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OUTDOOR LIVING IN INLET BEACH, FLORIDA

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Market Trends Building Permits IN WALTON COUNTY

THE NATION’S FIRST

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IN SOUTH WALTON, FLORIDA! SEAN OF THE SOUTH

“The Musician”


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

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Do Your Retirement Plans Include

More Walks on the Beach?

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THE NATION’S FIRST UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART IN SOUTH WALTON, FLORIDA!

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THE ULTIMATE IN OUTDOOR LIVING

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SEAN OF THE SOUTH "THE MAGICIAN"

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BUILDING PERMITS IN WALTON COUNTY

06. POSITIVE PRICE TRENDS by ERIN ODEN 08. 30A HOME PRICE TRENDS by ERIN ODEN 10. THE NATION'S FIRST UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART IN SOUTH WALTON, FLORIDA by TONYA PIPPIN

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18. THE ULTIMATE IN OUTDOOR LIVING IN INLET BEACH, FLORIDA by ERIN ODEN 22. THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY 30A DAY by SALLIE PARIS

THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY 30A DAY

24. DEVELOPMENTS SET NEW 30A LIFESTYLE STANDARDS by RITA MONTGOMERY 26. SEAN OF THE SOUTH "THE MAGICIAN" by SEAN DIETRICH 28. BUILDING PERMITS IN WALTON COUNTY by CHRIS BURCH 69. INQUIRE BEFORE YOU WIRE by GEORGE BRANNON, JR.

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Upcoming Events at the Beach With many great events that take place in our coastal communities, there's so much to do! Here's a sampling of events coming soon.

Pajama Brunch

First Friday ArtWalk in Seaside

FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH 10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM GRAYTON SEAFOOD CO.

FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM SEASIDE MERCHANTS

Summer Reels Film Series

Bonfire on the Beach

TUESDAYS THROUGHOUT SUMMER 2018 8:00 PM ALYS BEACH AMPHITHEATRE

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM THE BAY RESTAURANT

Awkward Oxen Improv Hour

Wine Tastings at Wild Olives

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 9 10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM FONVILLE PRESS, ALYS BEACH

EVERY FRIDAY 4:00 PM WILD OLIVES IN ROSEMARY BEACH

Sandestin Family Fishing Tournament

The Prince & The pauper

WEDNESDAYS THROUGHOUT SUMMER 2018 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM BAYTOWNE MARINA

MONDAY, JULY 23 6:30 PM SEASIDE AMPHITHEATER

SoWal Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

The Bryan Kennedy Show

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM SHADES BAR & GRILL

TUESDAY, JULY 24 8:00 PM SEASIDE REPERTORY THEATER

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COASTAL LUXURY MAGAZINE FOR LUXURY LIVING ALONG NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S GULF COAST

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EDITOR Erin Oden GRAPHIC DESIGNER Keri Atchley

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS George Brannon, JR. Chris Burch Sean Dietrich Rita Montgomery Erin Oden Sallie Paris Tonya Pippin

PHOTOGRAPHY Tyler Amundsen Sheila Goode Greg Atchley Brenna Kneiss Marla Carter Tim Kramer Shane Carter Bongwing Lee Tommy Crow Kurt Lischka Fletcher Isacks Derek Makekau Carson Gaffrey-Kruse Steven Mangum Chas Galloway Troy Ward Carla Gates Chandler Williams Brittany Godbee Nick Zimmerman

Copyright ©2018 Coastal Luxury. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopied, recorded, or otherwise—without prior consent of both the copyright owners and the publisher of this magazine.


Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam: Country Music Festival

ECTC Theater Professional Productions: "The Spitfire Grill"

AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 7 7:30 PM AND SUNDAY MATINEE AT 2:00PM EMERALD COAST THEATER COMPANY

2:00 PM TO MIDNIGHT FRANK BROWN PARK, PANAMA CITY

Sinfonia Goes Pops at Alys Beach SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 7:30 PM TO 9:30 PM ALYS BEACH AMPHITHEATRE

Sandestin Triathlon SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 5:30 AM SANDESTIN GOLF & BEACH RESORT

September Saturdays at Baytowne SATURDAYS THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER 6:00 PM TO 10:00 PM THE VILLAGE OF BAYTOWNE WHARF

Gulf Place Wine Walkabout THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM GULF PLACE

Local Farmers Markets Seaside Farmers Market EVERY SATURDAY 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM SEASIDE

Grand Boulevard Farmers Market EVERY SATURDAY 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM GRAND BOULEVARD AT SANDESTIN

Rosemary Beach Farmers Market EVERY SUNDAY 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ROSEMARY BEACH

30Avenue Farmers Market EVERY THURSDAY 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM INLET BEACH

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he architecturally significant, planned communities have defined the 30A area. Designs are founded on new urbanism concepts that appeal to precisely what so many are seeking in their perfect lifestyle at the beach. In 2015, our special coastal area hit a milestone as the 30A corridor home market became a billion-dollar annual industry. The home market has further grown 30% with dollar sales volume reaching almost $1.5 billion in 2017, 21% over 2016. The overall 30A home market pricing appreciated an impressive 9% this past year.

Erin Oden is the principal broker and owner of Coastal Luxury, a real estate firm that maintains a strong emphasis on intimate market knowledge and expertise in the luxury and Gulf-front market. Erin can be reached at 850.502.1220 or erin@coastalluxury.com. Or, stop by Coastal Luxury, located directly on 30A, the first office east of Alys Beach. Search all available properties at coastalluxury.com/SEARCH.

The amenity-based, planned communities tout the strongest home price trends, supporting their high appeal among buyers in the market. Take a look at the current price trends within our popular planned communities. We at Coastal Luxury anticipate the market to continue its vibrancy through the coming seasons.

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30A HOME PRICE TRENDS A F O U R T E E N -Y E A R R E V I E W O F H O M E P R I C E T R E N D S

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PRICE TRENDS

Statistics according to data gathered from FLEX MLS for combined residential properties (detached residences, attached units, and condos only; EXCLUDES vacant land). Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Prepared compliments of Erin Oden, Coastal Luxury.

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he permanent sculpture exhibit, which lies at a depth of 50 - 60 feet, is the perfect blend of creativity, eco-tourism, and environmentalism! Within an hour of deployment, schools of fish were seen swarming the sculptures. This public space, which is less than a mile off the South Walton coast, is free of charge for all visitors and is a collaboration between the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alys Foundation, and Visit Florida.

