Vero Beach, Florida, USA

de: Derek Duncan

Finding the perfect Florida community, whether to visit, vacation or invest, is all about understanding the right fit. From the minute you experience Vero Beach—low-rise buildings, easy pace and alluring oceanfront hamlets—there’s no question about the type of place it is: relaxed, unpretentious, cultured.

Located on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, Vero Beach is roughly midway between Miami and Jacksonville in more than just distance. The city placed a moratorium on buildings higher than three stories in 1972 and the low-profile, low-density philosophy has created a dignified, calming effect on quality of life.

It’s also created some of the most prized real estate on the Atlantic Coast. Most of the prestige properties are located on Orchid Island, a 22-mile barrier island separated from the Vero Beach mainland by the scenic Indian River Lagoon The uncluttered presentation of low-rise condominiums and private ocean- and lagoon-front estates tucked in pockets of native flora attracts buyers from around the country, as do luxury communities like John’s Island Club and Windsor Country Club, catering to the golf and polo crowd. The island is also home to a renowned theater and art museum, and the commercial area around Ocean Drive, lined with shops, restaurant and galleries, evokes the feeling of a quaint seaside village.

In addition to long, unbroken beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway and environmentally-protected Indian River are vast playgrounds for boating, island hopping, fishing and wake boarding. Hiking trails cut through the oak and palmetto hammocks along the banks offer an up close view of its scenery.

For buyers seeking a quaint, family-oriented seaside community packed with art, culture, golf, ocean and riverfront estates and endless natural recreation, Vero Beach is the right fit.

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