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November 2012

Found 8 blog entries for November 2012.

Best Deals Marco Island

When Marco Islanders think of The Estates, they think "luxury" and "the most expensive area on Marco Island".  We thought we'd show you how little you can spend and still live in The Estates. Let's start with the least expensive home currently for sale there:

811 Scott Dr. is priced at only $315,000  Situated on a hill with a huge lot, this 3BR/2BA home with 1420 square feet also features a 2 car garage and workshop.  Yes, it needs some updates but for the price, it's hard to go wrong.  Next we have 1621 Copeland.  This house has 5BR/2BA and 2894 square feet all for only $449,000 in the middle of The Estates.  Featuring Waters Bay views, a large, private yard and surrounded by more expensive homes, this home looks like a steal to us.  It's only been

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Marco Manor Condo ImageThe most popular listing this week on is also the least expensive condo available on the island right now. Can you imagine owning a condo on Marco Island for less than $40,000. Well, now you can. This one bedroom / one bath condo located in Marco Manor is a steal! It is a short sale that was just listed a few days ago and it won't last long.

Marco Manor is located on Hartley Avenue in the heart of Marco Island, Florida.  It is within walking distance to fine shops and restaurants.  There is a big, oval swimming pool out back.  It really is a fantastic bargain at $39,900.  The monthly mainteance fee is $220 and covers insurance, pest control, lawn and landscaping maintenance and trash removal.

Only one other 1 bedroom unit has sold in

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New Beachfront Listings Marco Island

There were 6 beachfront condos listed in the last week.  They range in price from $339,900-$1,995,000.

Let's start with a look at the two just listed at Admiralty House.  The least expensive listing of the week at $339,900 is Unit 906.  This unit has not been updated but has great views and all of the great amenities that come with owning at Admiralty House.  These include a heated pool on the beach, tennis courts, a library and extra storage.  It also has 2BR/2BA and 893 square feet.  The other new listing at Admiralty House is Unit 403, priced at $379,900.  It features 2BR/2BA and and 844 square feet.  This is a beachfront unit and has some updates.

There are two new listings at Chalet as well.  Priced at $589,000, Unit 1105 features 2BR/2.5BA

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A skydiving friend of ours was paralyzed in an accident almost ten years ago.  His name is Chris Colwell.  He is paralyzed from the chest down and has very little arm function. Well, his power wheelchair has just about reached the end of its life.  The tilt functions have failed and are no longer repairable.  Electric tilt allows a quadriplegic to regulate blood pressure which fluctuates wildly all day long.  It also helps prevent pressure sores which heal very slowly.

The main reason I'm writing this post is to help Google find and "index" Chris' donation site with a couple of links.  If, however, you've happened upon this while searching for Marco Island Real Estate, feel free to visit Chris' page and donate.  You'll be helping out one of the good

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Admiralty House Photo

Admiralty House on Marco Beach got a facelift a few months ago and looks fantastic!  This condo is one of the classic favorites on Marco Island.  Its familiar vertical blue stripes can be seen for miles. With the recent improvements, it's a great time to buy or sell.  Buyers can enjoy the upgrades and sellers can compete better in the market.

Built in 1972 by the Mackle brothers, the Admiralty House looks brand new now thanks to a complete remodelling of the lobby and all of the hallways.  The lobby received a new stone tile floor that is stunning.  The color scheme was changed to what I would describe as "sophisticated tropical."  The sliding entry door was replaced.  The walls were repainted throughout and the hallways received new carpet.

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Summit House Condos for Sale on Marco Island

The luxury condo market on Marco Island is warming up.  Sales were brisk all summer and now we're seeing prices climb, too.  For buyers, this means that the bottom of the market is likely behind us but prices are still cheap historically.  For sellers, it means they aren't facing so many low-ball offers these days. 

Occaisionally, it seems like some condominiums enjoy a temporary spike in popularity.  Lately, condos in Cape Marco like Cozumel and Belize have been getting a lot of attention from buyers.  Sales have been zipping along despite prices starting at a million bucks and going up substantially from there.  There are other properties that haven't gotten the same attention but whose time to shine has come.  Summit House, located right in the

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Water Direct Home for Sale

In the past week, there were 6 properties that came on the market with water direct access to the Gulf.  Two were condiminiums and four were single family homes.  Let's start with the condos:

The first was in Riverside Club.  This condo has been completely updated with custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and beautiful tile and Pergo flooring.  It also features a new A/C unit and water heater and is turn-key furnished.  Riverside also has its own marina and docks can be leased for $200/year.  It's priced at $209,900 for a 1BR/1BA.

Grand Bay also has a new listing.  Featuring 2BR/2BA and 1347 square feet, it's priced at $495,000.  This completely updated end unit has fantastic views of the Marco River and includes a 50 ft. X 18 ft. boat

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Marco Island Real Estate Image

With the easy access to statistics that the internet provides, buyers and sellers are more informed than ever before.  Everybody is familiar with Zillow, Trulia, and  While these are all good sources of information, their statistics aren't that reliable or timely.  For the real information, contact The Boyle Team and we'll give you the true stats, straight from the Marco Island MLS.

Case in point - Have you seen what happened to Marco Island condo prices in the third quarter anywhere on the internet?  There was a spike in the price graph that is very interesting.  The median selling price for condos shot up over 18% when compared to the same period in 2011.  The mean price climbed over 14%.

What caused this and what does this mean going

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