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

Custom Lake Front Home with Dock and Boat Lift on Exclusive Skiing Lake

Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida

This Custom-Built, Mediterranean-Style Lakefront Pool home has it all! Situated on 2 acres and nestled in the enclave of Prima Vera Cove, this 5 bed/5.5 bath estate is front & center on one of the best Exclusive Skiing Lakes in Central Florida. With close to 1 million in recent Upgrades, including: New Dock with Boat & Jet Ski Lifts, Upgraded Kitchen, Fresh Interior & Exterior Paint, New Outdoor Kitchen showcasing a Leather Granite Bar-Top, Custom Stone Base, & High End Appliances, this home is perfect for entertaining on a grand scale! Upon entering you'll notice Soaring Coffered Ceilings, Elegant 24inch Travertine Tile, Hardwood Flooring, & Scenic Lake Views from every angle! The Upgraded Gourmet Kitchen is a chef’s dream, featuring New Granite Counter Tops, Updated Custom Cabinets, Six Burner Gas Cooktop, Stainless Steel Appliances, Working Island, and even a Private Refrigerated Wine Room. The Master Suite leaves nothing to be desired, boasting an Exquisite Master Bath, Expansive Closet, Home Gym, built-in Amantii Fire & Ice Fireplace, & French Doors that lead onto the Covered Lanai, which stretches the length of the entire home. As you explore, upstairs you’ll discover the Bonus Game Room & additional Private Theater, complete with 106inch Screen & Reclining Movie Chairs, providing entertainment for hours! Relax with Family & Friends watching the game at your Outdoor Kitchen, cool off in the Pristine Salt Water Pool, or take the boat out and enjoy the sunset-views over a serene Spring Lake. Near Downtown Orlando, Attractions, & Beaches -this is the Prime Location to call your new home.

ERIC BOYER , Charles Rutenberg Realty

2.00 ACRES
6576 SQ FT
Private 8 Acre Bay Front Estate

Saint George Island, Franklin County, Florida

PRE 4TH OF JULY SPECIAL PRICE REDUCTION! ACT NOW BEFORE PRICE GOES BACK UP! Looking for the perfect gift? Check out Acres of Willow Pond - Unbelievable investment opportunity! Private 8 acre estate on St. George Island featuring a 6 bedroom/4 bath bay front home with boat dock, 4 additional bay front lots, 3 gulf/bay view lots & a common area.. Enjoy your own private island compound or develop the remaining acreage. Ground level entry features sitting area, 2 bedrooms & full bath. Elevator services all levels of the home. Large open kitchen/dining/living area on 2nd level. Also on 2nd level - master bedroom with en-suite, additional bedroom with Murphy bed, shared bath & large laundry room. Enter a covered deck from either the dining area or living area to enjoy bay breezes & incredible sunsets over the bay. 3rd level of home features a master bedroom with large master bath with tile shower. Additional bedroom with bunk beds and 1/2 bath. Private bay view deck off master.

Mary Seymour , Seymour Realty of St. George Island

8.00 ACRES
2153 SQ FT

Lake Mary, Seminole County, Florida

Gorgeous LAKEFRONT POOL HOME with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3 Car Garage on 1.27 acres in small established LAKE MARY neighborhood. BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE 2 VIRTUAL TOURS of this home. MOVE IN READY and UPGRADED - New Kitchen Cabinets, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, Hardware, Lighting, Tile Flooring, Granite Back splash. Open Floor Plan where kitchen opens to large Family Room with dual sided gas fireplace and eat in breakfast which overlooks 2 separate lanai areas, pool, and Crystal Lake. This home also includes Split bedrooms, 9 Foot Ceilings, Knockdown, Bose Surround, Crown and Baseboard Molding, Travertine Tile and Real Hardwood floors, a 3 car Side Garage with extra driveway for Boat or RV Parking. NEW ROOF 9/13, NEW AC 11/09, PLUS A MAN CAVE/GAME ROOM/BONUS ROOM measuring 22 x 20 with a wall of windows that overlook Crystal Lake. Original owners lovingly designed and built this home with Suda Builders in 1994. Enjoy your morning coffee or night time beverage while gazing over the the serene and highly secluded Crystal Lake. Enjoy spotting a variety of wildlife including birds, cranes, hawks, eagles, turtles, or fish for smallmouth Bass. Pool was resurfaced @ 2015. Spa, Fireplaces, Range, and 2 Water Heaters are GAS. Highly Rated Seminole County School District. Close to Lake Mary Sunrail Station, I-4, 417, Police & Fire Depts, Major Employers, and downtown Lake Mary Farmers Market, shopping, dining, entertainment, parks, and sports venues.This is more than a home - it's a Lifestyle.

