First Quarter 2016 Gulf Front Condos Market Report

Dated: April 4 2016

Views: 4012

Image title

WHEW! What a (quarter) year it's been! The level of real estate activity I've witnessed during the "winter" months typically begins in late spring or early summer. But not this year. Buyers and sellers are jumping into the market sooner than ever before, driving demand up and inventory down.  

According to the Alabama Center for Real Estate, residential sales in February of this year jumped 20 percent versus January. When compared to February 2015, sales climbed 6 percent. Add to that a 55 percent decline in housing inventory since the market peak in 2007, it's hard not to notice the incredible momentum. But, what's behind it?

As I've described in some of my earlier blogs, new businesses and construction, infrastructure upgrades and quality of life improvements (and of course the natural beauty!) are setting the stage for a new chapter of growth and prosperity throughout the area including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley. More and more, I am meeting first-time visitors to the area who want to buy. People who for years have been dreaming of moving to the coast are now taking real steps to make it happen, without the need to make multiple visits over an extended period of time. Potential buyers are now making more decisive and timely decisions to take immediate advantage of low interests rates and lower (but rising) property values. I anticipate this trend will continue as more and more baby boomers retire.

If you are a potential condo buyer or seller contemplating whether or not to jump into the market, the charts below may be of interest to you. They present sales statistics of Gulf front condos from January through March of this year (by price range and number of bedrooms). In all, buyers purchased 170 condos.

If you are interested in additional statistics (for a particular condo development, for example), don't hesitate to call me. I can also provide information on single family homes in the area. I would be happy to put my expertise to work for you as you contemplate your next steps. But, don't wait too long!


January 1 - March 31, 2016:

LIST PRICE<$150K$151-$200K$201-$250K$251-$300K$301-$400K$401K+
# of Units Sold28994 
Average Sales Price$135,000$169,000$220,222$256,000$351,000 
Sale Price as % of List Price98.08%97.02%93.84%94.59%96.75% 
Average Price per Square Foot$238.14$258.28$320.67$354.92$383.62 
Average Days on Market7128018211269 
# of Units Sold 25813325
Average Sales Price $133,800$165,000$208,929$270,385$342,047$460,900
Sale Price as % of List Price 95.62%94.35%94.21%95.77%96.46%97.40%
Average Price per Square Foot $190.34$199.25$243.13$290.78$315.19$375.35
Average Days on Market 32115115538313771
LIST PRICE$300-400K$401-$450K$451-$500K$501-$600K$601-$700K$701-$800+$801+
# of Units Sold2618944 3
Average Sales Price$358,450$408,528$453,778$542,250$633,125$702,667 $867,000
Sale Price as % of List Price95.97%96.22%94.99%94.24%97.36% 96.10%92.57%
Average Price per Square Foot$280.51$307.10$293.13$305.64$349.98 $350 $406.71
Average Days on Market170217178113143 92261
LIST PRICE$450-600K$601-$750K$751-$900K$901K-$1.2M$1.2M +
# of Units Sold

Average Sales Price
Sale Price as % of List Price
Average Price per Square Foot
Average Days on Market

To see all currently-available condos, just click on the links below: 

Orange Beach Condos and Gulf Shores Condos

Just give me a call at (251) 942-3141 for more information or to view a property.


Christine Slaughter is an associate real estate broker with Realty Executives of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Originally from Australia (she moved to Alabama’s stunning coast nearly 30 years ago), her love of the sand, sun and seafood are deeply-rooted in her soul. If you are looking to buy or sell along the Alabama coast (or Florida), you can reach Christine directly at (251) 942-3141 or email her at

Be sure to follow Christine online at, on Twitter@ChristinesCoast or Facebook at ChristineSlaughterRealtor

Let Christine help you catch the real estate wave in 2016!

Blog author image

Christine Slaughter

Alabama's stunning coast - what an amazing place to live. I moved here from my native Australia nearly 30 years ago and have loved every moment. The sand, sun and seafood are deeply rooted in my histo....

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts


Beach Village Resort will be the newest addition to the Orange Beach community! Featuring 12 acres of coastal cottages complete with a community resort style, zero entry, saltwater

Read More

Cheap Family Friendly Activities At The Alabama Gulf Coast

At Alabama’s pristine gulf coast, there are plenty of family-friendly activities perfect for children of all ages. Besides the typical water fun such as paddling, parasailing, boating, and the

Read More

Third Quarter Coastal Sales Report 2017

Sales along the Alabama Gulf Coast continue to rise and with the third quarter sales reports out, we are seeing good news for sellers and investors. This includes: Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange

Read More

Shrimp Festival 2017

Get ready to celebrate the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival beginning tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM. If you’re worried about transportation or parking, why not catch one of the shuttles? For

Read More