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There’s still plenty of fun to squeeze out of summer! And if you’re looking for something different, why not explore the surrounding areas off the sandy, beaten path of 30A? Here are a few hidden gems you just may not know about:  

Defuniak Springs

The Main Street movement is hitting full force in the vibrant, small town of Defuniak Springs, about 30 miles north of 30A. There’s plenty to see and do:

  •         Weekend Farmers Market
  •         Music On Main
  •         Food Truck Friday (second Friday)
  •         Chautauqua Winery  

On The Bay at Hwy 331

North Beach Social is serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner right on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. Enjoy Paella night and live music; or take time for a leisurely…

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On this day last year, we shared the Top 30A Beach Towns that were the most popular with Buyers. One year later we decided to look at what the trends show now. 

Drum roll please . . .

Coming in at first place again!

#1 Seagrove Beach

We think Seagrove Beach stays at the top of the list for a few reasons:

  • Diversity of selection among homes and condos -- from upscale, luxury, and modern to elegant, Old Florida and beach bungalow-style.
  • Seagrove is largely comprised of several small pockets of neighborhoods, many of which allow owners more freedom with design and fewer community restrictions.
  • Plenty of ways to get to the beach, with 22 neighborhood access points, one regional access at Santa Clara, and another regional access is…
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The median sales price for homes along 30A rose 21.5% in June, signaling that the market is still hot for sellers, even though sales are declining, and inventory significantly jumped compared to last year.

Median sales prices for a home are $1,525,000, compared to $1,255,000 this time last year. In a previous couple of months, inventory was up; by 30% in May and 39% in June.

Why are some sellers reducing their listing price?

We've grown accustomed to homes selling as quickly as they hit the market. For example, median-priced homes last on average just 23 days on the market. While the pace is still at record levels, how quickly a home sells largely depends on how well-priced a property is when it hits the market. 

Price reductions along 30A…

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Scenic 30A and South Walton are packed with an assortment of activities that are sure to please outdoorsy types, foodies, and curious wanderers of all ages.

We’ve put together some of our favorites to share with you, from coffee houses and locally crafted beer to outdoor adventures, and best spas.


Best Kids Activities & Attractions:

  • 30A Sea Life Discovery Center
  • Learn To Surf
  • The Big Chill
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • Camp Watercolor

Best Fishing Charter:

  • Reel 30A
  • Florida Boy Adventures
  • Santa Rosa Charters

Best Outdoor Adventure Company:

  • YOLO Board
  • Adventure 30A
  • BOTE Grayton

 Best Coffee Houses:

  • Black Bear Bread Company (We also highly recommend dinner at the Grayton…
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As we reported last week, there are signs that the real estate market along 30A is cooling. Some of the big questions for the remainder of the year are, will mortgage rates keep going up? Are residential prices continuing to climb - or are they going to go down soon? 

Locally, existing home sales have dropped significantly over the last 6 months compared to last year. But inventory still has some catching up to do to keep up with the demand in our area. It's been reported nationally that inventory has risen as much as 25% during April and May, but available properties along 30A are still declining compared to this same time last year. Seasonality trends conclude that sales will drop further in the fall and winter months, but it's too soon to tell if a…

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There's plenty to do on 30A this weekend! We've got the line-up on where you can catch the fireworks on 30A:

Grayton Beach 4th of July Parade         8 a.m. Starting at The Red Bar

Come join the fun at Grayton Beach’s cool and wonderful annual 4th of July parade. At 8:00 AM, people start to line up on Holtz Avenue next to The Red Bar. The parade starts at 8:30 AM. Deck out your cars, jeeps, boats, bikes, scooters, and other vehicles. There’s no need to sign up, and everyone is welcome! After the parade, you can get watermelon and lemonade at Grayton Coast Properties, 30A Dive Shop, or the Grayton Beach Surf Club.

  • Address: 70 Hotz Ave, Grayton Beach, FL 32459

Watercolor Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the red, white, and…

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Grayton Beach, FL
- Earlier this week, nine new sculptures were added to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla.

The 2022 installation includes the following pieces of sculpture (in order from left to right): The Seed and The Sea by Davide Galbiati (Valreas, France), Common Chord by Vince Tatum (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Pirate Shipwreck by Sean Coffey (Pittsburgh, PA), Arc of Nexus by Tina Piracci (Richmond, CA), We All Live Here by Marisol Rendón (San Diego, CA), New Homes by Janetta Napp (Honolulu, HI), Bloom Baby Bloom by Brit Deslonde (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Fibonacci Conchousness by Anthony Heinz May (Eugene, OR), Currents and Tafoni by Joe…

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While sales prices on 30A have risen as much as 35% year-to-date, the number of sales has dropped by as much as 28% year-to-date. It would appear our market has finally turned a corner, which in no way means disaster is waiting around that corner. We all recognized the housing frenzy brought on by the pandemic would eventually fade. And thanks, in part, to new lending regulations, our market and that of the nation are in far better health today than what precipitated the crash in 2008.

A few key factors impacting our market locally:

  • Available inventory is still at record lows
  • Prices continue to rise
  • Mortgage rates surged from 3% to 6% within just a week

Several national headlines are reporting record-setting price reductions…

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Ever heard the phrase absorption rate in real estate? Put simply, the absorption rate is a measure of supply and demand. By taking the number of properties sold in a month and dividing it by the number of properties for sale, we can gauge how long it might take to sell ALL available properties on the market.

Along Scenic 30A, the current estimate to sell all available properties is just 2.08 months compared to just 1.04 months this same time last year. Could this be a sign that sales are starting to slow down?

This week we looked at available inventory a bit differently for a fresh perspective on where our market is headed. We normally report on the number of new listings entering the market, but what about the other active listings, the ones…

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Did you know there are more than 50 beach, bay, and lake access points in South Walton? The types of access vary from Regional Beach Access (including parking, restrooms and showers, and ADA-compliant boardwalks) to Neighborhood Beach Access (for walk-up traffic access), and Bay & Lake access with boat ramps and restrooms. Currently, there are 9 Regional Beach Access points ----with one more coming soon, just south of Cafe Thirty-A---- and 43 Neighborhood Beach Access points scattered all along 30A. To view all current beach, bay & lake access locations, go to visitsouthwalton.com 


Coming soon to Gulf Place is a large parking area with transportation facilities, similar to what is planned at Grayton Beach. Seaside is already offering their guests…

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