Florida real estate is definitely worth a look if sun and fun is your ticket. Florida real estate, even close to the beach, is a very good deal.
Florida is a well-known haven for people living through winter storms in the northeast. Sun and warm water are an obviously attraction, but there is much more to Florida. Orlando seems to be one giant theme park with Disney World, while Miami offers entertainment of a distinct adult variety with a legendary nightlife. Throw in the Florida Keys, tons of college and professional sports teams, the Kennedy Space Center and you have a state with a lot to do besides loaf on the beach. Then again, loafing on the beach should never be denigrated!
Miami is a city that really needs no introduction. With Cuban influences, the city is an explosion of styles, colors and fun loving people. Palm trees are plentiful as are beaches, bars, outdoor cafes and walking streets. When you need a break from the beach, Miami hosts professional sports teams in baseball, basketball, hockey and football. The real key to the area, however, is simply the festive atmosphere and people. Nearly half of the population is Hispanic with a heavy influence appearing throughout the city. Every day is a party in Miami.
If Orlando isn’t the capital of theme parks, I feel sorry for the place that is. Orlando is home to no less than Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. The theme parks are actually located on the edge of the city, which makes Orlando proper a bit bland. Humidity can be a bit of a bear during the summers, but the winter is incredibly nice.
Tampa is an underrated city in my opinion. The chief criticisms seem to be it is overly modern and a bit boring. In fact, it is just the opposite. Tampa has a funky cultural feel, particularly in Ybor City where multiple cultures clash in free wheeling fun and you can get a Cuban cigar hand-rolled by a Cuban artist. Museums, art galleries and theme parks abound. The beaches of Clearwater are white, clean and a good place to roast in the sun.
Northern Palm Beach County
In my opinion this is the ideal suburban home setting. Minutes to the airport and downtown, upscale shopping and restaurants to make any palette sing. Great schools and ample parks and sports areas make this area perfect for a growing family. If you love fishing, boating or anything on the water then this is the place! Kayak the Intracoastal Waterway, sportfishing, jet skiing and kite boarding are just the start. There are plenty of places to store or dock your boat and if you don’t have a boat, you can rent one hourly or daily from several great places. At the end of the day enjoy waterfront dining, music and more along the shores with a fantastic view of the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse at sunset.
Florida Real Estate
Florida real estate is very reasonably priced considering much of it is so close to an ocean or lake. The average home price in Orlando will run you just above $300,000, roughly the same amount as Tampa. In Miami, prices vary wildly depending on the part of the city you are looking in, but you can expect price ranges from $250,000 to $800,000. In my area of North Palm Beach County which includes Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach, price can vary depending on the location. Waterfront? Expect a condo to be form $200,000 to over $1.5 million, Golf Course? Some excellent buys can be found from a low of $250,000 and up. The average family style home will run around $350,000.
If you want to get in on Florida real estate, now may be an ideal time. For 2005, property in Florida appreciated at a rate of nearly 25 percent!