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:

Summer:

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

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

Winter:

·         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

 
$899,000
Waterfront Home on Canal to Intracoastal

Satellite Beach, Brevard County, Florida


ON CANAL TO INTRACOASTAL. This Gorgeous, 4 Bed, 5 Bath, Updated to ''Move In'' Condition , has it all, NEW AC, NEW SS Appliances, Freshly Painted inside and outside, Travertine and Hardwood Floors, Heated Pool, Boat-dock and Canal View. This 2 story residence reveals a pristine interior surroundby a beautiful outdoor living area. A grand outdoor living space greets you the moment you walk through the house. Located on Tortoise Island, in desirable gated/guarded community, min. from Beach, Shopping and Dining in one of Brevard County's best school districts.

HEIN KARMAN , GRP

0.40 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
5 BATHROOMS
4156 SQ FT
 
$250,000
Wonderful cul de sac waterfront home - site - Direct Access with no bridges!

Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida


Looking for a wonderful spot to build your SW Florida dream home? This is it! Located on the NW Spreader Canal of beautiful Cape Coral, Florida, just west of Ft. Myers.....this oversized home-site is at the end of the street on the cul de sac and has 175 feet of water frontage for your boat and water toys. You will experience amazing sunset views over the water and preserve here. Enjoy a peaceful boat ride down the waterway to Matlacha Pass then out to the Gulf of Mexico...... great fishing all along the way and beyond! This location in the NW sector of Cape Coral is ripe for growth with many lovely large custom homes being built all around and plans for development of the Seven Island project coming soon as well as new parks and plans to upgrade our existing extensive parks & recreational areas.

Iris Leith , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida

0.42 ACRES
- BEDROOMS
- BATHROOMS
18195 SQ FT
 
$449,900
Direct Gulf Access 3 / 2 Home with Pool, docks & huge intersecting canal views

Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida


Excellent location at end of cul de sac with 135' of seawall on huge intersecting canals. The rear of the home opens with pocket sliders to the screened lanai and pool. Large area under roof for comfort poolside in sun or shade. Split bedroom plan with large living room, formal dining area, family room off kitchen and two guest bedrooms with a full pool bath which has a combination tub & shower. Master bedroom ensuite bath has double sink vanity and shower plus a huge walk-in closet. A large inside laundry room with plenty of storage and wash basin is conveniently located near guest bedrooms and pool bath. This home, located in one if the best locations of SE Cape Coral, can be restored to its original beauty and make a gorgeously comfortable home again or make way for a newly constructed home on this wonderful wide open expansive waterway with excellent views.

Iris Leith , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida

0.27 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2156 SQ FT
 
$105,000
Cozy Waterfront Condo

Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida


PEACEFUL AND COZY WATERFRONT CONDO! Enjoy gorgeous sunsets from two balconies, watch pelicans and dolphins and jumping mullet, or feel the rush of the Blue Angel flybys. Minutes from downtown, Wahoo baseball stadium, Pensacola Bay Center and NAS and less than ten miles to Pensacola Beach. Upgraded rubbed bronze fixtures and tile throughout. Laundry facility and extra private storage are located on the first floor. This complex is solidly built and is virtually maintenance-free. Boat slips are available for lease or sale separately.

Lisa Roy , Levin Rinke Realty

0.00 ACRES
1 BEDROOMS
1 BATHROOMS
480 SQ FT
 
$439,900
Gorgeous Home in Upscale St Johns River Waterfront Community

DeBary, Volusia County, Florida


WORLD FAMOUS ST JOHN'S RIVER! (BEST PRICED HOME PER SQ FT) Welcome to Riviera Bella upscale gated community bordered by 240 acres on the St. Johns River. Riviera Bella offers a Multi-million dollar Clubhouse with Beach Entry Pool, fitness center, media room, billiard table and much more in a quite setting. St Johns Riverfront park private boat ramp, picnic tables, restrooms with direct access to Florida's most famous River with fishing dock, skiing, boating and site seeing. Separate lots on River are extremely high and you have the same benefits without the upkeep.

Ronald Mesplay , Blue Chip Realty Preferred, Inc.

0.14 ACRES
5 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
3821 SQ FT
 
$274,900
Beautifully updated condo on Gottfried Creek!

Englewood, Charlotte County, Florida


Beautifully updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo on Gottfried Creek awaits you. Formal dining room has bamboo flooring, ceiling fan and a pass through to the gourmet kitchen. You will enjoy cooking your families meals in this nicely updated kitchen with Granite countertops, wood cabinetry, tile backsplash, stainless appliances, breakfast bar and opens to the living room. Bright sunny living room has sliding glass doors to the lanai where you can enjoy your morning coffee while looking out to Gottfried Creek. Master bedroom has bamboo flooring, walk-in closet, a ceiling fan and sliding glass doors to the lanai. Master bath has an enclosed shower/tub with jets. Guest bedroom has plank tile flooring, a ceiling fan and a wall closet. Guest bath has a walk in shower. Screened cover lanai has tile flooring, a ceiling fan and great view of Gottfried Creek. Under building assigned park with storage area and guest parking too. Lemon Bay Breezes is a gated community with a community pool, tennis court, community boat ramp with access to the Gulf Of Mexico. You can purchase a boat dock with electric where you can dock your boat up to 21 feet for $440.00 per year. Located near area beaches, shopping, fine dining, banks, Olde Englewood and world class fishing. Call today for your own private showing.

