Community Information


The Big Bend area in North Florida is a wonderful area of astounding natural beauty ranging from quaint downtown areas filled with historic homes and buildings to country views of rolling hillsides and picturesque pastures, canopied roads for leisurely sight-seeing, serene lakes and rivers with freshwater springs and access to amazing coastal areas. The state's capital, located in the Big Bend, provides opportunity at larger city shopping, dining, and amenities.  In fact, with so much going it, it's no wonder we at Red Bear Realty LLC love this area so much.  Below you will find helpful information about some of the wonderful communities in our service area.  We hope you too decide to make North Florida your forever home!


 


Perry Area Information:  Step back in time and experience Taylor County's rural charm, unspoiled rivers, and undeveloped pristine coastline (nearly 60 miles of coastline) providing quick access to the Gulf of Mexico. Small, quaint communities dot the coastal area offering a variety of activities, shopping, dining, and accommodations.  Perry, the county seat has a quaint downtown area filled with wonderful old buildings, shops and eateries, and has a strong, thriving business community.  It also has a picturesque park of boardwalks, ponds, streams, and pavilions – a perfect place for a walk, stroll, or picnic.  Taylor County provides the opportunity to enjoy in-shore and off-shore saltwater fishing from Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, Econfina or the Aucilla River. There are thousands of acres filled with game making it a hunter's paradise. Keaton Beach has a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere and offers a public beach, public boat ramp, and fishing pier.  The surrounding waters are prime for scalloping during season and the area is famous for year-round fishing. The county hosts many festivals throughout the year as well as the annual Florida Forest Festival and has long been known as “The Tree Capital of the South.” Taylor County is a fine example of small town America at its best. For additional information about Taylor County, visit https://www.facebook.com/TaylorCountyTourism/


 


Monticello Area Information:  Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the State of Georgia, Jefferson County, called Florida's Keystone County, is located between Tallahassee, Florida (24 miles away) and Thomasville, Georgia (23 miles away). Accessible by the Florida-Georgia Parkway, Interstate 10, and other major roadways, Jefferson County is a small, quiet and relaxing community. Monticello, the county seat, is graced by historic buildings, including a circa-1890 opera house still in use today as a working theatrical venue. A quaint roundabout encircles the Courthouse where US 19 and US 90 intersect. You will find various eateries and unique shopping opportunities in the charming downtown area surrounding the Courthouse square. The Monticello Historic District encompasses twenty-seven city blocks and is filled with gracious homes and spectacular live oak canopies, draped with Spanish moss. Perusing the moss-covered, oak-lined city streets takes one back to the nineteenth century when the prosperity of the region lured families to build the ornate, detailed Antebellum homes that still stand today. Art events abound with a rich harvest of theatre, many genres of music, art exhibits, crafts workshops, and fun festivals. The agricultural heritage of the county provides locals and visitors an abundance of farms and ranches. This ongoing bountiful harvest offers many options to shop for fresh local produce at our ongoing farmer's markets. Many markets also feature grass-fed meats as well as organic produce and baked goods. Jefferson County is also horse country so equestrian activities abound. Many local ranches and plantations have trail riding opportunities along oak lined country roads and shaded forests. Due to a very active horse community, many trials and competitions are held throughout the year. The abundance of forests, fields, rivers, and springs offer many opportunities for sports and recreation. Jefferson County offers some of the best hunting for quail, deer, dove and wild turkey. In addition to hunting and fishing preserves, there are also vast woodlands and plantations, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching, golfing, go-karting, and bike tours for the outdoor enthusiast. For additional information about Monticello, FL and the surrounding area, visit  Monticello FL Chamber of Commerce.


 


Madison Area Information:  Madison County is bordered on three sides by rivers, the Aucilla River to the west, the Withlacoochee to the north, and the Suwannee River to the east. The Madison Blue Springs State Park, a first magnitude spring known worldwide, touts beautiful water, and allows access to the Suwannee River for canoeing, cave diving, fishing, and swimming. If you enjoy bird watching, we are home to the Ladell Brothers nature center and the Twin Rivers State Forest which also lends itself to horseback riding. Downtown Madison is a busy little place with gift shops, antique stores and restaurants.  The small town is the seat of government of Madison County, and is the home of North Florida Community College and has an out-campus for St. Leo University.  The downtown area has numerous classic homes and buildings more than 100 years old.  Four Freedoms Park is beautifully landscaped and home to monuments to heroes of various wars in our nation's history.  Finally for the cycling enthusiast, Madison County exhibits beautiful country roads with cycling lanes that make up a 100 mile loop around the county. Our Rails-to-Trails project, the Four Freedoms Trail, begins just north of the City of Madison and ventures 11.65 miles ending with a beautiful overlook of the Withlacoochee River. Highway 90, which stretches from the Jefferson County line through Greenville, Madison, and Lee to the Suwannee County line is embedded in the American Cycling Association Southern Tier, section 7 Coast-to-Coast cycling route. Our country charm, southern hospitality and beautiful scenery keep people coming back.  For additional information about Madison, FL, visit Madison FL Chamber of Commerce


 


Tallahassee Area Information:  The capital of Florida, Tallahassee is a genteel Southern town with good manners, rolling hills, oak-canopied roads, plantation homes, and genuine Southern hospitality. Tallahassee is home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University and, of course, Florida's Legislature. The New Capitol building rises at the center of Tallahassee's downtown, next to the restored Historic Old Capitol (now a museum with displays on political history). A gallery atop the 22-story New Capitol provides a sweeping view of the hilly city and its tree-lined streets. A 10-block historic district preserves Tallahassee's gracious old homes along a linear park, along with a historic inn, bars and restaurants patronized by legislators, students and everyone in between. Museums, parks, art galleries, a natural-habitat zoo, and much more – Tallahassee offers it all. From performing arts to outdoors and nature, Tallahassee offers something for everyone.  For additional information about Tallahassee, FL, visit Tallahassee FL Chamber of Commerce.