Sunday, March 4, 2012


Perdido Key, also known as the “Lost Key”, is 16 miles of paradise along the Emerald Coast of Florida. Sixty (60%) percent of Perdido Key is located in federal or state parks, making it one of the last remaining stretches of untouched wilderness in the Florida panhandle. It is exceptionally easy to “get lost” on this stretch of untouched beauty.

The history of Perdido Key is rich with pirate history and lore.  After Pensacola was settled in 1559, there were rumors of a great mysterious body of water to the west of the settlement. When search party after search party sailed out in search of this tranquil body of water, they came up short. The entrance to Perdido’s bay was incredibly difficult for explorers to find so when Don Carlos Siguenza 
finally did find the entrance in 1693, he named it Perdido, meaning “lost” or “hidden”. This hidden entrance to Perdido Bay is what historians believe made the area so appealing to pirates.

It has long been speculated that pirates frequented the Gulf Coast for over 140 years, preying on Spanish galleons. Members of the Baldwin County Historical Society believe that Perdido Key was a special destinations for pirates because of its hidden entrance. Pirates were able to hide in Perdido Key, resupply, and sail out into the Gulf whenever they were ready. It can only be assumed that pirates would hide their treasure in the one place they felt safest.

Some of the most famous pirates in history were linked to Perdido Key. Legendary pirates such as Jean Lafitte, Billy Rogers, and Black Caesar, were all said to have been spotted near Perdido Key. If they did hide their treasure there, no one has found it yet. One legend has it that the treasure is buried close to the site of the somewhat mysterious, asymmetrical pyramid shaped Eden Condominium.  Legends aside, one thing is for certain: explorers’ young and old still travel to Perdido Key in search of its legendary buried treasure. Will YOU be the one to find it?

With it's lush tropical gardens, bubbling pools, cascading waterfalls and clear blue lagoon pool...Eden is truly a modern day 'Garden of Eden', set beside the sugar white sands that edge the aqua green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It is here on Perdido Key, the most westerly of Florida's barrier islands, that we make our home, November - March, in our little piece of paradise, E603, at Eden Condominium.
We have enjoyed our E603 unit, identified by the red o dot in the top photo, since April 2004. The below photo, shows the fantastic views of the Eden gardens, pool, beach and Gulf from our spacious sixth floor balcony.
Apart from the natural beauty of the outdoors, Eden has many other wonderful amenities, including an indoor pool, spa, fitness center, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and spectacular public spaces, to compliment it's magnificent architecture.

We chose Perdido Key, because of it's unspoiled natural beauty and by it's close proximity to Pensacola, where our son and three young grandsons live, just 16 miles away. So we get to see them on a regular basis when we are there.
We have just finished another busy 'winter break' working on a number of improvements to E603 along with making some significant upgrade purchases. We are no DIY experts, but we do enjoy 'change' and we are always willing to try to do it ourselves if we can. However, we will not compromise quality when a professional can do the work noticeably better, with our kitchen, master bathroom suite and new 2012 guest bathroom being good examples.
Family, friends, and many others are always interested  in seeing any changes to E603, along with plans for other updates that we might have - hence this photo blog. Interior design for a unit in a rental program is quite different from that for your own home. Before our purchase of E603, we had twenty years of visiting the Pensacola area, staying in condos 2-3 times a year, so we knew what we did not want in our beach home.
We did not want it to be dark fussy Florida formal nor did we want the loud colors that scream cheap not chic. As the main rental season is Spring-Summer, we designed it for the discriminating family, a stylish but comfortable and fun eclectic mix that we call Casual Beach Chic.
If you do like what you see, and your vacation times are not tied into school schedules, we recommend an early Fall visit to enjoy tranquil Perdido Key at it's finest.
We have a summer house on the beautiful Isle of Arran, Scotland. For an around-island photo tour, go to the (26) 2010 Arran blogs at bottom of archives on left column, and enjoy the 5000 year old history and stunning beauty of the magical Isle of Arran.
Please join us now, via our Eden photo blogs, in a photo tour of our beach condo home, Eden E603, and the fabulous Eden Condominium complex. Then continue on down, clicking on Older Posts, to view places and events of interest around Perdido Key. Thank you!
Alex & Carol
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..................Above: Looking east over Perdido Key, Florida, from Alabama. Eden Condominium is indicated, appropriately enough, by the 'Gold Star'.
Located on a narrow strip of snow white beaches and crystal blue waters, Perdido Key is located in the Northwest Panhandle of Florida, between Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach, Alabama. No more than a few hundred yards wide in most places, Perdido Key stretches some 16 miles, with almost 60 percent of it located in federal or state parks – making it one of the last remaining unblemished stretches of wilderness in the Florida Panhandle.
Perdido Key’s literal translation means “Lost Key”, so named by the early Spanish who discovered it in 1693. Until then, the Key was the well-kept secret of gulf coast Native Americans – Perdido Key’s first inhabitants.
Bridges link Perdido Key to the Florida mainland, as well as neighboring Alabama. Those who make the short drive across the water will agree that this “Lost” island is definitely worth discovering.
With an average annual temperature of 75 degrees and 343 days of sunshine, it’s not surprising the Key is a long-hidden retreat that blends together both year-round outdoor activities and an authentic laid-back lifestyle uniquely its own.

