Buying Land in Florida: North vs. South



by Laura Mueller

Florida is one of the most popular states for people looking to invest in raw land, and for good reason. In addition to having plenty of land for sale, Florida ranks right in the middle when it comes to property tax rates (0.89%, compared to the 1% and up you’ll tend to find as you move further up the east coast). It’s also undeniably beautiful, with something for everyone in terms of land use potential.

If you’re familiar with the Sunshine State, then you’re probably well aware of the many differences between the Peninsula in the south and the Panhandle in the north. And while both offer quite a bit of opportunity for land buyers, there are some major differences that you’ll want to keep in mind when deciding where to invest.

Before you buy land in Florida, take a look at this quick breakdown of what the north and south have to offer so that you can narrow down your search and find your perfect property.

South Florida

The Florida Peninsula is beachy, flat, and full of tourists. It’s also what a lot of people tend to think of first when they think of the state, since it’s where you’ll find trendy vacation spots like Miami and St. Petersburg, as well as the Everglades at the southern tip and Disneyworld further north.

Fortunately for land buyers, the southern part of the state isn’t all swamps and hotels. There is an abundance of land for sale in the area, including opportunities for citrus farming. Do keep in mind however that the Florida Peninsula is as flat as it gets, capping out at a mere 12 feet above sea level at its highest point. Likewise, while land is plentiful it’s also limited in size, usually to around 10 acres or less.

North Florida

North Florida—a.k.a. the Florida Panhandle—stretches for about 200 miles right at the north-west corner of the state. It might not have the hip reputation of the Peninsula, but it is home to Tallahassee, which is Florida’s 8th largest city and the state’s capitol.

Travel around the Panhandle and you may feel more like you’re in the Deep South than a beachy paradise. But that doesn’t mean it’s not rife with opportunity for land buyers. Fewer people means larger plots of land for sale, and you’ll also find a much higher and hillier terrain (though at 345 feet above sea level, its highest point is still the lowest of any state).

The Panhandle is the place to go for land investors looking for ranch land or timberland. And with the Gulf of Mexico never more than 100 miles away, there’s ample opportunity to enjoy a sandy getaway when you get the urge.

Find Land for Sale in Florida

North or South, if you’re ready to buy land in Florida then you’ll have a lot of available properties to choose from. We recommend working with an experienced real estate agent in your desired location, since their familiarity with the area will ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Begin your search today by browsing land for sale in Florida. From beaches to ranches and Peninsula to Panhandle, you’re sure to find just the right fit.

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