Kathi Obendorfer , Keller Williams Realty Gold

0.00 ACRES
2 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1227 SQ FT
 
$665,000
Luxury paradise canal home

Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida


THINK LUXURY! This beautiful, Tim Towles built home has been upgraded to the MAX! You enter from a huge front porch & through a double leaded glass door & immediately enjoy views of the backyard PARADISE & CANAL! Once inside, you will notice that the home features TRAVERTINE TILE FLOORS & CUSTOM FAUX PAINTING throughout the home. The GOURMET KITCHEN includes bright white cabinetry with granite counters, a built in wall over & microwave, and a center island with cooking space & the cooktop stove. In addition to the Breakfast Bar, there’s also a Breakfast Nook with views to the outdoors through Aquarium Glass Windows. The master suite has 2 walkin closets and a huge ensuite bath with a walkin shower, dual vanities & a garden soaking tub. The sitting area is a perfect place to read a book or enjoy the views. Outside, there’s a small outdoor kitchen area on the lanai, as well as an outdoor shower. While there is plenty of covered area, there is also plenty of deck area for soaking up the sun. There’s even a pool bath. The property has 179' of canal frontage for magnificent views and a concrete dock for tying up the boat. Hop into your boat and imagine yourself out in Charlotte Harbor in 15 minutes or less – heading to the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and the world beyond! This home is ready for the most discriminating buyer!

Vicky McPhee , Keller Williams Peace River Partners Realty

0.31 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2648 SQ FT
 
$750,000
CUSTOM BUILT CANAL HOME

Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida


CUSTOM BUILT CANAL HOME close to Sykes Creek. LISTED AT APPRAISED VALUE. Views all the way to Port Canaveral, see rocket launches & fireworks from your second story porch. Unparalleled planning and workmanship went into this ONE-OF-A-KIND floor plan. Beautiful oak floors, chef's kitchen with Thermador appliances, gas commercial stove, self-closing maple cabinets with built in china hutch, no maintenance quartz counter tops and hand's free faucet and stainless deep sinks. The finished downstairs is positioned to be anything your lifestyle demands. With an additional downstairs master suite the porcelain tile throughout the open space can become a game room, home theater, additional rooms, etc. The entire first floor including the attached 2-car garage is concrete block construction.

Lee Romano , The HOME TEAM Realty Group with REMAX Aerospace Realty

0.46 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
3 BATHROOMS
4163 SQ FT
 
$899,000
Private Lakefront Pool Home

Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida


PRIVATE LAKEFRONT POOL HOME...With the elegance of a luxury property and the warmth of a country home, this lakefront pool home has just the right balance of conveniences and comfort. Well appointed and designed by a NASA Engineer. WATCH ROCKET LAUNCHES AND SUNSETS FROM YOUR PRIVATE BALCONY. The floors are Vermont Slate, Mahogany and Bamboo...Custom cut Oak Cabinets, Granite Counter tops, Kitchen-Aid Stainless Appliances, Gas Range, 2 hideaways & kitchen bar make the spacious kitchen functional and comfortable. (Kitchen Chairs Convey). The downstairs Master Suite features an over-sized custom closet with French Doors, private screened lanai, walk in shower with 2 heads and water closet. In the fully renovated upper level you'll find a second (guest) master suite, a magnificent custom mahogany built in office suite for 2, and the Key West Style Family Room with custom built entertainment kitchen which opens to the balcony overlooking your private 1-Acre Lake (YOU OWN THE LAKE) and 6.7 Acres of land. Enjoy magnificent Rocket Launches and sunsets from the comfort of your balcony. Exit the downstairs French Doors to enjoy your screened pool with built in spa and waterfall, lanai and plenty of space to entertain. Bring your horses or park your cars in your 4-car garage.

Lee Romano , The HOME TEAM Realty Group with REMAX Aerospace Realty

6.91 ACRES
4 BEDROOMS
4 BATHROOMS
4183 SQ FT
 
$244,900
GREAT LAKE, GREAT LOT WITH DOCK, GREAT HOUSE

Havana, Gadsden County, Florida


A very private lot in Lake Tallavana with a great view of the lake from the large wrap-around screened porch. Natural lot of 1.43 acres w/abundant wildlife. Boardwalk from house to dock. Open design, large kitchen with lots of cabinets and an over sized family room. Ceramic tile flooring in all except bedrooms. Combine this with the uniqueness of the Lake Tallavana neighborhood where your neighbors smile and wave as you meet them on the road, where we have several functions at the pavilion every year to get better acquainted, where off duty deputies randomly patrol the roads and common areas to provide a safe environment to walk, jog, cycle or use your golf cart. This is truly a great place to live.

Earl Mills , Frog Realty, LLC

1.43 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1812 SQ FT

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