Distinctive experiences come in many shapes and sizes along the Emerald Coast. A feast for the senses, our region is home to stunning water views and lush natural surroundings, soft, sugar-white beaches, the smell of warm Gulf breezes and, of course, tastes that will delight even the most discriminating palate.
Some things to consider before taking the plunge
The Emerald Coast is an attractive area for investing in second homes. In recent articles we’ve told you about the area’s healthy tourism and economic outlook and why the future of real estate sales is expected to remain promising. Just as a refresher, visitor numbers in South Walton alone grew from 3.2 million in 2015 to 4.1 million in 2017. The Emerald Coast enjoys a high volume of return visitors (more than 10 times for many), and the majority rent condos or homes during their stay.
There is a lot to celebrate about The Premier Property Group’s (PPG’s) Thirty-One on 30A’s development. Namely, it’s the first gulf-front condominium project introduced along scenic Highway 30A in more than a decade, making it a rare find. Not only does the $70 million project encompass the most up-to-date, contemporary design elements, but it is state-of-the-art in terms of building codes and technological offerings when compared to neighboring luxury developments.
The Premier Property Group (PPG) is proud to announce the next wave of luxury condominium development in Destin’s quaint Crystal Beach community—Parkside at Henderson Beach Resort. Part of the Henderson Beach Resort portfolio of accommodations, this distinctive retreat is now open for sales and will provide an elegant addition to the resort’s upscale, secluded backdrop.
From Gulf-to-table to farm-to-table, the Emerald Coast is home to a wide array of locally-sourced, fresh food options that characterize the region’s celebrated cuisine. For those who like to get up close and personal with their food choices, U-pick farms exist that allow residents and visitors to harvest their own produce while making lasting memories.
Last November, we shared with you encouraging statistics about Northwest Florida’s healthy tourism outlook. The regions served by The Premier Property Group are witnessing attractive trends in terms of visitor growth, economic impact and real estate investment.
PPG Life Award winner delivers hope to victims of Hurricane Michael
Overwhelming. It’s the word most commonly used to describe the destruction left by Hurricane Michael—the biggest storm on record to hit the Florida panhandle—in Panama City, Mexico Beach and regions further east.
Like most people who live or own property along the Emerald Coast, The Premier Property Group (PPG) family felt a deep loss for our neighbors as well as a strong desire to help them rebuild. Contributions have ranged from toy drives, work teams, monetary donations and more, but few have demonstrated the kind of continued perseverance to bringing hope back to these regions as PPG Realtor Michael Tounge. It’s one of the many reasons he was the recipient of the PPG Life Award this past December.
Mardi Gras happenings along the Emerald Coast
Approximately five hours west of Florida’s Emerald Coast, the excitement is already building for New Orleans’ celebrated annual festival: Mardi Gras. Weeks of celebration will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city for plenty of revelry that culminates in the main event on March 5th.
The centuries-old celebration derives its name from the French words meaning Fat Tuesday—a religious holiday that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent each year on the Christian calendar. To prepare for the traditional practice of fasting during Lent, people would “indulge their appetites”. Today, Mardi Gras is synonymous with colorful parades, feasting, imbibing and plenty of fun.
Affordable waterfront lifestyles are not easy to come by along Florida’s coveted Emerald Coast. Add new construction and great amenities to the mix, and the combination becomes nearly non-existent apart from the Premier Property Group’s (PPG’s) exclusive Miller’s Landing on Lake Powell.
A community of 25 townhomes situated along one of the region’s rapidly growing corridors, the first phase of this popular development sold out prior to the first building’s completion in mid-2018. And while the second of the four planned buildings is on track for completion in June, PPG’s COO Jason White noted that prospective buyers will want to act fast as the price-point for these high-end investments is simply unmatched in the region.
Out with the old and in with the new! While every new year offers an opportunity for new beginnings, it’s also a great time to consider a fresh look to brighten up real estate investments and align with the latest trends.
Rena Anderson, a Premier Property Group (PPG) design consultant, offers some insight into what’s on the horizon in 2019 for new construction along with effective ways to update an existing look.
Paint –A simple new color can dramatically change the mood and look of any home. In 2019, look for warmer palettes to begin replacing the cool whites and grays that saturated the design industry in recent years. Anderson suggests shifting to warmer whites with matte black as a strong accent and jewel or primary colors for bold pops of color.
Consumer Reports – Hottest Interior Paint Colors of 2019 coins the phrase “restorative power of nature” in revealing the inspiration behind the leading color selections for 2019. For our coastal market, Anderson says that hues derived from the palest grains of sand to the boldest Caribbean blue and tropical greens will soon begin surfacing on walls, fabrics and accessories.
Green/Eco-Friendly Options – In tandem with greater focus on the environment, “green” interior options are becoming readily available. Wood flooring harvested from sustainable forests, recycled and engineered woods are very popular—hence PPG’s use of Naturally Aged engineered European white oak flooring in residences at Thirty One on 30A.
While trends in countertops have run the gamut from laminates to granite, marble and quartz, the new kid on the block in 2019 is large format porcelain. Fabricated in large 5’ x 11’ slabs and a thin 6mm profile, Anderson says these options make a perfect remodeling alternative and can be installed on top of an existing countertop. “It tolerates extremely high temperatures and is non-porous, which translates to an antimicrobial surface that is also scratch and chemical resistant,” she notes.
Durability/Low Maintenance – Because salt, sea and sand are harsh to most flooring products, Anderson says that new “wood-look” luxury vinyl plank flooring is becoming a serious contender against porcelain, hardwood and stone. “Soap and water are all that’s required for maintenance as homeowners at PPG’s Miller’s Landing development are discovering to their delight,” she said.
Also, recent demands placed on the textile and furniture industry have resulted in fabrics once considered “bullet-proof and outdoor” to be used for indoor upholstery. Anderson pointed to Sunbrella and Perennials, like the fabrics used in the lobbies of Vista Del Mar and Thirty One on 30A, as some of her top choices when designing commercial spaces, noting that the texture, colors and pattern options have expanded greatly.
Interior and exterior design movements are constantly changing, although some trends along the Gulf Coast have staying power. “Many looks have a classic appeal on the Emerald Coast,” Anderson said. “For instance, eclectic interiors incorporating vintage and antiques furnishings with the trim lines of modern upholstery are a local favorite and can translate into an elegant coastal look or something more relaxed casual.”