Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Just Sold | St. Thomas at Silver Shells | 704 | Destin, FL

3 Bed  |  3 Bath  |  2,101 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $890,000

We just sold our listing at St. Thomas at Silver Shells! Our client decided it was time to sell after spending more time in south Florida. As the owner for over 13 years he's been able to fully enjoy the time spent here in paradise.

Residents of Texas, the thrilled new owners are fulfilling their dream of owning a beachfront getaway big enough to fit the entire family. This stunning unit will provide the perfect place for the family to make incredible memories for years to come.    

Experience luxury living within St. Thomas at Silver Shells. This non-rental Gulf front property is simply exquisite. Breathtaking Gulf views can be enjoyed through floor to ceiling glass doors leading to the large balcony from the flowing kitchen, breakfast nook, living room, and master bedroom. The second and third bedroom share a large private balcony on the north side with views of the dunes. Additional features include: semi-private elevator into the unit, granite countertops, wet bar in the living area, walk-in closets, travertine floors in foyer, kitchen and baths. A perfect paradise. 

Take a look at the various marketing methods that we used to create a cohesive brand for this stunning 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.
We featured Silver Shells amenities and the surrounding lifestyle including: Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, beverage and food service for the beach and pool, spa, fitness facility, tennis courts, basketball courts, pools, and 1,000 feet of beachfront – paradise!




Thinking of selling or buying? Give us a call!


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Just Sold | 99 Starfish Cove | Miramar Beach, FL

2 Bed  |  1 Bath  |  1,004 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $200,000


Our loyal repeat buyers have found great success with their rental property in Ariel Dunes II, but with that comes one problem. They needed a place to stay to enjoy the beach life for themselves! They love the Seascape Resort so they decided on this quiet Tennis Villa on Starfish Cove. We're so excited they've invested in a place for themselves, and we really enjoy when they come into town because this means we get to connect with them, and their friends and family who also request us to show them property. How awesome is that? 



The tennis villa is tucked away inside the renowned Seascape Golf & Beach Resort. The unit features two bedrooms, tile and wood flooring throughout, vaulted ceilings in the living area, cozy kitchen and breakfast bar, covered parking, and sweet little patio and courtyard to enjoy a morning coffee, or the sunset sky. This desirable location sits close to the private and gated entrance right off Scenic 98. If you don't feel like taking a stroll to the beach, no worries! You can take advantage of the owners parking putting you within steps of direct beach access. Paradise.

Seascape amenities and the surrounding lifestyle include an 18-hole golf course and pro shop, eight tennis courts, basketball courts, beach front restaurant: Whale's Tail, new Towne Centre full of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, 2,000 feet of beautiful deeded beachfront, and more. Paradise!




Thinking of selling or buying? Give us a call!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Just Sold | 59 Monaco Street | Miramar Beach, FL

5 Bedroom  |  4.5 Bath  |  2,769 Square Feet  | Selling Price: $775,000


Sights set on the future...

Our client, who desired to get into the high end rental market, was referred to us by his brother who has also purchased several high end rental properties from us. As a doctor who enjoys visiting Destin, our buyer has his sights set on the future. His long-term plan is to build up his real estate portfolio with the end goal of selling everything and purchasing a Gulf front home to retire in. We helped him put this savvy plan in motion with the purchase of his first vacation rental property!

Our client was kind enough to leave a review for us on Zillow – here's what he had to say: 
" Jay helped me in the purchase of a second home. He was instrumental in the buying process and made everything VERY easy. He walked me through the process step by step. He was able to anticipate hurdles and overcome them without difficulty. Overall, it was a VERY pleasant and PAINLESS experience. I would DEFINITELY recommend him to other potential clients. I will definitely be using his services again in the near future! "

This stunning coastal cottage located in the tropical community of Crescent Beach features both Gulf and lake views, four stories of breezy balconies, and updated design finishes. Natural elements, light-filled spaces, and neutral palettes give this home an effortless coastal charm, flowing throughout each space of the home. With bold granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a large pass-through bar, and plenty of workspace, the u-shaped kitchen is designed for both form and function. Each floor and every bedroom enjoys its own balcony or deck, where you can let the sea breeze wash over you. It takes only a minute to walk to the private beach access with no roads to cross in between. This 4-story home is distinguished by its generous outdoor space and coastal cozy feel. Paradise.




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



          Click here to view more Gulf view homes in Destin!          

Looking for your perfect paradise? Give us a call!


Friday, August 31, 2018

Just Sold | Seascape Garden Villa 7D | Miramar Beach, FL

2 Bed  |  2 Bath  |  1,110 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $220,000


This unit was surely loved by our wonderful sellers who owned it for several years and made many happy family memories. As former educators and realtors from Louisiana, they now enjoy the quiet mountain life in Tennessee and decided it was the right time to sell. 

