Life’s a beach in Big Pine Key, where you can spend carefree days watching the sun go down the horizon and enjoying the cool breeze from the comfort of your own patio.
One of the biggest and most fascinating islands in the Lower Keys, Big Pine has a population of over 4,000. The island community lies about 30 miles north of Key West and 100 miles south of Miami. Its relatively remote location gives residents a breather from the frenetic energy of the big city.
Big Pine Key Homes for Sale
This tropical paradise attracts well-heeled holiday home buyers and retirees who are drawn to its laidback, small-town charm. The housing inventory consists of single-family homes, a few multi-family homes, and mobile homes. Vacant lots are available, however, building a new home is very limited and quite a challenge. If you’re considering building new, it’s best to purchase a lot with an existing building permit.
The average home has 2 to 3 bedrooms and bathrooms and occupies around 1,000 square feet.
Big Pine Luxury Homes and Waterfront Properties
Home prices rise when you’re on a canal and get closer to the open water. Water depth, which varies from 15 inches to four feet, also makes a difference. Areas with more depth allow homeowners to keep boats, while shallower areas provide direct access to the undeveloped parts of the island and the backcountry.
Life in Big Pine Key is relaxed but not dull. There are plenty of waterborne activities to keep you occupied. Fishing is a popular past time – with the Gulf of Mexico to the north and the Atlantic and Florida Straits to the south, the diversity of gamefish is unparalleled. Scour the shallow bays, flats, and mangroves for tarpon, bonefish, barracuda, and sharks.
The natural sand beaches at Bahia Honda State Park are perfect for swimming and sunbathing, while the unbridled beauty of the Key Deer National Refuge will take your breath away. In the latter, you’ll find the doe-eyed, white-tailed Key deer, about the size of a dog – a species that has been brought back from the brink of extinction.
Dive into the wreck of Adolphus Busch Sr., an artificial reef. Exquisite sponges and corals adorn the decks of the ship, while tropical fish swim in and out of its holes.
Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife
The community has a major grocery store, Winn-Dixie, for your basic needs, as well as a handful of unique gift shops like Out of the Blue, Key Collections, and Keys Boat Furniture. Residents and tourists alike flock to the Big Pine Weekend Flea Market, where local businesses and artisans sell everything from sterling silver and jewelry, to sarongs and canvas bags.
You’ll also find some amazing seafood restaurants here.
- The newly opened Buck Tooth Rooster at MM 30 offers southern style food, BBQ and Cajun dishes, open Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner.
- Bistro 31 serves local’s favorite breakfasts as well as bacon-wrapped scallops, seafood bisque, and battered fried shrimp. This family-friendly food joint is ideal for group meals and gatherings.
- Feast on delectable dishes like hogfish with fries and mango coleslaw, shrimp po boy, and salad with grilled mahi-mahi at Keys Cuisine in the Big Pine Village across from the Flea Market.
- Springer’s Bar & Grill has a full-service bar and an enticing menu that consists of coconut shrimp and baby back ribs. You can look forward to great music and live telecasts of football games on any given night.
Nearby Key West Real Estate is also filled with bars, clubs, and music lounges.
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