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Niceville/Valparaiso

Welcome to Niceville, Florida. Take your boat out into the bay or tow it to Destin and enjoy the water waters of the GUlf of Mexico.

Welcome to Niceville, Florida. Use our MLS listing search to search for Niceville real estate and MLS listings.

There are 360 residential real estate listings for sale in Niceville.
There are 62 commercial real estate listings for sale in Niceville.
There are 52 vacant land real estate listings for sale in Niceville.
There are 474 total real estate listings for sale in Niceville.

475 Real Estate Listings Found

Displaying 81 to 90

81.   776764
14 Coolwater Lane, Niceville
$237,900.00
1496 square feet, 3/2, 2003

82.   776732
201 College Boulevard E , #49, Niceville
$51,500.00
600 square feet, 1/1, 1972

83.   776731
201 College Boulevard E , #unit 32, Niceville
$51,500.00
600 square feet, 1/1, 1972

84.   776689
1781 Thomas Street, Niceville
$159,500.00
1070 square feet, 3/1, 1957

85.   776679
103 Bayshore Drive, Niceville
$1,295,000.00

86.   776628
119 Matt Boulevard, Niceville
$269,900.00
1900 square feet, 4/2, 2014

87.   776582
14 Lanman Road, Niceville
$1,349,000.00
4112 square feet, 3/4/1, 2005

88.   776509
4240 Otterlake Cove, Niceville
$449,000.00
2499 square feet, 4/2, 1997

89.   776489
100 Muirfield Cove E, Niceville
$287,500.00
1855 square feet, 3/2/1, 1984

90.   776458
902 Lake Drive, Niceville
$444,000.00
2340 square feet, 4/2, 1989


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History of Niceville/Valparaiso

Archaeological evidence suggests that American Indians lived on the land where Niceville currently resides as far back as ten thousand years ago. Many arrowheads and burial mounds have been located around the area silently telling the story of years past. The native peoples clashed with European settlers who arrived on these shores in the 16th century, a time of Spanish conquistadors, proud Indians, and devious pirates.

The early 19th century saw the rise of America's government and its systems of religion, trade, and politics, mirroring the rise of Native Americans centuries before. In this era the early fishing business depended on mullet, who made their homes in the sandy floors of local bays. One of these bays came to be called Boggy Bayou because of a large peat deposit at Juniper Creek's mouth. A small fishing town arose on the shores of Boggy Bayou. Named Boggy, this village would become Niceville years later.

Jessie Rogers, a Louisiana cattleman, herded his cattle to the top of Boggy Bayou and built a home there in 1842. A settlement sprang up the in the area while the Civil War drew to a close and the war-ravaged populace left the shattered remains of their old lives behind. Boggy afforded the new settlers plentiful sunshine, inexpensive land, and transportation via waterway. Around the same time, the state Legislature created two new counties: Walton County and Santa Rosa County. Okaloosa County would be formed from parts of these two counties in 1915. Niceville is presently located in Okaloosa County.

To help support Boggy's ever-growing population of farms, John Nathey constructed a gristmill with his father for grinding wheat and corn; this spurred local growth even more. Parts of the mill still stand today on the grounds of the present-day Eglin Air Force Base golf course. A sawmill and general store followed soon after, further improving local commerce. Many turpentine distilleries also commenced operation at this time. Local commerce began expanding beyond Boggy, necessitating postal service, and on August 17, 1893 the U.S. Postal Service begain serving the area with Dr. James C. White appointed as local postmaster. Not long after, Boggy residents agreed that the name "Boggy" no longer represented the growing and prosperous town very well, and decided on "Niceville" in November 1910. A majority, however, found this name unsuitable as well, and so in May 1919 "Niceville" became "Valparaiso," or "Vale of Paradise" in Spanish. The name "New Valparaiso" was given to a small flourishing town one mile away, and this both confused the residents of both towns and wreaked havoc with the delivery of mail. Finally, in November 1925, Valparaiso became Niceville once more, and has kept the name since then.

Niceville continued to grow over the next ten years, and the residents decided a local government was necessary to represent their interests. All qualified voters met July 7, 1938 to set up a local government and vote for its officers. They also decided on the borders of the city. The city was officially incorporated as Niceville, its borders set via metes and bounds, and seal approved by a vote of 325-4. The voters selected J. M. Reynolds as Niceville's first mayor and J. W. Windham as Niceville's first clerk. The first city councilmen were C. G. Meigs, Herman Anderson, Wallace Spence, G. B. Anchors, and Thomas Powell. Niceville's first Marshall was Hughey Holmes.

Niceville's first school was built in 1922. Another school was erected near present-day Edge Elementary but burned down in the late 1920s; it was rebuilt only to be leveled by a hurricane in 1936. School classes continued in various places for two years, like the Valparaiso Community Center and the Howell Hill Dance Hall, until the new school's construction was completed by the Administration of Works Progress. Several wings and an auditorium were later added, and the school is now known as Edge Elementary.

Spring of 1963 saw the construction of Niceville's first high school; high schoolers previously attended Choctawhatchee High. Three years later, Niceville's first senior high class graduated. The next year, Niceville Senior High was officially accredited. As the years passed, Niceville Senior High expanded with the additions of an auditorium, a gym, a band room, more classrooms, and the industrial sciences building. The school now also includes home economics classrooms, science laboratories, and more offices for administration.

Today, the city of Niceville is still a close-knit community with a population just below twenty thousand, with public services ever on the rise. A community college, high school, middle school, two elementary schools, and a private education center serve Niceville today.

Information provided by the City of Niceville. You can contact the Niceville - Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce at:

Niceville - Valparaiso - Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
1055 E John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 678-2323

Niceville/Valparaiso Utilities

Electricity/Gas

CHELCO Electric
1-800-342-0990

Gulf Power
1-800-225-5797

Okaloosa Gas
(850) 729-4700

Choctawhatchee Electric Co-op, Inc.
1-800-342-0990

Water/Sewer

City of Niceville
(850) 729-4000

City of Valparaiso
(850) 729-5402

Okaloosa County Water and Sewer
(850) 651-7171

Garbage

Okaloosa County Garbage (Niceville to Ft. Walton)
(850) 664-5591

Waste Management
1-800-862-7141

Telephone

Sprint
1-800-SPRINT1

BellSouth
1-888-757-6500

AT&T
1-800-222-0300

Satellite/Cable

Cox Communications
(850) 862-0175

Valparaiso Communications
(850) 729-5402

DirecTV
1-800-347-3288

Miscellaneous

Department of Motor Vehicles
106 Hollywood Blvd. SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
(850) 833-9122
(850) 833-9123 - appointments

Niceville/Valparaiso Recreation

Parks

Eglin Reservation
State Highway 85
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 664-1261

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Recreation Area
4281 State Highway 20
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 833-9144

Swift Bayou Boat Ramp
213 Edrehi Avenue
Niceville, FL 32578

Seminole Park
1534 Cat-Mar Street
Niceville, FL 32578

Museums

The Heritage Museum Association
114 Westview Ave.
Valparaiso, FL 32580
(850) 678-2615

Golf

Bluewater Bay Resort
1950 Bluewater Blvd.
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 897-3241

Rocky Bayou Country Club
Rocky Bayou Road
Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 678-3271


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