First Floor and Fantastic!!! Indies 104

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath condominium is equipped with every comfort and convenience you would need for the perfect vacation.  This condo is located in the perfect spot to have easy pool access and great views of the water.  Free wireless internet access is available for each guest in this unit.  The

kitchen is fully equipped and features granite counter tops, GE Profile appliances and a full-size pantry. The kitchen is open to the living and dining room. The living room features comfortable seating, flat screen TV with awesome views of the Gulf of Mexico. The dining room features seating for 4 at the dining room

table and seating for 4 at the breakfast bar. The over-sized master bedroom features views of the Gulf of Mexico out the sliding glass door, a king size bed, flat screen TV, DVD, walk-in closet, private master bath w/double vanity sink and garden tub. The 2nd bedroom features also

features a king bed, flat screen TV, DVD, and views of Mobile Bay. The 3rd bedroom sleeps 3 with a bunk bed that has a full on bottom and a bed on top, flat screen TV, and DVD. There is also a sleeper sofa that sleeps 2 more comfortably.

This property sleeps up to 9. The generously large balcony looks directly over the Gulf of Mexico and features comfortable patio furniture. The condo’s interior is decorated with comfortable high-end furniture. Appliances include cordless phones, high-speed internet, stainless steel refrigerator w/ ice maker, dishwasher, microwave, stove and cook top, washer/dryer, coffee maker, toaster, blender, mixer and all of the cookware you could ever need. No smoking and no pets allowed. Come sit on the balcony and watch the beautiful sunsets.

In Memory of a Fallen Hero

April 24 of this year the new flag and flag pole at The Indies was dedicated to SSGT Don Franklin Worley for his service in Laos during the Vietnam War.

SSGT Worley, was part of a secret project that was not recognized until the 90’s by the federal government.  His remains were never returned to his family nor were any of those who served with him.  Finally as a recognized Veteran, SSGT Worley was honored with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his bravery and service in Laos.

SSGT Worley is the father of Mark Worley one of the contract maintenance men who works at The Dunes, The Indies, Navy Cove, and in The Dunes Subdivision through Sunset Properties.  Mark was 10 and his brother Greg was 6 and sister Tammy was 4 when their father was lost at war.  Mark is now part of our

family here in Fort Morgan and The Indies board led by Mr. Lee Hicks wanted to honor this fallen hero.  This ceremony brought together owners, workers and management from the different individual entities in our community.  It was truly a community building service. Mark worked for years petitioning to have his father recognized by the government and to have his name added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. 

In the Ceremony hosted by Lee Hicks an Indies owners the flag was raised to half-mast as he spoke of the war and SSGT Worley’s service and family. Another owner, in the subdivision, Robert Vaughan, played his bugle in honor of SSGT Worley at this sunset ceremony.

  A head stone was placed at the bottom of the flag pole in memory and honor of SSGT Don Worley.  Please take a moment to pay your respects to SSGT Don Franklin Worley next time you are here as part of the Dunes Community!         

Christmas To Mardi Gras At The Beach!

Each year we decorate our office and Christmas tree in a very beautiful and frankly elaborate way not only for us but our neighbors, friends and guests.  To me it is fun to have the lights up and all of the decorations.  I get to really enjoy Christmas even though I am rarely at home to see my own tree.  After the New Year rings in our tree converts to a Mardi Gras tree.  I didn’t realize many people do not know anything about Mardi Gras.

So for a very brief explanation Mardi Gras!  It was brought to the U.S. By the French.  This is a celebration of, well, excess!  This is a holiday that grew from a Catholic celebration of having rich food and celebrations prior to giving up those things for lent. The Mardi Gras tradition actually started just across the Bay in Mobile.   It has changed greatly over the years and morphed into months of balls given by societies or Krews and Parades. Locally, we typically have a Mardi Gras Parade in each city until you get to Mobile where they have days of parades and the kids get out of school to enjoy the festivities. Mardi Gras Activities are Family Friendly at the beach.  So if you have a weekend to getaway come down and enjoy the parades around town.  At the Sunset Properties office we are much more relaxed we have our pretty tree and we never turn down sweets around here!  We hope to see you soon.  Below is the parade schedule for the area!

LuLu’s Krewe De Lu Roux Mardi Gras Ball
Feb 6, 2013 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
LuLu’s at Homeport Marina

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade
Feb 8, 2013 6:30 PM
Begins at Wintzell’s

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
Feb 9, 2013 5:30 PM
Begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Zeke’s Marina

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
Feb 12, 2013 10:00 AM
Begins at Hwy 59 from bottom of Intracoastal Canal Bridge and ends at Main.