Susan Norton , Keller Williams Heritage Realty

1.27 ACRES
3303 SQ FT
Concrete Block Home with Beautiful Lake Views

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Anastasia Island home on a large private lot with beautiful lake views, sits this 3bd/2ba concrete block home with a spacious 1,705 square feet. On the interior, you will find wood floors throughout the main living area, vaulted ceilings, a spacious dining room, living room with fireplace, sunroom, and a split plan with a large master bedroom. On the exterior there is a screened lanai with beautiful lake views and a separate open patio that is private. Additional features include a new A/C in April 2016, a new roof in December 2017, and the home has been recently painted. Located in the community of Commodores Club with a pool, tennis and playground, it is an easy bike ride to the beach, close to shops and restaurants and the St. Augustine Amphitheater, Anastasia State Park and Downtown St. Augustine are a quick drive down the way. Read less

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.13 ACRES
1705 SQ FT
Magnificent Sunrise views from screened lanai over Caloosahatchee River

Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

Start your day with a spectacular sunrise over the shimmering waters of the Caloosahatchee River leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Get in your morning run on the jogging paths right next door at beautiful Jaycee Park or head down for a morning swim in the sparkling heated pool! The unique, open floor plan, the views, the club-room, gym & park next door, will make you feel like you're on vacation every day! The 3 bedrooms are split for optimum comfort & privacy; the 3rd bedroom with Murphy bed also serves as a den or office space with the bed folding to reveal a desktop. The kitchen is appointed with ample cabinetry with counter space of granite, under cabinet lighting, large pantry, built in cook-top, oven & microwave. Casual dining at the large breakfast bar, with plenty of room for a formal dining table, but you will likely enjoy most meals on the screened lanai overlooking the water & watching the boats go by. Master bedroom features a huge walk in closet, bath has a jetted tub & large step in shower. Separate sliding doors lead to the lanai from the bedroom, impact rated windows feature plantation shutters, large inside laundry room provides ample extra storage. A/C new in 2016, secure under building parking garage, Boat slips available, community room with kitchen for parties, billiards, gym, extra storage locker.

Iris Leith , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida

0.38 ACRES
1865 SQ FT
Waterfront home for under $500,000! with Boat Lift

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Waterfront home for under $500,000! Located between the Intracoastal and Atlantic Ocean sits this custom home that offers 3bd/2.5ba and a spacious 2,838 square feet of heated and cooled space, on a large lot directly on a saltwater canal with easy access to the Intracoastal and offering a boat lift. Upon entry you are greeted by volume ceilings lots of windows letting in the natural lot, and the beautiful custom woodwork throughout from the oak wood ceiling beams to the wood doors, floors, baseboards and window framing. Downstairs there is a family room, screened lanai, all 3 bedrooms, and laundry room. The upstairs offers an open concept living area with spacious dining and living rooms, fireplace, kitchen with lots of cabinetry, half bath and access to the newly built deck offering awesome views. Additional features include an attached two car garage, the home was fully replumbed 4 years ago, beautiful palm trees in the backyard, and the home has a Sentricon termite system bond through Bug Out. Located in Treasure Beach where there are no association fees so you can bring your boats and RV, you are minutes to the Intracoastal and Beach, and restaurants and shops are all close by! This home is not to be missed!

