Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions

A waterfront retreat with the look of an island escape but the comforts of home—and a wine room? This house might be close to perfect ... and it's for sale!

By Lauren Phillips

With an exterior reminiscent of the white-washed buildings of Bermuda (and nearby seaside escape Alys Beach), this Florida home strikes a bold note on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay—and the inside is just as stunning.

The Santa Rosa Beach home sits between Panama City and Destin on the Florida Panhandle, on the north side of a narrow strip of land bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south and the Bay to the north. A short drive from the Gulf’s light sand beaches, this retreat has its own watery appeal: an expansive view of the Bay, complete with dock and boat slip.

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Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions

Inside the white stucco exterior walls, the space is elegantly contemporary, with a neutral color scheme, light wood floors, and windows that pull all eyes to the water view. The open concept central living space holds a state-of-the-art kitchen, a dining nook big enough to fit the whole family (plus visitors), and a living room with a cathedral ceiling and a wall of windows.

The living room opens out onto a luxurious transitional living area, which is under the roof but has doors that can be opened to let in fresh air and breezes off the water. This lovely space comes complete with a grill and cooking area, sitting area, and dining area, and it offers access to the pool deck. White tiles surrounding the pool help the space match the main structure, and a separate pool house overlooks the pool. The pool house can double as a guesthouse, complete with kitchen and bathroom.

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This home has five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, including a playful bunkroom with its own bathroom. The house has five full baths and one half-bath, across 5,393 square feet. It also has a wine room. Scroll on for the full tour:

Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions
Photo: Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions

This Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, new construction is listed by Cindi Cobine and Cliff Cohen of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida. The property is listed at $4.4 million—take a look at the full listing, see more photos, and get more information here.

All photos by Jason Ellis/8 Fifty Productions

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