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In 2017, the CAA and SWARA sent out an international “Call to Artists” for consideration in the 2018 inaugural undersea installation. Four media were allowed for the sculptures – concrete, limestone, stainless steel, and aluminum. Each sculpture is attached to a base; combined, each installation weighs approximately 6,000 pounds. This will form an artificial reef which will attract marine life, divers, boaters, and kayakers for years to come. Seven sculpture designs were selected by a jury and include “Propeller in Motion” by Marek Anthony, “Self Portrait” by Justin Gaffrey, “The Grayt Pineapple” by Rachel Herring, “JYC’s Dream” by Kevin Reilly, “SWARA Skull” by Vince Tatum, “Concrete Ropes Reef Spheres” by Evelyn Tickle, and “Anamorphous Octopus” by Allison Wickey. These selected artists received stipends for their artwork and additional money toward shipping costs.


AMERICA'S FIRST UNDERWATER MUSEUM OF ART

"Self Portrait" by renowned and much loved local artist Justin Gaffrey

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his eco-tourism exhibit will not only attract divers and art lovers from around the globe, it will also create a habitat for local marine life as well as provide marine scientists, ecologists and students an opportunity to study marine life within the Gulf of Mexico's artificial reef ecosystem. Sculptures will be added annually to the one-acre permanent patch of seabed. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 deployment. An international “Call to Artists” for anyone interested in submitting sculptures for consideration to the juried art exhibit can be found at https://umafl.org/. From a local private yacht, Coastal Luxury’s Erin Oden and Tonya Pippin were on hand to witness the deployment of the Underwater Museum of Art!

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Emotional Rescue Indeed. THE ULTIMATE IN OUTDOOR LIVING

in Inlet Beach, Florida Steve and Bridget Neidhart enjoyed a long history of coastal property ownership before embarking on building their dream home in Inlet Beach, Florida. Aptly named, their beach house Emotional Rescue exudes elements of the coastal lifestyle we all depend on for a reprieve at the beach. The Neidharts' intimate involvement in the design of the home included a desire for significant emphasis on outdoor living. Their vision accomplished a true show house that boasts one of the most impressive outdoor living designs to be found.

Complete with a fire pit and sand beach for games!

How did you discover 30A? Tell us about your first visit to 30A. We discovered the area in 2007 and purchased a condo in Sandestin during our first visit. It took several more years to explore 30A as Bridget and I were both working so our infrequent visits were consumed by enjoying Sandestin.  In 2010, we went for a road trip and turned onto 30A from 98 on a whim.  We immediately realized that we had discovered something special as we were blown away by the coastal dune lakes, WaterColor, and Seaside.  We knew we would eventually live here.

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Sunken swim-up bar Jaw-dropping views from the rooftop deck The largest private pool in the area, measuring 30x15 plus 11x18!

The home site you selected for building your dream beach home is notably large for our area, allowing for the impressive outdoor spaces you designed. Tell us a bit about the selection process of your unique site?  Our first purchase on 30A was a home in Seagrove in 2010.  We loved the house, but we knew pretty quickly that it was a placeholder until we found a more perfect location.  The Seagrove house was about 1 mile from Seaside, which wasn’t bad, but we decided we wanted to be a little closer to the restaurants and bars of either Rosemary or Seaside and we knew we wanted more space.  We also decided it would be fun to build a house so that we could incorporate everything that the Seagrove house didn’t have - great views and spacious indoor and outdoor areas large enough to accommodate large groups of family and friends.  So we started looking at lots. That's when we discovered Inlet Beach.  The lot on Walton Rose was perfect in every respect, so we purchased it within a year of buying the Seagrove house.

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Fully incorporate the outside with inside with the high-design window and door system

You have shared with me that you carefully designed this home over several years. Tell us about the design process of your Inlet Beach home? And, specifically, what were your main goals in the design of your outdoor space? I knew we planned to rent the house for part of the year, so before I started designing, I contacted our Seagrove house rental manager and asked him to share what he believed to be the characteristics of the perfect rental house. Then, over the next year Bridget and I were like sponges, accumulating design ideas from different houses and researching design magazines until we thought we had everything we needed to begin. We wanted great views, but being several tiers back from the Gulf we knew we would have to build high to get them. We dislike the boxy “skyscraper” look of many of the taller beach houses on 30A, but we were fortunate to have a large enough lot to be creative in our design approach. We chose to taper the house down from left to right and front to back to give it a more natural look. We wanted a seamless transition from our first floor indoor to outdoor space, so we incorporated a slider that disappears into the wall to create the feeling of a continuous room from inside to outside.  We also designed a roll-up-garage-style window in the first floor kitchen to open up that area to the outdoors as well.  We ended up with three separate living spaces in the pool area, affording ample space for large groups.

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How has your family personally enjoyed the outdoor spaces? What are your favorite memories spent outside at Emotional Rescue? Our favorite day in Inlet Beach consists of enjoying an afternoon at the beach with friends, swimming in the pool, watching the sunset from our tower, and then retreating back to the first floor lawn for an evening around the firepit.

What have been the highlights of living in Inlet Beach? Inlet Beach is close to everything we need Rosemary Beach, shopping, golf, the beach, etc. It has a real neighborhood feel as more folks live there year round than in other locations on 30A, which has resulted in many great friendships that we’ll take with us even after we leave. We love going to the beach and finding no one else there, only to look down the beach and see the crowds filling the beaches in neighboring Rosemary. Finally, our favorite experience is walking back from Rosemary in the evening after dinner. When we walk through the gate in Inlet, the entire night sky opens up and we see stars everywhere.

Turn to page 32 for more information on this beach home which is available for purchase.

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Things to Do on a Rainy 30A Day by Sallie Paris

WHO DOESN’T DESIRE DAY AFTER SUNNY DAY ON SUGAR SANDS? A day at the beach is, well, a day at the beach. But, the pristine tropical landscape of the Gulf Coast requires precipitation to maintain its beauty. Scenic Highway 30A business owners understand. Fortunately, the towns that decorate the Gulf Coast offer more than sand and sun so that tourists and locals are content no matter the weather. From Rosemary Beach to Sandestin, rainy days cause visitors to think outside the beach and explore diverse, exciting offerings. The opportunities for fun are boundless, but here are a few of my favorites:

1. Visit an open house, especially if it's simply overcast but not raining too hard. The architects, builders, and landscapers of 30A continue to impress visitors and investors from around the world. Alys Beach is known for its white stucco buildings and social scene. The 90 homesites on 90 acres of The Retreat wow visitors and prospective buyers with designs inspired by West Indies culture. Draper Lake and nature preserves surround the gorgeous homes with beauty and privacy. Enjoy the casual, artsy atmosphere of Grayton Beach. Grab an umbrella and stroll through a funky mix of modern beach homes and bright, campy bungalows. 2. Go shopping at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach. As the website boasts, Silver Sands “is home to 110 designer and name-brand outlet stores.” You may have to run from the car to stay dry, but once you're there all the walkways between stores are covered. Better yet, use a shuttle service like Emerald Coast Rider or 654 Limo Chauffeured Services to drop you right at the entrance. Find other options and a complete list of shops and restaurants at: www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/silver-sands.

