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Santa Rosa County is in northwest Florida and is bordered by Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico, and by Escambia and Okaloosa counties. The county has 120 square miles of water.

A short drive will take any Santa Rosa County resident far from the traffic jams and hectic pace of the workday life, where they can explore a wealth of recreational opportunities found at the beautiful white sand beaches, or in the county's dense, unspoiled forests, filled with clear, pristine bays, creeks and rivers. The varied natural resources of the area and the subtropical climate provide an atmosphere where residents can choose from an abundance of recreational activities, including water sports, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, tennis and golf.

Santa Rosa County offers a wide variety of housing options ranging from affordable to luxury, riverfront, secluded or suburban. EASI Housing Affordability Index: 79.3; US Average is 100.

Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, is located near the center of the western Florida Panhandle county, adjacent to the Blackwater River. The City of Milton is among the oldest cities in Florida, incorporated in 1844 under the Florida Territorial Acts of 1844. In Milton’s founding days, the Blackwater River served as the main transportation artery for its timber, lumber, brick, naval stores and ship building industries. Legend has it that the area was also referred to by one of its most irritating features: the brambles and briars that once grew along the banks of the river. Hence, in it’s early days Milton was referred to as “Scratch Ankle”. Census estimates currently put Milton; a roughly five square mile city, at a population of over 7,000 residents. Milton is a vital, progressive city that is still able to maintain the fine balance between small town charm and modern urban life. While the growth in new housing continues, historic preservation remains important, as exhibited in the City’s Downtown Historic District. Large live oak, pine and magnolia trees provide shade and beauty. In the late winter and early spring, almost every yard is ablaze with the colorful blooms of the azalea and the camellia.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for referral information on local real estate agents, websites and apartment/leasing information.
Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce
5247 Stewart Street
Milton, Florida 32570
(850) 623-2339



 

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