St. George Island real estate and sea turtles?
Ok, so what do sea turtles and St. George Island real estate have to do with each other??
Sea turtles are one of the ancient creatures on this earth that teach us the lessons we never seem to finish learning. Their sense of purpose is innate, from the tiniest day-old hatchlings to their 200-pound mamas, they instinctively move towards the water, coming onto land only to lay their nests.
I volunteer with the dawn sea turtle patrol, and have the privilege of monitoring nesting sea turtle activity on the beaches of St. George Island. We have 151 nests so far on the island this year, not counting the State Park. This is more than double the number of nests we marked last year.
I marked two new nests this morning at dawn - what a great start to a great day. We volunteers walk every morning at dawn to mark the nests that were laid during the night. We identify nests via the tracks that the mamas leave, tracks that are distinctive (think double tractor tires) and as beautiful as any art gallery hanging.
People also move instinctively towards the water - there is a draw that is undeniable. Buying beach property is one of those totally elective pleasures in life - no one ever had to move to St. George Island for their job, for better schools, or to be closer to their kids.
We buy here because we want to be here, more than anything.
I work full-time as a realtor/broker associate, running the St. George Island office of Boardwalk Realty of NW Florida, Inc. I'm a native Floridian, and have vacationed on St. George since I was a teenager in the 70's. I have lived here full-time since 2004.
I moved here intending to stay just a year, before my next career move, and ended up changing professions in order to stay.
So, the trend is up this year for sea turtle nests on St. George Island, very definitely up.
And, what is our real estate market doing?
For buyers, it's never been better. I work primarily with buyers, and specialize in personally monitoring the market for that perfect property for each one of my buyers. I've got a lot of happy buyers in my portfolio, and even more prospective buyers deciding right now what and when to buy.
This blog will provide a running commentary on our real estate market, with sea turtle updates and other news from St. George Island thrown in the mix.
I look forward to hearing from you - email me anytime, with specific questions about real estate or general comments on the blog - all are welcome!