The desire to return to a simpler, gentler time when folks knew their neighbors and could walk to the library, café or corner store is driving a new building trend. Seeking to capture the Mayberry sensibility of the early 1950s, neighborly communities that eschew noisy strip mall-lined highways and concrete parking lots in favor of pedestrian walkways, bike paths and communal green spaces are attracting families, vacation home owners and retirees who seek a richer, friendlier, more eco-friendly living experience. The residents of Rosemary Beach, Florida will tell you it’s a delightful way to live.
More than a decade ahead of its time, the planned pedestrian community of Rosemary Beach was built among the dunes of Florida’s scenic Gulf Coast in 1995. The dream of internationally acclaimed town planners Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Rosemary Beach was designed to be a neighborly, stress-free, green community, with the emphasis on community. Pedestrian walkways and bike paths connect the town’s neighborhoods and lead to a true town center that is no more than a 5 minute walk from anywhere in town. Green spaces and gardens abound and the town offers many amenities including in-town shopping and dining, gorgeous beaches, a butterfly garden, tennis courts, swimming pools and playgrounds. Unnecessary for daily life in Rosemary Beach, cars are hidden out of sight in alleyways that provide unobtrusive access to Florida’s scenic Highway 30A and all the exciting activities of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Committed to protecting and preserving the Gulf Coast’s famous beach environment, the Rosemary Beach prohibits dune-destroying construction beyond the coastal construction control line. Nine dune walkovers, two of them wheelchair accessible, provide residents with convenient access to the beach without harming the coastline’s fragile dune system. If you’ve been longing to get away from it all and live a more relaxed life, a home or vacation home in the neighborly community of Rosemary Beach is just what you’re looking for. In Rosemary Beach you really can have it all.