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30A Hot Spots

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It is time for the 2015 30A Hot Spots! Every year on 30a.com, they have the Hot Spots. These are places along 30A that have great reputations, and now is the time for nominations. In January, it will be narrowed down to the top five in each category and the final voting will take place. Here at LP30A, we think our nomination list is pretty great, so we are sharing it!

30a Hot Spot

HOTTEST SPOT FOR CASUAL DINING
HOTTEST SPOT FOR FINE DINING
HOTTEST SPOT FOR OUTDOOR DINING
HOTTEST SPOT FOR KID-FRIENDLY DINING
HOTTEST SPOT FOR COFFEE
HOTTEST SPOT FOR BREAKFAST / BRUNCH
HOTTEST SPOT FOR SEAFOOD
HOTTEST SPOT FOR ITALIAN / PIZZA
HOTTEST SPOT FOR SUSHI / ASIAN CUISINE
HOTTEST SPOT FOR RAW OYSTERS
HOTTEST SPOT FOR SWEETS (BAKERY, ICE CREAM, CANDY)
HOTTEST CHEF
HOTTEST HAPPY HOUR
HOTTEST SPOT FOR LIVE MUSIC
HOTTEST LOCAL MUSICIAN / BAND
HOTTEST BARTENDER
HOTTEST SPOT TO GET PAMPERED (SPA, SALON, ETC)
HOTTEST SPOT TO WATCH THE BIG GAME
HOTTEST ANNUAL EVENT
HOTTEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY
HOTTEST VACATION RENTAL COMPANY
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30A Holiday Gifts

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Looking for the perfect gift for your 30A-loving family member or friend? Luckily, there are plenty of people who love our stretch of beach so much that they make 30A products. All of us have been to the Seaside stores, but there is plenty of 30A gear beyond them. Here are some of our favorite 30A products from 30agear.com. You can click on the images to be taken directly to their store.

30A Ornament
30A Holiday Gifts
One of 30A’s many holiday themed shirts

30A Holiday Gifts

Locally made holiday soap
30A Holiday Gifts

Reusable 30A Solo cups

30A Holiday Gifts

30A Pearl necklace

30A Holiday Gifts

30A Dog Collar

For the more ambitious gift giver, a 30A Yolo Board!

Really want to get someone one of the ultimate 30A Holiday Gifts? Contact Luxury Properties on 30A to start looking for their 30A dream home!  Our “clients first” business philosophy provides you with the reassurance that every action we put in motion is with your best interest in mind. Our approach is different. We strive for excellence; we take the responsibility our clients give us with abundant gratitude. We’re knowledgeable. We’re enthusiastic. We love what we get to do every day. Living and working in such an amazing area is not taken for granted.

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30A Local Fall Favorites

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Us 30A locals absolutely love when Fall rolls around. No offense to the seasonal folk, but this is the season when the wait time at The Red Bar becomes shorter and we can walk on the beaches uninterrupted by hoards of sunbathers. Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do in the serenity of Fall:

  • The Farmers Markets! The Rosemary, Seaside, and WaterColor farmers markets are still going on, and they often carry seasonal Fall vegetables and baked goods that we can’t get enough of. Also, it will be warm enough for a little while to enjoy your Swell Pops that you can, and definitely should, get at these markets (and at the WaterColor Boathouse)
  • Take advantage of the scenery. Without it being so hot, it is a perfect time to take in the stunning Coastal Dune Lakes of 30A. One way to do this is by visiting Deer Lake State Park. There is a beautiful rare ecosystem provided by these lakes on our doorstep, and Fall is the perfect time for a walk through nature.
  • Go to all those 30A restaurant favorites without the Summer wait time! Some of our favorites are, of course, The Red Bar, Great Southern, and La Crema. These are some popular choices, and in the summer, it might take ages to get a table. Once Fall rolls around, however, we can get as many bread puddings, oysters, and tapas as we please.
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Dune Side at Blue Mountain Beach

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Dune Side is going to be a gorgeous new development on 30A. Only consisting of 22 homes, this neighborhood is built to be small and quaint. The larger lot sizes in Dune Side allow for the opportunity to build private pools and have extensive landscaping. Also, the development plan includes a large owner’s park. Chi-Mar Construction, a luxury builder that specializes in the 30A/Destin community, is building these homes, and they are all going to be 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath single family homes. If you are not already familiar with Blue Mountain Beach, it provides all the luxuries of 30A with an eclectic, friendly vibe. This is a community with small, family-owned shops and petite art galleries. Also, with Dune Side being so close to the famous Blue Mountain Creamery, we at LP30A know it is a difficult location to resist.

