gulf shore homes for sale: Turquoise Place Condominiums in Orange Beach, Alabama are selling fast! - 06/30/11 11:58 AM
 
Remember my GOOD NEWS FLASH about Turquoise Place earlier this spring? "BP inducements have allowed developer Larry Wireman to discount luxurious condominiums on the 13th floor and below to an unheard of $775,000 asking price. The 3 bedroom units originally started at 1.25 million.
The BP inducement did catch buyers' attention - the Turquoise Condominiums are selling very quickly! Sales have been brisk! As of July 2, 2012, less than 50 three bedroom units are available for sale.Don't miss out on this opportunity. We don't know how long the BP inducements will continue to be offered.
This short video … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Gulf Shores Museum – A Beach House Full Of History - 05/12/11 02:41 AM
A beach house that was donated to the City of Gulf Shores after Hurricane Fredrick now serves as the local Gulf Shores Museum. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the early fishing and shrimping industries in Gulf Shores including a permanent exhibit of life in some of the earliest settlements along Little Lagoon. 
On tours of the Gulf Shores Museum “beach cottage”, visitors listen to “A Shrimper’s Story” and the sounds of hurricane hunters flying through a storm. The celebration of Gulf Shores 50th anniversary is portrayed in a permanent exhibit entitled, “Drawing a Line in the Sand”.
The … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: There’s Always Fun in Gulf Shores! - 06/10/10 10:53 AM
There’s always fun in Gulf Shores! Gulf Shores not only has beautiful beaches, spectacular shores and wonderful blue skies, but it has many fun-packed events taking place all year round. Following you will find a list of just a few events you can take in during the summer:
SummerTide Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeDate: 6/4/2010 - 7/2/2010George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center in Gulf ShoresPrice: Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $10.00 for children (12 and under).Phone: 251-968-6721Website: http://www.summertide.orgPerformances Tuesday-Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Six young people in the throes of their teenage years, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Beyond the Beaches of Gulf Shores - 06/03/10 11:26 PM
 
When you hear Gulf Shores, Alabama, you think of white sandy beaches, beautiful blue skies and emerald green water. All of this is so true, but there is even more behind the beauty and beyond the beaches of Gulf Shores. The list of activities in the surrounding Gulf Shores area is full of endless fun with Alligator Alley and the Biophilia Nature Center, Mobile Bay Ferry, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and much more.
If you are a history buff, take a trip back in time with Baldwin County's rich history that dates back to 1809, located at the Baldwin County Heritage … (3 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Baldwin County Winning the Fight Against Oil Spill - 05/19/10 04:50 AM

Baldwin County was anticipating the 2010 tourist season to be one of the very best on record with an 8 percent increase in tourism until the Deepwater Horizon oil spill took place.But Baldwin County is winning the fight against the oil spill.
Safeguards have been taken to help ensure 2010 to be a productive year by letting visitors know that the beaches are still safe, clean and attractive. This will be done by Baldwin County getting the message out that all visitors will be guaranteed an event-free, leisurely vacation.
There will be two television commercials that will air showing that the local beaches in … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Gulf Shores Comes Alive with the Sound of Music - 05/11/10 04:51 AM

Aside from being a great place to relax, the Gulf Shore/ Orange Beach area offers lovely entertainment each and every week.  Here are two of the exciting musical events coming to the area in May. Both events sound like a great time, especially since you will be spending the day on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival
Dates: 5/14-5/16
Gulf Shores Public Beach 101 East Beach Blvd.
Price: Tickets for all ages: 3-Day Pass Friday-Sunday $159.00, General Admission Day Pass $79.00
Website: www.hangoutmusicfest.com
Daily from Noon to 11:00 p.m. More than 60 bands to be announced performing … (1 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo - 05/02/10 01:49 PM
 

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 290 animals that have many tall tales to tell us all.  The majority of the residents of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo were either rescued from the possibility of extinction or they have completed a long journey from an exotic locale and now call the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo home.
During Hurricanes Ivan, Dennis, and Katrina, all animal residents needed to be evacuated from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.  This was never done by a zoo before in the United States. With all of the attention from local and national media, Animal Planet produced a 13-part television series Animal … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Annual Clean Coast Partnership - 04/22/10 01:32 AM
 
The Alabama Gulf Coast is home to some of the loveliest beaches in the world. Now is the time of year to remember to keep our beaches clean by recycling trash.
On Thursday, April 22nd at the Erie Meyer Civic Center in Gulf Shores, the 2nd Annual Clean Coast Expo comes to town and is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The expo will be hosted by The Clean Coast Partnership and is a collaborative effort by the city, state, business and individual resources. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, along with the Alabama Gulf Coast … (2 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Meandering on the Gulf Coast - 04/08/10 12:42 PM
 
The sun is shining and the warm breezes are whispering your name, so now is the time to take a trip to Gulf Shores. There are so many activities in the Gulf Shores area so be sure to plan to your stay, so you have the mix of low-key and high adventure day to make your trip relaxing yet memorable.
Perhaps your starting point will be a relaxing afternoon on the beach. Before you get too comfortable, you may want to grab some lunch; if you do not feel like driving anywhere, you can walk to any of the following places for … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Soak Up Springtime on the Gulf Coast - 03/31/10 02:36 PM
Are you getting that feeling of spring renewal? Flowers will be blooming and the grass will be growing, as winter is left far behind. Everything is fresh, and you want to soak it all up.  Why not put a trip to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach at the top of your priority list this Spring?  There’s a whole lot more to do there than lounge on the beach, so you can plan an active, educational vacation in beautiful surroundings. 
If you are interested in hiking, Orange Beach is home to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, which travels through scenic Orange Beach and all the way to the gorgeous beach … (1 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: USS Alabama and HBO Unite in Honor of Veterans - 03/28/10 01:02 AM
 
