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Nassau County, Florida is known as the Eastern Gateway to the Sunshine State. Located at the northeast corner of Florida along the Atlantic Ocean, it is made up of a diverse group of communities of which Callahan is the third largest.

Those looking for their next Florida real estate purchase will find that this town features several affordably priced properties and homes for sale right by some of the best vacation areas in the United States. Surrounded by Jacksonville and Amelia Island, Callahan has become a top real estate market for those who want to own a home just 30 minutes from these popular recreation and work destinations.


At the “Crossroads to the Future”, where 301 and US 1 intersect, is a small progressive community which has been existence since the 1840s; though its name wouldn’t be Callahan for another decade. The town is named for Daniel Callahan, an active participant in the construction of the Florida Railroad through the area. According to legend, he made such an impression on the locals that people began saying, “Let’s go to Callahan”.

Early on, the town prospered due not only to the railroad, but King’s Highway also known as “Georgia Post Road” which brought traffic from Peninsular Florida to Savannah and Charleston. This heavily traveled route combined with the railroad made Callahan the economic center of the area. During the Civil War, it was a refuge for those fleeing their farm homes and plantations further spurring migration into the area. After the Civil War, as part of the rebuilding process, Callahan was one of the first areas in Florida to build a Masonic Lodge. And for those just coming to the town, they were greeted by archways with signs welcoming them to “The Artesian City” for its exceptional drinking water.

Now, it is the third largest city in western Nassau County and one of the faster-growing areas of Florida with increasing real estate demand with its combination of a convenient location and low home prices. The town has become a popular home buying destination in North Florida because of its excellent schools, proximity to Jacksonville (just 30 minutes away), and many nearby recreation options. It is a thriving real estate market that is trending upward, but it still has many reasonably priced properties for those interested in buying a first home or their next home.


The community at the “Crossroads to the Future” is a great place to live for those with families because of its top-rated schools. With a population of just a few thousand, its future is in its children, as it boasts one elementary school, middle school, high school, and a co-ed private school. West Nassau High School in Callahan includes students from other nearby communities, and it is rated as an “A” School District within the Florida A+ Evaluation System. With just over 1000 students in the high school, the student/teacher ratio creates an excellent formula for learning. As the projected population growth continues due to Jacksonville’s expansion northward and real estate prices continue to rise in eastern Nassau County, Callahan is primed to continue its place as a progressive and growing family community.

Where History and Nature Meet

Callahan is a mecca for both nature and history lovers with sandy beaches, parks and nature preserves, and interesting historic districts just a short drive from the homes and properties in the town. It offers an eclectic and hard to find a mix of small town and big city life. The architecture of Fernandina Beach on nearby Amelia Island is registered on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Amelia Island Lighthouse (built in 1839) is the oldest existing lighthouse in Florida. Take a step back in time and make the short drive to the Palace Saloon in Fernandina Beach, the state’s oldest continuously operating drinking hole. Visit the renovated railroad depot, which was the heart of the community in its early years and was celebrated at the Callahan’s 100th anniversary.

Homes for Every Taste and Budget

Boasting a wide selection of properties, there truly is something for everyone. Choose from historic Victorian homes, condos, or choose a lot and design your own. If you’re looking for acreage and country living with nearby beach recreation and urban nightlife and fun, then Callahan is a perfect choice. Just about a half hour from Jacksonville, living here offers residents the unique combination of small-town life near a big city making it easier to commute for work or play, an evening out, or stepping out to the beach on Amelia Island with a favorite book.

Whether buying or selling a home, it’s worth noting that the median price of homes, townhouses, and condos is increasing. The current market offers a great opportunity for buyers as there are a number of properties available in both higher and lower brackets. Though a bit inland, all of the available homes and properties in Callahan are just a short drive to the beach or to the city.

With this overview of the small town of Callahan, you’ll have a good idea about what to expect if you’re looking for a home or property in the area. It’s recommended to meet with a realty professional with experience in the area at Fernandina Beach Realty to get a better idea about the pros and cons of each option you might be considering. Call us today at (866)-488-3011 if you have any questions at all about buying a home in this unique and wonderful town.

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