Author Archives: Rich

301 Lullwater Drive Unit 281

This is a small, studio apartment on the ground floor. It has three main rooms: a kitchen, a bathroom and a main room that includes areas for a couch, TV, small dining room table, and a bed. There is a patio door that lets out directly to the back yard and the lake behind the property. There is a small covered patio area outside the door.

Seychelles Unit 308

It’s Panama City Beach – what else needs to be said?

723 Michael Drive

Completely renovated top to bottom in 2017! New roof put on May 2019. Split bedroom floor plan. Open kitchen with granite counter tops, kitchen island, and a coffee bar with a cold water dispenser. Living room with gorgeous vaulted ceiling, tons of natural light, and wood burning fireplace with custom mantel. Three large bedrooms with walk-in closets. Fully fenced back yard with custom pergola and thriving fruit trees and garden. Washer and dryer included. All appliances, water heater, and A/C replaced in 2017 renovation. Two car garage with BRAND NEW garage door scheduled for replacement 05/14/2020. This fantastic home is located on a corner lot. Convenient to Tyndall Air Force Base.

56 Park Place

This property is located at 56 Park Place near Pier Park and Gulf World Marine Park. It’s been recently remodeled and is looking great! Among other things, it has a new hot water heater and hurricane shutters that you can see inside the garage.

114 Byrd Drive

Yes, amid the Corona virus outbreak and stay at home orders, real estate activities are still listed as a critical service and, by association, real estate photograph as well. I’m still out working for you whenever the need comes up. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

This property at 114 Byrd Drive has had most of the renovations completed. It is located in the Britany Woods subdivision just west of the Callaway Wal Mart.

2027 Willow Bend Lane

This house, located in the Derby Woods section of town, has been recently repaired and upgraded because of hurricane Michael. This house has a nice layout with 3 bedrooms and two full baths. It includes an outside patio off of the master bedroom.

Waterfront House at 8211 Highpoint Road

These are images from a house recently fixed up from the ravages of hurricane Michael. It’s a large house with lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, two story with a large garage, a “storm cellar” safe room and a large game room. As you can see in the photos, it has it’s own boat dock/lift, a love seat overlooking the water, and a fenced-in gazebo. Contact Cynthia McQuaid, (850) 527-3423, for more information.

Highway 30A Vacation House

This house, located at 8718 E Hwy 30A, is three stories.  Each floor is nearly identical in layout and furnishings and has about 3200 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms.  Of course the top floor has the best views.  These images are from the third floor of this very livable vacation rental:

These are photos from the first floor:

Drone Updates

I’ve continued practicing flying and using the drone to get real estate property images and I am really hoping for one specific update from the manufacturer:  wider exposure values when taking HDR images.  Currently they’ll let you choose 3 images (normal exposure and up to +/-0.7 over and under exposure) but what is really needed are up to 5 images with +/- one stop exposure between each to capture the full dynamic range of the scene.  But I think I can make do, with a lot of editing in Photoshop, with what they currently provide.  

Another item of note:  I’m still waiting, nearly 3 months now, for approval to fly inside along the northern boundary of the Tyndall AFB Class D airspace over the land.  I don’t know why it’s taking them so long to approve this or why they even haven’t let me know if there’s an issue or not.  Or when they might get to it.  These kind of delays are totally unrealistic and untenable for those of us who are wanting to provide a service with our drones.  I’m almost at my wit’s end trying to figure out what to do next.  Hopefully something will happen soon though I’m sure it will be “fill it out again with more information” and another 3-month waiting period.  Ugh…

Hurricane Michael – WOW!

Hurricane Micheal was one for the record books!  My house and my neighborhood took a direct hit; the eye passed right over us.  One neighbor who stayed said the eye took over 30 minutes to pass by!  We were buffeted by 155+mph winds first from the east and then from the west after the eye passed.  

Surprisingly, about half of the houses here, including mine, had only minor damage from the storm.  The rest were damaged pretty severely in one way or another.  At least 3 were declared a complete loss.  My house was livable immediately, though we had no power and water and our septic system would quickly fill up without power for the lift station to pump it out.  We actually stayed in the house Thursday and Friday nights after the storm as we prepared for our previously planned trip to Iowa for a wedding the following week.  

We returned on October 22nd and found out from one of our neighbors that we had water; it was turned on earlier that day.  The next day someone with a generator came around to all the houses and offered to energize the septic pumps to help empty the tanks which was quite a relief.  Still, even though we had water and could theoretically take showers (cold ones), we couldn’t actually do that or we’d end up filling the septic tanks again after only a couple of days.  By using the septic system only for biological necessity, we were able to stretch that time into a week to 10 days.  

We ended up getting power back on October 28th and we quickly turned everything on to 1) empty the septic tanks and 2) start cooling the refrigerator.  Unfortunately, power went out again about 30 hours later on Monday.  It took a couple of days but our power folks came out and finally determined that another one of our underground cable sections needed replacing.  (I thought underground cabling was supposed to be less susceptible to damage???) By 630pm Friday November 2nd, we had power again.  And as luck would have it, we still have it today!  

We were lucky.  There are many, many people in the area and in the county as a whole who have no place to live.  And in one of the unintended consequences that has been noticed (maybe this has been the case in other disasters but it hasn’t been mentioned in any of the news reports I’ve seen before), many of the homeless people have literally left the area and now nearly every business is looking to hire workers to replace them and keep their stores open!  Even our nearby Wal Mart has said they might have to close because they don’t have enough workers to keep the store open.  Their current hours are 10am – 5pm.  

I am finally getting my computers all hooked back up and running and am starting to sync all of the photos I took and saved on my laptop while I was away to my main desktop system.  Once that is done I can start sharing photos here again and keep everyone updated.