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

Stunning lakefront pool home midway between Miami & Ft. Lauderdale

Davie, Broward County, Florida

Just you and the view! Impeccable completely updated pool home on lovely oversized lot by a tranquil lake. Relax & see the sun set and palms sway from large screened pool deck, under an extended roof. Walk down to the water & fish or launch your canoe or paddle boat. Updated eat-in kitchen with granite counters, moveable island, breakfast bar, & French doors leading out to pool. Huge living/dining room with neutral ceramic tile & vaulted ceilings. Elegant master bedroom with Plantation shutters, crown molding, French doors. Master bath with walk-in shower, roman tub, linen closet. Brand new carpet in all 4 bedrooms and family room. Fresh paint throughout interior & exterior. A/C system only 2 years old. S-tile roof replaced in 2010. Partial garage conversion allows for air conditioned utility room/office as well as space to park car & golf cart on newly epoxied floor. Circular driveway parks 8 cars for when you entertain. Easy access to I-75 (just 20 minutes to Ft. Lauderdale International Airport), Beaches, 1st class hospitals, restaurants & shopping. EXCELLENT SCHOOLS. HOA maintenance fee only $200 per year.

Joy Miller , Koala Realty

0.00 ACRES
2565 SQ FT
Historic home with riverfront access and dock

Palatka, Putnam County, Florida

HUGE price reduction!!! Rare opportunity to take a step back in time and own this circa 1855 antebellum jewel. The William A. Forward house is rich in history and boasts impressive architectural details such high ceilings, original windows a grand staircase, gracious woodworking, deep crown molding. The stately river front home sits on on over an Acre! Situated on a large corner lot in this charming historic neighborhood along the banks of the majestic St. Johns River. Enjoy the panoramic views from the front porch and the over sized windows and pocket doors that grace the front of the home.

Sandra Smith , Watson Realty Corp.

1.15 ACRES
3646 SQ FT

Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida

RARE OPPORTUNITY! PEACE RIVER FRONTAGE - ESTATE HOMESITE! 2.34 acres along the serene Peace River east of I75. This property has nearly 335 feet of frontage along the Peace River. Imagine the sunsets, the cocktails on your back deck, an infinity edge pool looking out over the river. This is one you won't want to pass up if you are dreaming of a riverfront estate!

Vicky McPhee , Keller Williams Peace River Partners Realty

2.34 ACRES
Beautiful Water Front Lot !!!! Build or Set Your RV UP

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

Own your personal oasis now, imagine Gulf Views, Beautiful Sunsets, excellent fishing and good ol southern hospitality. .. Nature abounds in Horseshoe Beach... come and enjoy the RV way of life or build your dream home. Get ready to share your fishing story's..... Just make sure the fish doesn't grow each time you tell it! This waterfront lot is equipped with a septic tank system just add a few other amenities and you will be enjoying " The Shoe Life" before you know it!

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.00 ACRES
Direct Bayfront Beauty with Deeded Beach Access

Englewood, Charlotte County, Florida

DEEDED BEACH ACCESS and FULL VIEWS OF LEMON BAY! Stunning bayfront property with private dock and 8000# boat lift. This amazing 4 bedroom, 3 bath bayfront beauty boasts 15 foot vaulted ceilings, 18 inch tile flooring and many updates. The kitchen includes a gas Viking stove and hood. Wood burning fireplace and lots of sliders and windows to enhance your water views. Great rental history as well.

Shelley Johnson , Allison James Estates and Homes

0.24 ACRES
2226 SQ FT
Gated, 3 story, 3 beds, 3 full bath, 2 fireplaces, with deeded on - site boat slip

New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida

Only available townhome with an On-Site Deeded Boat Slip Included with Purchase ! Gated, 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2 gas fireplaces (master bedroom & living room), 9 foot ceilings, gas appliances, over sized garage with separate over sized storage, and a deeded on-site boat slip providing direct (no bridge) access to Florida's Gulf of Mexico included ! Community amenities include; a waterfront clubhouse with heated pool and jacuzzi, sauna, lighted tennis courts, boat ramp, and ... yes, a private Gulf front Beach Club ! Seller Financing available to qualified parties; 15% down, with a 5 year interest-only balloon at 5% with no pre-payment penalty.

