You could own this custom-built beauty, which features breathtaking views of the white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

By Lauren Phillips

Tucked along a stretch of powder-soft sand on Florida’s Panhandle, this stately home overlooks the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The distinctive silhouette calls to mind the tall white sails of a schooner—it’s an immediate eye-catcher. (So eye-catching, in fact, that it appeared in Coastal Living’s December 2011/January 2012 issue!)

Photo: Rick Lew
Photo: Rick Lew
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography

And now this Santa Rosa Beach home, designed by Houston-based architect Scott Ballard and decorated by Houston-based interior designer Cathy Chapman, is on the market. The curb appeal of this white stucco home is irresistible, but on the other side of its sloped rooflines and curving walls is an unbeatable Gulf view—probably the house’s greatest selling point.

The house was designed with these views in mind: A flipped floor plan puts the main living area on the top floor, with clear sightlines to the water courtesy of a wall of windows. Almost all the rooms have water views, in fact, with plentiful outdoor living spaces to further take advantage of the beautiful weather.

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On the ground floor, a large pool and hot tub are bordered by a summer kitchen and dining area, and inside, a spacious game room provides hours of entertainment on even the rainiest day. The other rooms of the home, including five bedrooms and six and a half baths, are spread across the home’s three floors, with an elevator to make dragging groceries up to the third-floor kitchen a breeze.

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The top floor’s great room consists of an open-concept living area that combines a chef’s kitchen (and its gorgeous light blue cabinetry), a wet bar, a living room with a view (that you might recognize from a Coastal Living cover!), and a dining area. The whole home is decorated in a contemporary style that matches the aesthetic of the exterior, with wide-plank oak floors, high ceilings, and neutral walls that emphasis the breathtaking vista outside.

This home has private beach access, and it’s also close to the shops and dining of 30A hotspots like Seaside and Seagrove. Scroll on for more images of this stunner, listed for $6.85 million by Chris Abbott and Jim Sumpter of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photo: Rick Lew
Photo: Rick Lew
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography
Photo: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography

Photos: Tim Kramer/Tim Kramer Photography (property photos) and Rick Lew (Coastal Living photos)

Video: Benjamin Rosenau/Sunset Pictures Company