Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just Sold! Blue Dolphin • Unit 303

2 Bedroom  |  2 Bath  |  1,236 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $340,000

Another listing sold! In just 24 days we were able to get this unit at Blue Dolphin under contract. This unit provides all the great aspects of a smart investment opportunity. We worked closely with our wonderful repeat, long-time clients to make sure we got this unit sold quickly for them. 

Blue Dolphin on Okaloosa Island is close to all the things that make the area so popular: 
• Beaches
• Parks
• Water Sports 
• Choose from shopping, entertainment, or restaurants along The Boardwalk or latest hot spot: The Gulf 

As soon as our clients decided to sell we jumped into action getting this property marketed. Check out the professional photos, e-mail flyer, video tour, and social media posts below - we do it all. Check it out...  

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 highlighting each spectacular feature of the property. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Just Sold! 153 Satinwood Drive

4 Bedroom  •  3.5 Bath  •  2,070 Square Feet

We're so excited for our long-time clients with the purchase of this last remaining home of its kind just off 30A at Gulf Landing. Gulf Landing has superior appointments, craftsmanship, and value. Two master suites, two guest rooms, a study or bunk area, complete with 3 1/2 baths. All housed within the 2,070 square foot home backed up by a two car carport with storage for beach gear.. all within just 1/3 of a mile from the beach access with bathrooms, picnic tables and showers. Close by are restaurants, shops, bike rental and my favorite, an ice cream shop. Paradise! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Best Golf Courses In Destin

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

Home to FOUR championship golf courses, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort creates an unrivaled experience from the moment you arrive on property until your trip is over. Showered with awards -more than 30 now- the four courses: Raven Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club, The Links Golf Club and the exclusive and private Burnt Pine Club, each have their own special challenges, rewards, and unique characteristics. With 72 holes spanning the beach to the bay, every course boasts spectacular views and a peaceful setting. 

Kelly Plantation Golf Club 

Appropriately known as "The Crown Jewel of the Emerald Coast", Kelly Plantation Golf Club’s greens are as visually stunning as they are challenging and impressive. The semi-private golf club features miles of waterfront, wide fairways and well-manicured greens, making it one of the best golf courses in Destin. Boasting over 7,000 yards of large contoured greens, wide manicured fairways, an array of strategically placed hazards and picturesque views of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Rated 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest, Kelly Plantation Golf Course also offers a rich scenic appeal unlike any other golf experience. From Hole No. 4’s spectacular, panoramic view of the Choctawhatchee Bay, to the surrounding Magnolias and Palmettos that are native to the northwest Florida region, this golf experience is sure to please. You’ll also observe miles of waterfront including 11 lakes – the largest being 7.5 acres that surrounds holes 9 and 18.

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club

Land and sea meet on the grounds of the Regatta Bay Golf and Yacht Club, and its pristine, natural setting provides a peaceful escape for golfers all year long. It’s one of the best golf courses in Destin for all skill levels, and the 6,894-yard, par-72 course is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The vibrant course provides the ultimate risk-vs-reward golf experience. Take a virtual tour and explore the course hole-by-hole to figure out your plan of approach before heading out for a round you won’t forget.

Emerald Bay Golf Club

With a classic Florida landscape on the front nine and breathtaking bay views on the back, it’s no surprise that Emerald Bay Golf Club is considered one of Northwest Florida’s premier golf courses. Its long, flat holes wind through the exclusive gated community, treating visitors to total privacy and tranquility. Designed by famed course architect, Bob Cupp, and underwent a complete renovation in 2014 to improve the overall experience for locals and seasonal guests. Offering the very essence of Florida golf at every hole, so whether you make par or bogey, don’t forget to take in your surroundings.

Indian Bayou Golf Club 

Indian Bayou Golf Club offers three worthy layouts: Seminole Course, Choctaw Course, and Creek Course. Each consists of nine immaculate holes and puts golfers to the test amidst nature at its best. Wide, forgiving fairways, majestic greens, sparkling lakes, and undulating pines that sway with every coastal breeze can be found throughout Indian Bayou Golf Club’s 27 holes.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Back On The Market! Gulf Dunes • Unit 102

Great second floor unit! Gulf Dunes, has become one of the most highly desired vacation getaways on beautiful Okaloosa Island. This unit is conveniently located on the first floor above covered parking. This is a nicely appointed unit with two bedrooms and a bunkroom. The master suite overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and has a king-sized bed. The second bedroom has two full-sized beds. The spacious living space flows out to the gulf-front balcony. The fully equipped kitchen has a breakfast bar that adjoins the dining area. A laundry room has a full-sized washer and dryer. Gulf Dunes Condo has two buildings with 6 stories and 102 units. It has 426 feet on the Gulf of Mexico. Amenities include two heated pools, exercise room, picnic area, and tennis courts. Unit come with deeded parking space. Paradise!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

16 Non-Rental Waterfront Condos

Sure, condos that allow vacation rentals are great investments... if that's what you're looking for. 

