Phase 1 of Restoration at Circle G Ranch
Phase 1 of restoration has commenced at Circle G Ranch, formerly owned by Elvis PresleyPlans include the relocation and restoration of the historic Honeymoon Cottage to the interior of the property near the horse stables, which will also be restored. An arena will be created next to the stables for horse and pony rides, shows, and equine therapy, to help those with developmental challenges. Elvis’s barbecue pit will be recreated in its existing location, using the remaining original bricks. The 55-foot cross and the bridge across the 14-acre lake will be refurbished and repainted.
A dynamic water feature will be installed within the lake, as well as a stage for performances, located on the west side of the lake. A grassed terrace seating area will be available for approximately 500 guests to enjoy multimedia water, light and music shows in the natural environment. A parking area and walking paths will be established to access the attractions. The destination will be a paid attraction.
The investors, led by managing partner, Buddy Runnels Jr. of Real Estate International, Inc., based in Destin, are striving to preserve the features from Elvis’s ownership, and will nominate these elements to be in the National Register of Historic Places. Projected completion for Phase 1 is summer 2015.
Runnels, along with his real estate and development team, played an integral role in the establishment of the Destin area as one of the most desirable destination vacation spots by developing commercial, residential and condo projects.