Steven Zimmerman , Tropical Life Realty

0.04 ACRES
1972 SQ FT
Expansive water front views from most rooms

Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida

229 feet of beautiful wide open Sykes Creek with a view from most windows & doors. This home is move in ready & has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The interior has been updated, the roof is newer and the pool has been recently resurfaced. The 2nd floor family room has an expansive water view complete with a wood burning fire place and a balcony. The secondary bedrooms open up to a bonus room that would be perfect for home schooling, game room, play room or maybe a home theater. The master bedroom has an attached room that can be used for home office, nursery or walk in closet.... So many options. Use your imagination and make it yours! Enjoy Merritt Island's small town feel, local restaurants & Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary. 10 Minutes to 520, 528, Cocoa Beach & Port Canaveral. Just a 45 minute drive to Orlando International Airport.

Cathy Smith Sharpe , Tropical Realty & Investments of Brevard, Inc.

0.29 ACRES
2082 SQ FT
Deep Water Dockage, Proven Hurrican Hole

Moore Haven, Glades County, Florida

Welcome to a Turkey Creek, a boaters community in The Proven Hurricane Hole! Located on the west side of Lake "O" and in-between the protection of several Army Corp locks on the Caloosahatchee River, an Inter-coastal waterway. You and your vessel will feel right at home and safely moored up to the 45' dock on this wide, fresh water canal. Step upstairs and you will find a comfortable home with upgrades throughout. A beautiful kitchen is designed with custom features begin with beautiful cabinetry, top of the line stainless appliances which include a gas stove. The oversized master bedroom is upstairs. A relaxing and oversized screened balcony is the perfect spot for entertaining and enjoying life, all while overlooking the canal area. Downstairs you will find 2 separate guest rooms, perfect for overnight guest and a bath along with plenty of work areas and storage. This home is located very close to the River Forest Yachting Center, a wonderful place for repairs and maintenance. Looking for a safe Haven for you and your boat, look no further, you have found it here!

Denise Walker , Southern Heritage Real Estate

0.15 ACRES
1176 SQ FT
6.71 Acres on the Florida Bay Privacy a lush, tropical setting. dock 4 / 4 home

Key Largo, Monroe County, Florida

Private retreat on a 6.71 acre parcel in the heart of Key Largo. A world away yet close to Miami. Estate setting, long winding drive. Lovely 4/4 split floor plan home with so many Keys features inside. Big windows, lots of light & lush tropical surroundings. Huge 4 car extended height garage, artist studio, and so much more. A rare find in the Keys, Coastal Acres has a feeling that is unmatched. Deep water dockage with 5' control depth, easy access to the Florida Bay or to the open Ocean. Beautiful interior with Dade County Pine wood ceiling, very spacious home with a proper dining room. Master suite separate from the other 3 ensuite bedrooms. Screen porches offering an aviary, outdoor shower and separation from others in the home. Mature trees, green grass, birds and butterflies all over. This sanctuary is such a special place.

Stephanie Clark , American Caribbean Real Estate Christie's International Real Estate

6.71 ACRES
2069 SQ FT

Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida

Masterfully designed, this opulent Gulf Front home exemplifies serenity & features 103 palm trees supremely situated on a 2 acre lot. Gated entrance ensures your privacy. This estate offers a mature coastal palette that exudes sophistication & comfort. Architecturally significant, this resort style beach retreat offers unparalleled amenities - numerous decks with exquisite gulf and bay views, 40' pool w/ spa, media room, & game room. Each bedroom has its own en suite bathroom and access to an outer deck. You'll love the chef's kitchen with upscale built-in appliances and a large dining area. Living area has a breathtaking 2 story window facing the Gulf. Master bedroom has a sitting area w/bay views, fireplace, private deck, and custom en suite w/steam shower/sauna. Your custom oasis awaits you on the beautiful shores of Cape San Blas. This home has 4447 square feet of living space and a total of 9728 square feet.

Debbe Wibberg , Coastal Realty Group

2.20 ACRES
9728 SQ FT

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