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Your Folly Beach, SC Real Estate Guide

Your Folly Beach, SC Real Estate Guide

Folly Beach is one of the most affordable options for buying beach real estate in the Charleston area, and you will find a large selection of homes for sale in a wide range of prices.  I’ve organized some of the more popular condo and townhouse communities below by price so that you can get a good idea of what you can afford in your price range.

                        

Under $400,000:  Mariners Cay is one of the most popular condo options in this price range.  These are townhouse-style homes are marshfront, and the gated community has amenities such as a marina and dock facilities, a swimming pool, and tennis courts.  Marsh Winds is also a good option, and it is located near Mariners Cay (just before you go over the bridge to the island).  These condo buildings have elevators, which is a plus especially if you plan to use the home for vacations.  There is also a swimming pool, and many of these condos have screened porches that overlook the marsh.  Pelican Pointe Villas is a little further out from the beach (located just across from the Piggly Wiggly grocery), but these are some of the newest (and most affordable) options for condos at Folly Beach.  These also have good marsh views as well as screened porches.  Pelican Pointe Villas also has a community pool.

$400-600,000:  In addition to upgraded units in Mariners Cay, you’ll also see in this price range some newer townhouse options.  Back Bay has the newest townhouses available at Folly.  Turtle Bay has a pool as well as boat facilities.  Waters Edge town homes are set up more like houses that have been divided down the middle, meaning that all of these are end units.  Buyers generally like that these have more of a “house” feel to them with added privacy.  All three of these communities are located at the back of the island (the marsh side), so they’re only about a 6 block walk or bike ride to the beach.  Palmetto Pointe sits on its own little island within a few minutes’ drive outside of Folly Beach.  These two story condos have incredible views, nice upgrades, plenty of privacy, and good boat facilities.  All of the communities I have recommended in this price range have marshfront homes, but the listing price generally reflects a unit’s proximity to water (and views).  So, some of these may be directly marshfront, while others have more of a marsh view.

$600-800,000:  Towards the upper part of this price range, you will start to find beachfront condos.  Many of these will be in the Charleston Oceanfront Villas, which has a pool and elevator.  This is an unbeatable location because these are about as close to the Folly Beach Pier and the downtown section of Folly as it gets.  Pavilion Watch also has a good selection of condos in these prices.  This community is located just across the street from the beach, and many of these have beach views.  Although Pavilion Watch is not …

Avila Offers Quiet Ca Beach Escape

Avila Offers Quiet Ca Beach Escape

If you’re looking or that quiet getaway on the Central California coast, consider Avila Beach, an idyllic little stretch of sand with comfortable accommodations nearby. Not that children would be unwelcome – Avila is a playground for all ages. But the new Avila Village Inn has now brought this destination up a notch or two for those seeking a special romantic beach getaway. The inn has pulled out all the stops to attract couples who want to pamper themselves as much as enjoy the natural beauties of the Central California coastline. About seven miles north of Pismo Beach the sign directs Highway 101 travelers to Avila Beach by way of a winding road that follows San Luis Creek down into a wooded ravine. About a mile before you get to the beach is Avila Village, a new development with condos, a few shops and, adjacent to the creek, the Avila Village Inn. While not actually on the beach, the inn’s wooded setting gives the property a quiet, reclusive feel. The developers of the hotel use the word “refined” to describe the many details and amenities that have been built into the 30 guest rooms. And our impression was that, indeed, this is one of those inns where you enjoy tasting the luxurious accommodations as much as experiencing the beach and other natural surroundings. This property has incorporated many of the design features now seen in newer upscale homes. Wet bars, granite countertops and fireplaces are in each room, while marble is used extensively throughout the shower and bathroom area. The pillow-top king beds both look and feel comfortable with down pillows, blankets and duvets. We especially enjoyed the 103-degree private spa waiting for us on our creekside balcony. If you’re so inclined, each room or suite has its own DVD player and guests are encouraged to check out free DVDs from the front desk. Those who are a little more active will welcome the fitness center that is just across the parking lot from the inn – perfect for working off those snacks, pastries and treats that are provided guests in both a welcoming basket and a breakfast basket the next day. Other details like tasteful art, mission-style furniture and a grand, sweeping staircase in the lobby area all add up to a sense of privilege – which, of course, is what it’s all about when you spend significant money to enjoy quality time with your loved one. A couple of minutes down the road from the inn is Avila Beach, a half-mile long beach area that is growing in popularity because of its more exclusive, almost Mediterranean feel. A few older hotels are situated near the beach, adjacent to some shops that are sprinkled throughout the tiny “downtown” area. There is evidence of new construction that we hear was made necessary from some oil leaks in the area; but the beach itself and the businesses along the beach seem unaffected. Avila Beach has three piers, including two that are …

