Buying a Home With Environmental Issues—Wetlands

If you are considering buying a home near Grayton Beach or anywhere for that matter, in this day and age there are a number of varied environmental issues you may face.  One of the more common, and perplexing, ones is that of wetlands.

Broadly speaking, most people think of wetlands as any piece of real estate that has water around, near, or on the property… also referred to as “wet.”  However, wetlands grayton beachthe federal government has a slightly different view point on this matter.  Believe it or not, there are few—if any—actual definitions that can be found.  Consequently, many governmental agencies and employees are left to their own devices to define exactly what a wetland may actually be.  The result is that there is little consensus and much confusion on the matter.

Your best bet, when buying a home in which wetlands may be an issue, is to have an accurate survey done.  Specifically, one showing relative elevations of all associated land.  Also, try to get as many historic records on the property as possible.  While you may not feel the area qualifies as a wetland, it may be something you have to prove—having historical information regarding how much (if any) water a property saw during floods may help you make your case.

Buying a Home With Environmental Issues

If you are considering buying a home in Grayton Beach…or anywhere else for that matter, you need to be aware of the different types of environmental issues you may face.  Not only are there the less common situations that may render your home or property unfit for use (sinkholes, toxic waste, etc.) but there are also cases in which the state or federal government may restrict or prohibit your ability to use your property.

Not all environmental issues are immediately recognizeable.  Many require that an expert skilled in identifying things such as endangered species be brought in toimage-21-1024x1024 assess and document the situation.  In these cases it is important to have an attorney or other expert on your side to counter whatever claims the government may make.

Above all, be sure to do whatever due diligence is appropriate with your particular case.  Buying a home is not the time to learn “on the job.”  Get as much background and knowledge on the situation ahead of time as possible or you may come to regret it later.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting a few blogs about the particular environmental issues that can come about. So, be sure to check back each week. Hopefully this information will assist you in being a better informed buyer and property owner.


Santa Rosa Ridge

377 Ridge Rd1


New listing in one of the most sought after communities in Santa Rosa Beach .. known for it’s large lots and no association fees ..  Santa Rosa Ridge is located on one of the highest dunes in South Walton, just off Scenic 30-A. Country living within walking distance of the Emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shopping, dining and art galleries are all within a few minutes drive. Almost a full acre located on a small, serene lake. Sit on your screened in porch and watch the wildlife. Quality workmanship of steel frame, brick exterior, metal roof with a/c storage room in attic. New Carrier 3.5 ton HVAC. Wood decks on two sides, outdoor shower. Yard building for storing garden tools and beach toys. Hurricane shutters. Two car garage and covered front porch. Side deck for enjoying the evening breeze at sunset. Santa Rosa Golf Club is just across the road.

Give our team a call to see this spectacular home today!     ..    Beach to Bay Realty     850.231.1090

377 Ridge Rd2



Area: 30A West
Sub Area: 1705 – South of 30A
Project Name/Subdivision: Santa Rosa Ridge
Unit #:
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Half Baths: 1
Apx SqFt(Htd/Cooled): 2695
Year Built: 2000
MLS #750040




















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Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet was just voted as Perfect in South Walton “Peoples Choice” as one of the Top 5 Best Wedding Venues!

Spring and Fall are the most popular seasons here at the beach. Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet has an appeal and style that is like no other venue along scenic county highway 30A. This outdoor venue is uniquely, eclectic with art placed beautifully throughout the grounds. The gardens light up as evening sets in outlining the elegant old trees that provide a perfect photo backdrop every time.  Grayt Weddings is a full service venue, with catering, and coordinating.

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