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

Downtown St. Augustine Lakefront

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Lake front home and cottage in downtown St. Augustine. Enjoy the sunrises over Lake Maria Sanchez every morning as you sip your coffee and get your day started. This fully fenced property offers a main home with 2bd/1ba and versatile interior space, a cottage with 2bd/1ba, and a 2 car garage. There is a private courtyard to enjoy that separates the home from the cottage, a wood burning fireplace in the main home with pecky cypress ceilings, hardwood floors in both homes, and both homes well maintained. An easy walk to downtown St. Augustine and to many of the local restaurants and shops. This property is very versatile, whether you live in it full time, chose to rent one, or take advantage of the short term rental possibilities.

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.14 ACRES
1904 SQ FT

Homosassa, Citrus County, Florida

EXQUSITE "DREAMCATCHER ISLAND" make your Island living dreams come true! Exceptional 4+ acre tropical island,bordering state lands; Open water views w/800' River frontage;located @ mile marker 71 Homosassa Rvr; Gorgeous sunrise & sunsets from the sprawling deck & an entertainers delight w/salt water inground pool & spa; covered Summer kitchen & wet bar; SERIOUS investment/income producer & "one of the most pristine Island home rentals in our area"! Impressive 2600 sq ft home boasts 3 master bedrooms; 3 full baths; 2 kitchens; loft for the little ones; laundry room; Huge great room w/cathedral ceilings; Boat dock;Fully furnished & all equipment stays;TURN KEY!

Stephanie Price , Waybright Real Estate, Inc.

4.34 ACRES
2582 SQ FT
ATTN BOATERS Deep Water 1 Mile to Intracoastal/ Gulf, 4Beds / 3.5Baths, 5,000+ sf

Englewood, Sarasota County, Florida

ATTENTION BOATERS This 4 bed, 3.5 bath is situated directly on Forked Creek with no bridges and mile to the Intracoastal and then Gulf of Mexico. Features a 35 x 16 Dock Slip, 2 Davits, 10,000lb boat lift, concrete seawall and sailboat water.This 5000+ sqft of living home showcases an open floor plan offering sweeping water and pool views.The spacious living room is accented by a wood burning fireplace and architectural wood beam ceilings with a separate dining room showcasing new Brazilian cherry hardwood.The newly remodeled gourmet kitchen is accented by wood plank ceramic tile, soft close cabinets and draws with under mount lighting, granite countertops, stainless appliances and designer back splash. The first floor master suite offers a sitting area and sliding glass doors that lead to the shimmering pool and lanai. The ensuite bath features granite countertops, soaking tub and glass enclosed shower. Located upstairs are 3 spacious bedrooms w/ private bath access, a game room, wet bar & fireplace creating an exceptional multi use space. Includes a 3-car garage with a double workbench area including 14 built-in wall cabinets. Bonus, 23x18 basement room used for workshop and storage for fishing gear. Enjoy Florida living at its finest on the spacious lanai with tranquil water views and pool w/custom fountain.The area is perfect for entertaining and boasts a newer pool cage and sliding pocket doors. One of Englewood’s most desirable areas within Sarasota County and Gulf access.Over $60,000 in upgrades 2017.

bonye smart , Keller Williams Realty Gold

0.00 ACRES
5196 SQ FT
MLS# 776752 Lot for Sale

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

Come check out what the talk is all about. Horseshoe Beach is off the beaten path with fabulous fishing and scalloping, Breath taking Sunsets, great food and fellowship. This Buildable 1/2 acre lot is an unimproved lot located in the Tega Cay Development! The Association is for homes only and has boat ramp access included in the amenities. Priced to sale and will not last long...

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.51 ACRES
MLS#776899 Marvelous lot in Horseshoe Beach

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

Bring your RV(2 hookups) or Build on this beautiful Lot. This lot is nestled on the west side of our little coastal town" Horseshoe Beach" and provides a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Gaze at the partial gulf views through the canopy of the neighboring trees or set sail on the Gulf of Mexico! In the evenings cuddle up to the fire pit, roast marshmallows and tell camp fire fish stories while planning your next fishing excursion. Oh I almost forget..... this property also features a fish cleaning station to expedite "What's For Dinner"! Your coastal getaway awaits and will not last long! (RV NOT INCLUDED)

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.20 ACRES
MLS#776945 beautiful lot for Sale

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

RV ENTHUSIAST; YOU HAVE JUST FOUND YOUR PARADISE... this lot is within walking distance of the public boat ramp on main street, back your boat in pull forward and park "ON YOUR LOT" and then Bam "YOU ARE ON THE GULF" .The lot has all the upgrades and is MOVE IN READY, New power pole, underground utilities, outdoor lighting, accessories plugs, sprinkler system, fish cleaning station, and new SOD! Don't delay call today.

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.10 ACRES
MLS# 776797 Beautiful watefront lot

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

Spectacular Sunsets await from this one of a Kind True Gulf Front Lot. Endless Possibilities for this coastal property! Come and enjoy, Fishing, Scalloping and Southern Hospitality. RV's and Golf Carts are permissible in Horseshoe Beach, call for details this lot will not last long.

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.20 ACRES
MLS# 776796 Alluring Canal front home!!

Horseshoe Beach, Dixie County, Florida

Location, Location, Location. This mobile home has unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico! The owner has tastefully landscaped to highlight the coastal atmosphere for all of your outdoor entertaining. This home features a large open deck to enjoy the sunrise and salt breeze, covered carport, outdoor utility area, vinyl seawall with wood deck and much more... Proceed with caution; If you come and view; you'll be hooked!

Tammy Bryan , Compass Realty of North Florida

0.20 ACRES

Welaka, Putnam County, Florida

WOW--this price for a river front lot is almost too good to be true!!! Approx. 100' on the St. Johns river with water, sewer and electric hookups available. Stunning views of the river and Beechers Bay, and a great place to build a home or get away! Great fishing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing & boating in this ''homes only'' community. Boat ramp less than a mile away. Welaka state forest and Ocala National Forest nearby. Ocklawaha River just a short boat ride away. Small town atmosphere and just a golf cart ride away to restaurants and shops! Leave the hectic pace behind and enjoy the slower, relaxing lifestyle!

Jacquelyn Holcomb , Jacksonville Regional Real Estate & Management, Inc

1.80 ACRES
Oceanfront & Intracoastal Front Property

Saint AUG BEACH, St Johns County, Florida

A rare opportunity to own both Ocean and Intracoastal front property in desirable Crescent Beach. Enjoy the beachside location that offers a one-acre parcel with beach walkover, has 100 feet frontage on the ocean, and a nice high elevation. On the Intracoastal side you will find almost a half-acre parcel, a dock with deep water access and a concrete bulkhead, and stunning views of nature and wildlife. An additional bonus is the land on the other side of the Intracoastal is State owned, so your views will be pristine for the years to come. Both parcels have older homes and are ready for makeovers but make great rentals or beach getaways while you plan your new estate. Limitless opportunities and a once in a lifetime chance to own such a unique property.

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

1.45 ACRES
2159 SQ FT

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