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All the Pretty Places

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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 home has really neat cut-outs in the railing on the upstairs balcony:
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...I love the tilework on the stairs on this home:
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This one is different but it doesn't seem very beachy:
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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).

These pictures below are of homes in Seacrest Beach:
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I love these candy colors!
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When we were driving to Alys Beach, we saw this *really* different-looking home:
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It's in a community called "Paradise by the Sea", and from a distance the home looks like a cruise ship and close up it looks like a.......well......not sure!
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Next door is this *amazing* home under construction - I *loooove* this one:
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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.

That sounds wonderful, and I can totally see falling in love with that on paper. This is what it looks like:
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Somehow it just seems a little antiseptic and institutional. On the other hand, the interiors are crazy-beautiful.

I don't know how this happened, but I only took one picture in Seaside, of this pretty cottage.
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There are lots more pretty pictures of Seaside on Flickr.

The last neighborhood we went through was WaterColor:
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...which, true to their name, have the prettiest beachy color combinations:
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