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2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES • SEPTEMBER 2-5 "Winter is coming" and the 2016 Amelia Island Labor Day Weekend is the last chance to celebrate summer! Come bask in the sunshine, relax in our oversized infinity pool and help yourself escape reality by taking in the beauty of Amelia Island. Whether you've already booked a stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort or are still looking to make plans, we have a ton of activities that are sure to end your summer with a bang!

Fall Tour of Homes by Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate

When I first visited Amelia Island Plantation, I knew this community was something special.  And that something special needs to be shared!  I started as director of real estate sales and marketing in September and knew right away we needed to host a Fall Tour of Homes to allow guests, locals and potential real estate customers, the opportunity to view our Amelia Island Plantation real estate community and a variety of our listings.  I am excited to announce our first Fall Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, October 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate
Joins the Multiple Listing Service

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate is pleased to have officially joined the Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Multiple Listing Service (MLS) this month.  For years, we have been members of the Nassau County Board of Realtors, but we are excited to add the additional exposure provided by MLS to our owners Amelia Island real estate listings to help promote, market and sell their one-of-a-kind listings in Amelia Island Plantation. By joining MLS, our broad range of targeted marketing strategies, exclusively aimed at selling homes, homesites and villas within Amelia Island Plantation, will be enhanced.  Our Amelia Island Plantation real estate listings will now be available on Realtor.com, which averages 13 million searches by potential buyers each month. Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate continues to focus exclusively on the listing and selling of properties within Amelia Island Plantation and communities developed by the original Amelia Island Company including Brady Point Preserve, Marsh Lakes as well as The Residence, The Retreat and the Sanctuary.  Remember, we are the only company whose sole purpose is listing and selling properties in Amelia Island Plantation.  Over the last two years, as well as the previous 40, we have listed  and sold  more properties in Amelia Island Plantation than all other real estate companies combined. If you're interested in learning more about us please call us at 904-277-5980 or visit www.ameliaislandrealestate.net.  And you're always invited to stop by our new office located directly across the street from our old location at 10 Amelia Village Circle, Amelia Island, FL 32034.

December 12, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Seven Tips On Staging a Home For Sale

I remember when my parents put their home up for sale after 30 years!  It was an adventure with advice coming from everyone on  staging a home for sale.  My first thought was the house is awesome, who wouldn't want to live there? I grew up in that house and have many wonderful memories from birthday parties to igloos in the yard to walking home from the bus stop.  Staging a home for sale can be stressful so here are seven tips on how to prepare your home for sale by Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate. Seven tips on staging your home for sale: Disassociate Disassociate yourself from your home!  Letting go of your home can be emotionally difficult and if you can't say "this is no longer my home, it is just a house," then the next tips will be hard to achieve.   Go into each room and say goodbye and  look toward the future, not the past.

December 6, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate
Market Update

Every day we receive inquiries from property owners about the state of the real estate market on Amelia Island Plantation. When we are asked, we are always sure to remind Amelia Island Plantation real estate owners that it is important to look at each property, neighborhood, and  property type separately in order to get  an accurate picture of each property's current value and positioning in the market.  A broad overview, like that which follows, can offer a general sense of the direction the market is headed,  but if you would like specifics for your property, we would be happy to  perform a Current Market Analysis for your unique property, just contact the Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office. Most of the indicators in our real estate market, through October 15th, 2012, are trending upwards! The market is definitely turning in the right direction at our oceanfront real estate community. Here are a few of the notable trends. Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate Market Update

November 28, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Featured Listing of Real Estate at
Amelia Island Plantation – 1870 Turtle Dunes

