Best Places to live on Pensacola Beach
ocean (well gulf, if you do not want to
offend us locals) - moderated Northern
Florida climate is hard to beat anywhere
in the contenental US and enables year-round
enjoyment of the area’s many outdoor amenities
and activities. The economy has typically
been strong with a very large military
presence and influence on the economy.
The city of Pensacola is well endowed
with history, arts and recreational amenities.
This has drawn the crowds, including young
professionls, retirees, overseas and domestic
migrants and migrants from other parts
of Florida and Alabama.
cost of living, still a relative bargain
for the US including other coastal cities,
has held well thoughout both boom and
bust times. Commute times are resonable
with a good network of local and interstate
road. Air quality problems remain low
and while in the "hurricane belt"
relatively few bad storms have hit on
any consistent basis.
The Beach, of course.
those who can afford it ... to live on what
many consider to be the best beach in the USA
is the ultimate life goal. Sun, sand, memories.
Music, restaurants, shopping and family activities
either within walking distance or a short bike
or car ride makes buying a home Gulf front the
right thing to do.
a Condominium. The best condominium.
the least expensive home in the best niche neighborhood.
your boat at your door.
the home with the best rental return.
the locals live.
the retired locals live.
the young professional locals live.
the "I don't care about the cost, I just
want the best house money can buy" live.
Best Single Family Detached Beach Front Homes
- can be found ....
Best Single Family Detached Bayfront Homes for
Boaters can be found.......
Best Value in a Condominium on Pensacola Beach
can be found ......
Condominiums With the Best Views on Pensacola
Beach can be found ........
to find the best investment home on Pensacola
Beach: Look for one with a pool mid island and
walkable to the beach and shops.
secrets of real estate on Pensacola Beach:
West end or the East end?
to pick the best rental agency:
the leaese for property on Pensacola Beach work:
... some history;
Beach (and the land on the island), is owned
by Escambia County, Florida and is under the
direction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority
(SRIA). The SRIA was created by the Florida
legislature in 1947. The SRIA does not receive
tax support from the taxpayers of the county.
It is fully funded from lease fees collected
from business and residences on the beach. The
Island Authority board is made up of six members,
five are named by the Escambia County Board
of County Commissioners. The sixth is elected
by the registered voters on Pensacola Beach.
The elected members' term is two years. All
land on the island is under lease from the Authority
to individuals or corporations. No land is held
under fee simple title due to deed restrictions
imposed on the county by the Federal government
when the island was purchased in 1945.
of restrictions placed in the legal document
from the United States government, land may
not be purchased on Pensacola Beach; instead
property is leased by the Island Authority for
varying periods of time. Pensacola Beach is
about 1,474 acres and is about eight miles long
and a quarter mile at its widest. At the present
time 60% of Pensacola Beach is public use or
public service land with the remaining 40% leased
for residential and commercial use.
early settlement was established on Pensacola
Beach in 1559 by Don Tristan De Luna making
this the oldest development site in the United
States. This development was destroyed by a
hurricane a few years later. On its lee side
is Pensacola Bay at the western end and Choctawhatchee
Bay at the east - with Santa Rosa Sound connecting
the two. Excavation of middens on the island
revealed that Native Americans inhabited these
beaches as long as 2,000 years ago. A second
Spanish colony was established on the island
in the 18th century. Ft. Pickens on the western
end of the island was one of the few forts in
the South that remained under Union control
during the Civil War.
The small island located to the north of Pensacola
Beach is called Sabine Isle and is owned by
the Federal government. Ships coming to the
Port of Pensacola dumped their rock ballast
at this site creating this island.
February 14, the easternmost 4 miles of this
property was leased to Santa Rosa County and
is now administered by Santa Rosa County and
known as Navarre Beach.
the United States, by an Act of the Congress,
created the Gulf Islands National Seashore as
part of the Department of Interior. The State
of Florida deeded approximately 8 miles of Santa
Rosa Island known as the Ft. Pickens State Park
to the Department of Interior for inclusion
in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
January, Escambia County deeded to the United
States Department of Interior, through the Gulf
Islands National Seashore approximately 7.5
miles of land located on the east end of Pensacola
Beach touching the western most boundary of
the present four-lane Bob Sikes Bridge was constructed
connecting Pensacola Beach (Santa Rosa Island)
to Gulf Breeze on the Santa Rosa County peninsula.
Another bridge connecting the eastern end of
the island is located at Navarre Beach.
can find the general covenants relating to the
use of property On Pensacola Beach here.
sample lease for Land on santa Rosa Island can
be read here.
Please note this is not legal advice.. and this
lease is not for a residential home, but, it
will give you some insite into the process.
(read through to the end where you will see
one of the original leases. )
you get a lease for the land under your property
(or in the event it is a condominium, it is
a sub lease based upon proration of the original
are some insights into the Santa
Rosa Authority finances.