WaterSound, located on the western edge of Florida’s Panhandle is part of the 30A collection of seaside communities. Miami Beach, with a population of 80,000 people, has just under 11 million overnight visitors every year. A similar story can be seen across many coastal towns across the Sunshine State.
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Tucked away on the western side of the Florida Panhandle, 30A–named after the two-lane country highway that runs along the coast–is positioned between popular destinations Panama City and Destin.
Despite the newfound popularity and the subsequent increase in commercial and residential development, Watts says that 30A has yet to lose its laid-back vibe.
“It still feels friendly; it still feels inviting. What people say around here is that it’s flip-flop luxury.”
For example, Watts described the town of Rosemary Beach as having an “almost a European village feel with cobblestone streets and a town center” while the next town over, Alys Beach, is a blend of “the Mediterranean and Bermuda, with its emphasis on white, bright beach homes.” Further west, another beach community, WaterColor, is known as an “upscale community made up of beach cottages.”
This rendering for 161 Rolling Dunes in Blue Mountain Beach showcases the high-end finishes of many
While styling may differ, many homes throughout 30A boast similar amenities, including golf cart garages, ocean views and access to community facilities, such as swimming pools, fitness centers and spas.
Capitalizing on the area’s breezy coastal weather, homes often feature outdoor living spaces.
The most expensive homes in the area consist primarily of those located directly off the beach, listing for upward of $20 million. In particular, newer construction beachfront homes–often larger than older homes and decked out with modern amenities–come with the most premium price tags.
The stretch of 30A’s coast is famous for turquoise waters and white sand, exemplified in this
“There’s not this 100 percent focus on the beach. The area is known for its hiking and biking trails as well as golf courses, restaurants, and events. The longer people live here, the more things they miss back home. They want restaurants, shopping, and events. So that’s been driving an increase in these local amenities.”
With the recent increase in new residents, restaurants and shopping options have been on the rise.
Grayton Beach, a small historic village, abuts the nearly 2000-acre Grayton Beach State Park.
Multiple airports are located within a short distance from the towns of 30A. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is located about 40 minutes away from Miramar Beach.
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Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport sits about 40 minutes away from Miramar Beach.
Tallahassee is located more than 100 miles to the east or roughly a two-and-a-half-hour drive.
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