November 29th, 2013
The holidays are a lovely time to own a home or purchase real estate on the Emerald Coast. You will be here just in time to enjoy all of the great holiday activities, family fun and terrific winter weather. And, if you are from up North, don’t worry; many of your cold weather traditions live on, despite our sunny skies.
So, what cold weather traditions can you engage in when you move to Northwest Florida. Well, while we may not have a white Christmas, you can still enjoy activities such as ice skating! Make your way to Baytowne Wharf in South Walton to lace up your skates and hit the ice. The rink will be open until February 2, 2014 and ice time is just $11 for one and a half hours, which includes your skate rental.
Santa will also be coming to town very soon. He will make his way to town during the annual Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade on Eglin Parkway Monday, December 2, 2013. Bring the kids to Harborwalk Village every weekend beginning December 7, 2013 so they can have their annual meet and greet with the big man in red. Each visitor will receive a special treat.
November 22nd, 2013
There are many advantages to owning real estate in Destin and Northwest Florida. One you don’t often consider, however, is how delightful it is that your holiday decor never gets buried in snow! But those tiny twinkle lights come with a big responsibility – safety!
Let’s be honest, a fire in your recently purchased Gulf Coast home would not exactly be the answer to your Christmas wish. But, luckily, home holiday safety is easily achieved. Your first step is to drag out all of your Christmas decor from storage. Your next step is to untangle all those darn lights. As you work, check the cords to make sure there is no breakage or fraying in any of the strands. Plug in each string of lights to make sure they work and that there is no popping or electrical sparks generated by them. If there are, toss the strand and replace them. Also, remember to not plug more than three strands of lights or other holiday decor into a single extension cord.
Did you purchase a home in Northwest Florida with a fireplace? Congratulations! The weather probably isn’t frightful, but everyone find a fire delightful during the holidays. Make sure yours is clean and in good repair before throwing on the yule log.
November 15th, 2013
If you are considering purchasing real estate in Northwest Florida, and are interested in a location teeming with activity, family-fun and scenic views, your community of choice is definitely going to be Destin. And, if you happen to be looking for a place your family would love to visit you, we can promise they will jump at the chance to stay in a Destin condo or beach home!
Destin was once a very small town. Originating as a small fishing community, the beauty and potential of the area was soon realized and a very popular resort town was born. While this area happens to be a vacation hotspot many months out of the year, it also happens to be a wonderful place to own a home and live. Whether you are just starting out, building a family or enjoying retirement, you will find Destin has something to offer you, including terrific restaurants, local events and year-round activities such as golf and even, yes, fishing.
A drive down Highway 98 will reveal luxurious beach homes and many condos, but just across the way you will find many residential neighborhoods offering a wide range of housing options, including apartments and single family homes. if you are considering a move to Destin, Florida, contact the agents of RE/MAX Southern today and let us help you pick the perfect spot along the beach to call home!
November 7th, 2013
Birthdays are a very big deal to most people. They allow us to celebrate out life and the lives of loved ones with cake, good cheer and, usually, presents. But birthdays are an even bigger deal when you’re a kid. That’s why we found it astonishing and heartwarming when we learned of a local program that allows others to “give a birthday”, and that we knew an awesome young lady who was giving hers.
The Give A Birthday program was started by a local little boy on his sixth birthday. Yes, you read that correctly. This little boy, Landon, was asked what he wanted for his birthday. Realizing he already had so much, he asked for money – and then donated it to the local Children In Crisis, The Children’s Neighborhood. Landon has done much to raise awareness for his program and the Change for Children Campaign is becoming wildly popular in our local schools.
So popular, in fact, that we know a special young lady who just recently gave for her birthday. If you have walked in the doors of RE/MAX Southern’s Destin location or called us up, odds are you have spoken to Mandy. Her daughter, Aylyssa, just recently donated $320 to CIC, The Children’s Neighborhood to celebrate her birthday.
Way to go, Alyssa! We are proud to have you as a part of the extended Southern family and happy birthday!
November 1st, 2013
If you’re looking for an excuse to spend a beautiful Fall day outside on the harbor, we’ve got it. Don’t miss Blues, Brews & BBQ, taking place November 9, 2013!
We can’t really find anything we don’t like about this annual event. Blues, Brews and BBQ event is now in it’s fifth year and continues to be deliciously fun each year. Come out and watch as area restaurants compete for the title of Best BBQ. Area favorites you can expect to see include Tucker Duke’s, known on the harbor for their scrumpticous food truck, as well as Harry T’s Lighthouse, Landshark Pizza Company and more.
Not only will these restaurant be cooking, but also competing. In addition to feeding those attending the event, the chefs will also be out to claim prizes such as Best Traditional BBQ, Most Creative BBQ, and even Best Seafood BBQ. With categories like that, you know you will be experiencing good, Southern fare, as well as many tasty new spins on a classic.