Above:  Perdido Key, Florida. Looking west towards Alabama at the top of the photo.  Eden is located at the upper left.

Above photos taken from wall posters readily available from stores in area.


  1. OMG~that is extremely beautiful. I wish I was there ~~Right Now!~~

    Stop by & say 'hi'

    `*.¸.*´Think Spring!
    ~☼♥ Starbender ♥☼~

  2. This is the first time I have seen pictures of this area, I like it alot. I live on the Central Oregon Coast and appreciate seeing a Gulf coast sunset. I want you to know I have reviewed your entire blog, pics of Scotland, Roya mailboxes, red deer ect... and I am impressed. I am now a follower of this blog and I hope to see more of your fine adventures! Love from "Mrs. Slug"

  3. Hi! I googled this condo, because we are staying there aug. 8-14. We are very "picky about the places we stay! Im very excited to share your condo for the week!! It looks wonderful!!! I will update you when we get back home to Louisiana!! My husband and I own a restaurant, so when we want a relaxing vacation, we head to the beach!! We are so excited to stay at Eden!!

  4. Alex & Carol,
    We want to thank you again for allowing us to stay in your beautiful condo. We had a wonderful time at Eden, in Perdido Key and Pensacola. The weather was perfect. And thank you for the gift certificates to the Shrimp Basket. It was great! We loved that all-you-can-eat shrimp. Delicious!
    Jane & Gilbert McClung, janemcclung at yahoo dot com

  5. Good blog. I am an Eden owner and sell real estate on Perdido Key. I happen to live on that nice, gated island with low Alabama property taxes. I hope to see you at the Board meeting this a.m. Take care-
    Pat Faulkenberry
    Ono Island/Perdido Key

  6. hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

  7. hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day!

  8. Hi i went to perdido keys during the summer and might go this year if the oil spill doesnt get there first. My experience was AMAZING and cant wait for my next. I also met a hot guy named sam and he might be there toooooo !!!!!!!!!!!! yay!

  9. Oh yeah my name is tiff!!!

  10. These photographs of Perdido Key are breathtaking. Your condo also seems like a wonderful vacation home!
    For readers/commenters planning on moving to or visiting Perdido Key, you may also want to consider homes owned by Mickey's Coastal Properties ( Mickey's owns a number of beautiful single family homes and condominiums at a range of reasonable prices. Great for vacation homes!

    Thank you for your post!

  11. I just lowered the price of West 507 if you would like to buy a newer unit. 1377 sq.ft., new kitchen, I am with the new office of Main Street Properties on Perdido Key, voted BEST PLACE to work in Pensacola past 2 years and getting Better Everyday with over 100 agents now.

  12. Will be BACK at work later today. Please call when you would like to see 507 west, built 1997. We will be having Perpetual Open House in April 2014 till it gets SOLD.