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The Charms of Alys Beach

The New Urbanist community on Florida’s Gulf Coast blends tranquility, amenities and an elevated lifestyle.

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A lively sense of community, the beauty of a Gulf Coast beach, luxurious architecture that celebrates an indoor-outdoor lifestyle—these are just some of the pleasures of Alys Beach. A superb example of New Urbanism, Alys Beach, on the Florida Panhandle, is the kind of place where you instantly feel at home. The planned community has it all: a vibrant town center; nature paths for walking, biking, or running; the amenities of a five-star resort; and, best of all, the privacy of an exclusive enclave that promotes the spirit of neighborliness.

There are no hotels in Alys Beach. The secluded community is designed for residents, who will find world-class facilities. ZUMA, the state-of-the-art wellness center, offers the latest workout equipment, an indoor-outdoor pool, tennis courts, TRX-certified trainers, massage therapy, and yoga and fitness classes. On the north side of the property near the 20-acre nature preserve is Caliza Pool with palm-shaded loggias, cabanas and saltwater pools. Recently opened is the stunning multistory Beach Club—available only to Alys Beach homeowners—which occupies an ideal location along the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. At this notable addition to the community, residents can enjoy views of sunrise and sunset, open-air dining, a congenial lounge for gatherings with friends and family, and programming, events and special menus offered nearly year-round.

Alys Beach

Of course, there’s the beach itself, a powder-soft gem reminiscent of a Caribbean Island and open only to homeowners and guests. Rent a catamaran or a stand-up paddleboard here and ride the waves, or simply spend the day on a beach chair, sipping something cool. While you’re contemplating the ever-changing seascape, you can order your food and drinks from the Beach Delivery Service and have it brought right to your chair.

The same attention to detail that has distinguished every aspect of Alys Beach has gone into the choice of stores, boutiques and eateries here. The curated town center includes everything from home décor to jewelry to a well-stocked bottle shop/wine-tasting venue, and from donuts to casual fine dining.

Alys Beach

Throughout the well-maintained community, the prevailing design aesthetic—the creation of DPZ CoDesign in Miami—evokes Mediterranean and Bermudian architecture, with crisp white walls and rooftops against the blue sky. Yet the master plan allows for a range of residential choices, including opportunities for custom homes and homesites, prebuilt homes and condominiums. Construction is seamlessly executed by eight approved quality builders whose teams follow “Fortified for Safer Living” standards and green building practices.

The penchant for good design also extends into the community’s parks, paths and green spaces, thanks to the Alys Foundation, which has installed a wealth of internationally sourced public art.

Alys Beach

As a respite from the crowds and chaos of today’s big cities, Alys Beach is an inviting place to work from home or to relax with family. And while it may be tempting to never leave, if wanderlust does strike, the urban centers of the Southeast—Atlanta, Birmingham and Dallas—are all within an easy drive.

Above all, Alys Beach combines the serenity of the natural world, the mysteries of the Gulf waters and Florida’s lush beauty with outstanding architecture and the camaraderie of a family-friendly, close-knit community.


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