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3. Make animal friends and learn from biologists at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach. The park is open daily, rain or shine. Children love helping trainers, watching wildlife shows, and learning all about marine life at Dolphin Day Camp. Kiss a sea lion, hug a Harbor seal, and free snorkel with stingrays during interactive encounters. Preview the fun and plan your adventure by visiting www. gulfworldmarinepark.com. 4. Take your vacation crew to the theatre. The renowned Repertory Theatre Entertainment delights crowds of all ages with a variety of performances from plays to comics to improv camps. Check the calendar at lovetherep.com. 5. Become an artist! Two Shard Shop locations (Destin and Grayton Beach) welcome walk-ins, but you can sign up online at shardshop.com. Art teachers lead students to create personal glass-oncanvas masterpieces. Also find Fired Up in Seaside. Choose from 400 pieces and applications ranging from silk screens to etching to bubble wrap to create one-of-a-kind pottery for your home. Individuals and groups can sip wine or beer while learning a variety of techniques with mixed media.


THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY 30A DAY

9. Get into vacation dining mode. Throw your diet out that sliding-glass patio door and enjoy the fantastic restaurants of the Gulf Coast. Local and tourist top picks include open kitchen Bruno’s Pizza, lively Hurricane Oyster Bar, Sealand Restaurant for surf and turf, and the legendary Red Bar of Grayton Beach. Finally, be aware that the weather here changes by the hour, so don't give up on the day just because it's raining in the morning! If you need more ideas or information, talk to Coastal Luxury agents. We know our communities well and are happy to guide you toward a great time. Remember, any day on 30A is a day at the beach!

6. Shop Watercolor’s The Blue Giraffe gallery to find work by local artists and grab your next beach read in the shop’s “Sea of Books.” Inlet Beach’s V. Lala Galleries hosts classes and an open studio for modern art creation using resin, jewels, shells, and more. 7. Go to Thrills to play laser tag and dozens of arcade games with family and friends. Winners will enjoy Moo-La-La ice cream and fudge. Thrills is located in the new Seascape Town Centre in Miramar Beach. 8. Pick up a book from Sundog Books in Seaside. The quaint, family-owned store is 30 years old and hosts books from all genres. Hidden Lantern in Rosemary Beach holds 12,000 titles; each one is carefully selected by the owner. Who needs the sun? Rain is a relaxing backdrop for reading on your beachside porch.

Sallie Paris Sallie Paris uses broad market knowledge and a high level of service to assist clients in all aspects of real estate purchases—from investment properties to beach homes to assimilating into local culture. Sallie says, “Although I’ve lived here for years, I still feel like I’m on vacation every day. My goal is to help other families find perfect properties so that they can grow to love the Emerald Coast just as I do.” Contact Sallie at 850.213.3478 or sallie@coastalluxury.com. Search available properties at www.coastalluxury.com.

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Developments Set New 30A Lifestyle Standards BY RITA MONTGOMERY

I remember when Deer Lake State Park and Point Washington State Forest opened in the 1990s. In the 1998, Seaside welcomed cast and crew to film The Truman Show. In 2008, the Florida Department of Transportation officially deemed our lovely thoroughfare as Scenic Highway 30A. Art galleries in Grayton Beach invited creative minds from all over the world, and now we enjoy modern digital graffiti in Alys Beach.

I

have represented buyers and sellers in 30A communities for close to twenty years. I’ve collaborated with local officials, investors, architects, developers, contractors, landscapers, business owners, and homeowners to raise properties to higher standards while protecting the unmatched beauty of our beach communities. Consider these three new developments that are setting even higher standards:

Grace Point Grace Point is one of 30A's newest gems. The current developers Jason Benedict and Matt Fuller (who is also an artisan carpenter well known for his superior craftsmanship) offers homeowners the security of a gated community with beach access through adjacent WaterSound. Their motto is “grace, beauty, and sustainability." Phase I is underway with homes of exceptional design. Phases II and III include varying home sizes, with 44 homesites total for all three phases. Architects T.S. Adams, R.W. Lowe, and Archiscapes bring artistic, cohesive elements to designs that respect beach culture and families’ needs. As an unique Coastal Living Community on 30A, Grace Point boasts several exciting amenities that ensure beach neighborhood fun: • tennis courts • pools • arcade • beach towel service • on-location dining • kayak rentals • private landscaped parks dotted with indigenous pines and live oaks Opportunities for recreation and escape expand through Grace Point’s thoughtful partnerships with WaterSound, The Clubs by Joe, Live Well 30A, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, and Camp Creek Golf Club.

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The Crest, Blue Mountain Beach Buyers looking for low maintenance, high-end luxury need look no further than The Crest. Located between Grayton and Santa Rosa Beach, The Crest has easy walking access to the beach and stellar Gulf views. Nine total units with modern design imaginatively combine art, efficiency, and comfort. The units surround a peaceful pool and spa. Cabanas, interior elevators, storage units, private grass courtyards, and golf carts deliver easy access to top notch resort life. Residents will spend their time lounging and socializing. Nights out will be easy, as The Crest is closely flanked by communities filled with fabulous shops and eateries. The three-tiered condominiums respect their location by maximizing space and highlighting spectacular, 360-degree views of the Gulf Coast. Imagine sipping a chilled cocktail under a private rooftop pergola as you watch the sun drop into the Gulf. While I enjoy reminiscing about the old days of sparse hotels and long stretches of empty dunes, I look forward to seeing how these innovative developments enhance the 30A lifestyle and set new standards for future developments.

For more information on these and any other new developments, contact Rita at 850.819.5746 or rita@coastalluxury.com.


LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Photos by Modus Photography Kaiya Beach Resort photography courtesy of Jack Gardner Photography

K A I Y A Beach Resort Developer Jason Romair is a visionary. The refined ambience of Alys Beach meets the Relais & Chateaux service quality of Tennessee’s world-renowned Blackberry Farm. Khoury & Vogt Architects designed Villas (single residence homes) and The Mews (attached cottages) for elegant indoor-outdoor living. Tropical vistas of The Grove immediately create an aesthetic of exceptional attention to detail and an aura that promises relaxation. Occupants will enjoy social time at The Inn, which offers a lounge, pool, and guest rooms. Kaiya Club members gain exclusive access to a fitness center, wellness spa, restaurant, pool, and library. And what could be better than concierge service on a resort? Kaiya Beach Resort offers concierge grocery shopping, excursion planning, room service, home maintenance and cleaning, party planning, and culinary experiences. All one really needs to do is arrive and enjoy.

Rita Montgomery

Rita Montgomery has taken exceptional care of 30A homebuyers and investors for over seventeen years. She was born in Parker, Florida, and currently resides on 30A. Rita has been recognized multiple times for exceptional performance as a top broker in the luxury real estate market and has superb working relationships with realtors up and down the coast.


Anyway, not long ago, I was

This is stupid. I can’t believe I’m telling you this. But last night, our band was on

playing accordion at a Cajun

stage. Lights were flashing. People were dancing. The tune was “Hey Good Lookin’.” My

music concert. I saw a man in the audience who kept smiling at me. There was something about him. He stood beside the plywood stage, eyes on me.

buddy, Doug, was singing. And I was squeezing an accordion. So there. I’ve finally said it. I play accordion. For years I’ve been pretending to be an average civilian, sometimes even flat-out denying that I own a thirty-two bass Weltmeister, but it’s time to admit the truth: I play the lamest instrument ever conceived—with the exception of the bassoon. I started playing as a boy. Before me, my grandfather played. Back in Granddaddy’s day, the accordion was not just “an” instrument, it was “the” American instrument. The accordion caused ladies to swoon, men to fall into jealous rages, and caused international spies to jump through glass ballroom windows. Once upon a time, the accordion was exotic and elegant. You could watch primetime television and see stately gentlemen like Myron Floren, grinning at the camera, wearing a four-hundred-pound apparatus strapped to his chest. But times have changed. Most folks don’t even know who Myron Floren is. Today, accordion-playing ranks on the “lameness scale” somewhere between identitytheft and dentistry. Anyway, not long ago, I was playing accordion at a Cajun music concert. I saw a man in the audience who kept smiling at me. There was something about him. He stood beside the plywood stage, eyes on me. He was white-haired and used a walker. His daughter was beside him. After the show, he approached me. “I used to play the accordion,” he said. His whole body was shaking from Parkinson’s. The man went on, “I played when I was in the Army. Started with piano, but I wanted to be like Myron Floren, so when we were in Germany, I bought one.” He taught himself to play. He’d stay up until the wee hours, practicing with a radio.

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THE MUSICIAN BY SEAN DIETRICH

“I was good,” he said. “I was never as good as I thought I was, but good.”

So I removed Old Ugly from her case. I strapped her to my chest the same way my granddaddy once did. The same way lots of men like him did. They were a generation of men

As it happens, I’m not a good accordionist. Not at all.

who fought wars in Europe, earned Purple Hearts, and

In fact, I once played for a nursing home. A woman in her

watched Ed Sullivan or Lawrence Welk when they weren’t

late-eighties borrowed my accordion and played “Tico Tico”

changing their own oil.

at lightning speed. I played “La Vie En Rose” in the parking lot and made a When she finished, she patted my shoulder and said,

lot of mistakes. But he was a generous audience.

“Keep practicing, sweetie.” I could see him through the corner of my eye, he was So the old man and I became friends right away. He and

singing in French. Then, he wiped his eyes.

his daughter followed me into the parking lot that night after the show.

He shook my hand. He thanked me, then said, “One day, I hope to play that song again for my best girl.”

He told me all about himself. About growing up poor in Tennessee. About the first and only woman he ever loved— his deceased wife.

His daughter hugged me. We exchanged addresses. Then, they were gone.

She was the same woman he played for almost every

We kept in touch some. He even sent me birthday cards—

evening. Songs like “Lady of Spain,” “O Sole Mio, and “La

we accordionists have to stick together. He read all my books.

Vie En Rose” Anyway, I got an email today. It said that last night, “Those were her favorite songs,” he told me.

around eight in the evening, a man you’ve never met closed his eyes and didn’t reopen them. He was Old America. He

As it happens, “La Vie En Rose,” was one of the first

was a father, a husband, and a musician.

songs I ever learned. When I told him that, he got excited and said, “Oh! Would you play it?”

And right now he’s playing for his best girl again.

“Right now?” I said.

Please don’t tell anyone I play accordion.

“Please?”

Sean Dietrich Sean Dietrich is a columnist, and novelist, known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, South Magazine, Yellowhammer News, Good Grit, the Bitter Southerner, Thom Magazine, Tallahassee Democrat, and he has authored seven novels.

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Building Permits:

Planning on building or renovating in Walton County? by Chris Burch

Include the government permit process in your timeline.

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our architect is nearing completion of plans for your new build or renovation project, and you have a pretty good idea how long construction should take once ground is broken. As you plan your project start date, a critical factor to include is the time needed to move through the Walton County Planning and Building Departments to obtain required permits. Walton County continues to grow at lightning-speed. The area was listed as the sixth fastest growing county in the nation (change from 2016 to 2017) by the news website Business Insider. Since 2016, approximately 3,700 new single-family homes have been permitted in Walton County, and inventory of readily available lots is shrinking. Furthermore, a number of buildable residential lots have been picked over and are less desirable. Many vacant lots sit in flood zones, contain wetlands, or present other challenges that make the land more expensive to develop. In addition to construction on existing vacant lots and the development of new subdivisions, there are trends toward renovation of existing residences and the tear down of existing structures to make way for new construction.

Most general contractors work in conjunction with architects and engineers to manage the building permit process for property owners; however, several local firms specialize in walking property owners through the planning and building permit process. The Walton County Land Development Code contains requirements for setbacks, parking, storm water management, preservation and natural resource protection, floodplain management, and other considerations that must be addressed during the planning review process.

Local county government officials are working hard to appropriately manage growth while keeping up with building demand. The County enacted an initiative to update both the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code, with the goal of reconciling inconsistencies between these documents while preserving and enhancing quality of life in our physical and natural environments. Regardless of structure type, Walton County officials must review and approve projects prior to construction. Some permits, such as those for interior remodels, may be approved in less than one week because the Planning Department is not involved. On the other hand, construction permitting on some single-family lots can take from one to three months, depending on the complexity of the criteria that must be met at specific locations. Under most circumstances total permitting time takes approximately two months, but keep in mind that certain properties and plans may take considerably longer to complete all the steps. 30 | Summer 2018

Chris Burch

Chris Burch, MBA, owns Grand Bay Construction, LLC, and has been building on the Emerald Coast since 2005. Grand Bay Construction seeks to not only set the standard in the Gulf Coast's construction industry, but also to surpass customers' expectations. www.grandbayconstruction.com


WALTON COUNTY BUILDING PERMITS

Below is a checklist of the major requirements to apply to the Walton County Building Department. Depending on lot location, some or all these items must be addressed. Consider these issues during lot selection. Some affect the complexity and time required for permitting. Some impact the actual buildable area and construction cost for a single-family residence.

