The temperatures may be dipping, but the luxury waterfront market in Destin and South Walton is heating up.



"When it comes to the waterfront lifestyle, Somers & Company is showcasing the finest estates on Choctawhatchee Bay, the coastal dune lakes and beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico," said John Paul Somers, broker at Somers & Company. "Because of the market's strong recovery, coupled with a decrease in inventory levels, and significant replacement costs to construct new, the existing luxury home market offers indisputable value."



Whether you are looking to purchase your dream home or an income-producing property to diversify your investments, the growing and dynamic team at Somers & Company has the perfect estate to pair with even the most discerning buyer.



With 13 years in the real estate industry, Realtor and Broker Associate Debbie James keeps the pulse on the rapidly expanding 30A market, especially with the upcoming launch of Somers & Company's Grayton Beach office.



Situated on the Gulf of Mexico is Villa Leibra, one of James' prized listings in Seagrove Beach. This 10-bedroom, 11.5-bathroom home located at 171 Chivas Lane is an investor's dream, generating up to $18,000 in weekly income. The property, which is listed at $3,995,000, is already "booked solid" for the 2014 summer season.



"It's purely the lifestyle that people want," James said. "Some of the communities have seen prices increase in excess of 20 to 30 percent."



"Sweet Retreat" is a three-story beachfront home on the Gulf, featuring 2,790 square feet, 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and a master suite with a private balcony and Jacuzzi. Located at 22 Port Court in the Shipwatch community of Miramar Beach, "Sweet Retreat" is listed at $1,750,000.



If bay-front property is your desire, Wendy Anderson, editing manager at Somers & Company, says there are prime estates in the Somers portfolio of exclusive properties.



A prime example is 456 Captains Circle, a luxurious 5,132-square foot estate in Regatta Bay. This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home is listed at $2,995,000. "It's an elegant showpiece that's great for entertaining," Anderson said of the home that features ICF (Insulating Concrete Form) construction, which is energy efficient and of significant strength and quality.



Tucked inside the gates of Kelly Plantation lies a "Yachtsman's Paradise," a 5-bedroom, 5.2-bathroom estate with three deepwater boat slips. The 6,887-square-foot masterpiece is listed at $3,395,000 and features a 400-gallon aquarium, gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, and three master suites.



Another example, situated atop a bluff at 777 Bayou Drive, is the famed Clary Mansion, Destin's "most historic and grand estate" according to Somers.  This graceful home encompasses 8,500 square feet and boasts 5 private bedroom retreats and 5 bathrooms. No expense was spared when this historic estate was developed by Roger and Ella Clary.



Walton County's coastal dune lakes offer buyers a rare opportunity to own property along these rare bodies of water that occur in only three other places around the world. "It's just so picturesque," Somers’ Marketing Director, Kate Kelley, told The Sun. "Can you imagine kayaking or paddle-boarding across the coastal dune lakes?"



Nestled on Draper Lake, 81 Coquina Place is ideal for buyers who desire the relaxed, outdoorsy 30A lifestyle but still yearn for luxury. With 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, this immaculate 5,507-square-foot estate is a host’s dream. This three-floor estate is listed at $2,495,000.



Somers & Company also has listed a breathtaking 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,987-square-foot estate on Eastern Lake at 82 Lake Pointe Drive ($1,495,000), as well as a pristine 3,480-square foot, 4-bedroom 4.5-bathroom estate at 185 Loon Lake Drive on Stallworth Lake ($999,000), both of which boast prime frontage on the ecological wonders of South Walton’s coastal dune lakes.



Helping clients locate the perfect property is a focus of Somers & Company. Rachael Earley, Director of Operations, states, “Adapting to our client’s needs is of paramount focus. We are intent in making certain our clients receive exceptional service.”



To learn more about Somers & Company's luxury waterfront opportunities or any other property, call (850) 654-7777, or find them on the web at www.SomersCompany.com.