We are looking for a harbor front condo. Whats the best exposure?

Asked by Goffls@hotmail.com, Tulsa, OK Wed Jan 21, 2009

What problems do you have with the Western and Northern exposures?

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Shannon Moore…, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Wed Jan 21, 2009
You are asking what "problems" we have with Western and Northern exposures, and there are really no problems to speak of with either one. What you really want to consider is the positioning of the sun at different parts of the day. For example, if your condo unit has a balcony that faces West, you will have direct sunlight in the afternoons and, likely, a beautiful sunset view. Sunsets are amazing, but if you are grilling out on your balcony at 5:30pm in the summer time, you will be warm. So would you rather sacrifice your sunset view to be in the shade in the afternoons? I always consider the windows in my home as well, keeping in mind that rooms with windows receiving direct sunlight are going to be much warmer than the rest of the house, unless it is right where your thermostat is. If the sun is shining on your thermostat, your air conditioner may run continuously, unaware that the rest of the house is not as warm. Yet another thing to think about is where the sun sits in location to the pool, if there is one. I like a warm pool, so if its not heated you will want to look at the amount of time that the pool is in the sun versus the amount of time that the pool is in the shade. A shady pool is a cooler pool; it may stay around 75 or 78 degrees in spring, while a pool in direct sunlight will stay roughly 4 to 6 degrees warmer. It may not sound like a lot, but it's a noticeable difference to most.

The sun and its location is really what you want to think about when choosing your exposures. Be sure to give us a call if you have any further questions. Have a great day!

Roxanne & Shannon Moore
RE/MAX Anchor Realty
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Ken and Karen…, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Wed Jan 21, 2009
Hello -

When we lived on Lake Minnetonka (west of Minneapolis) we had beautiful sunsets through the crowns of majestic oaks (we were up on a hill), over the water with a golf course across the bay - we loved it!

One of our criteria when we were looking in Punta Gorda was that we wanted sunsets - they are just as beautiful (although more pink than purple), and they are also warmer. This is a definite plus in the winter, but summertime sunsets can be VERY warm - landscaping (both available AND potential) should be a further consideration in your decision (majestic oaks might not be doable). In a condo, particularly on the upper floors, there are going to be those times where the thermal insulation in your window coverings is going to be the best investment you ever made.

Cocktails on the verandah with a waterfront sunset though, are probably the strongest selling points for Southwest Florida.

Northern exposures are a different matter - little or no sun all day will make for a cooler interior (year-round).

Eastern is for those who like/need sunrises - wintertime warmups are another plus (but certainly not always necessary).

Market-wise, south to southwest appears to be the most widely desirable and is absolutely necessary to keep your sundial running - again, cooling costs in the warmer months should be a consideration.

The best answer though, is to go and look. Visit your prospective new home at various times during the day and decide for yourself - you're the only ones that really count and if you find your "killer" view, that may override any directional considerations.


Ken & Karen
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Angie, , Cape Coral, FL
Wed Jan 21, 2009
Hello Goffls,

I believe your best exposure is western but it all depends on what you want as far as a view, sunset or sunrise. I know the area well and have lots of experience in selling condos. If you are interested in recieving some listings please feel free to contact me and I will set you up to search the MLS multiple listing service just like I can. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sellstate Realty
Angie Thomas
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Wed Jan 21, 2009

We don't see exposure as being a major factor. There are any number of great opportunities at this time including short sales and foreclosure properties.

If you would like assistance with your search or require additional information, we would be happy to support you as needed.

Good luck with your search.
Susan & Bill Eckler

Michael Saunders & Company
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