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Old 04-20-2018, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The Gulf Coast Beaches are far superior to the Atlantic Coast beaches.
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:18 PM
 
Location: North of Birmingham, AL
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If beautiful beaches and surf are important, then you won't like the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Barrier islands off the coast have the pretty water and surf; whereas, the Mississippi coastal city beaches are more like beaches on a bay front. The Pensacola area has the most beautiful beaches of the places you mentioned, with Baldwin Co., Alabama next.
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:54 PM
 
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I just moved from the area, I lived in Gulf Breeze (Pensacola Beach-ish, ), Destin, and Santa Rosa Beach. You probably won't get 1-3 acres for that price in town but as others have said, Pace/Milton would be good for that nearer to Pensacola. Also, check out Niceville/Valparaiso/Crestview area. There is less chance for hurricane related flood damage the further you get from the Gulf and the bays, but this is FL, so really ... you'll always have to carry good flood insurance and be prepared for bad storms, even that far north. I'm more familiar with the area closer to Crestview than to Milton, so I'll talk about that.

There's not a whole lot going on in Crestview, but it's near I-10 for easy access to get into Pensacola if you need to and close to 85 S to go down into Niceville-Ft Walton Beach-Destin, etc. You'd be looking at a 30+ drive to get to anything FUN, but Crestview does have it's own basic amenities in town and there are several decent places to eat and hang out and grocery shop and all that. Crestview is technically the largest "city" in Okaloosa county, but things are more spread out so it feels less congested than in-town Niceville and into Destin. The area is generally safe, there's a large military presence across the entire region. You won't be totally safe from freezing winters in this area though, the panhandle is touched by winter and does drop below freezing pretty much every year. It doesn't always last for a long time, but to avoid even the occasional freezing temp, you'd have to go further south.

With all that said, and having lived on both sides of the tourist trap that is Destin, if I moved back, I'd want to live near the coast and no further east than Navarre if closer to Pensacola and then on the flip side of that, no further west than Miramar Beach/Sandestin area. Gulf Breeze and parts of Navarre are really the jewel of the area for purchasing a home and settling in for the long haul, in my own opinion. The whole area is beautiful of course, but some parts are better than others depending on what your needs and wants are. For me, I wouldn't want to live so near the beach but so far, if that makes sense. Being north of the bay or north of I-10 means an hour to get to the water and that would be too far for me. For your price range to be near the coast, you'll have to sacrifice the land you want just because there really isn't any. Basically, you'll have to decide which you want more, close and relatively quick access to the beach OR 1-3 acres. For maybe more land and less congestion, check out the area near Point Washington / Eden Gardens state park in Santa Rosa Beach.

Just as an example, this is a house for sale in the neighborhood I just left:
https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...t/13_zm/0_mmm/

This is typical of the houses in the area in and around your budget of 250K. This location puts you within 10 minutes of grocery stores, nice restaurants, shopping and a movie theatre. It also puts you about 20 minutes from the beach in either direction along the coast - I always preferred going east and beaching along Cnty Hwy 30A.

TL;DR

Consider these areas also:
Crestview, FL
Niceville, FL
Navarre, FL
Gulf Breeze, FL
Santa Rosa Beach, FL (East of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort)

Hope this helps!
I'm very familiar with all these areas as I grew up on the Gulf Coast. Hands down Daphne/Fairhope (Eastern Shore) wins. Ocean Springs - too small, nothing really happening, too close to casinos; Pensacola - other than beaches, just run down in a lot of places. Military has a big presence there. Crestview - where do I begin - our daughter lived near there - this is one of the last places on earth I would want to live. Run down, blue collar, very red neck (don't mean any disrespect to anyone, that's just the way it is). Closest to Pensacola, but not that close. Honestly, I would consider somewhere else. None of the places you mentioned would be near the top of my list and two of the places, would be near the bottom. The only place I, personally, would even consider in this part of the country is Sandestin, AND it is very touristy (but the area has great seafood). But, again, if your only options are the ones you listed, there's no contest - Eastern Shore wins, hands down.

