Compiled by Lori Hutzler Eckert
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Destin Commons Continues Expansion
In March, Destin Commons’ new 90,000-square-foot West Tower office building opened with its first tenant, engineering firm Connelly & Wicker Inc. Recent store additions to the center include Godiva Chocolatier, bebe, American Eagle and Talbot’s Petites. Turnberry Associates, the managing partner of Destin Commons, also announced its second-phase expansion, which will include more retail, restaurants, and a luxury hotel and conference center.
The Market Shops at Sandestin in Miramar Beach recently added Beyond the Grape Wine & Gifts to its mix of retail and food and beverage outlets. Beyond the Grape features more than 30 varieties of wine produced from Florida fruits by Florida Orange Grove Inc. & Winery of St. Petersburg.
Destin-based Legendary Inc.’s HarborWalk Village development, located in the Destin Harbor, announced that local artist Don Sawyer will open a retail showroom in the open-air promenade in June 2008.
AWARDS & HONORS
Seagar’s Wins Four Diamonds for 8th Straight Year
Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, in the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, announced that the fine-dining restaurant was awarded with AAA’s Four Diamond Award for achieving a high standard of excellence in the hospitality industry in North America. The honor was celebrated as Seagar’s eighth consecutive year to receive the designation.
During the Emerald Coast Advertising Federation’s recent 2008 ADDY Awards & Gala, several local businesses were honored for achieving excellence in the field of advertising: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa received 10 Silver ADDYs, including two for its Footprints magazine; Legendary Inc. received one Gold ADDY and two Silver ADDYs; Cornerstone Marketing and Advertising Inc. received 10 Gold ADDYs and 28 Silver ADDYs; and Fresh Creative | communications + design received eight Gold ADDYs and seven silver ADDYs … SoHo Salon and Studio in Destin was recognized as the second-place national winner of the recent Frederic Fekkai’s Train to Be a Star Stylist contest … Legendary Marine, based in Destin, has been named “Dealer of the Year” by Boat & Motor Dealer magazine. Legendary Marine will be featured on the cover of the March 2008 issue of Boat & Motor Dealer magazine.
Luxury for Sale: Turnberry Harbour Opens Preview Center By Kelly D. Krohn
Turnberry Harbour, a luxury condominium development planned for Destin, recently opened the doors to its 12,000-square-foot sales center.
The center, situated near the entrance of the future 80-acre residential development, offers a fully decorated, three-bedroom model home, allowing prospective buyers to experience the look and feel of the condominiums before the first phase of construction is completed.
Within the center’s lobby are two large-scale, three-dimensional models of the development, simulating Turnberry Harbour upon full build-out.
“With this state-of-the-art sales center, we can literally usher someone into that lifestyle and show them its possibilities,” says Jim Cohen, vice president of sales for Turnberry Ltd., the South Florida developer of Turnberry Harbour.
“While the sales center’s purpose is primarily to inform visitors, it also serves as an introduction to the Turnberry lifestyle,” he adds.
The center, which is flanked by multiple water fountains and lush landscaping, will be followed by the opening of a 19-story condominium tower featuring 136 residences, as well as two four-story maisonettes – multiple-level, townhome-style buildings – each containing six residences. Prices range from $900,000 to $2.5 million.
When completed, the development, which is situated next to the Regatta Bay Golf Course and overlooks Choctawhatchee Bay, will include multiple residential buildings, a 34,500-square-foot clubhouse, a spa, a fitness center, a tennis club and a variety of restaurants.
Turnberry Ltd., which has created condominium and condominium-hotel developments in South Florida, Washington, D.C., Houston, San Francisco and the Bahamas, is known for the development of Turnberry Place, a $650-million development that was the first luxury high-rise condominium community built overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.
The company first announced plans to launch a project on the Emerald Coast in mid-2007.
“Destin’s unique culture of laid-back luxury really appealed to us, and that’s what we’ve tried to capture in each facet of Turnberry Harbour – from the over-the-top penthouses in the condominium tower to the charming, private maisonette buildings,” Cohen says. “On the one hand, Destin is a vacation destination for visitors from all around the Southeast, and on the other, it remains a close-knit residential community. In much the same way, Turnberry Harbour represents world-class luxury that’s set apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”