Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Smokers Get the Boot Again - In Real Estate Now

Trust California to start something like this...I'd be that much more challenged to smoke one way or the other...:-) When condos in Myrtle Beach start this, I'll be on the war-path. Thank god most beach condos have balconies.

Prometheus Real Estate Group Leads Trend Towards Non-smoking Apartments
Posted: 11/27/2007 12:00 AM

Award-winning Owner and Developer of Residential Property Takes Stand to Eliminate Fire and Health Dangers Caused by Smoking /PRNewswire/ --

Prometheus Real Estate Group has implemented a non-smoking policy for all its new multi-family development communities. The company is among the first leading apartment owners to implement the policy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"100% of Prometheus' new development communities will be non-smoking in the future," said Rod Standard, Senior Vice President of Property Management Services. "We certainly hope that this trend will catch on and we will see widespread adoption of non-smoking policies."

In the San Francisco Bay Area, Prometheus Real Estate Group has implemented smoke-free communities at 550 Moreland, a new 430-unit multi-family project in Santa Clara and the Icon at Doyle and Icon at Park, 81 units in Emeryville. Also smoke-free is the new 123-unit luxury community 128 on State in Kirkland, Washington.

Opening smoke-free in late December is the new Portland, Oregon luxury apartment community, The Wyatt, owned by Sobrato development Co. and managed by Prometheus Real Estate Group. The Wyatt is a 245-unit building located in Portland's Pearl District.

The policy bans smoking inside apartment units and common areas, including balconies and patios, and within 25 feet of the building. Prospective residents must sign a no-smoking agreement upon leasing a unit and will be responsible for enforcing the policy within their apartments.

According to a recent U.S. Surgeon's Report, there are no safe levels of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoke-free apartments also greatly lower the risk of fire and help minimize cleaning and maintenance costs with savings available to be passed on to residents. Smoke-free apartments also create a healthier environment for adults and children with chronic illnesses such as asthma or lung disease.

"The policy has been received very well by our residents," says Nancy Whelan, Director of Property Management Services for Prometheus in Northern California, "It is something people want and view as a positive for their community and the larger environment as a whole."

For existing multi-family communities, the policy will be implemented building by building with consideration for residents who have already signed a lease without the non-smoking provision. Non-smoking policies will eventually affect new leases for existing properties with the timeline for phase-in determined by each owner and local market demand.

According to the The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, a California Department of Health Services project of the American Lung Association of California:

-- 40% of California's housing stock is composed of multi-unit residences according to the 2000 Census.
-- 70% of apartment residents support non-smoking sections in apartment buildings.

About Prometheus Estate GroupPrometheus is the largest private owner of multi-family communities in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than 18,000 housing units planned or underway in California and the Pacific Northwest. Prometheus Real Estate Group specializes in the acquisition, development and management of high quality residential and commercial properties.

For more information visit http://www.prometheusreg.com/ and http://www.californialung.org/.
CONTACT: Rod Standard, Senior Vice President of Prometheus Real Estate Group,

Compiled by Myrtle Beach Web Design

Monday, November 26, 2007

Real Estate Values from Forbes?

Undervalued Markets?? Wow! Come to Myrtle Beach!

Forbes magazine has identified five cities where the economy is roaring but home prices are still moderate. MODERATE? By whose standards, I wonder?

You can buy one of the finest 2-3 bedroom Myrtle Beach oceanfront condos around for under a half million...WELL under, in many cases. I would say the average brand new North Myrtle Beach home about 3 blocks from the ocean will run less than $400K. Granted you aren't going to get a huge lot for that price...but who cares when you can walk to the beach?

Anyway, here is what Forbes considers a great bargain...

Charlotte, N.C.-Forbes says this is one of the cheapest markets in the country on a per-square-foot basis. It is a career hub, and the market is still strong there...but it's not a "pretty" place to live. Not unless you can afford to be on Lake Norman. And that is probably a good bit more than what Forbes says a typical four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home on a quarter of an acre is selling for - about $550,000. Not my idea of living in paradise.

