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Whether you're a full-time South Walton resident or absentee 30A property owner,  we'll keep you posted on what's happening along the Beaches of South Walton. Our local news covers
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Happy New Year from the Beach

Cheers, one and all. As we close out 2020, we raise our glasses filled to overflowing with gratitude. It’s undeniable that 2020 was not like any other! Instead of focusing on the unexpected challenges, we look to the good, to the positives and to the opportunities that came our way this year. During the year, we did our best to cast out some pebbles of “good” along the way in the hopes that those ripples would somehow grow and make a difference for those around us.

We are grateful to our amazing clients who chose us over and over again to assist with their needs. But more importantly, during the process we also gained new and cherished friendships.

We count our blessings for the amazing and beautiful beach community where we’re lucky enough to…

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Happy Holidays from the Beaches of 30A

In closing out the year, we’ll offer the following general market over-view.

During almost all of 2020, real estate activity, here in Northwest Florida and specifically along Scenic 30A and South Walton has been unexpectedly high with considerable market appreciation, continued buyer interest, and record sales levels. As a result, the current availability of properties to purchase is extremely limited and well-priced properties are continuing to move quickly.

If you’re a property owner along 30A, current market conditions are certainly in your favor. Please reach out if you’d like an up-to-date report and evaluation for your specific area. We  gladly provide this as a no obligation, complimentary service to property owners. 

If you are buying…

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30A Songwriters Festival

For the previous twelve years, the Walton Cultural Arts Alliance has held the hugely popular 30A Songwriters Festival over Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The 2021 Festival was slated to be held January 15th - 18th; however in an email newsletter sent to  CAA supporters and members on 12-8-2020 made the announcement that the decision has been made to cancel the in-person event. The announcement went on to state that:

Due to the overwhelming increase in COVID-19 cases this month, and the announcement from health experts that this increase will continue through the first quarter of 2021, we have reluctantly decided to postpone an in-person January 2021 Festival. All of us at the CAA and RCAM are as disappointed as you that we cannot celebrate…

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Walton CAA will be airing another Art on Demand event Wednesday, December 9th @ Noon (Central Time)  The Art on Demand series is brought to you by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Alys Beach, 30A.com and Florida Division of State, Department of Cultural Affairs. This event will be viewable on the 30A and Cultural Arts Alliance’s Facebook pages as well as available on the CAA website following the broadcast.
Blue Giraffe - Inlet Beach FLRecently celebrating their ten year anniversary, The Blue Giraffe has become a fixture in the Walton County Arts scene. In this episode, meet Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, the dynamic mother-daughter duo behind The Blue Giraffe. Enjoy a glimpse into their colorful, happy gallery while learning more about…
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Thankful 2020

 Helen Keller Quote

While we can all agree that 2020 has been a most unusual year; we choose to focus on the positives and look to the good that is still to be found around us each and every day.  As each member of our team gathers with family, friends and loved ones this Thanksgiving Holiday season we pause to give thanks for all the blessings that gives us hope.

Included on our list of things we're grateful for: 

  • Our families who love and support us every day in our lives and daily work.  
  • Our clients who are more than business connections, so many have grown into life-long friendships.
  • Talented colleagues and business associates that we have the opportunity to work with each day. 

 Last but not least, we extend our heartfelt thanks for the…

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2020  South Walton Thanksgiving Guide

 

There’s no better way to spend the Thanksgiving holiday than with friends and family and we may be bias, but it's even better when you can celebrate here in South Walton. So, if your holiday plans include come to Blue Mountain, Grayton, Seaside, Seagrove or anywhere along 30A you'll be please to know that there  are an abundance of to-go, catering and dine-in options to choose from. 

To assist with your holiday planning, we’ve gathered a comprehensive list of restaurant and catering options all in one place for your convenience. Following below is an abbreviated list to get your started!  But be sure to download our complete 2020 South Walton Thanksgiving Guide with more detail, ordering info and pick-up options available for local…

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Halloween in South Walton

Our 30A/South Walton beach community is vibrant, strong and creative! And in-spite of dealing with challenging times right now, many are choosing to move forward with a sense of normalcy. That includes celebrating Halloween this upcoming weekend.

Friday and Saturday a host of activities are scheduled in Rosemary Beach, The Hub at Watersound, Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach and many other locales throughout South Walton.

Here’s a round up of events and festivities we've found that are currently being promoted in the area. 

  • The Merchants of Rosemary Beach are decked out and ready to host trick-or-treaters on Saturday from 10am – 5 pm.

  • The 17th Annual South Walton Witches ride and related event festivities will take…

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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.

Western Lake Bridge Locator

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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