Spring Along the Emerald Coast – 4th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run

race logoWe are so excited to welcome Spring to the Emerald Coast. The weather is warming up and just in time for our Spring Break visitors. The beautiful thing about living in Northwest Florida is that we have the ability to comfortably spend time outdoors all year around. In fact, many of our charitable fundraisers such as walk-a-thons and marathons are held during our winter months. Just last month, our Listing Specialist, Amanda Abbott, entered into the 4th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run the weekend of February 26th-28th. The purpose of this event, hosted by Vera Bradley (who gave amazing gifts to each runner), was to raise money for the Seaside Neighborhood School and the Seacoast Collegiate High School. Just like any other school around, these Seaside Charter Schools experience funding cuts year after year. Fundraising events, as in the case of the Seaside Half Marathon, allow these schools to provide elective classes in gardening, music, art, technology, dance, yearbook, smaller math classes, and award winning robotics programs – to name a few.

tasteSponsored by many of our local businesses, this event was honored to welcome Chef Emeril Lagasse, along with Chef Jim Shirley, and Chef Jim Richard for a VIP reception, Taste of the Race, the Friday before the run.  Two of Emeril’s restaurants provided cuisine along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants. Live music was abundant along with wine and spirits. Saturday kept the momentum building with race preparations, more food, live music and a silent auction. The big event, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles!) started bright and early at 7 a.m. Sunday morning with the 5K run following at 7:25 a.m. A post-run party and another silent auction finished up the weekend. Congratulations, Amanda for supporting this great cause and good job finishing in just under 2 hours!

Living a healthier lifestyle is what we’re all about here in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Just imagine waking up every morning to a walk on the beach, a quick surf ride, yoga facing the Gulf or Bay waters, or maybe a bit of paddle boarding before heading to work or wherever your day might take you. This lifestyle could be yours! Smart investors are realizing the value of buying real estate here as they see visitors flock to our beaches to take advantage of all we have to offer. Amazing properties in every price range are available all along the coast, click here to search. If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the area, give the Nathan Abbott Team a call for up-to-date real estate information.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Emerald Coast!

Do you know where the name “Emerald Coast” came from? In 1983, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News, the term “Emerald Coast” was submitted by a junior high school student who won $50 in a contest to come up with a new slogan for the area. Since then, the term has been used in reference to the coastline from Pensacola Beach to Panama City Beach. The “Emerald” color of our Gulf waters are due to the lack of sediment run off, usually found around rivers and lakes which causes more of a brownish look, along with the algae (not harmful) we do have that the sun reflects off of. Spend a day at the beach enjoying our Emerald waters and you’ll feel like you just found that pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow! Click here to search for your Emerald Coast dream home today!

Nathan Abbott Team Wins ResortQuest Real Estate “Top Producer” – 4th Year in a Row!

awardThe Nathan Abbott Team joined our brokerage, ResortQuest Real Estate, for a 2015 Awards Ceremony at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. The theme of the ceremony was all about “connecting” and the importance of what that means in relationship with our customers, in order to provide the best possible service. Connecting is what the Nathan Abbott Team is all about. We understand that selling real estate is secondary to building strong relationships within our community and with visitors coming to the Emerald Coast to vacation or to find their permanent or part-time home or investment property.

Our team was humbled at this awards ceremony by receiving the award for “2015 Top Producers” within the ResortQuest family, with $41 million in sales and listing production for the year. Our ResortQuest broker Carmela Bell, thanked Nathan and the team for our level of excellent service, energy and drive in setting a great example of achievement and service in the industry. The Nathan Abbott Team is proud to be #1 in production for ResortQuest Real Estate for four consecutive years.

In addition, one of our newest agents with the team, Annie Belter, was awarded as the “2015 Rookie of the Year.” Annie closed out 2015 with $1,788,500 in sales. She continues to raise the banner higher with $1,562,500 in closed and pending transactions already within these first few months of 2016!

We feel so much gratitude for our clients, friends, family, peers and business partners who support our efforts. We look forward to continuing relationships with all of you this year to make 2016 a year of amazing growth and opportunity! If you are interested in buying or selling real estate along Florida’s Gulf Coast, please contact the Nathan Abbott Team at ResortQuest. To search available properties click here.

2016 New Construction & Development Along the Emerald Coast

Have you noticed the change in our Emerald Coast footprint over the last decade? We are growing in leaps and bounds, keeping the real estate market hot for 2016. Some may be concerned over the increased development forever changing the area; however, this change comes as a great boost to property values as well as providing much needed jobs to boost our local economy.

