Santa Rosa Beach : Florida

Follow Me on Pinterest

What it's Like to Retire in Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach is located along a 26-mile stretch of Northwest Florida’s famed Emerald Coast, and is just one of the 16 distinct beach neighborhoods in south Walton County.  Founded in 1910, and though not incorporated, it has a population of about 12,000, and shares a zip code with 10 other beach communities.  Santa Rosa Beach, known for its beautiful beaches, is a popular tourist destination and offers luxury beach houses, upscale dining, a unique artist colony, and is home to Point Washington State Forest, a 15,000 acre preserve.  Picture of Walton County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Ebyabe, picture of The Coast of Walton County courtesy of Wikipedia and Staugbeachbum.

 

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.

 

Who will like retirement in Santa Rosa Beach

Retirees who want to live by the water and love the beach life would enjoy Santa Rosa Beach.

 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism and Construction;   Santa Rosa Beach was recognized by Google's eCity awards in 2013, as a strong online business community.

 

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.

 

Valuable Links

Santa Rosa Beach

Point Washington State Forest

 

What people are saying about Santa Rosa Beach

No Comments

Leave a Comment

To comment you must be a registered member of Topretirements.com

Login Here

 
OR

Create Your Free Membership Account

 
Suggest a community we want to know about your top retirement spots
Please note that all contributions to Topretirements may be edited, altered, or removed by other contributors. If you don't want your writing to be edited mercilessly, then don't submit it here. By submitting content and/or photographs here you agree to give Topretirements.com the rights to use them in any manner without cost or attribution.You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource (see Project:Copyrights for details). DO NOT SUBMIT COPYRIGHTED WORK WITHOUT PERMISSION!
 
Facts about SANTA ROSA BEACH
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Coastal,Small Town,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 61 +
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide:

Can you add to or correct these Facts? Or do you have a photo of this community we could use? If so, please click on Edit these facts

Vote on the Ratings for Santa Rosa Beach
Update Your Ratings
1. Overall Retirement Ratings Discuss

1. Rating: 4.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

2. Expense:
Inexpensive to Luxury Discuss

2. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

3. Taxes:
Inexpensive to Expensive Discuss

3. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

4. Culture:
None to Cosmopolitan Discuss

4. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

5.Recreation:
None to Summer camp Discuss

5. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

6. Transportation:
Boondocks to World Hub Discuss

6. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

7. Security:
Dangerous to Ft. Knox Discuss

7. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

8. Medical Facilities:
None to Excellent Discuss

8. Rating: 3.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

9. Political Situation:
Conservative to Liberal Discuss

9. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 2 votes cast)

10. Environmental:
Oblivious to Ultra-Green Discuss

10. Rating: 2.0/5 ( 1 vote cast)

 
 

Copyright © 2006-2016 Topretirements.com. All Rights Reserved.