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A LAmbiance Neighbor’s Story

September 25, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – Don and I returned from our evacuation odyssey on September 17th.  It thrilled us to see our unit was intact and there was no major damage to LAmbiance.  Our property manager Chris, took a bunch of photos after the storm.  He e-mailed these to photos to owners who have their e-mails registered with Eagle Property Management.  I have posted these photos on our community FaceBook page at: LAmbiance in Pelican Bay.  If you haven’t joined our FaceBook page, please do so.  Just click on the above link.  Once on the page, click on the JOIN tab.

The day Irma hit Naples found Don, myself and our friend Rosa in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The three of us along with other Irma evacuees stayed glued to the TV set in the lobby tracking Irma.  I became so stressed out listening to the Weather Channel, I went to our hotel room and listened to local WINK news on my tablet.  It was so much more reassuring to me to hear our local meteorologists, Robert Van Winkle and Jim Farrell, reporting on Irma.

Don and I stayed in LAmbiance for Charlie and Irma.  I took one look at Irma and told Mr. Wilber, “We are OUT of here!”  A normal 6 hour drive to Gainesville took 9 hours and the normal 8 hour drive to Hattiesburg took 13 hours.  Here’s some things I learned in our travels:

  • Pack toilet paper!  Do not assume that ANY rest area will have toilet paper.
  • Pack Wet Ones or hand sanitizer.
  • Scan all your important papers NOW!  (Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Diplomas, House insurance policies, auto insurance policies, medical information, health insurance cards etc.) I did it the day before we left and I was brain-dead by the time we got in the car.
  • Pack sandwiches.  If we had tried to get off I-75 to eat, it would have taken forever to get back on again.
  • A Coscto bag fits well in the back seat of a car.
  • Pack enough clothes to last you a week.
  • Plan multiple evacuation routes.
  • Make multiple hotel reservations along your evacuation locations so you will have a place to sleep.  It took us over FOUR hours to find the hotel room in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

At one of our stops along the way to Hattiesburg, Rosa and I left the car to use the restroom at a Quickie-Mart.  The restroom was FILTHY with no toilet paper.  I left to get our toilet paper from the car, while Rosa went to tell the owner of the store they were out of toilet paper in the restroom.  The owner of the store told Rosa, “There is toilet paper on the back shelf.  Buy some and take it in with you.”  You just gotta love that owner!

We spent five days in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  We met some wonderful people there.  This was my first visit to Mississippi.  Everyone we met was incredibly nice.  A number of people we met had lost their homes during Katrina.  A tornado had passed through Hattiesburg in January of this year and a number of people lost their homes during the tornado. When the check engine light went on in my car, Martin at the Toyota dealership in Hattiesburg got us into service right away, had the problem diagnosed and fixed so we could leave the next day.  Martin lost his home in the tornado and almost lost his life. When it came time to pay our bill, Martin told us our guardian angel had paid the bill for us and refused to take any money from us.  I still am thinking about that act of kindness.

The day the Irma landed, I was kept busy with e-mails, phone calls, text messages, FaceBook messages and Tweets asking me about the conditions in Pelican Bay and LAmbiance.  Our LAmbiance FaceBook community page really came in handy as I could update it with photos and reports from our neighbor, Jim Stahley. While Jim doesn’t use FaceBook, he was able to text photos to me that I was able to post on our FaceBook page so neighbors could see what was actually taking place in LAmbiance.  Yea Jim!

LAmbiance fared well.  Thank goodness we had our roofs replaced a few years back! We are all very lucky that LAmbiance didn’t see major damage.  Pelican Bay like LAmbiance had a LOT of tree damage.  All day Friday I could hear chain saws at work in Pelican Bay.  The piles of debris on Pelican Bay BLVD remind me of the drifts that used to form on street corners after a bad snow storm.  When I looked at the Marker36 and Sandbar pavilions, they were in good condition with workers busily fixing what needed to be fixed.

Don and I came back once electricity was restored.  I can not imagine what our neighbors in LAmbiance and all of Naples went through before the electric came back on and the air conditioning worked. By the time we returned we only had to go through a few days before the boil water notice was lifted and the sewerage lifts were working.  While we were evacuating Naples, we could see power trucks headed South.  Thanks to all the utility workers who braved our horrible heat to bring us power, water and working sewers!

The day after the hurricane, we saw a rainbow from a parking lot in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  While the rainbow wasn’t over our Marker36 beach, I felt it was a harbinger of good luck.

