If you travel a few miles up the road from Seaside, you will come to another planned development named Watersound – not to be confused with Watercolor – which is a few miles the opposite direction. Years ago, when I first read about the plans for Watersound, I was beyond thrilled.
To say that I love the beaches in that area, would be an understatement. No offense to any other coastal region, but those Gulf beaches in the Panhandle area of Florida with their sugar white sand are the most beautiful to me. But as far as coastal architecture goes, my favorite has long been the style you find in New England. My two loves came together in Watersound.
It is a community of buildings in that wonderful old weathered shingle and shake style. We drove through the development in its early years when only a few homes dotted its landscape. I thought they were gorgeous, and many more have been built since then.
Everywhere you look there are shingled homes with contrasting trim. I couldn’t ask for a larger dose of my favorite architecture.
One of the first homes built at Watersound Beach was this one.
You might recognize it as the 2004 Idea House for Southern Accents magazine. The nautical rooms in it were all designed by Suzanne Kasler and her team of talented people. I liked this bright kitchen when it was featured back then.
And you probably recognize this children’s space with its rope beds.
If you have $4,000,000 waiting to be invested, the home is for sale here. Of course there are boardwalks to the ocean and pathways throughout Watersound. Biking is encouraged.
I had hoped that Watersound was going to be a development with the feel of a coastal “village” with shops, parks, and community pools – like nearby Seaside. And while it does have restaurants and a gorgeous pool area (a 7,000 square foot pool at that!)…
It is a resort not a village. When they built a golf course and condos it changed the vibe for me. I’m not saying those things are bad, I just thought I wanted Seaside with New England architecture on the Gulf coast.
(Is it just me, or do the condos at Watersound remind you of these Yacht Club accommodations at Disney???)
I have to admit the Watersound condos do have beautiful rooms. I love the wall treatment and the framed photos in this one!
And this condo was featured in Coastal Living magazine several years ago.
I believe Watersound has the longest stretch of beach of any of the developments there on 30a (a mile, if I am correct.) By building the condos more people can enjoy that beautiful beach, and it is often less expensive to vacation in one of those than renting a full house. Plus many people don’t need the space that a home offers (but some of the condos are very large, too.)
Although these are very well done and not the old shag-carpet-and-sliding-glass-door condos I remember from years ago, I still prefer the charm of a house at the beach. We almost rented this one at Watersound (below) many years ago but decided to stay in a waterfront one at Seaside instead. As gorgeous as this one was…and I truly mean gorgeous…I just couldn’t pass up oceanfront in Seaside. Take a look at this one in Watersound…
You can take a fun virtual tour of the house by clicking here. The view of the water from there was really wonderful, and I should have made the decision to stay there. It was brand new as a rental, and the owner was offering an unbelievable rate. The Seaside cottage was wonderful too, but I don’t think we will ever find anything as good in Watersound ever again.
There are many beautiful homes in Watersound. In my next post, I want to share with you my favorite house there (designed by one of my favorite architectural firms! 🙂 ) And on this summer weekend, since you already know my favorite beach, I will leave this question for you to talk about….
What is your favorite beach?
I am looking forward to hearing from you!