A Visit to Seaside, FL

Seaside Post Office

For many years I’ve read about the master-planned community of Seaside, FL in design and architecture publications and finally had a chance to see it first hand. By complete happenstance, it’s just a short drive from the Topsail Reserve State Park where we are currently camped. It’s located on the FL panhandle between Panama City Beach and Destin on the Emerald Coast and became globally famous when as the location for the filming of The Truman Show movie.

Seaside along 30A

Retail Shops

Seaside Chapel/Townhouse

To the beach

Edited from Wikipedia:

Seaside’s roots can be traced to 1946, when the grandfather of future founder Robert S. Davis bought 80 acres of land along the shore of Northwest Florida as a summer retreat for his family. In 1979 Davis inherited the parcel from his grandfather, and set out to transform it into an old-fashioned beach town, replete with climate adapted, wood-framed cottages in the Florida Panhandle building tradition.

Davis, his wife Daryl, and architectural partners toured the south studying small towns in order to create Seaside.The goal was not only to create an old-fashioned beach town, but to create a social atmosphere that people enjoyed being in. Every Architect-designed house in Seaside is colorful and different, ranging from styles such as Victorian, Neoclassical, Modern, Postmodern, and Deconstructivism.

The beach

It’s nicely done and the wide variety and inter-mixing of architectural styles, colors, and landscaping give it an intimate community feeling.

Of particular interest were six repurposed, vintage Airstreams serving as small restaurants with outdoor seating. Unfortunately, because of the season and the “cold” day, all but one were closed.

Wild Bill's Airstream

Six Airstreams for fine dining

Always nice to see an Airstream rescued and given a second life!

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