I first have to say that I have been a beach bum since birth.  So of course my first featured listing on real estate at Amelia Island Plantation is an amazing ocean front penthouse unit in Turtle Dunes Villas.  I recently took a tour of 1870 Turtle Dunes, a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath condominium, that is sure to make any beach lover fall head over heels.  The unit is available for sale with Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate, the office located directly on the resort community property. The first thing I noticed as I walked through the entrance was all the natural light from the large windows in the bedrooms, the bath areas and even streaming in from the stairwell. The stairs were designed with loads of hidden storage underneath....for all your beach accessories of course.  Next, I noticed the beautiful bleached, heart of pine hardwood floors throughout the living areas of villa.  The downstairs hall led me to discover the master suite which was when I headed straight to the oversized windows.  The ocean view was AMAZING!  I could only imagine getting to wake up to that view of the beach and Atlantic Ocean, the ocean sounds, and the glorious seaside breezes everyday.  Turning away from the view, which was hard, I saw the master bath has an arched entry showcasing the double vanity and openness of the bath area.  The master closets offer ample storage as well for all those who like to shop.  Next, I went into the guest bedroom and found the same wonderful ocean view with the added bonus of a private balcony.  The guest bath was created with two glass block windows that help to open up the bathroom and allow for more natural light.  I loved the granite vanity stand!

November 13, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Georgia / Florida Football Game Day Experience

Being a northern girl by birth, I had never heard of the Georgia/Florida football Weekend!  Since I am a Hokie fan, even after I moved to Jacksonville, it was never something I had any interest in attending.  Well, last year I started dating a Georgia Bulldog fan and ended up at the game.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into with the crazy amount of people that come into Jacksonville to support their team.  I went to a large college full of football fans but I have to say that this game tops any I have ever attended.  It was a sea of tailgaters surrounding the stadium.  I have never seen so many tents, campers, trucks, games, grills or port-a-potties!  The adventure that enfolded through out the day was insanely fun!  I couldn't help but get swept away in the energy and found myself cheering with the crowd.  It was an entertaining game to watch as the two teams battled for bragging rights not only for themselves but their loyal fans as well.  Last year it was a victory for the Bulldogs, which I am told is a rarity among the years of this tradition, so it will be fun to see who will win this year's game.  If your planning on attending the game or prefer a local bar for your cheering, you should definitely check out all the specials going on here at Omni Amelia Island Plantation! Omni Amelia Island Plantation has Georiga Florida football specials going on all weekend!  You can stop by The Spa for a "Gator Scrub" or a "Bulldog Rub" and then stock up on your team colors with 15% off anything with red, black, orange or blue at Harrison's Mercantile or Amelia's Signature Shop.  Show your team spirit at the GA-FL Boardwalk Bash on Friday night in The Shops which will have food and fun for everyone in the family!  The Falcon's Nest will continue the party celebration through out the evening on Friday and all of Saturday with specialty cocktails, giveaways, and prizes.  On game day, we will have a GA-FL Camp Amelia for the kids and bus transportation to the game so you don't need to worry about parking.  For all the details check out the Georgia Florida Football blog. Although this year I will not be able to attend, I will still be sporting my black and red for the Bulldogs at the Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate office so stop in and say hello....or just let me know the score!

October 15, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Real Estate

New Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate Executives

Amelia Island Plantation Real Estate has had some exciting changes recently!  We are excited to announce our new office location next door to the Nature Center area and welcome three new Amelia Island real estate sales executives - Patti Cullens Burch, Pierre Guite, and Bonnie Peters! Patti Cullens Burch Patti brings 28 years of experience in the resort sales industry.  She worked at Amelia Island Plantation and Innisbrook Resort as a regional sales manager in conference sales.  Patti has lived on Amelia Island for 18 years and raised both of her children on the island.  She is active in the community and volunteers for various local organizations such as the Fernandina Beach High School Foundation and the Nassau County Volunteer Center. Patti enjoys all water sports including scuba diving, kayaking, boating, fishing and the beautiful beaches of Amelia. Pierre Guite A native of Montreal, QC Canada, after his retirement from professional hockey, Pierre focused on a career in Sales. He has had a successful 30 year history in sales including Medical Equipment, Communications and Real Estate.  Pierre has been recognized as a Sales President’s Club Member, achieved multiple Sales Rep of the Year Awards, is very active in and has been a member and officer in Rotary and St Michael’s Men’s Club. He loves Amelia Island and has been a resident since 2004.  Pierre and his wife Laurie also both volunteer for local American Cancer Society events.  During his free time you will be find him  on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation golf courses or in the fitness center. Bonnie Peters Bonnie's entire career has involved Florida real estate, from owning a small franchise firm in Jacksonville to managing a large office in Stuart. She is past president of the Realtor Association of Martin County,  and continues to serve on three committees for the Florida Association of Realtors.  After vacationing on Amelia Island for over 20 years, she and her husband Rick relocated to Amelia Island Plantation. She is passionate about helping others find a piece of paradise to call their own!   Bonnie's other treasured place is at 4,300 feet, in Maggie Valley, NC where she and Rick have a second home.  Hiking, bicycling and walking the beach with black lab, Charlotte are among her favorite leisure time activities on Amelia Island. We invite you to stop by and introduce yourself to our newest agents and tour our new offices with William Lorick, Lou Simmons, John Crawford, Mel Mandic, John Watson, or Randy Goshorn.  And don't forget to "like" us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date Amelia Island Plantation real estate news. Looking for the perfect home for sale in Amelia Island Plantation? Search the latest listings in our oceanfront community!

