Welcome to DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA FLORIDA!

Downtown Pensacola has wonderful Five Star to casual bistros providing such wonderfully diverse eating pleasures. Close to downtown is East Hill and North Hill. Click here for Calender of Events!

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Land

Aragon Court lots

Aragon Court Homes

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Port Royal

My toll free number  877-461-9907or local 850-438-7755

Jeannette Spencer specializes in residential sales of Downtown Pensacola real estate and historic Pensacola homes, as well as, Commercial properties of the downtown area.

rare find in Historic Downtown Pensacola – a large undeveloped lot in an elevated area located in a Prime Location on 600 E Government St. It is for sale $190,000.  The lot’s dimensions are 68 FF by 127.5 depth. Located in downtown’s Historic District – undeveloped large lot approximately 22 feet in higher elevation from Romano St – East Government St’s cul de sac location. This wide undeveloped lot in a prime historic location on 600 East Government Street’s cul de sac. This lot has WATERVIEW of Pensacola Bay and Veterans Memorial. It can be commercial or residential with the City zoning HR-1, which allows for a single or two-family (duplex) residence. It may also be mixed use: 60% commercial and 40% residential.  What this means is if the developed property is residential; up to 60% of the home can be commercial with up to 2 non-family members as employees. Please note that zoning ordinances can change daily so please verify all data prior to closing. Division of the lot must be approved by the Planning Board and the City Council. The exterior elevations must be approved by the Architectural Review Board. You can build in the HISTORIC DISTRICT with new construction energy efficiency. Located in the Historic downtown area of mixed use properties from commercial to residential. Nearby downtown parks and restaurants with retail shops intermingled. Considered premier location for downtown.

Rick Spencer  is Jeannette’s husband and had his practice, Psychological Associates located downtown Pensacola for over 20 years.   The building where and lot of the practices location of 600 East Government st is now for sale due to their expansion.  They have moved just a few blocks over to North Hill, 1120 North Palafox.

Over the years, there has been many changes to downtown Pensacola.  Historic downtown is filled with intrigue and old American History.  History is where one has been and the historic district has always been a passion of Jeannette Spencer’s.

People that live downtown, LOVE downtown. It’s lifestyle is not for everyone but more than 1,500 people that now call Downtown Pensacola home.  Their reasons list walk-ability, cultural attractiveness, waterfront proximity, and a high quality of life as the reasons they love living here. They walk the same paths that Andrew Jackson once tread when they go from their homes to the downtown restaurants, shopping, entertainment and churches – and they realize the uniqueness and value of downtown’s blossoming urban environment.

Be sure to check out for downtown happenings:  http://www.downtownpensacola.com/things/events-calendar.asp  There are other unique experiences which enhance downtown such as WinterfestUFO Trolley Tour   (what fun with kids and friends) and so much more!

Real Estate in the Pensacola Downtown area range from the Bay Front to East Hill to North Hill. There are so many home buyer options in the Downtown Pensacola area and little subdivisions such as Aragon Court.  To live downtown is to love downtown with the walking convenience to shopping, theater, museums, parks and recreation.  It is a different lifestyle then living in Brittany Forge, LaVallet GaberonneEast HillNorth Hill which are other areas that I specialize in.

This year is the 6th year of Pensacola Wine Festival.

Downtown offers small cottages, ginger bread cottages, Victorian mansions, Creole architecture,condomimiums to sleek modern townhomes.  If you love looking at photos, be sure to visit Denise Daughtery’s website: NORTH FLORIDA FILM.
Call Jeannette Spencer today for your tour of downtown Pensacola today! 877-461-9907 or 850-438-7755.  Email: [email protected]

There has never been a better time to buy real estate and there are numerous programs available to help first time home buyers so call me today.  And in order to best serve your needs, I work cohesively with a partner realtor in showing you properties.

A city’s downtown is the heart of it a city.  Downtown Pensacola certainly is Pensacola’s heart.

Downtown Pensacola is a wonderful place to live.  It is where Pensacola began which makes it a historic place to live with over 450 years of history.  That is not alot compared to Europe or Asia, but it is one of the oldest in the United States.

click on picture for link to Pensacola Historic Village Tour

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A complex of museums, a Colonial Archaeological Trail, and furnished houses, and buildings such as the Dorr House, Lavalle House, Wentworth Museum, and the Old Christ Church including information for businesses and real estate investments.

