Gary & Sandy Elliott
Last week there were only six two-bedroom, one-bathroom inland condos for sale on the island, compared to 38 two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos. These two-bedroom, one-bathroom condos built around 1970 are on the market with an average list price of $179,000 and 751 square feet. For comparison, two-bedroom, two-bathroom inland condos on the market average $318,000 with 1,045 square feet, and were built during the 1980s.
These two-bedroom one-bathroom condos can be found at Seabreeze, Seabreeze South, Seabreeze West, Southwinds, Aquarius and other inland condominiums. The Seabreeze at 240 North Collier Boulevard is a good example. The Seabreeze was built in 1969 with 80 units in eight two-story buildings surrounding the pool and clubhouse. Each building contains two efficiency condos, four one-bedroom condos and four two-bedroom condos.
Four condo buildings are located on each side of the pool, and four more are a little farther back at the corners of the pool with the view facing out. The best views are from thosecondos located alongside the pool. Lush manicured landscaping surrounds the pool, providing a private courtyard garden setting. A walkway surrounds the courtyard, helping to create a homey, cozy and friendly atmosphere. Red cardinals frequent the area. The pool has three shady tiki huts and on one side of the pool is a clubhouse and barbeque area. Laundry and storage facilities are located in four separate buildings near the condos. There is ample parking for owners and guests in well-marked parking lots.
First floor condos are popular for their easy access. Second floor condos are reached by stairways and an outside corridor. The condos themselves are attractive, well-proportioned, and the jalousie windows provide continuous ventilation from the prevailing winds. Easy to operate storm shutters provide privacy and security when the owners are not in residence.
The Seabreeze is located a short distance from Residents’ Beach, and is convenient to all of Marco Island’s amenities. Members take pride in their property and come from all over theUnited States and international countries. Favorite pastimes are lounging around the pool, card games, bingo, and a fun game involving wooden horses racing around the pool. The members hold numerous social functions including lunches at local restaurants.
Tom Carter, president of the association, confirms, “The community is very welcoming and embraces renters as well. During the last five years we have upgraded the infrastructure with new electrical service to the condos, pool and laundry buildings; installed new cable and updated water and waste lines. The fact that our owners stay a long time indicates the community is very desirable and well-run with strong reserves.”
As Harold Hagan, one of the members, says, “We bought our condo well before retirement and rented it out monthly to help offset the condo expenses. As years went by, we kept increasing the time we came, and now we come five or six months a year. It’s been a great investment, not only financially, but for the island lifestyle we enjoy so much.”