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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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Where to Retire in Santa Rosa Beach and Home Prices

A variety of home styles and prices can be found in Santa Rosa Beach. Zillow.com reports the median sale price to be about $358,000, in mid-2014.

What is special about Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach is located on a 26 mile stretch of the Emerald Coast with beautiful beaches, many choices in dining, and a town center with an artists colony, shops and events. Yahoo! Travel named it as one of the "Best Beach Destinations" in 2011, and  Travel+Leisure Magazine called the South Walton area the "Best Beaches on Earth" for families.

What is not special about Santa Rosa Beach

If you are not an outdoor person, you may not enjoy Santa Rosa Beach; high cost of living; culturally, it doesn't offer much; The Florida Panhandle has been hit or brushed with tropical storms or hurricanes in recent years.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 70 degrees with July's average at 93 degrees.  Due to its location on Florida's Panhandle, Walton County and Santa Rosa Beach have experienced tropical storms and hurricanes. The latest tropical storm was Claudette in 2009, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Santa Rosa Beach is one of several neighborhoods along miles of white sandy beaches, it also has a golf course and a farmers market;  The Point Washington Forest can be entered in Santa Rosa Beach and is made up of more than 10 miles of trails, sand hills, wet Flatwoods, and Cypress swamps; Eden Garden State Park is part of an estate which houses one of the largest collections of Louis XVI furniture in the U.S.;   Artists at Gulf Place is where local artists display their work; Santa Rosa Beach has many great restaurants and travelers on Tripadvisor.com highly recommend several of them including Chanticleer Eatery and Redds Fueling Station; Acclaimed Chef Emeril Lagasse has visited Santa Rosa Beach and Walton County restaurants as part of his national television show.

Crime

Santa Rosa's crime rate is higher than the national average.

Medical facilities

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast

Transportation

Northwest Florida Regional airport is 33 miles away in Valparaiso; Florida Beaches International Airport is 36 miles away in Panama City.

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