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Old 01-24-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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My family is moving to Destin florida, my husband is already working there and I am a teacher. We have a 7,6 and 4 year old and are looking at Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay or Destiny for a home. What would be the more family friendly neighborhood?
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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My family is moving to Destin florida, my husband is already working there and I am a teacher. We have a 7,6 and 4 year old and are looking at Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay or Destiny for a home. What would be the more family friendly neighborhood?
Hmmm. We will have to do some asking around for this one. Since we don't have kids ourselves, it's tough to say. Generally, we associate more retired residents in these neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is really nice. Kelly Plantation and Regatta Bay put you around the corner from the shopping malls and such. While Destiny provides more of the beach with shopping being just down the street. We are trying to gather some other folks opinions and will let you know once we hear back. Is the sschool you will be teaching at in Destin?
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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Do you recommend different areas for families?
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Old 01-24-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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They all tend to draw the 50+ crowd. Most people with kids that age in these parts can't afford or don't want to to spend $500K and up on a house. If you're wiling to venture across the Mid Bay Bridge, I would have a look at a gated neighborhood in Bluewater Bay called Sunset Beach. It's got something of a Regatta Bay vibe to it, and a nice neighborhood-specific park/pool/clubhouse area on the bay, and the neighborhoods up there tend to have a far higher density of kids than what you'd find in Destin.
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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Do you recommend different areas for families?

We would have to agree with BeachMouse. These communities are not typically thought of as "family" neighborhoods but that's not to say there aren't any kids in those neighborhoods. Plus, as more people find out about us, the dynamics of neighborhoods do change. It kind of depends on what you seek .... the Niceville / Bluewater Bay area is really nice but it is not on the beach side of town. What other kinds of things do you need in your immediate neighborhood?
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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I'd have to suggest Bluewater myself. Its a higher end part of the area, and much more family and life oriented, then the vacation mentality they have in Destin.

I know my friend has a kid thats 16, and he won't even drive in Destin because of all of the vacationer traffic in the summer.

Bluewater is 5 miles away from Destin by way of the midbay bridge.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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My family is moving to Destin florida, my husband is already working there and I am a teacher. We have a 7,6 and 4 year old and are looking at Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay or Destiny for a home. What would be the more family friendly neighborhood?
The consensus so far of those 3 neighborhoods from people we've asked has been Destiny.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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We have visited the Bluewater bay area and it is nice but the architecture of the other areas is much more what we are used to and similiar to Scottsdale. We are really interested in the local opinion for the best place to raise the kiddos. I don't want to move the kiddos to an area jsut b/c I like the houses better and then they have no friends. Thanks for the help so far.
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Old 01-24-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I saw Burnt Pine mentioned in the other post, and I really would view Sandestin with concern until a couple big legal issues are sorted out. The company that owns the commercial and undeveloped parts of the development and manages the common areas and a fair amount of the other resort business is Intrawest, which is currently scrambling to raise cash to satisfy creditors. If you hear rumors of the Olympic downhill venue about to be auctioned off on the courthouse steps of Vancouver as the women's Super-G goes on, same company. (It's not quite that bad, but a precarious financal situation nonetheless)

Long run, Sandestin will continue to be a lovely development. It's too big and in too good of a location to fail, despite a couple of decades of pretty indifferent management practices. But in the short run, I wouldn't want to move into a new house and promptly end up in the middle of the Intrawest fallout and new ownership situation.

Regatta Bay- talk to someone who knows details of what's going on there with the developer seeming to change land use plans without any oversight. There are homeowners out there who are very unhappy with how what they thought was land designated for single family homes suddenly became plans for a luxury townhomes complex as part of the proposed Turnberry Harbor part of the development. (Which seems to be on hold right now but will likely resurface when the luxury home market recovers)

As long as I'm rambling about local gossip, the Destiny development was where Jay Odom and Ray Sansom started to get a little chummy (Sansom got the county to move a road so Odom could build the Destiny by the Sea neighborhood, a stretch of road now known as 'Odom's curve') but it's far enough in the past it really is more gossip than anything else.

As far as I know, Kelly Plantation doesn't have any fuss attached to it like the other developments do, but they could unknowingly have an indian burial ground buried under the driving range or something.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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pretty funny post !
I have seen the news about Intrawest and am curioius how that will affect sandestin, I visited the area a couple of weeks ago and my impression is that it was beautiful but I can only imagine how crazy it is in tourism season (that would be a concern for me)

AS for Destiny by the sea, destiny east/west, it is also a beautiful area but another concern there is the percentage of year round residents. I have heard varying degrees, anywhere from 50% of residents are year round and then 35% residents are year round. The not knowing your neighborrs and who is coming and going is a bit of a scare for me. Does anyone know the accurate percentage of year round residents?

And thus we looked at Kelly and Regatta where they do not allow short term leases (which is appealing) but as mentioned above I am afraid that we will be moving onto a retirement community. We have toured some houses there of interest to us and they all had children's rooms, but he children all seemed to be much older than our own.

We have a real estate agent but he seems to just agree on whatever we say and does not offer any real opinions on the better area for families.
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