A group of Alabama investors plan to build one of the largest motor coach resorts on the Gulf Coast, with 1,300 lots on more than 407 acres, according to a report in the Press Register, Mobile.
Shirlee Poulos of Carney Realty in Gulf Shores, which is marketing the project, said that American Motor Coach Resorts will be a destination resort for motorhomes.
The investors have a contract to buy the property for an estimated $18 million and plan to finalize the purchase in early 2007, Poulos said.
The lots in the first phase are priced from $139,900 to $249,900 and range from 42-feet-by-71-feet to the largest lots at 55-feet-by-100-feet, according to Lance Niel of Carney Realty. Construction is projected to start in January, he said.
The park will cater to the Class A luxury motor coaches, Niel said, noting that motorhomes must be a minimum of 35 feet long and no older than 15 years.
Owners can use their lots year-round, but most are choosing to use it 16 weeks out of the year and rent the space the rest of the time, according to Niel.
The nearest competing park is a 47-lot motor coach resort in Orange Beach, Ala., where the lots are 40-feet-by-70-feet, and motor coaches must be at least 34 feet long.
The parks are comparable as far as lots and the layout, but American Motor Coach is much bigger and has more amenities, Niel said, adding they were targeting members of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA).
The gated resort will have five, 3,000-square-foot clubhouses throughout the resort. The main, 40,000-square-foot clubhouse will include a media and entertainment room, conference room, banquet room, game room, fitness center, sauna and steam room, massage therapy, laundry facilities, a medical center, kitchen and coffee shop.
The park’s amenities include full utility hookups, tropical landscaping, seven swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails, conservation wetlands, motor coach sales and a service center, gazebos at each lot, two miles of boardwalks over the wetlands, stocked lakes, a putting green and mini-storage units.
The land is outside Gulf Shores’ city limits, and the developers do not plan to seek annexation into the city, Niel said. The resort will be developed as a single-tax colony, and the buyers will have a 99-year lease on the lot. The lease will be renewable for an additional 99 years for $1.
“It keeps the developers in control of the resort, and there is no homeowners association,” Niel said. “The developers retain ownership of the resort and will keep it in pristine condition, maintain it and handle the rentals.”