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park near Mobile and the cable television network HBO are teaming up for a tribute to those currently serving in our armed forces, and veterans of all wars. The partnership will create a video tribute campaign, enabling everyone to record a video “thank you” that could become part of a montage to appear on HBO.com.
HBO has sponsored a video kiosk on the main deck of the USS Alabama so visitors to the World War II-era ship can record messages of thanks to veterans and active duty troops. From these video tributes a montage will appear on … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Surfside Recycling in Gulf Shores - 03/25/10 12:44 PM
 
The beaches of Baldwin County’s cities, inlcuding Orange Beach adn Gulf Shores,  will join forces to develop a surfside recycling program.
It is estimated that approximately 80 percent of the trash that ends up on the beach could be recycled.
The goal is for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to collect paper, plastic and aluminum and all the other trash from the shoreline.
Gulf Shores recently applied for a $300,000 Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) grant to help launch the effort. Through its two-year-old Recycling Fund, the state agency distributes a portion of the revenue generated by collecting $1 for … (1 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Alabama's Gulf Coast and its Amazing Fishing - 03/09/10 02:12 AM
Have you ever seen two four-hundred-pound-plus blue marlin dance on their tails while having a sword fight? You’ll find this and more along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Perhaps you have dreamed of exploring the waters with the blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo, blackfin or yellowfin tuna, or a king mackerel? From Orange Beach, you’ll only have a short run in a fast boat to the Continental Shelf and the deep-water rigs to be involved in some serious game fishing.
Daily charter boats from Orange Beach leave before first light, heading out to blue water. You can catch plenty of fish on a 1-day … (1 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: A Gulf Coast Vacation for the Birds - 03/09/10 02:07 AM
 
Not only is Gulf Shores and Orange Beach a paradise with beautiful gulf beaches, historic homes and fortresses, championship golf courses and world-class fishing, the Gulf Coast also has amazing resources for birders.
Perhaps you may want to see a great blue heron sail across a sunset, or the flight of pelicans in perfect formation. If you answered “yes” to either of these questions then the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail will be your own private paradise. The trail runs along two counties, and contains directional and interpretive signage, offering birding enthusiasts endless opportunities to see the lives of the birds of … (3 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Hangin' Out on the Gulf Shore - 02/28/10 02:41 AM
Ah, the Gulf Coast life.  Can you imagine a better combination of things than the awesome beach, the sea breezes, a beverage, and – MUSIC? The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival  is coming to Gulf Shores, May 14-16, 2010.
Don’t miss the first major Gulf Shores music festival that will be happening for three days with non-stop concerts on four stages. There will be some amazing bands playing from noon to 11 p.m. on every scheduled day.
There will be an estimated 60 bands playing so I am sure you will find several of your favorites. Following are just a few … (2 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: PMI Index Changes Bode Well for Gulf Shores Buyers? - 02/27/10 02:57 PM
One of the most credible forecasters of housing value trends has released some very valuable data that bodes well for potential Gulf Shores buyers. According to a recent story in Realty Times, the national PMI index, for the first time in a year it has determined that "overall risk has decreased" in the 384 metropolitan markets.
The PMI Index predicts where home values are headed by examining local employment, household income, economic growth and demographic changes.  The PMI Risk index is produced quarterly by the private mortgage insurance organization PMI Group.
PMI's risk index was one of the first predictors of … (2 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: See All There is to "Sea" at the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab - 02/18/10 12:11 PM
There's a lot more to soak up at Gulf Shores than the sun.and sea  For a chance to gain an indepth knowledge of the natural wonders of the area, The Estuarium, a public aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, offers interactive exhibits that unlock the four ecosystems of the Mobile Estuary system. A short drive away on Dauphin Island via State Road 182 and the Mobile Bay Ferry, the Estuarium has, in the words of a local real estate sage, "all there is to sea!"
The ecosystems are the habitant of local marine and plant life: 
The Delta
The Mobile-Tensaw … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: Findng Nemo Live in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores - 02/11/10 02:08 AM

Family fishing trips are very popular in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores during the months from March to October.  Over 100 seasoned captains operate charter fishing fleets along the coast. You and your family can enjoy a wonderful Orange Beach or Gulf Shores fishing trip without having a care in the world.
Many of the deep sea fishing charters offer educational information about the fish you will be catching. Consider it Finding Nemo - Live!  This provides a wonderful experience for your children!
The charters last a minimum of six hours, because it takes that much time to get far … (0 comments)

gulf shore homes for sale: New Good Faith Estimates Equal Better Understanding for Alabama Home Buyers - 01/30/10 05:23 AM
Ever been surprised by higher-than-expected closing costs when you bought a home? Or heard horror stories about it?  Help is on the way via Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with the recent release of a proposed mortgage reform package to assist consumers in understanding the terms of loans they are considering.
This proposal will replace the 30-year old Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). HUD is requiring that mortgage brokers and lenders provide consumers with a standard Good Faith Estimate.  A good amount of mortgage problems we see today are directly related to the fact that few people fully understand the … (0 comments)

 
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