|The view from a Rosemary Beach
Most of Florida is on Eastern Standard
time. Some is on Central Standard Time. Then there are places
that have a timing all their own. Rosemary Beach is just a tiny
blip on the Florida map in Walton County but it is one of these
special places. Here you forget about the usual timed things,
Appointments, schedules, routine, none of these apply here. In
fact you won't need a watch or clock since the town bells toll
on the hour during the day. If you send the kids to play on the
green and want them home by 6 pm remind them that when they hear
the six dongs ""Ask not
for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee." Head
|Rosemary Beach is a bike town
Imagine not having the hassle of dealing
with freeways, traffic lights, gridlock and that nasty smell of
gasoline-fumes-clogged highways. Instead Rosemary Beach offers
the latest in the "New Urbanism" development. This is no "cookie
cutter: subdivision where every home is alike and sprinklers
waste water keeping grass unnaturally green and exotic plants
alive in an environment far from their natural habitat.
Rosemary Beach is only 107 acres with 2,500 of that Gulf
beach front but it offers residents and guests a totally "green"
way of life. Founded in
1995, it incorporates the best of old-fashioned neighborhoods
with the convenience of modern concepts. Here, people walk,
bike, sit on front or back porches and balconies, know their
neighbors and shop within walking distance of their residence.
Residences here are all unique. No
aluminum siding , composition board or fake material is allowed
here. Natural and proven materials like wood, brick, stone or
stucco are painted in muted earth tones or left in a natural
state to blend with the environment. Beyond that homes are al a
reflection of what their owners envisions for their dream home.
You'll find homes that are reminiscent of the West
Indies, Saint Augustine, Charleston, New Orleans and some that
remind you of pure old Florida. Walking along the boardwalk
Western Green to the Gulf at night invokes memories of
New Orleans' French Quarter with its soft lighting, homes
fronting right along the boardwalk with courtyards and walled
Streets are narrow and tree lined with native growth. Boardwalks
and paths intertwine through the town so that you can reach any
part of the town with a five minute walk or less. As is true of
most things that are solid and real, home ownership here is not
cheap. Prices range from close to one million on up to eight or
nine million on up. The least expensive way to own a portion of
this paradise is through the Private Residence Club where for
around a hundred thousand (dependent upon an owner's need to
sell), you purchase one-sixth interest in a 16 unit luxury
building complete with more than a top drawer hotel's amenities
and services including complete concierge, a fantastic rooftop
pool, community areas and a two bedroom two bath unit.
| One of the homes in Rosemary
Of course, there is a great rental program here so you can still
enjoy Rosemary Beach without a huge financial outlay.
Pensione Inn at
Rosemary Beach is a small European style luxury inn with 11
luxurious rooms and two suites. In mid-winter, you can
book a room there for around $200 per night or you could opt for
the ultimate in luxury and book a five bedroom, five and a half
bath cottage (read mansion) with carriage house that sleeps 14
very comfortably and
has all the amenities Donald Trump might expect for about $1,900
per night or 12,500 weekly in winter. It goes up a
bit higher for
peak seasons. Naturally it has its own pool.
|Main Street at Rosemary Beach
Once ensconced in your own personal bit of Heaven, you don't
have to –and probably won't want to– leave Rosemary Beach for
anything. Park your car in its own private parking spot and
leave it there. Head over to Bamboo Bike Rentals and you are set
for transportation Rosemary Beach style. Be sure to ask for one
with a basket to put all the goodies you buy at Wild Olive or at
CK's Feed and Supply
to snack on around your pool or on lounging on the deck
or that imported bottle of wine to go with dinner at home should
you want to make use of your well-equipped kitchen.
|James Dillon, owner of Summer
tells of being the first restaurant in
You can dine very well without ever touching a pot or pan here.
There is an eatery for every taste and pocketbook in Rosemary
Beach. You can opt for
less expensive such as Amavida Coffee and Tea, with either eat
in or take out simple breakfasts and great choices in coffee and
tea, The Summer Kitchen which is open for all three meals,
there's even Dog Man Do with a hot dog cart. You can choose to
visit modest to more upscale restaurants like, Aqua Coastal
Sushi, La Crema and Tapas, Cowgirl Kitchen, Edward's Fine Foods,
Wild Olive or Restaurant Paradis. For late night fun, there is
Havanna Beach Bar located in The Pearl, Rosemary Beach's newest
owner of La Crema, proves you
can enjoy fine dining
wearing beach casual.
Shakespeare's statement , "There's
rosemary, that's for remembrance," is sage advice. When you
visit Rosemary Beach, you will never forget it.
|Sunset on Rosemary Beach-A
picture is worth a thousand words.
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