Rosemary Beach is getting a new neighbor.
The Walton County Commissioners approved plans Tuesday for The Inn on the Gulf, a trio of luxury, four-story buildings. The development will feature one, two and three bedroom options with space ranging from 460 square feet to 2,118 square feet.
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Mark Humphreys, CEO of Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P. and second homeowner in Rosemary Beach for the past 10 years, saw a need for lodging along the 30A corridor during the busy spring break and summer seasons. While he has developed a few houses in the area before, this project is a personal one for Humphreys, he said.
"My heart's sold on the Rosemary Beach development," he said. "Everyone's gonna love it."
Humphreys & Partners Architects, L.P. along with Atticus Real Estate are the front-runners of the new development.
The Inn on the Gulf will feature rentals that will have an edgy aesthetic, Humphreys said. He was inspired by resorts in Miami.
The lodging will be fashionable and functional as all rooms will feature a kitchen — an important aspect that sets apart The Inn, Humphreys said.
"When people come and stay here for a week, they don't want to eat out for every single meal," Humphreys said.
Even if you don't cook, the resort will feature a restaurant and is in close proximity to great South Walton dining options.
The Inn will also feature several pools, including a kid's pool, rooftop deck and bars.
In addition to its amenities, Humphreys says the resort is on its way to being the "greenest, most environmentally-friendly hotel in the Panhandle." Some of the green ideas include plug-ins for electric cars, solar panels and even two electric cars on site to be used for valet service.
The target demographic for The Inn is pretty much everyone, Humphreys noted, adding that families, couples, young or old will appreciate the beauty and convenience of the resort.
"The target demographic is someone that would want to be in an edgy condo with good restaurants and bars very close," Humphreys said. "And it's all in walking distance to the retail in Rosemary Beach. It's good for everybody."
Humphreys said The Inn on the Gulf will not be a competitor with neighboring resorts, but will only add something new for visitors. It will also add a nice visual aspect to both Highway 98 and 30A. As a 30A homeowner, he's adamant on preserving the beauty of the community.
"Rosemary Beach is very protective of its environment," he said. "I've been to resorts in places like the Caymans. They have a nice hotel, but they don't have the little towns like WaterColor, Seaside and Alys Beach. It's a unique place."
Work will begin soon, and by summer 2014, Humphreys predicts phase one of The Inn project will be complete.
"I never had any negative feedback at all," Humphreys said. "Being a long-time owner, I thought it was important to have a property that's four or five stars level at the entrance to Rosemary Beach and 30A. I'm glad to have this opportunity and community support."