House Stalking – A Beach Condo Before and After

          Here at the beach I sell mostly investment properties – and mostly condos.  I absolutely love selling condos – it is easy to sell what you love and believe in!  I was lucky to meet “Mr. and Mrs. C” and spend a day of their spring break showing them condos in April.   And less than a month later, they are now the owners of a stunning 3 bedroom Gulf front condo.  And they had well over $10,000 booked in rentals before they even closed!  The condo was great when they bought it, but Mrs.  C spent 3 short days after the closing updating it with her own personal touches and next thing you know, she worked her magic and turned the condo into something truly special.  Her ideas are inspiring.

The Living Room Before:

And the Living Room After:

Wow, what a change!  I love the color pallete Mrs.  C chose – very soothing and beachy chic! 

Sources and prices:
-Reclaimed wood coffee table and side table – found at a local consignment shop (Ava’s Attic), $400 and $300, respectively
-Painted secretary and coffee table – consignment shop (Ava’s Attic) , $425
-Original artwork, two ship photos and frames – consignment shop  (Ava’s Attic), $159 and $339
-Rug – Rug Decor $370
-Commercial grade sleeper sofa and love seat (upholstered in Sunbrella fabric) – Factory Direct Warehouse in Panama City Beach $989 and $625
 
The Dining Room Before:
 
And the Dining Room After:
I love the tranformation to this room as well.  The light fixture is so lovely in person and such a great price!
 
Sources and Prices:
-Shell mirrors – Homegoods $50 each
-Dining room table and chairs – Factory Direct Warehouse $659 for table and 4 chairs $149 each for wicker chairs
-Barstools – Factory Direct Warehouse – $170 each
-Chandelier – $99 from Lowes
-Pendant lights – $80 a piece from Home Depot
-Rug – Rug Decor $370
 
 
 The Kitchen Before:
 
And the Kitchen After:
 New cabinet hardware, new pendant lights and the barstools make an already remodeled kitchen even better!
 
 
The Master Suite Before:
 
And the Master Suite After:
When I saw this bed, I wanted to jump right in!  Mrs. C said they have studied a lot of beds in high end hotels and have re-created that experience.  The sheets are a high thread count and covered with a simple lightweight white duvet.  The duvet is covered with a crisply ironed 450 thread count Wamsutta top sheet from Bed Bath & Beyond.  I might have to do this to my bed at home!
 
Sources and Prices:
-Headboard – Pier 1 $500
-Mirrored Nightstands – Kirklands $200 each
-Side chairs – Pier 1 and consignment shop,$200 each
-Painted dresser – consignment shop $700
-Lamps – Homegoods and Pier 1 $125 each
-Bedding – custom made patterned pillow everything else was from Pottery Barn, Target and Bed Bath and Beyond

 
 
The Guest Bedroom Before:
 
And the Guest Bedroom After: 
Mrs. C moved the furniture from the Master Suite to the guest bedroom.  Most renters love having 2 King sized beds in the property they are renting – I can’t stress that enough!  And with decor like this, you can bet they are booking here again next year!
 
Sources and Prices:
Lamps – TJMaxx $40 each
Dresser – Homegoods $200
Chair – Kirklands $170
Bedding – Target, Bed Bath & Beyond
 
 
The Third Bedroom / Bunk Room Before:
 
 And After:
Just adding some nice throw pillows and a dresser makes all the difference in this room!
 
If you are planning a beach vacation to the Destin area,  you can rent this gorgeous condo here!   
 
Here are a few of my tips on what will make your beach property rent to its fullest potential:
 
-Make sure the kitchen is fully stocked.  Consider what you would need if you were on vacation for a week or a month.  Make sure you have quality pots and pans, muffin tins, cookie sheets and even items for cooking seafood. 
 
-Personalize your space – lightly.  Include one or two family photographs.  This makes your renters remember they are renting someone else’s property and not treat it like a hotel.  Leave a guest book with a note to your renters telling them how much you love your condo and you hope they enjoy their time too!  Ask your renters to write about their favorite restaurants and entertainment to share with future guests.  Leave a folder with paper menus from your favorite spots to eat and ask your renters to leave theirs.
 
-Buy high quality mattresses – no one is going to re-book a property that has uncomfortable mattresses.
 
-Consider the children of the renters – leave a pack-n-play and a small high chair in a closet so the renters don’t have to rent these baby items.  Have a video gaming system in the guest bedroom.  Leave a few books and dvd’s in a drawer, all marked with your property name and a note to leave them behind.
 
-People love to rent properties that feel beachy.  I see many condos decorated in a West Indies theme with dark walls and heavy, dark furniture.  Pretty?  Yes.  But renters wants to feel like they are on vacation – and they probably have dark furniture and walls back home!
 
Click here to see more great decorating ideas from the Beach House I spotlighted earlier this year in Crystal Beach.
 
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Have a great week –  I am working on a post from son’s First Communion and our Cinco de Mayo party with some great recipes!
 
~Kris
 
 
 
 
 
 
About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!

Comments

  1. Ava's Attic says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!!! You did a great job and have FABULOUS taste! We look forward to seeing you next time you are in town!

  2. Loved your before and after photos – thanks for sharing!

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  1. […] One of our clients recently bought a gulf front condo at the beach in Destin Florida.  They bought it as an investment property and decided to renovate right away so that they could be ready to maximize the high summer rental season bookings.  It worked out great and they could not be happier.  Kris Moran, our Buyer’s Agent wrote a blog about the renovation project which offers great tips on how to renovate a condo at the beach. Here at the beach I sell mostly investment properties – and mostly condos.  I absolutely love selling condos – it is easy to sell what you love and believe in!  I was lucky to meet “Mr. and Mrs. C” and spend a day of their spring break showing them condos in April.   And less than a month later, they are now the owners of a stunning 3 bedroom Gulf front condo.  And they had well over $10,000 booked in rentals before they even closed!  The condo was great when they bought it, but Mrs.  C spent 3 short days after the closing updating it with her own personal touches and next thing you know, she worked her magic and turned the condo into something truly special.  Her ideas are inspiring.  Check out the rest of the story A Beach Condo Before and After. […]

  2. […] Here at the beach I sell mostly investment properties – and mostly condos.  I absolutely love selling condos – it is easy to sell what you love and believe in!  I was lucky to meet “Mr. and Mrs. C” and spend a day of their spring break showing them condos in April.   And less than a month later, they are now the owners of a stunning 3 bedroom Gulf front condo.  And they had well over $10,000 booked in rentals before they even closed!  The condo was great when they bought it, but Mrs.  C spent 3 short days after the closing updating it with her own personal touches and next thing you know, she worked her magic and turned the condo into something truly special.  Her ideas are inspiring.  Check out the rest of the story A Beach Condo Before and After. […]

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