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By Shawn Maxey, Sales Associate

Destin and South Walton County are continuing to experience a resurgence, and 2017 will be one for the books. 

In the 12-mile stretch from the Destin Bridge to Sandestin, two new shopping centers have recently been built: Seascape Towne Centre and City Market Bayside. The retail market is hot in the area, with most centers being leased up already—showing demand for more developments to hit the market.

With the popularity of Destin and South Walton Beaches and all the jobs being added to the area, there is a major influx of families moving to the area and vacationers coming back year after year. The housing market is on fire, with families looking for their dream homes to savvy investors looking for a great beach rental for their portfolios.

Below are a few projects that are underway in the Destin area and are scheduled to break ground in 2017.

The Seascape Towne, located at the Seascape Resort, is a 55,000 SF commercial lifestyle center set to open in spring of 2017 and will include retailers like 2 Birds Coffee Shop, John Wehner’s Village Door, Acme Oyster House and others.

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin Town Center is expanding their retail space to their master project inside the Grand Boulevard Mall. During 2016, they added a Starbucks and Jimmy John’s in front of the Publix, and new retailers Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, and Anthropologie in the shopping mall. In the spring of 2017, a 12,000 SF Pottery Barn will make its debut.

The biggest development in the area is the Baby Grande (now in Phase II). This behemoth will be the newest addition to the HarborWalk Village. The nine story project will include 90 multi-family short-term units and 25,000 SF of retail space, as well as a new parking deck and a 251 room hotel.

With all of this exciting progress, the markets in Destin and South Walton Counties will soon look very different.

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