ARB

1) Architectural Review Board Letter – If your lot is

3) Environmental Compliance – If the home is located

located in a subdivision that has a Homeowners Association (HOA), you will need written approval from the Architectural Review Board of the HOA stating that the home you plan to build meets the architectural guidelines and satisfies the general design covenants of the neighborhood.

within the Wildlife Conservation Zone (within 750 feet of the mean high-water line of the Gulf of Mexico), the architect must submit a lighting plan that specifies types of light fixtures, locations, and light bulbs.

2) Storm Water Compliance – Several requirements

federally-identified endangered species whose natural habitat is coastal Walton County. Depending on your lot’s location, you may be required to apply for a federal permit with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

must be met if the subdivision does not have a countyapproved storm water management plan and is located south of Choctawhatchee Bay. In addition to a boundary survey, a topographic survey and geotechnical report (soil boring test) may be required to complete a drainage plan. * The maximum impervious surface ratio of home and improvements to overall lot size is 40 percent. Brick pavers are also considered impervious, so factor their square footage in when calculating the size of the home’s footprint (including roof overhangs). Also, be informed of setback requirements and permissible placement of driveway access.

4) Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse – The animal is a

5) Flood Zone – Again, depending on location, you may be required to submit an Elevation Certificate (proposed and actual) and indicate where you will construct breakaway walls or flood vents in areas enclosed below the base flood line.

6) If you’re planning to build on a Gulf-front lot, you must secure a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit, which will add an estimated 6 months to the permitting time.

* All structures must be on pilings or pier-supported to allow for storm water infiltration, unless you have a storm water management plan that meets minimum requirements. Additional storm water requirements must be met if the lot is adjacent to or fronts a coastal dune lake, or if the lot is in one the areas identified by Walton County Public Works as a closed basin. Once the Planning Department has approved the plans, you can submit to the Building Department by completing their specific checklist. The Building Department will review construction plans for code compliance and issues. They have been turning permits around in approximately 1-2 weeks. If you plan to purchase a lot in South Walton and build a single-family residence, it is highly recommended that you consult with one or more of the following professionals: a realtor, architect, surveyor, engineer, or general contractor who is versed in Walton County planning and building codes.

Although this article is not exhaustive, I hope the information will help you set realistic expectations as you work through plans, checklists, timelines, and the permitting process. Permit tasks may seem daunting to navigate, but these requirements are in place to help our area grow while maintaining its unparalleled beauty, protecting public safety, and respecting nature and wildlife. Coastal property is in high demand, so be patient. In the end, it will be worth it the wait. For detailed information, explore the Walton County, Florida, government website: https://www.co.walton.fl.us

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EAST END 30A Florida

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

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325 Walton Rose Lane I N LET BE ACH

800.359.0748 EXT. 3478


BUILT IN 2016 4,780 Sq. Ft.

6 Bedrooms 7 Bathrooms

Offered at $3,795,000

The Quintessential Beach House in Inlet Beach

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LETTER FROM THE INLET PUBLISHER BEACH

325 Walton Rose Lane Offered at $3,795,000

• Built with every amenity imaginable

• All of the bedrooms offer LED TVs, elegant bedding, bedside tables with lamps, dressers, and closets

• Professionally decorated • All bathrooms offer quartz countertops, elegant tile • Fully exudes the comforts of coastal living

choices and three have rain head walk-in showers

• Stunning Gulf views from numerous decks

• Private balcony outfitted with cocktail table and barstools

• Established vacation rental, projecting to

• Laundry room with front loading washer and dryer

exceed $313,000 in annual revenue • Porch and four rocking chairs overlook the pool • Amazing roof deck with flying bed and wet bar • Main living area, dining room and kitchen offer • Sonos music system, TVs in every

the best Gulf views

room, and wireless internet • Comfortable living area has a sectional sofa with lounger, • Large private heated pool on 30A with poolside

love seat, side chair, LED TV

kitchen, swim up bar, barstools in the water, gas fire pit, and surfboard shower • Beach volleyball court

• Large dining table seats ten • Open concept kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, custom cabinets, stainless appliances

• Elevator • Elegant foyer anchors the open stairwell

by Thermador and Kitchenaide • Roof Deck with views over all of the other homes toward the beach and Gulf as well as nearby Rosemary Beach

• Looks out towards the fabulous pool area

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95 Hopetown Lane R O SE M ARY

800.359.0748 EXT. 3458


BUILT IN 2011 2,647 Sq. Ft.

4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Offered at $3,995,000

Poised Just Four Tiers from the Beach on Rosemary’s Gulf Side

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER ROSEMARY

95 Hopetown Lane offered at $3,995,000

• Exquisite, newly redesigned custom beach house

• Meticulously selected finishes

• Pool deck

• Custom milled antique oak flooring

• Highly coveted location

• Hand-hewn beams

• Within steps to both the beach as well as Rosemary’s lively Town Center

• Calcutta Gold marble counters • Custom trim and custom cabinetry

• Directly overlooks one of Rosemary’s charming tree-lined wooden boardwalks

• Custom fabricated stair railings

• Stunning Gulf views from the deep porches

• Antique Italian tile

• Short stroll of just 100 yards from your front door to the white sands

• Gas fireplace

• Full renovation by custom home builder Matt Fuller • New interiors by interior design firm Kay Fuller Interiors • Use of impeccable finishes that exude a highdesign beach house of crisp coastal elements

• Shiplap • Venetian plaster walls • Ideal as a secondary home or an investment property • Projected to generate annual rental income of +$230,000

• Current owner recently worked with the design team to further expand the remodel, adding custom built-in bunks, a morning kitchen on the first level, a summer kitchen on the pool deck, gas lanterns, and a parking pergola

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179 Pelican Circle SE ACRE ST

800.359.0748 EXT. 3358


BUILT IN 2008 7,293 Sq. Ft.

