The picturesque town of Seaside in South Walton County lies between Panama City Beach and the city of Destin. Built on just 80 acres of land, it comprises of around 300 homes, 12 restaurants and snack bars and some 40 or so shops and galleries. Overlooking the Gulf Coast, Seaside formed the charming backdrop to the Hollywood movie "The Truman Show" and was named by USA Today as one of the Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida in 2013.
Many of the homes in Seaside are being used as holiday rentals, so getting a foot on the property ladder is not that easy, as homes are expensive and don't change hands that often. However, if you're looking for a holiday home or a property for your retirement to Florida, heading out into the centre of Walton County towards the city of Freeport will open up far more possibilities.
Here plots of land cost between $35,000 and $100,000, and resale homes are nowhere near as expensive as in Seaside. Freeport boasts a natural harbour at LaGrange Bayon, which is near the western edge of Choctawhatchee Bay and the mouth of the Choctawhatchee River. Founded in 1830, the city is a charming place with of modern properties built in a traditional way. Here a condo or town-house with two bedrooms starts at around $135,000.