Destin & South Walton Real Estate Blog

Soaring into the air above Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach are two majestic towers appropriately named Ariel Dunes. Each tower is capped with porticoes that resemble Greek temples and are up lighted at night ro creates a spectacular look. The location of these luxurious, twenty-four story high-rise buildings in the heart of Miramar Beach gives easy access to popular beach side restaurants, world class shopping and family amusements at the nearby Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin.

Ariel Dunes Condos for Sale
Both Ariel Dunes I and Ariel Dunes II are only 200 yards from the iridescent waters of the gorgeous gulf that stretch across a 2,000 linear foot white ribbon of beach with sparkling crystal quartz sand. There are five massive swimming pools on the property offering an

One of the most opulent architectural condominium masterpieces in Destin are the soaring twin towers of The Emerald Grande. Completed in 2007, this condominium doubles as a hotel with luxurious accommodations comprised of three and four bedroom rental units.  Its landmark location overlooking the bridge that serves as a gateway to Destin on Highway 98 is situated on the harbor with views of the giant private charter fishing fleet and the pristine National Seashore, which extends five miles towards the west along Okaloosa Island. This is nestled between the huge expanse of Choctawhatchee Bay near Crab Island as well as the glistening Gulf of Mexico whose jewel toned waters extend all the way to the southern horizon. The Emerald Grande was deliberately

In the age of the Internet some people interested in purchasing and selling real estate in may feel they can do it on their own to save money and get the price they desire. However, in numerous national surveys it has been found that most that decide to do so regret the decision due to the complexities of the real estate market. Sellers often do not get a decent price or become embroiled in problems, toil, sweat and sometimes even tears due to mistakes made that may even result in lengthy court battles or lawsuits. Buyers who are unaware of information that should be available to them often do not have access to complete information that they are entitled to receive which can cause financial loss. 

It is common sense for buyers to utilize the

Ocean Reef Real Estate is pleased to offer an affordable condo for sale in Miramar Beach. It is located at Emerald Waters, an exclusive mid-rise modern enclave that contains a total of thirty-six condominium units positioned on the corner of Scenic Gulf Drive and Holiday Road, right across the street from the emerald waters of the gulf, hence the name. These units were constructed in 2002 with open floor plans that include the living and dining area as well as a kitchen with granite counter topped Breakfast Bars. The open area is accessible to a private balcony on the top floors of this four story structure. However units on the first floor have convenient patios instead since many of them are pool side. The entire building looks out upon the common area

Villa Lago is Sandestin's newest neighborhood and was first introduced in 2005. The 114 acre site is centered right in the middle of the prestigious Sandestin Golf, Tennis and Beach Resort, which straddles 2,400 acres of lushly landscaped land between the gorgeous gulf and Choctawhatchee Bay. The charming designs are all rustic Mediterranean styles that look like something you might see along the coast in places like Tuscany. Pastel colored stucco walls, wrought iron balconies and terracotta roofs create this old world effect. The interiors are all completed with modern 21st century amenities which include granite counter tops, state of the art kitchens, garden tubs with separate showers and large open family rooms. The Villa Lago location places it

Many Northwest Florida property buyers are attracted to prestigious gated communities in Destin and Miramar Beach. These exclusive beautiful neighborhoods are not only gated, they also have guards that wave a warm welcome to owners who arrive while visitors are stopped before entry passes are issued. Running geographically east to west, they include Sandestin, Emerald Bay, Regatta Bay and Kelly Plantation.



Sandestin in Miramar Beach is the most established having started development as a premier resort community back in the 1970s. This gated community includes 2,400 lushly landscaped acres nestled between the jewel toned Gulf of Mexicoa and the Choctawhatchee Bay. Over thirty different “neighborhoods” have their own styles of architecture and ambiance.

A majority of tourists arrive to Destin and the Emerald Coast for the first time and immediately fall in love with the dazzling sugar white sand beaches and glistening jewel toned waters of the gulf. Paradise is found! The exhilaration of such a discovery brings serene happiness with a desire to return again and again. Some visitors are so excited that they start looking for real estate almost immediately. For others who make Destin their favorite vacation spot, a few years may pass until they decide to own a piece of paradise as property owners instead of renters, often seeing a raise in purchase price. The question many potential buyers encounter is whether or not it's worth the cost of ownership. The answer is YES, as long as you use it yourself for

Our sales consultants at Ocean Reef Real Estate are pleased to offer a bountiful array of distinctive properties available for sale along Scenic 30A, one of the nation's most beautiful highways. This sensational two lane road meanders along the shores of Northwest Florida, hugging the forested Gulf of Mexico coastline with breathtaking views of sugar white sands and jewel toned waters. The far western gateway of this stunning drive is Santa Rosa Beach. Perched high upon the dunes above the gorgeous gulf below sits the beach side town center of Santa Rosa Beach, known as Gulf Place. Although Gulf Place itself is relatively new, the town of Santa Rosa Beach is not. It was named after the historic Santa Rosa timber plantation that was settled and established

Ocean Reef Realty is pleased to offer a beachfront condo for sale on the beautiful shores of Blue Mountain Beach. This luxurious four bedroom property is condo 304 in the A building at Adagio. Adagio is a charming community located in South Walton off Scenic Highway 30A. Here sand dunes along the beach rise up twenty-five feet and the forested hills nearby go up to over seventy feet tall,  making Blue Mountain Beach the highest elevation on the Gulf of Mexico.  In the 1500s Spanish explorers mapped the coast from miles off shore noticing “blue mountains” bordering the beach. What they were actually seeing were tall hills and dunes which were covered with abundant Blue Lupine flowers. They mapped it as “Blue Mountain Beach” which is where it got its name.

Emerald Lakes is a friendly residential real estate community with a centralized location between Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida. Exclusively gated with twenty-four hour security, this Destin neighborhood consists of single family homes ranging in size from 2,000 to 3,000 square feet.  Currently homes for sale in Emerald Lakes are priced between $259,000 to $439,900. As soon as you pass the guarded entrance and cruise up the main drive you will notice two narrow lakes with one on each side. There are a total of seven “emerald lakes” throughout the property which are lushly landscaped on the shores with tropical plantings, palms and indigenous long needled pine trees. Many are accented by lovely fountains. A number of homes in Emerald Lakes have lavish