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Best Place to Live Near Eglin AFB

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Looking for a new home is stressful enough, and when you are relocating to a new area, it adds a whole other level. Trying to determine the best place to live that is close to work, meets family needs, is near excellent schools and is an affordable place to call home can seem impossible. Hammock Bay was developed with those needs in mind.


Hammock Bay is a 3,000-acre bay front master-planned residential community nestled in the quiet surroundings of Freeport, Florida.

Located 25 miles east of Eglin AFB, Hammock Bay allows for a 30 minute commute, avoiding the always busy commuter route on Highway 98. While 25 miles may seem far, the travel time can be the same as other communities that are much closer but gets congested with morning and evening traffic.

Hammock Bay lies between two airports. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is located within Eglin Air Force Base and is a 35 minute drive from Hammock Bay. To the east is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), 18 miles northwest of Panama City and a 45 minute drive from Hammock Bay.

The Florida panhandle boasts some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and while few can afford to own a waterfront property on the gulf, Hammock Bay is a mere 15 minute drive away. A short drive south and you will be in the wonderful communities in South Walton and along 30A, like Grayton Beach, Seaside and Rosemary Beach.

Military Specialists:

Hammock Bay’s onsite Realtors are designated as Florida Military Specialists and have superior knowledge of the local military bases and communities convenient in the region.

A Realtor designated as a Florida Military Specialist is familiar with the numerous programs in the area available to military retirees, active duty and Veterans. In addition to program familiarity, they also understand the nuances of a military client’s professional life and are able to correlate an individual’s unique military background with the right resources and benefits.

Hammock Bay:

Hammock Bay has all the first-class amenities typically found in popular resorts and communities in the South Walton area. The Lake Club offers a movie theater, library, kids room and outdoor fire-pit and is the perfect gathering place. Next door is the Fitness Center offering an assortment of machines and plenty of space for your workout of choice. The resort-style and separate competition lap pool can be found behind the Lake Club and Fitness center and provides plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for those beautiful Florida days. Additional amenities include the Bay Club, a pavilion and dock on the Choctawhatchee Bay, miles of walking and biking paths, tennis, basketball, and pickleball courts, a town square with gazebo and event stage, poolside playground and Canine Commons, a designated play space for your furry family member.

Hammock Bay hosts events throughout the year, some are open to the public and others are exclusively for Hammock Bay homeowners. Past events have included outdoor concerts, summer kick-off parties, Christmas Festival & Lights and many others. These community events provide homeowners, especially those new to Hammock Bay, a sense of community and allows the opportunity to meet others in the community.

As Hammock Bay continues to grow, so do the features and amenities. In the last year, the Event Stage was added and at the opposite end of the town square, the ground has been broken for Hammock Bay’s General Store. A tribute to the original General Store that served Freeport back in the day.

Our Sales Center, located at Hammock Bay’s entrance welcomes all those with questions or those wishing to see the community and available houses. We look forward to meeting you!



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