Imagine starting the day with breakfast on the balcony of a cottage overlooking the serene Gulf of Mexico, inhaling refreshing air.
Imagine closing the front door and strolling on boardwalks past more masterfully designed cottages, gardens and parks on the way to work. No traffic, no highways, no rush hour, no crowds and no stress.
A five minute walk from front door to work, this is just the way Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, the internationally renowned community planners of Rosemary Beach, designed it. The multiple neighborhoods of Rosemary Beach are interconnected by a network of pedestrian footpaths, boardwalks and secret pathways that lead to all public areas, including the beach, the Town Center, tennis courts, swimming pools and other community amenities. Cars are restricted to alleyways behind homes and the community’s pedestrian scale ensures that every place within Rosemary Beach is easily accessible by foot.
Nothing is more than a five minute walk away from the Town Center either, where shops, restaurants, the Town Hall and Post Office beckon residents to gather, work and socialize in a stress-free environment. The Town Center is easily accessible to residents who want to dine at their favorite restaurant, but don’t want to spend the entire evening just getting there; residents who want to do more with their day than spend it in the car running errands to locations that are miles apart; residents who want to plan an event at the Town Hall, the largest indoor venue on Scenic Route 30A, yet don’t want the hassle of huge crowds. The Town Center is just that–the center of Rosemary Beach with everything residents need conveniently located in one area.
As you stroll along the footpaths in Rosemary Beach, named for the native species of rosemary herb that lines our sand paths and can be found throughout our community, you will discover some delightful surprises…
Rosemary Beach made a commitment to protect the environment by not building beyond the coastal construction control line, or buffer zone, landward of the beach. In keeping with that commitment, nine dune walkovers have been built providing residents and guests beach access. These walkovers protect the fragile dune system and prevent erosion and washout during storms. The walkovers are unobtrusive, simple and functional, with each walkover containing showers. Two of the walkovers are wheelchair accessible and contain restrooms.
In the Northwest corner of Rosemary Beach at West Kingston Road is an elaborate butterfly garden. This garden was conceived as a display garden that would emphasize the significance of the native landscape. A wooden walkway weaves through colorful plantings that lure butterflies.
The Rosemary Beach Fitness Trail & Walking Tour is a 2.3 mile trail that utilizes both sand paths and boardwalks to wind through the community’s native landscape, parks and public spaces; and incorporates four fitness stations that include exercise apparatuses for stretching and strength training.