Month: March 2016

30A Wine – New Release

30A recently launched their very own wine.  You can find both the chardonnay and red blend at our local stores and on 30awine.com.  Learn all about it by listening to the interview on 30A Radio:

Rainy Days on 30A: Grayton Beer Taproom

Rainy days at the beach are the last thing vacationers want after waiting all year long for a break from the real world, unless you need a day to escape the sun.  Playing board games, working on a puzzle, reading books, or watching movies in a rental house or condo can only last  for so long.  Several rainy days in a row at the beach can be tough.

Some people use rainy days to go shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall or bowling at Uncle Bucks next to the Bass Pro Shop in Destin.  You can also go to the Dave & Busters in Pier Park or the Grand Boulevard movie theater.   You can always contact me to find your own 30A beach home or income producing property.

My family’s favorite thing to do on rainy days is to visit the Grayton Beer Company Taproom, which is only open from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday and Friday and from 12pm to 6pm on Saturdays.  The taproom is a large open warehouse, where food is served along with freshly brewed beer.  Live music is played on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm.  Dart boards and corn hole are also available as you enjoy your different options of Grayton Beer.  This past Saturday, our two year old girl had a great time dancing to the live music and playing cornhole, while we chatted with locals and visitors from out of town.

Leave a comment below letting me know what you and your family like to do on rainy days at the beach?

WATERSOUND BEACH: NEW LISTING & OPEN HOUSE

71 South Watch Tower Lane: Watersound

71 S Watch Tower Lane

5 bedrooms
5.5 bathrooms
3,520 Square Feet
Sold Furnished With a Few Exceptions
Adjacent Boardwalk Leads to the Gulf
Views of the Gulf From the Tower

Perfectly situated on a corner lot, and so close to the beach and the pool in fabulous Watersound Beach! This home lives large and is flooded with LIGHT! 5 bedrooms and 5 and 1/2 baths, and two living areas make this the PERFECT home for a large family. 4 bedrooms feature private baths. First floor living, and a large bedroom on the first floor add extra convenience and livability! Multiple porches add to outdoor living, and space to enjoy the sounds and breezes of the gulf ! The master bedroom has its own private porch, and his and hers walk in closets. Multiple storage areas on each floor, are a plus too! This home has been well maintained and has never been on the rental program.

Contact me to learn more or click here.

OPEN HOUSE 
Sunday, March 20th, from 11AM to 4PM

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Old Seagrove Home, Lot & Condo Sales: March 2016

Homes in Old Seagrove

Seagrove Beachfront HomesAs subdivisions are being built farther and farther from the beach, areas such as Old Seagrove have become very popular, and the rental potential has increased as well. One of the advantages of Old Seagrove is the ability to walk to Seaside, Watercolor, the Gulf and being able to drive to 395 without having to wait in the traffic on 30a. Currently, there are ten (10) homes available for sale in Old Seagrove ranging from $728,500 to $3,250,000. There are five (5) pending home sales in Old Seagrove with a list price of $599,000 to $2,528,000; Note that the actual contract sales price is not recorded until the property closes. Seven (7) homes have sold in Old Seagrove in the last 6 months ranging between $465,000 to $770,000.

Homesites in Old SeagroveSeagrove Beach View

As you walk through the gravel roads of Old Seagrove, you will see many new homes being built. Currently, there are seven (7) homesites available in Old Seagrove ranging from $399,000 to $865,000. A total of six (6) homesites have sold over the past 6 months ranging from $179,000 to $549,000.

Condos in Old Seagrove

Seagrove Beach ViewThere is currently one (1) preconstruction condo available for sale in Old Seagrove listed at $2,395,000. There are four (4) pending condo sales in Old Seagrove with a list price of $1,995,000 to $2,925,000. These units are roughly 3,000 square feet and contain 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. These condos will be constructed above the Seagrove V restaurant at the corner of 30A and 395.

I would be happy to provide you with any further property sales information you need in Old Seagrove.  Each month similar articles will be posted containing sales information for other neighborhoods along Florida’s County Highway 30A.   Please message me below or contact me if you want any more sales information and I will promptly provide it to you.

30A History Book

The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera

Finding the perfect beach read is essential to a great South Walton beach vacation.  This book is for you! The Rise and Decline of the Redneck Riviera explains the history of the emerald coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City starting in the late 1800’s until the BP oil spill in 2010.  The author, Harvey Jackson, is a neighbor of mine in Old Seagrove. He is a wonderful story teller.  The book is interesting and entertaining.

