Destin Florida

Vacation Rental Property

We are proud to bring you the 2018 newest addition to The Retreat at Miramar... "The Emerald Dream". This beautiful Vacation Rental in Destin features 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, one bedroom featuring a 4 bed built in bunk room with 8' barn door entrance, another bedroom features a 4 bed bunk room with a trundle 5th bed. The home is designed with top of the line appliances, a 3,500 game arcade system and a pool table all within a 3 min. ride in a complementary 6 person custom built golf cart to the beach. This home is designed inside and out for an unforgettable time with family and friends. Come see it for yourself.

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Beaches and Parks

Featured on numerous documentaries and the fastest growing last hidden gem of North America, the Emerald Coastline features some of the most beautiful and captivating landscapes unlike any other place in the world. From Dune Lakes that stretch out kissing the shoreline of the ocean to natural springs as clear as a carribean reef, Destin and its neighboring towns will captivate and amaze you and your family for years to come.

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Family Fun & Golfing

Its no secret that Florida is the Capitol of North America for its incredible Golf Courses. Destin reflects a beauty and serenity found nowhere else on earth. With incredible fairways just inches from the waters edge and greens on islands surrounded by hazards, these courses will amaze and challenge even the most seasoned professionals. 


For those not looking to golf and looking for more family fun activities, we also list and showcase a wonderful assortment of favorite local and nearby attractions and activities. From animatronic miniature golf to zip lining across the wonderful Baytowne Wharf, you are sure to find something for everyone in the list we have put together.

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Real Estate Services

Find the Best with the Best

Are you looking for that perfect vacation home or wanting to make a new and exciting move to our area? Look for the best we have to offer with nationally licensed and award winning home builder, now real estate agent, Chris Harper.


With 18 years experience as a nationally licensed home builder, Chris Harper, brings a unique perspective to finding that perfect home. Chris can quickly and efficiently walk any property with you and immediately address any areas of concern you should be aware of, giving you an incredible insight into making your final decision should you want to write an offer.


Knowing the market and understanding how to get the most for your home is our specialty. We bring a unique insight from a different perspective of Real Estate and give you all the tools necessary to make well informed decisions in buying or selling property.

Buy and Sell with Confidence

Call Today and Ask to Speak with 

Chris Harper

Sales Associate for Real Joy Properties


(850) 225-8117 - Cell

(850) 424-3094 - Office

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Investing in Destin and Surrounding Towns

Rated #1 in North America 2018 by U.S. News

Our beaches, long revered for their white powdery sand and crystal clear emerald waters, is becoming recognized the world over for its serenity. Gaining incredible popularity in the US, Canada and over seas, the BOOM here will only continue to line the pocket books of the early savvy investor. Rated by U.S. news in 2018 as the best beach in North America, Destin, is deservingly getting world recognition for its incredible coastline, wonderful outdoor activities for the entire family all equating to a remarkable opportunity for the early investor.

Rated #2 in North America for Gross Earnings in Short Term Rental Market

Home Away and VRBO rated Destin, FL as the second highest Gross Producer in all of North America for the short term rental market. Seeing upwards of 10-15% Gross R.O.I. due to the ability the average family has to divide one home between several families, short term home rentals are quickly becoming far more popular than hotels. One of our rentals purchased in July of 2018 for $725,000 was already booked for all of May, June and July 2019 for $5,000-$6,000 per Week by October of 2018.

Best Kept Secret in North America

Still today 1 out of every 3 people visiting Destin Florida is a first time visitor to our coastline. With the BOOM of Social Media like Facebook and Instagram, people are "spreading the word" fast showcasing our incredible beaches, marine life, golf courses and celebrity interactions. The photo above was taken in the 1970's showing nothing here at all. Now with the backing of billionaires and many other large industries seeing the enormous potential for investment opportunity here, Destin, and its neighboring towns,  are rising to the top of the charts for future short term and long term investment opportunities.

