South Crestview Florida Driving Tour | Road trip!

Dated: August 10 2021

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Come to tour South Crestview with me!

Hey everybody! It is Andi G with The Emerald Group right here in beautiful Crestview, Florida. If you are new here and you want more info on Crestview and other Emerald Coast cities, go ahead and reach out to us whichever way makes sense for your call, text, email, whatever you want. We have got your back when it comes to moving here to Florida! And do not forget to ring my bell so you never miss a video. Today, we are going on a tour of South Crestview!

Welcome to Crestview! If you are crossing the bridge here, that means you are coming up from Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Valparaiso, that general area. South Crestview can be divided up into several sections, but we are going to keep it pretty simple today and just talk about the areas between the Cox Bridge coming into town and Hwy 90, which is the boundary line into “North Crestview.” So, for this video, if I say “south” then I am talking about the area between the Cox Bridge and Interstate 10. If I say “north,” I am talking about the area between I-10 and Hwy 90. Again, this is all “South Crestview.”

Because the traffic around the interstate is functionally identical, regardless of which side of it you are on, if you are moving to Crestview to jump on the interstate, or if you have the flexibility to avoid rush hour on Hwy 85, then staying north of I-10 is usually a better plan. I live south of I-10, so I have to consider how much of a hassle I am willing to endure just to get to Publix. Which means I sometimes buy my milk at CEFCO. 

Sadly, there are no food trucks south of I-10 and very few restaurants to choose from, all but two of which are the kind that has drive-thrus. Since my office is in Fort Walton Beach and I have to make that drive almost every day, I like living south of I-10 because I do not fight all the traffic up and down Hwy 85 in town. And if you or someone in your household works from home, is retired, has a job that does not follow “normal business hours,” etc., then there is always the option to shop non-peak times.

Neighborhoods on the east side of town start immediately at Live Oak Church Road. There are about 20 different subdivisions that connect to Live Oak! Their prices range anywhere from $150,000 to $500,000, so there’s a home for every budget.

On the west side, opposite Live Oak is the start of Antioch Rd. Antioch is winding, two-lane, and very low-speed but it wraps all the way around to Hwy 90, which makes it a sort of shortcut around traffic if you work at Duke and live in the middle or north of town on the west side. 

Your other option on the South of I-10 west is driving up PJ Adams Pkwy. Right now, that is kind of terrible because of the construction. They are doubling the road’s width which is going to be awesome, but road work is never fun to drive through. If you are willing to deal with that temporarily, then you are a spoiled for choice on neighborhoods here as well. 

There are about 15 of them, and with similar price diversity to the east side, with the low end being a smidge higher at 160,000 and the high end still about 500,00. This area is close to Antioch Elementary School, which is the only Elementary school south of I-10! But, tradeoff, the middle school serving this area—Shoal River—is over on the east side and a bit north. 

If you want to stay in South Crestview but do not need to be south of the interstate, both sides of town are great to be close to the center of town! 

On the east side of town, down Redstone Ave, you have got several subdivisions from townhouses in the 160s up to the brand-new Patriot Ridge subdivision in the 350 range. The Eastside of town is on the other side of 85 from Downtown, which means it is a short drive, but I would never recommend trying to walk across 85 in that area. 

On the west side of town between I-10 and Hwy 90, where you will find Historic Downtown, you do not find a lot of subdivisions. There are new builds mixed in with older homes up and down these streets, and each street has its own feel and flavor. If you are looking to live in a more eclectic neighborhood, you should definitely check on the west side of town! It is hard to nail down a range here, but for the most part, livable houses in this area go between about 180 and 330. The biggest reason for that is that there are a lot of rehabbed older homes, so really the only place left in Crestview to find a little 2 bed, 1 bath house is in this area.

No discussion of Southwest Crestview is complete without mentioning Downtown. I probably talk about this in all of my videos, but it really is a fun place to wander. I really love going to the little consignment shops with all kinds of hidden treasures before grabbing some ice cream at Tom’s or dinner at Hub City. If you decide to live in or near Crestview, Historic Downtown is definitely worth visiting!

I love living in South Crestview because I need to be close to all the things: shopping, downtown, the interstate, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Valparaiso, the bases, both for my job and for my personal life without having a high mortgage payment, but there is traffic. Since I spent a significant portion of my life living and working near Washington, DC, Crestview traffic is just not a big deal for me, but if you are not used to city traffic, it might be annoying. 

All that to say, Crestview is awesome, and South Crestview is particularly great if you are commuting to Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, or even Pensacola

That is all I have for today. Thanks for sticking with me to the end! If you enjoyed this video, do not forget to do all those things everyone on YouTube asks you to do at the end of every video. 

And if you are thinking about moving to Crestview or anywhere else here on the Emerald Coast, please give me a call, text, comment, message, whatever works for you, and let me help you make my hometown your hometown.

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