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Homes Sold & Homes for Sale in Kelly Plantation – July

Kelly Plantation in Destin had a good month (comparatively speaking) in July with three homes sold.  They included a four bedroom, three bath, 2911 square foot home for $654K, and a four bedroom, four bath, 3354 square foot home for $1.375 million.  The former sold for $224 per square foot, which is very low for Kelly Plantation.  The Selling agent did note that the Seller needed to relocate (apparently quickly) out of state, needed to sell and conceded a $10K flooring allowance to replace carpet that only a mother could love. 

Homes Sold in Kelly Plantation – July 

Total # of Listings     3
Lowest Price Listing   $654,000
Highest Price Listing   $1,375,000
Average Price           $1,076,333
Avg. Price/SqFt         $308
Avg. Days on Mkt      157

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Kelly Plantation Sold Graph July 





At the beginning of August there were 59 homes for sale in Kelly Plantation.  They ranged from a four bedroom, three bath, 2414 square foot home listed at $600K to an eight bedroom, seven full bath, two half bath, 16K square foot bay front home listed for a casual $11.25 million.  This home is on 1.5 acres and 410 feet on the bay.  The square footage does not include a 1082 square foot carriage house. 

Homes for Sale in Kelly Plantation – Beginning of August 

Total # of Listings    53
Lowest Price Listing  $600,000
Highest Price Listing  $2,450,000
Average Price          $1,239,156
Avg. Price/SqFt        $367
Avg. Days on Mkt     178

Kelly Plantation Active Graph Beginning August





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Sold Homes & Homes for Sale in Destiny & Destiny by the Sea – July

There were four homes sold in Destiny and Destiny by the Sea during the month of July.  They ranged in price from a 1900 sf three bedroom, three bath home on Papaya in Destiny that sold for $545,000 to a 5,946 sf seven bedroom, eight bath home in Destiny by the Sea that sold for $5,150,000.  

Homes Sold in Destiny & Destiny by the Sea – JulyDestiny Sold July Graph
Total # of Listings   4
Lowest Price Sold    $545,000
Highest Price Sold   $5,150,000
Average Price         $1,843,500
Avg. Price/SqFt       $463
Avg. Days on Mkt    204

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There are currently 53 homes for sale in Destiny, and there are 23 homes for sale in Destiny by the Sea.  The Destiny by the Sea listings range from a 2503 sf four bedroom, three bath home with good rental income at $1,295,000 to a 5,696 sf gulf front seven bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms for $6.5 million.

Homes for Sale in Destiny & Destiny by the Sea – August

Total # of Listings     77
Lowest Price Listing   $499,500
Highest Price Listing   $6,500,000
Average Price           $1,716,392
Avg. Price/SqFt         $512
Avg. Days on Market  223

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Destiny first of August Active







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Homes Sold & Homes For Sale in Destiny – June

Destiny had a pretty normal month of sales in June as compared to monthly sales over the past couple of years.  Three homes were sold in June to include a three bedroom, two bath, 1800 sf home for $499,000.  Another home was listed as a Divorce Sale – it was a five bedroom, six bath (four full and two half baths), 3855 sf home for $1,075,000.   

Sold Homes in Destiny – June (Click graph below to enlarge)

   Destiny June Sold Graph
Total # of Listings     3
Lowest Price Sold      $499,000 
Highest Price Sold      $1,075,000 
Average Price           $749,750 
Avg. Price/SqFt         $259 
Avg. Days on Mkt.     257  

At the beginning of July there were 48 homes for sale in Destiny and 24 homes for sale in Destiny by the Sea.  They ranged from a three bedroom, two bath, 1850 sf home listed at $499,500 in Destiny to a seven bedroom, six and a half bath, 5696 sf home with an asking price of $6.5 million.  This home is on a 60′ lot in Destin’s most prestigious gulf front subdivision for single family homes in Destiny by the Sea.  If you don’t feel like trekking up three flights of stairs, take the elevator.  

Destiny and Destiny by the Sea continue to be the best locale for sales of upscale single family homes in the Destin as it relates to number of homes sold according to our MLS.  With 72 homes for sale there are some good buys to be had, but it is worth noting that the number of homes for sale in Destiny is down from one year ago as there were close to 100 homes available at that time.  

Brennans outsideAnother thing that has recently made Destiny an even more desirable place to live is the opening of Royal B’s Restaurant at the north entrance to Destiny and fronting Hwy 98 (there is an entry without having to get on Hwy 98 coming from Destiny). 

The restaurant is owned by the famed Brennan family of New Orleans which includes such landmark restaurants as Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace.   

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Brunch at Brennan’s in Destin – Royal B Restaurant

Brennans outsideAhh…Breakfast at Brennan’s, Brunch at Commanders Palace or the Palace Cafe, lunch at Mr. B’s, dinner at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. The common thread is the Brennan family runs all these restaurants in New Orleans.