Absentee Ownership and the Average Investor

The Vast majority of our wonderful properties here, in and along the coastline, is owned by what is referred to as an "absentee owner" or someone whom resides somewhere else but purchased property here for investment or second home living or both. Florida has seen a massive increase in absentee ownership especially along the Emerald Coast because of the long term and short term benefits of ownership. Having the ability to visit, as often as you are able, a property that pays for itself is quite rewarding. It also provides a means to diversify your portfolio into a market that is growing higher than the national average and producing, as stated above, income higher than almost any other city in North America. Our understanding of the short term rental market here and how geographic location plays an ENORMOUS part in that spectrum will help you make a well informed decision should you be interested in potential ownership here. Call for more information

(850) 225-8117  

Infrastructure and Community

Destin offers something that most of the neighboring towns and cities just do not..."infrastructure!" While Pensacola and other similar cities have equally impressive beaches and coastline, why is Destin outproducing every major city and town in the Panhandle? It is our amenities, our attractions, our dining, golfing, family fun activities and local businesses that make Destin truly unique. We truly have something for everyone and in every Season of the Year. To cap that off, Destin Celebrates EVERYTHING with fireworks, festivals and parades. In a single year you can see over 60 different firework shows city wide celebrating our veterans to Christmas to music festivals and much more. We also throw some of the most amazing festivals in all of Florida. As a local now, I can truly tell you that in this part of Florida, we just like to 

"Celebrate Life." 

Won't you be a part of the celebration!

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The "Driving" Influence for the Home That Pays for Itself

The overwhelming benefit that is widely overlooked by many not fully understanding the market is the Location of Destin and how that impacts our market. Destin Florida is only 5 hours or less drive time from 5 States and only a few more hours to 2 additional states. Not only that but over 30% of our guests here travel from Texas because of its close proximity to world class beaches without the need for airfare. With costs of traveling becoming higher and higher, more and more people are turning to more "local" nearby travel alternatives. None better than Destin, Florida. Furthermore, the ability to finance a property that is categorized as an "income producing property," will only strengthen the savvy investors' positions with the bank knowing there is less "risk" than the average second home. Factor in that the off season is now becoming more and more popular to avoid the large summer crowds, Destin will soon be a year round vacation destination and the city is quickly accepting this and marketing it with their off season parades and firework shows drawing more and more tourists.

Our Family In Need (FIN) Program

Won't you join our efforts each year in sponsoring a family in need. We will review all applicants each year and will provide one lucky family in need an ALL EXPENSE paid vacation to one of our beautiful properties here in Destin Fl. 

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A Little About Us

Locally Owned and Operated

My wife and I moved to Destin after vacationing here as a family for many years. We immediately fell in love with this community and the wonderful people within it. Destin truly is a unique place. With world class beaches, amazing shopping and unbelievable state parks, how could you not just fall in love with this incredible place.  When we found out about an incredibly beautiful new development called "The Retreat at Miramar", we just couldn't stay away. We actually fell in love with this community so much, we moved here permanently and live only a few doors down from our vacation rentals, within the same community. 

Our Unique Vacation Homes

Our mission is for you to feel like you are escaping to your perfect getaway beach house. All of the amenities and furnishings have all been hand selected by us and include what we would personally want if we were vacationing here. We take great pride in providing everything you may need for your "escape" to the Emerald Coast. For 2018 we are featuring "The Emerald Dream" but stay in touch because the beginning of 2019 we will feature 2 additional and amazing properties all right here in The Retreat. Each home will feature custom bunk rooms, arcade systems and personalized themes that distiguish and separate our unique properties from everyone else. 

Real Estate

Chris has always had a strong passion and deep understanding for real estate. He not only excels in the building side of things, but in the investment side of real estate as well. Chris and his wife have invested in multiple properties and have built, flipped or renovated many amazing homes in many different states over the years. They currently own three investment properties in the Destin area, which has opened up the avenue for Chris to further his passion in real estate by becoming an agent himself. Now currently working full time under Real Joy Properties, a Licensed Real Estate Brokerage firm in Destin Florida, Chris strives to further devote his skills and knowledge to assist buyers and sellers in and around the Destin area by bringing a unique perspective to the market.

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