History

Explorers first put the Pensacola area on the map 450 years ago, starting a long, rich, diverse heritage. Today, you can enjoy that multicultural legacy at many historical attractions.

Pensacola got its name from the Panzacola Indians who greeted the first Spanish explorers in 1559, when Don Tristan de Luna led 1,400 colonists to what is now Pensacola Beach. But a major hurricane sank ships, drowned livestock, and prompted them to flee. Although the Panzacola Indians are now extinct, Creek Indians live in the area and celebrate their traditions.

More conquistadores arrived in 1698. Spanish soldiers, aided by slaves, built a fort at what is now the Naval Air Station on Pensacola Bay. That settlement was unearthed in 1998 and opened to the public. A bastion and educational kiosk help you imagine life over 300 years ago.

Over the years Pensacola changed hands often – among Spain, France, England, the United States and the Confederacy. During the Civil War, Union troops held Fort Pickens and Rebels held Fort McRee.

All those bricks! More than 21 million. Most of them were made right across the bay in Pensacola and barged to the site where the Fort stands today.

The Fort was completed in 1834 and used until WWII, when modern weapons made traditional coastal defense obsolete. Fort Pickens has changed over the years, so take the self-guided tour and peel back the layers of history. It’ll lead you to cannon emplacements, powder magazines, and show you where Bastion D isn’t: the corner of the fort that was destroyed when a warehouse fire reached a magazine holding four tons of black powder. The 1899 explosion showered debris over 1-1/2 miles, reaching Fort Barrancas at the naval air station on the mainland.

The Navy shipyard, established in 1825, evolved into an air station, propelling Pensacola into the forefront of naval aviation. This affiliation produced many distinguished military soldiers, sailors and aviators, including the first African-American to become a four-star general in the Air Force, Chappie James of Pensacola, who flew 100 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam.

Tne glimpse of the past is offered at St. Michael’s Cemetery, where slaves and nobility alike are buried.

Pensacola’s past comes alive in the Historic Pensacola Village and the Pensacola Historical Museum, located in the Pensacola Historic District. The historic district is one of the oldest and most intact in all of Florida, its architecture reflecting modest structures perfectly suited to the climate. Within this small neighborhood is Old Christ Church, Florida’s oldest church (1832), and St. Michael’s Cemetery, deeded to Pensacola by the King of Spain in 1822.

JACKSON’S RESTAURANT in Pensacola, Florida.

PLAZA DE FERDINAND

The cession of Florida to the United States from Spain occurred at the Plaza on July 17, 1821. General Andrew Jackson made a public speech to townspeople, informing them that the land was now the Florida Territory, and that Pensacola would be its capital. General Jackson was later sworn in as first Territorial Governor in the plaza. A bust of Jackson now stands at the spot where he was inaugurated.

The Plaza was listed for consideration as a National Historic Landmark in 1960, achieving that status in 1966. Archaeologists, in 2002, discovered evidence of British structures previously not known to have existed in that area.

A bust of Andrew Jackson at the Plaza Ferdinand VII, where Jackson was sworn in as Governor

This was the site of the completion of the formal transfer of Florida from Spain to the U.S. on July 17, 1821. Andrew Jackson, as newly appointed Governor, officially proclaimed the establishment of the Florida Territory. Pensacola was established as its temporary capital

In 2002 the Division of Historical Resources gave a grant to complete a second season of archeological investigations within the Plaza. Evidence of British colonial structures was discovered.

 

Every October,BARKTOBERFEST is held downtown.  It is a large event and fund raiser for the Pensacola Humane Society.

Barktoberfest is held in Seville Park that benefits the HUMANE SOCIETY.  It is where animal lovers with their dogs dress in costume.  You can participate and register for the contest by visiting: http://www.humanesocietyofpensacola.org/.

 The FUR BALL is an event to raise funds “For Those Who Cannot Speak” bu seekings a means to assist with overpopulation. Jury-Duty.org  brought the “No Kill Movement” to Pensacola and implemented a plan that is showing results. The business background of the founder and board of directors has enabled the organization to conduct the counties first assessment and develop a plan to lower the intake and euthanization rates at the local shelters.