10 Bedrooms 8/2 Bathrooms

Offered at $5,557,000

Exceptionally Large Gulf-front Beach House

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LETTER FROM THE 30APUBLISHER EAST END

179 Pelican Circle offered at $5,557,000

• On the popular east end of the Scenic Highway 30A corridor • Ideal for quintessential beach gatherings

• The first level offers six bedrooms, four baths, two living areas with kitchenettes, and access to both courtyard enclosed pool areas

• Exclusive investment property

• Second level houses the main living areas of the home

• One of the top-performing vacation rentals along the coast

• Plentiful windows and stunning Gulf views

• Impressive established annual rental income history of over $385,000 and trending to $400,000 • High elevation affords breathtaking panoramic Gulf views • Enjoy the luxury of walking directly from your deck onto the white sands via your private beach walkover extending from the second-level deck • Gated community boasts a prime location, just east of WaterSound Beach and just west of Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach • Offered fully furnished • 10 bedroom, 10 bath property • Elevator on each side • Two, 2-car garages and two sizable driveways

• Enjoy endless sights of the Gulf from the spacious balcony, living areas, or dining rooms • Open floor plan ideal for entertaining • Includes two luxurious kitchens, both equipped with stainless steel appliances, wine chillers, and large center islands with ample seating • Spacious dining areas open on both sides to the expansive deck that joins in the center and leads to the private beach walkover • Two master suites occupy the full third levels featuring boundless views of the crystal clear Gulf waters • Highly desirable 30A locale provides matchless seclusion while remaining close to the bustling 30A communities, award-winning restaurants, local shops, art galleries, and entertainment

• Two gated, heated pools

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The Alexander

9961 E Co Hwy 30A, Ste CS-7 SE ACR EST

800.359.0748 EXT. 3398


BUILT IN 2007 3,200+ Sq. Ft.

• Very first office location east of Alys Beach • Rare and unique opportunity for a large commercial space • Impressive investment opportunity with 5+ years of an income-generating footprint • Open layout concept lends much versatility for the space to be designed • Corner unit that spans the entire east length of The Alexander building’s first floor • 5 individual entrances with convenient access for deliveries

Offered at $950,000

Prime, High Visibility, Commercial Space Poised Directly On Scenic Highway 30A

• Adequate parking for patrons and employees

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The Alexander 9961 E County Highway 30A, Unit 401

EAST END OF 30A

SE ACR EST

Exceptional fully furnished & renovated penthouse in the Alexander at Palm Court • Poised exclusively between Rosemary and Alys Beach • On 4th floor • Rare opportunity in such a developed area with Gulf views • Perfect beach getaway • Within walking distance to all the restaurants and shops in Alys Beach, Seacrest Beach, and Rosemary • Master bedroom located on the northeast corner of the unit • Fully renovated master bathroom • Hardwood floors • Solid surface counters • Kitchen with breakfast bar and dining • Stainless steel kitchen appliances • Intertwines into a very spacious living area • Carrera tile • Custom cabinets • Walk-in closet • Double vanity • Perfect spot to enjoy drinks and sunsets on the balcony • Outstanding views of the gulf

Offered at $725,000 BUILT IN 2004 1,509 SQ. FT. 2 BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS 48 | Summer 2018

800.359.0748 EXT. 3558


The Inn at Seacrest Beach 9955 E County Highway 30A, Unit 209

EAST END OF 30A

SE ACR EST

Beautiful 2nd floor studio unit with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico • Furnished studio unit • Overlooking heated pool/hot tub • Breathtaking forever views of the Gulf of Mexico's emerald waters • Currently on the rental program • One of the few places on 30A that has nightly rentals • Weekly, monthly, and yearly rentals are also popular here • Great investment and vacation getaway • Access to the beach • Within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and activities of Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Seacrest Beach • Deeded beach access is conveniently located right across the street through Sunset Beach • Unit has a kitchenette, granite counter tops, and full-sized refrigerator • Facility also has washer/dryer • Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to own property with these amenities and this great price • Call today for a showing

Offered at $179,000 BUILT IN 2005 325 SQ. FT. ST UDIO 1 BATHROOMS

800.359.0748 EXT. 3558


239 Sand Oaks Circle SE AG R OVE

800.359.0748 EXT. 3538


BUILT IN 2017 2,500Sq. Ft.

• The perfect location • Amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico • Outstanding Eric Watson designed home will remind you of the quality and style found in Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach • Second level open living concept is the heart of this home where everyone will gather • Kitchen is a chef’s dream come true with Sub Zero, Wolf, and Bosch appliances • All counter tops, including bathrooms counters, are Carrara marble providing a modern and timeless style

3 Bedrooms 3/1 Bathrooms

Offered at $1,095,000

Great Opportunity to Live and Play in the Heart of 30A

• First two levels of this quality constructed home are block/stucco providing an extremely quiet and efficient interior • Design code only dictates first level • Gated • Close to the beach • An over the top built and designed home

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14 B Paradise by the Sea Boulevard 30A

800.359.0748 EXT. 3638

EAST


Offered at $1,995,000

• ”Close to everything but away from it all” • Estate-sized lot • One of only 51 residential home sites • Exceptional gated community • Great location just west of Rosemary Beach and adjacent to Alys Beach • Within walking distance to restaurants, shops, bike path, and everything the east end of 30A has to offer

Estate-Sized Homesite in Paradise by the Sea

• Only steps away from the 1700 feet of crystal white beach sand and emerald green waters • True paradise that you can call your home away from home • No build-out time requirements • An easy property to hold for future plans

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410 Beachfront Trail SE AG R OVE

800.359.0748 EXT. 2858


BUILT IN 2012 6,275 Sq. Ft.

9 Bedrooms 8/1 Bathrooms

• Spectacular Gulf views • Private pool • Fully furnished • Unforgettable vacation rental • Exceptionally large plan with nine bedrooms and multiple living spaces • First-floor bedroom with two queen beds • Bunk room with eight twin beds

Offered at $2,750,000

Luxury Vacation Rental Home with Expansive Forever Gulf Views

• Two living areas on the second floor with DVD players, flat-screen TVs, and large balconies • Bar and card table • Fireplace • Chef's dream kitchen • High-end appliances and granite countertops • Large island and beautiful cabinetry • Second level master suite with gorgeous views • Third level with five bedrooms includes three master suites • Living area on third level boasts outstanding views

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EAST END OF 30A

202 E Seacrest Beach SE ACREST BE ACH

Great homesite location in the highly desired Seacrest Beach Community • Come build your beach getaway • Special location • Within walking distance to the 12,000 sqft lagoon pool, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach and the Village of South Walton • All with great shops and restaurants • Buy now build later