August 29, 2012 - Leave a comment

Real Estate

Amelia Island condo renovation –
A property owner’s 5 keys to success

This is a story that begs to be heard amidst the energy of Omni Amelia Island Plantation's re-imagination campaign.  It’s a story on a smaller scale, but has relevance nonetheless – especially because of all the local talent used to complete the project. The author, Diane Terry, is originally from New England (CT and MA). She and photographer Arthur Fasciani bought their condo or villa at Amelia Island Plantation in May of 2011 while vacationing on the Plantation. A year ago, we bought a 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo at Club Villa on Amelia Island Plantation. Built in 1974, the property was showing its age. Like a kindly grandmother, it had raised two generations of (vacationing) offspring and was tired. The plumbing was corroded, the floorboards were sagging, and the ceilings were low, water stained and “pop-corned.” Nothing was wrong with the ‘bones’ per se; but it was an interior sliding into disrepair. Our challenge was to bring it online as a high-quality, 21st century, amenity-laden rental property within two months. We missed our goal by two weeks - the contractors arrived on Monday, May 9th and departed on Friday, July 22nd. It took us 10 weeks to complete a project others speculated would take 10 months. Add to the mix that we didn’t know any local contractors, processes or suppliers, AND we had to manage the project, furnish the unit, and re-equip it while living 1,000 miles away in Connecticut. FIVE KEYS TO SUCCESS RENOVATING A CONDO As we look back, knowing what we know now, we see  5 keys to success of our condo renovation- over and above normal project management - that may help new or existing Amelia Island Plantation property owners in their own condo "redevelopment, re-imagining and renewal." # 1 – Get Condo Association and Amelia Island Management (AIM) on board early The key reason for our success was the early and personal involvement of our Amelia Island Management property manager (Steve Mehas) and members of our condo association management team (John Cook and Tom Hollingsworth). They all worked together to help identify and remove (potential) roadblocks. Approvals were a breeze with this “A” team at our backs. And, when the time came to deal with our landscaping challenge (aka our overgrown front courtyard), Steve Mehas recommended we use Martex. Working with them, we redesigned the courtyard, pulling out all the overgrown plants, turning off the automatic sprinklers and installing a rock garden and two huge planters with drip feeders to reduce the amount of water consumed.  We created a maintenance-free outdoor space, welcoming and functional - perfect for non-residents like ourselves. And we did it economically and quickly. # 2 - Stay on property during the demolition process and the first week of framing As the walls came down, the “gotchas” surfaced. By renting a small condo nearby, we were within earshot of the contractor to facilitate the decision-making process. Most of the important considerations and decisions arose during the first two weeks. Our general contractor, Dewayne Crews (DCI Dewayne Crews, Inc.), was recommended to us the staff at Amelia’s Attic. This was the first of many local referrals.It was our intent to remove two key walls between the kitchen and dining room so that we could open up the entire space to the marsh view. Once the walls were down, we worked together with Mr. Crews and his cabinet maker, Mike Corbitt (Corbitt Cabinet, Manor, GA), to lay out the kitchen island and cabinets. We also thought through the costs and implications of repiping for an island wet bar and raising the ceiling to open up the space and add recessed lighting.  Being on-site those first few weeks saved us needless time, frustration and cost. # 3 - Get to know your neighbors Nothing grabs a community’s attention like a dumpster parked outside a condo unit. Within days, neighbors began to circle the property, creeping closer and closer - especially in the early evening after the contractors had left. It was great fun to be inside the unit and watch people step gingerly across the patio, cup their hands around their faces and peer inside at the mess. Oftentimes we were in the unit during these expeditions and would surprise our guests by opening the slider and saying "hi."   