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Pensacola's 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.

The 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.

On The Beach, of course.

For 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.


On the Bay.


In a Condominium. The best condominium.


In the least expensive home in the best niche neighborhood.


With your boat at your door.


In the home with the best rental return.


Where the locals live.


Where the retired locals live.


Where the young professional locals live.


Where the "I don't care about the cost, I just want the best house money can buy" live.


The Best Single Family Detached Beach Front Homes - can be found ....

The Best Single Family Detached Bayfront Homes for Boaters can be found.......

The Best Value in a Condominium on Pensacola Beach can be found ......

The Condominiums With the Best Views on Pensacola Beach can be found ........

How to find the best investment home on Pensacola Beach: Look for one with a pool mid island and walkable to the beach and shops.

Hidden secrets of real estate on Pensacola Beach:

The West end or the East end?

How to pick the best rental agency:

How the leaese for property on Pensacola Beach work:

First ... some history;

Pensacola 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.

Because 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.

An 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.

1956, 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.

1970, 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.

1973, 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 Navarre Beach.

1973, 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.

You can find the general covenants relating to the use of property On Pensacola Beach here.

A 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. )

Basically, 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 land lease)

Here are some insights into the Santa Rosa Authority finances.



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