Located to the west of both Destin and Fort Walton Beach, the outdoorsy and laid back city of Pensacola is home to the Blue Angles housed at of Naval Air Station, The University of West Florida, and plenty of pristine beaches. A bit less “touristy” than other parts of Northwest Florida, Pensacola has a thriving performing and fine arts community, and is an attractive city for young professionals, families with small children, and retirees. When you are looking for more beach and less traffic, you’ll find it in Pensacola.
Pensacola is a nature lover’s dream. Blackwater Heritage State Park is more than eight miles of paved trails, perfect for biking, skating, and running. At the Tarklin Bayou Preserve State Park, you will see more than 100 endangered species as you stroll the bayou. Just a short drive away, Perdido Key State park is 247-acre barrier island designed for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and watching for marine life. If you are in the mood to be “wowed” don’t miss the National Aviation Museum, an exercise in “hands on history”. Explore the more than 4,000 aviation artifacts and 150 restored aircraft. Do not forget to check out the Blue Angels practice for a mile high thrill. If you’d like stay a little more grounded, Pensacola is home to 5 world class golf courses and miles of pristine, undeveloped beach.
If you are looking for a primary or vacation residence, Pensacola has a number of options, designed for every budget and every taste. Close to the center of town, you’ll find stately historic and turn of the century homes. In Downtown Pensacola, young professionals and retirees are looking for condominium and loft spaces, close to shopping, dining, and entrainment venues. West Pensacola offers the most waterfront living options, from the gated golf Herron’s Forest and the golf course neighborhood of Marcus Point. Other waterfront options include a number of high-end resort complexes, town homes and luxury gulf front homes with sweeping views.
Pensacola and the surrounding communities, including Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre provide a piece of old Florida style with the world class amenities discerning homeowners demand. With an emphasis on the pristine natural beauty, you are as likely to have a dolphin as a neighbor as a Gator or Seminole. From the butterfly house and Fishing Pier in Navarre, to the newly renovated Gulf Breeze Zoo, there are plenty of ways to explore a less developed Florida.
For those looking for as second or investment home, the Pensacola housing market continues to grow. As the Gulf Coasts continues to have exceptional summer season, the demands for luxury rental homes will continue to grow. If you have been thinking about a vacation or investment property, now is the time buy. Pensacola is the perfect place for an investment property or rental home.
Pensacola is one of the best-kept secrets in Northwest Florida- but the word is spreading fast. When you want a piece of paradise, you will find it along the sugar white sand beaches of Pensacola and its neighboring communities.
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