courtyard and swimming pool view of Sandpiper condos

3 Things to Look for in a Gulf Front Condominium Building

So you want to find a gulf front condo — great! Location plays a major role in buying real estate in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. But there’s more to finding the perfect condo than just its waterfront location.

What Else Should You Consider in Your Condo Search?

The Gulf of Mexico isn’t the only waterfront in Gulf Shores (check out these popular Gulf Shores real estate searches to see the other waterfront types), but it is the most coveted. This means you’ll likely have hundreds of gulf front condos to sort through — which can take a long time.

That’s where we come in. As Gulf Shores natives and experienced local REALTORS®, we’re familiar with gulf front properties and condo buildings, so we have a few tips to make your search easier. Using a gulf front condo community called Sandpiper as an example, we’ll show you what to consider when looking for gulf front condos in Gulf Shores.

1. The Specific Location in Gulf Shores

sand walkway to Gulf of Mexico outside Sandpiper condominiums

The sandy shores of West Beach are right outside the Sandpiper condo building

Gulf Shores is a large area. In fact, it’s broken up into several smaller communities, all with distinct lifestyles and attractions.

Take West Beach, for instance. This area of Gulf Shores is a favorite among vacation-goers, since it has miles of sandy white beaches and numerous public-access beach points.

Condo Search Tip: Explore all areas of Gulf Shores, AL to discover where exactly you want to buy a condo.

2. The Amenities (Beyond Beach Access)

pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico

Sandpiper features a seasonally heated pool and landscaped courtyard

Having access to the beach is great. But you might also like having access to amenities, like a pool or barbecue area.

Let’s take a look at our example condo community, Sandpiper. It not only has designated access to the beach, it also has an outdoor pool that’s seasonally heated, a barbecue area in the courtyard, and covered and uncovered parking.

Condo Search Tip: Explore information about Gulf Shores condo buildings to find details about the amenities and unit features.

3. The Age of the Condo Building

large balcony outside Sandpiper condo building

Sandpiper’s condos typically have generously sized decks or balconies

In Gulf Shores, condo buildings span decades of construction. The age of a building plays a significant role in the price of its condos, so if you don’t want to shell out a small fortune for a prime piece of waterfront real estate, you may want to consider searching for properties in a more established community.

How does Sandpiper stack up? Built in 1984, its condos are easy on the frills and high-end upgrades. However, each property doesn’t skimp on features like outdoor spaces (Sandpiper has continuous decks). Take a peek at its available condos for sale!

Condo Search Tip: Use our Gulf Shores condo building search page to find information about communities constructed in a specific year, as well as information about condo buildings that offer any other features you desire.

Need Expert Real Estate Info? Let’s Talk

Whether you’re interested in a gulf front condo in Sandpiper or another Gulf Shores community, we’re happy to share our real estate knowledge with you. Give us a call at 251-948-1260 and let’s talk about your dream home!