About Florida

Beautiful Daytona Beach, FL Waterfront Homes for Sale

Florida's warm and sunny climate attracts more than just tourists, retirees and baseball teams in the springtime. People from all walks of life come to the Sunshine State for its attractive weather, high job growth rate, lack of personal income tax and relatively low cost of living. All of these factors and more help to make Florida one of the nation’s fastest growing states. Hundreds of miles of scenic coastline, Disney and the natural beauty of the Everglades all help to make tourism Florida's leading industry.

Agriculture is also big business and the State is the number one citrus producer in the United States. Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa are the three largest cities.

Florida beaches, whether quiet and secluded or bustling with activity, are ranked among the best in the country for beauty, accessibility and facilities. Families, couples, and active singles enjoy year-round sunshine, soft sand, and clear Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean waters.

No other state and very few countries can boast such an abundance of high-quality beaches. The 825 miles of sandy coastline fronting the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico or the Straits of Florida are among Florida’s most valuable natural resources.

Florida’s beaches have attracted 14 million people to the state, 75% of which live within ten miles of the coast. Both tourists and residents come to the beaches to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of its natural beauty. Others visit the beaches and nearby waters to engage in boating, fishing, diving, and other recreation. Florida's beaches are an integral part of the state's economy, attracting tourists from around the world. Beach tourism generates about $15 billion a year to the state’s economy

Additionally, Florida is blessed with over 1,700 rivers, 40 of them major ones.  Within the 7,700 lakes is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the United States, Lake Okeechobee, at 700 square miles

Florida ranks low in terms of the tax burden placed on residents. Based on income, property and other state and local tax collections, the Tax Foundation research organization ranks Florida among the lowest tax states -- only five states have a lower tax burden. Florida has no State Income tax.

Why Live in Florida?

  1. Warm Weather: With the exception of Hawaii, Florida is one of the warmest places in the United States in winter.
  2. No State Income Tax: There is no personal income tax in Florida, and don't forget to ask about the homestead tax exemptions.
  3. Theme Parks & Attractions: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Sea World...they are all in Florida.
  4. Boating & Fishing:
Fishing season in Florida is all year long. Florida has its share of world record catches and more than its share of fish altogether. If you like to fish, saltwater or freshwater, this is the place.
  5. Sandy Beaches:
Florida has a 1,197 mile coastline with 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline and 663 miles of beaches.
  6. Vacation Lifestyle: Living in Florida is like being on vacation all year long. If you feel the urge to explore, you can easily visit the local destinations as well as hop on a cruise to the nearby Bahamas and all of the Caribbean.
  7. Excellent Healthcare: Those concerned about top-notch healthcare will find that since Florida is a major retirement area, some of the best medical centers in the nation are here, with some of the latest technology and treatment programs available.
  8. Housing Affordability: When the housing market bubble burst five years ago, Florida was one of the hardest hit states as a result of overbuilding and high unemployment. But things are improving in Florida, and quickly. The Florida housing market is recovering, and according to recent data, home prices are rising and the inventory of homes is declining. Still, the median single family home price is under $200,000.

Florida Geography:

·         Total Area - 58,560 Square Miles

·         Land Area - 54,252 Square Miles

·         Total Water Area - 4,308 Square Miles

·         Length North to South - 447 Miles

·         Width East to West - 361 Miles

·         Distance from Pensacola to Key West - 792 Miles by Road

·         Highest Natural Point - 345 Feet near Lakewood in Walton County

·         Geographic Center - 12 miles northwest of Brooksville, Hernando County

·         Coastline - 1,197 Statute Miles

·         Tidal Shoreline - 2,276 Statute Miles

·         Beaches - 663 Miles

·         Florida has more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams & waterways

·         Longest River - St. Johns at 273 miles

·         Largest Lake - Lake Okeechobee at 700 square miles (the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the US)

·         Number of Lakes greater than 10 acres - Aprox. 7,700

·         Number of Islands Greater than 10 Acres - Aprox. 4,500 (Florida ranks 2nd in the nation; only Alaska ranks higher)

·         Population Rank - 4th in U.S. behind California, Texas & New York

·         Florida’s Population (2011) - 19,057,542

Average Annual Temperatures:


·         80.5 (F) degrees (26.9 C) (North Florida)

·         82.7 (F) degrees (28.2 C) (South Florida)


·         53.0 (F) degrees (11.7 C) (North Florida)

·         68.5 (F) degrees (20.3 C) (South Florida)

·         The six-month hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and Floridians have learned to be ready when a storm threatens the area.