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Price Reductions on 30A

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Price reductions on 30A!

Check out LP30A‘s two properties that just have undergone a price reduction!

 

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Get a Taste of 30A While You’re Away

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How do you get a taste of 30A while you’re away? Here’s a list of five things you can do to bring some of the relaxing beach flavor into your away-from-the-beach life.

1. Decorate one of the rooms of your non-beach house with a subtle nod to the gulf. Back in the dark days when my family only spent a few weeks a year on 30A, our guest room was always Emerald Coast inspired.

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2. At many 30A retailers (Online or in stores) you can pick up a copy of 30A-opoly! This board game can really immerse you into the beach real estate scene that you’ve been longing for. Instead of a moneybag and a scottie dog, this version lets you choose between a palm tree, a surf board, a bicycle, a sailboat, a dolphin, or a bag of golf clubs as your game piece.

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3. You know that CD you played all summer at the beach because you bought it when you saw your favorite local 30A band play? Pull up your YouTube and look up your favorite artists. Some of our favorites are Forrest Williams Band and Geoff McBride.

 

4. There are plenty of updates about 30A on the world wide web. Follow LP30A’s Facebook page and blog for interesting tidbits, and YouTube has amazing videos like this one to keep you going.

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5. They even have a 30A Beach Cam that is always going! See exactly what is happening on your beach… Even though you sadly couldn’t make it.

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BRACE YOURSELF: Spring breakers are coming.

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Every year, 30A is a hub for American spring breakers. Families with young school children and college students alike come to visit South Walton’s beautiful white sand beaches. Inevitably, Seaside and the other communities along 30A have their busiest time of the year during these months.

30a.com has supplied us with a handy list so you can plan accordingly to all the major spring break schedules. Believe it or not, spring break has already started! On this list, the particularly 30A-enthusiastic schools are bolded. The first bolded school? University of Florida with a March 1-7 spring break. March 8-14 and March 1-21 are the two most popular spring break weeks this year, with the likes of FSU, UGA, UNC, and USC the first week and most of the other major universities (Including Alabama *Roll Tide*) the second week. The end of spring break season will be relatively early this year, with most major school systems back in session by the second week of April. However, if you are planning a visit any time in the month of March or early April, take these high numbers of fun-seeking tourists into account and plan to go with the flow. Slow down; you’re at the beach!

While you’re here visiting, if you become inspired to search for some of your own Luxury Property on 30A, give LP30A a call!

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30a.com’s Predictions for The Future of 30A

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Thanks to 30a.com, we have a few bold predictions about the future of our little 30A. It not going to be so little anymore! Some of their predictions include Alys Beach becoming one of the most talked-about towns in the world and some of 30A’s events drawing people from all over the nation. However, in the end, they say 30A will keep the small town charm through it all, and we at LP30A definitely agree with that.

Read below for 30a.com’s full article.


 

What will our little beach community look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Of course, only time will tell. But here are 10 of our predictions for the future of Scenic Highway 30A.

1. Ecotourism will become 30A’s signature calling card.

YOLO Boarding on a Coastal Dune Lake

If you want go-kart tracks, water slides, laser tag or goofy golf, you’ll need to look elsewhere. 30A’s diverse menu of activities will continue to be driven by wholesome family fun and ecotourism. YOLO Boarding across calm coastal dune lakes. Slow boat cruises up the pristine Choctawhatchee River. Guided nature walks and horseback tours through Point Washington State Forest. Leisure bike rides with the tots along 30A’s 18-mile path. Snorkeling across thriving artificial reefs. Surf and skim-boarding camps. Guided deep and fresh water fishing excursions. Water skiing and wake-board lessons. These are the types of activities that will continue to lure guests back to 30A. In fact, this multitude of outdoor and family-friendly activities is precisely what differentiates us from virtually every other beach destination in the United States. It’s a precious natural asset that few other places possess — and none can ever regain. Sustainable year-round ecotourism needs to become our local battle cry.