The happy buyers are from Lake City, Florida and have always dreamed of having a vacation home in Seascape. Their dream just became a reality, and we hope they treasure the memories made just as much as our sellers!

This coastal villa is nestled inside the renowned Seascape Golf & Beach Resort. This unit has a flowing floor plan and all the comforts for the perfect second home or rental unit including: updated galley kitchen with new cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, laundry closet, central vac system, vaulted ceilings, and spacious balcony overlooking amazing views of the golf course, lake, and Gulf.

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.  

We featured Seascape amenities and the surrounding lifestyle including 18-hole golf course and pro shop, eight tennis courts, basketball courts, beach front restaurant: Whale's Tail, new Towne Centre full of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, 2,000 feet of beautiful deeded beachfront, and more. Paradise!




Thinking of selling or buying? Give us a call!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Just Sold | Beach Pointe | Unit 903 | Destin, FL

3 Bedroom  |  3 Bath  |  1,850 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $365,000   

Last week we assisted the sweetest little family from Ohio in the purchase of their first investment property in Destin, and they're already enjoying spending time in paradise! Their desire to find something close to the beach was met by this perfect unit at Beach Pointe in Destin.     

Our clients are sure to live the beach life in this lovely townhome. The three level floor plan lends to spacious living. Each floor has a bedroom and full bathroom providing privacy for different guests. The master suite is like an apartment of its own with a spacious seating area, sleeper sofa, and access to a private balcony with a peek-a-boo gulf view. Other amenities include a stackable washer and dryer, full-size garage, owner's closet under the stairwell, second floor balcony, and a first floor patio. Beach Pointe offers a sparkling pool and private beach access for its guests. Simply paradise.  





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Friday, August 17, 2018

Just Sold | Ariel Dunes || | Unit 604 | Miramar Beach, FL

2 Bed  |  2 bath  |  1,175 Square Feet  |  Selling Price: $330,000


We just sold our listing at Ariel Dunes II in Seascape Golf & Beach Resort! Ariel Dunes proves to be one of the most popular condos sold in Miramar Beach this year.

Located on the 6th floor of stunning Ariel Dunes II, this unit offers spectacular panoramic views. This unit is turn-key and furnished coastal cozy. Glass sliders lead from both the living area and master suite to your large private balcony to take in the views of the Gulf of Mexico and miles of coastline. The kitchen has granite counter tops, solid wood cabinetry, and a breakfast bar. You'll also find a guest suite, laundry room, and outdoor storage. A perfect paradise. 

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.
We featured Seascape amenities and the surrounding lifestyle including 4 pools totaling 24,000 square feet with seasonally heated areas, on-site restaurant: Cabana Cafe, 18-hole golf course and pro shop, eight tennis courts, basketball courts, beach front restaurant: Whale's Tail, new Towne Centre full of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, 2,000 feet of beautiful deeded beachfront, and more. Paradise!




Thinking of selling or buying? Give us a call!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 First Half | Condo & Home Market Highlights



As a whole, the state of Florida saw $65.9 billion in home and condo sales in the first half of 2018. So where did the Emerald Coast fall in all of that?

As we enter the second half of 2018, the constant narrative is this: lower inventory to choose from along our beaches and coastal communities, which is driving median prices higher in most areas. Even though inventory is lower than this period in 2017, buyers continue to decisively purchase properties, and sellers are able to draw advantages from the demand and decreased competition. 

Overall our area has seen many increases in sales for the first half of the year. Miramar Beach proves to be a favorite of both condo and home buyers seeing an increase in both home sales (+9%) and condo sales (+17%). While Destin proved to be more popular with condo sales (+25%) over home sales (-5%). Sandestin saw the greatest increase in condo sales (+30%) over the slower increase of home sales (+4%). 30A East dipped in both condo sales (-4%) and home sales (-1%). 30A West dipped in condo sales (-4%), but rose sightly in home sales (+6%). Popularly known for Gulf front condos along it's 3 mile strip, Okaloosa Island saw a dip in condo sales (-27%), as well as home sales (-16%).

Check out a few more highlights:





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


Grand Dunes

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 Highway 30A

Seagrove Beach

$10,750,000

7 Bed | 9.5 Bath

6,462 Square Feet



Our team has had an active share in the 2018 market so far. In addition to placing several properties on the market, we have also assisted our wonderful clients in the sales of 18 properties, and are continuing strong into the second half of the year.

Would you like to know more about the market in a specific area? 
Give us a call or email us and we'll get you all the info you need.

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!