Santa Rosa Beach Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Santa Rosa Beach sits on the bay side of the inlet separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Florida Panhandle's Choctawhatchee Bay. Across the bay is Eglin Air Force Base, and no more than 10 miles up the inlet on the Gulf side are Miramar Beach and Destin. Recognized as prime real estate, and blessed with the same sparkling waters and pristine white sand beaches of the Gulf, Walton County has much to offer both residents and visitors.

Santa Rosa's Sea Turtles

Exquisite sunsets across sand dunes along this stretch of the Emerald Coast are just the beginning of the outdoor enthusiast's delight. South Walton County beaches are a nesting site for green sea turtles as well as the famous loggerheads. Because of this, both public and private lighting meets strict criteria to protect hatching turtles, that swim by instinct toward the salt water of the gulf and the ocean, a ritual that artificial lighting at night threatened.

While much of Florida's northwest, the Panhandle, is the state's "undiscovered" area, ripe for growth, the same can't be said for the Emerald Coast, along which Santa Rosa Beach is so strategically located. Dotted by numerous and lush championship golf courses, numerous marinas, seafood restaurants, tennis courts, and streets lined with palm trees, boutiques, galleries, and antique shops, the Destin and south Walton County area is understandably a mecca. In this one 25-mile stretch you'll find no fewer than 100 fine dining opportunities and 225 holes of golf.

Real estate, just as understandably, is prized. It is also, however, more affordable than one might think. Properties in Santa Rosa begin near $200,000. While prices top out at perhaps $3 million, the average high falls around $700,000. You're well advised to find a local realtor with expertise in south Walton County and a timely finger on the pulse of the going market.

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