By Stephanie Reeves
The vision for Alys Beach is carefully crafted to celebrate the public realm of streets, parks, pedestrian paths, and great civic buildings in a manner reminiscent of the world’s most beloved seaside towns. In recognition of the strong draw of the sea, a network of streets run perpendicular to the beach, guaranteeing warm light and views to the Gulf, and funneling cooling sea breezes into the heart of the town. Streets are well-connected in a way that brings daily needs within a short walking distance.
The intimate design of streets, nestled by buildings and softened by landscapes of native and ornamental plants, makes walking and bicycling safe and pleasant. Parks and public spaces are abundant, from small pocket parks along pedestrian ways to the more open Central Park, as well as Kelly Green and Gulf Green, which are all great spots for a family picnic, touch football or a game of Frisbee.
Alys Beach was designed by Duany Plater- Zyberk and Company, a Miami-based firm that is the recognized leader in traditional town planning, having completed over 300 projects worldwide. DPZ used timeless patterns of town design to inspire differing building types, landscapes, and street designs throughout Alys Beach, giving an incredible variety of experiences, from urban to rural, in a single beachside town. A less than ten minute walk through Alys Beach takes one from the white sands of the beach, through an active town center of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, down streets of elegant courtyard homes, and all the way to a nature preserve of wildflowers and towering pine trees. The best way to enjoy Alys Beach is by foot or bike, so you don’t miss a thing. Simply gawking at the houses and exquisite public grounds can entertain for hours.
Designed by architect Gary Justiss, this 2,187 square foot whitewashed masonry, courtyard home has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and is located close to Caliza Pool, Fitness Center and Fonville Press. The serene courtyard is surrounded by a gracious loggia accented with a dipping pool and Dominican Shellstone pavers. The open kitchen, dining, living and master suite are finished in hand-rubbed Venetian plaster. Set in Dominican Shellstone, the kitchen is equipped with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, wormy oak cabinets and limestone counter tops.
A wood burning fireplace and French doors complete the look in the living room. The first floor master bedroom opens onto the courtyard and the master bath with Dominican Shellstone accents and Venetian plaster finishes. Two spacious bedrooms, a children’s flex space, and roof top terrace complete the second floor. Built to “fortified .. For safer living” standards. The upstairs flex space can be used for an additional sleeping area.
Some people are aware that all of the homes in Alys Beach have been designed and built with the environment in mind, but not everyone knows that Alys Beach is one of the first communities in the state of Florida to have all of its homes constructed to Fortified Standards, designed to withstand the harsh coastal elements, hurricanes and other natural disasters. It also means that people with second homes in Alys Beach can rest assured their property can weather a storm, even if they aren’t there to prepare for it.
All of the houses in Alys Beach have elaborately designed courtyards - beautiful open-air spaces that essentially bring the outdoors into each home.Every courtyard includes at least one water feature - a fountain or pool or even both. Expansive porches and paved pathways are lined with vivid, bright and colorful landscaping. Alys Beach is a New Urban community combining the harmonious forms of Bermudan architecture with the gracious character of courtyard living. Nestled on 158 acres on the serene Gulf shore of northwest Florida, Alys Beach is created with the highest standards for beauty, sustainability, and quality of life. The featured home is currently for sale, to get more information about this amazing property at 94 North Charles St., contact the Alys Beach Sales Center at 850.213.5500, or Toll Free at 866.744.9958 svm