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A Day on 30A

by Chris Abbott

Here's a glimpse at a day in the life on 30A.

1900 Ninety Eight Construction Update

by Chris Abbott

Construction is moving along at 1900 Ninety Eight in Destin.  1900 Ninety Eight is Destin's first Gulf front condominium developed in seven years!  The 3rd floor is currently being constructed.  We currently have 10 of these 16 luxury residences under contract.  Visit for more information.

30A 10K Run Thanksgiving Morning

by Chris Abbott

This is the 10k race Thanksgiving Day morning that started in Rosemary Beach.  I shot a little footage and wanted to share.  It's been a beautiful week here!

Sneak Peek At An Upcoming 30A Listing

by Chris Abbott

40 White Cliffs Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Cool suburban chic meets relaxed beachfront living in this prestigious home within the gated community of The Village of White Cliffs. Dark wood flooring and cool coral tiling are just some of elegant features that enhance the integrity of this home. The harmonious open plan living space is centered on the state-of-the-art kitchen, which goes beyond the ordinary with a porthole door leading to the butler's pantry.

To schedule your private showing or to learn more, contact us today.

Sneak Peek | 78 S. Green Turtle Coming Soon

by Chris Abbott
Presiding over 85 feet of majestically elevated beach front along the emerald Gulf of Mexico waters unique to Northwest Florida, this Gulf front Rosemary Beach home leaves little to be desired. Located alongside a beach bound boardwalk, the walled property contains a five bedroom main house, one bedroom carriage house over a two car garage, as well as a stone paved courtyard with full size pool, fountain, and lush landscaping.

This incredible home will be introduced to the public very soon.  Please contact us today to scheduled your private showing.

Experience Art & Culture Along 30A

by Chris Abbott

Wine festivals galore, quirky artwork around nearly every corner and world-class architecture throughout, locals know 30A is home to rich art and culture. Today we’re sharing a favorite gallery and event that are sure to inspire and rouse artistic senses. 

Justin Gaffrey Gallery – Blue Mountain Beach

One of the great 30A artist stories, Justin Gaffrey rose from local chef to sought-after painter as his signature “sculpting with paint” works of art of evolved over the years. With a former gallery in Rosemary Beach and a current gallery space in Seaside, the most interesting location of Justin’s is his gallery in Blue Mountain Beach, which also serves as his family’s home. The sight of the thick, dripping slices of paint are fascinating and the colorful clumps cover nearly every surface from the floor to tables, to Justin’s shoes, jeans and of course, the palette knife that helps him create these beautiful works of art. 

Insider Tip: Even kids love seeing the artist’s work in progress and Justin has been known to let little hands help create a flower petal or two when they visit.


Artsquest – Grand Boulevard

Over 125 artists bring their talents to South Walton each year on Mother’s Day Weekend. With past festivals at Eden Gardens, Seaside, Watercolor and Sandestin, this year, white tents will line the streets and lawn of Grand Boulevard with colorful canvases, photography, wood work, jewelry and other mediums spilling out during the 26th annual event. Featured artist Juan Francisco Adaro has been selected to represent the festival for 2014 and the contemporary painter’s work is one to watch. The “controlled accident” style with faded yet colorful ladies and gentlemen is transfixing. Enjoy art, music, wine, food and plenty of inspiration during this year’s festival schedule.

Insider Tip: Catch some of 30A Songwriter’s Festival favorite artists perform during Artsquest and be sure to check out the Gourmet Galley dining options.

Stroll the Neighborhood - Alys Beach

by Chris Abbott

Stroll 30A and imagine yourself living, working and playing in a beautiful neighborhood like Alys Beach. Everyday luxury might involve early morning bike rides to Charlie's Donut Truck, lounging carefree in the plush grass of the amphitheater, pedaling along the cobblestone streets and enjoying a delicious dinner or sunset cocktail at Caliza Pool. 

30A is Home to Luxurious Dining

by Chris Abbott

From Airstream trailers where sandy bare feet are welcome to dive bars where eclectic style rules, South Walton is home to a variety of dining options. For an elegant dining experience with a focus on fine foods and wine plus signature scenic views, this beach town doesn’t disappoint. Here are our favorites for luxurious dining along 30A:

Restaurant Paradis

Paradis is a cozy neighborhood restaurant with understated elegance that matches the charm of the surrounding town of Rosemary Beach. Serving fresh, seasonal ingredients with prime steaks and fine wine. Paradis also carries their own handcrafted still and sparkling waters that are triple filtered and bottled at the restaurant.

Insider Tip: Start with a drink in the stylish, cozy lounge before dinner. Try an Old Fashioned and the Paradis Grouper!


Nestled around the swanky Caliza Pool in picture-perfect Alys Beach, restaurant Caliza brings a range of fresh local seafood, grilled steaks, pasta, soups, and a variety of salads. The outdoor setting and Moroccan style make this a luxurious experience to remember.

Insider Tip: Enjoy sunset on the rooftop terrace with cocktail in hand, then settle in for a delicious dinner around the pool.

Fish Out of Water

Along with one of the most beautiful views along 30A is a tried and true favorite located at Watercolor Inn and Resort. The menu features farm-fresh local vegetables, fresh seafood and top-notch service. The atmosphere is stylish and chic with a causal flair.

Insider Tip: Go for happy hour and enjoy martinis like the Lemondrop, then nosh on the signature Red Snapper dish.

Vintij Wine Boutique

Just west of the 30A corridor is a hidden gem worth the short trip. Named one of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award Winners for 8 years, Vintij is known for their cozy atmosphere, eclectic cuisine, impressive wine list and delicious martinis.

Insider Tip: Ask the staff for pairing recommendations as their wine knowledge is always on point.


Known for New York-style aged Prime USDA steaks and creative seafood presentations, Seagar’s at the Sandestin Hilton is one of the area’s longest-lasting fine dining establishments. Renowned for its 600-label wine list and unhurried pace, the restaurant has been catering to guests since 1998 with mouth-watering cuts of beef and fresh seafood.

Insider Tip: Opt for the Bananas Foster for dessert and watch as the delicious dish is prepared tableside – flames included!

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Newly Remodeled Home On Okaloosa Island

by Chris Abbott

761 Sailfish Drive761 Sailfish Drive

Few locations will allow you to fully enjoy all of the outdoor recreational activities Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast has to offer better than this fully remodeled home on Okaloosa Island. Situated one row south of Santa Rosa Sound and two blocks north of the Gulf of Mexico, only 300 yards separates it from the nearest beach access. Gulf views can be enjoyed from its large, modern kitchen as well as from its rear deck, which continues around the entire home, that also overlooks its spacious, fenced back yard with private in ground pool.  Click here to view more details & photos for this property.

New home less than a half file from beach access

by Chris Abbott

Spyglass Hill ExteriorSpyglass Hill Interior

Spyglass Hill is an intimate grouping of new homes just east of County Highway 393, less than one half mile from the Ed Walline Park public beach access, located at the intersection of Scenic Highway 30A and 393. Attractive cottage features appoint the exterior of this three-bedroom home with second-floor bonus room and enclosed two-car garage.  View more details and phots for this property.

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Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459
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