ALYS BEACH RANKS FIRST IN COASTAL LIVING’S 20 BEST

Cruise down Scenic Highway 30A, and the striking white homes of Alys Beach set it apart from all the rest. Inspired by Bermudan architecture, the vibe and aesthetic of the community truly transport you to another place offering an authentic island feeling. Recently ranked by Coastal Living magazine as one of the “20 Best Places to Live on the Coast,” Alys Beach topped the list among company as exotic as Ambergris Caye, Belize, Kukui’ula, Kauai, Hawaii and Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

How did this little 30A beach town achieve such recognition? Coastal Living editors gathered an expert panel that ranked towns based on the following criterium: the quality of the destination, the coastal lifestyle, the urban and community design, and elements of expat life, including ease of transition and real estate ownership for international locations. The nominees were then evaluated by travel and living experts at Travel + Leisure and MONEY magazines to create a final list.

In celebration of this achievement, we’ve gathered some of our favorite facts and information about Alys Beach to better acquaint you with this standout Gulf Coast town:

Alys Beach is certified as the first Fortified community in the U.S. and is a model for sustainable building. Construction of the homes and community buildings consists of solid concrete and masonry, cement tile roofs and windows and doors that exceed Florida Building Code for hurricane resistance. Alys residents can feel confident that their homes were built to withstand the elements and last through generations.

Featuring a New Urbanism-based design where all amenities and conveniences are walkable, Alys Beach was designed by the legendary planning and architecture firm Duany Plater Zyberk and Company. Also the designers of nearby Seaside, the firm has created plans for over 300 towns, regions, and revitalization projects throughout the world.

Community events, concerts and activities are hosted throughout the year in Alys’ town center including Digital Graffiti, a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists from around the world use digital technology to project their work creations onto the town’s iconic white walls. Now in its tenth year, the festival is a show stopping combination of art, music, food and drink.

Defined by a modern coastal style, there are three types of homes found in Alys Beach: the courtyard, compound and villa. Villas are more like traditional homes with yards surrounding them while the courtyard and compound homes are built to the edge of their lots with private central courtyards, terraces and fountains incorporated into the interiors. The highest recorded sale in Alys Beach to date was $8.5 million in May 2013. The highest priced home currently available is listed at $5.875 million.

While currently one of the quieter towns along Scenic 30A, Alys Beach has the potential to become one of the area’s largest beach communities. Originally approved for 899 residential lots, town architect Marieanne Khoury-Vogt has said that final buildout will likely only include 550 lots with some condos and additional community amenities added. Construction in the town has been rejuvenated over the past few months, particularly south of 30A.

To search all properties currently available in Alys Beach, CLICK HERE or call me at (850) 933-7899 for more information and I will help you!

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What’s Really Going on in the Real Estate Market at the Beach?

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WaterSound Beach Club E X P A N S I O N

I recently shared information with you on the WaterColor Expansion and now comes news that the WaterSound Beach Club also has some exciting changes on the horizon! The WaterSound Beach Club is a beautiful amenity and is a favorite place for its members and their families and a great reflection on the WaterSound community. As more families are enjoying the club, they have found that they have outgrown its existing facilities and are now expanding! The BIGGEST change is a proposed new pool and deck slated for the WaterSound Beach Club.

This property expansion will include additional parking with more efficient traffic and pedestrian circulation. Amenities will include a Restaurant/Bar, lagoon pool with zero entry, lazy river, fire pits, outdoor wedding area, band stage, amphitheater lawn, cabanas and outdoor dining areas.The idea is to double both the existing pool and surrounding deck. New landscaping will be installed and poolside furniture will be replaced. St. Joe has outgrown its existing facilities for this Beach Front resort property. Other planned improvements include a new, expanded gate at our 30A entrance designed to provide a true measure of security. This is an important step in the right direction for this private club. It will a significant improvement over the existing railroad-crossing style system, which does not prevent unauthorized people from entering the property.

The WaterSound Beach Club also announced that that they added 250 sets of beach chairs in 2016 to better accommodate its beach-loving guests. One of the nice perks about membership is that you can enjoy, from the comfort of your chair, their beachside food and beverage service. They also introduced a new service bar and walk-up window, making it easier to grab something and go. As more details become available, I’ll keep you posted!

