Perched at the southern tip of Mississippi on the gorgeous Gulf Coast sits the tourist haven of Ocean Springs, a lush residential community. Well before the French established a fort here in 1699, Native Americans made the most of this beautiful, resource-rich area, and present-day Ocean Springs is flavored by a history of diverse cultural influences. The array of condominiums and one- and two-story single-family homes among the magnolias will attract homebuyers who are looking for great value in a waterfront town.
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Ocean Springs, which is a mere two miles across the bridge from Biloxi, is home to 17,000 people and looks out on the Gulf of Mexico from the eastern shore of Biloxi Bay. Residents can appreciate the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast in a variety of ways. They can admire it at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, which showcases the work of Walter Anderson. Anderson was a painter and muralist known throughout the country for his depictions of gulf scenery and wildlife in his watercolors. His brothers, both notable area ceramicists, also have works featured in the museum. Residents can also immerse themselves in beauty at Davis Bayou, which is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This coastal forest is just east of downtown and has a bookstore, a fishing pier, and a walking trail that's partially wheelchair-accessible.
Because the "City of Discovery" is dedicated to promoting its tourism industry, residents enjoy a number of fairs, festivals, and cultural opportunities. The annual Art Walk brings local artists out of their studios and onto the sidewalks; the Red, White, and Blueberry Festival celebrates summer with live music downtown and special offers in local bars and restaurants; and Cruisin' the Coast, billed as "America's Largest Block Party," brings classic car enthusiasts to the city from as far away as Canada. The recently completed Sports and Tennis Complex attracts tournaments from across the state and around the region to its world-class baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields. The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center provides artists with workspace and offers the public cultural programs, including music and performing arts. The nonprofit G.I. Museum includes memorabilia, exhibits, and educational programs to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. A robust parks system includes a children's park, a waterfront mosaic park, and Fort Maurepas Park, which is on the spot that once served as the provincial capital of the French colony of La Louisiane. If life in a coastal community that embraces art, history, and cultural heritage sounds like it's right up your tree-lined street, check out our listings of homes for sale in Ocean Springs.