Destin & South Walton Real Estate Blog

If you want a permanent inroad to your favorite place to visit, purchasing a vacation home can be extraordinarily rewarding. And you’re far from alone: 21% of all residential transactions in 2014 were for vacation homes, according to the National Association of Realtors. But it’s a huge investment, and not one to be made with any less diligence than any other home purchase. Before signing the paperwork, do ample research into the local area and what owning a second property could mean for you even while you’re at your full-time home.

Vacation Home Taxes

Taxes: Even if you’re only in your vacation home for a portion of the year, you still have to pay a full year’s worth of property taxes, so it’s important that you’re familiar with the tax code. Some tourism-heavy areas

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This beautiful waterfront home has serious “Wow Factor” with all the architectural charm of a place you might see in the French Quarter of New Orleans but located here in Northwest Florida, right on the bay in Santa Rosa Beach. A pillared entry driveway meanders through the forested grounds providing a wide circular return at the formal courtyard that leads to the front door. The expansive grounds spread across over an acre of bayfront property.

New Orleans Style Bay Front Home

A charming courtyard bids you a hospitable welcome into a serene world complete with a splashing fountain and formal garden. A columned veranda spans the entryway while open balconies flank the courtyard from wings of the house on each side. This hospitable home located at 389 Driftwood Point Road encompasses

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Ocean Reef Realty has just listed three affordable furnished vacation rental properties that are turnkey ready to use for lucrative investment income in Destin and Miramar Beach. Our sister division Ocean Reef Resorts professionally manages these vacation rentals for property owners who rent them out for passive income and also occasionally vacation there themselves. They are meticulously maintained as popular vacation destinations along Scenic Highway 98 in Destin and beside Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. These properties are located specifically at Ariel Dunes II, Crystal Sands and the Beach Resort.

Ariel Dunes Condo for Sale

Ariel Dunes II 604 is a luxurious condominium with two bedrooms that is comfortably furnished with upscale tasteful casual décor and has the

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One of the teachings of Zen meditation is a total state of focus that incorporates togetherness of body and mind, which includes the art of Feng Schui, a design that incorporates balance, harmony and relaxation.

Grayton Beach Zen Home

This unique 2,634 square foot home encompasses three bedrooms in Grayton Beach and represents the lovely physical manifestation of this ideal and seamlessly blends harmonious relaxing space with the beautiful balance of nature.  Renowned architect Russell Johnson who created a thoughtful distinctive harmonious habitat that is accented by walls of windows designed 52 Banfill Street, multiple skylights and soaring naturally beamed cathedral ceilings. This brings the outdoors inside for a sense of sunny openness and natural harmony.


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The remarkable architecture found in prestigious Alys Beach along South Walton’s Scenic 30A has inspired the design of a sensational water front home on the bay that borders the extensive Point Washington State Forest. The Dutch Indies Colonial design mirrors what’s found at Alys Beach with bright white stucco walls, soaring stepped roofing eaves, square arched portals and thick concrete shingles. However the location of this stately home offered for sale is at the exclusively gated bay front residential community known as The Estuary in Santa Rosa Beach. The privileged private forested setting on Choctawhatchee Bay includes towering pine trees, magnificent Magnolias and ancient Live Oaks.

169 Ansley Forest

This awe inspiring 5,393 square foot home encompasses five

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This wonderful three-bedroom beach vacation home at 266 Open Gulf Street has a splendid location in an established residential neighborhood that borders the sugary shoreline in the heart of Miramar Beach. Although it is tucked away in a private little world of its own, this beach house is a popular destination for visiting guests. In fact it grossed nearly $30,000 in 2016 on a rental program through our sister division Ocean Reef Resorts with the potential to do considerably more. This beach home comes completely furnished and is ready for guests.

266 Open Gulf Street View

The private beach access is just steps away and the glistening gulf, which may be seen from the upper level balcony off the Master Bedroom Suite.  The parchment toned tile flooring is low maintenance, the

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Costa Blanca is a new exclusive enclave perched upon a sugary dune overlooking the gulf with a prime location directly across from the Gulf Place town center in Santa Rosa Beach. 

Costa Blanca Santa Rosa Beach

It is due for completion by Autumn of 2017. These 14 luxurious condominiums have almost completely sold out due to their pristine beachfront location, prestigious exclusivity, abundant amenities and the masterful craftsmanship underway on the building. Each unit includes oversized gulf front balconies with clear partitions that look out upon the 200 linear feet of the private shimmering crystal beach and the glittering jewel toned waters that extend far into the horizon.

Costa Blanca Condos

Walls of windows look out upon the sensational scenery from spacious quarters that are

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Now's your chance to live "happily ever after" at this unique four-bedroom property for sale that encompasses 4,087 square feet of rustic Tuscan splendor! It is prominently perched overlooking the 12th fairway of the Raven Golf Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach. The panoramic views here are phenomenal since they include the lush lawn fairway and a forested lagoon that provides enchanting scenery. The privileged world of Sandestin is a 2,400 acre gated world that spans across from the glowing emerald hued gulf to the wide expanses of Choctawhatchee Bay. Sandestin is an exclusively gated perfect, wonderful, beautiful world away from everything else. It includes four multiple award winning championship golf courses, a Tennis Club, a

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Ocean Reef has just listed two outstanding fully furnished six-bedroom vacation homes for sale that are close to the beautiful white sand beach. Both are located on Open Gulf Street just an arrow’s shot away from the luminescent waters of the glowing gulf. The striking beach is close by at this awesome location near Scenic Gulf Drive, which is highly sought after among vacationers since it is in the heart of Miramar Beach. This is minutes away from popular gulf front restaurants, championship golf courses, grocery stores, pharmacies, wine outlets and bargain shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets. It is also conveniently close to restaurants, lively bars, seasonal festivities, concerts and abundant amusements at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin.

Shell Shack Miramar Beach


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Ronnie LaMarque is an automotive dealership mogul who is well known in Louisiana due to his passionate theatrical support of the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers. He was also the owner of Risen Star an award-winning racehorse who was the colt son of Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. LaMarque’s primary home is in his native New Orleans but his magnificent luxurious gulf front penthouse is located in South Walton’s Blue Mountain Beach and is listed for sale. Rarely do such properties become available at the prestigious highly sought after, gated residential community of Bella Vita, (aka “Beautiful Life”). This exclusive enclave consists of only 48 regal residences on six acres of lushly landscaped grounds that is prominently perched on one of the

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