‘LIVE THE DREAM’: Blue Marlin Realty Group honored as ‘Best in Destin’

Matt Algarin
“This is a great place to come on vacation, to buy a second home, or make it your permanent home,” says Blue Marlin’s Jerry Sullivan.

At Blue Marlin Realty Group, the focus is on quality, not quantity when it comes to building lasting relationships.

“Our clients, who turn into our friends, are our leading sales team out on the street,” said Jerry Sullivan. “They are referring us to their friends, family and co-workers, which means a lot to us.”

As a boutique real estate agency, Blue Marlin might not be the biggest name out there, but they strive to be the best and separate themselves from the crowd by offering top-notch, personalized service, and readers of Destin Magazine agree, naming the company “Best in Destin” two years in a row.

Humbled by the honor, Jonathan Hughes says the team at Blue Marlin has found its recipe for success, while competing against the larger real estate companies in a competitive Destin market.

“It’s the views, the fun, the lifestyle and the memories that we help create,” he told The Log. “It’s all of those things that you don’t normally think about when you are buying a house, because there are a lot of different emotions going on.”

With nearly four years under their belts, Hughes and Sullivan say they don’t mind being dubbed the “new kid on the block.” In fact, they didn’t even consider the thought until they worked with a client to list some vacation rental properties.

After interviewing several companies, the man came back to Blue Marlin due to the relationship he had forged with Hughes and Sullivan.

“Everyone said to him, ‘why do you want to go with the new kid on the block,’ ” Sullivan said with a chuckle. “We were the new kids on the block, but we have been able to produce results.”

Unlike the big box real estate firms, the proverbial tie is a bit loose at Blue Marlin, as visitors to the office are more than likely to find music playing and sports on one of the flat screen TVs.

“We don’t want to be the typical real estate company,” Hughes said. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that is exciting.”

As the market continues to improve, and buyers look to sell their properties, stop by Blue Marlin Realty Group for an honest, by-the-numbers evaluation of your property’s true value. Blue Marlin Realty Group is located at 970 Gulf Shore Drive and can be reached by phone at 850-837-7800 or on the web at

While they offer all of the services you would expect from your nationally recognized real estate companies, Blue Marlin Realty Group is still small enough to know your name.

Whether you are looking for a vacation rental, a second home or moving to the Emerald Coast, Blue Marlin’s dedicated staff has the knowledge and expertise to help buyers “live the dream” from the beaches of Holiday Isle and Crystal Beach to Seaside, Watercolor and Rosemary Beach.

“There are beautiful beaches, emerald green waters, great restaurants, schools and nightlife,” Sullivan said of the Emerald Coast. “This is a great place to come on vacation, to buy a second home, or make it your permanent home.”