Some of the highlights that I enjoyed learning about in the book are:

30A History Book

Emerald Coast History Book

  • The development of 30A
  • The Butler General Store, now known as the Red Bar
  • C.H. McGee, the original developer of Seagrove
  • The deal between Florida and Alabama for the Perdido Key Bridge
  • How this area gained popularity after WWII
  • Development of Highway 331 and Highway 98

If you are looking for a good Spring or Summer read, add this book to your list.  You can pick up a copy in Seaside at Sundog Books or on Amazon.

Watercolor Home, Lot & Condo Sales: Feb 2016

Watercolor HomesHOMES IN WATERCOLOR

As the construction continues to be strong along Florida’s County Highway 30A, Watercolor remains as one of the hottest neighborhoods. Currently, there are 75 homes available for sale in Watercolor ranging from $749,000 to $6,495,000. There are 8 pending home sales in Watercolor starting from $839,000 to $1,599,000; Note that the actual contract sales price is not recorded until the property closes. 43 homes have sold in Watercolor in the last 6 months ranging between $710,000 to $3,600,000.

 

Watercolor HomesitesHOMESITES IN WATERCOLOR

While you walk through the neighborhood of Watercolor, you will still see many new homes being built in all four phases. Currently, there are 11 homesites available in Watercolor ranging from $439,000 to $1,295,000. A couple of these lots have approved construction plans available. There is 1 pending homesite sale in Watercolor at $665,000. A total of 4 homesites have sold over the past 6 months starting from $407,000 to $1,690,000.

 

Watercolor CondosCONDOS IN WATERCOLOR

The Watercolor condos are located near the beach club and right in the heart of the town center with great restaurants and shops. There are currently 2 condos available for sale in Watercolor ranging from $899,000 to $925,000. There is 1 pending condo sale in Watercolor at $1,149,000. A total of 6 condos have sold over the past 6 months ranging from $635,000 to $2,500,000.

 

I would be happy to provide you with any further property sales information you need in Watercolor.  Each month similar articles will be posted containing sales information for other neighborhoods along Florida’s County Highway 30A.   Please message me below if you want any more sales information and I will promptly provide it to you.

30A Happy Hours

Old Seagrove Happy Hours

723 WHISKEY BRAVO:30A Happy Hours
Happy Hour 5pm-6pm Weekdays only
$5 mixed drinks & wine, $2 off beers

COWGIRL KITCHEN:
Grumpy Hour 8am-9am
$1 off bloody marys & mimosas
2 for 1 draft beers

SEAGROVE MARKET: Temporarily closed (relocating)
SEAGROVE V: Temporarily closed for construction


Seaside Happy Hours

GREAT SOUTHERN:30A Happy Hours: Great Southern
Happy Hour 4pm-6pm
$1 off beers, 1/2 off wine and liquor drinks

45 CENTRAL:
Happy Hour 4pm-6pm
1/2 off wine

MODICA MARKET:
Craft beers, $1 off on Friday afternoons
Live music on Fridays from 4pm-6pm


Water Color Happy Hours 

WINE WORLD:30A Happy Hours: Red Bar
Happy Hour 11am-6pm
Carafe (12 oz of wine) for the price of a glass

 

 

Happy Hours in other neighborhoods along Florida’s County Highway 30A will be added to this list in future posts.  Leave a comment below if there are other neighborhood happy hours you are interested in.

30A App

If you are a full-time resident or vacationing along Highway 30A, there is an app you must have. It is the 30A App (link) which can be downloaded on an iPhone or Android phone. Three reasons why I love this app are:

30A App: Seaside Florida Gulf Beach Flag

Seaside Florida Beach Flag

Beach Flag Status and Live Beach Cams: For those of us who are not fortunate enough to live on the gulf or have a view of it, the Beach Flag Status and Live Beach Cams are a great thing to view before you make the walk, bike ride, or drive to the beach. There have been a few times I have walked to the beach with my two young children, and the double red flags are up, so we walk back home as my kids are disappointed. I now check this app every time before heading to the beach.

30A App: 30a Songwriters Festival

30a Songwriters Festival

Events: As you know, there are many events taking place at all times along 30A. When my wife and I are discussing what to do that evening or next weekend when we have friends in town, this app is a great resource to make a plan. The app shows local events as far as two weeks out, and gives you a daily schedule showing what events are taking place from the East end of Destin to Rosemary Beach.

30A Radio: If you are already at the beach or dreaming of being there, 30A Radio is for you. Their streaming music will put you in a great mood. We enjoy listening to 30A radio at the beach and even at home during the afternoons and evenings.

If you live along 30A or are visiting the emerald coast for a week during the Summer, give the 30A app a try.  Let me know your thoughts about this app below.

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