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Best New Home Features for Florida Living

Life in the sunshine state means we get to enjoy the luxury of warm weather year-round. From Port St. Lucie and Daytona Beach to Naples and Anna Maria Sound, nothing beats living on the coast near some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. When buying a home in Florida, here are a few features you may want to look for to experience coastal living at its finest.


One of our favorite uniquely coastal home features is the lanai. Most common in Florida and Hawaii, the lanai is a covered patio that may be screened in or completely open. Perfect for reading a book in the shade or enjoying late night conversations with friends, there’s no better spot to be close to nature while enjoying the comforts of home.

HIGH RES Antigua Pool by Rob-Harris
Antigua Model – Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach


In Florida, a house without a pool is like tea without sugar – it’s just not the same! When the weather is at its hottest, sometimes you just want to cool off with a swim in your own backyard. Whether for exercise or recreation, the pool is by far our favorite place to hang out in the Florida sunshine.

HIGH RES Sandhill Pool by Rob-Harris
Sandhill Model – Westlake

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor entertaining is much more convenient with an outdoor kitchen. If all your friends and family are hanging out by the pool, you don’t want to be stuck inside cooking the whole time. Enjoy the outdoors with them while you serve up an al fresco meal on the lanai.

LOW RES Pimento ODL by Rob-Harris
Pimento Model – The Isles of Collier Preserve

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Speaking of kitchens, energy-efficient appliances are a must when buying a new home. In addition to being better for the environment by using less energy, they are better for your bank account as well. Using Energy Star-certified appliances can save a typical household about $575 on energy bills*.

HIGH RES Mahogany Kitchen by Rob-Harris
Mahogany Model includes all energy-efficient appliances – LakePark at Tradition
LOW RES Aruba Laundry by Rob-Harris
Aruba Model laundry room with energy-efficient washer & dryer – Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

Great Rooms

Open floor plans allow for a better flow of air—and conversation! In an open-concept home, a Great Room serves as the hub that connects the dining room, kitchen and living room. Pocket sliding glass doors expand this space even more by connecting it to the outdoors. Convenient for everyday living and entertaining alike, the Great Room is by far our favorite indoor hangout spot.

HIGH RES Iris Great Room by Rob-Harris
Iris Model – The Isles of Collier Preserve


*Source: EnergyStar


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