Pace

About

Pace is a small suburb of Pensacola that has an “out in the country” vibe, yet is still close enough to the city to stay connected. This growing town is a 45-minute drive from the beach and has forested land, homes on some acreage, and more “bang for your buck.” A huge perk that draws military families to Pace is that it’s midway between NAS Pensacola and Whiting Field (roughly 30 minutes each way). Many in training will find themselves commuting to either or both installations, so Pace is an easy middle ground.


Life in Pace is quiet and calm, but there are enough amenities in town to keep things uncomplicated, like Target, Walmart, and a few restaurants. Anything you find lacking can likely be found 20 minutes away. There are plenty of outdoor activities and recreation programs for kids. The schools are more highly ranked than those in Pensacola, which attracts many military families to the area.

Neighbors

Pace is home to a variety of residents, but a good percentage of them are military affiliated. Retirees love the area and there are many medical providers nearby as well.

Neighborhood Feel

Pine forests and large lots are common. The subdivisions are few and far between, and actual neighbors are scarce in this rural area. As the focus is shifting to this quiet suburb, developers are working hard to keep up with the demand. There are some existing subdivisions, as well as new ones offering custom home sites.

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Neighborhood Location

Commute
Corry Station – Main Gate
NAS Pensacola – West Gate
NAS Whiting Field – West Gate
Drive Time to Gate
35 to 60* minutes
45 to 55* minutes
35 to 45* minutes
By Transit
N/A

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Neighborhood Info

Pace - NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field, FL - gomillie.com

Points of Interest

Alyssa’s Antique Depot

Oops Alley

Big Plus

Highly-rated schools, growing amenities, and family-friendly vibe attracts many to this suburban town. Target, Publix, Home Depot, and Lowes are among the main shopping staples in Pace.

It’s close enough to Pensacola  to be accessible, but far enough away to not be affected by the  traffic or hustle. Living in Pace offers a reasonable commute to NAS Whiting, Corry Station, and NAS Pensacola.

Property taxes, insurance, and home prices are lower in Pace, stretching your money a bit further.

Though it appears to be a long drive, the “Causeway” (Route 90) is a freshly paved pipeline that leads all the way to Pensacola. It only takes around 30 minutes to commute to NAS Pensacola.

Things to Consider

Pace is quiet and could be a little too rural for some. It’s also a good 45-minute drive from the beaches of Pensacola. If you’re looking for a quaint, Southern town, you’ll love it. If you need a little more by way of action and activity, you may be more satisfied in Pensacola.

Though the basics like groceries and home goods are covered, you’ll find yourself driving to the outskirts of Pensacola for more specific shopping and dining. Mall-type shopping and larger brand names are located in Pensacola, so you could find yourself driving 20 to 40 minutes for more specialized retail-therapy.

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How’s the Market?

The median home value for single family homes in Pace is $166,000 according to the Zillow Home Value Index. Home Values are forecasted to increase by 7.6% in the coming year.

According to Zillow’s Rental Index, the median rental rate for single family homes in Pace is $1,250.

School Scoop

Public schools in Pace are part of Santa Rosa School District, which has an overall ranking of 8, according to Greatschools.org. One of the best schools is Pace High School, which has a rating of 8.

Students may apply to transfer to a school outside of their attendance zone if they meet criteria, there is space available, and they can provide their own transportation.

Capstone Academy Pensacola and Capstone Academy Milton are public charter schools, owned and operated by Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers, providing educational opportunities based on each child’s individual needs. They offer small class sizes, inclusion VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) and in-school therapies.

Santa Rosa School District offers a variety of Pre-school programs (early head start, head start, ESE, and VPK) to qualifying children ages 2 to 4.

Highlighted Areas

Thousand Oaks

Spencer Ridge

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