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Rivard of South Walton Still Soaring

March 19, 2013 by Jill Tanner

Rivard of South Walton is a vacation rental and real estate company in Grayton Beach with over 150 properties all along Scenic 30A. With more than 27 years in the business, it's great to be able to rely on your roots while constantly innovating.

Rivard has recently remodeled and rejuvenated, keeping up with the latest technology to better serve customers from the office in the heart of Grayton Beach. The team at Rivard follows a strict moral code, keeps a positive spirit, and has an all-around great attitude.
Richard Veldman started the company in 1986 on his dining room table. As of 2013, Rivard is as strong as ever, bringing in new clients and still generating repeat business as always. You wouldn’t know it walking in the door, but it has been an uphill battle since the real estate bubble burst, followed by the 2010 oil spill.

Richard and the Rivard team knew it was time for a change - an upgrade if you will. It was time to renovate from the outside in. The outside of the building was painted to start, followed by all new computers, a new website, new furniture and décor and finally a refreshed spirit throughout.


People who visit our area expect to have the best vacation, filled with laughter, activities, and luxuries. Rivard wanted to raise the level of the guests’ experience, which is why the new position of Concierge has been created. After a guest’s arrival, the concierge will follow up within the first few hours to check in and see if anything is needed. Rivard’s services include making reservations, finding a babysitter, booking a private chef, getting tickets to events, scheduling transportation, and many more. There is also someone on call 24 hours a day in case of anything else.

Richard has a very selective process when it comes to the houses Rivard manages. He wants people to walk into what they envisioned.
Richard says, “If I won’t sleep there, I won’t list it.”
Rivard has a few small wedding houses available for weddings with 25 people or less. Rivard can make transportation for wedding guests through Sunshine Shuttle. Grayton Beach is one of the most naturally beautiful places to get married, and with 38 houses there, your wedding party will have plenty of options from which to choose.   

Booking your vacation with Rivard is easier than ever with the new website at http://rivardnet.com. Someone is available until 11 p.m. EST to respond to your inquiry, making your booking experience a breeze. Call or go online today to book your dream vacation.


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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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