Other Interesting Florida Facts

·         Number of people who move to Florida each day - 1,000

·         Number of major commercial airports - 19

·         Number of international airports - 12

·         Number of deep water ports - 14

·         Miles of sand beaches - 1,200

·         Miles of coastline - 1,800

·         Number of golf courses - more than 1,250*

*Florida has more golf courses than any other state and Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in the country

Gated community, split floor plan, pool, and waterfront!

Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida

Meticulous ranch home with four bedrooms (split plan) and three baths with direct lake frontage on private Springwood Lake. Bring your boat or RV-there's room to store it in the fenced storage area. Hardwood flooring creates warmth and runs throughout the main living areas. At the back of the home is a large family room with cathedral wood ceilings, large windows with pool and lake views. The kitchen has been updated to include granite countertops, upgraded cherry wood kitchen cabinetry, a pantry with pull-out storage, stainless steel appliances including double ovens and a flat top cooking range, a large kitchen island with extra storage space, and custom light fixtures. Windows in home are double pane. The master suite features a bonus room overlooking the pool and access to your private jacuzzi room through sliding glass doors. Three additional bedrooms and two baths are located on the other side perfect for visitors or in-laws. Step outside into the magnificent pool and patio area. There is also a detached screened lanai with a large bar and granite countertops. Also, a private dock perfect for sipping your morning coffee/evening beverage and enjoying the lake breeze. Store your pool and lawn equipment in the 6x17 storage shed. Bring your boat or RV-there's room to store it in the fenced storage area. The community amenities are fantastic, including 24-hour guard gated entry, community playground, tennis, basketball, 2 community docks & more.

Shirley Jones , Fannie Hillman + Associates

0.34 ACRES
3239 SQ FT
Waterfront 2 Story Stately, Executive Mandarin Home with Boathouse, Lift & Pool!

Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Stunning waterfront home in Mandarin with exceptional features throughout. As you enter the welcoming foyer, you are greeted by a wall of windows with a glorious view of the peaceful surroundings. Hardwood floors lead you into the living room and dining room, which is perfect for entertaining guests and large family dinners. The gleaming floors pull you into the breakfast room and gourmet kitchen, which is well-equipped with luxury appliances, cooking island, and handsome cherry cabinetry. The spacious family room is a wonderful place to unwind with the family, with plantation shutters, grand built-in cabinetry and shelving, and a warming fireplace. Large bedrooms are a wonderful feature of this home, including the master with a luxurious en suite bath. Double master closets ensure you have plenty of space, and there is jetted soaking tub and walk-in shower in the en suite. Upstairs, you will find the additional bedrooms, with personal en suites. Double doors lead to an evening deck with tile floors, hi fidelity speakers, two ceiling fans for perfect enjoyment day or night. A recreation room with a wet bar and refrigerator for hours and hours of fun. The backyard is truly a reason to be in Florida. The cooling pool and covered lanai will help you relax at the end of the day, and the personal dock with boat lift and a jet ski lift will give you reasons to take your weekends on the water. If you enjoying boating, fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, this is your next home!!!

