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What’s Lighting Up The Daytona Sky?

The talk has been flying around town as to what has been lighting up the Daytona night sky along the Halifax River. It’s not a bird, or a plane, but the dazzling purple hue of the lights shining from one of Daytona Beach’s exclusive residences, Marina Grande. Here’s your chance to step through the doors of Marina Grande and see why residents here are all aglow.

Marina Grande offers a waterfront lifestyle second to none at prices that will leave you speechless. Residents are enjoying the resort-style pools and amenities with friends and family. Ping-pong, foosball, darts-pick your pleasure. Host a family movie night following a day at the beach, or stay in shape at the modern fitness center. A 28-slip private marina makes it easy to enjoy great fishing and boating on the Halifax River.

When it comes to choosing their waterfront home, residents of Marina Grande are treated to a wide array of floor plans. European cabinetry and granite countertops complement the modern motif. Elegant master baths, marble showers, and countertops, along with Vita jetted bathtubs create a luxury experience in the bathroom. Floor to ceiling glass doors show off the spectacular views of the Atlantic and the Halifax River. Nine-foot ceilings and expansive private terraces add to the appeal.

Marina Grande is also minutes away from Daytona’s newest dining and entertainment venues. Residents can be at ONE Daytona, LPGA International, or the beach within a matter of minutes. But what really has prospective homebuyers talking is the extraordinary pricing available on the remaining inventory. Starting at 1,822 sq. feet and priced from the $200s up to the $600s – there is no other comparable waterfront offering in the State of Florida.

Request a fact sheet today to see why Marina Grande Daytona is an unbelievable deal. Decorated models are open daily for tours. 

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Spending your Holidays in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is always a wonderful place to be, but it takes on a special magic as the holiday season approaches. If you have never experienced Daytona Beach during the holidays, why not make this the year; trading in your snowman for a sandcastle. Spend Christmas on the beach and get your Christmas shopping done at funky seaside shops instead of at the mall.

Christmas at the beaches are just as festive without the cold and snow. You do not have to fight your way through a blizzard to enjoy the beauty of the holidays. Just make your plans to be in Daytona Beach this holiday season. There is a reason Daytona Beach is ranked #1 in the TRAVEL CHANNEL’s 2017 “Top 10 Attractions in Florida.”

Daytona Beach offers its visitors a wide range of sightseeing opportunities, attractions, and tours. From fun-filled family activities to a wealth of cultural attractions, there are endless scheduled events going on in Daytona Beach. When it comes to making more quality time and lifelong memories with your family, there is no place like Daytona for the holidays.

 

The Festival Capital of Florida

Daytona Beach is the festival capital of Florida and a standout in the state for its many planned activities. At the heart of these is Bike Week on Main Street; just one reason Daytona lays claim to the title of Festival Capital of Florida. These events take place throughout the year, so there is always something going on in Daytona Beach. There will be fun activities every day in December, so feel free to drop in anytime.

 

A Wealth of Historical Sites

Daytona Beach is home to several historical sites, and the holiday season always brings a touch of nostalgia. Give in to the pull of the past as you visit the many historical sites scattered throughout the region. Start with our ancient ancestors by visiting the Timucuan Sugarmill Botanical Garden Indians, then check out the many Spanish and French settlements, the sugar mill plantations and the man who literally put Florida on the map as a tourist destination; the fascinating Henry Flagler.

When you visit, you can learn about the humble beginnings of our state, visit its parks and plantations, see its preserves and historic sites. Take a walk through history as you tour Rockefeller’s Ormond Beach home, known as the Casements. Visit the ruins of the old sugar mill plantations at Bulow Creek State Park, Sugarmill Botanical Gardens, Sugarmill Ruins and DeLeon Springs State Park. No matter where you go, you will find history at every turn.

 

The Boardwalk and Pier

The boardwalk and pier at Daytona is focused on the two most critical parts of any vacation: fun and food. The holiday season is a time for tasty treats, and you will find plenty of those delicious delights as you stroll down the boardwalk and explore the pier at Daytona Beach.

Take your snacking to the next level as you browse the Main Street Pier. Enjoy lunch with your family at Joe’s Crab Shack, located near the end of the pier right over the Atlantic Ocean. Not in the mood for seafood? No problem. Enjoy a slice of cheesy pizza, a delicious ice cream cone, and even a rooftop bar; aptly dubbed The Roof. There you can indulge in your favorite tropical drinks as you watch the world go by.

 

Daytona Beach knows how to party, and its residents know how to keep the party going into the cold days of December. So this year, trade in your snowsuit for a swimsuit and see all the great things Daytona Beach has to offer at Marina Grande on the Halifax.