San Francisco-The technology and biotech sectors of the economy in the Bay Area continue to grow and there is no build up of housing inventory here. A typical four- bedroom, two-bath home sells for about $800,000. Now they have beauty...but all those HILLS! And if you are morally objectional to alternate sexual lifestyles, this won't be your favorite place...:-)

Seattle missed the condo boom because multi-family residential construction was slow in Seattle in 2002 and 2003. Now, Seattle condo real estate values are climbing at the fastest pace of any condo market in the country, according to Radar Logic, a real estate research firm. An attractive two-bedroom, two-bath, downtown condo property with panoramic views of city and Elliott Bay is selling for about $1 million. Now...let's take into consideration that you will spend over half the year enjoying rainy weather. And the winters are brutal. And I swear, I read somewhere many years ago that something like 80% of all the serial killers that are known are from Seattle!

Boston-The housing market in the trendy Back Bay has slowed, while Boston’s downtown and waterfront areas are attracting buyers interested in living near its booming tech businesses.
A one-bedroom, one-bath condo with a view of Boston Harbor sells for less than $650,000.
One bedroom for $600K???? Yikes! And I'm not sure about this, but it seems like I remember hearing the crime rate in Boston is nothing to twirl a switchblade at. And those cold winters??

New York City-
Donald Trump was recently on the Larry King Live show...and Trump elaborated on how Manhattan is in a world of its own as far as the real estate market is concerned. He says it's hotter than a firecracker right now. Forbes says a condo in a pre-World War I building with two bedrooms and one bath in the Financial District is selling for about $750,000. OUCH. But I guess if you enjoy a place like New York, and you have to work there, that's pretty good news. I guess...

Now, how about the closest thing to Paradise if you don't count Florida and some of the Caribbean Islands? Myrtle Beach is the place, compared to what I've read above. Our market is slow right now...all the better for a smart buyer! But you can have a luxury oceanfront penthouse in the fanciest Myrtle Beach resort for about the same price as that 2 bedroom yucky building that overlooks a dirty sidewalk in New York.

You can wake every morning to the salt air and the seagulls calling, too. Granted we don't have the nearby techo-jobs that pay in the 6 figure ballpark. But our cost of living is less. And there are plenty of jobs if you've a mind to look.

And if you can't afford a half million dollars, find a nice 3 bedroom home 3 or 4 rows off the boulevard and move in for around $300,000. Move out a mile from the beach and get a beautiful golf course condo from $100K to $250K. Look hard and you can find a one bedroom around for under a hundred thousand.

Our winters are mild. Our summers are HOT. Our springs and falls are heavenly. I think we've got attractions that rival anywhere except maybe downtown Manhattan.

Maybe the Forbes people need to pay us a visit!

Source of figures: Forbes, Matt Woolsey (11/13/2007), and Realtor.org (11/26/2007).
Opinion by Myrtle Beach Web Design

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Myrtle Beach Golf Season Thrives With Condo Rentals and Entertainment

With golf being one of its biggest attractions, vacationers are enjoying an endless supply of new and renovated condominiums and resorts that offer Myrtle Beach golf packages. Condolux Vacations of North Myrtle Beach takes the season in stride, with the best choice of vacation condo rentals ever offered along the Strand.

Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) November 17, 2007 -- In spite of cooler weather, Myrtle Beach, and for golfers, North Myrtle Beach, continues to draw thousands of vacationers daily. The two towns are definitely taking strides to encourage and accommodate the more discriminating tourism market that has developed from the recent condo boom. The higher priced restaurants are popping up everywhere, and the days of "all-you-can-eat", all-fried, seafood and cheap country buffets are finding their biggest competitors are the smaller portion gourmet restaurants such as Bonefish Grill and Carrabbas.

Likewise, the resorts are first class, offering fine amenities that rival anything Miami or Tampa, Florida might present. North Myrtle Beach has some of the most luxurious accommodations in the area, from the grand new Prince Resort in Cherry Grove to its traditional upscale condominiums such as Bay Watch Resort, The Ashworth, Avista Resort, and even the new Barefoot Resort ... which is built around its legendary Greg Norman golf courses. Intracoastal Waterway resorts such as Barefoot are in the horizon to become as popular as oceanfront condos as well.

Condolux of North Myrtle Beach, in conjunction with NorthMyrtleBeachGolf.com has become the premiere source of Myrtle Beach golf packages destinations, offering the biggest choice of luxury condos and golf courses anywhere. With over 90 courses available, and reduced prices on golf packages for 2008, golfers can enjoy some of the biggest savings ever offered in vacation and golfing combinations.

Barefoot Resort

Aside from the extravagant Barefoot and Prince Resorts, Condolux golf packages now offer new resorts that include:Malibu Pointe in Crescent Beach, NMB -- a beautiful ocean view mid-rise, with spacious 3 and 4 bedroom villas that are perfect for golfing groups that want to share costs.

