30A Real Estate: Grayton Beach Real Estate and Grayton Beach FL Homes for Sale
One of the oldest beach settlements in South Walton, Grayton Beach is about as colorful as it gets. And when we say colorful, we mean brimming over with character. With a motto like “Nice Dogs, Strange People,” you know this town has tons of it.
Established in the late 19th century, Grayton Beach is characterized by its old-style beach houses, cool watering holes, thriving art and music scene and a free-spirited vibe reminiscent of the sixties and seventies. Its atmosphere is laidback and welcoming, making it easy for visitors to feel like one of the family.
With a shoreline that boasts sugar-white sand, emerald waters and lofty dunes and streets shaded with live oaks and magnolias – not to mention a location right by Grayton Beach State Park – the town is a favorite not only among beach lovers but nature enthusiasts as well. With a keen eye towards preserving its environment, the community has taken pains to safeguard its beach against over-development, maintaining its pristine beauty and natural attractions.
The over 2,000-acre Grayton Beach State Recreation Park features well-maintained hiking trails, amazing sand dunes and white sand beaches. It also harbors Western Lake, one of the rare dune lakes in the area. The dunes and salt marshes provide a natural sanctuary for the region’s flora and fauna, some of which are on the endangered list. Swimming, freshwater and saltwater fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding are among the favorite activities offered at the park.
Grayton Beach is also known for its social scene, which comes alive at night when crowds make a beeline for entertainment hotspots like the iconic Red Bar.
This beach enclave is also a showcase of late 19th century Florida Panhandle architecture, with its weathered cypress houses framed by shady trees and lying along sandy streets. Those thinking to buy property have a selection of classic clapboard cottages, rustic bungalows, and stately estates to choose from. There are high-end gated communities as well offering amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts, and round-the-clock security. All these properties are a stone’s throw away from the expansive beachfront.
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