Chris Abbott Group
Created by Broker/Owner of Scenic Sotheby's International Realty, Chris Abbott, The Chris Abbott Group is an elite team of 6 Realtors - Buyer's Agents, Broker Associates and all around creative connoisseurs. We embody the principles of distinguished customer service, in depth knowledge of the area, and dedication to help our clients buy or sell their property. Each and every member of the Chris Abbott Group has years of experience and knowledge real estate industry, and the ever growing area of the Emerald Coast - From Destin to Panama City Beach and everything in between.
BROKER / OWNER
My family first discovered the Gulf Coast in the early 1950's, and has been living here enjoying it ever since. At that time, my grandfather, William W. Abbott, Sr., an Air Force Major OSI, initially purchased waterfront property in Fort Walton Beach, vowing to return and raise his family there after retiring. He kept his promise to himself and the rest is history! In 1970 my grandfather became a real estate broker, beginning his career selling the first condominiums in the area at El Matador, one of the first residential properties built in Northwest Florida. Soon the name Abbott became synonymous with real estate along the Gulf Coast as my father, William W. Abbott, Jr., and uncle Stephen J. Abbott, joined the family business and founded Abbott Realty Services, Incorporated in 1977. With personalized customer service and an unsurpassed work ethic, they built a company employing more than 1,000 people, thus becoming the largest employer in Destin since the mid 1980's.
I grew up enjoying all this coastal community has to offer. After playing baseball in Tallahassee and graduating from Florida State University with a Business Management degree, I pursued a career in yacht sales, as life on the water has always been a passion of mine. The yacht sale industry helped hone my sales skills, so the transition into real estate sales in 2004 was a natural one. I am the third generation of Abbott realtors in this area, and although times have definitely changed since the inception of the Abbott real estate business, the founding principles that guide me tried and true - customer service, knowledge, hard work, and dedication. I found these principles also practiced at Destin Real Estate Company whose market presence as the top luxury real estate brokerage on the Emerald Coast has lead my business there in 2010. I have lived, worked, and loved Florida's Gulf Coast for over 30 years and look forward to assisting you in finding your dream location on the beach!
After growing up in Ft. Walton Beach and Destin in the 1950’s and 1960’s, I attended Husson College in Bangor, Maine, receiving a B.S. degree in Business Administration. I served in the military, and began a career in the group insurance business in Boston, and later, co-managed the New York office of Union Mutual Life Insurance Company, (UNUM).
In 1974, at the urging of my father, I decided to return to Florida to join both my father and brother in the real estate business, and co-founded and served as President and Chairman of the Abbott Realty Services, Inc., and Abbott Resorts.
With our commitment to integrity, excellence, attention to detail, and unsurpassed customer service, our sales and management companies grew to employ more than 1,000 people, making it the largest employer in Destin, as well as the biggest vacation property management company in the southeast. In 1998, the company was sold to ResortQuest, where I remained a consultant and served as a board member. ResortQuest is now owned by Wyndham Vacation Resorts, which is the largest vacation resort company in the world.
By joining Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, I will continue his “Clients First” philosophy, proving that while much has changed in the real estate market since 1976, top customer service isn’t one of them.
REALTOR / BUYER SPECIALIST
I have lived along the Emerald Coast since 1989 when I moved here with my family as a kid. Prior to the move we took several vacations to the area, so when my step-father was presented with a job opportunity here, the decision to make it our permanent home was an easy one.
I attended the University of Arkansas where I earned my degree in Advertising and Public Relations. After graduation, I decided to return to the place I loved so much and began working in the real estate auction industry. I developed experience in everything from working as an office manger to a marketing director during this time, and finally as Vice President of Operations.
The sales side of the auction business helped me develop an excellent base of selling skills that allowed me to springboard into traditional real estate sales.
As a Buyer Specialist with The Chris Abbott Group, I work exclusively with buyers from all over the world to help them realize their aspirations to own on the Emerald Coast, where my family and I enjoy taking advantage of all the unique recreational activities the area has to offer.
REALTOR / BUYER SPECIALIST
After graduating from Florida State University, I headed home to Atlanta, but visited the South Walton area every chance I had. While in Atlanta, I enjoyed the city lifestyle and focused on building my corporate marketing and internal communications career, all the while dreaming of life at the beach.
After marrying, in South Walton, of course, my husband Bill and I left the rat race behind and made a bold move to Santa Rosa Beach in 2005. Since then, we have had two children and still feel fortunate every day that we are able to live in paradise.
In 2009, my love for the area drove me to make a career turn and enter real estate sales. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Helping clients find their ideal property in our amazing community is very rewarding and has become hands down the best job I have ever had.
In my spare time, I love running along 30A, playing tennis in WaterColor, boating in Destin and enjoying all of the family friendly events that our area has to offer. There is simply no better place to vacation, live, work and raise a family!
REALTOR / CIMA
My first visit to the Emerald Coast was in the late 1970’s when I ventured with my parents from New Orleans to Destin for the summer. While I returned with my family every year for holidays, it was an evacuation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that brought me back on a permanent basis with my own family. The allure of beach side afternoons replacing long daily commutes was simply too strong, and we have remained ever since.
Along with over 30 years of local experience, I proudly offers my clients a unique and notable professional background. A Distinguished Military Graduate of Tulane University, I subsequently served our country as a decorated Army Officer. However, it is my 20-year career in finance and investments that best serves my current clients. I first honed his sales and investment skills as a financial adviser working for leading Wall Street firms, recognizing along the way the importance of academic and analytical excellence, thus earning the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation through IMCA and the Wharton School of Business. My subsequent career progression provided global experience in real estate markets, first serving family offices in the management of private real estate portfolios, and culminating as Strategy Officer for a leading European investment firm and their launch of a global real estate fund.
The transition from global markets to local real estate sales and my home in Santa Rosa Beach was a life pursuit, based on family priorities and quality of life - this is home and always will be for me. With his experience and pursuit of excellence, it was important to me that I find a distinguished global brand with vast resources that embodied his same core values of client service, knowledge, expertise and integrity, and did so at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.
I look forward to bringing a winning and powerful value statement to the local market, and helping his clients achieve their real estate goals and dreams on the beach.
DIRECTOR OF CHRIS ABBOTT GROUP / REALTOR
I began my real estate career in 2008 when I teamed up with Chris Abbott at Tops'l Beach and Racquet Resort. My experience in the title industry and Bachelors of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University was a tremendous help in adjusting to a career in real estate. I am willing to go the distance to achieve excellence and success in today's rapidly changing real estate market. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at the beach, fishing and enjoying all this area has to offer.