Palm Beach Condominium
This is a brochure cover that I picked up somewhere along the way way that coincidentally shows the location (la ubicación) of my father's condominium quite nicely. The marked location of the condominium can be seen in the enlargement.
(Tomado del techo. Cliquea cualquier foto para ampliarlo.)
I took a series of photos from the top of the condominium roof last year and stitched them together to form a single panorama image. It's about a 180° view that I took because it shows very well how the condominium is located in relation to the ocean and other buildings. The enlargement also shows the "sister" condominium building which is part of the condominium complex. It's important because it gives me beach access. While my building has a nice pool that I also use, I love swimming at the beach too. When I want to go to the beach, I just cross the road (A1A), insert my key into the gate lock, pass the pool area of that building, and go down to the beach.

The condo patio & windows face west, opposite to the beach, showing the Intercoastal Waterway. It's a much nicer view, particularly at night. And because it faces west, I can see all the beautiful sunsets. I took this photo after a rainstorm one morning and was able to catch, in two stitched photos, a complete rainbow! How fortunate and rare!

 

I love the fact that the patio faces west because Florida frequently has sunsets that are just beautiful, like Arizona. Here's a nice shot of one showing the glowing red skies and how the colors reflect off the water.

 

This is a view of the dining area and part of the living room. It's difficult to see, but the dining room table has a large, round glass-top with a chrome spiral stand designed & made in Italy. It's also hard to see, but above the lamp on the end table is a watercolor of two macaw parrots with red & blue feathers that I painted.

 

Farther over to the right, this shows the living room sofa & chair. It was re-upholstered once since my parents have owned the condo, but the blue has faded quite a bit since then over the years. But because the condo is used only once or twice a year, it really doesn't make any sense to pay to have it recovered again as it still works well & would be expensive to recover.

 

This is a view of the wall opposite the sofa. A part of the doorway to the single bedroom can be seen a bit to the left. For a vacation condo, it's really the perfect size because it's easy to keep clean and a 2md bedroom really isn't necessary.

 

 

This shot is a night view taken from the living room facing the patio. The lights of the houses & buildings on the Intercoastal Waterways are visible in the background. It's nice to look out a night as there's always something to see.

I've spoken to a few people who have condos that face the ocean, and they complain that, at night, it's like looking into a great black hole except for an occassional passing ship. They're more exposed to hurricane damage as well, and rust & wear on the patio furniture from constant exposure to the sea air is hard on them.

This is a view of a (fake) palm tree between the dining & living rooms that I purchased a few years ago. I have two low-voltage lights at the base pointing up onto the tree, which casts a nice shadow of the palm fronds across the ceiling. You can also see the glass-topped dining room table mentioned earlier better in this photo.

 

 

 

This is a view of the pool taken rom the balcony of the 9th-floor condo.

 

 

 

 

 

I took this view from the middle of the swimming pool the last time I was there. The enlargement shows the condo location in the building, overlooking the pool (as well as overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway). So there's always a lot to look at from the patio, where I spend a lot of my time reading & using my laptop computer (the building has high-speed wireless).

 

This image shows the curving face of the "sister building", right at the top of the seawall, where one goes up the steps over the seawall to go down to the beach.

Whenver there's a hurricane or strong storm, the condos shown at ground level usually get flooded out by ocean waves breaking over the seawall because the seawall is not very high. So they would not be a good investment!

Looking north up the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking south down the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A rare look at a Loggerhead Sea Turtle.

During certain times of the year, these sea turtles come up out of the water at night and lay their eggs in the sand, which they then cover over with sand before heading back to the water. The nests along the beach are always well marked with yellow warning flags that conservationists place next to them as they are an endangered species, so they cannot, by law, be disturbed.

So it's very rare to find a turtle in broad daylight like this.

Another view. They can be found along the Florida east coast only during their egg-laying period.