The Columns at Gulfport, Mississippi

Text and photography by Nicole Goodness-Landfried Located minutes from Mississippi’s beautiful gulf coast, The Columns at Gulfport is tucked away in a serene coastal neighborhood. Managed by ECI Management Corp., it’s truly a home with a permanent vacation appeal. Exquisitely manicured landscaping and above-and-beyond amenities redefine five-star apartment living. Gamal Hanna, a

Text and photography by Nicole Goodness-Landfried

Located minutes from Mississippi’s beautiful gulf coast, The Columns at Gulfport is tucked away in a serene coastal neighborhood. Managed by ECI Management Corp., it’s truly a home with a permanent vacation appeal. Exquisitely manicured landscaping and above-and-beyond amenities redefine five-star apartment living.

Gamal Hanna, a resident for 13 months, was sold during her first walk-through of the property. She is a retired high school teacher and was happy to sell her house and move into The Columns at Gulfport. “I was ready to take it easy and let somebody else do the work,” she says.

Hanna had driven past the community quite a few times and had noticed how attractive it was from the road. A close friend who was living at The Columns at Gulfport suggested that she come by and take a tour. “As I rode around in the golf cart, I noticed how pretty the swimming pool is and the play areas for the kids, and the landscaping,” Hanna recalls. “I also liked the apartments. I was impressed—they’re a nice size.”

She adds, “You can always tell by the bathroom how well the apartments are kept up.” Hanna’s two bedroom/two bath floor plan boasts an oversized garden tub in the master bathroom, a huge walk-in closet and a screened-in patio. The community also features an enormous clubhouse, a business center, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a resort style swimming pool and a large fireplace perfect for poolside grilling.

“The clubhouse is very comfortable,” adds Hanna. “You can have meetings there, and people play cards. They also have cookies and lemonade. It’s very much like an extension of my home.”

Property Name: The Columns at Gulfport, Gulfport, Miss.

Owner/Developer/Management: ECI

Property Manager: Stacey H. Netto

Year built: 2008

Occupancy: 90 percent leased

No. of units and unit mix: 426 units including one bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/one bath, two bedroom/two bath, three bedroom/two bath

Rent range: $635 to $935

Special Features: 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour controlled access gate, covered parking, pet friendly