DESTIN, FL - Hunt Companies, along with Destin, Florida based developer W Development, announced that The Sanctuary at 331 development has successfully been completed on schedule and under budget. The 264-unit three-story garden style apartment complex located in the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle on the Choctawhatchee Bay received its final certificate of completion in April 2018. The project was an example of several Hunt affiliated companies working together with Moss performing the general contract services and Pinnacle providing the property management.
The Sanctuary, named for its tranquil setting, is located on US Highway 331 between the Bay and the Point Washington State Forest Preserve. The Choctawhatchee Bay is a major recreational waterway connecting to the Gulf of Mexico some 18 miles to the west of Highway 331. The Preserve is a 15,000-acre state park open to the public with extensive walking and biking trails. Built on 29 acres, the project is located approximately 3 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico/30A and 20 miles east of the popular vacation area of Destin.
The 264-unit project offers market-rate housing and consists of 126 one-bedroom and 138 two-bedroom units in 11 three-story walk-up buildings with a fully equipped, 3,700 square foot clubhouse. Site amenities include a resort-style zero entry pool, heated whirlpool, dog park, fitness center, yoga room, car wash and detached garages. Unit features include 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, laminate faux marble countertops and faux wood flooring throughout the units. Several units have stunning Bay views and all units have wooded views.
The Sanctuary was co-developed with W Development, a small local developer/architect based in Destin. The property is financed with a HUD 221(d)(4) construction loan.
Dominick Cristiano, Executive Vice President at Hunt, said, “The Sanctuary at 331 fills a void in the area for moderately priced ‘work force housing’ catering to the employees of the hospitality industry on 30A and Destin. The collaboration between Hunt, Moss and Pinnacle, along with local development partner W Development, was seamless and we are extremely pleased with the outcome.”
Robert Kelly, Senior Vice President of Hunt’s development division, and owner representative added, “The Hunt Family of Companies is pleased to bring this type of housing product to the Santa Rosa Beach and South Walton market. This development, abutting Point Washington State Forest, is constructed on a densely wooded 29-acre site along Bowman Bayou, with views to Choctawhatchee Bay, and is a prime example of a constructed environment which is respectful of, and in harmony with, its natural environment. Almost 50% of the project site remains a pristine and undeveloped woodland to retain the natural serenity of the site and be symbolic of the name Sanctuary. The extremely strong lease up of the property evidences the need for moderately priced housing in the market. The property is already 69% leased and 47% occupied.”