But now we have our own branch of the Brennan family’s restaurant properties right here in Destin – Royal B Restaurant.

Brennans insideSeparate branches of the Brennan family operate independently over a dozen restaurants, and we are glad that we have one here in Destin. Brothers Clark and Blake Brennan have opened this operation in the former site of Bianca’s Restaurant.

It’s located right on Highway 98 not far from Destin Commons, and the lucky people who have homes in Destiny and homes in Destiny By the Sea can walk, bike or golf cart over as the restaurant is located at the entrance to their subdivision.

Brennans BBQ ShrimpAs might be expected this is one of the top Brunch spots in our area, and they are open on both Saturday and Sunday. On a recent Sunday, my guest and I joined the McNeeses for a highly anticipated Sunday Brunch. We started with mimosas, and things just got better from there.

The New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp quickly became one of my favorite appetizers on the coast. The spiced butter sauce gives it a decided kick and the smoked Gouda grit cakes are shaped in a ramekin (I’m guessing) and were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside – delicious!

Brennans Turtle Soup 2The McNeeses opted for Turtle Soup au Sherry – an item that you don’t see on menus in our area. I love Turtle Soup, the McNeeses gave it two thumbs up and my guest won’t touch it because she used to have a pet turtle.

This will be an ideal dish when the weather turns cold, but it’s real good any time. The quality of the Sherry makes a difference, and Royal B uses the good stuff.

Brennans FishOne of the other highlights of the main courses was my Sauteed Redfish (Fish of the Day) crusted in Creole Spice Pecans, lump crabmeat and Meuniere Sauce.

The pecans could have been a little crisper for my personal taste, but I love redfish and this was a good dish.

Brennans Eggs St. IvesMy guest and Richard both had the Eggs St. Ives – flash fried fish of the day (grouper that day) with creamed spinach, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.

This is classic New Orleans brunch stuff, and they have the offerings that come to mind for a New Orleans brunch like Eggs Hussarde, Eggs Sardou and the like.

Brennan's staffOne of the things I’m most impressed with is the friendliness of the Brennans, their Director of Operations, Ed Krepps, and indeed their whole staff. You can tell the corporate staff did a great job of conveying to the rest of the team the ambiance that they were trying to create. This really makes the dining experience all the better.

Do you want New Orleans Sunday (or Saturday) Brunch in Destin? Call Royal B Restaurant at 8502691741 for reservations or visit their website at

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Sunsets and Sandals – Dewey Destin Seafood in Destin

Dewey Destin outsideDo you ever feel like skipping the fine dining restaurants in Destin for a night? 

Then grab the kids, the wife and grandma, and throw on your tee shirt, shorts or jeans, sandals or tennis shoes and take the entire family for a fabulous sunset at one of our most down to earth restaurants in Destin – Dewey Destin Seafood on the bay. 

To be more specific it’s actually in the bay.  If you want to feel the roots of Destin go no further as Dewey’s great, great grandfather, Leonard, founded Destin in 1835.  

DD fried shrimpFried seafood is really the way to go here, although I’ve got some friends that swear by their hamburgers.  It’s no frills all the way, and you will see patrons from eight to eighty munching away on baskets that might include fried shrimp, scallops, grouper or soft shell crabs.  You’ll get the fries, hush puppies and slaw with whatever you choose.  If you aren’t in the mood for fried, they offer grilled and steamed baskets as well. 

DD Tuna DipOn a recent visit with my guest, her mom and my daughter we started with the Smoked Tuna Dip.  The dip comes with tons of Saltine Crackers.  You’ll note that there is one Ritz Cracker in the picture. 

That came in a larger group of Ritz that belonged to the Hot Crabmeat Dip Appetizer that we also had.  But we ate everything except that one cracker before realizing that we forgot to take a picture.  Both appetizers were good, and we can all heartily recommend these two. 

DD wineEverybody was in a fried shrimp mood, but I veered off with the Parmesan Grouper.  My mistake – should have gone with the crowd.  I evened out my dish with some Glen Ellen Chardonnay, but this is no place to drink wine. 

They don’t have regular size bottles of wine – just splits.  This is a beer joint for sure – I was just being a contrarian on the food and the drink.   Note to self – stick to what the place is known for. 

DD Sunset 1DD Sunset   



You won’t find a better place to watch the sunset in Destin. 

You hear the waves sloshing against the dock, see the boats coming in for the night with tons of seagulls circling all around and you’re kicked back in your most casual clothes, enjoying a beverage and watching part of the spectacle that draws millions of people to The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.    

No reservations – just stand in line, place your order, grab a table and they’ll bring the food to you.   

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