WaterColor inspired: Manatee County developers look to emulate ‘picket fence feel’ of 30A

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 05:20 PM.

WaterColor and Seaside

WaterColor and its older neighbor, Seaside , flank a half-mile stretch of the Gulf of Mexico midway between Pensacola and Panama City .

Both communities center around a small downtown shopping hub dotted with clothing boutiques, antique stores, cafés, wine bars and realty offices.

Condominiums and apartments sit atop the retail on the second and third floors.

Homes in the 499-acre WaterColor district generally are two and three stories each, with townhomes mingled between single-family houses. The architecture takes notes from Key West cottages, southern estates in Charleston and the Victorian accents brought to America by British colonists.

The houses sit closer to one another than most traditional subdivisions in Southwest Florida , and the front setbacks from the street also are minimal, with driveways and most parking garages accessed through small alleys behind the homes.

Waist-high picket fences are common. So are southern-style front porches propped up by large columns — with hammocks, patio furniture and barbecue grills concealed by the mature Florida landscape.

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