Funky Places To Live in Florida

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

I had a wonderful call this morning: a woman who currently lives in Woodstock, NY and has had it with winter, which I totally understand after this winter in so many parts of the country.

She's looking for a funky, artsy community, that has vegan restaurants, Indian shops & restaurants, and juice bars that is both pedestrian and bicycle friendly.


I love these kinds of calls, because I immediately start thinking of cool, funky places close to me, like the Riverside area of Jacksonville, FL, & St. Augstine, FL.


Then my mind starts to wander to other cool funky towns like Defuniak Springs (which I've never been to), and Cedar Key (which I have).

What are your top recommendations for cool, funky, artsy, vegan outposts in Florida? My caller may be looking outside my immediate area, so I'm information gathering right now.


Must Haves:

Indian/Vegan Restaurants/Shops


Bike Friendly

Juice Bars


She is looking for s single family home, with a yard that can be cat-proofed for her 3 rescued cats.


She is currently living in an 1870's farmhouse on a 1/4 acre so space and vibe are high on the list.


Cool places to live in Florida



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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via  for Jacksonville and area listings!



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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Carol - I'm sure you'll find her the right place. I do have very strong doubts, though, that there is such a thing as a cat-proof back yard.

Mar 20, 2015 02:23 AM #1
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Carol Zingone , Here are a few places you might wnt to check out in Florida, besides St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach.  Venice, Mount Dora, Coconut Grove and Boca Raton, to name a few. I can't forget Cape Coral.

Mar 20, 2015 03:51 AM #2
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Larry - thanks so much! Greatly appreciated!

Dick - Believe it or not, it can be done :-)

Mar 20, 2015 06:26 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Carol, not so sure that Venice and Cape Coral or Boca Raton will fit the bill! Enjoy your day!

Mar 20, 2015 08:07 AM #4
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

We have had no less than 3 of these calls and appointments this week from our NE friends who have had more than enough.  

Mar 20, 2015 04:12 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have been to DeFuniak Springs and it is a charming little town. There is a little church there I would love to attend.

Mar 28, 2015 11:11 PM #6
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