Also, sip on craft beers as you make your way through the tasting stations. You’ll undoubtedly need something to wash down all the yummy beef, pork and ribs! Be sure to stay through the afternoon listening to the live music so you can catch a great harbor sunset.
This event will take place November 10, 2012 from 12-4PM and is just $20 for an armband and unlimited tasting!
October 25th, 2013
Things are about to get spooky along the Gulf Coast! Halloween is happy, festive time along our shores and many events will be taking place this weekend ahead of the big day. Pick your favorite family-friendly activity and don’t miss a moment of the fun.
First up, the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island is getting spooktacular with their Splash or Treat event. Head out to enjoy specially themed shows, kids activities, special treats and more. Kids in costume even enter the park FREE! You can also make this event a special treat for your little ones on the day of Halloween, as well as this weekend.
On Halloween day, trick or treat in your Destin or Fort Walton Beach neighborhood or head out for a local candy-filled event. At Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Trick or Treat Off the Street. Spot participating stores by the pumpkins in the window between the hours of 10AM and 6PM. If you happen to live in a home in Panama City Beach, check out Malloween at 6PM on October 31, 2013. No matter what you choose to do, stay safe and have a happy Halloween!
October 18th, 2013
If you are searching for a thriving community in south Walton county to call home, we humbly suggest the town of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. A historic community that offers a nice balance between woodland and beach, Santa Rosa Beach offers a little something for everyone in your household.
One of sixteen very distinct communities of South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach is located close to Destin, Florida and offers everything from family homes and neighborhoods to luxurious beach homes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. No matter which type of South Walton real estate you choose, you will find much to enjoy when you live here. You will discover wonderful schools, community activities and local festivals sure to please. While we always recommend frequent trips to our beautiful white sand beaches, Santa Rosa Beach also offers entrances into Point Washington State Forest and Topsail Hill State Forest to ensure that all of the nature lovers in the family are happy.
As far as area conveniences go, you will find many in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Local restaurants and family favorite dining can be found in abundance, as can your preferred shops. For a different sort of shopping day, head down to the beach boutiques or the artist community of Gulf Place. No matter your reason for buying a home or investment property in Santa Rosa Beach, we can confidently tell you that you will not be disappoint in your choice of location!
October 11th, 2013
It’s been a heck of Destin Fishing Rodeo so far in 2013 and things are just heating up! The docks of Destin have seen some amazing catches and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the month has in store.
If you live, work or play near the Destin Harbor, pop over the docks for a post-work or play appetizer at one of the local area restaurants and watch as the boats come to shore. This event truly embodies what our area is about so, even if you don’t fish, you are sure to get caught up in the spirit of the rodeo.
This week locals and visitors alike got a treat when two amazing catches came to shore. The first was a 50 pound Amberjack. We cannot imagine the strength and stamina this angler had to have to bring that monster into the boat. Speaking of strength, the next catch to come in at the weigh-in also caused quite a stir. The 83.4 pound Cubera Snapper was incredibly impressive. You can check out pictures of both on our Destin, Florida Facebook.
If you’ve never been down for the weigh-ins, head out and enjoy it this October. If nothing else, it’s a great reason to relax and enjoy this incredible Gulf Coast weather we are experiencing along the beaches!
October 3rd, 2013
If you are considering a real estate purchase along the beaches of Northwest Florida, let us introduce you to one of the most bustling area’s along out coast, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A popular vacation destination thanks to the sugar white sand beaches and cascading emerald waves, ‘FWB’ is also a wonderful place to call home.
One of the larger townships along the Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach is so much more than just beaches. You will also find it is a wonderful places for families, a popular choice for military stationed at nearby bases, and an overall great city to live in. You will find abundant schools, both private and public, for your kids to attend, as well as terrific civic organizations and clubs for you, or your family, to be a part of. This section of Northwest Florida is also well-known for offering events and festivals that cater to both local families and the visitors who vacation with us during the beautiful summer season.
Real Estate choices in Fort Walton Beach vary from waterfront living to single family homes, apartments and condos. Consult your RE/MAX Southern Real Estate agent about your neighborhood priorities, what you can expect from each section of town and your preferred location, whether its near the beaches, great schools or work.
September 27th, 2013
The Destin Seafood Festival is one of the top local events to enjoy when living along or vacationing to the beaches of Northwest Florida. Whether you live right here in Destin or a bit east or west, we recommend making time to journey to the docks of the harbor to celebrate the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”!
The seafood festival is now in its 35th year and will head back to the Docks of Destin from October 4-6, 2013. If you are looking for an excuse to spend some time out along the water and, with this weather, we know you are, this is it! The festival will offer three days of FREE family fun under the sun. This includes live entertainments, kids activities, fireworks and, of course, lots and lots of seafood.
Entrance into this event is completely free. Food and drinks are available purchase. Walk the docks from HarborWalk Village down to AJs to discover loads of things to do, see and eat. And, don’t forget the event also helps to kick off the Destin Fishing Rodeo, a whole month of awesome fishing events along the water. Make plans now and we will see you at the festival.