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

Mediterranean 4 / 3.5 Home Overlooking the Big Blue Atlantic

Ponce Inlet, Volusia County, Florida

Beautiful and Beachy, Overlooking the Big Blue Atlantic, this is Coastal Oaks Estates in Historic South Ponce Inlet. Only fifteen homes share this one of a kind cul-de-sac. This Mediterranean two story pool residence has been totally remolded and updated. All impact doors and windows, all new wood, tile and carpet floors. High end granite and stainless kitchen.Oversized master bedroom with ocean views and master bath to die for!!! This four bedroom, three full bathroom and powder room has the main living on upper level. Master suite, living rm with fireplace, dining rm, kitchen and balcony all with ocean views. Lower level has oversized two car garage, huge family room, three bedroom and two bathrooms. Walkout to the beautiful pool and sundeck.Great for your guests and entertaining.

Barbara LaVelle , Triangle Realty of Volusia

0.50 ACRES
3074 SQ FT

Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

AMAZING EXQUISITE PENINSULA POINTE BOATERS DREAM LOCATION..Best Priced Home in this "one street" community of Custom Built homes situated between 200' Wide Placentia Canal & the Spreader...Short Boat ride out just past Cape Harbour...Interior/Exterior freshly Painted...Preferred METAL ROOF....8' tall POCKETING Sliders, French Doors...Master Suite boasts 2 Walk In Closets...NEW Landscaping..Grand & Wide Paver Walkway leads to Dbl Door Entry...Cathedral & Volume Ceilings...Additional Enclosed Room off Rear can be Exercise Room or Office with Amazing Water Views & Plank Tile Flooring....2 Bdrms have engineered Hickory Wood Flooring & New Carpeting in Master Bdrm....Replumbed in 2014...Composite Dock/Captains Walk with 16' Lift with Pilings Wrapped...Oversized Pool with Auto Pool Cleaning Butler within Oversized Lanai....Fenced-In Dog Run alongside for your pooches...Clear Hurricane Panels...2nd Refrigerator in Garage...NO HOA & NO LEASE LIMITS...Current Flood Insurance $928...Make this your Permanent Destination or Property can generate High Income as a Vacation Resort Rental but has only been Owner Occupied...MOTIVATED SELLER...MUST SEE HOME & LOCATION...

CHRISTINE MILLION , Florida Complete Realty

0.23 ACRES
1874 SQ FT
Unbelievable New Price WHAT A BUY! Exquisite Riverfront Estate 6396 Sq Ft 5 / 4 / 2

Welaka, Putnam County, Florida

Exquisite Riverfront Estate ready to be your family compound or business. This Custom built 2009 block home offers, 6396 sqft 5/4/2 three story with Elevator & 3 car garage. Absolutely no cost spared in construction.Wood + tile floors,granite counters,custom cabinets,wood doors, gas stove top,wet bars,3 gas fireplaces,Lg sittings areas with spectacular water views from all floors!Screen porch,sun decks,dock/2 slip boat house with upper deck,2 electric jet ski lifts,bulkhead 225+/- ft .Deep water docking for your yachts.Included thru a connected breezeway is the original block home with additional 1588 sqft 3/2 with decks.This is a must see property one of a kind. Possible owner financing

Carl Thompson , Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage

0.00 ACRES
6396 SQ FT
Gulf Views from this N Captiva Home

Captiva, Lee County, Florida

THIS N CAPTIVA ISLAND HOME OFFERS SO MUCH AND IS BEING SOLD TURN KEY! PERFECT FOR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RENTALS. The income potential is HUGE. This 3 bedroom, 3 Bath home with a crystal clear pool and 3 screened in decks is perfect for your outside entertaining. Main floor has a split floor plan with master suite on one side and bedrooms 2 & 3 on the other. Centered is the great room, kitchen and dining area as well as a huge screened entry deck. The second floor has an office, sitting area, exercise room and another screened deck. You can take the spiral steps to the top level for the views of the island and the Gulf. Lush tropical landscaping surrounds your own piece of PARADISE. Ground floor has your pool, covered lanai, outdoor kitchen, full bath with both an indoor and outdoor shower as well as a golf cart garage. Oro Pesos lane is one of only 5 lanes that end at the beach. The island has several restaurants, marinas, public beaches and 2/3 of the island is a nature preserve. I cant stress enough the income potential if used as a vacation rental. Ask your agent for a list of possible rental scenarios.