Long Beach: Your Ultimate California Vacation Destination

Long Beach: Your Ultimate California Vacation Destination

Summer is here! And so for most people, this means some time off from school, from preparing lunch for the kids, from work, or simply from daily grind which can be oh-so-stressful. This also means some time to experience yet another exhilarating weekend getaway, perhaps a California vacation at that. California, indeed!

It is one of the most exciting places to visit this summer, particularly Long Beach. Ever been there? If not, then it’s high time you check the place out to see and experience what it can offer to vacationers like you. But hey, why not bring your family or friends along to make it more fun? Here, check out why Long Beach could be your ultimate California vacation destination.

The Beach Scene

If you are the type who loves to hang out by the beach, then a Long Beach California vacation is definitely an experience of a lifetime for you. Long Beach, California is one of the most famous names when it comes to scenic beaches. Located between Orange County and Los Angeles along the Southern California coastline, this place boasts an enjoyable weather all year round. Its climate is continually sunny, which makes it really the top option for vacationers who love to spend beach days and enjoyable nights. Once there, you can either enjoy swimming or simply lie down along the shores to work on your tan.

Shopping and Fun Galore

But aside from the beach, there is a lot more to explore in Long Beach. And if you are a shopaholic, you will surely love this place. Why? Because it also offers vacationers the opportunity to shop, shop, and shop some more. With its strip mall called The Pike at Rainbow Harbow, there are lots of stores for you to check out, plus carousels for kids, restaurants to dine in, and a movie theater complex for entertainment. How about this famous aquarium known as the Aquarium of the Pacific? You will be amazed at the beauty of over 1,000 species being housed in there. Now, just make sure you have that extra cash for shopping and fun or else. You sure don’t want to spoil your vacation just because you run short of cash, right?

Night Life

Oh yes! You sure don’t want to miss this for the world, night life in Long Beach! The place to go is no other than the Shoreline Village. Although at daytime it’s more of a family oriented place because it contains shops like The Candy Baron and The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, wait until the sun gets down to see and experience how fun and entertaining this place is at night. If you want to check it out, be sure to drop by at The Yardhouse.

Nature Tripping

If you’re a nature lover type, again Long Beach has something to offer you. Go to El Dorado Nature Center, a place boasting 100 acres of trails, native fauna, and trees. If you’re going with your family, this place is …

Romantic Beach Vacation Destinations Summer 2009

Romantic Beach Vacation Destinations Summer 2009

Summer is a short but splendid season, often spent with family and friends enjoying the endless array of festivals, food, and holidays. The Summer season is also a perfect time for a romantic walk on the beach at sunset during a hot summer vacations evening.   Put those long Summer days to good use exploring our list of beautiful beaches and vacation spots located across the United States.  This Summer, find your special beach destination, soak up the sun and play in the pristine sandy beaches while making Summer memories that last a lifetime.

Maine is one of the most popular romantic destinations of Summer vacationers for a variety of reasons. The beautiful, temperate weather and rocky coastlines with soaring, granite cliffs have provided unforgettable vistas to Summer travelers for over a hundred years.  A popular Maine Summer destination is Bar Harbor, located in the Acadia National Park area, providing beautiful white, sandy beaches and refreshing, cool waters to enjoy and help you unwind. Also located within this Summer vacation area along Route 1A in the Southern Coastline region of Maine, are the quaint coastal cities of Portland and Ogunquit.  Both offer smaller beaches, but are known for their quiet, romantic shorelines. Tired of the beach?  How about a trip to Maine’s Central Coastline to Southwest Harbor where vacationers will find wonderful boutiques, galleries, eateries, and bed and breakfast lodging unlike anywhere experienced before.  And of course, no Maine Summer vacation would be complete without sampling some of the local fair, including freshly caught lobster, hush puppies, fiddle head potatoes, and my personal favorite, New England clam chowder.

