Many people dream of living on the coast one day.
Maybe you’re tired of the daily routine, long commutes, and too much concrete. Maybe you long for a quiet retreat by the sea, for falling asleep to the sound of the ocean’s waves at night and watching the sunrise over the water as you drink your coffee each morning. Maybe you want to slow down the pace of your hectic life and take time for simple pleasures, like chatting with your neighbor or taking an evening stroll down to the beach to look for shells and sand dollars.
Whether you are considering buying a second home on the coast, selling your home and relocating, or just need to get away, then look no further than the sunny little beach town of Seaside where the motto speaks for itself: “Seaside: A Simple, Beautiful Life.”
Driving down the 30-A highway along the Emerald Coast of Florida, the town of Seaside is sure to catch your eye. As soon as you step into Seaside, you will feel as though you’ve traveled back in time. The pristine town center with its unique shops and award-winning restaurants are all within walking distance of the local neighborhoods, and the tree-lined, cobblestone streets are designed to make both cars and people slow down and take in the scenery.
Every corner is filled with hidden pocket parks, all connected by sandy paths that lead to the ocean. The pastel colors of the cottage-style homes, matching picket fences, welcoming front porches, and gorgeous pavilions set Seaside apart with its casual, laid-back beauty.
Still not convinced? Here are six really good reasons that Seaside should be your first choice for a beach vacation destination, coastal relocation, or seasonal second home.
For those who love taking long walks through historic neighborhoods, touring homes, or simply appreciate a well-maintained yard, Seaside will feel like a dream. In fact, the town is world-renowned for its architecture and design.
Over the years, Seaside has won over 13 awards for design and architecture! The “New Urbanist” design of Seaside has inspired the creation of over 220 similar communities with its “unique combination of cottages, boutiques, eateries, and walkable streets” (https://seasidefl.com/news/first-ever-chairmans-award-given-to-seaside). The homes and commercial buildings are all built to invoke a small town, turn-of-the-century feel that encourages locals to slow down and enjoy the sea breeze.
The peaceful, interdenominational Seaside Chapel has even been accepted into the Library of Congress as a heritage destination. This Carpenter Gothic-style church is one of the youngest buildings to earn this designation, and the entirely white wooden building with its high bell tower, abundance of natural light, and see-through balcony will leave you awestruck.
If you get bored with the view from your balcony, then you can saunter down to one of the nine unique pavilions along the shore, each designed by a different architect!
For families that have young or teenage children, Seaside offers a whole host of fun activities and things to do! Take a leisurely walk from your front door to downtown Seaside or the ocean in just minutes, or take the family on a scavenger hunt to find all of the “Truman Show” filming spots in town, including the Truman house from the movie.
Learn to surf at Austin Magee’s Surf School, take up croquet at the Seaside Swim & Tennis Club, or even get professional sand sculpting lessons to ensure that your family’s sandcastles are the best in town!
The Seaside Amphitheater is host to talented musicians, dance companies, and performers from all over the country for year-round entertainment. They even have summer movie nights with family-friendly flicks like The Lion King and Spiderman: Far from Home.
For kids in 5th to 8th grade, the Seaside Neighborhood School is an incredible learning experience with opportunities to participate in programs like Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen program and LEGO robotics.
Romantic Date Nights
With romance always in the air, you and your sweetheart will never run out of ideas for date night in Seaside. Choose from an extensive wine list at The Wine Bar, winner of the “2019 Perfect in South Walton” award for the best wine list, or sample wines from around the world at the annual Seeing Red Wine Festival.
The intimate, 75-seat Repertory Theatre is perfect for catching a play or improv comedians with your partner, or for a daytime date, you can stroll through the Farmer’s Market for local cheeses, fresh meats, baked goods, and produce from nearby farms. And of course, nothing beats a romantic evening stroll along the beach!
There are 16 different restaurants in Seaside to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! Whether you are looking for fine dining, waterfront seating, or more casual fare, the restaurants in Seaside bring in food lovers from all along the coast. Try Bud & Alley’s for pizza and fried seafood, or grab a burger and eat overlooking the water at Pickle’s Beachside Grill. Great Southern Café serves southern staples with an upscale, coastal twist that has won them multiple awards over the years!
Don’t want to wait for service at a sit-down restaurant? Take the family to Food Truck Row, where you can get everything from barbeque to shaved ice, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and hot dogs, all served out of gorgeous vintage Airstreams!
Seaside is well known for the ever-expanding collection of Seaside Merchants. You’ll find much more than the standard swim shops and candy stores of most beach towns here. Flip through old records at Central Square Records, shop for award-winning jewelry and art at Fusion Art Glass, buy Tory Burch and other luxury labels at Willow and Woods, or find the perfect curated gifts and handmade ceramics at The Art of Simple.
Once you’re done perusing the shops, visit Duckies toy shop with the iconic giant rubber duck out front and grab a toy for the kids (or yourself!)
Nature at Your Doorstep
Seaside is the perfect central location for exploring the rest of South Walton and the Emerald Coast. Bike the 18-mile Timpoochee Trail, where you’ll wind through dunes, old-growth forests, around lakes, and end up on quiet, untouched beaches in the state parks.
If you’re looking to hike, picnic, fish, or camp, try the 2,000 acre Grayton Beach State Park – a park that has one of Florida’s most pristine and well-preserved beaches! Deer Lake State Park has a beautiful boardwalk to explore the coastal dune lake, an extremely rare phenomenon that is a must-see. Drive just a half hour and you can visit Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Morrison Springs County Park, and even a coastal mansion at Eden Gardens State Park. In Seaside, you’re never far from nature.
Find Your Perfect Beach
Whether you are looking for a tranquil retreat by the sea or a bustling beach town with plenty to do, the idyllic town of Seaside has you covered. Do you really need any more reasons to book your next trip or finally take the plunge and invest in your perfect beach house? There’s no need to look any further for your ideal beach town – you’ll find it in Seaside.
If you are looking to buy a house in this neighborhood, contact us today!