Sandestin is not just for vacationers

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:04 AM.

Risley said the SOA has 1,000 households with full-time residents.

In addition to the vacation areas, Sandestin has more than 30 residential neighborhoods. Many of those do not allow short-term rentals.

Of Walton County registered voters, 17 percent live on Sandestin property.

What's it like to live on the resort full time?

Hollis said it's mostly wonderful.

"It gets really crowded and congested, but I know of no other resort that offers what this one does with its beach, marina, tennis, four golf courses, and that is this beautifully maintained. It has all the amenities anyone would want," he said. "Sometimes we think about moving, but where could we go that is better?"

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