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Feb 12, 2013 2:00 PM
Begins at Wintzell’s and ends at Hwy 161, Orange Beach

LuLu’s 9th Anniversary Celebration and Mardi Gras Boat Parade
Feb 12, 2013 3:00 PM
Intracoastal Canal-Begins at The Wharf and ends at Lulu’s.

Sunset Properties’ Becky Is Heading Back To School

Our beloved office manager Becky has started out on a new adventure.  She told me it was always her dream to earn a college degree!  We think Becky is wonderful as is but this is her dream and Sunset Properties owners try to support our dreams as much as possible.  After much searching and discussion with the powers that be, Becky has begun her classes at Columbia Southern University! 

Columbia Southern is one of the nation’s first completely online universities, established to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience. All degree programs are offered completely online, giving you the flexibility to fit your education around career and family commitments.

 With CSU, Becky can take schedule shifting and time management conflicts out of the equation. Open enrollment and self-paced programs make rearranging her life to attend a class or take a test a thing of the past.  With Becky’s unpredictable schedule and multiple jobs, CSU is a perfect fit for her to advance her career and knowledge. With CSU’s 24-hour access to course assignments, online forums, web lectures, interactive software, and audio and visual examples she is excited about the opportunity to earn her degree.

Becky is spending her evenings and early mornings reading and studying and her coursework and taking test.  In not to terribly long she will have an Associates Degree in Business with an emphasis in Travel Tourism.  So now she will have the knowledge she has earned in real life and the book knowledge she is gaining to make your stay one of you favorite memories.   We are so proud of our Becky!  Be sure to cheer Becky on as she works toward her Dream!!!

May in Pictures from Sunset Properties!

We wanted to share the happenings this past May in a different way! We hope you enjoy these photos! See you soon…

Fishing at Sunset
Fishing at Sunset
Sterling at Lego land
Sterling at Lego land
Marietta's Party
Marietta's Party
Manta Rays migrating down The Dunes beach
Manta Rays migrating down The Dunes beach
Lauren And Tyler
Sterling and Mickey
Sterling and Mickey
Becky and Tony  at Graduation
Becky at Tony's Graduation
Some of the biggest fish caught we've seen in some time
Some of the biggest fish caught we've seen in some time. Thanks Kendall!
Jim showed us one of the beautiful benefits of fishing
Jim showed us one of the beautiful benefits of fishing
Tara and Teresa at The Hangout Music Festival
Tara and Teresa at The Hangout Music Festival

 

Tara at The Hangout Music Festival

How To Live In Ft. Morgan

At least once a week, someone tells me they are hoping to move to this area.  They love the Country at the Beach!  It is one of their life goals to live here!  There are a few things to consider, however, before you make the move.  Ideas that you must embrace and make your own to really be a part of the Ft. Morgan Community.

First, you must really like sand!  It gets everywhere, on everything, and is just simply everywhere.  You must truly think of sand as your friend.  It has created your beautiful beach and without it things just wouldn’t be the same in your favorite place to walk, fish, swim, relax and play.  So say it with me.  I love SAND!  Just keep repeating that.  Okay, now that you have that simple basic truth down, you have let go of the idea that your new home will be immaculate and sand free,  you are well on your way to embracing the relaxed lifestyle of island life.  I’m  not saying embrace filth!  I’m saying that it is not an end of the world crisis if a little sand is around.

Take a deep breath, that first one is really the hardest one!  Okay now look at your cell phone, tablet, maybe even laptop.  Hug your wireless device.  Pay lots of attention to it.  Spend all the time you could possibly want with your wireless device where you live now!  Once you get to Ft. Morgan they will be used less, and at times useless!  Not to mention in constant harms way.  With water all around and sand everwhere, these things tend to have a short life here.  If fact people have so much fun without them (once they are used to the idea they don’t work well) that they forget them.  I mail back or have people turn more cell phones into lost and found each year.

Slow Down enjoy the sunset
Slow down enjoy the sunset

The real trick to living here is taking everything in stride!  Remember all things happen for  reason.  If it rains one day at the beach, you notice the locals love it!  That’s because it doesn’t happen often and we know how much our area needs it.  The wind blows so hard you feel sand blasted and that’s ok!  This is one of the natural ways the beach is cleaned.  There is seaweed everywhere on the beach and now its down your swim suit because you wanted to swim.  The seaweed is important to our local sea creatures, it acts a nursery to our beaches, and it helps build our protective sand dunes when it washes on shore.

Are you seeing a theme here???  Start enjoying the things around you and let go of the things that are a part of the modern world.  In this place of remote beauty we hold on tightly to our natural world and history and don’t take much else really seriously!  We use our precious time to enjoy family, friends,  sunsets, food, fishing and fun.  If this still sounds good to you, pack your bags!  Bring your necessities and don’t forget your comfy clothes and shoes!  We’ll see you soon.