Jury-Duty is now seeing the results of the plan in which they approached the problem through a three prong spay and neuter approach comprised of:

  • low-income pets
  • feral cats
  • alter before adoption

Every November, the Gulf Coast Arts Festival is held downtown in Seville Park.  The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the most highly regarded and popular arts festivals in America. The Festival, a three-day, juried art show, comes to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square the first weekend in November. Each year, it draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mixed-media artists and others who have been gifted with the ability to turn inspiration into art.  The Festival features great music on the Main Stage, dance on the Parrish Performing Arts Stage, and authentic craftspeople in the Heritage Arts area.  The Children’s Arts Festival features numerous free, hands-on artistic  opportunities for kids. The Student Art Show showcases the talents of school students in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Food and beverages are available from a variety of vendors, including some of Pensacola’s best-known restaurants and chefs. November 6, 7 & 8, 2009 -Seville Square, Pensacola.

Downtown is the primary center for arts & culture within the Pensacola region and has convenient amenities, unique shops, fantastic restaurants that are just a trolley ride away. Downtown has a creative community spirit combined breathtaking water views – families, empty nesters and singles alike have found a place to call home in Downtown Pensacola.

Aragon Court is a subdivsion downtown which is a 20+acre site referred to as the “Aragon” site is a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) project that extends the neighborhood “fabric” of the Seville area to the north. There are 129 residential lots and several mixed-use (office, retail, residential) sites on this waterview location

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Sidewalks, tree-shaded streets, historic street lighting, a central park space and easy access to downtown Pensacola’s thriving business district have created a renewed interest in downtown living. This project will further realize the long held goal of the CRA to create a 24-hour-a-day population in the inner City through infill residential development.

Palafox Pier Day & Sunset CLICK ON TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION ON PALAFOX PIER!!!

  DOWNTOWN MASTER PLAN

Downtown Pensacola is host to many recreational activities and events. At the center of Downtown are its many public parks – with acres of century-old oak trees, these parks are known for hosting events and concerts throughout the year. Events occur every week Downtown – from the ever-popular McGuire’s Run, which draws thousands of runners annually – to numerous parades, festivals, marathons, and summer nights gathering on a blanket for “Evenings in Old Seville Square.” With activities that range from experiencing the coastal ecosystem to watching the famous sunset over the bay every night, Downtown serves as a recreational hub for all of Pensacola.

Project Greenshores – a habitat-restoration project along downtown Pensacola’s waterfront, attracts large numbers of waterbirds, gulls, tern, and cormorants. Located on the northwest side of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, sometimes more than 300 are seen at one time!

Civic Center – home to Pensacola’s own hockey team, the Ice Pilots, and numerous sports activities from youth ice hockey to a competitive indoor soccer league. You’ll also find your favorite artists, musicians and performers here.
For more information, go to www.pensacolaciviccenter.com

Historic Pensacola Village – a complex of late nineteenth century homes, several museums and the Colonial Archaeological Trail. The Village includes homes such as the Lavalle House, the Dorr House, the Julee Cottage and other historical homes. The Museums include the “Museum of Industry, Museum of Commerce, T.T. Wentworth, Jr., Florida State Museum. The Colonial Archaeological Trail begins with an exhibit telling you about the British Fort site and it’s history then your led to a Garrison Kitchen, then a government house, a British well sight and other excavations.

Seville Square – at the center of Downtown’s historical district is Seville Square, a park nearly 200 years old. In the 1960’s a small group of preservationists began the reconstruction of the square and today it serves as the focal point of festivals and concerts where thousands gather.

Pensacola’s Community Maritime Park (Plan Currently in the works) – The park represents an exciting new chapter for Pensacola’s waterfront. The Community Maritime Park is a public/private venture planned for the 27.5 acres of publicly owned property on Pensacola Bay. It will include a 3,500-seat multi-purpose stadium, a conference/continuing education center, a maritime museum, and a mixed-use development including retail and commercial space.  For more information on this very exciting plan, go to www.propensacola.com

Downtown Palafox has been restored and offers retail and office space with parking and access to the waterfront nearby.

