The City of Fort Walton Beach, home to approximately 22,000 people, was first created and chartered as a municipality in 1937. Fort Walton Beach is surrounded by the military bases Eglin and Hurlburt Field and is approximately 15 minutes away from the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.
Though Fort Walton Beach is a relatively young city, its history actually goes back thousands of years with some of its most notorious inhabitants being the pirate, Billy Bowlegs. In the early days, Fort Walton was known as Brooks Landing; it was renamed when a Civil War cannon was discovered in 1932, and excavated from an Indian mound in the present downtown area on Santa Rosa Sound.
Tourists, resort hotels, and the waterfront have been a part of Fort Walton Beach since its earliest days. Activities continue on the banks of the Santa Rosa Sound, and every June, the notorious Billy Bowlegs returns for a fortnight of merriment and fun. The City sponsors quarterly Sunday in the Park events at the spot where there was once an over-the-water pavilion. In 1997, Fort Walton Beach was honoured to be named by Money magazine as the #10 Best Place to Live in the U.S.A.
Real Estate in the Fort Walton Beach area is as diverse as its history. Locations vary from Gulf front, Bay front, and Sound front, and offerings include condos, townhomes, and single family homes in every price range. Whatever you're looking for, Fort Walton Beach is certain to have it.