Regarding Emerald Isle, I wanted to stay in one of the buildings toward the front (by the clubhouse) because the complex is large, but it's good to hear a resident's opinion. I am now in contract and buying a unit in Emerald Isle. The unit is a gorgeous 2 bed/2 bath, top floor with vaulted ceilings overlooking the lake. Absolutely awesome! Thank you all for your input.
Ponte Verde and Emerald Isle are both condo conversions with renter concentration - meaning lots of tenants vs few owners living in the property. I think as a whole Emerald Isle shows better but both could be a challenge in a foreclosed or short sale due to property condition.
I think your answer is more of a case by case basis - 2 vs 3 br, which will get more rent that day, which has higher HOA, which has better tenants and lower management costs etc...
I know that the HOA @ Emerald Isle will manage for you.