Are you familiar with the term ‘blue mind’? It refers to the scientifically-proven mental health benefits of being near, in, or on the water. Additionally, boosting your Vitamin D intake is good for both mood and bone health. Living a coastal lifestyle really is good for you!
If you’re seeking a sea change, buying a condo is a great option to consider. It allows you to enjoy all the perks of coast life without the responsibility of maintaining a home.
Here is what you can expect, and what you should prepare for when deciding if condo life on the Gulf Coast of Florida is right for you.
Seasons Take on a New Meaning
When living the Florida Gulf Coast life, traditional seasons like winter, summer, spring, and fall go out the window. Instead, they’re replaced with terminologies like ‘tourist season’ and ‘off-season’.
There is always an influx of out-of-town visitors to the beach in the summertime due to school holidays. With temperatures in the 70s and 80s year-round though, residents get to soak up the sun when the crowds are thin too.
Not All Condos are Created Equal
There are certain things to take into consideration when choosing a condominium community, and a specific condo.
As with coast life in general. condo living often means a mix of short-term renters, residential renters, and owners. When shopping around, be sure to inquire about the rental rules. Whether you are planning to live in your condominium full-time or rent it out part of the year, the rental policy will be important in your decision-making process.
If buying a condo on the ground floor, take note of things like proximity to the pool if noise is an issue. It’s also worth noting where the bedroom is positioned in relation to the floor plan above if you’re a light sleeper.
All Frills, No Fuss
Living in a condo often gives you access to all sorts of great resort-style amenities not available to the average homeowner. Clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, gyms, and BBQ grills are just a few common examples.
All of these shared spaces provide a sense of community and socialization that is especially ideal for empty-nesters.
Perhaps the best part is that there is no maintenance involved in condo living. Everything is looked after for you, all that’s left to do is enjoy and relax!
Sun, Sand, Shopping, and Seafood
Living the coast life in Florida means there are endless options to enjoy outside of the condominium too.
The most obvious perhaps is the stunning beaches at your doorstep. The warm, gentle waters of the Gulf Coast are ideal for swimming, boating, and fishing. The sand that stretches for miles is perfect for walking, beach yoga, shelling, or quite simply doing nothing. Just set up the beach umbrella and kickback.
There is also a whole slew of community events as well as a vibrant downtown scene.
Finally, the endless supply of fresh seafood cannot be overlooked. Your taste buds will be in heaven.
Slow It Down a Few Notches
It was once said that time at the beach doesn’t move hour to hour, but mood to moment. Terminology like ‘beach time’ and ‘island time’ will suddenly make sense as you begin to pay less attention to the clock and more to the tides.
The coastal lifestyle is less rush, more relax. While it may take a bit of getting used to at first, you will soon come to appreciate the slower pace.
Coast Life Is Calling
Condo living in Florida provides a sense of community, endless leisure activities, and a relaxed lifestyle near the water that is good for your health.
So are you ready to pack your bags and head south? Reach out to us at the Palma Sola Bay Club. Our award-winning condominiums could be the next place you call home.
Kiss the city goodbye, the coast life awaits!