The sugar-white shoreline of Florida’s 30A beach town area is a swath of 26 miles running along the Gulf of Mexico. Silky white sand, jewel-toned waters, and tranquil sea air define this tropical paradise, as do the stunning and breezy architectural designs.
Located in Florida’s panhandle, the scenic 30A highway cuts right along the coast and boasts a paradisiacal collection of beach towns and master-planned communities. Once known as Old Florida State Road 30, which meandered down from Alabama for over 200 miles, 30A developed out of a desire for slower, more scenic routes. Alternative routes were formed, and today, the coveted area of 30A comprises pristine beaches, charming towns, and an impressive display of globally inspired architecture.
The beach towns and buildings along 30A were carefully planned to fully incorporate the beauty and serenity of this waterfront locale. With a mix of posh amenities, luxury estates — especially Rosemary Beach real estate — and relaxed elegance, 30A has gained a reputation as Florida’s best-kept secret and most coveted destination.
The influence of New Urbanism
This deliberate planning and developing approach is based on cities of old — communities built before the advent of cars, when townspeople needed to access shops, visit neighbors, and enjoy recreation all within a reasonable walking distance. But once the automobile became commonplace, a new town model emerged. Streets widened, neighborhoods expanded, and development stretched beyond city limits, creating suburbs and greater distances to travel. Cars became second homes, and commutes became the norm. New Urbanism, created by 30A developers Robert and Daryl Davis, represents the idea that people yearn for those days of easy connection, leisurely bike rides to work, and the relaxation that comes with having everything at your fingertips.
Today New Urbanist designs define most 30A towns, from Rosemary Beach houses and Seaside homes to Alys Beach and Watercolor. The area embraces this old-fashioned connectivity and infuses wild beauty and lavish amenities into the mix for a dazzling blend of coastal perfection.
Dutch West Indies
Effortlessly blending classic and modern designs, the Key West architectural style reflects Caribbean influences. Known for cheerful pastel exteriors, covered front porches, and louvered window shutters, this airy design is perfect for seaside living. High ceilings and large windows invite fresh air, while the two-story verandas set the scene for lounging and soaking in the balmy climate.
Architects with modern sensibilities have a lot to work with. For modern beach homes, the whole is more than the sum of their parts. Arched porticos and driveways draw the eye up. Their colors, often bright white, are chosen to harmonize with the electric blue of the sky. Beachfront properties also often have watercolor accents, like teal shingles or a bold front door. Exterior and interior design blend and complement one another through immense windows and long sightlines evoking the Gulf horizon.
Architecture in action
Are you interested in exploring 30A communities, Seaside real estate, or homes for sale in Rosemary Beach? Contact luxury specialist Elizabeth Boswell at LiveLove 30A | Destin team, brokered by Premier Property Group, to find your dream home today.
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