Amelia Island has survived and thrived through the twists and turns of history to become one of the world's premier vacation destinations. One of the best spots on its beautiful beach is occupied by Ocean Place, a condominium complex with magnificent views of the Atlantic and the island's sandy shore.
A 13-mile-long piece of paradise just off the Northeast Florida coast, Amelia Island was dominated by France, Spain and England in its pre-Revolutionary War days. Today, it is a playground for people who seek pleasure in the sun, the surf and a wide variety of recreational activities. The tiny island also offers an array of great places in which to live or invest, including Ocean Place.
Next door to the Ritz-Carlton, Ocean Place consists of three seven story buildings, with two- and three bedroom units ranging from 1,280 to 1,740 square feet. Nine- and 10-foot ceilings, open floor plans, lots of windows and a covered lanai outside each unit provide a constant reminder that the peaceful Atlantic starts just outside your door and stretches well beyond your view.
There's lots more to do when you tire of gazing at the ocean, lying on the beach or enjoying Ocean Place's two swimming pools, including golf and tennis, biking and walking trails and a variety of activities offered by the Ritz. You can even order room service from the world-class hotel next door.
"You have unsurpassed views of the beach and ocean, and the Ritz is a great neighbor," says Craig Bennett of REMAX Professional Group. Ocean Place, located within a gated community, offers a great place to live or an excellent investment. Bennett points out that owners generally have little trouble renting their condos. "These units have good rental histories, which can help defray the cost of buying one," he says.