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A HEALTHY MARKET

 TRIED AND TRUE ECONOMIC INDICATORS REMAIN FAVORABLE

 The past 12 months concluded a banner year both for our company and the Emerald Coast real estate market. Shrinking single-family home and condominium inventory brought a major increase in demand, along with strong sale prices for great locations.

Our company’s 20th anniversary saw not only our strongest year of growth, but also our highest annual sales volume to date. Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty was honored to be recognized as one of the top 500 brokerages in the country by sales volume by REAL Trends. The year was truly one for the books.

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Long before Russ Gibson and Julie Countess built their home in Alys Beach, they were already channeling that Alys Beach vibe. “It’s funny, when we built the Rosemary [Beach] house, we called it the ‘Alys house in Rosemary,’” Julie said, “because it actually looked like an Alys house.” The Gibson family, including 14-year-old Madi and nine-year-old Asa, first started visiting 30A about 10 years ago. Julie said they immediately fell in love with Rosemary Beach. “We … decided we wanted to have a place there. So, that also happened to be right about the time of the recession,” Julie remembered, laughing. “We were able to buy a distressed lot in Rosemary and built the house there using our architect Ron Domin and Doug Bock [of Domin Bock Architects].” It

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Coming Soon to Market in Alys Beach

Sharing the elite company of only seven home sites gathered along the shore of Lake Marilyn is this modern, Bobby McAlpine-designed residence. A reprieve not far beyond the white sand beaches of 30A, this custom home wastes nothing of the generous footprint afforded by its 100 foot-wide compound site – a rarity for the trendsetting New Urbanist community of Alys Beach. With the majority of its 5,241 square feet contained on the first floor – including one of two master suites – those seeking extended stays or full-time living will find a more familiar alternative to the vertical floor plans characteristic of homes found on the snug, beach side of Alys. Timeless and restrained interiors by Ann Holden Design, in

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Living in the Burnt Pine community has its perks! Located near all of the shopping, entertainment and dining of Sandestin and Grand Boulevard  — one of the best ways to get around and enjoy the area is by golf cart. See our list below of the top 10 best ways to use yours in this community! 

 

1. Load up the kids, coolers and beach chairs and head over to the beach club to spend a day lounging in the sun.

2. Go to Baytown Marina for fishing and fun events like the annual Blue Marlin Classic.

3. Get out and get active. The best use for your golf cart is playing golf — obviously! Use your own cart and clubs on the course and afterwards swing by the Burnt Pine Golf Club for refreshments.

4. Grab a bottle of wine and drive over to your

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If your home features trends from the 90’s and early 2000’s, it may be time to freshen up your look. Check out our rundown of some of the ‘not so in’ styles and how you can make your humble abode stay on trend.  

Nautical Motifs
According to HGTV —  coastal accents like rope, anchors and seashells belong on the beach and not in your home. The nautical trend may have been big in recent years, but is now a thing of the past. Instead try a fresh color palette with subtle and simple furnishings.


Tuscan Kitchens

Dark rich woods, bulky fixtures and heavy granites were very popular in the early 2000’s. However, the modern day kitchen now focuses on open spaces and light, airy colors as opposed to a dark Italian-Style aesthetic.


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Last quarter, we reported a slight decrease in number of sales or overall dollar volume of sales, or both, from the first quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018. As we enter the second half of 2018, the consistent story now told across our beach and coastal communities is lower inventory to choose from.   Even though inventory is lower than this period in 2017, that isn't stopping buyers from decisively purchasing properties, or sellers from enjoying the demand and decreased competition. Number of sales and sales volume remain consistent in markets along the coast.   If you're looking to dig into the details for a specific community,
we've got your numbers.
 

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Sold in just 4 days for over 97% of list price. This WaterColor home didn't last long with an excellent location, strong price point and charming beachy design throughout. Nestled a short walk away from Camp WaterColor, this property was an ideal spot to call home. Built by award winning architect Geoff Chick and John Brown of Gulfview Construction, this lavish home boasts stunning details, impeccable finishes and a prime location in WaterColor. Over 3,100 square feet of open living space, an expansive four bedroom design and a large bonus family area with a private office provides guests and residents with ample room for entertaining.






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Check out other WaterColor properties available for purchase. 

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With approximately 65 new homes under construction, 40 homes being designed, a new owners beach club underway and a fitness campus set to be completed by 2019 — It's safe to say that Alys Beach is getting some serious community updates. With 135 homes already completed, and many more being built across 158 acres of land, there will soon be 550 homes in total in this new urbanism community.

The new owner's beach club will offer top-of-the-line amenities, luxurious features and private access to all Alys Beach residents. December 2018, Hart Howerton will start construction on amenities in the beach club like an expansive new heated pool, a rooftop terrace to enjoy incredible views of the gulf and direct gateway access to the beach. The beach club will also

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If your into organic food, homemade goods or supporting your community then swing by the Seaside Farmers Market, Saturday's 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. 

As one of the best farmers markets on 30A — Seaside offers a great selection of local vendors. Choose from a selection of fresh produce, home grown flowers, wild honey, freshly baked breads, pastries and some of the best snacks and seafood you can find. If you are looking for something a little more special you can find handmade jewelry made from pearls fit for a mermaid. Looking for something for your furry friend? One of our favorite vendors offers some of the best all natural, organic dog treats that your pup will LOVE. 


The farmers market also comes with live entertainment, featuring live music every

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