Princess Half Marathon

SSP Half MarathonThe Sunset Properties Princesses are at it again! The weekend of February 25th Karen, Tara, Katie and Gwen headed to Disney World to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

While this race is a lot of fun, participants get to take photos with the Disney characters as they run the course–but in reality, the main reason for participating in this race is to raise awareness and funds for leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin’s disease.

This year’s run was a little more special to us because we ran in honor of one of our condo owner’s, Mrs. Adryn Davis. Mrs. Davis a beloved wife, mother, sister, and daughter lost her battle with leukemia earlier this year. Our hope was to take this trip to celebrate and honor the life of Mrs. Davis who was a true Princess in our eyes!

For more news about the Disney Half Marathon or Sunset Properties, please follow our blog or call use at 1.888.877.9270!

2011 Sunset Properties Photo Contest Winners

We wanted to say a special Congratulations to our Winners and Honorable Mentions for our 2011 Photo Contest. We appriciate your time an efforts in entering this contest and sharing your beautiful memories and great talent! Enjoy these great photos below.

1st Place: Jessica Mooney ” Baby Jake”

Jessica Mooney - Baby Jake

2nd Place: Jennifer Hill – ” Crab Hunting”

Jennifer Hill - Crab Hunting

3rd Place: Angela Allred – “Fishing Lesson”

Angela Allred " Fishing Lesson"

Honorable Mentions in no particular order

Amanda Snipes Family Beach Photo
Amanda Snipes- “Family Beach Photo”

Christie Arthur - Mr. GQ
Christie Arthur – “Mr. GQ”

Kevin Ware Sunset From Pier
Kevin Ware – ” Sunset from Pier”

Toni Fahler - Lucy buried in the sand
Toni Fahler – ” Lucy buried in the sand”

Surf Beagle

As most of you know we have a dog friendly beach in Ft. Morgan and a dog in our office most days!  Skyler, is our office Beagle / greeter / boss.  We all tend to work our schedules around what the dog needs during the day, and he is spoiled to say the least!  We really think that he is of the opinion, that people come to the office just to visit with him.  Skyler is not just a lazy lump looking for the next snack or belly rub though.  He loves the beach and trying to catch the birds is one of his favorite past times and he is a great surfer.  All we have to say is “lets surf” and Skyler is ready to go!   Check out our Surf Beagle in action!

SSP 1st Annual Photo Contest

2011 Summer Photo Contest

Win a $ 300.00 gift certificate!

We have an exciting announcement to make. Sunset Properties  is holding our first annual Summer Photo Contest giveaway,  and  everyone is  invited to enter.  So, make sure you spread the word to your friends and family.

Details for the giveaway are simple. Email us at  Contest@SunsetProperties.comwith your favorite “beach vacation” picture and a maximum of five sentences describing it. Submissions will be processed within  three  business days of receiving. Any photo submissions posted on the Sunset Properties Facebook wall will be deleted—your official entry has to be emailed to us.

The winning entry will receive a $ 300.00 gift certificate towards a stay with Sunset Properties. There is also a 2nd prize gift certificate of $100.00 and a 3rd prize gift certificate of $50.00.Pictures don’t necessarily need to be posed. We want GREAT pictures and GREAT stories. If you want to know how we define GREAT keep reading. There is a two picture entry limit per person, per email address so make sure you pick the best pictures you have.  Here are examples of GREAT picture ideas/themes:

This is a BEACH themed contest!!!  Beach Fun, Beach Views, Beach wildlife, Gulf Shores Fun,  I think you guys got the Theme.  So send us your beach photos!!!!

Please no other cities or photos that do not obviously show you are at the beach or at a Gulf Shores land mark or hot spot.

  • A funny picture of your family playing at a Gulf Shores water or amusement park on vacation
  • A beautiful sunset as seen from the balcony of your condo or house in Ft. Morgan
  • Your family at the beach during your 4th of July getaway
  • Anything that’s cute, fun or pretty at the beachThe best photos will be the ones that make us laugh, cry, sigh, move us, or make us want to be in at the Beach.

Are you convinced you should win? We’ll be posting entries in an album on our Facebook Fanpage entitled “2011 Summer Photo Contest.” Please encourage your friends and family to “Like”their favorite picture.  In order for a photo to be in the contest it must be submitted to us via email so we can place it in our contest photo album on our Facebook page. The amount of “likes” will be considered in our decision making for the winners. So participants should spread the word to friends and family and ask them to “like” their pictures. Ultimately, our office staff will choose the final winners.

The contest starts on July 1, 2011 and ends on July 31, 2011 @ 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced via Facebook on August 8, 2011.   We’re excited to see the entries!

Click here for Official Rules!