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Cottonwood Subdivision, Milton, Florida Real Estate Information Update Courtesy of Pensacola Real Estate Professionals

“As I was walking down the street, down the street, down the street…”

I was just remembering the song “Buffalo Gals” with the above line from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, as I was poised to write this informational piece on the Cottonwood Subdivision in Milton, Florida. The charm of Bedford Falls, where this story takes place, makes me think of Cottonwood.cottonwood subdivision sign 1

Nestled in the heart of Milton, Florida, this delightful neighborhood of homes ranging in size from 2,044 square feet to 4,348 square feet beckons to those who are desirous of a home close to big city amenities, beaches, schools, churches, as well as to rural pleasures, such as fishing, hiking, horse back riding, canoeing and kayaking.

There is a warm feeling that permeates throughout Santa Rosa County and although the Real Estate options range from unassuming, to tropical, to extravagant, the people are gracious and friendly.

santa rosa county 2Santa Rosa County was created in 1842 . It was named for the Roman Catholic saint, Rosa de Viterbo. The County can be divided into three distinct sections: South Santa Rosa, Central Santa Rosa and North Santa Rosa. The sections are centered on the main east/west roads that pass through the County.

South Santa Rosa County comprises the area from Holley and Navarre in the east to Gulf Breeze at the western end of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula (Fairpoint Peninsula), and along U.S. Highway 98. A section of Santa Rosa Island, containing the unincorporated community of Navarre Beach, is also part of South Santa Rosa County. Major bodies of water including Santa Rosa Sound, Pensacola Bay and East Bay strongly influence the housing and life style of citizens here. This fast-growing region serves primarily as “bedroom communities” for Pensacola to the west of Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, and Eglin Air Force Base to the east. The U.S. Navy presence is marked by Whiting Field, NOLF Spencer Field and the former Ellyson Field.

Central Santa Rosa County is the area north of the bays and south of the extensive forests separating it from North Santa Rosa. The central section developed along “The Old Spanish Trail” that ran from St. Augustine on the Atlantic Ocean all the way to New Orleans, and further points west. Today, U.S. Highway 90 closely parallels the old trail. The county seat, Milton is located where the trail crossed the Blackwater River. To the west of Milton, the fast-growing community of Pace have turned the west central part of the county into one large “bedroom community” for people who work in the industries here and in Escambia County, to the west. Interstate 10 passes through this section of the county.old spanish trail

Northern Santa Rosa County is forest and farming country. The only town in the north is Jay. Most development has been along State Road 4, which runs through the northern sections of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. A large oil and natural gas field around Jay produced a great deal of oil, and many many farmers millionaires in the 1970s and 1980s, but the field has been depleted and is producing little oil today. The citizens here, for the most part, returned to farming and forestry for their livelihoods.

Today, Milton and Pace Florida continues to grow and thrive. The Real Estate Market has bounced back from the down turn and buyers and sellers are reaping the benefits.

Case in point, there are currently 18 listings in Cottonwood with an average sale price of $272,501. Of these 18, there are 12 either under construction or slated to be built. Timberland Contractors, LLC and D.R. Horton are the preeminent Building Experts in this neighborhood. Ground was first broken here in October, 2005, and since then, 71 homes have sold at an average price of $257,150.

Having been born and raised in Florida, I like to think I have an inside track relevant to the area. If I can share any of this information with you to help you in your house hunting en-devour, please contact me here or call me directly at 850-393-7106.

mary and george bedford fallsIt is nice to come back to that small-town feel. Think of how Mary and George in “It’s a Wonderful Life” eventually settled down happily in Bedford Falls. Living life joyously and simply can sometimes be all that is required to make a body truly happy.

Take a look around Santa Rosa County, and let its communities charm and beguile you.

“Buffalo Gals, won’t you come out tonight and dance by the light of the moon.”

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