Sink your toes into the sugar-white sand and gaze at the charming architecture of Rosemary Beach, Florida, home of our 2012 Ultimate Beach House.
Rosemary Beach is a New Urbanism community located along the Florida panhandle's scenic Route 30A between Panama City and Destin. The 107-acre, Gulf-front town was designed in 1995 to offer residents and visitors alike a sense of community, neighborhood, and convenience.
The multiple neighborhoods of Rosemary Beach are interconnected by a network of pedestrian footpaths, boardwalks, and secret
pathways that lead to all public areas, including the beach, the Town Square, tennis courts, swimming pools, and other town
amenities. Cars are restricted to alleyways behind homes, and the town’s pedestrian scale ensures that every place within
the community is easily accessible by foot.
Nothing is more than a five minute walk away from the Town Square, where shops, restaurants, the town hall, and post office beckon residents to gather, work and socialize in a stress-free environment.
The essence of Rosemary Beach comes from the careful arrangement of its public spaces and private homes. Neighborhoods are
interconnected by a network of pedestrian lanes, footpaths, boardwalks. Secret pathways lead to the town square, tennis courts,
swimming pools and the beach.
The town plan is an intricate patchwork of different house types and custom homes built to suit a range of individual tastes. Every home in Rosemary Beach is architecturally unique and is custom-designed and built to reflect each owner’s tastes, needs, and lifestyle. Yet, every house is an inextricable part of the fabric of the town, reinforcing its coastal character. The shapes and silhouettes at Rosemary Beach call to mind St. Augustine, the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston.
Common "green" areas are located throughout Rosemary Beach and provide places for reading, games, picnics and barefoot strolls,
as well as outdoor events.
The fitness trail and walking tour is a 2.3 mile trail that utilizes sand paths and boardwalks to wind through the town’s native landscape, parks, and public spaces. It incorporates four fitness stations that include exercise apparatuses for stretching and strength training.
In the Northwest corner of town at West Kingston Road is an elaborate butterfly garden. This garden was conceived as a display garden that would emphasize the significance of the native landscape.
In keeping with the town's commitment to protect the environment by not building beyond the coastal construction control line, or buffer zone, landward of the beach, nine dune walkovers have been built providing residents and guests beach access. The walkovers protect the fragile dune system and prevent erosion and washout during storms, and are unobtrusive, simple, and functional.