2. Freeport will explode.

South Walton is essentially a very narrow strip of land, sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. With over 40 percent of the land here being protected State Park or Forest — and most major parcels of developable land already being spoken for — there’s simply not a whole lot of room left to grow. With the bustle of Destin bumping up against us to the west and Panama City Beach on the east, there’s only one way to expand — north. And with the new 331 bridge expansion project already underway (due to be completed in the summer of 2016), it’s clear that the 331 corridor north of the bridge is poised for explosive growth. Apartment complexes, restaurants, shopping plazas, movie theaters, gas stations, bay-front communities, golf courses, campgrounds and hotels. We expect all of these things to start taking shape north of the bay. Freeport will continue to be a place that many locals call home, especially all of the countless hospitality professionals who will be required to support 30A’s thriving tourism-based economy. Freeport will become the place that many of us live, work and play, and supporting such a large population of professionals will require building many new living and entertainment options for them to enjoy.

Camp Creek Golf Course

3. St. Joe will forge a new ‘Gateway to 30A.’

Following a huge land liquidation late last year, St. Joe now has the money (some $560 million in cash), the land, and the vision to create upscale communities along a new road that will eventually extend all the way from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport directly to Scenic Highway 30A. In fact, St. Joe recently outlined their 50-year plans for the 110,000-acre region, which lies mostly to the north and east of 30A. Their plan includes the development of “pocketed residential communities” and commercial town centers that primarily cater to retirees and active adults. During the first ten years alone in Walton County, they’re planning to build over 5,000 new residential units, and a total of 24,706 units over a 50-year period. Plus, they’re planning on 500 new hotel rooms, 81 holes of golf and 322,000 square feet for recreation development. Like other St. Joe properties, we predict that these new developments will be attractive and well-planned, and will provide year-round “beyond the beach” activities for locals and visitors alike.

Alys Beach

4. Alys Beach will become one of the most talked-about towns on the planet.

There’s no disputing the fact that Alys Beach is a visual feast unlike any other. When completed over the next couple of decades, Alys Beach (at 158 acres) will be twice the size of nearby Seaside (80 acres), and it will also be significantly larger than Rosemary Beach‘s 107 acres. Not only is the town of Alys Beach perched on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches (like all of our other 30A communities), its stunning stark white architecture and world-class urban design will establish Alys Beach as one of the most studied, researched, photographed and talked about small towns in the world.

“I think people will really love Alys Beach more and more as it builds out,” said Mark Schnell of Schnell Urban Design. “They are still so early in the process. I don’t think people yet conceptualize how large, unusual, beautiful, and interesting it will be.”

5. World-class planning will largely solve our traffic issues.

Sunshine-Shuttle-600The free shuttle service recently launched by Sunshine Shuttle serves as a first baby step toward addressing 30A’s overall traffic challenges. The new shuttle service will hopefully succeed and expand, adding new routes and infrastructure each year. That said, more steps will clearly need to be taken as this area continues to encounter unprecedented growth. We predict that eventually the primary “feeder roads” to Scenic Highway 30A (i.e., County Roads 393, 83, 283, 395, etc.) will be gated, limiting automative access to local residents with special permits. Satellite parking areas will be established for visitors along the Highway 98 corridor. There’ll be a Seaside parking lot, a WaterColor lot, a Gulf Place lot, a Rosemary Beach lot etc., and shuttles will efficiently whisk guests away to their accommodations, where walking, bicycles, electric carts, pedicabs, and trams will become the primary means of transportation.

Down the line (pun only slightly intended), there might even be an electric rail that quickly and quietly connects all of our 30A communities together.

While such changes might sound dramatic and outlandish, clearly an innovative long-term plan will be necessary to adequately address the unprecedented growth that’s predicted for this area. And just think how cool it will be to see 30A bustling with beach bikes, trams, pedicabs and pedestrians, rather than bumper-to-bumper cars stacked up at every intersection. Just like what our community has accomplished with New Urbanism, we now have a remarkable opportunity to show the rest of the world precisely how to manage rapid growth through proper long-term vision and planning. 30A has a continued opportunity to serve as the role-model for how daily life should be.

6. “Downtown” Santa Rosa Beach will take shape along Highway 331.

While everything with a 32459 Zip Code technically falls within the realm known as Santa Rosa Beach, the actual “town” has always been an evasive creature (it was first established in 1910 along Hogtown Bayou on Highway 393 North). But with so many civic buildings already in place along the short stretch between Highway 98 and the 331 bridge (the South Walton Courthouse, The Chamber of Commerce, the TDC, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, South Walton High School, the Coastal Branch Library, the community college campus, etc.), this corridor may eventually become Santa Rosa Beach’s Main Street. Watch for public parks, restaurants, and shopping options to sprout up in the surrounding areas. This important civic corridor will become the primary “Gateway to 30A” and will be intelligently and tastefully designed to welcome all guests into the National Park-like South Walton experience.