 

 

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The Differences Between Coops & Condos

What You Need to Know About Condos

Condominiums are buildings or complexes that house a multitude of families with shared grounds, services, and amenities. Condos are individually assessed real estate properties that will be taxed separately from the other units by the city. While condo owners don’t have to worry about the building’s mortgage, the condo association that manages the building will determine the budget for the building and its grounds, charging each unit for a monthly “common charge.” Although a condo’s monthly cost might be lower than a similar coop might be lower, the initial purchase price will be significantly higher.

What You Need to Know About Coops

What is known as a “coop,” or a cooperative, is a corporation that owns a building. If you own a “coop,” you own stock in the corporation, and thereby have propriety rights to a specific unit in the building. How many shares in the stock you own will determine the size of your unit, the floor of your unit, and certain amenities or view. Any monthly maintenance fees are based on the percentage of shares you own to the total number of shares in the building.

When you own a coop, your monthly maintenance payment covers your share of three types of expenses:

  1. Covers your share of any basic operating costs or upkeep, such as heat, water, electricity, etc. This also covers your share of any building maintenance staff, the superintendent, management, and other building employees. Liability and other insurance for the building is also covered here.
  2. You pay your share of real estate taxes on the entire building.
  3. The last expense is either your share of the building’s mortgage, or a refinance or equity loan.

Although the list of expenses may sound like a lot of things that you’ll need to cover, the purchase price of shares in a coop will generally be lower than the price of an equal condo unit.

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The Best Websites for Condo Decor

Now that you have your very own condo, it’s time to decorate. But where to start? We’ve picked our favorite design and decor blogs to help you decorate your new home. There are plenty of DIY projects, help with choosing paint colors, inspiration, and so much more.

The Best Websites for Condo Decor

Photo by 2id InteriorsHouzz.com

Houzz

Houzz is “a platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. A place to browse and save beautiful home photos. A place to find the right design and construction professionals. A place to connect with others who have been there too.” Houzz is the perfect place to find inspiration and design help. You can shop by departments, find professionals, and go through photos by other home owners and designers.

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens has “the best home decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects, paint-color help, window treatment tips, and small-space solutions for your bedroom, bathroom, and living room. Plus, learn decorating basics with tips from our editors and expert interior designers. Here you’ll discover how to decorate small spaces, how to arrange furniture, and how to use decorating accessories.”

Casa Sugar

Casa Sugar is a wonderful site chock full of different design ideas, house tours, lists of favorites, and just tons of inspiration for decorating your condo. From budget designing to DIY, decorating essentials, tips and tricks, and so much more.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor is your one stop shop for home tours, design, style, travel, and shopping. Elle Decor is a very chic website with endless inspiration for your design needs. There are so many elegant home decor inspiration and interior design ideas.

Nicole Gibbons Style

Nicole Gibbons Style is a website where Nicole Gibbons herself celebrates stylish living. Her website has has more than just decorating, there are also accompanying  entertainment and lifestyle sections. There are plenty of tips and tricks, makeovers, DIY projects, and so much more.

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5 Helpful Tips for Moving into Your First Condo

If you’ve never moved into a condo before, quite a few things are going to be different than what you might be used to. Between stairs, elevators, and maybe a narrow hallway or entryway, there could be obstacles you weren’t expecting. To make moving day a little easier for you, we’ve made a list of 5 helpful tips for moving into your first condo.

1. Check for Restricted Moving Days or Hours

There may be days that you are unable to move into your condo, such as Sunday. Or there may be certain hours that are restricted during the week. It’s important that you know which days and hours are available so you don’t run into any problems.

2. Schedule a Move-In Date With the Condo’s Office

To avoid any issues with day or hour restrictions, it’s a good idea to schedule a move-in date at your condo’s office. Most condos won’t schedule more than one move-in at a time, so if you need a specific date, it’s better to book a day as soon as possible. Unfortunately even if you book early, it’s not guaranteed you’ll get your preferred day. Be sure to book your moving truck and professional movers after you have your date booked to avoid any conflicts.

3. Book an Elevator for Move-In Day

If your new condo is several floors up, you might want to look into booking an elevator for the day you move in. Most condos allow for this to avoid disruptions, and it will help you avoid waiting for the elevator every trip.

4. Find Out About Extra Moving Fees

Be sure to check if there are any extra moving fees in your condo. Some condos charge for extra cleanup or work from moving. So ask about fees to make sure you have enough in your moving budget.

5. Check In With the Building Manager

Some condos have specific elevators or loading docks they want you to use when moving. They might also have more helpful tips to make your move-in a little smoother. It helps to know any extra information!

