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seagrove village market, seagrove beachOn Thursday, October 29 2015 after 66 years in business, the Seagrove Village Market Cafe closed its doors at their current location. Since 1949, the market has been a cornerstone landmark in Seagrove Beach, Florida.

Originally opened by local developer C. H. McGee back in 1949, the market initially served as a place for locals and visitors to get bare necessities while at the beach. At one point in the very early days, they had a gas pump and the only local pay phone. A small cafe was eventually added in the rear of the market. In 1999, the market was purchased by 30A locals, George & Ann Hartley who proceeded to develop the business into a popular eatery.

The Future of Seagrove Village Market

The land where The Village Market sits is now part

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Can you believe we just finished up the third quarter of this year? Not sure where time has gone; but it’s definitely been busy for South Walton real estate sales along the beaches of 30A. To give a sense of what’s been happening through the end of September, we'll break down some of the numbers for you.

We started with Watercolor, Florida then headed east; covering all the major neighborhoods through to Rosemary Beach. Here’s how the numbers stacked up.

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Things are Looking Up in South Walton County

It’s interesting that

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This week we wanted to highlight not only some wonderful properties currently on the market but also introduce you to a few of our agents. Michelle, Tom and Rachel are a dynamic, top performing sales team at Davis Properties. Each one brings to the table unique backgrounds and talents along with 28 years combined experience in South Walton real estate.

Their extensive knowledge, creativity and team focus to assist buyers and sellers realize their real estate goals provides a highly synergistic approach with successful outcomes for their clients. This dedicated trio are either involved in or have in-depth knowledge about all of the real estate activity that takes place in this special South Walton community of Seagrove Beach. Check out some of our

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grayton beach floridaConsidered by locals to be the real heart and soul of South Walton County, Grayton Beach is really where the scenic 30A all began. Once a sleepy little beachfront hamlet accessible through a few oft-traveled and sandy back roads, the Grayton Beach real estate is starting to shift from small and rustic beach-style bungalows to larger luxury home. Where once the sight of a single incoming vehicle was noteworthy, now the community welcomes thousands of annual vacationers to its beautiful shores.

With a motto like, “nice dogs, friendly people”, the laid-back attitude of the community is readily apparent. The narrow streets are lined with beautiful live oaks and magnolias and lightly dusted with the fine, pearly-white sand of the nearby beaches.

The

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the grove by the seaI've worked with Davis Properties over eight years and have lived in Seagrove for nearly eighteen years; during that time I've seen a lot of changes and growth take place along the Beaches of South Walton. One of Seagrove Beach's neighborhoods, in particular, remains one of my favorites because it was so well planned from the beginning and offers an inviting, welcoming sense of place.

As very early homeowners in Grove by the Sea, my husband and I ran Arbor Homes, a successful residential construction business. We built many of the homes in this highly popular Seagrove Beach development and we loved being a part of a unique and special neighborhood. I know many of the Grove by the Sea owners and continue to stay on top of what happens here on a

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Believe it or not – there’s a lot more to 30A than our gorgeous beaches! Scenic 30A and Southern Walton County is home to five award-winning Florida State Parks. You’ll find pristine beach front areas, elevated board walks over fragile dune areas, an abundance of hiking and biking trails within the park areas and it is a perfect place to enjoy the beach too! Many of the area’s parks feature our unique and rare Coastal Dune Lakes. Two of 30A’s State Parks: Topsail Hill Preserve and Grayton Beach State Park also have cabins for rent and camping facilities. 

Camp Helen State Park:

camp helen state parkThe park is located on the border of the Walton and Bay Counties in Inlet Beach; Camp Helen was once a summer retreat for employees of Avondale Mills in Alabama. The state

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Summer 2015 came and went quickly and it’s hard to believe that it's nearly a memory. Fall is just around the corner and a “primo” time to be at the beach! We have gorgeous sunsets over the gulf, milder temps, lower humidity and a slower pace to the day. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

The South Walton real estate market has been and continues to be very strong. So far this year market numbers are indicating spring and summer was a very active selling season for real estate in South Walton and Scenic 30A! Davis Properties' year-to-date sales are rapidly approaching $70 million and counting—not too shabby for a small, but dedicated, nine-member sales team! Property values along Scenic 30A and the general area have been consistently

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Sometimes buyers choose to rent first, allowing them the option to get to know the area better before buying a permanent home. Long-term rentals in the 30A area of South Walton County are in high demand, difficult to find and usually don’t stay on the market very long. You or someone you know may be looking for a property to rent in South Walton, and if you’ve spent any time at all in your search, you know it can be a bit of a challenge.

While the Davis Properties team focuses their efforts on home, condo and lot sales, we also want to make sure we can help with anyone’s local 30A real estate needs in whatever capacity we can. Because we frequently receive inquiries about rental properties; we decided to put together a resource list to assist in

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Maybe you’ve just purchased your 30A dream home or maybe you’re still looking for that perfect South Walton place to call your own! Does the yard around it need help or perhaps a total “make-over” but you’re not sure where to start? This week we met with one of our favorite local landscape experts; Jen Jones, owner of Nature of the Beach who maintains a beautiful butterfly garden on the Davis Properties of Northwest Florida office grounds. Jen shared some of her advice and insight on how to approach a plan for gardening and best landscape choices here along our Northwest Florida Beaches. 

Jen Jones – Nature of the Beach, LLC

jen jon, nature of the beach llc“When it comes to choosing what plants, shrubs or trees to select for use around your South Walton beach home, the best

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Generations of families have created memories, traditions and fun along the beaches of Scenic 30A but it hasn’t always been the ultra-vibrant, buzzing area that most know today. In the early 80’s the coastline was sparsely developed. Shops and restaurants who catered to visitors during busy spring and summer vacation months would “shutter” their businesses and close from Labor Day until the beginning of March. There weren’t enough visitors who knew about or were coming to South Walton to support employment and a year round economy during that time. 

Neighborhood town centers infuse small town energy at the beach

In 1982 Seaside Florida founder, Robert Davis broke ground on what would become a model for development projects locally, nationally and

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