Destin’s famed Clary Estate is on the market

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM.

“Roger was very influential in the success of many businesses along the Emerald Coast, and someone I greatly admire,” Somers told The Sun while touring the grand estate. “Both Roger and Ella obviously wanted to deliver lasting quality in everything they did and this estate is nothing short of that — every aspect of this property deserves the highest level of recognition.”

The Clary’s developed Silver Beach in the early 50s, which actually put Destin "on the map," and then with an eye for the needs of Destin, they developed the First National Bank of Destin (later AmSouth, now Regions), then Indian Bayou Golf and Country Club, and went on to build the first shopping center of Destin, The Shores.  

Walking through the estate’s formal rooms, it’s easy to judge by the level of finish that no expense was spared. Whether it’s the shimmering Baccarat crystal chandelier (from a palace in Russia), greeting you as you enter through the custom designed "fortress" doorway, or the fabulous grand stairway, each and every room of this estate tells a story.

As if the home itself wasn’t enough to pique your interest, in the 80s, the Clary’s added a 3,000-plus square foot pool pavilion with motorized sliding roof panels, an oversized pool, a hot tub, sauna, a full size summer kitchen, with full cocktail bar and two full baths. Somers says the estate would appeal to an affluent family who wants to purchase an iconic piece of history that they can pass down from generation to generation.

For more information about the Clary Estate or John Paul Somers & Company, call 850-259-9732, or visit or

Given the tremendous attention to detail, whether it’s the gorgeous millwork produced from Roger's own wood-mill once located in Niceville, or the one of a kind custom forged fixtures, the Clary Estate is a living piece of history that is unlike anything found in Destin or surrounding areas.

“This home is of great historical value and I feel honored that the Clary’s would grant me the privilege to market and sell such a legendary property,” Somers said.

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