A Heart for Giving Back – Behind the scenes with Michael Tounge

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.

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Let the Good Times Roll

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.

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Progress Continues at Miller’s Landing Waterfront Community

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.

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Coastal Design Trends – What to look for in 2019

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.”

Living Your Best Life in 2019

The start of a new year naturally feels like an opportunity to reset our lives.

It’s why about half of adults resolve to do things better when the calendar turns to January. We set our sights on making important lifestyle changes that will improve the new year and leave us feeling more accomplished and more effective.

At Premier Property Group, our goals are similar. We’re striving to serve our community better and increase our global reach. And we want to equip you—our agents and customers— with the premier services that help you aspire to live your best life.

So how do all of us increase our odds at success?

Begin by recognizing that the most common resolutions usually involve changing habits, and those habits are automatic behaviors. The unfortunate reality is that statistics suggest only 8% of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions!

Yet, our lives are full of habits that we developed without even trying very hard, so it IS possible to establish new ones. It simply involves a bit of science.

1. Attach your new habit to an existing habit. Science suggests that change stems from creating new habits in place of the old ones. If you attach your new habit to something you’re already habitually doing, you’ll increase the odds of adopting it into your routine. You’ll also find that small changes are much easier to maintain than sweeping changes like “exercise every day.”

2. Make one change at a time. If your goal is to be healthier, don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to make multiple changes at once. Focus exclusively on implementing one change at a time, and use small successes as motivation to move on to additional changes. Set metrics and personal goals and benchmark against those daily. Once a goal is achieved, you will know it’s time to move on to the next change.

3. Share your goal with someone else. Accountability works. Conversely, it’s easy to ditch your resolutions quickly if you haven’t invited anyone to help you stay on track. Friends or co­workers who know you’re trying to eat healthy can support you by recommending healthy food spots for lunch or ditching the mid­week donut run. You may also find that others can benefit from your accountability.

4. Don’t limit yourself to January. Fitness centers are crammed with well ­intentioned people in January, and less crowded as the year wears on. If you stumble in your new habits or you lapse into your old ones, don’t wait an entire calendar year to get back on the wagon. Choose one small change to make, attach it to an existing habit, and then rally your support network to help you succeed.

You’re going to create new habits this year, sometimes without even meaning to. Be intentional about the habits you adopt and seek small improvements that turn to small successes.

Let’s make this a great year.

138 Camp Creek Point: Quintessential Beachfront Elegance

Here at the Premier Property Group (PPG), we make it our mission to bring the best in luxury, lifestyle development to the market. Our team of experts is continually identifying the most exclusive, up-to-date design and refining what it means to experience leading-edge real estate along the Emerald Coast.

That’s why we are proud to showcase our latest residential offering at 138 Camp Creek Point Drive —a contemporary, beachfront home with access to more than 130 feet of shoreline. Located just west of Alys Beach on Florida’s famed Highway 30-A, this spacious residence is a study in elegance and features more than 9,400 square feet of total gross area including 6,423 square feet of air-conditioned space and an additional 3,021 square feet of covered outdoor area.

Perfect for entertaining, folding glass walls frame the property’s great room overlooking the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and open to a large covered deck. Coffered 12-foot ceilings and elegant detailing throughout the property are complemented by generous windows and floor-to-ceiling French doors that flood the interiors with an abundance of natural light.

“This residence allows for true indoor-outdoor living and captures the essence of what makes our region special—the wealth of natural resources and uncommon beauty found on Emerald Coast beaches,” said Jason White, COO of PPG. “In addition to offering the latest in coastal design elegance, the property includes a coveted amenity package, truly delivering everything an owner could want in beachfront living.”

Located in a gated, non-rental community, 138 Camp Creek Point Drive features dual Gulf-front master suites, a game room, elevator and three-car garage. In addition, one of the two master suites opens to a terrace complete with a pool and spa. The property houses a total of six bedrooms—four Gulf-front bedrooms including the master suites and a full carriage house with two bedrooms, two baths, and great room and kitchen.

The residence also features a large chef’s kitchen complete with 10’-wide island anchors, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances and a butler’s pantry.138 Camp Creek Point Drive is listed at $9.5 million.

For more information, please contact Keith Flippo or visit http://138campcreekpoint.com

Fourth Brownstones Building Set to Open at Kelly Plantation

The Premier Group will reach another milestone this month with the completion of the newest building in the Brownstones development at Kelly Plantation. Following completion of the fourth building in this celebrated community, the company will bring four brand new residences into the sought after Destin market.

“The Brownstones development is extremely popular due to its location and price point,” said Grady Elder, broker with the Premier Property Group. “Buyers would be hard pressed to find a comparable new-build, luxury offering in Kelly Plantation that is within $100,000 of these townhome residences. We anticipate this new building will sell out as quickly as the first three.”

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Uncovering Emerald Coast Secrets

The right combination of sandy shoreline, sunshine and water is a sure bet for drawing healthy numbers of visitors and real estate buyers in many locales. Yet, savvy beach goers know there is something inherently special about the Emerald Coast.

An uncommon blend of sparkling emerald green waters and crystal white sand not only offer distinctive appeal to Premier Property Group neighborhoods, but this combination also continuously lands the Florida Panhandle in rankings for top beach destinations nationally and globally. While the beauty of the Gulf of Mexico speaks for itself, it’s the miles upon miles of snow white sand that truly sets the Emerald Coast apart for many coastal aficionados. Continue reading “Uncovering Emerald Coast Secrets”

Holiday Traditions on the Emerald Coast

As we approach the holidays, the team at Premier Property Group (PPG) wants to be among the first to send you warm wishes for a memorable season.

Here in our coastal region, young and old, local and visitor will gather—overlooking the lack of snow and, in some cases, chimneys—to participate in traditions passed down  for generations.

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Northwest Florida’s Healthy Outlook

Tourism, real estate numbers continue upward trajectory

There are many reasons to celebrate real estate ownership in the communities served by The Premier Property Group—luxury coastal living, world‐renowned beaches, award‐winning dining and entertainment districts and an abundance of outdoor recreation just to name a few. It’s a lifestyle many aspire to attain.

In truth, the wide and growing appeal of the Emerald Coast continues drawing record tourism numbers, driving economic growth and ensuring real estate investments prove sound and profitable for the long term. For instance, South Walton communities alone benefited from a whopping $4.4 billion total economic impact from tourism in 2017. Visitors create more than 22,000 jobs in South Walton and save households an average of $1,070 by absorbing more than 65 percent of the region’s tax bill. In similar fashion, property owners in Okaloosa County save $1,535 in property taxes through the region’s strong tourism economy.

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