New Smyrna Beach, Florida homes for sale
New Smyrna Beachside, Florida Real Estate and Community Info.
As the second oldest European-settled communities in the US, and with its motto “Swan Among Ducks,” New Smyrna Beach is steeped in both history and charm. Located 17 miles south of Daytona Beach, 65 miles northeast from Orlando, and 60 miles north of Cape Canaveral, New Smyrna Beach is surrounded by water, with the Atlantic ocean to the east, the Indian River/Intracoastal waterway to the west, and Mosquito Lagoon between the latter two. The coast of New Smyrna Beach is also part of central Florida’s “Fun Coast.” Residents describe this laid-back community in terms akin to its motto: quiet, exceptional, and beautiful.
Shopping and Dining
As you stroll down Flagler Avenue, an “Old Florida” boardwalk lined with palm trees, hibiscus and other tropical flowers, you’ll discover street signs and lamp posts embossed with sea creatures, and plenty of shopping and dining for locals to enjoy. Funky boutiques capture the essence of Florida, offering everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry and art to beach/surf gear and attire. Some established favorites include Beachside Jewelers, Gone Bonkers, Island Collection, Island Images, Jewelry of Joy, Lo Lo’s Lifestyle Boutique, Nejma’s Boutique, Nichol’s Surf Shop, Quite Flight Surf Shop, and Inlet Charley’s Surf Shop.
After a day spent walking, surfing, and swimming, residents can take advantage of several restaurants and bars, both for excellent fare and great views, including The Breakers, the only bar right on the beach, plus Riverview Charlie’s in the Riverview Hotel, Flagler Tavern Bar & Grill, and Flip Flops Chill & Grill. Popular choices continue with The Garlic, Ocean’s Seafood Beachside, Norwood's Sea Food, Manny’s Pizza Beachside, Spanish River Grille and Beacon Diner, a favorite local hangout. Downtown New Smyrna Beach is also a charming historic area with a plethora of merchants and restaurants.
Parks and Recreation
In addition to the walking, sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and boating on the 13-mile beach, there is no shortage of parks or recreation activities in New Smyrna Beach. Just south is Canaveral National Seashore, a 57,000-acre long barrier island protected by NASA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that is home to more than 250 species of birds and land animals, including loggerhead sea turtles, and serves as a refuge for endangered and protected wildlife. The Marine Discovery Center is a marine research and educational facility that offers boat tours on the Indian River Lagoon where you can observe dolphins, manatees, ospreys, and other wildlife. Detwiler Park is in the central beachside area and includes five lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, and children’s playground. Dog friendly Smyrna Dunes Park to the North and Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park to the South are all time favorites. Callalisa Park, located along the South Causeway on Callalisa Creek, is popular among anglers and picnickers. 27th Avenue is an oceanfront park on the south beach. Grayce Kenemer Barck North Beach Community Park offers covered pavilions, picnic tables, and walkways. Indian River Lagoon Park is a great place to fish, kayak and canoe, and begins at Sandpiper Ave off Saxon Drive. Just north of the Inlet, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is one of the country’s best preserved light stations and features a wonderful museum that was formerly the lighthouse keeper’s dwelling. New Smyrna beach is also a short drive to Disney World, Kennedy Space Center and the Daytona Beach International Speedway.
New Smyrna Beach is noted historically for having been the single biggest attempt at colonization by the British crown. Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician, established a colony of more than 1,000 immigrants
on the coastal plantations in order to grow sugarcane, hemp and indigo and to produce rum. In modern times, New Smyrna Beach’s intricate waterways and tropical microclimates have inspired a flourishing arts community and have earned it the distinction of being one of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America. Beachside homes for sale comprise townhomes, condos, and single-family homes. The diverse real estate here includes entries from “Old Florida” plantation-style homes to condo buildings and new construction of many kinds.
Schools, Health, Transportation
New Smyrna Beach is serviced by Volusia County Schools, which have received outstanding GreatSchools ratings, including Coronado Elementary School, Read-Pattillo Elementary, New Smyrna Beach Middle School, and New Smyrna Beach High School. Private K-12 schools in New Smyrna Beach include Faith Christian Academy and Sacred Heart School.
In the area of health care, Bert Fish Medical Center offers surgery, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, and coronary care. The Hospice of Volusia/Flagler offers compassionate care and services at the end of life.
New Smyrna Beach residents also have access to nearby Florida Hospital-Oceanside and Florida Hospital-Ormond Memorial.
Interstate 95 and Interstate 4 and SR 44 make it easy to drive in and out of New Smyrna. Within 30 to 60 minutes drive are 3 major airports: New Smyrna Beach/Jack Bolt Field municipal airport is small, and obviously not one of them, but Daytona Beach and Orlando International, not to mention Sanford International are much bigger with regional and international connections.
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