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Exercising in Your Condo

Whether you’re trying to slim down, build up muscle, or simply looking for something new to try, exercising at home in your condo affords you plenty of opportunity to meet your new goal. Not only does exercising help you lose weight and build muscle, it also helps to boost your metal function and brain power, reduce your stress, and give you more energy. You can also make new friends or build better relationships with your current ones by finding people to work out with.

Fitness Center

Living in a condo gives you the luxury of a fantastic gym in the comfort of your own condo community. If you’re trying to get into better shape, be sure to take advantage of Marina Grande’s 24 hour, waterfront state-of-the-art fitness center. At the fitness center, you can enjoy the view of the intracoastal waterway while lifting weights on doing cardio. There are countless ways to use the equipment to your advantage.

Swimming

There are quite a few different ways to burn calories in the pool, and at MG on the Halifax, you have two different pools to choose from! Try swimming laps, doing pool aerobics, or one of these workouts from U.S. Masters Swimming. There are pool exercises for all ages and levels, you just find one that works for your needs.

Yoga

The benefits of yoga are practically endless, but the fact that you can do it just about anywhere makes it perfect for condo application. With yoga you can increase your flexibility, increase your muscle strength and tone, have improved respiration, energy, and vitality, and so much more. If you’re an absolute beginner you might need to take a few classes or watch some videos first. Once you’re comfortable, you can do yoga by the pool on one of Marina Grande’s generous sun decks or in the comfort of your own home.

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Condo Insurance 101

Are you interested in finding out about if condo insurance is right for you? There’s a lot to consider when it comes to  finding the best insurance policy. Lets talk about what condominium insurance is, what it covers, what it costs, and more.

What is Condo Insurance?

Condo insurance exclusively covers the interior of your condo unit. Insurance for an individual unit is called an HO-6 policy. This is a specific policy that will provide you with a range of coverage. Generally an HO-6 policy will cover things like interior walls, appliances, personal property, legal fees due to a lawsuit, and liability claims due to a person’s injury or property damage. An HO-6 will also cover loss of use in the case your unit is considered unlivable due to fire or storm damage. Anything outside of your specific unit is typically the responsibility of your condo association.  The best way to think of it is in terms of who owns what.

How Much Does Condo Insurance Cost?

The average cost of condominium insurance can range from $100 to $400 a year, depending on a number of factors. Generally, the cost of your insurance depends on the amount of coverage you select and the value of your personal property. It’s a good idea to find the best deals on insurance by using websites that allow you to build, customize, and bundle insurance policies online. You can also get discounts by having your condo insurance under the same provider as your auto insurance.

How Much Condo Insurance Do I Need?

Finally, how much insurance you need depends entirely on your unit and the cost of your possessions. You can figure out a rough estimate by calculating how much it’d take to replace your personal items in the event of a fire or burglary. Connect with an insurance agent to ensure you’re getting the right coverage.

 

 

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The Best Devices for Smart Condos

Technology has improved leaps and bounds over just the last decade, and now you can use technology to make your home work for you. With gadgets like automated light systems, thermostats that can cool off your condo before you get home, and intuitive control systems, your devices are now connected to the internet. This means that they can communicate with you, send you information, and take your commands. If you’re looking for tech that will turn your condo into a “smart home,” we’ve rounded up a few of the most useful and creative gadgets out on the market.


Amazon Echo

179.99 on Amazon

“Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).”


Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit

59.95 on Amazon

“The Click & Grow Smart Garden takes the unpredictability out of indoor gardening, so you get more fresh herbs, fruits or flowers with zero effort. Using a Smart Garden is simple. Just insert the plant capsules, fill the water tank, and plug it in. Then, relax! Our specially developed Smart Soil and built-in sensors make sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients so your plants thrive with zero effort. This innovative technology will help your plants grow faster and more nutritious. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances.”


Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

$114.30 on Amazon

“Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, can be hushed from your phone, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to 10 years. And just like the original Nest Protect, it also tells you what’s wrong and can even alert your phone.”


Petnet SmartFeeder

$119.99 on Amazon

“We believe the best nutrition for your pet is personalized. Petnet will help you make intelligent decisions when it comes to your pet’s food — bringing you joy while keeping your pets healthy and happy. The SmartFeeder will help you manage feeding times, portion sizes, proper ingredients, and have your pet’s food delivered right to your doorstep.”


Neato Botvac 

$624.30 on Amazon

“Fully-featured, Botvac Connected is the smartest, most powerful, versatile solution for automatically clean floors, everyday. With dual cleaning modes and a wide cleaning path, Botvac Connected efficiently cleans room-to-room, recharges automatically and resumes cleaning until the entire floor is clean. Works on all floor types. Use the Neato app to clean your floors anytime, from anywhere. Great for homes with pets and allergies.

Also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant so you can voice control your robot.”