But what about those of you looking to invest for yourself. Perhaps with a quiet second home to get away from it all. A place to call just yours, an anytime getaway or seasonal home.

Luckily, our area has quite a few Gulf or Harbor front condos that are non-rentals. Check out the full list!

Destin East Pass Towers is located on the very tip of Destin's Holiday Isle and offers stunning views of both the Destin Harbor and East Pass. Take advantage of the nearby marinas and vacation with your boat for a true vacation in the world's luckiest fishing village. The resort offers two pools and hot tubs as well as beautiful white sand on the banks of Destin's East Pass. Just a short drive to some of Destin's best restaurants, attractions and shopping. 

Condominiums in Grand Harbor offer incredible views of the Destin Harbor, the Gulf and cityscape. Sitting on 2.5 private acres with close to 500 feet of waterfront, residents enjoy an exclusive location in Holiday Isle, close to the best that Destin has to offer. A gated condo, Grand Harbor offers a community room, dock, exercise room, marina, pool and hot tub. 

With over 240 feet of beachfront, Gulfshore has one of the least crowded beaches along the Emerald Coast. This 24 unit complex is located on desirable Holiday Isle and is convenient to fine dining, shopping, boating, fishing, and every great activity that Destin has to offer. Gulfshore also has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and is gated.

Grand Villas is a Gulf front condo located within Hidden Dunes Beach and Tennis Resort & offers unsurpassed indoor and outdoor facilities. The gulf front pool and spa is surrounded by expansive decks with an entertainment bar complete with ice maker and a beautiful walkway to the deeded beach. The indoor facilities include a very attractive and spacious game room featuring wide screen TV, large sectional sofa, and game tables as well as an outstanding work out facility with private lockers. Other amenities include ample garage parking, six rubico tennis courts, a pro shop, seasonal tram service all located within this luxurious 27 acre Gulf front resort!

Holiday Isle Towers is a beachfront condo building consisting of only 36 units. The complex is secured with two gated entrances, and a coded lobby entrance. With only 3 units per floor you will have a sense of ultimate privacy. The common area features a beautiful owners lounge, heated pool, hot tub, and exercise room. 

Marbella is a harbor front complex located right in the heart of Destin. Situated on a 35 foot bluff, the complex over looks the Destin harbor and higher floor units also offer gulf views. The professionally managed complex has a 56 slip marina which is managed by Legendary Marina, a fitness center, clubhouse, pool, and much more. 

Martinique Condo is located on Holiday Isle in the heart of Destin. With only 10 units in the building, this private, gated, gulf front condominium is a perfect second home or private residence. The emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico are at your front door. A semi-private elevator awaits in the foyer. Truly offering the very best lifestyle for a primary or second home!

One Beach Club Drive Condominium is the finest gulfside residential condominium in Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort with magnificent views of the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and the coastline both East and West. Private poolside cabanas, tennis courts, a first class fitness center, clubroom, media room, large pool and hot tub are just some of what makes One Beach Club Drive Condominium the special place it truly is.

With only 44 private residences in Regency Towers, the spacious floorplans of these luxury Gulf-front condos are designed to feel like home. Overlooking the sugar-white sands of the Emerald Coast beaches, Regency Towers is located in the heart of Destin and offers top-notch amenities and the ultimate in both privacy and convenience. Floor-to-ceiling windows in Regency Towers condos command breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Regency Towers offers its residents gated entry, on-site security and 333 feet of private owner beachfront. Amenities include a resort pool, clubhouse, tennis, fitness room, sauna and game room with pool and ping-pong. Regency Towers is a short drive from Scenic Highway 30-A and the popular communities of Seaside, Watercolor, Rosemary Beach and Sandestin.

Sandspur is a hidden gem. Only 9 units in this non-rental building allow the ultimate in private luxury condo living. Tucked away yet it is conveniently close to everything. Gorgeous panoramic Gulf views from every unit in the building. Sandspur offers large garages, additional storage, and 110 feet of private beachfront.

Southwinds in Sandestin Resort is a gulf front condo project located in Sandestin Resort. There are a total of 3 buildings. Southwinds is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with amazing water front views. Beautifully maintained grounds, private pool deck with dune walkover to the beach. All of this inside the gates of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort that boasts 4 golf courses, tennis, marina, shopping, dinning and so much more.

This exclusive condo offers spectacular amenities including 1,100 feet of gorgeous beach front with the option of beach chair and umbrella rentals, a tiki bar and grill, tropical lagoon swimming pool featuring a stunning waterfall, hot tub, wading pool, children’s playground, and grill area. Lush tropical foliage, green lawns, and shady arbors transform the grounds into an exceptionally beautiful resort destination. The Club at Silver Shells offers basketball, tennis courts, heated indoor/outdoor pool with hot tub, cardio and weight rooms, locker rooms, and steam room/sauna. Indulge in a date night at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse- located right on the property.

