The thriving Seaside FL real estate market is a reflection of the extraordinary coastal community. Remarkably, the stunning, turquoise beaches of Scenic Hwy 30A are almost secondary to this storybook coastal village. Seaside has an air that is difficult to describe (come visit!!), although some common themes are small, quaint, charming. Seaside’s understated simplicity recaptures the laid back, cottage beach life that many of us can only dream about. A vision from Seaside founder, Robert Davis, and brought to life by Miami architects Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Seaside FL is a rare, living exhibit of Old Florida life. Anchored by nine unique beach pavilions and characterized by cozy cottages, cobblestone streets, white picket fences, winding walking paths and a thriving town center, this superbly planned community prevails as the first New Urban development built from the ground up. (Learn more about Seaside FL at www.seasidefl.com.)
New Urbanism is a planning and development method founded on the principles of how cities and towns have been built for past few centuries - walkable blocks and streets, housing and shopping in close proximity and the accessibility of public spaces. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the most iconic examples of New Urbanism, it's no wonder that Seaside was the choice location for the 1998 film, The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey.
As a local I am lucky enough to live just a few minutes away from what is considered the cultural hub and town center of Scenic 30A. Stopping by the town grocer, Modica Market for a biscuit or visiting my favorite coffee shop, Amavida Coffee is a great way to start the day. The heart of Seaside’s Central Square is undoubtedly, Sundog Books. You don’t want to miss this one of a kind, family owned, independent book store. And upstairs, the American classic Central Square Records never disappoints with its cool, quirky merchandise and thoughtful selection of new and used vinyl and CDs. You may just be lucky enough to catch one of their in-store events, where local and visiting musical talents can show their stuff with a gulf view.
Don’t forget to check out Ruskin Place. Tucked behind the Central Square, this quiet park is surrounded by winding oak trees, art galleries, boutiques and gorgeous private residences. One our favorite shops is Quincy Avenue Art & Things, you’re sure to be entertained with its wide variety of products and gifts. Click here to learn more about Ruskin Place.
Seaside is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset. Grab dinner at one of the hip airstream vendors, the BBQ nachos at Barefoot Barbeque never disappoint. Or if you are in the mood for something a little more refined, try 45 Central, Seaside’s newest wine bar by award-winning chef and owner, Jim Shirley. (P.S. you don’t want to miss their paella every Wednesday and Friday night, it is worth making a special trip!) And no visit to Seaside is complete without hearing the sunset bell at Bud and Alley’s. Their lively rooftop bar is the iconic Seaside evening gathering spot, but locals will tell you the pavilion at the Shrimp Shack is equally as breathtaking at any time of the day.
Seaside FL real estate offers a rare opportunity for small town life - the dream of a simple, beautiful life began here. Cottage homes with wrap around porches beg to be lounged upon, small guest cottages tucked away in the oak canopy make time stop, and luxurious urban condos take advantage of the gulf views. If you are looking picture perfect setting in which to live your beach dream, don’t be surprised if your searches begins and ends in Seaside. For more on Seaside Fl Real Estate click here.