Offered at $395,000

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800.359.0748 EXT. 3618


8 Lichen Lane

EAST END OF 30A

SE AG R OVE

An idyllic 30A beach home situated on a prime corner site within The Hammocks of Seagrove Beach • Quiet gated community of just 45 home sites • Remodeled to a crisp coastal design • White marble countertops • High-end appliances • Custom built-in cabinetry • New interiors • Two brick paver driveways provide ample parking to easily accommodate 5 cars • Wood-burning fireplace • Strong rental income potential, projected to generate annual income of $55,000 • Discover a serene and quiet environment that feels quite tucked away • Walkable to all of the bustling 30A enjoyment surrounding you • Bordering WaterColor, The Hammocks is a short stroll to the beach as well as neighboring Seaside and Publix at WaterColor Crossings shopping center

Offered at $709,000 BUILT IN 2003 1,531 SQ. FT. 3 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS

800.359.0748 EXT. 3318


80 Hotz Avenue G R AY TON

800.359.0748 EXT. 3158


BUILT IN 2013 3,982 Sq. Ft.

6 Bedrooms 4/2 Bathrooms

Offered at $3,399,000

Unsurpassed Unobstructed Views of the Gulf

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30A EAST END

80 Hotz Avenue Offered at $3,399,000

• Exceptional site with unobstructed views and private pool • “A Wave From It All” is one of the

• Large bedrooms with custom-built furnishings with tasteful Grayton beach style • Private pool

premiere Gulf front homes • Elevator to all four floors • In the iconic Grayton Beach community • Billiard and game room • Unobstructed western views • Water views in every direction • Multiple-floor deck spaces perfectly situated to catch the sunset over sand and sea

• Established vacation rental with rental history of over $215,000 per year in rental income

• Incredible location with the beach

and projections of $225,000 for 2017

right out the front door

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WEST END 30A Florida

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105 Bannerman Beach Lane BANN ER M AN BE ACH

800.359.0748 EXT. 3438


BUILT IN 1992 4,220 Sq. Ft.

4 Bedrooms 3/2 Bathrooms

Offered at $3,395,000

An Exclusive, Ultra-Private Gated Gulf and Lake Front

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LETTER FROM THE 30A PUBLISHER WEST END

105 Bannerman Beach Lane Offered at $3,395,000

• A true treasure of unspoiled lands along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast on Scenic Highway 30A

• Only 185 steps to the community private beach walkover

• Freedom to enjoy outdoor living in countless ways while punctuating the home and landscape with sheer beauty • Entrance hall’s grand staircase leads to the second-floor main living area

• Notably special homesite of over one half acre boasts breathtaking direct views of both

• Fine architectural details and a soothing palette of colors

the Gulf and the Little Redfish Lake • Four sets of French doors open to a deep porch • Exceptionally private beach residence that embodies the essence of true coastal living • To be enjoyed as an vacation home retreat or a year-round residence

that expands the breadth of the living and dining rooms and opens to serene Gulf and lake views • Opening to the porch lends a picturesque display of the surrounding lush landscape, twisted oaks, and native vegetation

• Features raised ceilings and deep crown molding throughout

• Bright living area flows to the formal dining room which is adjacent to the gourmet kitchen and morning porch

• Luxurious master suite and three additional guest suites • Kitchen includes granite countertops with • Living room, dining room, gathering room,

backsplash reminiscent of sea glass

kitchen, elevator, and much more • Appliances are top-of-the-line Sub Zero refrigeration • Outdoor oasis features an exquisite pool, terraces, pergolas, and over 1,600 square

and Wolf built in double ovens with a gas cooktop on the large island

feet of porches and verandas

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Homesite 64 Antigua Lane

THE RETREAT

T H E RET R E AT

An exceptionally situated homesite just steps to the beach within the exclusive, gated community of The Retreat • Located in the secluded and gated community of The Retreat • Rare opportunity for a future beach house with Gulf and lake views • The Retreat community in Blue Mountain Beach — highly sought-after and prestigious Gulf-front community • Nearly 3,000 feet of pristine beach-front living • The Retreat neighbors and accesses Draper Lake, a 28-acre private coastal dune lake • Conservation easement never to be constructed upon in preservation of the dune landscape

• Spectacular Gulf-front Beach Club as well as community dock on Draper Lake • Just steps to the community deeded beach access • Conveys with house plans by architect Matthew Savoie • The Retreat is an exclusive and a rental restrictive community

Offered at $690,000

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800.359.0748 EXT. 2738


Homesite 4033 W County Hwy 30A

WEST END OF 30A

W E ST EN D OF 3 0 A

Extremely rare estate-sized lot conveniently poised on the Southside of 30A • With beach access • Large private pool (San Remo) • Fitness center • Nothing short of hidden gem • Situated just 150 yards from the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast • Lot is approx. .587 acres • Surround yourself with lush vegetation and permanent Gulf views • Amazing oversized homesite offers a large building foot print • No build-out time frame • Buyer responsible for all due diligence and verifying all data including dimensions

Offered at $750,000

800.359.0748 EXT. 3518


Homesite H 7 Seawinds

WEST END OF 30A

W E ST EN D OF 3 0 A

Amazing location! Corner lot in Gulf Place’s “Bellamar” • Build your dream home in this amazing corner lot • In gated community “BellaMar” • Across the street from the Gulf of Mexico • Ideal area for a primary residence or your second home • The Vue Restaurant directly across Scenic 30A • Owners have several membership options to join Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club • No build-out time and tap fees have been paid • Deeded beach access in front of the community • Walk to all the shops and entertainment that Gulf Place has to offer

Offered at $395,000

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800.359.0748 EXT. 3598


INQUIRE

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Before You Wire! by George T. Brannon, Jr.

Setco Services cares about our clients and the well-being of our real estate community. Wire fraud has been a steadily growing issue in the real estate industry for years, and is now more prevalent than ever before. Together with the American Land Title Association, we have put together some very important information to help keep you safe from wire fraud. Every day, hackers are stealing money by spoofing email wire transfer instructions to people who are involved in a transfer process. Criminals use malware to infect computers and phish information about ongoing transactions. They then use a similar email address with company logo and info to request the wire transfer. The message appears to come from your agent or title company, but it has a fraudulent bank account number. Setco Services has Cyber Insurance to protect our clients and their funds should foul play come to pass, but we highly encourage everyone to take the following precautions to heart when preparing to engage in wire transactions:

1. Use Personally Verified Phone Numbers Only Confirm your wiring instructions using a verified phone number before transferring funds. Don't use phone numbers or links from an email. Only use phone numbers that you have received from the agent or company with whom you’re doing business with.

