The Florida Keys stretches over a hundred miles off the southernmost tip of Florida, starting with Key Largo in the north, and extending all the way out to Key West in the south. The Keys are world-famous for their natural beauty, which can be found both on the land and in the water. In addition, the Keys possess a historical lore and a laid-back atmosphere that weaves its spell over all who visit. As a result, many who come for a vacation end up returning with the intent of relocating, or even buying a second home.
The climate of the Florida Keys is sub-tropical, which is further illustrated by the average annual temperature of 80 degrees and the average annual rainfall of 40-45 inches. The sun shines approximately eighty percent of the year. With a climate like this, it's no surprise that the Keys plays host to millions of visitors from around the world each year.
The desirability of life in the Keys is reflected in the median home price, which rose from $285,840 in 2001 to $557,000 in 2004. Since then, prices have dropped and deals are available everywhere. Still, the Keys are considered one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.