Warm Gulf water, powder-white beaches, mild temps—what more could a beach lover want? A stunning escape to call home, of course, in one of these top real estate listings along this gorgeous stretch of the Florida panhandle.

By Lauren Phillips
July 17, 2017
Photo: Tim Kramer Photography

For many, this strip of shops, restaurants, and homes on Florida’s Gulf Coast is a dreamland, full of summer delights and happy memories with family and friends. Here, seven opportunities to own a piece of this storied stretch of coast:

Photo: Tim Kramer Photography

Woodsy Retreat

$2,950,000; beachpropertiesfla.com

Located in the growing Watersound community, between Seagrove and Alys Beach on 30A, this five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath home (exterior pictured at top) commands views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Camp Creek Lake from its open-air tower. The interiors have an upscale rustic feel, with wood finishes in many of the rooms (including wood-paneled ceilings in some). Shiplap walls add to the relaxed atmosphere, as do the many windows. Ample outdoor living space and proximity to the beach promise nearly unlimited enjoyment of the beautiful setting. Listed by Anne Winicki and Judy Jones of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida.

Photo: Layne Lillie Photography
Photo: Layne Lillie Photography

Beach Bungalow

$819,000; scenicsir.com

This charming Seacrest Beach home gets five stars for curb appeal: Wide front steps, a high roofline, a balcony, and dark, statement-making double doors are sure to catch the attention of every passersby. The three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath home is just a short walk from the beach and from the amenities of the Seacrest Beach community, and the fresh white interiors—balanced by dark wood floors—provide a lovely space to unwind after a day in the water. Listed by Carrie Shoaf and Blake Morar of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photo: Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer Photography

Nautical Stunner

$3,295,000; beachpropertiesfla.com

Warm white interiors, a shaded lap pool, endless porches, and light blue ceilings connect this home in the WaterColor community to the irresistible Gulf, which is just a short walk away. Shiplap in many of the rooms lend the property a homey feel, despite its impressive size (more than 5,000 square feet, with six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths). Perfect for large family gatherings and entertaining, this home boasts high ceilings, well-appointed common areas, and top-of-the-line appliances. It’s also close to WaterColor’s Town Center and Seaside. Listed by John David Sullivan of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida and Matt McGuire of Scenic Sotheby's International Realty.

 Related: The Ultimate Guide to Florida's 30A

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Photo: Corey Forde/4D Photography

Nothing But Blues

$659,500; pelicanproperty.com

There’s nothing like a blue cottage to celebrate life on the coast. This sweet home in Blue Mountain Beach is newly built and has three bedrooms and three baths. The front porch is primed and ready for rocking chairs, and the two wide back porches overlook the uninterrupted greenery of a state preserve. Homeowners and guests can easily access miles of walking trails, while indoors, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and luxe finishes give the house a polished, casually elegant feel. Listed by Shelley Smith and Karissa Bell of Pelican Real Estate & Development.

Photo: Tek Mapon Photography
Photo: Tek Mapon Photography

Southern Classic

$3,595,000; beachpropertiesfla.com

With double-decker porches overlooking 30A, this WaterColor beauty is hard to miss. The property enjoys easy access to the Gulf and WaterColor’s town center, and is just a short bike ride from Seaside’s shops and restaurants. The interiors are elegantly adorned, with white walls (shiplap, in some rooms) and dark wood floors. The home has more than 5,600 square feet, five bedrooms, and six-and-a-half baths. A carriage house offers privacy to guests, though the extensive outdoor spaces are sure to draw everyone out into the fresh air. Listed by Hunter Harman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida.

Related: Best Places to Live: Alys Beach, Florida

Photo: Karla Del Monaco
Photo: Karla Del Monaco

Contemporary Coastal

$676,900; era.com

Newly built with refined contemporary finishes, this pleasant blue home boasts a classic coastal hue with crisp white details that pop against 30A’s famously blue skies. Located in Santa Rosa Beach, just west of Blue Mountain Beach, the property has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths and is just a few minutes from the beach. An open-concept living space and high ceilings ensure the 2,334-square-foot home will never feel cramped—regardless of how many guests are there. Homeowners and guests will enjoy access to walking trails, a lake, and a community swimming pool with a summer kitchen, in addition to the other pleasures of South Walton’s communities. Listed by Karla Del Monaco of ERA American Real Estate.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Grayton Beach, Florida

Photo: 30A Vibe
Photo: 30A Vibe

Water Lover’s Paradise

$2,200,000; beachpropertiesfla.com

If a beach home isn’t complete without a boat, this is the home for you: This Grayton Beach property is feet from a community boat dock and ramp on Western Lake, a coastal dune lake. The home has views of the lake, plus gleaming white interiors and light wood floors that lend it an airy, light feel. The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath property has luxurious finishes, plus an elevator and water-facing porches on every floor. (It’s also just a short walk from the beach!) Listed by Cindi Cobine and Cliff Cohen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida.