Friday, August 10, 2018

Just Sold | Pilot House | Unit 305 | Sandestin, FL

1 Bedroom  |  1 Bath  |   677 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $169,000

Closing out our week, with a closing in Sandestin

Our clients, three business partners from Nashville, wanted to get started on building and growing a real estate portfolio in paradise. This is a great way to accumulate long-term wealth in real estate investing, and Pilot House at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is the perfect place to start. 

Welcome to this lovely French retreat located in the Heart of Sandestin within The Village of Baytowne Wharf. This third floor unit features a large balcony shaded by tropical palms and is located on the same level as the wonderful amenity terrace which boasts a resort style pool, hot tub, fitness center, and beautiful lawn with a grilling area. With only one previous owner, this condo has truly been loved. The interior is fully tiled throughout and is furnished in a French style d├ęcor that stands out from the rest. This will make the perfect vacation rental or second home. Simply paradise.





Pilot House amenities provide on-site convenience including: resort style pool, hot tub, fitness center, a beautiful lawn with a grilling area, and just steps from The Village of Baytowne Wharf



Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and has been named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. This magical 2,400 acre resort is comprised of over 70 unique neighborhoods of condominiums, villas, town homes, and estates. The resort features miles of sandy white beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, a world-class tennis center with 15 courts, 4 resort swimming pools (and 15 private neighborhood pools), a 113-slip marina, a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness center and spa, meeting spaces, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf – a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining, family entertainment and nightlife. For true golf cart community living, Grand Boulevard is just outside the resort gates and provides access to additional shopping, dining and entertainment all without traveling on Highway 98. Come to play, stay for life!



          Looking for your perfect paradise? Give us a call!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Single-Family Home Trends of 2018

Trends are an excellent way to predict things like homebuyer behavior over the coming months or years. Unlike a fad, which ends quickly, a trend is something that may continue on for 10 or more years.

Each year, Fixr conducts a survey of influencers within the building and design industry—those professionals who are helping to shape the trends that impact homeowners and homebuyers alike. RISMedia featured the top trends that showed some surprising (and not so surprising) features that are useful to help sell homes more quickly and influence homebuyer behavior.

Smart Home Technology. Adding smart home features to a home makes it much more attractive to younger homebuyers who currently make up the largest population of buyers. Especially so with the introduction of systems like Apple Home and Amazon’s Alexa. The most sought-after items include smart lights and thermostats—which can reduce energy consumption—and security features like locks and cameras. This can increase the value of a home by about 5 percent. Keep in mind that this is only true if the upgrades were made in the last five years; after that, the technology becomes outdated. So hold off on these updates if selling is a little ways down the road.

The Open Floor Plan. Open floor plans continue to be one of the most requested options among homebuyers. An open floor plan gives you flexibility and allows you to configure the space in ways that work for you, rather than working around what’s already there. As long as you aren’t removing load-bearing walls in the structure, opening up rooms and removing walls can bring up to 60 percent ROI at time of resale, while also making the home much more attractive to today’s buyers.

Tiny Houses. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, minimalist, or baby boomer seeking to simplify – there's a romantic draw to the tiny home. Featured on HGTV, documentaries, and even in our local news, there's considerable interest in the tiny house movement. More than half of the influencers surveyed believe that the tiny house trend is growing. Tiny houses can be built for anywhere between $10,000 and $40,000, which makes purchasing land and building a more attractive option than finding one already for sale. What could be better than a tiny cottage by the beach?

Voice Control Systems. Expanding on smart home technology and creating ease of use, artificial intelligence (AI) and voice control systems round out the top growing trends in the home-building and design industry. Nearly all influencers agree that smart home systems that are controlled via AI or voice will be one of the biggest trends of 2018. Capable of controlling various home systems (lights, thermostat, door locks and appliances) they can all be added to the home and ready to use in a timely manner, making the property very attractive to new homebuyers.

As seen from these survey results, homebuyers are putting an increasing value on smart home features, open floor plans, and smaller spaces. We're always here to bring these and other emerging trends to your attention and help you make savvy decisions with home buying and selling. Give us a call!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Rosemary Beach: Romantic. Charming. Inspired.

Romantic. Charming. Inspired. Rosemary Beach is nearly impossible to define by a single word in itself. From couples on a weekend getaway, to families on summer vacation, to architecture lovers soaking in the unique beachside town – it’s simply so many things to so many people. CNN named Rosemary Beach as one of America's most romantic small towns. It's charming architecture has been featured in Coastal Living Magazine. Locals are lucky enough to call it home.

The essence of Rosemary Beach comes from the careful arrangement of its public spaces and private homes. Every home in Rosemary Beach is architecturally unique and is custom-designed and built to reflect each owner’s tastes, needs, and lifestyle. Yet, every house is an inextricable part of the fabric of the town, reinforcing its coastal character. The shapes and silhouettes at Rosemary Beach call to mind St. Augustine, the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston.

Neighborhoods are interconnected by a network of pedestrian lanes, footpaths, and boardwalks. Secret pathways lead to the town square, tennis courts, swimming pools and the beach. Cars are restricted to alleyways behind homes, and the town’s pedestrian scale ensures that every place within the community is easily accessible by foot. Nothing is more than a five minute walk away from the Town Square, where shops, restaurants, the town hall, and post office beckon residents to gather, work and socialize in a stress-free environment.

Of course one of our very favorite stops at Rosemary Beach is The Pearl. A place close to our hearts, not only because we were married there in January, but you’ll find the most thoughtfully prepared dishes by our favorite chef along 30A – Chef James Neale – our son!

We love being able to be a part of this incredible community made up of such unique places as Rosemary Beach, and never take for granted that we get to call the Emerald Coast home. One of the most fulfilling aspects of assisting our clients in purchasing property here is realizing the joy it will bring to their lives as well. The only down side we hear from our clients is that most wish they had made the move earlier!

If Rosemary Beach sounds like the perfect place to you click here to view properties currently for sale there. We'd love to assist you in making the move to paradise!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Just Sold | 227 Diamond Cove | Destin, FL

3 Bedroom  |  2 Bath  |  1,825 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $297,000   

Our client chose Diamond Lakes as his new location for another investment property. Right in the heart of Destin, Diamond Lakes is a quiet community featuring lush landscaping, a community pool, and is less than a mile from the beach. With so much to offer, this is a perfect place for an investment property!    

Located in the Diamond Lakes community, this spacious three bedroom, two bath townhome is just minutes from the beach and prime shopping areas. The open floor plan includes a master suite with the master bath featuring a double vanity, large garden tub, separate shower, and bathroom closet. Other home features include a two car garage, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, and screened porch overlooking the community lake. Diamond Lakes is a quiet community with a large community pool, landscaping services, centrally located in Destin, and less than a mile from the beach!  




Click here to view more townhomes for sale in Destin!

Monday, July 16, 2018

June Condo & Home Sales Highlights | Destin to 30A


June was another busy month for real estate along the Emerald Coast!

With so many visitors in town for summer vacation, the month of June is always a busy time for real estate agents. The world's largest vacation rental search engine – HomeToGo.com – lists b
oth Destin and Panama City Beach among Florida's top vacation destinations. While here, vacationers fall in love with the area, and decide it's time to make owning paradise a reality. We love assisting people in making this move!   


Our team had an active share in the June market, while continuing to stay prepared for the busy summer season when the weather and the real estate are hot! 


In June we assisted our wonderful buyers in the sales of the following properties:

4206 Jade Loop


We were also able to get the property sold for our sellers at:

4555 Barrington Lane

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

Grand Sandestin | 2225
332 Wimico Circle

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

The activity this year has been exciting and we're well into summer. We love staying in touch to keep both our buyers and sellers prepared for the rest of the year, and beyond. This is a great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. With summer in full swing – 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 June:  





The highest priced condo sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was:  


Grand Dunes South

Miramar Beach

$3,000,000

5 Bed | 5 Bath

4,100 Square Feet  

The highest priced home sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was:  



3034 E County Hwy 30A

30A East

$10,750,000

7 Bed | 9.5 Bath 

6,462 Square Feet 


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just Sold | 1609 Chadwick Lane | Niceville, FL

3 Bedroom  |  2 Bath  |  1,330 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $179,900

We're so excited to have sold the last of The Bungalow homes for our seller. We were able to get this adorable home under contract in just 15 days!  

Our seller owned several of these cozy bungalow homes as they make excellent investment properties. Wanting to move more of his real estate holdings over the bridge to Destin he decided to put them on the market and we succeeded in the sales of all three properties – averaging only 16 days on the market! 

This charming home is located in the Bungalows at Bluewater Bay. The light and airy open floor plan of this home is perfect for first time home buyers, empty nesters, or a real estate investor. The living room opens to the dining area and kitchen. The split bedroom plan allows for plenty of privacy for the spacious master suite. The two additional bedrooms, full bathroom, and laundry closet are just down the hall. A fenced backyard provides privacy. A prime location: Minutes from the beach, Eglin AFB, schools, and more!


Check out the various marketing methods that we used to create a cohesive brand for this great unit.

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 YouTubeGoogle+, and Pinterest.

 

Professional photos highlight each spectacular feature of the property. 

                         Looking to find your paradise? Give us a call!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Just Sold | Grand Sandestin | Unit 2400 | Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

2 Bedroom  |  3 Bath  |   1,111 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $285,000
We're so happy to have assisted our clients in the purchase of their second unit at Grand Sandestin. Our clients, successful attorneys from Louisiana, decided to upgrade from their one bedroom unit at Grand Sandestin to a two bedroom with a little more square footage. Upgrading was a savvy real estate move since they utilize the unit as both a getaway for their firm and clients, and a rental investment when not in use. Paradise!  

Enjoy incredible views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Grand Sandestin pool from the large private balcony of this bay-facing corner condo. The main living area and kitchen feature wood grain plank tile flooring for easy maintenance. The master bedroom has a king size bed and an en suite master bathroom with double vanity, separate shower, and large soaking tub. An additional bedroom and bath can be found off the kitchen and living area. There is an owners closet and separate storage making it easy to utilize as a rental. A sweet little paradise at the Grand Sandestin!



Grand Sandestin amenities provide on-site convenience including: Ballyhoo Bar & Lounge, fitness center, lush gardens and courtyards, fantastic resort pool, and just steps from The Village of Baytowne Wharf


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and has been named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. This magical 2,400 acre resort is comprised of over 70 unique neighborhoods of condominiums, villas, town homes, and estates. The resort features miles of sandy white beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, a world-class tennis center with 15 courts, 4 resort swimming pools (and 15 private neighborhood pools), a 113-slip marina, a fully equipped and professionally staffed fitness center and spa, meeting spaces, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf – a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining, family entertainment and nightlife. For true golf cart community living, Grand Boulevard is just outside the resort gates and provides access to additional shopping, dining and entertainment all without traveling on Highway 98. Come to play, stay for life!



          Looking for your perfect paradise? Give us a call!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Best Places In Destin to Celebrate the 4th of July


On July 4th, fireworks celebrations will take place all along the Emerald Coast. Below are several fireworks displays to celebrate Independence Day 2018. 

4th of July Celebration @ Rosemary Beach
When: Wednesday, July 4th | 7:30am - 9:00pm
Where: Rosemary Beach
Event Times: Bike Decorating Contest & Breakfast @ 7:30am  |  Bike Parade @ 8:30am  |  Field Day @ 9am  |  Concert @ 6pm  |  Fireworks @ 8:45pm

Start bright and early with the Rosemary Beach Bike Decorating Contest & Breakfast followed by the Bike Parade throughout the Town Center. Enjoy an old-fashioned family field day on Western Green with sack races, water balloon toss, games prizes and more. Later in the evening, rock to the sounds of the different decades with our band the “Like Totally” Hep Cats on the Western Green. Enjoy a star spangled fireworks display from the beach courtesy of the Rosemary Beach Property Owners Association. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 



South Walton 4th of July Parade
When: Wednesday, July 4th | 8:00am - 9:00pm
Where: Seagrove to Downtown Seaside

Seaside hosts the community's annual Independence Day parade along Scenic 30A. The parade starts at Seagrove Plaza and ends at Seaside where the party continues. Enjoy your day in town with special offers from our Seaside Merchants and capture all the fun with commemorative photos from the Merchant-sponsored Photo Airstream. Join your friends and neighbors for the annual July 4th Parade down Scenic Highway 30-A and concluding in Seaside with even more fun! The parade begins in Seagrove Beach and travels down 30A, ending in Seaside. After the parade, stick around for the awards presentation, face painting and other fun all around this favorite SoWal beach town. It is the perfect way to kick off your Independence Day! 

Make sure to reserve your spot on the lawn for a festive concert performance at 7pm followed by an unbelievable fireworks finale over the Gulf of Mexico around 8:30pm—an annual 4th of July Seaside tradition! Make sure to grab your seat on the lawn early, as space fills up quickly for this festive event.

Off site parking and shuttles into Seaside are available on July 4th from 6AM to Midnight at the County lot in Grayton Beach at Highway 283. Free to ride. 



Red, White & Baytowne 
When: Wednesday, July 4th | 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Join Sandestin for its spectacular 4th of July Celebration. Enjoy a day of fun in the sun, then move the family over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for an evening of family activities and that lights up the sky at Red, White and Baytowne from 6-10pm. The Village of Baytowne Wharf will have a host of kids activities, including kids' crafts, face painting, and balloon sculpting. Live music will be performed by Donovan Keith & The Funky Meat from 6-9 p.m. Grab your boogie shoes and join in the fun. Keep your eyes to the sky over the lagoon for the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at 9:15 p.m. For additional details visit www.baytownewharf.com.


