Do you love the feel of sand between your toes or the soft touch of a sea breeze while sipping your favorite beverage? Do you admire sunrises and sunsets while staring at the ocean?

Better yet, have you ever wondered what living just minutes from the beach would be like?

If this is you, then look no further than Pensacola, Florida. 

Nestled along the panhandle of Northwest Florida, Pensacola offers white, sandy beaches, fabulous restaurants, and tons of activities for the beach lover. The city offers a laid-back lifestyle, and here are just a few things you can expect if you decide to make the leap.

Cost of Living

One of the many perks of Pensacola is the housing market. Pensacola real estate is quite affordable, especially for a coastal town. You can also expect to pay below the national average on property taxes; Florida is approximately $500 cheaper than the U.S. median. Speaking of taxes, Florida has no state tax, leaving you with one less worry and more money in your pocket to enjoy all Pensacola has to offer. 

Outdoor Adventures

Living in Pensacola offers many different adventures and cultures, and the best part is you don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy all the city has to offer. Rent a jet ski on a Saturday afternoon after a long workweek, learn to surf and paddleboard, or go fishing, snorkeling, parasailing, diving—the list goes on. If nature is more your vibe, venture out to Milton and try your hand at zip-lining or hiking. Just north of Pensacola, Milton has a small-town feel with a welcoming touch. 

History

Pensacola is one of the oldest cities in America and a dream spot to live for any history buff. The historic downtown area is alive with many stories from the past, along with top-notch restaurants and bars. If Broadway shows and concerts tickle your fancy, the Saenger Theatre has you covered. The theatre opened in 1925 and stands in the heart of downtown. The theatre is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a must to experience. 

Pensacola Light House and Maritime Museum

Speaking of history, the Lighthouse has it. It was built in 1859, and the Keeper’s Quarters was built in 1869. The Keeper’s Quarters occupied families until 1965 and is now used as a museum to display exhibits. If you’re up for it, you can climb 177 stories to the top to see a breathtaking view of Pensacola. The Pensacola Lighthouse was featured on the Travel Channel and Scifi’s Ghost Hunters as a haunted location. The Lighthouse offers real ghost hunts for those ages 13 and up who dare to meet a ghost. 

Fort Pickens

Fort Pickens is another historical location in Pensacola, located on Santa Rosa Island. This military fort was used in the Civil War, and you can explore it at your leisure with signs giving you the history at different locations. There is also a campground on site that offers access to our white, sandy beaches and a nature trail. Step back in time and discover the protector of the Gulf Coast. 

Naval Aviation

Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels, headquartered at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Living local means you can catch the Blues (as locals call them) practice, which is almost like your own private show. You can also enjoy two shows yearly, one in July at Pensacola Beach and one in November at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. The Naval Aviation Museum is also a must-see attraction, with flight simulators, a children’s play area, aircraft galleries, and much more.  

Fresh Local Seafood

If you’re a seafood lover, Joe Patty’s will be like a candy store. Joe Patty’s offers the freshest seafood around, and the selection is impressive. Fresh off the boat, the variety of fish, shrimp, scallops, crab, mussels, and a wide selection of condiments and sauces will have your mouth watering before you even get home. There is also an impressive wine store on site that offers exceptional pairings with your fresh seafood. 

Gallery Night

Living local means you have an array of things to do on a Friday night, and one of those unique things is Gallery Night. A non-profit organization, Gallery Night is held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Enjoy music, arts, and culture along Palafox Street in historic downtown Pensacola. Traffic is closed in the vicinity so patrons can walk and explore the many events. 

There are many advantages of living locally in Pensacola and the surrounding areas. If you’re considering making the leap, the realtors at aDoor Real Estate will be happy to assist you in snagging a little piece of paradise here along the Gulf Coast. With waterfront homes, beach homes, or quiet, residential neighborhoods, aDoor Real Estate has you covered. If you’re looking to build, aDoor Properties will help your dream home come to life. So what are you waiting for? Don’t hesitate, make that leap, and be a part of the beauty of living local.