The Tides of Destin is a twelve-story Gulf front complex of privately owned, luxury condominiums. Conveniently located in the heart of Destin. The amenities at the Tides include gated entry with 24 hour security, covered parking, dune walkover leading to 387 feet of beach, pool, tennis courts and playground.

Two Hundred West overlooks gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound Intracoastal Waterway, Okaloosa Island, and a private 400 foot dock with boat slips. Enjoy the water front pool and take in the beautiful sunsets and fantastic sea breeze. Close to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and the beach!

The Ultimate exemplifies the essence of the Emerald Coast Lifestyle. Enjoy the wide expanse of magnificent views of the majestic waters of the Gulf, Destin’s East Pass, and the beautiful, sought after Destin Harbor. A low-density building comprised of 21 residential units and is a luxury, gated, secure condominium community. Amenities include pool, tennis court, lobby, fitness center, clubroom, and gated marina; and, most importantly, just steps to the beautiful white sand beaches of Destin. The Ultimate is located in the center of everything the Emerald Coast lifestyle offers including boating, championship golfing, shopping, fine and casual dining, and outdoor activities for all. 

White Cliffs is a Gulf front condo with stunning gulf views located in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach. Situated atop the highest elevation along the Emerald Coast- 48 feet above sea level. Do yourself a favor and come see 30A's best kept secret. Enjoy sitting quietly by the pool or simply take in the view from your private balcony.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Anticipating Spring

The year has started off great for the Sold in Paradise Team! We have had lots of calls and emails from buyers interested in checking out the market and from sellers considering listing this spring. Thinking about buying real estate in 2017? If so, we know how important it is to listen to your requirements and customize a search specific to those needs. Some buyers are looking for savvy real estate investments that will cash flow; some are hoping to find the perfect second home for the family. Some are looking for a full-time family residence.

Downsizing, upsizing, or investing-our knowledge of the market and the art of the deal will net you the best deal possible.

We know the nature of the market and will provide comparable sales, interpretation, and expertise to the process. We have years of market and transaction experience. By working with us you will have an advisor representing your best interest, and the seller pays our commission.

This is a great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. We are getting a new influx of inventory daily. Some great opportunities are out there right now. The daily hot sheet has new listings hitting the market every day. Let us know if you would like to receive updates on communities of interest.

The Sold in Paradise Team will continue to monitor the market and help our clients find the best deals. Have questions? Need advice? Need real estate? Call, text, or email today!

The History of SEASIDE

" When I closed my eyes and let my mind wander, I could almost feel the sea breezes evaporating the moisture on my skin. I could recall the special pleasure of relaxing on a porch rocker after a shower at the end of the day on the beach. "
Robert Davis reminiscing on his summer family vacations on the Gulf Coast. 

You know Seaside now. The pastel houses. The picket fences. The families riding to the ice cream shop, bike following bike following bike. It seems impossible to imagine, but long before what you see today, Seaside was just a dream. A dream that started with one man. 

J.S. Smolian had always had an intense connection to this part of the Gulf Coast. The sugar white sand. The turquoise blue water. He loved the way this place pulled his family together. The magical way it synced them. He loved watching his grandchildren become brilliant beach castle architects. He loved watching his children become themselves again. 

The well-deep connection was so strong that in 1946, he bought 80 of its acres. Undeveloped land dense with live oaks and scrubby brush, barely navigable but for a couple of dirt paths. J.S. had a vision for the acres. A dream, really. He had peered into that untamed territory and recognized a certain grace. An elegance. His plan was a summer camp. A destination he could share. The plan never materialized, however. The land rested. 

Until 1978, when J.S. deeded the 80 acres to his grandson, Robert Davis. Robert knew the connection. He had felt the same magic J.S had. His memories of gulf beach summer nights spent here on wide porches were as indelible as the sound of the waves or the sea breezes drying his arms after a swim. They were idyllic. Simple. Robert shared his grandfather's dream. This could only be a place to share. He made his own plan. A town seamlessly tied by a common sense of community. 

In 1981, Seaside was born. Over 30 years after J.S. first acted on his dream, Robert realized his own. It was the dream we all have for life itself. Simple. Beautiful. Graceful. Elegant. 

35 years later, we celebrate as the Seaside dream continues. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

February Sales Market Highlights

The numbers are in for February sales statistics. The end of winter is heating up and market is hot.. and it's rolling right on into Spring! 

We had an active February ourselves. With a close of one of our listings, and 6 properties under contract - 3 of which were our listings. We're loving this busy season and can't wait to hustle our way through spring! 

