Grayton Beach Real Estate
Located halfway between iconic Panama City and Destin in South Walton, Grayton Beach is a fun, eclectic historic community ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and folks who like to dance to the beat of their own drum. If by nothing else, this local laidback hippie-esque attitude is reflected in the Grayton Beach (unofficial) motto, “Nice Dogs, Friendly Folks.”
Though perfectly situated along the Florida Gulf Coast, Grayton Beach’s proximity to state parks and other natural wonders make it –sometimes—seem like it is miles away from an expanse of SoWal beaches. Further removing Grayton Beach from being pigeonholed as a “typical” beach town, narrow streets flanked by cascading live oaks set an almost “old south” style stage for the town’s wooden beach bungalows and charming historic cottages.
In addition to both a typical and atypical beach backdrop, life in Grayton Beach includes access to the Grayton Beach State Park, which is part of the Florida State Parks system. If the dichotomous old-meets-new delightful charm of the community isn’t alluring enough, then the natural splendor of the Grayton Beach State Park will seal the deal.
At nearly 2,000 acres, there is ready access for boating, swimming, paddling, and more on the lake. Fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities are within ready access as well. Local kayakers never tire of the view of streaming sunlight bouncing off of the lake’s lilypads or streaming through distant trees as they wind around to view the salt marsh ecosystem. On drier land, locals enjoy cycling, hiking, and camping in the uniquely formed magnolias and oaks on the nature trail.
As exotic as the idea of a beautiful state park in one’s backyard may sound, it pales in comparison to the stretch of rare coastal dune lakes found in Grayton Beach and throughout Walton County. This area is the only area in the United States with these unique dune lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy canoeing and rowing through the crystalline waters of Grayton Beach’s natural landmarks.
Perhaps it’s the magnanimous natural glory of Grayton Beach like inspires its well-known local art scene. The reputation of Grayton Beach’s art and cultural scene is widely known along 30A. Peppered throughout Grayton are multiple galleries and studios alongside quirky fashion boutiques. Shopping in Grayton Beach is almost as invigorating as the culinary experience.
Recognized by Florida Trend magazine and Wine Spectator magazine, Grayton’s culinary scene is one of the primary perks of residing there. Though there are dozens quality places to please a palate, one of locals’ favorite venues is The Red Bar. Perhaps this is because The Red Bar’s unique blend of mismatched charm is such an accurate metaphor for the town itself.
Grayton Beach, like The Red Bar, is eclectic and timeless; it’s the hipster town that will never go out of style and is the perfect setting for laidback beach living with a little lagniappe.
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