Thursday, January 18, 2018

Just Sold | 140 Open Gulf Street | Miramar Beach, FL

6 Bedroom  |  5 Bath  |  2,898 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $800,000

Our buyers were looking to find an ideal investment property along the Emerald Coast. Their desire was to purchase a spacious vacation home, close to main attractions, and of course – the beach! We're happy to say we assisted them in finding their perfect paradise in Miramar Beach!  

This Miramar Beach home playfully called "Shell Shack" is a six bedroom three story beach home with a private pool. This awesome beach home can accommodate a party of 22 comfortably which means the entire extended family can take part in a vacation to remember. Located just south of Scenic Highway 98 makes it a fantastic vacation rental prospect with a projected $90,000+ in annual rentals.

On the first floor you'll find the kitchen with features including custom white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops, and bar. Just past the kitchen are the dining area, and a comfortable seating area. The perfect place for the family to gather for meal time.

Three of the six bedrooms can also be found on the first floor. All of which are decorated in beautiful coastal pastel colors. The rest of the bedrooms are upstairs on the second floor with the main living area featuring plentiful natural light and french door lead to an open balcony where you can enjoy the salty sea breeze. 

The third floor features a bonus room which has sleeper sofa, additional bed, an array of games which is sure to delight the young and the young at heart. You can also enjoy the best sea breezes, sunrises, and sunsets from the third floor balcony. 

An outdoor entertainment area with a brand new tiki bar, flat screen tv, refrigerator, and raised poolside decking make this home the perfect paradise!   

In addition to being only steps away from the beautiful white sand beach, this locale places you just minutes away from popular beachside restaurants, championship golf and tennis, convenient grocery stores, shopping at Silver Sands, and family fun at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

 Looking for your perfect paradise? Give us a call!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Just Sold | Lasata | Unit 3505 | Sandestin, FL

0 Bed  |  1 bath  |  396 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $142,500 

Another listing sold for our long-time, repeat client! Since our seller currently lives abroad, our goal was to be sure he never had to worry about the status of his property. Communication is key with all of our clients, and this allows us to assist those near or – in many cases – far. We can't wait to work with our client again this year as he continues his journey investing in paradise!  

This wonderful A-rated Lasata studio unit is located right in the heart of The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The floor plan includes double beds, a kitchenette, full bath, and closet to complete all your needs in the perfect vacation or rental property. From this fifth floor condo you will have stunning views of the gardens and the Bay just in the distance from the spacious balcony. You will be in the center of it all with shopping, dining, entertainment, a pool, and the conference center all close by. Enjoy access to the private Solstice Club, not to mention access to resort amenities including four championship golf courses, a world class tennis center, full service marina, miles of biking/jogging trails and access to the sugar white beaches. Annual gross rental income: 23k. Paradise! 

This studio unit at Lasata in Sandestin proves to be a wonderful rental unit or vacation spot, and we focused our marketing on these aspects. Check out the various methods we used to market this property to get it sold. 

Email flyer sent to our database of investors, as well as an agent version for maximum exposure. 

Facebook post featuring a video tour of the property. We also post to YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest.

Professional photos highlight each spectacular feature of the property.
We featured Sandestin amenities and the surrounding lifestyle which included four championship golf courses, marina, tennis, pools, hot tubs, spas, over 30 restaurants, shops, daily live entertainment, tram, beach access, and so much more. 

Just Sold | Ariel Dunes | Unit 1006 | Miramar Beach, FL

1 Bed  |  1.5 bath  |  732 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $227,500

This was the second investment property we assisted our wonderful buyer in purchasing this year! In August we assisted her with the first: a unit at Crystal Cove in Sandestin. She decided the only thing better than owning in paradise, was owning in paradise times two! This time she opted to own within Seascape at Ariel Dunes – yet another popular destination for vacationers. Needless to say she made a smart investment decision, and we're thrilled again for her! 

