Kirk Watson

Realtor/Commercial Broker

Newmark Phoenix Realty Group

Family: Wife, Laurie Watson; children, Rollins, 6, Wood, 11, Bailey, 19, and Manning, 21.

Years in the Golden Isles: I was born and raised in the Golden Isles.

Occupation: Commercial real estate broker, CCIM, SIOR

School: Hampden- Sydney College, B.A managerial economics; University of Georgia Terry College of Business, M.B.A.

Who or what inspired you to become a Realtor: My family has been involved in real estate development for as long as I can remember. I became interested at a young age and eventually decided to pursue this career. I enjoy working with businesses and enjoy helping companies locate to and grow within the Golden Isles.

What is a selling point for buying commercial real estate in the Golden Isles? We have an excellent quality of life here in the Golden Isles and it’s a great place to raise a family. Our local economy is growing as well, so it’s a great time to be working in the Golden Isles.

Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: Willie’s Wee-Nee Wagon, for sure.

What does the market look like for commercial real estate in the Golden Isles right now? We’ve seen a nice rebound, especially on St. Simons, and vacancies are currently very low. On the mainland, we have finally started to see some land development begin to take place and this is a very encouraging sign. Banks are well capitalized and things look good for continued growth.

What is your favorite memory of growing up on St. Simons? I loved growing up fishing and boating on the local rivers. I will always remember spending those summers skiing and fishing out on Frederica River.

What is one thing every visitor must do before leaving the Golden Isles? Definitely spend an afternoon checking out the Pier Village. It’s a neat place to walk around and see what the island has to offer, whether that be the shops or the fishing pier.

Describe a perfect Saturday for you in the Golden Isles: I would start the day with a spin class and then grab lunch with my family at Porch. We would then head out on the boat for the afternoon and catch a limit of trout. Finally, the day would end with some enormous tomahawk ribeyes on the grill while watching the Dawgs hammer Alabama in a night game at Sanford Stadium.