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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi, Mississippi is on the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Sound. This old town has miles and miles (26) of white sandy beaches, which is why many people come here to vacation. There are also a number of casinos, including the Hard Rock, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, and Beau Rivage. The city has many attractions (see What is Special in next section) besides these as well.  Biloxi has a small town feel with low-key neighborhoods spreading out away from the water. New developments include attractive malls, new hotels, and apartment complexes that have been built since Hurricane Katrina basically leveled the place in 2005.

Where to Retire in Biloxi and Home Prices

Biloxi is part of the Gulf Coast Retirement district and one of 21 certified retirement communities in Mississippi. Biloxi could be a real estate opportunity if you believe in buying in early.  The infrastructure is coming back in this town of 50,000. Housing is relatively inexpensive for a coastal community, the median home value was $106,200 in mid-2017(Zillow). There are vast numbers of waterfront and near waterfront properties available for those willing to build in this hurricane-prone area.

What is special about Biloxi

There are terrific amenities beyond the casinos, such as Beauvoir, the post-war estate of Jefferson Davis. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum (see photo above of current construction) was designed by expressionist postmodern architect, Frank Gehry. There are miles and miles of beaches, and the local waters teem with seafood.  Many new buildings and malls. Windance Country Club is one of 20 golf area courses.

What is not special about Biloxi

Many neighborhoods are still empty after Katrina. Crime is relatively high, and if you don't like casinos - you are in trouble. Ditto with Waffle House restaurants - there is one every quarter mile on the beach.

Climate and Physical Environment

Biloxi is on the Mississippi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. It is oppressively hot and humid in summer.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Biloxi boasts the partially completed, Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe Museum (pictured above). Centered around the "mad potter", Ohr, the museum's collections will be quite extensive when completed. The Gehry buildings themselves will be art as well - he is one of the most famous architects in the world. Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis's post-war home, is an interesting museum.

Crime

The crime rate in Biloxi is well above the national average.

Medical facilities

There are 10 hospitals in the region including Gulf Coast Regional Medical, Biloxi Medical Center, and VA Gulf Coast.

Transportation

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is convenient and offers frequent service. I 10 goes through town.

Valuable Links

For retirement information contact MIssissippi Gulf Coast Retiree Partnership at 1 866 672-6278.  Here is the Wikipedia page for Biloxi

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