This is great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. We are getting a new influx of inventory daily. Some great opportunities are out there right now. The daily hot sheet has new listings hitting the market every day. Let us know if you would like to receive updates on the market!

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

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

Bella Vita • Unit C101  

30A West


3 Bed/3.5 Bath 

2,738 Square Feet 

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

24 South Briland Lane 

Rosemary Beach


5 Bed/5.5 Bath 

4,520 Square Feet

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Just Sold! Destin Gulfgate • Unit 503

2 Bed  •  2 Bath  •  1,430 Square Feet  •  Selling Price: $632,500  

2016 Gross Rental Income: $65,339

Another happy buyer with this amazing rental property! 

In the heart of Destin, Florida, this Gulf front condo has one of the largest two bedroom floor plans in Destin. A wonderful rental unit that is fully furnished and has been recently renovated with great features including: wood-plank tile flooring in the main living areas, granite countertops, new kitchen cabinets, and large flat-screen smart TVs throughout the unit. The master bath features a custom walk-in shower and a sit-down vanity area. The guest bedroom is equipped with two queens plus its own upgraded bathroom. This unit includes a full size ice maker and upgraded patio furniture. 

Destin Gulfgate amenities include:

• Gulf front pool
• Fitness Center
• 450 feet of beachfront 
• Prime location for dining, entertainment, and water sport activities

Rental ready, great amenities, and a prime location for tourists makes this an excellent investment property. 

February Sales Statistics

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Just Sold! Seagrove Highlands • Unit 1102

3 Bed  •  2 Bath  •  1,126 Square Feet  •  Selling Price: $275,000

Another listing sold! In just 5 days we were able to get this unit at Seagrove Highlands under contract for the full asking price. This unit provides all the great aspects of a smart investment opportunity. 

Seagrove Highlands is close to all the things that make 30A so popular: 

• Lakes 
• Beaches
• Bike and nature trails
• Choose from shopping entertainment, or eateries in SEASIDERosemary Beach, and The Hub

As soon as our clients decided to sell we jumped into action getting this property marketed. Check out the professional photos, e-mail flyer, video tour, and social media posts below - we do it all. We also feature new listings in a blog that highlight more in depth characteristics of the property. Check it out...  

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 highlighting each spectacular feature of the property. 

Interested in other properties for sale at Seagrove Highlands? Click here! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Just Sold! Bayside at Sandestin • Unit 6769

0 Bed  •  1 Bath  •  364 Square Feet  • Selling Price: $111,000

We're finishing out the week with another closing... and a cash deal quick closing one at that! 

Situated in the heart of Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, the Bayside Inn sits directly on the Bay. This 7th floor studio unit is beautifully furnished and has beautiful views of the Golf Course. A small kitchenette, full bath, closet, and balcony make this a great little place to stay. A beautiful bay front lounge area awaits you around the back of the building. A convenient walkway connects you to the beautiful bay front Oasis Pool Deck, Sandestin Spa & Fitness Center, Linkside Conference Center & Links Golf Course Club House. Take in all the amenities within walking distance of this vacation spot. Just a shuttle ride away from the 3 other championship courses, tennis center, marina, popular Village of Baytowne Wharf, and world famous sugar white beaches. Perfect paradise for a vacation getaway!

We are so happy to get this sold for our long time client!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just Sold! 82 Shirah Street

5 Bed  •  5 Bath  •  2,702 Square Feet  •  Sold Price: $860,000

Lovingly referred to as 'Shirahvilla', this 3 story home is beautiful. The main house features 4 bedrooms/4 baths and just behind the pool is the Cabana, which has 1 bedroom, living room, full bath and kitchenette. Designed to make family vacations perfect with all the conveniences that a large group needs for a relaxing and carefree vacation. It has the perfect floor plan for several couples or for multi-family vacations. This home has a 12 foot by 24 foot private pool and boasts four private balconies with plenty of chairs to relax and take in the sights and sounds. Views of the Gulf can be seen from the the third story balcony, and a beach access is just steps away. 

This home is a wonderful rental investment grossing $117,000 in 2016, and $77,000+ already booked for this year!  

We're so happy to have assisted our buyers in buying this great piece of paradise!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Just Sold! The Palms of Destin • Unit 11113

Another listing sold! 

Located in the East Tower and overlooking the lagoon pool at the The Palms of Destin, this 11th floor unit is fully furnished in a casual, contemporary style. It features 9 foot ceilings, granite countertops, washer/dryer, and flat screen televisions. There is access to the terrace via the living and dining area and the master bedroom. Relax and enjoy the poolside activities. Hop on the tram and be transported to the white sand beaches of Destin. Resort amenities include an expansive 11,000 square foot lagoon pool with waterfalls & bridges, a children's pool & splash fountain, restaurant & lounge, conference center, spa, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, jogging trail, BBQ grill area, exercise room, covered parking and security.