This beautiful fully renovated unit boasts a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico right from the comfort of the spacious living area. Soak in the panoramic views of the emerald waters while you relax at the sunlit breakfast bar. Tile floors throughout the unit and stylish art, décor and furnishings create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy the beach lifestyle. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and custom backsplash add elegance to the kitchen. The open floor plan is great for entertaining along with easy access to the balcony from the living area. Natural light illuminates the space with the large sliding glass doors, making it warm and inviting. This updated, elegant unit is sure to impress. 

The large master bedroom features a queen bed, tile floors and trayed ceilings. The convenient en-suite master bath features a spacious shower/tub combo. Open up the adjoining hallway guest bath to create an even more comfortable experience with the additional vanity. A colorful bunk bed area in the hall creates a cozy and fun space to sleep additional guests. Along with the sleeper sofa, this property comfortably sleeps six allowing the unit to be a prime rental investment. This unit includes a stackable washer & dryer for convenience and is was sold fully furnished and decorated - turn key and ready to go!

Ariel Dunes is a luxurious high-rise condominium with amazing amenities including two pools, one zero entry with a waterfall splash area great for kids and children at heart. A paver stone pool deck surrounds the pools along with tropical landscaping and the beach boardwalk is in very close vicinity at Stewart Lake. Enjoy over 2,000 feet of shimmering white sands for Seascape Resort. There is seasonal beach service by La Dolce Vita and Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill is a local's favorite for seaside dining & entertainment, along with a beachside bar below. There is plenty to do at Seascape: rent a bike and cruise along infamous 'Scenic 98' pedestrian & bike path, play tennis, golf, enjoy casual dining and live music at Cabana Cafe and more. There is even RV and boat storage for more adventures at hand. You are in close vicinity to Silver Shells and Grande Boulevard and the new Seascape Towne Centre was completed this year that includes many great restaurants like Acme Oyster House, shopping and entertainment options. Paradise!

Click here to view other units for sale in Ariel Dunes!
Thinking of selling or buying? Give us a call!

Just Sold | Sea Oats | Unit 308 | Okaloosa Island, FL

2 Bed  |  2 bath  |  1,040 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $220,000

Our buyer from Illinois is soon to retire and desires to spend his winters along the Emerald Coast, and we can't blame him! As this will be a second home, he was looking for a low-priced condo on the beach to make the most of a getaway in paradise. We're happy to say we found the perfect place for him at Sea Oats on Okaloosa Island!

Enjoy Gulf views and sea breeze from the balcony in this cozy beach condo. This unit has not been on any rental program as the seller has maintained it for personal use. Fresh paint, updated fixtures, new carpet, and matching appliances give this unit a fresh feel. The blinds in the master and guest bedrooms are thermal and room darkening for energy efficiency. Enjoy long walks on the sugar white sand of Okaloosa Island and watch the kids splash in the sparkling pool. A savvy purchase, our buyer has the option to utilize this unit as a rental property, with rental projections for this 2 bedroom unit at $27K. Paradise! 

Sea Oats amenities include: Beachside pool and hot tub, tennis courts, grills, and 
beach access. Close-by and local activities include: mini golf, Gulfarium, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk with restaurants, shopping, and fishing pier, and newest hot spot: The Gulf. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Just Sold | Bayou Village | Unit 639 | Sandestin, FL

2 Bed  |  2 bath  |  1,404 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $305,000

We managed to sneak in one last closing for the year! Our listing at Bayou Village in Sandestin is a wonderful little place, whether a rental unit or second home, and was a pleasure to get sold for our client. What a great way to end 2017!

Feel the relaxation as you enter this renovated 2 bedroom end unit in Bayou Village. Plentiful windows and glass sliders allow natural light to wash over you as you flow from room to room. Exit to one of the patios to take in the sunrise or sunset, or enjoy from inside the bonus room with its floor to ceiling windows. The gorgeous kitchen, dining, and living areas all flow together: a great space to have the family all in one place. A bunk room allows for extra sleeping arrangements in addition to the master and guest suites both with attached full baths. Paradise! 