4th of July Concert & Fireworks at Alys Beach
When: Wednesday, July 4th | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Alys Beach Amphitheatre

Celebrate the 4th of July at Alys Beach from 6-9 pm with live music by the Celebrity Allstar Band followed by fireworks. Bring blankets, low back chairs and your favorite beverage and grab a spot on the amphitheater lawn. Food and beverage available. Free and open to the pubic. The Celebrity Allstars are a supergroup comprised of former members of Earth Wind & Fire, Eagles, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler,Mariah Carey, & Garth Brooks. Never before has an act of this collective caliber been available for the private events or corporate events market. Check out the band at: http://www.thecelebrityallstarband.com.


HarborWalk Village 4th of July 'Let Freedom Ring'
When: Wednesday, July 4th | 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: HarborWalk Village
Entertainment: WWII Vintage Airshow over the Destin Harbor @ 6:30  |  Modern Eldorados – An American Music Tribute on the Main Stage @ 7:00-9:00  |  Fireworks Show over the Destin Harbor @ 9:00  |  Just Add Fire on the Main Stage 9:15  |  Americana Music Videos on the Main Stage 9:30-Midnight

Join HarborWalk Village for their Let Freedom Ring on Wednesday, July 4th from 6:30 - 9:30pm. Wearing your most festive attire, prepare yourself for a day of fun and great drink specials at along the world famous Destin Harbor. Celebrate Americana and the heritage of the Destin Harbor all summer long every Thursday night until August 16th. The all-American celebration includes a one-of-a-kind WWII Vintage Airshow, Live On-stage Entertainment, and FIREWORKS over the Destin Harbor, followed by ‘Just Add Fire’, a unique fire spinning performance.


Star Spangled Spectacular Fireworks @ Pier Park
When: Wednesday, July 4th |  9:00pm
Where: Pier Park in Panama City Beach

Celebrate Indepe the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast. Each year there are dueling fireworks from the City (Russell-Fields) and County (MBMiller)Piers.   Pier Park is a popular place to view the fireworks show starting at 9pm. Grab a choice spot and enjoy the show! Head to the rooftop at The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House for a front row seat. Or stroll the streets for a fun night of shopping, entertainment, cocktails and dining at Pier Park located on Front Beach Road.


Can’t Make July 4th Fireworks? 
July 3 – Smoke on the Coast – Destin Commons, Destin, FL 
July 5 – Let Freedom Ring Tribute – HarborWalk Village – Destin, FL 
July 10 – Boomin’ Tuesday – Baytowne Wharf – Miramar Beach, FL 
July 11 – Okaloosa Island Pier Fireworks – Fort Walton Beach, FL


Planning to be in town? 
Let's Chat!

Monday, June 18, 2018

May Condo & Home Sales Highlights

May was another busy month for real estate along the Emerald Coast!

With so many visitors in town for Memorial Day weekend, the month of May is always a busy time for real estate agents. While here, vacationers fall in love with the area, and decide it's time to make owning paradise a reality. We love assisting people in making this move!   

In case you missed it in our blog last month, check out what the data showed from the world's largest vacation rental search engine – HomeToGo.com. Panama City Beach and Destin were ranked as the top two most popular Florida destinations for Spring Break. Panama City Beach saw over $27 million spent weekly on vacation rentals during spring break, while Destin saw over $17 million. Now is the time to invest in paradise! 


Our team had an active share in the May market, while preparing for the busy summer season when the weather and the real estate are hot! 


In May we assisted our wonderful buyers in the sales of the following properties:


Pointe of View | Unit 905

188 Marlberry Trace



We were also able to get the property sold for our sellers at:



6 Lakehsore Drive

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

The activity this year has been exciting and we're heading straight into summer. We love staying in touch to keep both our buyers and sellers prepared for the rest of the year, and beyond. This is a great time to perform some due diligence regarding purchasing property. With summer a few days away – 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 May:  




The highest priced condo sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was:  

One Water Place

Destin 

$2,700,000

3 Bed | 3.5 Bath

6,800 Square Feet  

The highest priced home sold within the areas of Okaloosa IslandDestinSandestinMiramar Beach, and 30A was:  


89 S Charles Street

30A East

$5,525,000

4 Bed | 3 Bath | 3 Half Bath 

4,789 Square Feet