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Coastal Home: 'But it feels like it belongs to the beach'

By Sharon Dooley | sklscoops@cox.net

This gulf-front house is named “Sea La Vie,” but listing agent Gay Landreth said she prefers to call it “Sea la View.”

“Everywhere you look from the kitchen, you don’t have to find the views. They just unfold; they are everywhere,” said Landreth, who is a managing member and broker with la florida Coastal Properties.

Mediterranean architecture serves as inspiration for the exterior of 1025 Vizcaya.

The house, 1025 Vizcaya, is listed at $2.995 million, with 2,617 square feet, four bedrooms and four baths. The current owner allowed minimal short-term rental of the house, making it a true second home. The gated community Vizcaya does allow investment ownership and short-term rental arrangements.

Even before entering the house, life within Vizcaya shows off its relaxed coastal lifestyle. Vizcaya, 5055 W. County Highway 30A, features a neighborhood pool, three beach walk-overs that are maintained by the homeowners association, and a little interior street that is flanked by the houses--half directly on 30A and half directly on the gulf.

With windows bringing in plenty of natural light, this home feels welcoming to everyone.

“It’s like a little street in Spain,” Landreth said. Neighbors can be seen walking and visiting with each other, calling each other by name.

“Sea La Vie” sits on the eastern most portion of the street; the home exterior includes a two-car port located beneath a street-side open balcony, and the front features a small courtyard.

As an upside-down house, with its bedrooms at ground level, the entry door provides easy access for bringing in luggage. The front door, however, takes the owners and guests along the house’s side, up a flight of Mediterranean-inspired stairs and into the living area.

This gulf-front house has been named “Sea La Vie” by its owner.

“When you enter, you’re in this beautiful space,” Landreth said. “The views out here: You can see to Destin and to Panama City Beach.

The great room sitting area features full-length windows with transoms, allowing for natural light to flood the space and to provide the backdrop of the emerald Gulf of Mexico waters.

The home offers gulf views both to the west and to the east.

The current furniture arrangement sets up two sitting areas within the open plan, allowing for television viewing and for conversation. The floor plan also unfolds views from the kitchen, an often overlooked detail in other beachfront architectural designs.

“The kitchen marries the dining room and the living room,” Landreth said.

Just behind the kitchen is a large pantry, a full bath, and a bedroom that overlooks the street side and provides access to the open balcony.

On the ground level, there are three bedrooms and three baths, ample storage closets, and Florida’s version of a mud room—designed as a sand removal space—complete the home.

Vizcaya features a neighborhood pool, three beach walk-overs that are maintained by the homeowners association, and a little interior street that is flanked by the houses.

"There’s something about this house that has a good feeling,” Landreth said. “It’s been here since 2004; it was built by Alan Ficarra. But it feels like it belongs to the beach.

“It’s timeless,” she added. “Ten years from now, it’s still going to have a good feeling.”

Coastal South Walton serves as the perfect location for 1025 Vizcaya.

For information about 1025 Vizcaya on 30A, contact Gay Landreth or Jeffrey Landreth at La Florida Premier Real Estate Professionals at 32 E. County Highway 30A, suite J, Santa Rosa Beach; (850) 231-7896; www.laflorida.com.