If you follow me on instagram, you know that I spent all of last week lounging on one of the most beautiful beaches in Northwest Florida. Aside from the two, yes two, sharks we saw, the water was the most beautiful I’ve ever seen it. We saw dolphins playing almost every day and the water was clear, turquoise, and magnificent: “God’s swimming pool,” as my seven year old put it.
But there’s another part of this beautiful place that I love to take in- the beach houses of Santa Rosa. This year we rented bikes, and so one day after breakfast, Paul and I rode around and discovered a little neighborhood we hadn’t seen before. The colors, the porches, the columns, the shutters, the boldness of it all! No playing it safe here. And I think its like that in a lot of beach towns. Its just a refreshing change for me coming from suburbia where it seems like every house is the same and the neighborhood association makes sure it stays that way, thankyouverymuch.
I’ll start off with idyllic Seaside, which isn’t actually Santa Rosa beach. But I just couldn’t resist sharing this photo of the adorable Post Office in this quaint little town. Did you know this is where The Truman Show was filmed? That should explain how perfectly adorable this town is.
Now here we are in Santa Rosa. How stunning is this? Right on the gulf and it even has its own little inlet. I love the wrap around porch and the weathered wood contrasted with the blue paint and metal roof.
This one was across the street from the beach, so I’m sure it’s height was built with ocean views in mind. So unique! How nice would it be to sit on that roof or balcony, sipping your morning coffee?
This one has some stately charm, and even though its not the brightest shade, there’s just something about it- the double doors, the transoms, brick pavers, the columns, the lush landscaping. I’d love to see the inside!
This one was mid-construction but looks to have some old charm. I think its my favorite- the siding is a lovely shade of beachy blue, the circle windows- and those steps and that metal roof! My heart is fluttering.
All you color lovers will love these next three- a yellow house with blue shutters???
How about this green porch with the three matching pendant lights? I love the weathered wood flooring here. Another mix of old and new that just gets my heart pounding.
My husband and his brother are both videographers and photographers. So what else would they craft in the sand?? 🙂
So perhaps our house for the week did not make my list of the most colorful and architecturally exciting. It is painted a kind of khaki/olive green. The inside had some nice touches but went a little too literal on the “beach house” theme. I wish I had a picture for you, but there was a funny clock made from oyster shells so we kept referring to the time as “a half past an oyster.” 🙂
But with a view like this?? I’m certainly not complaining and already wishing I could be there again!!
Thank you so much for reading! Have any plans involving a beach house this summer? I’d love to hear!