After years and years of covering so many different parts of Florida, it's probably time to cover where I live and some of the great places that surround it.
Today I'm giving you a closer look at Daytona Beach Shores.
Residents here have the luxury of enjoying a coastal lifestyle while still being close to big-city amenities to the north in Daytona Beach or to the west just across the bridge in Port Orange.
Daytona Beach Shores History
The community of Daytona Beach Shores was first organized by local business people in 1960 with the goal of establishing a smaller community that could provide better services to local residents. Since then, there was a real estate boom throughout the 1970s and 1980s where a number of high-rise condominiums were constructed along the beach.
A number of other condos were built in the 1990's and 2000's, and though there are some single-family homes, the majority of residents live in condos today.
Daytona Beach Shores Demographics
While the number of residents here has increased dramatically from a percentage standpoint over the past few decades, the actual number of resident who call Daytona Beach Shores home has always been relatively small. During the 2010 census, the city recorded a population of 4,247 people, and that number is estimated to have growth to 4,389 residents today.
Those 4,389 people reside in about 2,500 households. Only 4.3% of the local population is under the age of 18, and 49.2% of the population is 65 or older.
Daytona Beach Shores Lifestyle
Coastal living is a way of life in Daytona Beach Shores, so everything about the community revolves around that idea. Each day you'll see hundreds of residents walking, biking, running, or lounging along the beach, boating and fishing along the river, and soaking up some great Florida sunshine.
For a city sized less than a square mile, Daytona Beach Shores has a ton of amenities for residents to enjoy.
The Daytona Beach Shores Senior Center is a community focal point where adults ages 62 years and better come together for services and activities. A quick check of the calendar there and you'll see activities like Zumba, Yoga, Bingo, Wii Bowling, and more taking place on a regular basis.
There are a number of beachfront parks, a city-owned racquet club, 10 lighted pickleball courts, and more.
Events like food tastings, chili-cookoffs, dinners, live music, and dances take place at the open air pavilion right next to the community center on a fairly regular basis.
All of your grocery needs are covered with a Publix Supermarket, which is right across the street from the stretch of condos you see in the first photo in this article. In addition to that, there are more than a dozen local restaurants and shops lining South Atlantic Avenue as it moves through town.
Daytona Beach Shores Real Estate
Daytona Beach Shores features a mix of single-family and condos, with something to fit just about any size retirement budget.
You can do a search on either Zillow or Realtor.com to find what's available in your price range.
Hope you enjoyed this quick look at the place I currently call home!