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Watersound Origins

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mountainfilm on tour and this year's local event is scheduled to be held on November 6 & 7. Local hosts and event sponsors at Watercolor have added two new twists for this year's attendees of the ever popular 30A Fall event. 

In order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to safely see their extraordinary line-up of feature films, the festival is slated to be relocated to the Watersound Origins community.  By moving Mountainfilm on Tour, the event  attendees will experience an old fashioned drive-in style event this year.   Additional  online virtual viewing options which are being offered free of charge have also been added for those who prefer not to attend public events at this time.

Drive-In…

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30A at Western Lake Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)  is currently working on the design and plans for the replacement of the existing bridge on Hwy 30A located immediately west of Watercolor  that goes over Western Lake. The project is scheduled to begin in the Fall 2023 and is estimated to take approximately 16 months for completion.

According to the announcement from FDOT both lanes of Hwy 30A and the shared pedestrian/bicycle path will remain open throughout the duration of construction.  Planned improvements include new guardrail, new approaches to the bridge and minor drainage improvements. 

The new two lane bridge is slated to provide twelve-foot wide vehicular travel lanes in both east and west travel directions along with an eight-foot…

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House

You’ve accepted an offer on your property and most likely, one of the buyer's terms will be a the opportunity to have a professional home inspection done. It is helpful to this phase of the process to understand exactly what a Professional Home Inspector’s role is; what they cannot do and what items they look at during the inspection. At the end of the article, we've also included a helpful Pre-Inspection Preparation Check List to assist you in being proactive and well prepared on inspection day.

WHAT AN INSPECTOR DOES?

The property inspector’s role in the sales transaction is to provide a, visual inspection of the components a property that they can see or access easily.

The items they check for include HVAC (heating and air condition…

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The newest ReSeagrove Beach Regional Beach Accesss Locationgional Beach Access to Seagrove Beach will be located across the street from Café Thirty-A. This project is still in the design and permitting phase and as of this date is 85% complete. The next phase will be construction of the new access with an estimated eight to ten months to finish. The current target time for completion would be that that new beach access will be ready for use by Fall 2021.

 

The Walton Dunes Regional Beach Access, which is located on Beachfront Trail, is currently in the permitting and design phase. Conceptual design plans for the project were approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners earlier this year. As currently planned, this regional beach access will have approximately16 parallel parking…

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The real estate market in South Walton and along 30A is extremely active right now. And, well priced properties that are in “sale ready” condition typically go under contract and are selling more quickly than previous recent years. A recent market study we did revealed that:

  • 41%    of the homes that sold this year, went under contract and closed in 45 days or less.
  • 35%    more properties have sold year to date as compared to the same time last year.
  • 20%    average sales prices increase over  2019  year-to-date sales.

What can you do ahead of time to help insure a smooth sales process?

30A Home ValuationThe 30A market has shifted significantly this year so it's important to find out what comparable properties near you have recently sold in order to…

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Are We Just Feeling Busy Or is the Market in an Up-Swing?

Last week we took a look at how the 30A real estate market is doing with Single Family Home activity. This week we dive into to the 30A Condo market and again want to see if data and numbers reflect if how we are feeling about the market matches what is actually happening.    

Here is what we found for condo activity the week of August 17th – 24th in South Walton Florida!

As we did last week and more importantly to provide a more accurate picture into what is happening here at the beach with Condo sales, we reviewed Year-to- Date activity VS 2019 Year-to-Date activity. The graph below again this week seems to validate not only what we are feeling it confirms the reality of what is…

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An Insider’s Peek Into The Current 30A Real Estate Market

We know it feels busy in our market right now with a definite increase in buyer interest and more home showings,  But simply “feeling” busy does not give us a true picture of the reality of our real estate market along 30A. So, we took a look back at last week’s activity to see what took place to see if how we are feeling about the market matches what is actually happening.    

We only looked at Single Family homes, located along 30A’s Scenic Highway + Watersound Origins and here is a glimpse into what took place in the local market during the week of August 12th – 18tr in South Walton Florida!

 

30A Home Activity Aug 12 - 18 - 2020

To give a more accurate picture into what is happening here at the beach we also…

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The Lodge 30A

 

 

PROJECT UPDATE:  11-16-2020. Since our original post, groundbreaking has taken place, the property has been cleared and and initial construction site preparations are now  currently underway.   We will keep you updated on future progress at the site.  

       

 

 

Short term lodging along the coastal road, affectionately referred to as “30A” in South Walton Florida has been limited primarily to homes and condos for vacation options. With a few exceptions, travelers seeking nightly lodging accommodations along the beaches of 30A have been confined to staying in neighboring communities of Miramar Beach, Destin, or Panama City Beach.

That will be changing in the near future.  Recently the St. Joe Company announced a…

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We are in the “dog days of summer” when things usually begin to slow down here at the beach. Visitors and families are traditionally returning to their homes to gear up for a new school year. Typically! But we all know – 2020 has been anything but typical! The same has been true of property interest all along South Walton and for our 30A communities in particular. What is traditionally a slowing market this time of year is anything but typical.  As a matter of fact, preliminary indicators are pointing toward a record sales year for many neighborhoods and communities here. 

The 2020 Spring and Summer seasons  have been some of the busiest for the South Walton real estate market activity that we have seen in many years. What is the cause for this spike…

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30A Beach Condo

It’s an exciting time – your dream of owning a home or condo along the Beaches of South Walton has finally come true. Perhaps you've decided to set up your new property as a vacation rental to generate income when you're not enjoying the use of it. 

It can be a fun process to turn your home into a 30A beach vacation rental that is welcoming to visitors and guest.  And you'll know you're doing it right, when those visitors turn in to repeat guests.

Invest in Professional Photographs of your property.

There is A LOT of online r competition for rental properties these days!  So, you want to ensure that you put your best foot forward with  top quality photos .  There are many local real estate photographers that serve 30A and the Beaches of South…

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