I think your instincts are right! :) DeFuniak Springs is a special place to live.
I was born and raised in DeFuniak and after college at FSU, returned to my hometown to work in real estate. That was 15 years ago and "charming" is one of the best adjectives I know to describe DeFuniak.
And Tammy is right - the crime rate in our area is particularly low. There's a great website that should give you insight to the crime rate not just in DeFuniak Springs, but anywhere you're considering living. The information is provided by the Walton County Sheriff's Dept and it's called https://www.crimereports.com/. You can search back up to 6 months and see the number of crimes, locations, as well as the type of crime.
Hope this is helpful...just write back or call if you'd like the scoop on anything else DeFuniak Springs related!
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