Getting to know our neighbors and enlisting their support, insight and experience was essential to our project. We were not the first to renovate a Club Villa, and our neighbors led us through many other units showing us (and our contractor Mr. Crews) how similar challenges had been met. The ‘local’ knowledge about the structure and its idiosyncrasies saved us time and money. We also made friends who’ve become even better friends as we begin to spend more and more time down here. Often, in the evening, we sit outside on our patio and people drop by to chat, catch up and share a glass of wine. It’s a magical time, a story repeated (no doubt) year after year in the life of the Plantation. # 4 - Bring in real estate and rental professionals to give advice As newcomers to the area who had never owned and rented out a vacation home, we knew we needed help. Even before the closing, we invited a small sample of local experts to tour the condo and advise us on the ‘must haves’ for rental and sales success. The results surprised us: spend your money on ‘soft’ materials (bedding and drapes), wall-mounted HDTVs, and don’t worry too much about a baking or roasting facility in the kitchen because renters go out for dinner regularly. Though it was hard to contemplate re-selling our new property, inviting a real estate salesperson to advise us on how to get the biggest bang for our renovation dollar was, to us, as important as long-term care insurance.  Equally important was the invitation to the manager of Omni's Long-Term Rental Program to assess the location and suitability of our new condo for their monthly rental program – a program we’d used many times in the past to "sample the lifestyle." # 5 - Ask local business owners for recommendations on non-competing services Word-of-mouth references, especially in a small town with which you’re unfamiliar, are a no-brainer. While shopping for furniture and accessories, we’d ask for advice on countertops and get referred to a local shop eager for business - Savage Stone, owned by Brenda Savage.  Or, while looking at shower doors at Lee & Cates Glass, we’d ask about pavers and patios and get directed to Lynda Dahl, the owner of Imetry, Inc., a place which had been supplying stone to local properties so long that they knew the ins and outs of the architectural review board process. Talk about a timesaver! We’re not ‘big box’ fans and much prefer working with local shops and services. We also like the concept of recycling “things” and bought half of our living room furniture from a local consignment shop, Amelia’s Attic. Jennifer Gedeon Crews, the store owner’s daughter worked with us to outfit our new space.  Using consignment furniture alongside new furniture and favored items from up north, we created a funky, comfortable environment. Throughout the process we came to know each and every street corner on 8th, 14th, Sadler and Centre streets - a wonderful way to begin to call a place our own. Now, a year later, we know all the shortcuts and many of the proprietors by name. It’s a nice feeling and really makes our second home a "home." A takeaway thought The biggest difference between renovating a condominium and a single family home, while obvious to many, was less apparent to us. All our lives we’d lived in single family homes; when it came time to renovate, we’d do whatever we wanted, with little consideration of anything but the local building codes and our own ideas. It’s different with a condominium, however - especially one in a larger community like Amelia Island Plantation. There are guidelines, covenants, approvals and process to deal with. Only in hindsight did we discover that by turning first to our condo association board and Amelia Island Management (AIM), we’d taken the guesswork out of our project, thus saving ourselves time, money and aggravation. Local Contractor List General Contractor - DCI, Dewayne Crews Inc., Yulee, (904) 557-8406 Patio - Imetry Inc., Lynda Dahl, Fernandina Beach, (904) 753-3380 Furniture/Consignment - Amelia's Attic, Jennifer Gedeon Crews, Fernandina Beach, (904) 277-2095 Granite countertops - Savage Stone, Brenda Savage, Fernandina Beach, (904) 277-3524 Kitchen and bath cabinetry - Corbitt Cabinet, Mike Corbitt, Manor, GA, (912) 285-8601 Written and submitted by  Diane Terry "After" photos taken by Arthur Fasciani

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