If you think you’ve been targeted by a wire fraud hacker, please follow these steps: 1. Immediately call your bank and ask them to issue a recall notice for your wire. 2. Report the crime to www.lC3.gov. 3. Call your regional FBI office and police.

Detection within 24 hours is your best chance at recovering stolen funds.

Remember, anytime you are involved in a real estate negotiation, stay diligent, stick to these precautions, and stay protected by choosing Setco Services as your title services provider. For more information on wire fraud visit: www.inquirebeforeyouwire.com

2. Always Be Suspicious Of Emails It's uncommon for title companies to change wiring instructions or payment info by email. If you receive an email asking for financial information or wire instructions, call your agent or title officer directly and ask them about it.

3. Confirm Everything With Your Bank Always ask your bank to confirm the name on the account before sending a wire transfer.

4. Verify Your Transactions Immediately Within four to eight hours, call the title company or real estate agent to confirm they received your money.

George Brannon, Jr. has fostered the growth of companies and associations using his professional mantra: “Work hard and be nice.” Mr. Brannon is currently the Chief Operations Officer of SETCO Services. Visit online at www.setcoservices.com

George T. Brannon, Jr.

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PANAMA CITY BEACH Florida

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15625 Front Beach Road Unit 207

PANAMA CITY BEACH

AQ U A CON D OM IN IUM

Perched along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico one block away from the fabulous Pier Park • Aqua sets the standard for Panama City Beach • 2nd floor unit offers a fabulous floor plan • Very popular for rentals • Flex space that is easily used for an 3rd bedroom or office • Picturesque Gulf views from almost every room • Tasteful furnishings • Ample Gulf-front balcony • Perfect for relaxing and so easy to keep the sand between your toes • Ideally situated with a view of the stunning Gulf front pool • Aqua offers premier amenities in addition to beautiful architecture • Indoor/outdoor pool, separate hot tub, beachside grilling area, exercise facilities • Garage parking with walkover for convenience • Exquisite lobby and common areas

Offered at $460,000 BUILT IN 2007 1,273 SQ. FT. 2 BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS

800.359.0748 EXT. 3698


107 Smugglers Cove Court

PANAMA CITY BEACH

L AKES AT SUM M ER BR EEZ E

Spacious home with Lake-front living in Panama City Beach • Beautiful 4BR/3BA

• Across the street from the beach • Situated on the Lake at Summer Breeze • 10-foot ceilings • 8-foot doors • Travertine floors on entire 1st level • Slate on all decks and balconies • Granite counter tops on all surfaces including bathrooms and wet bar • Custom cabinets with built-ins around the fireplace • 2 heating and air conditioning systems • Upgraded stainless steel appliances • Separate whirlpool garden tub and shower • Private upstairs balcony off the master • On the lake with incredible Gulf views • Unfurnished

Offered at $535,000 BUILT IN 2004 2,320 SQ. FT. 4 BEDROOMS 3 BATHROOMS 74 | Summer 2018

800.359.0748 EXT. 3678


CARILLON BEACH Florida


298 Beachside Drive G U LF -FR ON T - C ARILLON BE ACH

800.359.0748 EXT. 3498


BUILT IN 2008 4,431 Sq. Ft.

6 Bedrooms 8 Bathrooms

Offered at $3,995,000

Private Gulf-front Retreat in Charming Carillon Beach Community

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LETTER FROM CARILLON THE PUBLISHER BEACH

298 Beachside Drive Offered at $3,995,000

• Seaside style meets peaceful privacy

• Each rental guest hand selected by the owner

• Carillon Beach coastal classic

• Impressive annual rental history of over $340,000

• Two-story oversized carriage house • Stunning courtyard area with heated private pool • Multiple beachfront balconies • Two full kitchens & two gas fireplaces • Private elevator

• Charming Carillon beach community adds even more appeal • Almost a mile of private community beach • Beaches provide depth and privacy • A myriad of amenities to offer owners and guests alike

• Sleeps 14 - 18 guests

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Coastal Luxury is pleased to have represented both Buyer and Sellers on the successful sales of exquisite beach homes along our coast this year. Please reach out to us to allow us the opportunity to assist you with your real estate needs in the coming seasons!

364 Grande Pointe Circle Lot 96 1333 E Ravens Run 151 Woody Wagon Way 268 Lantern Lane 209 Baywind Drive 68 Baird Road 761 Indian Woman Road 61 Dune Comet Lane 383 21 Woody Wagon Way 559 Amelia Lane 114 Mainsail Drive Unit 137 113 Los Angeles Street 404 Kelly Plantation Drive Unit 1208 221 Scenic Gulf Drive 120 23 Palmeira Way 136 Georgetown Avenue 2 A-4 4050 Dancing Cloud Court #293 9961 E Co. Hwy 30A, Suite 4 1370 W Ravens Run

Inlet Beach Sandestin Seacrest Beach Regatta Bay Bluewater Bay Blue Mountain Beach Santa Rosa Beach Inlet Beach Seacrest Beach Point Washington Mainsail Frangista Beach Kelly Plantation Miramar Beach Seagrove Rosemary Destin Seacrest Sandestin

$378,200 $540,000 $700,000 $1,075,000 $1,050,000 $1,360,000 $240,000 $455,170 $580,000 $615,000 $620,000 $900,000 $903,500 $925,000 $1,025,000 $80,000 $144,000 $750,000 $480,000


Coastal Luxury is prominently located directly on Scenic 30A, the first office east of Alys Beach. Our firm’s unique targeted marketing efforts, strong database, and intimate market knowledge afford us the privilege of consistently representing the successful sales of our coast’s finest residences. Coastal Luxury provides a strong team representation to deliver white glove service to our clients.

Please stop into our offices. We would be delighted to meet you!

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Closings est facilis. Allow Setco to make your real estate closings a breeze.

Simple Real Estate Closings with Advanced Technology Find Us On: 850.650.6161 SETCOServices.com Fort Walton Beach | Destin | Panama City | Panama City Beach | Pensacola | 30A | Crestview


DISCOVER YOUR

COASTAL LUXURY LIFE R E A L E S TAT E FO R LU X U RY L I V I N G

Coastal Luxury Magazine | Summer 2018 Edition  

Check out the new Summer issue of Coastal Luxury Magazine for a look at upcoming local events, up-to-date market trends, and local insights!

Coastal Luxury Magazine | Summer 2018 Edition  

Check out the new Summer issue of Coastal Luxury Magazine for a look at upcoming local events, up-to-date market trends, and local insights!