By Coastal Living
March 06, 2006
Michael Luppino

Developers of Rosegill, on Virginia's Rappahannock River, plan tointegrate a new, pedestrian-friendly community with the existinghistoric town of Urbanna. Neighborhoods will offer a selection ofarchitectural styles, including traditional Colonial and Federal,Victorian, and Lowcountry. Protected woods and farmland surroundthe town. In addition to pools and tennis courts, recreationalopportunities will range from hiking and biking trails to a sailingand yacht club. Three launch facilities are planned to accommodatecanoes and kayaks on the river and two sprawling lakes;

The first phase of development is almost complete at Pointe West, on the western tip of Texas' Galveston Island.The community divides six miles of water frontage between Gulfbeaches and the shores of Galveston Bay. Half of the 1,000-acreproperty has been set aside as a nature preserve, laced by miles ofbiking and walking trails. The first phase has included 120waterfront building sites and 57 cottages in traditional coastalarchitectural styles, along with condos. There's a pool, a privatebeach club, and launching spots for canoes and kayaks; 866/903-9378or

Avonlea, in Jensen Beach, Florida, expects its firstresidents this summer. The community, on the Atlantic IntracoastalWaterway between Stuart and Fort Pierce, consists of residentialneighborhoods surrounding an old-fashioned "Main Street." A classicdowntown will allow small-business owners the opportunity to livein the same buildings where they work. Architectural styles featuretraditional balconies and porches; 772/692-2229 or

Seabrook, a beach town in the first stages of development onthe central Washington coast, takes a Northwest approach to thepedestrian-oriented New Urbanism concept. Its planners are adaptingthe region's signature architecture to a carefully zoned townenvironment. The central commercial zone will integrate restaurantsand small shops with town houses, apartments, and detachedresidences. "General" and "edge" zones will feature progressivelylower density. "Cabin Courts" cluster smaller residences, ideal foryoung families or empty-nesters, around semiprivate greens;360/276-0099 or