Gulf Place, a place to call home (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 02:50 PM.

The Caribbean-influenced development of Gulf Place rests at the northwest corner of the two-laned County Roads of 30A and 393S with a view towards the Gulf of Mexico .

The property consisted of 160 acres at one time that were owned by Dr. R.B. Spires of DeFuniak Springs. The original plat of land stretched from 393S to The Palms and included part of what is now the Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club fairway on 30A.

"We would get out of school in DeFuniak and come down and stay here," recalls Gus Andrews, Jr., Spires ' grandson. "There were just three houses here in the 1970s."

To create value, his dad, Gus Andrews, Sr., helped get the charter for the Santa Rosa Beach Club and sold the club three Gulf-front lots for about $25,000 each to build the club. The family also gave the easements. In return, the family was given lifetime memberships.

Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club started with just nine holes, and Andrews' first job was at the golf club.

"We dug all the sand traps for first nine holes," he remembers.

Andrews bought 72 acres of the wooded land from his grandfather, and began developing it in 1990.

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