From East to West we’re seeing many changes. Panama City Beach is thrilled to be partnering with St. Joe Company in bringing not only a new K-8 school to the area, but also a world-class sports village. The outcome is to attract more sports visitors to Panama City Beach to enjoy tournaments for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football. New schools and the economic impact of the sports complex will surely increase property values and raise home sale prices and rental income for investment properties with the added guests visiting the area, especially in the off-season.

Nathan Abbott, with the Nathan Abbott Team, recently sold a parcel of land for a new resort condominium project in Panama City Beach, Tradewinds for $6,450,000. This prime beachfront property covers ~3.65 acres and ~450 feet of Gulf front footage. Nathan Abbott is your sales specialist for Gulf front development parcels in Panama City Beach with a proven track record. This is the 5th development parcel that he sold, in addition to being the listing agent for all the developer sales at the Palazzo condominium located on the Gulf along Front Beach Road.

The Georgetown

Going into Walton County, on the East end of Scenic Highway 30A, Rosemary Beach is excited about a new condominium, The Georgetown, set to begin construction this spring. This classic-contemporary structure will offer luxury living at a desirable location with deeded covered parking. Seagrove welcomes a new 31-unit condominium called Thirty-One on 30A.

Thirty OneA

FullSizeRender-4This exceptional and desirable destination offers the pinnacle in architecture, design, comfort and foremost beachfront living. Moving to the West, ResortQuest Real Estate is proud to be the exclusive listing office offering RidgeWalk in Santa Rosa Beach. RidgeWalk is a French-inspired coastal gated community situated on the Eastern boundary of County Highway 393. This Randy Wise development is a nature-rich planned community of 74 homes sites nestled throughout ~19.5 acres.

Okaloosa County is full of upcoming residential and resort developments this year as well. Destin is proud to announce a new condominium project, 1900-98, underway along the coast.

1900 98

This ultra-luxury condo will be built on ~150 feet of beachfront. As well as The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort in Crystal Beach that is scheduled to open this spring. This 170-room resort will provide a plethora of services and activities.

 

The HendersonIn addition, commercial opportunities are also growing in Destin with the Destin Commons expanding with the soon grand opening of Whole Foods next to the Bass Pro Shop. Locals and visitors can enjoy natural and organic foods, fresh veggies and fruits, and other goodies for healthier lifestyle options. Also neighboring Destin Commons, Turnberry Associates has plans in motion to build a 150-room hotel beginning this spring.

Fort Walton Beach boasts their new development now approved for construction and in planning, The Landmark Center. This center consists of two main buildings that will feature a mix of residential, retail and dining including a 112-room Hilton hotel, pool, executive offices, 24-loft condo apartments and a rooftop bar and restaurant.

Landmark Center

Please let us know if you are interested in any of these and other developments along the Panhandle! We are actively involved in Emerald Coast construction projects and opportunities, please contact us for a market review of your property or click here to search available listings along the panhandle!

Nathan Abbott Team Launches New Website

The Nathan Abbott Team would like to welcome you to our re-designed, mobile friendly website. We’re pretty proud of our new clean and sleek look, not to mention how easy it is for viewers to peruse through our various tabs and links. We hope you find it easier to view active real estate properties throughout the Emerald Coast, along with information on what’s happening in the market. We’ve also included a list of reputable business partners to assist you with additional services including: mortgage lenders and title companies, insurance agencies, a home inspector, landscaper, housekeeper, locksmiths, contractors, interior designers, and even wedding planners! We have an e-concierge site, EmeraldCoastLuxury.com that lists fabulous local hot spots for dining, golfing, and recreational fun and more! Get to know our team, and register to receive emails on updates in the real estate market on our site as well. We welcome you to let us know if there is anything else you would like us to include on our site.

Our updated website is “responsive web design” to those of you who prefer to use a mobile app to gather information. What that means, if you are not familiar with the term – our website can now be viewed on any device from your widescreen desk monitor to your mobile phone screen (and anything in-between), and the content will automatically resize to adapt to the size of your screen, making it much easier to view the information you want – when you want it. Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experience along with increased search engine optimization.

You may have also noticed that our bi-monthly emails that we send through Constant Contact are also now on a mobile-viewable template. Check out our latest newsletter here. We redesigned our newsletter to stay current with the trends as majority of these emails are opened on a mobile device.  If you would like to receive our Nathan Abbott Team email newsletters, click here.

Our research has shown us that 86 percent of our time is spent on native apps versus mobile web browsers in today’s mobile society. According to Google, mobile-friendly sites rank first in searches to accommodate the need for users to get the highest quality, most relevant results that are optimized for their devices. The Nathan Abbott Team continually strives to keep abreast on how best to get you the most up-to-date information available!

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