Rosemary Beach: A walkable European village on the A

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 03:14 PM.

If you've ever traveled to Europe and experienced the way of life in the small towns there, it's difficult to not fall in love.

In many European villages, the town's people walk, not to exercise, but to get to where they are going — market, bakery, shops, cafes — on foot, as is the common mode.

Designers used those European communities as a model for Rosemary Beach.

Founded in 1995, the town encompasses 105 acres and is blessed with 2,500 feet of Gulf front.

The design firm of DPZ of Miami designed it as a Traditional Neighborhood development, meaning, a walkable community. It was their second to design; Seaside was the first. Like Seaside , nothing is more than a 10-minute walk from the center of town.

The town center is anchored by the usual boutique shops — 38 in all, a deli, coffee shop, 10 eateries, and grounded by a multi-function town meeting hall.

There are four pools, eight clay tennis courts, a fitness center, and seven greens. Two of those greens overlook the Gulf.

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