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The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach

by Jim Gilliland


Anybody who knows me knows I LOOOOVVE The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach. Any given Saturday, if Alabama football isn’t on, you can find me on the beach at The Breakers. The units are spacious. The property has some of the best pools on the island. There’s a fantastic gulf-side grilling area. These are grills you actually want to use, not those dirty grills tucked away in a parking garage or next to the dumpster like at a lot of other rentals. The Breakers has an in-house 24 hour front desk, so if there is ever a problem, help is right there! Among the amenities are a very nice fitness facility (I’m in there every morning!), shuffleboard, and a really nice party room. The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach is my favorite property on Okaloosa Island.  I’m not alone in feeling that way either; according to TripAdvisor, The Breakers of Fort Walton Beach is the # 1 property in the Fort Walton Beach Specialty Lodging Category – beating out Waterscape, Destin West, and every other condo on the Island!


I have sold more units in there than any other agent. I know that property better than anybody else in town. The developer even calls me with questions about the property! If you are interested in buying or selling a unit at The Breakers, give me a call! I can answer any question you may have about The Breakers! Check out their website here: 



The last few blog posts have focused on waterfront properties. While 501 Fallin Waters isn’t waterfront, the neighborhood is. Since we will be hosting an open house there this weekend, I thought I’d take a minute to tell you a little about this great home and neighborhood.


Fallin Waters is situated right on the Santa Rosa Sound, and has a FANTASTIC private community dock with boat slips available. When we were out there taking photos there was a couple kayaking in the sound, and another gentleman out cleaning his boat. You really can enjoy the Florida life here. Fallin Waters features a great little community park area with a fire pit, picnic area, and volleyball. The Fallin Waters waterfront gazebo is actually in one of the photos on our homepage –

The house itself is awesome. Absolutely no detail was overlooked in the design. The builder of the community actually built this home for himself. The kitchen has instant hot water. The huge master bathroom has a steam shower. The home has a sound system installed. There are two master closets, a nice little office, new paint, a brand new roof, and so much more! If you get a chance, stop by our open house this Sunday to check it out!



Sunday, May 15, 2016

1 PM – 4 PM


501 Fallin Waters Drive

Mary Esther, FL 32569

blu on Okaloosa Island

by Jim Gilliland

Have you heard about the newest waterfront development coming to Okaloosa Island? It’s called blu, and it is going to be GORGEOUS. The Gilliland Team has partnered with the developers to bring you the opportunity to be one of the first to call blu home. I’ve seen the plans and the renderings, and let me tell you, it’s going to be amazing. The balconies are going to be nice and big - at least 10 feet deep and 29 feet wide. blu is going to be a gated property. There will be two huge gulf front pools and a state of the art fitness center. I think my favorite feature will be the Gulf-side fire pit. There’s nothing like sitting around a hot fire with a cold drink listening to the waves and the banter of friends.  If you’re interested in finding out more about blu on Okaloosa Island, give us a call!


790 Santa Rosa Blvd, # 207 at The Islander Beach Resort

by Jim Gilliland

Continuing our blog posts on waterfront properties, today we’re going to share a little about The Islander Beach Resort. Longtime residents of Fort Walton might walk into the lobby of the Islander with a weird sense of déjà vu. That’s because it used to be home to Jamaica Joe’s, a popular restaurant and bar on Okaloosa Island. Our marketing director used to work at the Islander, and she mentioned that every couple of weeks or so, someone would walk in to the lobby to check in, stop and take a look around with a puzzled look on their face. She could tell that they were trying to figure out exactly why/when they had been in there before. Inevitably, it was because they had spent some time at the bar at Jamaica Joe’s.

From a 1985 article in the Sun Sentinel:  “in Fort Walton Beach there`s the very popular Jamaica Joe`s at the Islander Beach Resort on Santa Rosa Boulevard, reminiscent of something romantically tropical in the islands. Jamaica Joe`s at this time of the year is packed elbow to elbow with those lining up for the best happy hour munchies on the Emerald Coast. Those who stay for dinner dig into a good assortment of steaks or the Steambucket for Two, a collection of just about everything from the deep.”

These days, the Islander is popular with vacationers. The property has a large gulf front pool, heated seasonally, beach service, and fitness facility. Unit 207 is a 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom coastline view unit. The Islander has some of the larger one bedroom units on Okaloosa Island. In addition to the living room, there is a separate sitting room, which means the unit can comfortably sleep 6, whereas most one bedroom units can only sleep 4. This extra space and the lower rental price of a coastline unit means these one bedroom units at the Islander are a great value for renters. Because they stay rented, they are also a great value for investors. Take a look!

903 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach

by Jim Gilliland

Our last post was about how great the weather is here in May. The beautiful weather and the abundance of outdoor activities here along the Gulf Coast leads one to just want to be outside. In that vein, our next few posts are going to focus on some of our waterfront listings. Boating, fishing, jet-skiing, swimming…these are just a few of the activities these waterfront properties have to offer.

 The first one we want to look at is 903 Santa Rosa Boulevard. This 5300 square foot estate has 82 feet of waterfrontage along the Santa Rosa Sound! There’s a dock with a boat-lift that can handle boats up to 8 tons. You can watch the boats go by in the Intracoastal Waterway while floating in your sparkling 25’x50’ in-ground pool. There’s fantastic fishing in the Sound. From time to time, you can even spot the current owner spear-fishing around the dock. The beach is just across the street. With 3 master suites to retreat to after a long day on the water, this home is all you could ever want! 

Check out the visual tour!


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

by Jim Gilliland

Locals in this area know that May and October are the BEST months to be here at the beach! The weather is perfect, and tourist season hasn’t really kicked in to high gear so traffic to and fro is a breeze. High temperatures range from 75 to 85, with lows only about 62-70 and the humidity isn’t out of control. The Gilliland Team was out at the beach this past weekend for Mother’s Day. The water was crystal clear! Emerald water, green flags, and a high of 79! It was a great reminder of why we live here, and we are so lucky that we do! 

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Jim Gilliland
RE/MAX Gulf Coast Realty
28 Walter Martin Road NE, Suite A
Fort Walton Beach FL 32548
Office: (850)243-2220
After Hours: (850)864-7459
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