Some 120 luxury properties, including five fronting the gulf, were available for rent. Concierge services available included grocery purchase and delivery, excursions to nearby golf courses, boating, sailing, diving, in-home cooking, and baby sitting.
More than one hundred construction projects were underway in the 107-acre site when we visited Rosemary Beach. This meant hammering, construction crews, vehicles and debris were commonly seen and heard throughout. In spite of that, every rental cottage was occupied. Our large custom built new house was a block from the beach. In addition to its large and comfortable design, some of our favorite features of the Rydquist House were the lovely partial views of the water and convenient access to the beach
Developer Rosemary Beach Land Company, a subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation
Location Eastern end of Scenic Route 30A in the Northwest coast of Florida, U.S.
Nearest Airports Panama City-Bay County International Airport and Okaloosa Air Terminal in Fort Walton Beach
Transportation A planned community design allowed pedestrian and bicycle travel to almost any street within the neighborhood. A car was necessary to reach nearby areas to play golf, shop at the supermarkets and dine in restaurants outside Rosemary Beach.
The kitchen was fully equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave and conventional ovens, dishwasher and an adjacent laundry room. The ground floor had a small inner porch and a small courtyard in the back.
The décor was contemporary with light colors. The furniture was comfortable and inviting. Wood accents and other natural materials gave the impression of quality and durability. Rydquist Cottage was spotlessly clean from top to bottom and looked new.
Swimming Pools Five swimming pools. The Sky Pool, located between the fitness center and tennis courts, was our favorite for exercise.
The wide beach was adjacent to large sea oat covered sand dunes, which provided a protective buffer between the community and the beach. Though individual homes were custom built to their owner’s specification, construction in Rosemary Beach was subject to specific architectural and stylistic restrictions. For example, all gulf front homes were built behind the coastal construction control line; and only native plants were allowed in exterior areas of the neighborhood.
The gulf beach was wide, clean and peppered with few small sea shells. Walking was pleasant and the turquoise water inviting. Beach goers were able to rent umbrellas and beach chairs from an authorized vendor.
A number of home owners had pets. Provided they had a permit, pets were allowed on the beach at dawn and dusk. A few rental properties welcomed pets.
Photos and Article by Elena del Valle
Visit Duration Three nights
Would You Visit Again Yes