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Most expensive homes in Destin

by Karen Dishner

Our last blog post covered the most expensive homes in Fort Walton Beach. Just to update you, all five of those homes are still currently available (give us a call if you feel like taking a look. We'll be happy to show you a few homes!!). Let's head east and look at the most expensive homes currently on the market in Destin.

As of today, April 24, there are currently 129 homes in Destin priced over $1,000,000 active on the market. There are 38 listings over $2 million, and 20 over $3 million. There are just 5 homes currently listed for over $4 million. Let's take a look at the Destin's top 5 most expensive homes!

#5 - 55 Lands End Drive - Destin Pointe, $4,168,000

5 bedrooms, 5 and half baths, and over 4700 square feet -  The balcony on this home is huge! I think my favorite little detail is the large fireplace in the Gulf-front master bedroom.


#4 - 4730 Ocean Boulevard - Destiny by the Sea, $4,250,000

4 bedrooms, 4 and a half baths, and 4,264 square feet - This home has 4 master suites, but I think I could just live in the rooftop hot tub. You can see the whole coast from there!


#3 - 627 Gulf Shore Drive - Holiday Isle, $4,400,000

11 bedrooms!!! ELEVEN!! 

This home is almost 12,000 square feet and 90 feet of deepwater frontage on the Destin Harbor. And check out the home theater!! 


#2 - 793 Bayou Drive - Joe's Bayou, $4,995,000

Only 7 bedrooms in this hovel....Ok, it's not quite a hovel. It might be my favorite one on this list. The lot alone is gorgeous! Jeremy Fretwell, our Broker/Owner here at RE/MAX Gulf Coast Realty always likes to talk about "mature trees" in his listings. This home definitely has mature trees. BEAUTIFUL old oak trees draped with Spanish moss - I love it! Take a look at the pictures of the inside - I am a sucker for a clawfoot tub!!


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618 Gulf Shore Drive - Holiday Isle, $9,800,000

This one gets two pictures because it's just that gorgeous. But I highly recommend clicking the links and scrolling through the rest of them. No amount of description is going to do this place justice! At almost twice the price of the second-most expensive home in Destin, the house truly has everything!

I hope you enjoyed our little stroll (scroll?) through the most expensive homes in Destin! Check back next week - we'll see what the most expensive homes in Santa Rosa Beach look like!

Most expensive homes in Fort Walton Beach

by Karen Dishner

In the next few weeks we’ll be doing our own little take on that 80’s show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. (Wikipedia tells me it actually ran until 1995. Did you realize it ran well into the 90's? I sure didn't.) We’ll be blogging about some of the most expensive homes currently for sale along the Emerald Coast! So read the next few posts in the voice of Robin Leach…Today, we’re looking at the Top 5 most expensive homes currently for sale in Fort Walton Beach (as of April 12, 2017). Interestingly, not one of them is on the beach. Take a look:


# 5 903 Santa Rosa Boulevard – Okaloosa Island, $1,250,000

This is one of my favorites. It has gorgeous views of the Santa Rosa Sound! You can sit on your patio off the enormous master suite and watch the boats go by. Or you can hop in your own boat and take off from  your dock with a boat lift that can handle up to 16,000 lbs! 903 Santa Rosa Boulevard also has one of the biggest pools on Okaloosa Island.



# 414 Sleepy Hollow Road – Mary Esther, $1,450,000

This is what nearly one and a half million dollars gets you in Mary Esther. Over 7,000 square feet! The views of the Santa Rosa Sound are phenomenal. My personal favorite little touch is the black and white tile in the foyer.



# 3124 SW Miracle Strip Parkway – Fort Walton Beach, $1,550,000

One of three penthouse units at Presidio Yacht Club. On the 16th floor with 12 foot ceilings, you can bet your views from this unit are spectacular!



# 23 Garniers Post Road – Garniers Bayou, $1,699,000

I am about 95% certain I saw this house on Airbnb one time. I went back to that site to try to rent Fort Walton Beach’s 2nd most expensive home, but I couldn’t find it again. Oh well.. Anyway, this home is pretty amazing. It sits on its own little peninsula. 4 bedrooms and amazing views from all of them.



# 1471 W. Miracle Strip Parkway – Mary Esther,  $2,999,000

There aren’t too many pictures to peruse on this listing. The sellers had an estate sale a few months ago, and I was able to get a peek inside. It was AMAZING!! It was like stepping back in time. The home was built in 1926. Exposed wood throughout and incredible views of the sound. I did snag a pretty cool Billy Bowlegs poster at that sale. It had been rolled up in its shipping tube since it was ordered in 1978 from the original artist. 


So those are the 5 most expensive homes for sale in Fort Walton Beach! Got some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket? Call the Gilliland Team, and we'll be happy to show you one of these! Or any other property you want to see! Since Jim Gilliland sells the Panhandle, and not JUST Fort Walton Beach, our next blog post will be on the most expensive homes in Destin. Keep an eye out!

Giving to your children

by Jim Gilliland

Tips for Gifting a Home Down Payment to Your Child

Are you in the fortunate position of being able to give your adult child the down payment he or she would need for a home of their own? There are many reasons parents consider doing this: maybe as a wedding present, perhaps instead of paying for a wedding at all, or maybe just to know that their child will have a roof over his/her head.  There are several things to think about in relation to a sizable gift like this.  Keep in mind there are rules and tax regulations pertaining to this type of gift. Knowing these will keep you from making a hefty financial mistake when helping your daughter buy her first home.

The Down Payment Must be a Gift and Not a Loan

If you plan on helping out your kids, the down payment must be a gift and not a loan. To prove this, the parents will need to write a letter to the lender stating that the money never needs to be paid back. 

Otherwise, the lender will factor in the loan amount from the parents into the mortgage approval amount. This may mean you qualify for less on a  Fort Walton Beach home.

The Tax-Free Limits

Remember the limits when gifting a down payment. Any gift of $14,000 or more will result in a tax bill. However, there is a loophole that is possible if done right. The rule says $14,000 per year per donor, so technically, each parent could give $14,000 for a total of $28,000 in a year. 

It’s best to talk to your lawyer and work out the details if you are planning on going this route. 

Provide the Down Payment in Advance

It is important to give the down payment well before your child begins their Fort Walton Beach Real Estate search. Getting this money during the early stages of home buying saves paperwork and logistical headaches. 

The gift does not have to be addressed if the funds have been in your child’s account long enough that the last two bank statements do not show the deposit.

If you are thinking about helping your son or daughter begin their search for a home in Fort Walton, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, or anywhere else on the Panhandle, give us a call! 

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