Are you considering buying a home at Regatta Bay or Kelly Plantation in Destin and are wanting a comparison? This is the classic comparison of apples and oranges. Both are lovely lushly landscaped premier residential communities that are just a short distance away from each other bordering the Choctawhatchee Bay. Each one has its own golf course and are equidistant to Destin Commons, area grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and the beach. The choice is just a matter of personal taste.
Regatta Bay is centered on an 18 hole championship golf course that was designed by Robert C. Walker, the former lead architect of renowned Arnold Palmer. Quite a few of these exceptional homes face the beautiful bay while others are located on the many ponds and landscaped lakes that decorate the terrain. Architectural styles range from classic Mediterranean to contemporary. The golf course contains 6,894 yards of play with a par of 72. The Regatta Golf Club has received numerous accolades including being named one of Golf Digest's “Top Places to Play in North America”, “Number One Favorite Golf Course in Northwest Florida” by Florida Golf News Magazine and “Best of the Emerald Coast” by EC Magazine. The gorgeous mission tiled club house sits on one of the lakes with a full service bar and restaurant. Golfers are pampered here with circulating beverage carts offering complimentary chilled apples and mango scented chilled towels on hot days. There are currently eighteen homes for sale listed from $442,000 to $1,995,000.
Kelly Plantation is just west of Destin Commons. This gated residential community was named after one of the original land barons of Destin who used this parcel for timber. Kelly Plantation includes Mediterranean, contemporary, colonial and of course antebellum styled homes. Double fountains at the main gate provide an exquisite entrance along with a beautiful boulevard lined with magnolias. The expansive property encompasses 900 acres that is divided into nine distinct neighborhoods comprising of single family homes. Kelly Plantation also features three high-rise luxury residential towers called Water Place that are located on the bay. They are one of the first things you see when you cross into Destin on the Mid Bay Toll Bridge. Most of the property is forested along with pristine marshlands, parks and trails. A peninsula juts out towards the north bordering Jones Bayou and quite a few of the giant estate sized bay front homes have docks for their boats. There are about a dozen inland lagoons and lakes throughout Kelly Plantation providing a lush watery setting for the homes that border them. They’re centered on an 18 hole championship golf course designed by Fred Couples, which boasts over 7,000 yards of play beside the bay shoreline and several inland lakes, one of which is over seven acres in size. Golf Magazine named the Kelly Plantation Golf Club course as “one of the Emerald Coast's best groomed and most acclaimed layouts.” The columned antebellum styled club house serves lunches daily and is available for wedding receptions and other special events. It features a swimming pool and five lighted tennis courts. There are 41 properties listed for sale between $539,000 to $3,995,000.