I specialize in amenity-based luxury home communities on 30A, such as WaterSound and WaterColor. If you would like more information on the best properties that are available for sale here, connect with me at (850) 933-7899 and I will help you with the property that’s just right for you!

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Have You Seen DuneSide in Blue Mountain Beach?

DuneSide is a charming neighborhood on 30A, just across the street from Blue Mountain Beach. DuneSide was developed in 2015 and is nestled in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach and is a community of 22 homesites of which 9 are currently built on. Dune Side features 4 bedroom homes with bunkrooms and prices from the high $600s. The homesites allow for private pools and lawn care that is included in the HOA dues. The neighborhood includes a large owner’s park area, as well as a shuttle service to the beach and convenient access to all that Blue Mountain Beach and 30A have to offer.

To learn more about DuneSide…CLICK HERE.

A little about 30A…

The 26 mile stretch that makes up the Scenic Beaches of 30A is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and blue turquoise water along with the amazing state parks and outdoor spaces, talented local artists, great live music and spectacular award winning restaurants. Owners and guests enjoy a welcoming and inviting getaway with 16 different beach communities that provide something for everyone. If you like to be in the middle of everything that’s happening…we have that, and if you want quiet solitude…we have that, too. People come from all over to 30A and many of our visitors end up loving the area so much that they decide to own a home here because they can drive here within a day. Connect with me for more information!

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How to Make Your New Home Rental Ready


You’ve purchased your dream beach home, and now you want to share it with others. Establishing a successful vacation rental can be a daunting prospect, especially for owners who live far away from their investment properties. Follow these simple steps to have your property ready for renters with the peace of mind of knowing your bases are covered.

Set Income Goals: What are your primary goals for your rental? Do you wish to simply offset some of your carrying costs, cover all ownership expenses or produce a profit? Spend some time reviewing your individual situation so that you can set realistic goals based on how much you plan to use the property personally and how many weeks you’d like to rent it. For most vacation rentals, seasons affect the rental rates and booking frequencies so your income goals may affect when and how the property can be used for personal time.

Choose Management: Will you rent by owner or use a property management company? Renting by owner is the right choice for people who want full control over who and how often the property is rented and want to retain the full rental income. However, it also requires the resources and time to market, manage and maintain the property for guests. Property management companies generally offer these services for a commission percentage of the weekly rent. If you choose outside management, speak with several companies to find one where you feel most comfortable with the communication and marketing style that will be used to represent your home.

Review Policies and Regulations: States often have different zoning requirements by county for short-term rental properties. Check with your local county office along with your homeowner’s association to be aware of any possible restrictions or guidelines that would affect the rental of your property. Review state and federal sales tax requirements to make sure that you are aware of taxing procedures, particularly if you choose to manage the property directly.

Prepare Your Home: Whether your home is already furnished or you are starting from scratch, you need to evaluate the suitability of your décor and accommodations for rental guests. Guests expect a rental to offer all the conveniences of home—from coffee pots to comfortable bedding. Make sure to provide seating and service items such as plates, glasses and towels for at least the number of people your home will sleep. A clean, modern style appeals to a broader range of people, and removing personal items such a family photographs helps neutralize your space. Choose furnishings that can handle heavy use and avoid breakable décor items for the safety of your guests. Secure any valuables or owner-use items in a locked closet or cabinet.

Add Special Touches: Vacation rental markets tend to be highly competitive, and the success of your rental will be impacted by return guests and referrals. Make your home welcoming and memorable for your guests by adding unexpected conveniences including toys for children, movie services such as Netflix or Hulu, games for all ages, comfortable outdoor areas and beach wagons and chairs. Your home will set the stage for lasting family memories!
Your investment property is now ready to be marketed and booked by either your rental company or yourself. Be sure to also listen and implement guest feedback to create a successful rental property for years to come.

If you need some direction or want to look at properties here on 30A that would make ideal vacation rentals, connect with me at www.SoWalRealtyServices.com and I will help you!

Teresa Turner, Realtor & Broker-Associate at The Premier Property Group here in WaterColor on 30A

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