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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