Mainsail in Miramar Beach: A new look at a classic property

Published: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 01:09 PM.

"The people that are buying are finding good bargains," she said. "The values have gone down, but if the people want to sell, we can get them sold."

Her own experiences within Mainsail serve as a primary bargaining tool. She said that the on-site maintenance crew works quickly and efficiently, and she appreciates the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week courtesy patrol, which is trained to work closely with Walton County's Sheriff's Office.

It's not just the amenities that keep Kirkland at Mainsail, who added that she could live anywhere along the beach. It is the 700 feet of gulf-front property that Mainsail overlooks, and it is a section of re-nourished beach, so the property is deep as well as wide.

The restored beach also leaves room for the Gulf Coast's first residents. Smith told Kirkland that someone had seen a tagged loggerhead turtle in the waters along Mainsail, and the two expressed a hope that they will soon have a turtle nest on the Mainsail property.

Mainsail's association has prepared for the possibility of such a nest.

"We're totally turtle light friendly," Smith said, adding that all of Mainsail's exterior has been outfitted with lights that won't disorient turtle hatchlings.

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