When deciding where to spend vacation time at the beach, a major consideration is what amenities are nearby.
For some the more amenities the better.
But for others, less is more.
For those looking for a quiet and peaceful stretch of beach, Dune Allen may be your perfect beach.
It includes Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, the beginning of the west end of County Road 30A, Flamingo Village subdivision, Topsail Village, Butler Elementary School, a world-class ski school, Elmo's Gill, Stinky's Fish Camp, Vizcaya, and five lakes, three of which are rare coastal dune lakes.
The area has a quiet and quaint history and is known as the quiet stretch of 30A.
The community was founded by Jeanne and Eric Allen, who moved here from north
They built their all-electric home north of
Eric Allen's parents had owned 213 acres along the Gulf since the 1920s.
This was a time long before
Eric became a contractor and built two more vacation cottages on his property by the lake. Over the years, he built many more. He also built a short airstrip that is now the road north of 30A leading to the Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club.
Susan Lucas and her family knew the Allens from the 1950s on.
"Eric was a World War II aviator and loved to fly," said Lucas, "He was famous for partying, sports cars, and driving fast on 98, but there was no traffic then. And, Jeanne was delightful. They lived in a house on Allen Loop that still stands. They mostly sold to Air Force officers who built little concrete block houses."
Eric died in 1979, and reportedly is buried in
One mystery that no one seems to have a definitive answer to, however, is how one small area of Dune Allen got the name
It was just an older beach house that had a Western look, said Andrew Fluery
Lucas and historian Brenda Rees agree that it just came from the name the builders of the first house on that particular street gave their home and it stuck. The TDC now recognizes
Long-time local Malcolm Patterson had a more interesting take on it, though, as he seemed to remember a family that owned the property had several children and the kids always brought friends down.
"The house was always in turmoil and confusion and this was the origin of the name," said Patterson.