Rick Douglas and his fiancé Amy Morfesi could have built their new home anywhere in Destin, but they chose The Crossings of Kelly Plantation.



"Destin was the most attractive place to us, and The Crossings was laid out in such a cool way by the developers and a top-notch builder," said Douglas, whose home is currently under construction. "The Kelly Plantation lifestyle is what really appealed to us."



Nestled inside the friendly gates of Kelly Plantation, The Crossings is a neo-traditional neighborhood constructed along Derby Lane on the 15th hole and 16th tee box of the famed Fred Couples Signature golf course. Homes in this quaint 15 lot subdivision begin at $499,900.



Building off a slogan that was adopted by the National Association of Builders, the team at Coldwell Bankers United invites buyers to "Start Fresh, Buy New" at The Crossings.



Homes in The Crossings are constructed by local builder Todd Stephens, president of Southern American Homes. There are three floor plans available to buyers that range in size from roughly 2,500-square feet to 3,100-square feet. Homes come standard with features such as stainless steel GE appliances, granite countertops, all-wood cabinets, professionally landscaped yards, energy efficient insulated vinyl windows and a 10-year structural warranty courtesy of the builder.



"Our standard features are a lot of other builders’ upgrades," said Coldwell Banker United Realtor Meghan Hall, who is part of the team selling The Crossings, along with Liz Sumrall and Grady Elder. "These homes offer care-free customization."



With more than 900-acres of splendor and natural beauty, Kelly Plantation's owners have access to seven tennis courts, a tennis pro, more than 50-acres of parks, recreation areas and walking trails. Those amenities tell the story of why buyers are flocking to The Crossings.



After moving to Destin in 1996, Rick and Jane Ricketts, owners of Lot 5, built a home in Destin Pointe so they could be close to the beach and boating. When the couple began to look for a new home in a quieter location, they chose The Crossings, because it "fit the peace and quiet" they desired, while still remaining near the heart of Destin. The couple is expected to move into their new home by late summer.



For Dorothy Caskey, The Crossings offered everything she and her husband were looking for in a new home.



"The crossings have exceeded our goals for Florida living," said Caskey. "The developers who designed this concept knew that clients seeking quiet living would love Kelly Plantation."



To learn more about The Crossings, call one of the sales team members (Elder, Hall and Sumrall) at Coldwell Banker United at 850-269-8430 or visit their Kelly Plantation office at 4393 Commons Drive East.



To date, four out of the 15 home sites at The Crossings have been sold.



A grand opening celebration is scheduled April 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Crossings. Door prizes and refreshments will be offered. The event is open to the public and Realtors.