Bayview Resort in Myrtle Beach -- one of the most popular new oceanfront resorts for 2007. Bayview's central location at 5th Ave and Ocean Boulevard make it convenient to all of Myrtle Beach's restaurants and shopping ... from Broadway at the Beach to the Carolina Opry.

The Caribbean Resort in Myrtle Beach -- Already one of the biggest and best in Myrtle, the Caribbean has undergone an eight million dollar renovation, and has to be one of the finest resorts around, with unmatched water amenities and its next-door location to the Sea Captain's House, historically one of the absolute favorite seafood restaurants in the entire Grand Strand.

To compliment the finest accommodations anywhere, Condolux has special custom golf packages at the lowest rates to be found -- with golf, room, and maid service starting at $299 per golfer. There are even no surcharges on many of the courses with lower PM rounds.

While most resorts include indoor heated pools, lazy rivers, jacuzzis and fitness rooms, those who like a more private setting can enjoy one of Condolux's large luxury Myrtle Beach beach houses. Larger groups in particular can find tremendous savings and all the convenience of home in any of the beautiful oceanfront and ocean view houses that include golfing packages.

Visit the Condolux website to see photos and view the accommodations, and the all-new North Myrtle Beach Golf.com for package specials and golf course details.
Leave the snow and ice behind and take a Myrtle Beach vacation for your retreat this winter or spring!

Condolux Beach and Golf Vacations of North Myrtle Beach
1610 Hwy 17 North
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Toll Free 1-800-624-6418

Monday, November 05, 2007

Whistler Accommodations Website Review

Here is another Review-Me Review of a really good website!

Aloha Whistler Accommodations

Having never been to Canada, I am not familiar with British Columbia, or the Whistler Village at Whistler Blackcomb Mountains. I found exploring this website to be quite interesting, and if I were looking for a new place to go for a ski vacation, the site is certainly a great place to go.

The Aloha Whistler describes itself as follows, on the very informative About Us page...
Celebrating 27 years managing signature Whistler homes and providing memorable
vacations, we are a family owned and operated full-service property management
company. At Aloha Whistler, we are happy with nothing less than the best vacation experience for our guests, and worry-free management for our homeowners.
That would inspire me to feel as though they were a very legitimate accommodations provider, and took pride in their services and customer satisfaction. From here, I would further explore the website to see what types of properties they offer and how they look.

Aloha offers luxury homes, condos, and townhouses at the ski resort, and has an excellent search and browse feature that is perfect for scanning to find the type of place you are looking for.

Whistler Accommodations Search

In the top navigation of each page, you can choose by type of accommodation, Condos, Houses, etc, or on this main page above, you can glance over photos and choose by the location and name of the place you'd like to stay. When you follow the link in each thumbnail, you get a detailed page on the resort, with listed amenities, great photos of exterior and interior rooms, a map, and even a virtual tour. Definately all you could ask for can be found in the great descriptions this website offers of its luxury properties.

There are actual HOMES that are as splendid as any chateau found in the best ski resorts anywhere. They include fireplaces, jacuzzi tubs, fabulous scenic vistas to enjoy with huge windows, and bedrooms from 3 to 7 or 8.

Whistler Resort Homes

Is this impressive, or what?

Equally so, are the luxury condos and townhouses with the same excellent amenities, but providing more of a vacation or hotel ambiance.

Whistler Resort Condos

Area Information
Aside from the detailed accommodations listings, the Aloha website offers a great informational page on the Whistler area, listing news and events, travel information such as directions and maps, conference facility information, recreational activities, and services such as catering, child care, and the like. In short, the website will teach you just about all you need to know about planning a vacation in the Whisler Village.

The website itself is easy on the eyes, easy to navigate, and very pleasing to travel on from page to page. Fabulous photos and videos await the potential vacationer, and it's just plain FUN to visit and learn all about the location and the accommodations! As much as I prefer the warm beaches and have never been snow ski-ing, it actually makes me consider taking a winter vacation trip!

In summary, this is a great website to use in planning a ski trip, and I consider it a valuable tool for anyone who might like to visit this beautiful part of Canada. As hotels become less and less popular, and vacationers choose to stay in a beautiful home or condo instead, these types of accommodations are the preferred choice. It is VERY necessary to choose your location carefully, and websites such as this are the best way to research.

Again, the site is located at http://www.alohawhistler.com/
A great vacation site to visit!