Black Friday may have been the national official launch of the holiday shopping season but buyers shopping for coastal real estate snapped up bargains all week long as we had yet another banner week, with three closings and five new contracts. Those Thanksgiving shoppers gobbled up a nice chunk of our inventory and we end the week down five to 388, with 139 houses and 249 lots listed in the MLS in the Cape San Blas, C-30 Corridor and Indian Pass market. In other activity, we had only four new listings, six price changes, and seven expired unsold.
We’ll start off by looking at our three sales, beginning on the Cape where our first sale was this pre-construction package for a 2100 square foot, 4-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath gulf front home just north of the BP station at Scallop Cove. The builder got full asking price of $699,000 which is good for a home on 50′ of quality gulf front. The house in the photo is representative of the houseplans being offered.
Our next two sales are both bank-owned lots, the first being an interior lot on McCosh Mill Road in the Piney Woods Beach subdivision where this 80′ by 90′ lot listed for $95,000 sold on Tuesday for an early Black-Friday bargain price of only $49,000. Such a deal considering this lot last sold in March 2006 for $425,000 and is currently assessed for $100,800. Another 10-cents-on-the-dollar bank resale.
Our third and final sale was a first tier lot over on Canoe Lane off C-30 not far from Indian Pass. This quarter-acre lot last sold in December 2004 for an even $500,000 but is currently assessed by the county for only $360,000. Capital City Bank ended up with it and had it listed for $179,900, but took $133,100 for it on Wednesday.
Now on to our five new contracts, starting on the northern part of the Cape, just south of Coneheads Restaurant, with this irregularly shaped first tier lot listed for only $62,500 which went under contract on Tuesday. This is a pretty stretch of beach with very nice homes. The lot sold in August ’05 for $475,000 so we’re probably looking at yet another close to a dime on the dollar resale. Simply stunning. This one’s assessed at nearly twice its list, at $157,000, so Kes had better ask Santa for a sack of erasers to keep up with all these changes.
Just a little further south on White Sands Drive in San Blas Shores (just north of Ovation) our second contract is on this beautiful bank-owned first tier home listed for $599,900. This 4-bedroom, 5-bath, 2,878 square foot home was moved onto its current lot several years ago from its original gulf front lot across the street. It came on the market in October for $674,900, so the bank dropped the price pretty quickly. The county has this one at $419,777.
Our third contract is something a little out of the ordinary in that it’s zoned for commercial or residential use. It’s about a quarter acre, measuring 81′ by 122′ and is just a bit north of Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals so it’s in a location with good traffic. I’m curious to see what the new owners do with it. The home on the adjacent lot just recently sold so it might also be those new owners decided to buy this land as well for their own use. With an asking price of only $79,000 that would make a lot of sense. We’ll just have to wait and see.
All the way down on the south side of the Cape for our fourth contract which is this circa early ’80’s gulf front house on a huge gulf front lot of over two acres. The sellers purchased the place in 1988 for $129,000, and put it on the market in January ’06 sporting a $1.8M price tag with the rationale that the property is large enough to replat into a small subdivision of several lots. Unfortunately that craze had cooled by then, and by the time it went under contract this week it was wearing a far more modest price tag of $399,900, well below its assessed value of $483,928.
Out onto C-30 over to Waters Edge for our fifth and final contract which is this road front lot with a terrific gulf view listed for a very reasonable $75,000, almost identical to its $72K assessment. It’s not listed as a short sale even though it last sold in mid-2005 for $340,000.
Only four new listings this week but there’s one worthy of my New Listing Pick of the Week award. I really like this first tier lot in Peninsula Estates about a half mile south of the state park entrance. Just look at how close you are to the beach with this one. You’re going to have great views when you build, and all the lots in this subdivision include deeded gulf AND bay access. At only $145,000 you’ve got yourself a great place to build your coastal retreat. This is a nice size lot, too, coming in at half an acre and measuring 193′ by 119′.
It’s a banner week as I also have a Price Change Pick of the Week from among our six price changes, this cozy country cottage out on C-30 which in the spirit of Black Friday was marked down 26% from $249,900 to $184,900. This seller is obviously ready to go. Here’s the MLS description:
This home has loads of storage with two 500 sq. ft. storage rooms downstairs. Relax and enjoy the evening breeze from your choice of two new 500 sq. ft. screened porches. Each is independently accessed from its own set of stairs. A security fence surrounds the yard and home with a drive-through gate and four walk-through gates.
A boardwalk through one of the gates at the back of the home leads to a private screened gazebo with a seven foot Elizabethan, claw-foot double-slipper tub, complete with hot and cold running water, and a ceiling fan.
Soak your cares away in your own private sanctuary while you enjoy the sounds of nature. A sprinkler system controlled by a timer, makes lawn maintenance easy. This cottage offers a bay view in a private, natural setting, very near the beach. This area has FEMA Flood.
That’s a wrap for this week – thanks for hanging in there til the end, as we covered a lot of territory today. If you’re interested in either buying or selling let me know and I’ll be glad to help you out. There’s a lot going on again. Call me on my cell at 850-227-5197 or send me an email to [email protected] . Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.