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers 4 golf courses, marina, tennis, pools, hot tubs, spa, over 30 restaurants, shops, daily live entertainment, tram, 
beach access, and so much more. 

Check out the various methods we used to market this property to get it sold. 

Email flyer sent to our database of investors, as well as an agent version for maximum exposure. 

Facebook post featuring a video tour of the property. We also post to YouTube, Google+, and Pinterest. In addition, we wrote a blog for this property.

Professional photos highlight each spectacular feature of the property.

We featured Sandestin amenities and the surrounding lifestyle which included four championship golf courses, marina, tennis, pools, hot tubs, spas, over 30 restaurants, shops, daily live entertainment, tram, beach access, and so much more. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

November Sales Market Highlights

Following the previous months, November was quite a busy month as well! Rolling right through fall and into winter, we continue to stay busy with both buyers and sellers. Our area never ceases to provide a favorite place for young and old, all year round. Destin and the surrounding areas are an especially wonderful place to spend the holidays with family. For many who own here, it's proven to be a smart and satisfying move to purchase an investment property or second home here. We're looking forward to what 2018 will bring!     
Our team had an active share in the November market. We assisted our wonderful buyers in the sales of the following properties:

Ariel Dunes II | Unit 604
Hidden Dunes | Unit 640

We worked with our sellers to get these listings sold in the month of November:

Tropical Isle | Unit 208
Noblat Townhomes | Unit 128 

We also worked with sellers to get these properties on the market:

6 Lakeshore Drive

Calypso | Unit E2304

In addition, we were able to get several more properties under contract. We'll have all the details in the December Market Report.

The activity this year has been exciting and we're hustling our way right into the new year. We love staying in touch to keep both our buyers and sellers prepared for the rest of this year, the new year, and beyond. This is a great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. Spring will be here before you know it – and keeping on top of the market will ensure that you don't miss any deals. We are getting a new influx of inventory daily and there are some great opportunities out there right now. The daily hot sheet has new listings hitting the market every day, so let us know if you would like to receive updates on the market! 

Check out the area sales highlights for the month of November:  

The highest priced condo sold within the areas of Okaloosa Island, Destin, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, and 30A was:  

La Terraza | Unit A



7 Bed | 7.5 Bath

4,620 Square Feet 

The highest priced home sold within the areas of Okaloosa Island, Destin, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, and 30A was:  

114 Watchtower Lane | Watersound

30A East


6 Bed | 6.5 Bath

5,024 Square Feet 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

It's a Team Effort

Listing a new property is an exciting time for our team, but we always need the sellers to be part of our team. Yes, we handle the "heavy lifting" and will be a source of information and comfort. Sellers, you play an integral part of the selling process.

Here is what we need from you:

1. Git 'er done!  If you have some maintenance concerns or just some aesthetic eyesores, take care of these prior to listing. During the pre-listing period, we will work with you to address issues that might devalue the property or diminish your buyer pool. 

2. It's not personal.  You may absolutely love your home and its décor, but it is YOUR home. Buyers come with varying tastes and vision. This is why prior to listing we will help you stage the property to showcase its best assets. And, don't be offended by negative buyer feedback – it's part of the game!

3. Honesty is the best policy.  Part of the seller's responsibility is to complete the property disclosure. Please disclose any problems you have had or any ongoing issues. Our knowledge of any issues will help us maneuver the sale process better. 

4. Get REAL!  We will provide you with a snapshot of the market related to your property: sales, active listings, and pending contracts. Comparing and contrasting these will give us a price range. Buyers have access to the same information, and contemporary buyers are very savvy about the market. 

5. Spic-and-Span.  With every showing your property should be sparkling clean. Neat. Fresh-smelling. De-cluttered. 

6. Patience is a virtue.  Benjamin Franklin said, " He that can have patience can have what he will." The listing and selling process can be trying and sometimes long. We will be there, always, to take the stress out! 

The Sold in Paradise Team will be totally focused on taking care of you during the listing and transaction process. We are your partners in fulfilling your real estate selling goal.