Walker-Vergales Team , Watson Realty Corp

1.00 ACRES
4369 SQ FT
Gulf - of - Mexico Access Waterfront Lot with Wide - canal Views

Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida

Direct Gulf-of-Mexico Access Waterfront Lot. Build your "Dream Home". NOWHERE ELSE in ALL of Southwest Florida will you find a Waterfront Community offering BOTH Boating-Access to the Gulf-of-Mexico AND 102-acres of Aquifer-fed Water-ski Lakes. Boat, Swim, Fish, Kayak, Jet-ski and 'Tube' in your BACK-YARD. The Harborage embraces the ACTIVE SW Florida Lifestyle with Fishing-docks, Boat-launch Ramps, Lake-side Beaches, Floating Swim-platform, Scenic 2.50-mile Lake-side Bike/Jog Path, Lighted Tennis/Pickle-ball and Basketball Courts, Beach Volley-Ball Court, Children's Playground, Lake-side Pavilion with Pool/BBQ-areas AND an Boat/RV Storage-Yard. This Unique Gated Waterfront Enclave is convenient to Lee Hospitals (among “America’s Best Hospitals™” for 2019), I-75, SW FL International Airport, the Barrier-Island Beaches of Sanibel/Captiva and Estero Island, FL Gulf Coast University, FL SW College, The Shops-at-Bell-Tower, Gulf Coast Town Center Mall, Coconut Point Mall, Miromar-Outlets, Fine Dining and the Arts-Entertainment-Sporting Venues of the Barbara B. Mann Theater, Artis-Naples, Suncoast Arena, Hertz Arena AND the Boston Red-Socks’ and Minnesota-Twins' Spring-training Stadiums.

Peter Spiropoulos , PREMIERE PLUS REALTY, CO.

0.48 ACRES
Executive 4 / 3.5 Waterfront Lk Hutchinson Home

Keystone Heights, Clay County, Florida

Spacious, Open & Light best describes this beautiful brick lakefront home situated directly on the clear water shore of Lake Hutchinson. This extraordinary custom home offers 3463 sq ft of living area with vaulted entry, 4 BR/ 3.5 BA, a gourmet kitchen featuring commercial grade Viking gas range, stainless steel oven, and farmhouse apron sink, fireplace, luxury master suite with a huge deck with awesome views across the lake. Storage for the toys includes a five-car garage (two attached, three detached), winding circular drive all on almost 2 acres of land. Full house Generac generator. Your opportunity to enjoy luxury living and a piece of paradise at an affordable price. (WH-301)

Ronald Blake , CB Isaac Realty

1.87 ACRES
3463 SQ FT
Spectacular Marina Views!

Punta Gorda, Lee County, Florida

What a great location to watch the activities in the Marina basin below! From this 3rd floor 2 bed + den, 2 bath condo, you’ll see manatee play below, boaters come and go and brilliant sunsets in an ever changing mural! This building is one of the most desirable locations in the Marina and this unit is COMPLETELY REMODELED and ready to be your new Florida home. An UPDATED KITCHEN has granite counters, hardwood cabinets, newer appliances and an open breakfast bar that seats 3. Both bathrooms have been beautifully updated and the DEEP AND INVITING LANAI HAS MOTORIZED HURRICANE SHUTTERS that close at the push of a button. The master suite has a HUGE CUSTOM-DESIGNED WALK-IN CLOSET. Attractively FURNISHED with plantation shutters and diamond set tile flooring in the main living area, you’ll be able to enjoy your new home right away. And a DEDICATED CARPORT space is included! A large heated pool overlooks the boats and is used by only one building. Come see why these condos have so much value in location, design and features!

