Slices of 30A: Your 30A & South Walton Real Estate Blog - Robin Maynard's Blog

The Lodge 30A is already making headlines as one of the 12 most anticipated new family resorts in 2023 by USA Today!

This laid-back and coastal-inspired boutique hotel was developed by The St Joe Company, owners of The Pearl, WaterColor Inn, and Watersound Inn.

Guests can choose from studio-style and suite-style guest rooms. Enjoy luxurious amenities, including an outdoor pool, fitness center, and access to Watersound Beach Club for the beach, multiple pools, a lazy river, and restaurants. Upscale shops and restaurants will open soon at Greenway Station, adjacent to The Lodge.

Visitors to this part of Seagrove Beach will have easy access to one of the area’s coastal dune lakes nearby, Eastern Lake. And Point Washington State Forest offers…

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8 Benefits of a Home Watch Service for Your Scenic 30A Beach Home

Owning a home-away-from-home here on the beaches of Scenic 30A is a dream come true for many, and quite a few owners choose not to rent their home or condo so they can have the freedom of enjoying their home whenever they want. But stumbling onto something as seemingly minor as a broken icemaker can suddenly turn a peaceful weekend into one filled with unnecessary drama!

Whether you’re an out-of-state owner, or live here full-time, and are considering hiring a reputable Home Watch Service to handle emergency issues and routine preventative maintenance, here are a few options you may want to be sure are covered in the plans offered to you:

Weekly Maintenance

A weekly plan can…

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Beach Update: Old Seagrove Community Roadway and Drainage Improvements Project

Update From Walton County, FL - The Old Seagrove Community Roadway and Drainage Improvements Project was initiated to address concerns from the community regarding the condition of the existing dirt roads, drainage, and the feasibility of pedestrian facilities. The County has conducted several community meetings to understand the community's concerns and discuss possible improvements for the area.

The current plan options presented include providing asphalt roadways, modifying some roadways as one-way while other roadways remain two-way (to minimize the impact of the existing trees within the right-of-way), improving drainage within the right-of-way, and the option of…

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While our world-famous beaches draw many to unwind, relax, and recharge, there are also several unforgettable experiences centered around music, food, and art that let you explore all our beach towns in diverse, fun ways. Here are some of our favorite annual festivals you won't want to miss out on! 

30A Songwriters Festival

This world-famous event takes place in January and brings together talented songwriters from all over the world to perform their original music in various intimate venues throughout the beach towns along 30A. The festival features more than 175 songwriters performing over four days in various indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters, outdoor amphitheaters, bars, and even private homes. Along with live performances,…

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A Guide to 30A Architecture Styles: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to 30A architecture styles? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we're providing an overview of the architectural styles found in 30A communities, from classic beach cottages to modern contemporary homes. Whether you’re planning to purchase or build a home on Scenic 30A or are just curious about the different design styles in our area, this guide has all the information you need.

Cottage Style

The cottage-style of architecture can be seen throughout 30A communities, but perhaps nowhere more than in Grayton Beach, FL. Generations of families have been spending summers here as far back as the 1800s. While it’s now a vibrant arts…

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We're pleased to provide you with a unique perspective and in-depth look at real estate for each community along Scenic 30A.

2022 began with home prices at an all-time high, inventory was the lowest it's ever been, and homes sold at a never-before-seen pace.

Then, for the first time in history, interest rates doubled within just one year. The number of sales started to dip, and by the third quarter, home sales had declined 39% compared to the third quarter of 2021.  

Even though mortgage rates have helped to cool down the housing market, sales prices continued to climb along 30A. 

Will prices continue to rise in our area in 2023?  Many markets across the country are currently experiencing a housing correction, but…

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It has been observed that the joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of getting.

Volunteering and supporting community organizations is one way to deepen social connections and an overall sense of belonging. It’s also a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Just ask any volunteer in South Walton!

We are fortunate to belong to a strong community of groups and organizations focused on benefiting the people, places, and natural surroundings that make our area so special. There are numerous organizations to pick from, including habitat preservation, helping children and families, or bringing together a thriving arts community. 

CLICK HERE for a list of non-profit organizations you can support.

One such organization is

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Saying 'goodbye' to the iconic old fishing pier was more bitter than sweet for many locals and long-time visitors to Camp Helen State Park. Sadly, the pier remnants had become a public safety hazard and were permanently removed this past spring, ahead of hurricane season. But now, peering from the southwest shore of Lake Powell is a nearly completed 142-foot ADA boardwalk and dock. The new dock will sport six boat slips and an ADA fishing platform. 

Construction of the boardwalk and dock is to be completed in early 2023. Plans for a new parking area, restrooms, and pavilion are slated for the area north of U.S. Hwy 98 (no start date yet). 

This serene, 180-acre State Park is surrounded by water on three sides, with Lake Powell, a rare coastal…

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Due to vigorous construction projects surrounding the town center's pavilion, the Farmers Market at Watersound Origins Town Center is postponed to Spring 2023.

However, the Holiday event scheduled for December 23rd, the Candyland Christmas Extravaganza, will still go ahead!

The Farmers Market will return in full swing with another grand re-opening in Spring 2023! Stay in touch on their Facebook page.

Here are other locations with community Farmers' Markets happening year-round:

  • Saturday's in Seaside and Grand Boulevard
  • Sunday's in Rosemary Beach

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The 2022 Rosemary Beach Holiday Tour of Homes is back and festive as ever! Stroll the beautiful streets of the Rosemary Beach community while touring a specially curated collection of homes professionally styled for the holiday season. This self-guided tour takes place on Saturday, December 3rd. This most festive event is guaranteed to get you in the spirit of the season!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW. Advanced tickets are required, and space is limited.

Learn more at

Benefiting Charitable Partner Shelter House is the only state-certified domestic and sexual violence center serving victims of Okaloosa and Walton counties. They provide shelter, intervention, and primary prevention programs to the…

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