on the northeast coast of Florida, has one of the state's more affordable coastal housing markets. Located in Volusia County, approximately 54 miles northeast of Orlando, the city is well-known for its International Speedway and miles of white sandy beaches. The city of Daytona Beach is split in half by the Halifax River, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. On the beach side, Highway A1A goes past several beach accesses and boardwalks in an area that can only be described as part carnival, and part beach resort with its many amusements and attractions. The beach is lined with a variety of towering condos and hotels, motels and beach houses. As you head south towards Ponce Inlet, however, the towers begin to disappear, as zoning restrictions there keep buildings under six stories. Billed as the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” Daytona Beach became world famous in the early 1900s when automobiles were first raced on the beaches. Today, the city and beaches attract more than eight million visitors per year. It’s still one of the few places in the world where a car can be driven on the beach, without a four-wheel drive vehicle or other special equipment. There is a special 18-mile stretch of hard-packed sand beach that allows cars during daytime hours only at speeds up to 10 miles per hour. Five miles of beach are reserved for those who prefer to not share the beach with cars.
The Daytona Beach area is comprised of several residential areas. They include the city of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Ormond-by-the-Sea, Ponce Inlet, South Daytona Beach, Port Orange and Daytona Beach Shores. Other nearby communities include Flagler Beach, New Smyrna Beach and DeLand. You can find almost any type of real estate in the Daytona Beach area – from a small, one-bedroom condo to a sprawling oceanfront estate. Choose from ocean or riverfront homes, modern condominiums, smaller retirement homes, vacation cottages, golf homes, mobile homes, manufactured homes, custom built homes within gated communities, executive homes or commercial property. The area’s economy is largely based in tourism and manufacturing, but several major companies have their corporate headquarters based in Daytona Beach. The city is home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Community College and Keiser College Daytona Beach Campus. Of course, living in Daytona Beach offers a wide variety of things to see and do. You’ll find everything from quaint antique shops to large shopping malls, casual beachside dining to upscale restaurants. Also, Daytona Beach is within an hour’s drive to Disney World, Sea World, Epcot Center, historic St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center.