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Old 04-20-2018, 06:58 PM
 
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If beautiful beaches and surf are important, then you won't like the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Barrier islands off the coast have the pretty water and surf; whereas, the Mississippi coastal city beaches are more like beaches on a bay front. The Pensacola area has the most beautiful beaches of the places you mentioned, with Baldwin Co., Alabama next.
The prettiest beaches are in the Orange Beach, AL area. Destin also has nice beaches, but it is more crowded.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: North of Birmingham, AL
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The prettiest beaches are in the Orange Beach, AL area. Destin also has nice beaches, but it is more crowded.
I think the National Seashore beaches just east of Pensacola are really beautiful, and you get more of the blue green "Caribbean" water look than over in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. I like all of these places, though. Dauphin Island in Mobile County is certainly a step down from the beaches farther east, and Mississippi is just not worth talking about (there's a reason why New Orleanians drive all the way to at least Gulf Shores for beach vacations).
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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I'm very familiar with all these areas as I grew up on the Gulf Coast. Hands down Daphne/Fairhope (Eastern Shore) wins. Ocean Springs - too small, nothing really happening, too close to casinos; Pensacola - other than beaches, just run down in a lot of places. Military has a big presence there. Crestview - where do I begin - our daughter lived near there - this is one of the last places on earth I would want to live. Run down, blue collar, very red neck (don't mean any disrespect to anyone, that's just the way it is). Closest to Pensacola, but not that close. Honestly, I would consider somewhere else. None of the places you mentioned would be near the top of my list and two of the places, would be near the bottom. The only place I, personally, would even consider in this part of the country is Sandestin, AND it is very touristy (but the area has great seafood). But, again, if your only options are the ones you listed, there's no contest - Eastern Shore wins, hands down.
I wouldn't want to live in Crestview either, and I mentioned why in my post. But the OP was asking for areas where he could potentially purchase 1-3 acres to live on - so I offered Crestview as a place where he could do that on the FL side of things. It is a small, "redneck," off the beaten path sort of place, but some people like that. I certainly don't, but it doesn't mean someone else might not find it the perfect place for them. I know many people who wanted a bigger house on a good chunk of land who are quite happy in Crestview. To each their own, I suppose.

Also, the areas on the coast that I mentioned are the areas LEAST affected by the tourism. That's not to say that it doesn't exist in those places, because it obviously does. I lived there for 8 years and fought through it, so the options I gave are where I'd want to be if I moved back, based on personal experience of living there year-round. My advice stands that Gulf Breeze (proper, if possible), Navarre, and SRB East of Sandestin are where I'd want to be on the FL side.

Edited to add that if we're going to start talking about where the best/prettiest panhandle beaches are ... we shouldn't, because everyone has their own idea of what "the most beautiful" really is. Alabama beaches are beautiful in comparison to many other beaches in the world, but they only get more beautiful as you go east, in my opinion. The area from Gulf Shores all the way to Panama City Beach are beautiful, but again, from experience of beaching in and around the entire area for years, the area east of Sandestin wins again in my book.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:45 AM
 
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I wouldn't want to live in Crestview either, and I mentioned why in my post. But the OP was asking for areas where he could potentially purchase 1-3 acres to live on - so I offered Crestview as a place where he could do that on the FL side of things. It is a small, "redneck," off the beaten path sort of place, but some people like that. I certainly don't, but it doesn't mean someone else might not find it the perfect place for them. I know many people who wanted a bigger house on a good chunk of land who are quite happy in Crestview. To each their own, I suppose.

Also, the areas on the coast that I mentioned are the areas LEAST affected by the tourism. That's not to say that it doesn't exist in those places, because it obviously does. I lived there for 8 years and fought through it, so the options I gave are where I'd want to be if I moved back, based on personal experience of living there year-round. My advice stands that Gulf Breeze (proper, if possible), Navarre, and SRB East of Sandestin are where I'd want to be on the FL side.

Edited to add that if we're going to start talking about where the best/prettiest panhandle beaches are ... we shouldn't, because everyone has their own idea of what "the most beautiful" really is. Alabama beaches are beautiful in comparison to many other beaches in the world, but they only get more beautiful as you go east, in my opinion. The area from Gulf Shores all the way to Panama City Beach are beautiful, but again, from experience of beaching in and around the entire area for years, the area east of Sandestin wins again in my book.

Even with 1-3 acres, I would not want to be anywhere near the Crestview area. Most likely, the OP would be going to Crestview for groceries, dining, shopping, etc.. I agree the beaches are beautiful anywhere from Orange Beach to east of Destin.
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