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Harris family discovers a hidden gem

Moving to a new place can be a daunting experience, especially for military families who relocate frequently. For the Harris family, their journey to the Mississippi Gulf Coast began in 2006 when U.S. Navy Lt. Jeremy Harris received military orders.

Little did they know it would become a place they would call home not once, but twice, more in 2017 and 2023.

As a California native, Harris’s wife, Krystle, had reservations about coming to the Coast during her first significant move. However, it didn’t take long for her to be captivated by the Coast’s charm and allure.

“Moving to coastal Mississippi can be a truly special and beneficial experience,” she says. “The laid-back atmosphere, stunning natural beauty and warm Southern hospitality make this place a hidden gem.”

One of the biggest perks for the Harrises was the lower-than-average cost of living and the incredible lifestyle it affords. The Harrises were pleasantly surprised by the affordability here compared to California.

“It allowed us to purchase our dream home, which would have been nearly impossible in California,” Jeremy says.

The couple was attracted to Gulfport not only because of the financial aspect, but also because of the strong sense of community and friendly atmosphere. Everyone knows one another, and neighbors always are willing to lend a helping hand.


The Harrises were welcomed into the Coast family with open arms, forging lifelong friendships along the way.

“It’s this sense of belonging and support that has made the Coast more than just a temporary home; it has become our ‘forever place,’” Krystle says. “The sense of community is palpable and invaluable, creating a support system that makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive.”

The Harrises are excited about the prospect of raising their children and retiring on the Coast. With Jeremy’s military service ending in a few short years, their dream is to purchase a piece of land and build their forever home, a place where they can continue to grow and build their lives together.

“The Mississippi Gulf Coast, with its inherent beauty and warm-hearted residents, has become much more than a mere location on the map for us,” Krystle says. “It has become a place of love, laughter and countless cherished memories. Gulfport, the Harris family is here to stay!”

The relaxed vibes in coastal Mississippi are incomparable, Krystle adds. Life moves slower here, giving residents the opportunity to unwind and truly enjoy the little things.


And let’s not forget one of the Coast’s biggest attractions: the cuisine.

“Mississippi is a haven for food lovers,” Jeremy says. “From mouth-watering Gulf seafood to downhome Southern comfort food, your taste buds will be constantly sated. Plus, there’s always something to do together as a family. Our kids absolutely love it here!”

Jeremy adds that even when he is deployed thousands of miles away, he knows his family is in good hands.

“The people of coastal Mississippi are incredibly welcoming and genuinely care for their neighbors,” he says. “They look out for each other, creating a tight-knit community that is rare to find in today’s world.”

As many families have discovered, Coastal Mississippi offers a unique and special experience. Whether prospective residents seek natural beauty, a relaxed lifestyle or a welcoming community, they can find it here — just as the Harrises have. Jeremy and Krystle are here to stay, and they can’t wait to welcome you to their beloved home.

Written by Susie Siemiontkowski

Susan Siemiontkowski is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty. Reach her at (228) 239-2621 or

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