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.20 ACRES
2838 SQ FT
Intracoastal front cottage with deep water access!

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Intracoastal front cottage with deep water access! Located in Crescent Beach this adorable 2bd/1ba home has been renovated and offers a great dock with pristine Intracoastal views which will always be unobstructed with the State owned land on the other side of the river. The dock offers a bench for sunset viewing or to enjoy the great fishing possibilities, is fully bulkheaded and has step down for easy access to the kayaks or canoes. One of the few great parcels available on the Intracoastal! Located on .40 acres, so there is plenty of room to expand or rebuild.

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.40 ACRES
720 SQ FT

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Built in 2017, this like new home is lakefront and offers 4bd/3ba, and a spacious 2,387 square feet of heated and cooled space. Offering all tile floors throughout the first floor, a spacious kitchen with granite countertops, gas range, and walk in pantry that is open to the dining and living rooms and all with beautiful lake views. The master bedroom has a large walk in closet and luxurious bathroom with double vanity, garden tub and separate shower. Additional features include one bedroom on the 1st floor with full bath, a loft area that could be a 5th bedroom or would make a great office or playroom for the kids. There is new carpet, new blinds and fresh paint throughout, a water softener, and a great screened lanai to relax and take in the lake views. Plenty of room for a pool and close to the community amenities which offers a pool, clubhouse, playground, tennis and basketball courts. Located in Bannon Lakes in World Golf Village area and with A+ rated school district and conveniently located minutes from I-95 and US1. Dining, shops and restaurants are all close by.

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.13 ACRES
2387 SQ FT

Tequesta, Martin County, Florida

PRIVATE ONE ACRE WATERFRONT ESTATE!!! Awesome point lot property with 450 water frontage (150' on River and 300' on canal). Plenty of room to add a guest house, large garage or store trailers and RV. Owner also may have potential to Release Unity of Title and subdivide property into two waterfront lots. Lots of interesting options here! Brand new dock with new 20,000 lb lift. No fixed bridges and only 12 minute boat ride to Jupiter inlet. Private electric gated entrance with circular paver driveway and plenty of parking. Lush tropical landscaping offers privacy and serenity. Magnificent water views from every room in the house! Unique A frame design offers soaring ceilings with beautiful tongue and groove pine wood beams. Spiral staircase leads to upstairs enclosed Loft bedroom a full bathroom with private balcony overlooking the water. Spacious kitchen with large island counter and glass front cabinet doors. Florida room with bar and pass through from kitchen and dining area. Split bedroom plan. Master suite offers beautiful view of water. Master bath has jacuzzi tub, spacious walk in closets and dressing area. Interior Laundry room with W/D and utility sink. Huge 2.5 car garage w work area and plenty of storage. 2 zone AC with one unit replaced in 2016. Impact windows on front of house and accordian shutters or panels or rest of windows. NO HOA!!! Located on a quiet private dead end street. City water and sewer. Sprinkler system on well. This is truly Paradise Found!!! Furniture negotiable (lots of Tommy Bahama). 32' foot Jupiter center console open fisherman boat also for sale or can be included. SELLER FINANCING CONSIDERED WITH MINIMUM 25% DOWN AND 5 YEAR BALLOON.

Jeff Auer , Remax Direct

1.00 ACRES
3375 SQ FT
Remodeled townhouse in The Landings' Fort Myers' riverfront community

Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida

Here's a beautifully updated townhouse with a view in pet-friendly Windjammer Village in The Landings! Kitchen/dining/laundry area has been opened up for a most spacious feeling...... This end unit condo features an additional screened room off the kitchen with a pleasant view of lake. An over-sized single car garage is adjacent with room for an additional car in front + guest parking nearby. The heated village pool is just outside the place! The Landings is SWFL's most affordable 'bundled' waterfront country club offering golf, tennis, marina, pickleball, bocce, TWO restaurants, fitness, pools and a 1000+ friendly neighbors and activities galore. Take the 'virtual tour'!

Dan Bullock , ProporTee.com

0.00 ACRES
1440 SQ FT

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