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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

 

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 joint-venture partnership with MidGrove Center to build an 87-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Seagrove Beach Florida. Once construction has been completed, projected to be sometime in 2022, The Lodge 30A will be managed by St Joe Resort Operations. The Hotel and adjoining…

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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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The RED BAR - Grayton Beach FL

In the early morning hours of February 19, 2019 tragedy struck in Grayton Beach when the Red Bar caught fire and burned to the ground. The Petit family, owners of the famed local bar, vowed to rebuild using the same footprint of the former building and that intended to come back stronger and even better.

Last week, only 17 months following the fire, the doors to the iconic REDBAR reopened fulfilling the Petit’s promise to their customers, staff and employees.

In response to the overwhelming support received from their customer’s and fans the following message was posted on the RedBar Facebook page:

Dear friends, neighbors and family,
We can't describe how excited and humble we are about the reopening of our beloved RedBar. We are very…

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Walton County Schools Fall Reopening Plan

Schools in Walton County Florida are scheduled to reopen on August 10th.  Because of COVID-19, this year will look very different for students and parents here in Northwest Florida and all across the country.  Superintendent Russell Hughes revealed his plans and what parents’ options will be for the upcoming year.  Get the full story here:     Educational Options for Walton County Students

For more information on Walton Schools, visit:    WALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Inlet Beach Pedestrian Underpass Project 

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Walton County commissioners voted unanimously to authorize payment of $1.25 million to the state of Florida for the county's share of funding for a new pedestrian underpass located in Inlet Beach Florida.  The underpass is located at the entrance to County Road 30A in Inlet Beach.   According to the FDOT (Florida Depart of Transportation.) website, the project will include an underpass across US 98 to provide a grade separated crossing that allows non-interrupted flow of pedestrian access across US 98, increasing safety and mobility of both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. 

 

In a related vote the commissioners voted to sign a maintenance agreement with  where the county agrees to take care of lighting,…

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Beaches of South Walton

The Beaches of South Walton experienced high surf, rip currents and double red conditions most of last week due to effects from Tropical Storm Cristobal which made landfall further west.   South Walton Beach Lifeguards, Walton County Sheriff's department and EMS were kept busy with emergency calls and water rescues all week long in spite of double red flags flying with warnings that the water was closed to swimmers. 

According to a post on the Walton County Sheriff's Facebook page on June 9th Beach Safety Patrol,  Walton Sheriffs, South Walton Fire Department and EMS were all kept hopping last week as beach goers ignored the double red flags flying.  Double Reds are a signal to all that the beach is closed to swimming due to unsafe surf conditions…

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Cultural Arts Alliance Emergency Relief Grant Program

 

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces applications are open for the second round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through August 28th through the CAA’s website, and grant awards will be available within one week of approval.

A fundraising campaign has also been launched to ensure that funds remain available as long as necessary. Walton County residents and CAA Members Shawn and Richard Tomasello have already pledged a matching donation of $100,000 for the fund and challenge other…

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