay Park, Ocean Shores, WA
Admission is free!! Come celebrate the birth of our nation and our town. We're celebrating our first 50 years of fun on the beach. Kids rides, entertainment and food vendors make this an event that's fun for whole family.. Bring a blanket and your picnic basket or take advantage of the many food vendors that will be on hand. There will be something fun for all ages at this event.
- Ride the Smokey Mountain Railroad,
- Slide down the Tot-Tanic Slide,
- Embark on the Undersea Adventure obstacle course,
- Challenge your friends on the Bungee Run,
- Try your skill at Bouncy Boxing,
- Join the super heroes on the Forces of Fun,
- Smaller kids try out the Octopus Obstacle Course,
- Challenge the Mutiny Pirate Ship with climbing, sliding and bouncing areas.
- Hear numerous local artists perform on the grandstand.
- Have fun with roving magicians & clowns.
- Or just have a great time observing and visiting.
Fire O'er the Water
July 4th, 2010
Fireworks - everywhere on the beach. See above...
Big Weekend Triathlon & Footfest
July 10, 2010
The Big Weekend events are scheduled for July 10, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The triathlon events include: Swimming in Duck Lake. Biking on the city streets of Ocean Shores peninsula. Running on ocean beach and city streets. http://trifreaks.com/OceanShoresTri.aspx
Sun & Surf Run
July 22-25, 2010
The Sun and Surf Run will be bigger than ever this year, check out the event website at www.sunandsurfevent.com -Visit the "Woody" in the beer garden, get your beer served from this giant keg -The firemen are coming to cook for us....all proceeds go to Sun Charities! -The GoGo Promo girls on Fri and Sat. -Miss Sun and Surf Contest -2 poker runs -Bike show & Bike games -Live bands & beer garden - Tues-Sat.
This is where I get mine...
Coldwell Banker Ocean Beach Properties
Cell Phone: 360.581.9020
749 Point Brown Ave NW
PMB 1568, Ocean Shores, WA 98569