By Ideaworks

 

Cynics scoffed 35 years ago when they heard about plans to build Eden Condominiums, the one-of-a-kind structure on Perdido Key.

 “Too fancy,” they said. “Too far away.”

 “It will never last,” they said.

But Eden did indeed flourish and thrive despite storms, oil spills, economic downturns, and other challenges. And it continues to be a leader, setting the highest standards for comfort, grace, and elegance across the entire Gulf Coast.

Along the way the iconic, angled landmark has consistently generated top sales and rental figures, standing the tests of time, hurricanes, and changing tastes.

It is home to a comfortable mix of year-round residents and vacationers who often return frequently to make memories with family and friends.

Built Tough

The man behind Eden, Chip Traynor of Pensacola, used French architects who had built projects on the Riviera. Their drawings produced an eye-catching design, which gives each Eden guest breath-taking views of the Gulf and the sand.

Eden is no pushover, as it showed during Hurricane Ivan, which flattened or battered numerous other structures in 2004. Eden sustained no structural damage; its problems were relatively minor – a broken window here, damaged landscaping there – and it could have reopened quickly except the Key’s power supply was knocked out for months.

Credit goes to Eden’s high-grade construction, a marvel of planning and execution unlike anything else on the Gulf Coast.

The massive steel and concrete pilings were drilled to bedrock 85-to-90 feet deep. Each condo unit is encased in 8 feet of concrete and steel poured in place on the floor, walls, and ceilings. A 12-foot-thick aluminum seawall stands guard on the Gulf, and the lobby is 23.5 feet above sea level.

Easy Living, Done Well

Eden offers everything an upscale traveler could imagine on a beach vacation.

Waterfalls, lighted tennis courts, steam rooms, sauna, pools (the indoor pool is heated), a full-service spa, a fitness center, all sorts of well-tended flowers and plants, comfortable meeting rooms, a decked cookout area, and much, much more. The owners’ lounge even includes a marble bar and a Steinway piano!

Business Growth

Eden wasn’t the only local newsmaker in 1985.

That year, 15 people banded together to form the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce to help build awareness of the 16-miles-long island and improve business and quality of life for tourists and residents alike.

Membership now is more than 400 strong, with representatives from Pensacola to Gulf Shores. That sustained growth is enduring proof that the chamber successfully handles business, social and environmental concerns, boosts tourism through smart, significant advertising, and works to add parks, a soccer complex, library offerings, and other amenities for the public.

Eden Condominiums is a longtime member of the Chamber because it recognizes this organization’s value – building community, strengthening the economy, connecting with our active-duty and retired military, and holding events that make the Key a spectacular place to work, vacation, and enjoy life.

Community Ties

Like the Perdido Key Chamber, Eden owners support the local community. They shop and dine on the Key, where they enjoy a spectacular array of restaurants, shops, bars, events, and shows, plus the leisurely pace that makes our area home as well as a destination. 

On several occasions, Eden owners have opened their doors to wounded military veterans, holding “Wounded Warriors Week” at Eden and turning over their condos to wounded vets and their families for a week of sun and fun, a gesture of thanks for their service to our nation. In turn, many local residents and businesses donated food, fuel, snacks, and activities – building upon the program begun by Eden owners to create an even bigger experience for these military heroes and their families.

Today, Eden stands proudly against the powdery white quartz sand along the shore, an iconic development that shares a birthday with the Perdido Key Chamber. Like the Chamber, Eden is forging lasting bonds with familiar friends even as it introduces new generations of fans to Perdido Key.

101 Things to Do in Perdido Key

From adventurous water activities to relaxing sunset vibes, explore Perdido Key and plan your island getaway with things to do for everyone! 101 Things to Do in Perdido Key includes links to some of the local's favorite activities, dining, and entertainment in the...

Bird Watching in Perdido Key

The Perdido Area is a bird’s paradise! From nature trails to beach habitats, birding in the Perdido Area is a huge pastime for visitors and locals alike! The diversity of habitats ranging from pinewoods to beaches and saltwater to open woodlands make an attractive...

The Little Zoo that Grew

Starting as a small, community zoo in 1989 called “Zooland Animal Park” in the heart of Gulf Shores, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has gone through challenges and triumphs to become the amazing new zoo that stands today. After a devastating hurricane, Ivan hit the Gulf...

Day Tripping in the Perdido Area

Going to or from Perdido Key, You Can Discover some of the best day trips around!Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama Sitting just on the other side of the state-line is Perdido’s friendly, neighboring cities- Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL! With many great...

Inshore and Offshore Fishing in Perdido Key

One of the most amazing and unique aspects of Perdido Key is the extensive and diverse recreational fishing opportunities. Whether you bring your boat, charter local guide service, use a kayak, or simply stand on the bank with a rod, there are fish in reach all year...

Wildlife in Perdido Key

Perdido Key is known for inhabiting vast amounts of different wildlife and keeping the area natural and safe to cohabitate with its original residents! Perdido Key Beach Mouse The Perdido Key Beach mice inhabit the coastal dunes along with Perdido Key in both Escambia...

Hiking Trails in Perdido

By: Rick O'Connor  Looking for discoveries and trails in the Perdido Key Area? Check out this list of seven unique trails in the area. Always remember to bring good shoes, as some of these trails could have portions of loose sand, and some could be wet. Also, be sure...

My Barkidiary: The Adventures of Rudder and Squirt Continue

By: Christina Steffen and Rudder   It’s been 2 years since I last wrote in my diary about my life in Perdido Key. Lots of things have changed. I’ve got a new brother…his name is Squirt. He’s a French Bulldog. That’s us in the picture! We love flying with our Dad...

History of Perdido, 1985-2020 “35 Years of Perdido Key”

1985 is a year some may remember as the year of Coca-Cola’s “New Coke”, Michael Jordan being named NBA’s Rookie of the year, the year of the first .com registered, the first version of Windows, and a series of Live Aid Concerts raising millions for famine in Africa....

Military Life in Perdido Key

By: Erin Wilmer   It was May 1989, I was 19 and checking into my first duty station. I can remember feeling alone and scared. After completing the check-in process, I walk into my barracks dorm that would be my home for the nextfour years. In the middle of the...