Pensacola is one of those cities that is notable for being notable. Wondering where the shortest average commute in the country is? Well, that’s Pensacola, clocking in at a scant 19 minutes. Looking for one of the very best beaches in the country? Pensacola Beach regularly falls at the top of lists created by travel experts. Pensacola didn’t waste any time being distinctive, either. Established by Spanish settlers way back in 1559, it’s known as "America’s First Settlement." In fact, at various times it has come under ownership of the U.S., Spain, Britain, France and the Confederate States of America.

Although home to a variety of industries, one of Pensacola’s most known employers is the Naval Air Station, which is why the area is known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation." It’s not unusual to spy the best in the business overhead, either. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, which you probably know better as the Blue Angels, is based out of Pensacola. Pensacola homes for sale are currently listed at a median price of $205,000. Homes for sale in Pensacola can be found in neighborhoods like Historic Downtown Pensacola, as well as North Pensacola, which has a feel that is less beachy and more suburban neighborhood in nature.

Pensacola’s location in Florida’s panhandle obviously makes it ideal for fun in the sun and water. The Gulf of Mexico is world-renowned for its pristine beaches and clear, calm waters. With more than 50 miles of beachfront, Pensacola offers up activities like swimming, kayaking and scuba diving. In particular, fishing is a hugely popular Pensacola pastime, thanks to the Pensacola Beach Pier, which runs 1,471 feet in length — in fact, the longest in the Gulf of Mexico.

This beach town comes part for parcel with everything you’d expect from a thriving waterfront. Open-air restaurants, shopping and plenty of other establishments pepper the Portofino Boardwalk. A legendary fish market called Joe Patti’s Seafood is a must-see for residents and visitors alike who appreciate the best the ocean has to offer. Palafox Street, located in Downtown Pensacola, is an intricate network of picturesque parks, historic homes and world-class museums. The downtown area also features a full calendar of outdoor events, like art shows, parades, free summer concerts and food-focused events, like the Greek Festival or Seafood Festival.