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12,000 sq. ft. modern garage to house personal car collection of self-made entrepreneur who resides on the 5.5-mile long private Ono Island…

Mr. James (Jimmy) Harrell and his wife Tina are car enthusiasts who live on the 5.5-mile long private island of Ono Island, Alabama. 

Jimmy’s always had a love for cars – and his philosophy includes a blend of working hard and playing hard – but building his business from the ground up kept him too busy to allow himself to fully enjoy his passion and interests in cars.

Jimmy is a self-made individual who expanded his own business over a span of 44 years. His company, Industrial Sales and Service, sold and serviced valves to refineries, paper mills, power plants and chemical plants,…

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Pirates Cove

If you were to tell someone to meet you where Robert’s Bayou meets Arnica Bay, they’d probably ask, “Where’s that?” Tell them to meet you at Pirates Cove, however, and they’d ask, “What time?”

Many around here know that the legendary third-generation beach shack in Elberta has a history littered with bushwackers, cheeseburgers, sandy canines and salty regulars. But few know that the bar and restaurant wouldn’t be what it is today without Civil War privateers, a high-end Chicago hotel and a German immigrant initiative in Baldwin County.

Operated by brothers Paul and Karl Mueller (although ownership remains in the hands of their mother Eileen), Pirates Cove is a living tapestry of innumerable employees, regulars and “riff raff.” This is its…

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Andy Andrews

“Sometimes a thing is impossible until it’s actually done”

The sleepy little fishing town of Orange Beach, AL or as locals like to say, LA (Lower Alabama) has grown over the years as visitors come from all corners of the globe to experience what Andy Andrews has captured so well in his series of The Noticer, The Noticer Returns, and now the much anticipated “Just Jones” third edition that will be released on September 8th.  

The Alabama Gulf Coast has inspired the setting and characters of many of Andy’s books.  In most cases, the places and people in Andy’s books are real places and people within the community.  Andy gives credit for the inspiration of his books to the easy-going island life along with residents who have found their way to the…

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ROBERTSDALE, Ala. –July’s housing highlights are encouragingly similar to the months prior to COVID. Baldwin REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) reports a year-over-year increase in the total number of properties sold in July 2020 for both Resort and Traditional Residential areas, as well as an increase in sales price that has been lacking in the months of May and June. July’s average sales price for the Resort area increased to $467,757, compared to $451,646 in 2019. Additionally, July’s average sales price for Traditional Residential increased to $286,574, compared to $268,542 in 2019.

For the Resort Area of Baldwin County, a total of 301 properties sold last month, compared to 166 in July 2019 – an 81.3% increase. Listings moved off the…

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Brent Burns

Over 6 million visitors travel to the beautiful white sandy shores of the Alabama Gulf Coast each year from all over the world.  As more people experience our stretch of paradise, many decide to call this area home.    

This is exactly what local favorite musician and songwriter, Brent Burns decided to do in 1972.  If you have ever enjoyed a lazy afternoon at one of the local restaurants or venues on the Alabama Gulf Coast, chances are you have had the pleasure of hearing Brent Burns live and in person.  

The self-proclaimed son of the desert has become the poet laureate of the beach.  In 2006, Burns was named “Official Music Ambassador of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau”, among many more awards and accolades added to his…

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June 2020 Real Estate Market Report

The rebound we’ve all been hoping for is here. While Baldwin REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) typically reports from a year-over-year view of the housing market, the more accurate data during this bizarre year is seen when comparing month-over-month statistics. Both average sales prices and the amount of closed sales have increased since May 2020 in the Traditional Residential and the Resort/Island-based areas of Baldwin County. Traditional Residential homes saw a 46% increase in closed sales from May 2020 to June 2020, while the Resort/Island-based market saw a whopping 97% increase between the two months.

In previous monthly housing market reports, provided by Baldwin REALTORS®, it was stated that the Resort/Island-based market of Baldwin…

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 We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

 Read the full Declaration of Independence

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Andy Andrews Feature Article

The sugar-white shores of the Alabama Gulf Coast hold a special place for many people that have dipped their toes in the Gulf of Mexico and made lifetime memories with family and friends.  When looking to the experts about the area, there is no one better than the Kaiser family that understands how special this slice of paradise is, as they have been a part of the vacation rental, real estate development, and sales for over 40 years.  

Someone else we consider an ambassador for the beaches on the Gulf Coast of Alabama...New York Times Best Selling Author, Andy Andrews.  Andy has written 3 New York Times Best Selling books.  The Noticer and The Noticer Returns highlight the Alabama Gulf Coast as the backdrop for his stories.  He crafts a narrative…

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The Park is open daily for summer beginning June 5! OWA is excited to safely open The Park for you and your family, and look forward to welcoming for you back.

OWA Park

For more information about the OWA Park, please visit the official OWA website at https://visitowa.com.

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The adjusted paid and owner occupancy rate is the number of nights filled per nights available, removing nights held for maintenance. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a 2020 adjusted paid and owner occupancy rate that is similar to 2019 is an indicator of recovery. Recent bookings have improved the short-term occupancy forecast for areas that have reopened, but have not greatly impacted July and August occupancy rates.

Market Report

How to interpret the graphs:

  • The charts show the difference between 2020 and 2019 adjusted paid and owner occupancy rate, as of two different dates. 
  • The blue line is the difference in pacing between 2020 and 2019 as of May 20. The black line is the difference in pacing between 2020 and 2019 as of two weeks ago on…
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