Desiree Villas Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
Located off of the Scenic Highway and only a block from Pensacola Bay, Desiree Villas is made up of a collection of apartment-style condos at the corner of East Brainerd Street and Van Kirk Avenue. The block wide, one-half block long complex forms an almost perfect triangle, with the Trading Post Shop framing the southern tip. Desiree Villas is a mixed-use area, with both homes and businesses sharing the same streets.
East Brainerd Street leads across the Scenic Highway to a public access path heading to Pensacola Bay’s shoreline. One block south on that same highway is the locally-owned Betty’s Food Mart. Residents of Desiree Villas can walk another block and find the Scenic 90 Café, offering meals with a bay view. As Scenic Highway changes to East Cervantes Street and leads toward downtown Pensacola, the shopping and dining choices become more plentiful.
East Cervantes Street passes the AK Suter Elementary School, and then the Bayou Texar Boat Ramp, a six-acre park-like space offering panoramic views of the city. Most of the secondary schools, including Pensacola High, are closer to downtown. Ensley and Delmar Shopping Centers are both within blocks of the high school.
Heading north, the Scenic Highway leads to the Beach Road Shopping Center, and beyond that Summit Boulevard, which skirts the Pensacola Regional Airport and the Roger Scott Athletic Complex. Pensacola State College is across from the airport terminal. On the way, the highway passes the waterfront nature preserve, Bay Bluffs Park. This long, thin strip of land offers a number of boardwalks and nature trails that zig-zag through the 40-acre open space.