In Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, we have many beautiful condo complexes.  Altogether - at least at my last count - we had some 69 condo complexes. And, they came in every variety and shape - from a complex like Seacrest Manor built in 1973 with just 8 units to the more recent Hammock at Palm Harbor finished in 2011 with just under 45 units.  Like the size and the age, each complex has its own “complex” rules (and I mean that in both ways - rules of the complex and - sometimes - complicated rules!).  


Today,  I’m going to highlight Tidelands, a community located in the Palm Harbor area of Palm Coast, right off Palm Coast Parkway. This gated community located on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) was built in 2006 and has both single-family houses (which operate under different restrictions) as well as condos and townhouses (two-story units).  


There are a total of 246 condos located in 8 different buildings, each with 4 floors (with, of course, an elevator in each building), and 5/6 units to a floor. All the condos have a screened outdoor patio or lanai with either full or partial views of the ICW.  It’s the view, as well as the size of the unit, that influences the price. Units are 3 bedroom/2 bath or 2 bedroom/2 bath and vary in size from just over 1100 square feet to just over 1700 square feet. Some units have a garage; others have a storage unit. Prices range from the low $200,000’s to the upper $300,000’s.  


The townhomes range in size from just over 1600 square feet to just under 1800 square feet and are generally 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths. Again, each with its own lanai and garage.  Prices for these units are $200,000 - $225,000.


In addition, the complex has two gated entrances - each with strong and reliable security.  A walking path of well over a mile around the perimeter of the community allows one to stop at a pier or - further along - a gazebo to enjoy contemplating the ICW and watching the boats go by.  In addition, there are sidewalks and paths to get from buildings to the amenities. There are tennis courts and a workout facility, as well as two pools - one with cabanas and views of the ICW - and a hot tub/spa.  The community center includes a full time, onsite manager and a room that can be rented for larger party events.


What are some of the pluses and minuses of condo living?  

  • Minus: unless you live on the ground floor, you can’t just walk outside. If you have pets, this can be a consideration.

  • Plus: there is no landscaping/lawn to take care of!


  • Minus: you have to carry groceries up to your unit.  Unless you live in a townhouse, you will be walking from your car into your building.

  • Plus: lots of people use small carry carts or wagons.


What other pluses and minuses come to your mind?!