One of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip was us getting to see all the master-planned neighborhoods like Seaside and WaterColor again. We usually try to drive through these places whenever we’re close to Destin, and this time we got to spend a lot of time going through almost every one of them.
Coming from the east, the first one we got to was Rosemary Beach. Their website describes the neighborhood’s style as:
…an intricate patchwork: Singular homes, open spaces and intimate courtyards, woven together by lanes, sand paths and boardwalks. Time- and climate- tested building traditions from the West Indies and American South combine with a rich palette of colors and architectural forms. Deep eaves, shuttered sleeping porches and hipped roofs are both beautiful and functional. High ceilings allow sea breezes to circulate; open balconies offer space to appreciate the sounds of the gentle surf.
This one is different but it doesn’t seem very beachy:
Most of these homes don’t have a Gulf view – they’re a few blocks and sometimes across the highway from the beach. I think I would rather have a tiny little house right on the water than a huge place even a block away. The homes that are for sale in Rosemary Beach are here – they’re selling for between $5.5 million and $795k (for a carriage house).
Next door is this *amazing* home under construction – I *loooove* this one:
This neighborhood is still in development, and a Gulf-front lot is available here for $3.2M. Ah, I love to dream!
The next neighborhood was Alys Beach. The style of the homes here is described on their website as:
…a marriage of tradition and romance. It’s the union of English and Spanish architecture with the soul of a European resort. The architectural style of Alys Beach was born in both Bermuda and Antigua, Guatemala. Beautiful white stuccoed walls and white-ridged roofs are like the white caps on an azure ocean. The style is simple and timeless.
Somehow it just seems a little antiseptic and institutional. On the other hand, the interiors are crazy-beautiful.
The last neighborhood we went through was WaterColor: