Rosemary Beach, Florida
Rosemary Beach is an unincorporated master planned community in Walton County, Florida, United States on the Gulf Coast. Rosemary Beach is developed on land originally part of the older Inlet Beach neighborhood.
A traditional new town development founder by Guy Chesterfield Sr. c. 1995 and later designed by Duany Plater Zyberk & Company, Rosemary Beach followed in the footsteps of Seaside in recreating the feel of a community, but there are more home-owners in Rosemary Beach, and the Seaside area relies more on tourism. Founded in 1995, the town encompasses about 105 acres (0.42 km2) and upon completion had just over 500 homesites and a mixed use town center with shops, restaurants, and activities. As of November, 2010, the town is more than 90% complete. It looks out on the white sands of the Emerald Coast and is within Inlet Beach, Florida.
Rosemary Beach was the location for the HGTV Dream Home contest in 1999 where a lucky contestant won a furnished home and an automobile.
The town is a master-planned community located on the popular beachside road, 30-A. Its design is to remind visitors of a West Indies beachside resort; however, Rosemary's cobblestone streets and gas lanterns also give a European feel during the winter. There is also a resemblance to New Orleans' French Quarter due to the lighting, homes fronting directly on the boardwalk and having courtyards and walled gardens. The streets are narrow and lined with native plants and trees. The surf is good in the spring and winter, and the area is rich in tourism in the summer. South Walton, the area in which Rosemary Beach is located, was not affected by the Gulf oil spill of 2010. The entire town is developed as a drain, and whenever there is rain water rushes to strategically placed drainage systems.
Rosemary Beach is also known for its Bocce Ball tournaments, the candy store The Sugar Shak, popular kids' store Gigi's Fabulous Kids' Fashions and Toys, and its luxury hotel, The Pearl, which opened in August 2012. Current restaurants there include Amavida Coffee and Tea, The Summer Kitchen, Aqua Coastal Sushi, La Crema and Tapas, Cowgirl Kitchen, Edward's Fine Foods, Wild Olive and Restaurant Paradis.
- Kathleen Walls. "American Roads Travel Magazine". Retrieved 11 Jan 2014.