Blog - Homeowner Q&A: Maureen Ingram, Our Place by the Sea

At Cottage Rental Agency, we know that our homeowners are a large part of why we are the longest running property management group in Seaside, FL. Since our opening in 1986, CRA has worked hand in hand with homeowners in Seaside and the surrounding areas to ensure that their homes are cared for and profitable while they’re away from the emerald coast.

It’s time to meet the owners behind the wonderful homes that make up Cottage Rental Agency! First up we sat down with Maureen Ingram, owner of Our Place by the Sea in Seaside, FL.

Our Place by the Sea

CRA: Thank you so much for speaking with us today! We’ll start the conversation off with where are you from?

Maureen Ingram: I’m from Columbus, Ohio. We fell in love with Seaside when we vacationed there for the first time in the early 90s with our young daughters.

CRA: What is the name of your home and how did you come up with it?

MI: The name of the home is Our Place by the Sea, the home already had the name when we purchased it and didn’t want to change it because homes in Seaside have great name recognition. We purchased it in 2000 and have been here for over 20 years.

Our place

CRA: Why did you want to purchase a home along 30A?

MI: We enjoyed the lifestyle Seaside provided. The area has grown, changed, and developed; our best kept secret has been discovered, which is great! We’ve adapted and absolutely love the friendliness of the people. 30A and Seaside provide a relaxing atmosphere to reflect and rewind.

CRA: What are a few of your favorite things about Our Place by the Sea?  

MI: As more people visit Seaside, I like being off the beaten path on Forest St. I enjoy having a spacious side lot with a grill and picnic table perfect for family gatherings. Our mornings usually start sitting on the front porch swing, drinking coffee and getting caught up on the news. The tower is a favorite of guests, it’s great for bringing your computer up and enjoying a beverage!

CRA: Do you have a favorite memory in the home?

MI: My children were so young when we started going, it has provided wonderful memories over the years. Whether biking, swimming, playing tennis, or enjoying the wonderful beaches, there is always a lot to do. Seaside is the gathering spot for our family who live in various parts of the country. Suggest a vacation in Seaside and everyone signs up!

Maureen’s Family at the beach

Maureen’s Granddaughters, Poppy and Violet

CRA: What is something you do every time you visit?

MI: I always swim in the pool and walk the beach. We cook out a lot and play a good amount of golf!

CRA: How long have you been partnering with CRA?

MI: We’ve been with CRA since 2000 and have loved the partnership, their follow up is excellent. When people walk into Our Place by the Sea, there’s a wow factor. They walk in and immediately love the place. I always make sure the home is in tip top condition and CRA is very responsive and receptive to any questions I may have.

CRA: If someone was considering bringing their home onto the CRA program, what would you tell them?

MI: I highly recommend them, highly! Plus, the perks are wonderful. One fabulous perk is being able to play the courses at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. We love coming down and playing The Raven, Baytowne, and The Links. It’s a great perk that not many people know about!

To learn more about Our Place by the Sea, click here.

It’s a simple life in Seaside, and that’s how it should be. That’s what we go down there to enjoy. The tower, the outdoor shower, the porch swing, the bikes, the ambiance. There’s lots to do and nothing to do, depending on what you’re looking for, that’s what I tell people. If you want to be busy, you can. If you want to relax and sit on the beach all day, you can do that too. It’s a wonderful, relaxing, place.

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