Construction is booming in Alys Beach and the first homes were built as carefully and solidly as the current ones.
In this edition of SoWal Style we take a look inside one of the first homes built in Alys Beach along the central pedestrian path, bordering the firepit park. It’s a wonderful four bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home thoughtfully designed courtyard home with an outdoor living space featuring a trickling water fountain and tropical foliage creating a private retreat.
With a spacious 3,456 square feet, the home is situated to capture light and breezes from the outdoor living areas, offering a courtyard and loggia. The kitchen has limestone countertops, glass tile backsplash, custom cabinetry, six-burner Thermador gas range oven, and a banquette breakfast nook. A dining room and living room with fireplace flow from the kitchen, making this area a special gathering place. Peacock pavers have been used throughout the first floor.
The palette is neutral, peaceful, and enhanced by elegant trim work, arches and venetian plaster. Stunning Australian cypress flooring is used throughout the second floor. The serene master suite with fireplace is located on the second level. The venetian marble countertops in the master bath compliment the glass tile and set the tone for this elegant bath. A private balcony overlooks the beautifully landscaped park and outdoor fire pit to the Gulf. A popular first floor secondary master bedroom, decorated with glass tile and marble bath, is tucked off the private courtyard. The third and fourth bedrooms are located off a private staircase and share a spacious bath with one having a private balcony.
Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of SoWal’s newer towns. Its streets, courtyards, promenades and market places were all designed to be both innovative and timeless. It is a close knit community with small shops and restaurants lining pedestrian streets, making it a great place to stroll or enjoy a bike ride. Most people who visit Alys Beach gather around the central amphitheater with its lush lawn, fun splash fountain, and dining and shopping at the Alys Shoppe and the ever-popular and ever-delicious George’s Restaurant. There are also evening concerts, bike rentals, donuts and a myriad of activities swirling.
SoWal Insider Tip: on the north edge of town is the not-to-be-missed Alys Beach nature trail winding through a wild and fascinating Northwest Florida habitat with an abundance of plants and wildlife.
Another favorite activity is strolling down the middle of town, ambling along the magical pedestrian walkway lined with stunning Alys architecture from the Gulf of Mexico to picturesque Lake Marilyn on the north side.