All Blog Entries by Jamie Conley

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Yesterday in the news, according to NAR (National Assoc of Realtors);  June median home prices nationwide are up by 23.4% compared with the previous year.   But the first rule in real estate is LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.  Trends in real estate markets are hyper-local.  So, to get a snapshot of what’s happening here along 30A we’ve pulled together some year-to-date trends to share.

In South Walton, specifically, homes located south of Highway 98 and along the 30A corridor are where we focused our info today.  The local median home price here increased this year by 42.5%.  The current median home price in the area is $1,255,000. The trend for the number of homes sold so far this year is up along with the gap between the seller’s asking price compared…

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Camp Creek - Coastal Dune Lake - Watersound Florida

When driving down Scenic 30A in South Walton Florida you’ll no doubt notice a series of lakes along the way.  This unique chain of 15 lakes which is found dotting the 19+ miles of our Northwest Florida coastal highway is not your ordinary lake! They are indeed rare, unique, and found in only 4 places throughout the world!  Because of the combination of fresh water and their close proximity to Gulf waters, the result is the existence of a highly delicate ecosystem.  As such, these special lakes found along Scenic Highway 30A are  also protected to insure their continued health and vitality.    

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, (CBA), Walton Tourist Development Council  (TDC) and the Walton County Board of County Commissions are sponsoring a DIY…

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Fourth of July on 30A

Rags to Riches Regatta    July 3      7 a.m.  at Grayton Beach

The Rags to Riches Regatta is a 40-year sailing tradition where 30A locals and visitors gather to cheer on teams as they navigate 16-foot catamarans in a race from Grayton Beach (originally known as the “rags” side of town) to Seagrove (also known as the “riches” neighborhood). Presented by Crater Train Brewing Company, The 30A Company, and Tribe Kelley Surf Post, the race will benefit South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and their mission to protect and preserve our local marine resources. 

Blue Mountain Bakery Block Party   July 3          5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Blue Mountain Bakery is celebrating two years of operation with a block party. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy…

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30A Real Estate Market

People love real estate! Who doesn’t enjoy binge watching HGTV on a rainy day or spending time online searching and dreaming about beautiful beach homes? Right! All you real estate fanatics out there ---- you know who you are! Over and over again, the question du jour comes up in conversation; “So, How’s the 30A Real Estate Market these days?” Real Estate markets are LOCAL not national and for our current LOCAL 30A market, we would say without hesitation, the answer for how the market is doing all depends on whether you’re selling or you’re buying!  

If you’re thinking about selling – or ready to sell – then it’s probably one of the best times ever to be in the market! And here’s why:

  • Properties along 30A and South Walton have appreciated on…
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Beach - Bay - Lake - 30A Good Life

Summer is already here and what’s sure to be a remarkably busy time on South Walton Beaches. Sir Winston Churchill once said: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” And as I think about the record-setting Spring visitor season we’ve just experienced, there’s no denying that the secret is out! Walton County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and folks are flocking here to experience the good things that we   already know and love about it here! 30A’s beautiful beaches, state parks, communities and quality of life are unique, special, and one-of-a-kind!

Those of us who are lucky enough to live here, work here and call this place home, will undoubtedly be presented with both challenges AND opportunities this busy…

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Habitat for Humanity Walton County - ReStore

SANTA ROSA BEACH FLORIDA -

After three years of anticipation, planning, design, and construction, a brand-new Habitat for Humanity ReStore located at 2260 U.S. Highway 98 West, Santa Rosa Beach, FL is nearing final stages of completion. The group hopes to be open for business sometime in July. The new facility has been in the works since 2018 when Habitat for Humanity Walton County received a grant from IMPACT 100. The grant money allowed for the purchase of the property at their soon-to-be new location in South Walton County.  Once completed, the new, more spacious modern facility will enable the non-profit group the ability to handle more donated items that will be offered for resale to the public.

Proceeds from sales of items through the…

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Sea Turtle  by J Conley ImagesGreen Sea Turtles, Loggerheads along with several other species  of turtles have begun    to make their annual trek to the beautiful beaches of South Walton and 30A. Nesting season takes place in Northwest Florida each year between May and October. In early summer, female turtles begin coming onshore to build nests in the sand dunes and lay their eggs. Anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks later, the hatchling turtles will emerge from the nests.  Using the natural light reflections from the surf as a guide, the hatchlings make their way from the nests back into the gulf waters.  Sea Turtles are considered protected species.

The South Walton Turtle Watch is a local volunteer group that monitors the beaches daily during turtle nesting season. They carefully mark…

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Memorial Day Tribute 2021

The Gulf Cemetery Association in conjunction with this year’s Memorial Day ceremony, is sponsoring The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall©  throughout the Memorial Day Weekend 2021. This year’s theme for Memorial Day is “United in Sacrifice, Honored in Remembrance” and what better way to showcase this through the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall© is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, standing six feet tall at the center and nearly 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who…

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Native Gardening & Butterflies


30A local Native Landscape Professional - Jen Jones shares advice on why creating a landscape plan that incorporates native plants is a win-win!

As a local landscaper/gardener, I often get asked “What are the best and lowest maintenance plants to use in my yard?” My answer is always the same; "It is best to leave what is here naturally, if not, then look at the natural area surrounding you and mimic it, that is what works here." I am talking about native trees, shrubs, palmettos, ornamental grasses, perennials and wildflowers that have traits which are uniquely adapted to our local climate, geological, hydrological and biological conditions.  We have sand not soil, salty air, high heat and humidity, floods, droughts, strong wind and the…

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Beach House


So, you’ve decided to take the leap and buy the beach house! Congratulations! We’re excited for you and stand ready to help you prepare to realize your dream of owning a home at the beach. As a first step in the process it's important to have a good understanding of current price ranges. Having this information will save time in your search process and will assist in knowing which areas to look according to your financial goals.  Below is a list that we’ve put together showing the current median price for single-family home sales this year from a selection areas along 30A.

 2021 Median Price Homes - 30A Florida

 

Like so many other areas of the country –South Walton and the beach communities of 30A is currently experiencing a continuation of exceptionally low housing…

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