Gulf Place During the 30A Songwriters Festival

7. At least two of 30A’s signature events will become major national draws.

Scenic Highway 30A is blessed to be home to so many wonderful festivals and events, but two in particular have the potential to become significant global draws. Because of our proximity to major music hubs such as Nashville and Atlanta, the 30A Songwriters Festival will only continue to grow in popularity and reputation. It will continue to be a festival where big names, up-and-comers and local talents can share the same small stage, and create moments of pure magic together. Word of that synergistic magic will attract music fans from across the U.S. Also, because of its extraordinary visual nature and its unique technological twist, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach has the potential to attract curious visitors from all corners of the globe. Watch the Digital Graffiti concept go viral when it finally becomes “discovered” by Silicon Valley moguls. Major companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Sony, Panasonic and many others might ultimately descend here once each year to showcase their latest home technologies, against a stunning natural and architectural backdrop like no other.

Choctawhatchee Bay in South Walton

8. Choctawhatchee Bay will become an important attraction.

While Destin and Panama City both have passes into the Gulf of Mexico, South Walton has never really evolved into a strong boating community, largely due its lack of direct Gulf access. That said, Sandestin is rumored to have plans for expanding its 113-slip marina, which is already at capacity. And the marina at La Grange Bayou in Freeport just keeps growing every season. It will grow even more if Freeport develops as fast as we predict. When St. Joe begins to develop communities along its gorgeous intracoastal property, you can rest assured that more and more boating enthusiasts will be found taking advantage of Choctawhatchee Bay’s spectacular 129 square miles. Fishing, skiing, wake boarding, ecotours, standup paddling, kayaking, and even dockside dining: The bay has it all. Choctawhatchee Bay will become an important “beyond the beach” draw, and eventually, we predict that many visitors will come here to take advantage of the bay’s activities, while barely setting foot on 30A’s white sand beaches.

9. More full-time locals = more civic amenities.

More and more people are moving to 30A permanently. Not just retirees settling in for that stereotypical Florida retirement, but young families armed with high-paying mobile careers. The recent advancements in mobile technology finally enable many executives and entrepreneurs to conduct their business literally from anywhere in the world. And for many, there’s no finer place in the world to be than the beaches found along Scenic Highway 30A. (Having the new ECP airport nearby doesn’t hurt either.) As more and more people decide to make South Walton their full-time residence, more amenities will be required to support their families. Cultural centers. Sports complexes. Excellent schools. Public parks. Public swimming pools. It’s all inevitable. It’s all coming. It’s happening now.

10. Through it all, 30A will retain its charm and authenticity.

Seacrest Beach

No one likes change. But of course, as the saying goes, change is the only constant. You can either fear it and gripe about it, or you can thoughtfully anticipate change and work to shape it in ways that can make the future even better than the past. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to the local visionaries who sought to protect some 40 percent of our local land. What incredible foresight they blessed us with! We’re also grateful to 30A’s pioneering developers, such as Robert and Daryl Davis of Seaside. They could have simply slapped up 20-story condos, strip malls and water slides, like virtually every other beachfront developer. Instead, they opted to do something extraordinary; something thoughtful and deliberate. We also owe gratitude to the county planners and administrators who had the courage to limit all buildings in Walton County to a maximum height of 50?, ensuring that our beaches (and bay) don’t become overshadowed by towering monoliths. And, we’re so grateful for all of our local artisans, chefs, musicians and entrepreneurs, who are now expertly practicing their craft — doing their collective best to keep 30A fun, funky and oh-so-authentic.

At the end of the day, it’s not simply the beach that makes 30A so extraordinary.

After all, beautiful beaches can be found throughout the panhandle and beyond. What makes 30A so special is the people who have decided to call this place home. It’s the sense of community and local pride that we all share as residents and guests. If we work together, we can absolutely shape our own future and ensure that our home forever retains its natural beauty, its local charm and its authenticity — no matter what the winds of change might blow across these sugary white shores.

Mike Matz is the broker/owner of Luxury Properties on 30A and has been representing buyers and sellers of luxury real estate since 2007. Our “clients first” business philosophy provides you with the reassurance that every action we put in motion is with your best interest in mind. Our approach is different. We strive for excellence; we take the responsibility our clients give us with abundant gratitude. We’re knowledgeable. We’re enthusiastic. We love what we get to do every day. Living and working in such an amazing area is not taken for granted.

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