The Sunny Hills Community was platted in 1971 and 1972 as a community for about 60,000 residents on 24,301 residential lots. Its land area is about 28 square miles (17,743 acres) and is almost 5% of the land area in Washington County. With 220 miles of roads, it has 55% of all the paved roads in the county. Currently there are 619 homes in the Community and about 1,200 people. In the master plan there are 3,829 acres of greenbelts and natural preserves, about 400 acres for commercial development, as well as provisions for churches, schools, and parks. Currently, the Sunny Hills Golf & Country Club operates an 18-hole highly acclaimed golf course.
Sunny Hills Community is the largest platted subdivision in Florida’s Great Northwest, and we believe it has a great future considering the economic development occurring just to the south with the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the commencement of expanded airline connections into major hubs by Southwest Airlines to Houston, Orlando, Baltimore, and Nashville, in addition to the existing connections to Atlanta, Dallas, and Memphis by Delta Airlines. You can be anywhere in the U.S. within 1-day of travel.
Within a 45 minute drive are the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” on Panama City Beach and all along the Gulf of Mexico. Almost every recreational activity you might prefer, except snow skiing and mountain climbing, is available within a 2-hour drive.
Sunny Hills is part of unincorporated Washington County and does have a special assessment known as a Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) that provides certain services enhancements beyond county levels of service. Currently, the assessment is about $30 per lot and historically has increased 5% per year.
The Sunny Hills Civic Association, Inc., was originally incorporated in 1974 to promote and sponsor the special and civic interests of the property owners and/or residents and is non-political and non-partisan in nature. The Civic Association is not a homeowners association. It operates through a Board of Directors with 8 members with four officers and four directors who are also chairs for the Activities Committee, Parks Committee, Membership Committee, and the Community Development Committee. Officers and directors serve two-year terms that are staggered so that 4 positions stand for election by the membership every year, and all positions have a two consecutive terms limitation. Other organizations in the Community include the Garden Club, Crime Watch, Sunny Hills Tax Payers League, Inc., a running club that sponsors long-distance runs, half-marathons and triathlons, plus groups for bowling, and bus trips to the casinos in Biloxi, etc. For more information, see the website at: http://www.sunnyhillsflorida.org/.
Sunny Hills offers a multitude of life-styles for active adults, families with school-age children, or retirees in a central location convenient to the goods and services of an urban area, but in a rural setting.
The topography is a combination of rolling wooded hills, 26 lakes and ponds, and 5 boat landings and 4 parks out of 13 in the original plan are currently available for enjoyment of community and county residents, and room to roam in the still undeveloped areas.
Water service is available for all homes constructed and will be made available for all new homes throughout the community. Public sewer services are available in certain units. Current sewer capacity is 2,800 homes.
At present there are no public schools within the community and students are transported to public schools in both Vernon and Chipley. There are three churches (Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian) within the community and most other faiths are represented within 20 miles in surrounding areas.
Primary work employment opportunities for residents are located in Panama City (25 miles south) and Chipley (18 miles north). An initiative to develop an office/industrial park in the southern portion of Washington County are being investigated.
Sunny Hills is truly a great place to live!