New Smyrna Beach is a peaceful beach community of 23,000 located in the northern portion of Florida’s east coast. It prides itself on being a laid back coastal community, free of crowds and pollution. The city incorporates the city of Coronado Beach. New Smyrna Beach was the center of intense real estate speculation during the 1920’s; about 800 buildings from that era survive. After the boom a severe depression lasted until after WW II, from which time the area has steadily grown. New Smyrna Beach is located in Volusia County. Photo of New Smyrna Beach City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Ebyabe.
Where to Retire in New Smyrna Beach and Home Prices
New Smyrna Beach gives retirees an alternative to living in the big city or in a very affluent community. Active adults can choose from beachfront living on the barrier island, or more traditional housing and adult communities on the mainland and across the intracoastal waterway. There are some condos and homes on the market, as well as many high rise apartments overlooking the ocean at much higher prices. The median sale price was about $228,250 in early 2016, according to Zillow.
What is special about New Smyrna Beach
• Marineland • Marine Discovery Center • Wonderful Atlantic beaches on the barrier island • Many residential options for retirees • The Casements – former home of John D. Rockefeller • Atlantic Center for the Arts • Canaveral National Seashore
What is not special about New Smyrna Beach
• Volusia County Florida had more confirmed shark bites than any other region in the world in 2007 • Hurricane season • Not for those looking for hustle and bustle
Who will like retirement in New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach attracts a community of retirees who want to live in an understated community, but who have a strong interest in nature, or an outdoor lifestyle
Local economy is driven by
Tourism, retail, services, and real estate are important to the economy. New Smyrna Beach Airport/Industrial Park is located within a foreign trade zone. New Smyrna Beach Tourist Information
Climate and Physical Environment
New Smyrna Beach is in the northern portion of the east coast of Florida. It features a barrier island with beaches that are connected to the mainland. Winters are temperate and summers hot.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
The Atlantic Center for the Arts is a community arts education center that includes the Harris House, the Little Theatre and Arts on Douglas. It has frequent arts shows and an active artists-in-residence program that works with students in music, literary arts, performance, and visual arts. Nearby Deland and Daytona Beach also offer many cultural opportunities.
Crime in New Smyrna beach is just under the national average.
Bert Fish Medical Center is here, with other hospitals in nearby Daytona Beach (15 miles)
Daytona Beach International Airport is 13 miles away.
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