Nestled within 900-acres of lush preserve, active wildlife and pristine walking trails lies one of Destin's most coveted guarded and gated communities — Kelly Plantation.

"To have that expanse of green space in the heart of Destin is a phenomenal asset to Destin and the owners of Kelly Plantation," said Real Estate Broker John Paul Somers, of Somers & Company.

If you are yearning to live the Destin lifestyle to the fullest, Somers, who also resides in the community, suggests that homebuyers look no further than Kelly Plantation. Whether strolling through natural parks, practicing your backhand on the tennis court or putting on a Fred Couples championship golf course, Kelly Plantation doesn't disappoint. Of course, a quick stroll to the beach and the Gulf of Mexico helps solidify Kelly Plantation as the perfect homestead.

When it’s time to relax after a long day, homeowners can take full advantage of the community pool, hook a big redfish with the fishing club, satisfy their green thumb as part of the garden club, or stay in shape at the fitness center. Homeowners are encouraged to be part of the community in Kelly Plantation, so step outside and make a new friend.

Pete Mittleman and his wife currently have their four-bed and four-bath home at 201 Mattie's Way in Kelly Plantation on the market, and he says it's the perfect place to raise a family.

"It's fabulous, and secluded," he told The Log. "All of the houses are carefully situated to blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings, which makes this a wonderful place to live."

"It has the best golf and tennis in the area," he added. "It's homes, not just houses."

The 3,292-square foot home has a pool and spa, heated floors, a glass fireplace and is on the market for $749,900. The home, built in 2003, is situated abutting a nature preserve and Mittleman says it's "very comfortable."

When Jim Fogleman and his wife were looking to buy a house in Destin, he narrowed his search to Kelly Plantation, Regatta Bay and Sandestin. He ultimately chose Kelly due to its "stability" and the fact that residents were permanent and less transient.

“We call it our little oasis, or paradise,” he said. “It’s so convenient for us to go shopping, out to eat for dinner, to the store or Home Depot. How much more convenient could you have it?”

Situated on an estate-sized lot at 6290 Augusta Cove, Fogleman’s home has been meticulously maintained and boasts lush landscaping and faces the 13th fairway. The Ben Porter built home features a large kitchen, stone sinks, custom cabinetry, a double oven and granite countertops.

This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home is two stories, 4,109 square feet and is on the market for $975,000.

“This is a whole different atmosphere and lifestyle,” Fogleman said. “You definitely wouldn’t find something like this in New York.”

To learn more about these magnificent homes and others Somers has available in Kelly Plantation, visit or call (850) 654-7777. You can also find them on Facebook at

For Somers, Kelly Plantation is more than just a community; it's a family and a lifestyle.

"It's the perfect blend of amenities and conveniences that cater to primary homeowners and those who want a second home in a prime resort destination."

With Somers’ involvement in selling $10-plus million dollars in Kelly Plantation alone in the last 180 days, which includes 13 separate transactions of home sites and houses, as well as condominiums at One Water Place located within the community, it’s no secret that his passion for the finest translates to his commitment to help others become aware of, and enjoy, the fabulous lifestyle of Kelly Plantation.