People keep asking me if I think Irma will affect real estate prices in Naples. My crystal ball is always cloudy.  I will say that those Buyers who are looking for their “steal” will more than likely use Irma as a talking point to lower a unit’s value.  When I searched active low-rise listings in Pelican Bay today, there were only 28 listings on the market.  Our inventory is low which may help stabilize prices.  I ran across a very interesting article, The CRE 2017-18 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate, I hope you’ll take the time to read.  #10 poses some compelling discussion on climate change and flooding.

Do you have a story you would like to share about your Hurricane Irma experience?  Feel free to do so by clicking on COMMENTS  or share your story on our neighborhood FaceBook page, LAmbaince in Pelican Bay.

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to LAmbiance Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples FL – My husband, Don and I have been following Hurricane Irma’s projected path. We are heeding the warnings and have already begun to put up our hurricane shutters.  We wanted to get a head start on this because there could be rain tomorrow.  Today’s been a busy day getting all our important papers together and packing in case we decide to evacuate.

If you haven’t done so already, you want to make sure EVERYTHING is off your lanais. You don’t want to have projectiles smashing through your lanai sliding doors or your neighbors’ lanai doors.  This same philosophy applies to any flower pots you have around your unit.  If you are not in residence, you’ll want to make sure your home watch person gets your furniture in from the lanai.

Don’s been busy putting up our hurricane shutters.  He’ll need a dip in the pool when he is done.

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The State of Florida has a good site for Hurricane Preparedness at: http://www.stateofflorida.com/articles/hurricane-preparedness-guide.aspx  

The National Hurricane Center NOOA is also a good site to follow for the projected path of the storm: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/  They also have a good site for Hurricane Preparedness.  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

It’s a good idea to get ready NOW!  It looks as if Irma could be coming our way on Sunday.  I hope you all stay safe.

If you haven’t done it yet, you might want to join our community group on Facebook.  If you have a Facebook account, click on: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LambianceinPelicanBay/  and click on the JOIN BUTTON and the NOTIFICATION BUTTON.  I will tell you quite frankly that it is less time for me to post photos and make updates on our Facebook page at this point in time then it is to add information to our blog.

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to LAmbiance Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Lake LAmbiance

August 28, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – While Hurricane Harvey spared Naples, we still received a fair amount of rain from the storm.  Several areas in Naples had flooded streets. While I was out and about on Friday, I snapped these photos of our LAmbiance lake.  Some LAmbiance residents are never in town during rainy season.  These residents only see our lake in dry season when the water level is low.  Here’s what our lake looked like on Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently created a neighborhood group page on Facebook for LAmbiance.  If you are a Facebook member, you can join the group by going to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LambianceinPelicanBay  The purpose of this group is to help promote neighborhood interaction by answering questions and giving personal recommendations for goods, services, establishments to visit and things to do around LAmbiance and Naples. Group members will also be able to post photos and videos they feel might be of interest to everyone. I have made the group page a closed group so only members of the page will be able to see what other people post.  I would like to see this site turn into a source of information for LAmbiance Residents from LAmbiance Residents.  Have a great workmen you’d like to recommend?  Visited a restaurant you enjoyed?  Have a doctor/dentist you’d like to recommend?  Want to share an event happening in the area?  You can post all this on our LAmbiance in Pelican Bay Facebook page.Take a moment to join and share a comment.

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to LAmbiance Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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LAmbiance Painting Project

August 21, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – Our painting project is underway. Here’s a shot of work being done on the 300 building.  It has been an incredibly hot summer.  The heat index the other day was 117 degrees.  Keep in mind our painters are working in this heat.

Eagle Property Management sent out an e-mail the other day with information about the painting project.  Click here to view these instructions —>2017 Paint instructions

It is important Residents get their units ready for their building to be painted.  Mats, plants, pots and furniture need to be moved so the painters can do their jobs. The letter mentions “items should never be left on the balcony, entry or lanai when unit owners are not in residence during the summer season. These items can become damaging projectiles during a tropical cyclone.”

Today the eclipse will happen.  Where will you be viewing it?  My husband, Don,  and I plan to be viewing it at the beach.  Hopefully I’ll be able to snap a photo to share with you.