Another Summer vacation hot spot is New Jersey’s Southern Shore, with over 140 miles of pristine beaches, renowned restaurants, and celebrated Summer festivals and events.  This region contains 7 out of the top 10 beaches in New Jersey, including the #1 beach, located in Ocean City. Known as America’s Greatest Family Resort, it is a fantastic place for family reunions, group retreats, and of course, beach weddings. The 2.5 mile long boardwalk is complete with fine dining restaurants and downtown shopping area for adults, and two amusement parks, go-cart rentals, and a water park for the kids. Don’t forget about the many miniature golf courses, enjoyable for the entire family! There is truly entertainment for all ages in Ocean City, NJ. And no trip to New Jersey’s Southern Shore would be complete without visiting the historic, Victorian town of Cape May. Cape May offers a wide variety of Summertime activities including listening to the surf caress the shoreline, the thrill and excitement of walking the boardwalk, climbing to the top of one of the many famous Cape May lighthouses and enjoying the towering vistas, and finally, staying at a romantic Victorian bed and breakfast on the coastline. The New Jersey Southern Shore offers a wide variety of activities ensuring your Summer vacation will be a memorable one.

Known for it’s year round bountiful sunshine and crystal blue skies, the Florida Keys region including …

California Resort Has Mexican Beach Feel

California Resort Has Mexican Beach Feel

For those who’ve tried them, Mexican beach resorts are among the most relaxing vacations or getaways one can imagine  long stretches of beach, palm trees, a cerveza or margarita never far from one’s grasp. It’s easy to drift along like some white fluffy cloud with your only worry being when the next drink server will come along.

But not many folks can afford to do this very often.Today’s air fare is a little higher than in past years so these aren’t exactly cheap vacations. And it’s hardly worth going to Mexico unless you can stay a week — who has a week anymore to just sit and do nothing?

The answer is to find a similar resort that’s a little closer and, when you eliminate your airfare, a little cheaper. You need to find someplace where you can just hop in your car and drive a few hours, stay two or three days, and get back home just as refreshed as if you’d been to the Mexican Riviera.

You need to check out the Embassy Suites Hotel Mandalay Beach Resort in, of all places, Oxnard, California. This is a California vacation that feels like you’re in the heart of Mexico.

Before we visited the Mandalay Beach Resort, my only recollection of Oxnard was a time when I was 19 years old driving through California with a buddy, eating cans of tuna fish to save money and looking for a place to crash that was just as cheap as cheap could get. We found just such a place in Oxnard, but were too scared of our surroundings to get to sleep.

Fast forward to Oxnard of the New Millennium and, while its tourism infrastructure is not quite complete, the area is fast becoming a popular destination for people who enjoy California beach vacations. About an hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles, the area is close enough to major population areas to be accessible, yet undeveloped enough to feel like you’re really getting away from the rat race.

Positioned on some of the best real estate in the Oxnard area, the Mandalay Beach Resort is everything that the Oxnard visitor industry wants to be  it’s a waterfront playground that has style, lots of amenities, plenty of wide-open spaces and a wide beach that stretches for miles. And, yes, it has plenty of Mexican beer and margaritas.

Traveling Highway 101 northwest from Los Angeles, you’d never imagine that this resort area was just a few miles off the freeway. The urban sprawl along the freeway is not particularly attractive and most people headed north know that an especially spectacular beachside city of Santa Barbara is just another half hour ahead. So it’s no wonder that people just don’t think of Oxnard when they think vacation paradise.

But if you take the Victoria Avenue exit and travel across several miles of agricultural fields, you will come to the Mandalay Beach area, one of many beaches along this part of the coast. The …