MIRAMAR BEACH — Three Northwest Florida beach towns have made the top 10 in a listing of the "top beach house locations" in the United States, and four other Panhandle beach towns earned places in the top 25 of the listing released Monday by Filter King, a home heating and air conditioning filter subscription service.
In third place on the list and the highest-ranked Northwest Florida beach community is Panama City Beach.
At least part of Panama City Beach's high ranking is due to its large number of Airbnb online rental service accommodations. The Filter King report, relying on data from AirDNA, a vacation rental data service, pegs the number of Airbnb rental units in the Bay County community at 10,533 separate accommodations.
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That number placed Panama City Beach at the top among beach towns across the country with Airbnb accommodations, the Filter King study notes.
Immediately behind Panama City Beach in fourth place is Miramar Beach in southern Walton County.
Rounding out the area's top 10 performers, in sixth place, is Santa Rosa Beach, also in southern Walton. Santa Rosa Beach includes a number of private communities such as the iconic Seaside.
Other area beach towns making the list include 21st-ranked Destin, followed by 22nd-place Fort Walton Beach, both in Okaloosa County, Pensacola Beach in Escambia County is 24th and Navarre in Santa Rosa County is 25th.
The rankings are based on a combination of factors, including the average area house price as reflected in listings on the Zillow online real estate marketplace, for people interested in moving to the beach.
Also taken into consideration for people simply interested in a beach vacation are the average daily rate for accommodations listed with Airbnb, along with the number of Airbnb properties in each ranked community.
Other factors included in the Filter King methodology are weather-related, such as average annual rainfall, average high and low temperature, and air quality.
According to the Filter King rankings, the average house price in Panama City Beach is $347,974, while the average daily rate for the 10,533 active Airbnb rentals is $222.
For Miramar Beach, the average house price is listed at $497,865, with the 4,875 active Airbnb rental properties listed at an average daily rate of $262.
In Santa Rosa Beach, the average house price is $669,577, according to the Filter King analysis of Zillow data, while the 4,606 active Airbnb rentals are going for an average daily rate of $353.
As far as the other area beach towns, the average house price in 21st-ranked Destin is $475,606, with the 5,305 available Airbnb properties renting at an average of $270 per day.
In Fort Walton Beach, the average house price is pegged at $266,863, and the 2,413 active Airbnb rental properties go for an average of $239 per day.
The Filter King data list the average price of a Pensacola Beach home at $387,124, and notes that the 1,650 available Airbnb accommodations are priced at an average rate of $278 daily.
In Navarre, the average house price is pegged at $320,333, with the 869 active Airbnb rental properties available at an average of $244 per day.
Northwest Florida communities are regularly recognized for their beaches and other attributes attractive to both residents and visitors.
In February, for example, Henderson Beach State Park in Destin was ranked 13th in the TripAdvisor travel advisory website an app listing of the top 25 beaches in the United States.
Pensacola Beach placed 15th in that ranking, which was based on feedback from travelers who had visited the locations eventually ranked in the list.
Galveston, Texas, ranked No. 1 on the list overall. Orange Beach,
Alabama, landed in the No. 2 slot.
Source : https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/2021/11/02/northwest-florida-towns-rank-high-beach-house-location-rankings/6232506001/1133