The renovation of sidewalks, parking spaces, and landscape along a three-block section of Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola has been completed. As a part of the streetscape renovation the city has added 15 new on-street parking spaces for the convenience of downtown visitors. Stretching from Garden Street to Government Street, the three-blocks are the core business section of the downtown area. Downtown Pensacola offers a wide variety of shopping, dining, entertainment and services convenient to downtown employees, residents and visitors. Within this three-block area there are sixty businesses that offer a wide variety of shopping, dining, entertainment.

WHO LIVES DOWNTOWN?

During this past August and September, the Pensacola Downtown Improvement Board conducted a survey of the 588 households (1058 residents) that reside within the area bounded by Belmont and Heinberg Streets on the North, “A” Street on the West, 17 th Street on the East, and the shoreline of Pensacola Bay on the south. The results, from this annual survey of downtown residents sheds new and revealing light on those that call the downtown area home.

With an 88% confidence level, the results suggest that the typical downtown resident was most often (53%) female. Similar majority percentages held true for all parts of the survey area except for the waterfront neighborhoods within the area south of Garden Street and west of Palafox Street. In that quadrant of downtown, men outnumbered women by almost 2 to 1.

The average age for the typical downtown resident was around 57. Some 45% of all downtown residents fall within the age category of 50 to 64. The next largest age group (23%) was those that identified their age as being from 35 to 49. Only 5% of all downtown residents are over the age of 75 while just 11% were under the age of 18.

Typical educational attainment for downtown residents is defined as someone with at least a college degree (67%). Forty-one percent of the total downtown residential population also has some graduate work or a graduate degree or more. Only 4% of those over the age of eighteen have not completed college.

Eighty-nine percent of all downtown households contain no children (i.e. those under the age of 18). The fewest children were found in the Belmont-DeVillers section of the survey area ( i.e. the area north of Garden Street and west of Palafox Street). Of the 11% of downtown households that do have children, a majority (55%) had only one child. The average household size was 1.8 persons. Thirty-eight percent of the people residing downtown live alone. The most common family unit was defined as spouses or significant others living together (48%). Another 5% of households defined the relationship of the people living in the household as roommates.

Thirty percent of downtown households have combined household income levels in excess of $100,000. The next largest household income category (20%) was found among those having incomes between $40,000 to $59,000. Only 14% of households had combined incomes less than $20,000. These numbers are not surprising considering that 70% of all downtown residents are employed. Another 21% are retired. The 9% that do not define themselves as actively in the workforce or retired include stay-at-home spouses, full-time students, and the unemployed.

Of those that work, 23% are engaged in general business activities. Employment in education and government each account for 16% of the employment sectors found among downtown residents. Medical professions comprised another 15%; and service sector jobs are held by 13% of all downtown residents. Other employment sectors mentioned less frequently included: legal, transportation, clerical, technology, retail, creative services, and the arts.

Not surprisingly, 35% of residents work in the downtown. 30% work outside of the downtown but within the City of Pensacola. Another 22% are employed somewhere in Escambia County outside of the City of Pensacola. Six percent work in Santa Rosa County; and another 6% work from home.

Ninety-six percent of all households have at least one automobile. An identical percentage of all residents over the age of 17 are registered to vote in Escambia County. Seventy-six percent of downtown residents own their own homes. Of those that do not currently own, 57% plan to try and purchase a home in the downtown area within the next two years.

Forty-eight percent of downtown residents have lived in the downtown for more than one year but less than six. Those that have lived downtown for more than 20 years accounted for 16% of all residents. The vast majority (89%) of downtown residents identify the primary reason for living downtown as convenience. The next closest reason (for access to cultural/artistic attractions) was identified first by only 3% of residents.

A complete report of the results from this research can be viewed on the DIB website (www.downtownpensacola.com). Please remember that this data was obtained from existing residents of Downtown Pensacola during August and September 2005 – not the purchasers and/or occupants of the ten new condominium projects planned or under construction in the same area. Armed with these results, our efforts to attract more quality retail and residential development will only be enhanced. It is indeed a great time to be in Downtown Pensacola.

Events

FromMardi Gras parades to the Blue Angel Homecoming Show, Downtown Pensacola is alive with unique events for everyone. For outdoors enthusiasts there’sMcGuire’s Annual Run, where a green beer will greet you at the finish line. Looking for a taste of culture? Try Downtown Gallery Night – when hundreds of residents flock downtown as galleries and businesses host everything from art exhibitions and live demonstrations to music. If you’re lucky enough to be here in June you’ll find yourself surrounded by the Fiesta of Five Flags – celebrating the five flags of the countries that have ruled over the city with parties, parades, sand castle contests and treasure hunts!

