The Pros of Condo Living on the Emerald Coast

Living on the beautiful panhandle of Florida is a dream for most. With the clear emerald water, sugar white sand, and sun-filled breezy days, there are many reasons why living on the Emerald Coast is a worthy investment. But for most, the question is not whether the panhandle is a great place to live, but instead, which kind of housing is right for each person. In a series of upcoming blog posts on our website, we will discuss the different housing options and who they are a good fit for. Today we are discussing the topic of condo living on the Emerald Coast, and whether or not it may be a good fit for you.

A condominium is a multi-unit building in which each separate housing unit is individually owned. These buildings are typically overseen by a property management company because the owners of each individual unit do not own the entire multi-unit building, or the land on which the building sits. One of the major benefits to this is that as a condo owner, you will not have to worry about taking care of the land. Essentially this means no landscaping, no tree trimming, and no lawn mowing. These tasks typically take time and/or money to manage regularly, but with condo living you will have the luxury of spending that time at the beach  or exploring the town instead.

The second perk of condo living is great amenities. Many condos have the added enjoyment of pools, gyms, tennis courts, pet parks, and other amenities that some home owners either may not have access to or may not have the budget for. These amenities also make it easier to befriend neighborly residents, which is great for those looking for community. Another added benefit is the location. While many homeowners are forced to live outside of cities to keep housing costs down, condo owners have access to city life, affording the option to walk to public areas, commute by bike, or use public transportation as well as try out new restaurants, go shopping, and enjoy the nightlife.

Finally, affordability is one of the greatest benefits of condo living. In many areas, condos are generally priced lower than the average single family home with some markets having a relatively large price gap. A lower housing price leaves a budget for exploring attractions and taking advantage of the culture in your area. The Florida panhandle is filled with towns that offer fun and entertainment from shopping, restaurants, and farmer’s markets to concerts, festivals, bars, and more. Having a larger budget for these activities will create a more enjoyable experience overall.

Condo living is a great option for those who want to experience all that a town has to offer without many of expenses that single family homeowners incur. If you are looking for a condo in the panhandle of Florida, we would love to help you take the next step. Reach out today and let’s begin this life-changing journey together.



Ken Spivey, the Pilot

Ability +  Preparation + Integrity +  Relationship = Service

This is more than just a string of buzz words. Service is at the core of Ken Spivey’s life. His family and friends will attest to his desire to serve others. Throughout is professional life as an Air Force instructor pilot, as a pastor, as a small business owner, as a hospice chaplain, and as a realtor; the desire to meet the needs of others has been Ken’s motivation! A phrase in the snack bar at his first Air Force squadron has shaped his life through the years—“If you see something that needs doing, DO IT!”

Without ability and preparation, though, service accomplishes little. Likewise, accomplishments without integrity may be quite costly! All these are key components of great real estate service; and they come down to having a close relationship with his clients. Ken recognizes that every transaction is a business deal; but behind every deal are real people, each looking for financial benefit! His goal is to help each side experience victory, whether buying or selling a “starter home”, or engaging in a multi-million dollar venture!

Every client is a unique individual, with unique real estate goals/needs. Ken wants each client to realize they are valued first and foremost as an individual. He treats every client with equal value, and brings the best of his ability and preparation to every transaction. Always with integrity as the foundation, he takes time to get to know his clients’ goals, building a relationship that allows him to serve every individual with excellence!

About Jimmy Sharpe—The Coach

After playing football for the University of Alabama and graduating, Jimmy’s first job was as an assistant coach for Coach Paul Bryant at the University of Alabama. He was there 16 years as a player and assistant coach. During the time Alabama won 4 National Championships and 8 SEC championships. He was instrumental to the beginning of the “Wishbone Offense”.

He left Alabama to become the Head Coach at Virginia Tech. Following some good years and some tnot so good years in Blacksburg, Jimmy moved on to several other coaching stops. Mississippi State, Pittsburg, Memphis State and finally to the USFL, Memphis Showboats.

In 1989, Jimmy and his lovely wife, Anne moved to Destin, Florida and began to look for an opportunity, for the next career. Through former relationships and local networking, the Coach became involved with several local real estate developers. He found his experience and skill set fit in quite well with these new opportunities. He discovered that whether in the past or in the present, he was building something tangible, putting people together, and working together to achieve a goal.

In 1992, Coach Sharpe obtained his Florida real estate Broker’s license and officially started his second career. Along the way, he has worked for or collaborated with…
  • JAS Realty, Broker
  • Kelly Plantation, original sales director
  • Emerald Bay, original sales director
  • Emerald Lakes, developer, 253 single family homes
  • Bella Vita, developer, luxury condo, Blue Mountain Beach, non-rental
  • Emerald Lakes Commercial, developer

Then in 2012, Rupert Phillips invited Jimmy Sharpe to. join his HCB Advisory Group team to give some much needed special attention to overseeing and growing the real estate company. He currently serves as a broker for three divisions of Phillips Capital Partners—HCB Advisory Group, HCB Realty Advisors, and Halifax Homes Realty.