ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. — So you’ve been searching for a modern and upscale community where you can enjoy some leisure time at the beach. You want a small, unhurried place where you can park your vehicle and walk to restaurants, stores, and the beach from your living quarters. You want a fitness center to stay in shape, a pool to swim some laps, and tennis courts to practice your backhand. And you want them within walking distance so you don’t have to play dodge ‘em with teenage and elderly drivers. Most of all, you want a white, sandy beach that stretches for miles so you can enjoy extended morning and evening strolls while the surf rolls over your feet and calms your soul. Read on, friends, because we have just the place.
The Community of Rosemary Beach
Rosemary Beach, a small community tucked away in the Florida Panhandle between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City, is a relatively new planned development that offers a comfortable, upscale, hassle-free beach experience. With 2,500 feet of pristine white-sand beachfront, Rosemary Beach has been designed with neighborhoods and parks connected by green spaces, footpaths, and boardwalks. The compactness and design result in nearly everything being a leisurely walk or quick bicycle ride away.
The development includes approximately 600 homes on 107 acres bordering the Gulf. There are around 100 permanent residents, many of whom are employees or owners of the community’s small businesses. The majority of houses are not the homeowners’ main residences, resulting in nearly half being offered on the rental market. Rentals range in size from studio cottages with one bathroom to a six-bedroom, seven-bath house that will sleep up to 16 people. The community includes a small Pensione with room rentals. Unlike many European pensiones, breakfast is not included. A hotel currently under construction is expected to be completed in summer 2013.