 PALAFOX PIER

Palafox Pier is a downtown property which has commercial businesses on the first two floors and residential on the upper two floors.  There is residential garage parking with elevators in the rear for the home owners.

If you are interested in Palafox Pier, call me for more information on what property is available!  The aerial picture below still shows the Bayfront Auditorium in front of Palafox Pier.  The auditorium has been removed for a downtown park.  Above Palafox Pier is Palafox Pier marina with Port Royal which is downtown Pensacola’s only waterfront gated community.  Port Royal consists of residential property only from townhomes, condos and single family residences.

Aerial View! Click on picture for MAP of downtown!

Click on picture to link to City of Pensacola Palafox Pier Restoration Project          

BEFORE Palafox Pier Commercial / Residential Properties were developed!

Click on Picture bordered in burgundy for link to DOWNTOWN MASTERPLAN!

1904                                              1907                                 Beginning of Pensacola’s Port!

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Pensacola Historic District URBAN DESIGN ASSOCIATES –  Palafox Pier Sunset

PORT ROYAL DEVELOPMENT

There are several units available for sale, CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO SEE WHAT IS AVAILABLE in Port Royal.  Be sure that you check my mortgage calculator and get preapproved for a loan.  There is a Home Association fee that you must add to the loan for your budgeting! Please note that Jeannette is NOT a rental agent in the residential area, but a residential sales with commercial sales / lease only. Thank you.   PORT ROYAL IS DOWNTOWN’S ONLY WATERFRONT GATED COMMUNITY!

Port Royal offers gorgeous waterfront views of Pensacola Bay, upscale shopping, fine dining, nightclubs, financial services, psychological services, medical spa services, art festivals, symphony, and parks are just within minutes away. The complex has a swimming pool, fitness center, and entertainment center available with kitchen and outdoor covered area. The gorgeous beaches are just minutes away – or scoot across the bay with your boat marined close by!

While Port Royal is convenient to downtown amenities and lifestyle, the security gate and Pensacola Bay insulate the development from all the hustle and bustle!

GATED COMMUNITIES!

The popularity of living in gated, or private communities has been rising in recent years.It used to be that gated communities were thought of as being only for the rich. But today they are becoming more and more popular with middle and upper middle class families. Security is usually given as the biggest reason for choosing to live in a gated community. Among the other reasons people are attracted to living in these communities are protecting property values and lifestyle. Many gated communities are designed with amenities built around a particular lifestyle- Port Royal’s lifestyle is:

  • Art Galleries
  • Walking to restarants
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Waterfront
  • Walk to Marina
  • COMING SOON – Waterfront Maritime Park with the WAHOOs baseball!
  • Fresh Fish Market Joe Patti’s seafood
  • Music In Seville Park on Thursday Evenings
  • Walk to a Bakery.
  • Gated communities such as Port Royal are usually located on some of the most desirable land in the area. Prime land, combined with careful planning and HOA rules create an environment where home values hold up extremely well.

Aside from the gates or walls, the second most defining characteristic of gated or private communities is the Homeowners Association (HOA). The HOA is made up of all the owners of the development. The HOA is responsible for collection of the Association fees and making and enforcing the rules of the community. It is often also responsible for maintaining the public aspects of the community, such as streets, security, parks, etc.

The rules set by the HOA can vary a great deal, depending on the individual development.Typically the HOA will have rules pertaining to upkeep and appearance of homes within the development, specifying the colors of paint on outside walls, types of fencing, guidelines for landscaping and storage of boats or recreational vehicles.

Gated communities aren’t for everyone.But with strong protection of property values, increased security, less traffic and amenities for your specific lifestyle, they are appealing to more people each year.

click on ABOVE picture for all Port Royal properties available

AMENITIES INCLUDE POOL, SMALL EXERCISE AREA,

MARINA IS MANAGED SEPARATELY

ARTIST RENDERING OF a waterfront park,  WHICH WILL BE LOCATED NEXT TO

PORT ROYAL IS FEATURED BELOW. click on for more information.