I recently started a FaceBook page for LAmbiance.  When you sign into your FaceBook account, search LAmbiance in Pelican Bay and click on the JOIN tab.  I would like to see this site turn into a source of information for LAmbiance Residents from LAmbiance Residents.  Have a great workmen you’d like to recommend?  Visited a restaurant you enjoyed?  Have a doctor/dentist you’d like to recommend?  Want to share an event happening in the area?  You can post all this on our LAmbiance in Pelican Bay Facebook page.

What’s been happening in the real estate market in L’Ambiance lately?  We currently have only one listing on the market and one pending with contingency sale.  There have been 7 sales since the beginning of the year.  Since April, we have had only one closed sale.  There have been 88 closed low-rise sales in Pelican Bay since the beginning of the year with a median sales price of $547,500.00.

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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Summer Rainbow

June 25, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – I couldn’t wait to share this gorgeous photo of a rainbow over LAmbiance. My husband, Don, had just gone out to pick up our dinner when I received a text from him telling me to go outside to look at the rainbow.  Beautiful, isn’t it?

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

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Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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First Quarter 2017 LAmbiance Sales Statistics

May 18, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – Everyone keeps asking me “How’s the market doing?”  Let’s take a look at the first quarter of 2016’s statistics and compare them with the first quarter of 2017’s statistics.

GARDEN HOMES

2016 2017
Number of Sales 5 1
Average Sales Price $624,600.00 $523,000.00
Median Sales Price $639,000.00 $523,000.00

You can see that the first quarter of 2017 had a lot less activity than the first quarter of 2016.  In fact as of today, there are only 2 garden home sales since the beginning of January.

COACH HOMES

2016 2017
Number of Sales 2 4
Average Sales Price $807,500.00 $835,000.00
Median Sales Price $807,500.00 $810,000.00

Coach Homes had a modest increase in their average and median sales prices.

Low Rises in Pelican Bay had an increase in price in the first quarter of Pelican Bay with just a tad more closed sales than the first quarter of 2016.  View 2017 Low-Rise Pelican Bay statistics HERE.   To view the first quarter statistics for the Naples market click HERE.Coach homes saw 4 sales in the first quarter of 2017 with a price increase in both the median and average sale prices.

There is only one unit for sale currently in L’Ambiance.  Pelican Bay has just 53 low rises on the market as of today.  53 low rise units for sale gives us a “normal” market of 6 months of inventory.

Until things become more steady in the world, I don’t think we are going to see the market have sizable increases.  Is it a good time to sell?  Yes, if you are aware of market pricing and don’t try to ask way too much for your residence. While Sellers would like our prices to increase 15% each year, it just is not going to happen at present.

If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance.  I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

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Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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LAmbiance BBQ Bash

March 15, 2017

LAmbiance – Pelican Bay – Naples, FL – The LAmbiance BBQ Bash which was held March 12 at the Clubhouse was a HUGE success!  Were you there?  If you were not, you missed a fun evening. I hear that 72 people attended. Neighbor Bob Duck gave a nice “Thank You” toast to the LAmbiance social committee who put together this event.  I’d also like to thank the social committee and their helpers for all the work they put into planning the event, ordering the yummy food, setting up, serving us and cleaning up.

Here are some photos I snapped at the event.  If you couldn’t be there you can at least enjoy the photos of your happy LAmbiance neighbors having a good time. We had an absolutely beautiful evening and some of us enjoyed sitting outside by the pool.

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Here are some of our friendly LAmbaince neighbors.  Enjoy!  Hope to see you at the next event.

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If you are thinking about selling your L’Ambiance unit, please call me before you decide to do any major remodeling.  I’d be happy to discuss current market conditions and give you selling tips. I have a list of buyers who are looking for specific units in LAmbiance. ESPECIALLY FIRST FLOOR THREE BEDROOMS UNITS.   I’d be happy to discuss not only the pricing in LAmbiance but the pricing for low-rises in Pelican Bay and low-rises in Naples to see how your unit fits into the equation.

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Would you like to subscribe to LAmbiance updates? E-mail me atLynn@NaplesBuys.com and I will add you to the subscription list. Please know that I will keep your e-mail address private.

Please note that I receive no compensation for mention of any businesses or events.

About the author:

Lynn Wilber is a Real Estate Professional who lives in Pelican Bay. Her 39 years of real estate experience and her area expertise have been valuable resources to Pelican Bay Sellers and Buyers. For more information, please contact Lynn Wilber via e-mail atLynn@NaplesBuys.com or call 239-594-2780.

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