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Living on the Gulf in Holiday Isle, Destin FL

Posted by Tim Shepard - Broker on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 1:36pm.

The Holiday Isle Lifestyle

A home or property on Holiday Isle in Destin FL is the preferred choice for those seeking a quieter atmosphere, and close to the Gulf of Mexico. A boating utopia, this three-mile long peninsula is bordered by beach, harbor and pass. Man-made canals weave throughout the neighborhoods, leaving no shortage of private backyard docks. The East Pass is just a few minutes away by boat. Crab Island, the harbor, and other pleasure destinations are also close by.

Holiday Isle waterfront home

There are only a handful of commercial establishments close to the entry on Holiday Isle, which greatly reduces traffic. It's not uncommon for Holiday Isle residents to leave the car parked at home and hop on a water taxi to their favorite harbor restaurant.

Who lives on Holiday Isle? Well, you'll find a collection homeowners who enjoy a relaxing year-round way of life. Then you have those who have been coming for years, enjoying vacations with their families. And, finally those who are renting, and seeking a warm escape, with less hustle and bustle found in other areas of Destin and the 30A.

Holiday Isle Real EstateHoliday Isle Market Stats

From January to the end of April, there were 66 properties sold in Holiday Isle, 8 single-family homes, 8 townhomes and 50 condos. Prices ranged from $95,000 to $1,345,000.

The average size was 1,379 sq. ft.  The high end at 3,600 sq. ft., and low end 470 sq. ft. for a studio condo.

Holiday Isle Condos

Holiday Isle does have its share of waterfront condos, ideally situated along Gulf beaches, overlooking East Pass and the Destin Harbor. Many of which have docking facilities on the premises that owners can take advantage of. A Holiday Isle townhome or condo offers a low maintenance lifestyle where owners can come and go, and still take advantage of the waterfront lifestyle.

Holiday Isle Single-Family Homes & Townhouses

Holiday Isle is a prime area for waterfront property, but not just for condos. There are a surprising amount of choices for those seeking a single-family home or townhouse, and in a wide array of price points.

Holiday Isle homes along the beach are far from cookie-cutter. It's not unusual to see a lavish Mediterranean-style estate sitting side-by-side with a charming Gulf front cottage. Popular in the 70s, these beach bungalows have stood the test of time, and been the source of family holidays for generations.

Many have either been torn down and replaced with modern homes, or completely renovated and modernized. Thus allowing them to retain their unique appeal and character, while still taking advantage of a desirable waterfront homesite.

The same coexistence occurs in the water as on land. The harbor and pass are bustling with every kind of marine vessel you can imagine, from fishing boats and small dinghies to luxury yachts. All residents in Holiday Isle share the same love of the Gulf waters.

Living on the Water in Holiday Isle

Holiday Isle real estate

A waterfront home in Holiday Isle comes with a constant source of entertainment and enjoyment.  From the dolphins and other marine life, the parade of boats entering and exiting the pass, to a simple sunset, the views are non-stop and captivating. Hence, homes are designed to take optimum advantage of this feature and integrate the outdoors with indoor spaces wherever possible. Huge floor-to-ceiling glass walls are popular in many living areas, and most new homes are designed with several if not all rooms facing the Gulf.

Waterfront patios are often well-equipped with an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and even media centers, so that you can take full advantage of the outdoors for as long as possible.  Fully landscaped lagoon-style pools and hot tubs add to the allure.

Homes or townhomes on the canal are situated in subdivision-like streets, all backing onto small waterways providing quick access to the harbor. A house on the canal or harbor wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of at least one deep water boat slip.

Destin Pointe Homes on Holiday Isle

Destin Pointe homes are for those looking for a bit more luxury, combined with community living. This gated neighborhood offers an enviable beachfront setting,  deeded beach access to 3,000 feet of private beach, two coastal dune lakes, two swimming pools, tennis and shuffleboard, plus 24-hour guard gated security.


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