Fred Boland , Keller Williams Peace River Partners

0.24 ACRES
2127 SQ FT
Manatee Haven on St Johns River

Astor, Lake County, Florida

Welcome to "Manatee Haven" Direct ST. JOHN RIVERFRONT WITH FANTASTIC VIEWS (conservation land across the river never to be built on but home to much of Mother Nature - and yes you might even see some manatees on your 20 x 24 trex deck over the river (don't forget your fishing pole) - double boat house and a small neighborhood with no HOA so bring all the toys and park them on your property. Conventional home with split bedroom plan. fantastic inside utility room with lots of storage - kitchen with breakfast bar overlooks great room with wood flooring and a coquina stone fireplace for cooler evenings - additional 29 x 25 garage/workshop that could be converted to an office, studio or in law quarters - now step outside to the covered screen porch area with knotty pine ceiling and tile flooring that is perfect for entertaining guests or quiet moments - yes even a hot tub - overlooking the river. Located in the small community of Astor (many activities and fine dining establishments both on and off the water) surrounded by The Ocala National Forest in a convenient location in Central Florida convenient to both coasts and area attractions. A waterfront property that must be seen to be appreciated and all the possibilities. Be on vacation year round!!

Nancy Brand , Catherine Hanson Real Estate, Inc.

0.73 ACRES
1959 SQ FT
Vilano Beach Paradise

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Just a few steps from the sandy beach, with public access across the street. Escape the summer showers on your wrap around Porch. Enjoy morning coffee on the 3rd level deck watching the sunrise with amazing ocean views. Space for everyone with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus a gathering area downstairs. Upstairs also has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with kitchen & family room. ADA compliant with walk in tub, chair lift inside, and lift outside. Summer Kitchen, storage building, Ample parking for boat/RV, and visitors. No HOA or CDD fees! Roof new in 2016. New windows 2018. No water intrusion from Matthew or Irma. Current owners rent the home for a minimum of $300 per night when not using the home themselves.

Veronica Ancliffe , AJI of Florida, LLC

0.29 ACRES
3375 SQ FT
Luxury Bayfront Home with Dock & Lift

Osprey, Sarasota County, Florida

This magnificent 4 bedroom mediterranean style home has numerous architectural features such as crown mold, and high ceilings with beams. Built to 2004 codes, the home has impact glass windows as well as a whole house generator. The exterior includes a tile roof, paver brick driveway and lush tropical landscape. Once inside the 8' leaded glass entry doors, you will immediately be amazed by the high ceilings, the light and the gorgeous water views through the sliding glass doors. There is a cozy library/den to the right and the formal living room has a lovely gas fireplace. To the left is the gourmet kitchen/family room combo with an area for a small breakfast table. The home has Bahama shutters in the main areas. On the right side of the 1st floor, there is a luxurious master bedroom suite, complete with walk in closets, dual sinks and walk in shower. Upstairs, there is an additional master suite and two smaller bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom. Spanning the entire 2nd floor rear of this home, is a large balcony overlooking Blackburn Bay and the Intracoastal Waterways.

Nicki Conway , Coldwell Banker | Global Luxury

0.51 ACRES
4112 SQ FT
Oceanfront Condo with Intracoastal Views

St. Augustine, St Johns County, Florida

Best of both worlds and a rare find! This 3bd/2ba fully renovated condo is ocean front and has amazing Intracoastal views. Offering 2 balconies, one overlooking the ocean and one overlooking the Intracoastal, there are beautiful tile floors throughout, an open kitchen with solid surface countertops, stainless steel appliances and spacious breakfast bar. Additionally, both bathrooms have newly tiled and extended showers and new vanities, there are plantation shutters throughout, custom closet shelving in all bedrooms, new electronic hurricane shutters for all doors and windows, freshly painted interior, new A/C in 2018, and it comes furnished with a few exceptions. This condo which has never been rented is in the community of Windjammer which offers covered parking, elevator access, pool, tennis, dock on the Intracoastal and boardwalk to the beach.

Stefanie Bernstein , Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

0.00 ACRES
1400 SQ FT

Steinhatchee, Taylor County, Florida

Stilted Home in WF Community Common Docks, Private Community Ramp Pool, Spa, Riverfront Gazebo with Firepit Very Low HOA Fees Just a Boat Ride Away from Some of the Best Flats Fishing and Scalloping in the World

Pamela Wessels , Anchor Trust Properties

0.14 ACRES
1188 SQ FT
River & Canal Frontage

Steinhatchee, Taylor County, Florida

2 BR/2 Bath Cabin with Frontage on River & Canal Approx 2/3 Acre Lot Attached Garage Deck on River Bank

Pamela Wessels , Anchor Trust Properties

0.65 ACRES
988 SQ FT

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