Sandi Stricklin , Century 21 Sunbelt Realty

0.00 ACRES
Watch Boats, Manatees and Sunsets!

Punta Gorda, Lee County, Florida

Water, boats and sunsets from your delightful 2nd floor perch! This light and bright 2 bed/2 bath OPEN CONCEPT condo overlooks the MARINA CHANNEL where you’ll see boaters, manatee and an occasional dolphin pass by throughout the day. And in the evening, this western-facing unit is WELL-SITUATED TO SEE GORGEOUS SUNSETS! Inside the entry foyer welcomes you into what feels like a private home. You’ll find an inviting great room with pleasing color scheme, comfortable leather couches and recliner and a lovely dining set. The kitchen opens to the living and dining area with a broad breakfast bar and plenty of counter and storage space for seasonal or full-time use. The spacious LANAI IS ENCLOSED WITH SLIDERS FOR YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT. Or leave them open to let the breeze flow from the front door to the back. Split layout has large bedrooms and guest suite includes a pocket door creating an ensuite bath. Large windows in all rooms add to the beautiful view – and WONDERFUL NATURAL LIGHT! The SPACIOUS MASTER BATH features a long dual vanity and a large WALK-IN SHOWER with new privacy glass. INSIDE LAUNDRY ROOM laundry room has full-size washer and dryer with extra cabinets for storage. A DEDICATED CARPORT carport and MARINA-FRONT POOL makes this community one of the most desirable. BRAND NEW AC installed this year! PLEASE NOTE: Buyer Bonus - the kitchen appliances have been UPGRADED WITH STAINLESS and bedroom furnishings have been replaced with almost identical sets.

Sandi Stricklin , Century 21 Sunbelt Realty

0.00 ACRES
1516 SQ FT
Mesmerizing Riverfront View

Alva, Lee County, Florida

Riverfront living at its Finest can be yours in this up and coming community of Caloosa Preserve. Located in Alva on the Caloosahatchee River, an Inter-Coastal Waterway. An easy 15 minute drive to Publix and shops and less than 20 minutes to I-75. This Deed Restricted community offers underground electric, annual dues to the HOA are $1,300. A community boat ramp and picnic area will make days on the river more pleasurable. Take a look, You will be glad you did!

Denise Walker , Southern Heritage Real Estate

1.78 ACRES
Beautiful Riverfront Sanctuary

Alva, Lee County, Florida

Florida Riverfront Living at its Finest! You will love the beauty and security of this wonderful gated community located on the Caloosahatchee River, an Inter-Coastal Waterway. Less than 15 minutes and you are at Publix and other shops, 20 minutes at the most to I-75. This beautiful lot offers gorgeous views of the river. A community boat ramp and picnic area are sure to please. This is a deed restricted community with underground electric. Annual Homeowner fees are $1,300. per year. Affordable Riverfront living can be yours!

Denise Walker , Southern Heritage Real Estate

1.45 ACRES
Gulf Front Home on Unpopulated Beach of Cape San Blas, FL

Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida

Gulf front custom home, inspired by a lovely villa in Sorrento, Italy, in established Two Palms Community. This luxurious 4 bedroom/4 bath home has been heavily renovated, with an all new exterior to include new hardi stucco texture board and batton and a new aluminum standing-seam roof. All balconies are made of Trex decking with cable rails on the Gulf side so as not to obstruct the magnificent Gulf views. Recently refinished Australian cypress flooring is like nothing else on the Cape! Quality details such as 10’ ceilings, accent lighting and Bose sound systems with built-in speakers on all floors. Large media room with wet bar & icemaker. Easy-care landscaping with new irrigation system. You’ll appreciate the paved driveway, enclosed garage and elevator.

julia cunningham , Coastal Realty Group

0.61 ACRES
3714 SQ FT

Placida, Charlotte County, Florida

Welcome to paradise. Take the ferry to your new island home with 7 miles of pristine beach and access to every water sport you can dream of. 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms with additional non-conforming apartment with permitted walls on the first floor. The 1st & 2nd floors are concrete block with reinforced concrete gallery that encircles the entire 2nd story. Metal roof. The entire 3rd floor is a private Master retreat. 10' ceilings on 2nd and 3rd floor. Reverse osmosis water filtration, separate HVAC for each floor, security system, 3M security window film on all exterior windows & doors rated to 150 mph. French doors open to gallery and from Master to private deck. A metal roof completes that West Indies island feel. Enormous laundry with storage, double garage, circular driveway with paver driveway entrance has all the space you need for toys. .25 acre. 2016 heated square feet with 4483 total square footage.

Sylvia Weigand , Mihara & Associates

0.25 ACRES

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