What you can get for under $1 million on Florida’s Emerald Coast

Florida’s Emerald Coast is known for its white-sand beaches, the hue of its water and quality fishing, so it may be no surprise that the local real estate market has seen a surge of interest as the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many Americans desperate for places to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Located on a stretch of the Florida Panhandle, the Emerald Coast has long been a popular vacation spot, with communities including Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Earlier this year, Grayton Beach State Park was named the best beach in the U.S. And just this week, The Wall Street Journal declared the region “Florida’s crown jewel.”

The pandemic did slow the local real estate market in the spring, with closings down 50.8% in April from a year earlier, according to the

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