VOLUSIA COUNTY



Real Estate

2009 2010 3/2011
Median Price* Single Family Home $130,500 $119,100 $112,500
Median Price* Condominium $169,800 $122,000 $123,500

* Median Price of 101 homes sold would be that price which is lower than 50 of the prices and also higher than 50 of the prices. In other words, there are homes and condominiums available in every price range in Volusia County. Median prices shown above are for the Daytona Beach MSA. The statistics are meant to give you a feel for the area as compared to others you may be considering and to show the direction of the market.

Taxes

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Weather 

Average High/Low in January 62/38, in July  92/69




More than 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, its 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a world-class playground.

Water sports are plentiful, but Volusia's oceanfront communities are most famous for land sports. Early automotive pioneers such as Louis Chevrolet and Henry Ford enjoyed their leisure time in the sun and found that the hard packed sand, gentle slope and wide expanse of Volusia's beach was the perfect proving ground for early auto racing. Ormond Beach, in fact, is known as the "Birthplace of Speed."

The racing tradition continues today at Daytona International Speedway, one of the world's finest racing facilities and the home of the world-famous Daytona 500, an event larger than the Super Bowl.

The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the County's western border. True Southern charm can be found in DeLand, the County seat. This unique city features an award-winning downtown filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings.

Volusia-based companies include Hawaiian Tropic sun care products and Boston Whaler boats. Our institutions of higher learning -- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach Community College and the University of Central Florida -- have a national reputation for excellence.

Volusia County also is the headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the winter refuge of the endangered Florida manatee.

Volusia County is about an hour's drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. It's also within a few hours drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles).

Volusia County consists of 1,207 square miles. Elevation begins at sea level and rises to a high elevation of 110 feet.

Volusia County is home to:

Daytona Beach is filled with family-style recreation, attractions and entertainment and offers 23 miles of beaches. The beach itself has an ocean park atmosphere, with friendly beach vendors offering everything from hot dogs and sodas to boogie boards and bicycles. Beyond the beach, visitors will find great downtown and oceanfront shopping, dining and entertainment options, plus world-class festivals and events.



At the turn of the 20th century, Ormond Beach garnered the reputation as a summer playground for the rich and famous. Industrialists such as railroad magnate Henry Flagler and oil industry multi-millionaire John D. Rockefeller visited the area often, helping to develop the town's character. Today Ormond Beach is known as the "Birthplace of Speed" and celebrates annual events that reenact the early days of racing on the beach. Ormond-by-the-Sea is a quaint residential area featuring parks, traffic-free beach and a variety of great restaurants.

Ponce Inlet, a quaint "Old Florida" town offers a sampling of some of the area's best waterfront restaurants and chartered fishing excursions, as well as a marine science center, a casino boat that sails daily and the tallest lighthouse in the state. The small neighboring seaside community of Wilber-By-The-Sea features quiet beaches and casual riverfront dining.

Connected to the beachside by the Dunlawton Bridge, the city of Port Orange is proud of its scenic riverfront, historic treasures, challenging golf courses and Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens. Just south of Daytona Beach on the mainland, South Daytona is nestled between U.S. 1 and the Intracoastal Waterway and features riverfront and lake front parks, ice skating arena and the Living Legends Auto Racing Museum.

Known as "The City with a Heart", Holly Hill boasts one of the most beautiful views of the Halifax River along scenic Riverside Drive. Enjoy riverfront parks galore that feature boat ramps, fishing piers and plenty of covered picnic tables. The Riviera Oaks Dog Park is also in
Holly Hill.

Just west of the Daytona Beach area you'll find the River of Lakes Heritage Corridor, including historic Downtown DeLand, Deltona, and a cluster of small towns, natural springs and nature preserves. The area's three state parks, freshwater springs, national wildlife refuge and new Florida Scenic Highway designation offer endless outdoor activities and amazing encounters with nature.

A short drive south of the Daytona Beach area, the New Smyrna Beach area offers visitors the relaxing sands and sights of charming 'Old Florida.' Featuring historic architecture, art galleries, fishing excursions, shops and water views, the area has something for everyone.

Events

In addition to our world famous beaches, Volusia County offers some of the best in cultural opportunities available anywhere. Whether it’s world class performing arts, stellar art museums or breathtaking natural history and science venues you are looking for, Volusia County has them all.

Arts & Culture

Parks & Recreation

Volusia County is blessed with some of the most beautiful parks in the Southeast. Visitors of all ages can find leisure or recreational activities to suit their interests and lifestyle, such as sporting events, camping, fishing, historic and archaeological sites.

The county's most popular parks include scenic Spruce Creek Park in Port Orange, which offers camping, nature trails and a children's playground. Lake Monroe and Ed Stone parks in West Volusia County provide boat access to the St. Johns River, where you and your family can fish for bass and glimpse bald eagles, alligators, osprey and otters in the wild. Southeast Volusia boasts historic River Breeze Park, once the site of a Colonial-era plantation. River Breeze also features boat ramps offering access to the Indian River, a fishing pier and a playground area. The 210-acre Gemini Springs Park in DeBary, has an active spring bubbling up 6.5 million gallons of sparkling fresh water every day.

Volusia County has four showcase multi-use trails:

Whether you cast your line from a pier, join a deep-sea fishing excursion or prefer flats fishing you can do it in Volusia County. From the Ponce Inlet marinas, a fleet of offshore deep-sea fishing crafts depart daily. For flats fishing, head for the estuaries of the Tomoka Basin and the Indian River Lagoon. Also, The DeLand/River of Lakes Corridor area offers some of the best bass fishing in Florida.

