The Back-To-School purchase you might be forgetting

Posted by on Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 2:15pm

Across the country, parents are preparing this week to send their children back to school, spending hundreds of dollars on books, uniforms and cold cuts for brown bag lunches. Another key back-to-school purchase for many families is a new home.

As more and more people have discovered, the Emerald Coast is a great place to live and work year-round; Walton County’s full-time population has grown by 11.8% in the past five years, and Destin’s by 10.4%.  That growth has brought lots of new schoolchildren to the area, so naturally one of their parents’ first questions when choosing a home is, “How are the schools?”

In many cases schools are even more important than neighborhood amenities, proximity to amenities, or even price.  Fortunately, both Walton and Okaloosa Counties are home to award-winning schools for every age group.

In South Walton County, home of the 30A communities, both elementary schools and both middle schools have earned the state’s highest possible ranking for the past five years.  Destin’s students will find a similar level of excellence at Destin Elementary and Destin Middle School, both of which have also earned the state’s highest grade.  This fall, the innovative Seacoast Collegiate High School, sister to the iconic Seaside Neighborhood (Middle) School, will complete its Grade 12 expansion, offering all students the opportunity to complete high school with a two-year Associates Degree from Northwest Florida State College. 

If you can see your family embracing full-time beach life, use our map search to explore the neighborhoods around the schools that appeal to you, or simply contact one of the Morar Group’s experts at and let us help you get started.

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$750K & up

Bay Elementary

Emerald Coast Middle

Seacoast Collegiate HS

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Butler Elementary

Seaside Neighborhood (Middle) School

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Destin Elementary

Destin Middle

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