There are five million visitors to the Emerald Coast each year, four million of them come to see and stay in Destin. There are many reasons for Destin's popularity, including the amazing bright turquoise Gulf waters. These waters are so clear in areas such as Crystal Beach in Destin that you can stand in six feet of salt water and still see the bottom.
The sand on Destin beaches comes down from the Appalachian Mountains by way of the Apalachicola River and are made almost entirely of finely ground quartz crystal. Unlike most beaches with sand made from crushed shells, the quartz sand is as white and fine as sugar. When combined with the neon blue-green water, it makes for one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In fact, Good Morning America rated Destin as number four of the "10 Most Beautiful Places in America". Quite a few celebrities have made Destin their home; Sheryl Crow, the author John Grisham, Chef Emeril Lagasse, and many different sports stars.
This city has built its economy around tourism, and this means buying a home in Destin can offer year-round fun and entertainment with all kinds of attractions to enjoy. Destin Harbor's Boardwalk frames the waterfront for a quarter of a mile and has made it possible to access charter boats, water sports rentals, excellent seafood restaurants, and pubs. It is a pleasant place to spend the day shopping, dining, and enjoying the boats that come and go. Events held at the Harbor are the Fishing Rodeo during the month of October, and a yearly Seafood Festival that offers residents and vacationers a mouth-watering array of local seafood.
Parks and nature preserves are all around the city, maintaining the indigenous wildlife and tropical foliage for all to enjoy. The Okaloosa County Transit makes it easy to travel to all the parks, museums, historical spots, and the Destin Community Center. Two public tennis courts are at Buck Destin Park, and the YMCA offers a public aquatic center. The website GreatSchools.org rates Destin's public schools as a ten out of ten (the best), and there are 14 private schools as well. What a great place to raise a family.
Destin is a waterfront paradise and a popular vacation destination, but it is also home to many lucky locals. The residential neighborhoods here are as varied as the local waterways that surround and define them. While Destin does offer some truly magnificent beachfront homes, buyers can find houses for sale to fit almost every budget.
Some of the more affordable subdivisions and properties are on the West end of the city, north of Highway 98. The West Destin area is anchored by Destin Elementary School and is also the site of Ray Subdivision, a small community of new construction homes and lots.
The Central Destin subdivisions of Calusa Bay, Crystal Beach, Destiny East, and Emerald Lakes offer mid-range priced real estate.
For shoppers, the Destin Commons shopping complex offers more than 70 stores and restaurants as well as a 14-screen AMC movie theater. Residents never need to go any further to buy the newest and the best. Nearby communities such as the Regatta Bay Golf Club homes, Kelly Plantation, and Destiny by the Sea are always popular for the luxury lifestyle and proximity to the Commons. Many of these neighborhoods are gated and offer community pools and access to other amenities. All of these areas provide quick access to shopping, golfing, boating and the beach.
No matter what kind of property you are looking to purchase, we have it, and we would like to show you around. Search the MLS for available houses here on our website. Call or contact us for a tour of the city, to help you get pre-qualified, or to show you any of the homes for sale in Destin, Florida.