Visit Your Florida Lifestyle for more information on fishing and our Guide to Establishing Florida Residency for Florida fishing license information.

Beaches

Volusia County's world famous beaches attract millions of visitors each year. The sparkling, white sands of Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach offer a variety of safe, clean, environmentally-friendly recreational experiences.

Relax and read a book, swim, cast a line into the surf or build sand castles with your children. Roll down the windows, turn on your radio and enjoy a leisurely cruise in your car on the wide, hard-packed sands. Beach driving is a tradition here, dating back to the early days of the automobile.

For comprehensive information on all Florida Beaches along with gift certificates for the best Florida restaurants on or near them, check out The Florida Beach Book!

Golf

Over 30 courses is likely one reason that Golf Digest recently ranked Daytona Beach in the top 15 places to play in the nation.

Visit Your Florida Lifestyle for additional golf information.

Hospitals

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Colleges

For information on Lifelong Learning, visit Your Florida Lifestyle.

Airports

Shopping

Daytona Beach offers traditional malls with anchor stores such as Macy’s, JC Penney and Dillards.  Beach Street, on the mainland, offers galleries, collectibles, boutiques and restaurants.  You’ll also find Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory, in business for 75 years.

The Daytona Flea and Farmers' Market is enormous, with 1,000 covered outdoor booths plus 100 antiques and collectibles vendors.

Ocean Walk Shoppes, at Ocean Walk Village is home to upscale boutiques and restaurants.

Main Street DeLand offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, boutiques, sidewalk cafes and variety shops captured in a quaint small town atmosphere.

Cities & Towns

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Additional Resources

Volusia County Government   http://www.volusia.org/
Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce http://www.daytonachamber.com/
Daytona Beach Visitor Information http://www.daytonabeach.com/

Featured Cities/Towns

Daytona Beach

If you think that Daytona Beach is too busy and too touristy, you might want to reconsider and give it a chance! Daytona Beach has a superior combination of natural resources and what man has created, that make the area attractive to many retirees, as we talked about in the Volusia County section above. 

To the north and south of the tourist part of the beach, there are quiet residential areas where you can enjoy Daytona’s 500 foot wide, white sand beaches. Older homes with deeded beach access, Florida beach front condos – both high rise and mid rise are available.    Inland, of course, there are many more options including golf course communities.

Ormond Beach

The folks in Ormond Beach claim that their city, the “sparkling city by the sea”, is “clearly one of the finest coastal communities in the State of Florida.”  Families with children, young professionals, and retirees all find life in Ormond Beach very pleasant and rewarding. Ormond Beach was recently rated one of the top 100 cities to relocate by National Strategy Group.

Ormond Beach claims the highest standard of living in Volusia County. Originally established as a tourist haven for the rich and famous at the turn of the century, Ormond Beach continues to mature in a systematic manner consistent with its residential beauty. Today, we find Ormond Beach as an attractive bedroom community with a clean light-industrial base and an effective education system producing award-winning results with the areas youth. The medical system in this area is second to none. Ormond Beach offers the services of three major medical centers as the base for medical services in our area. In nearby Daytona Beach, two additional centers are located. The area is home to many assisted living facilities and first class rehabilitation services. The medical community is broad-based in the Ormond Beach area, offering services in nearly every specialization, including open heart surgery.

Quality of life in Ormond Beach also means a recreational paradise. With the near-perfect climate, many residents take the opportunity to enjoy an assortment of outdoor activities. The Atlantic Ocean, the many rivers, state and local park system, a world class soccer complex, and golf courses galore, make recreational opportunities abundant. Ormond Beach also maintains a senior center complex to offer our senior population a special assortment of programs and activities designed specifically for our elder residents.

Cultural offerings include The Casements (John D. Rockefeller's estate), the Performing Arts Center and the Art Museum and Memorial Gardens.

The community offers abundant shopping and fine dining. Ormond Beach is a community with spirit and a first class environment for families to live, work and play.

DeLand

Nicknamed “The Athens of Florida,” the Volusia County city of DeLand was founded in 1876 by Henry DeLand, a prosperous businessman from New York. The town is home to Stetson University, Florida’s oldest college founded in 1883 and named after its benefactor and famous hat maker, John B. Stetson. Situated on DeLand’s “main drag” of Woodland Boulevard, Stetson’s stately red-brick buildings, Greco-Roman columns and magnificent oaks exude the aura of a quaint New England college town.

Bordered on the west by the legendary St. Johns River, DeLand has been an important part of Florida's history, especially during the steamboat era.

Today, DeLand continues to preserve its cultural and educational heritage. The downtown area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and features a nationally award-winning Main Street. Main Street offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, boutiques, sidewalk cafes and variety shops captured in a quaint small town atmosphere. Award winning art festivals, community events and international workshops provide year-round activities for residents. The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, a Juried Fine Arts Show with over 200 artists and continuous music draws a huge crowd.

The area offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including hiking trails, camping, fishing and boating, swimming and exceptional wildlife viewing.

If you would like to get a feel for home prices in Daytona Beach, DeLand or Ormond Beach, visit www.zillow.com and search for recent homes sold.

If you would prefer to save precious time and would like personalized assistance, call or email us today to take advantage of our free Florida Relocation Services.  We’ll answer all of your questions and if the timing is right for you, we’ll introduce you to one of the best real estate agents in Volusia County who can provide detailed information and professional assistance.  


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