I’ve been witness to Alys Beach construction and town evolution since the beginning in 2004. As the principle photographer of Alys Beach construction, architecture, sales, rentals and events, I thankfully get to enjoy every nook and cranny of Alys Beach, and the secluded courtyards of every home are unique and always surprising.
I was honored to be asked to contribute three dozen photos for the book, Reflections On Seaside by acclaimed architect, author, and urbanist Dhiru A. Thadani. The book celebrates the 40th anniversary of the town of Seaside, the place that has inspired countless designers, architects, urban planners, and everyday citizens in the search for the ideal hometown. The work is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Visions of Seaside, published in 2013.
I had the pleasure of documenting construction by ground and aerial photography from ground breaking to final touches for this impressive home at 146 Montgomery Street which recently sold for a South Walton record price of $14,000,000. “Mont Blanc” in Seagrove, Florida is comprised of 5 Bedrooms and 5 baths at 9,051sf.
Pushing the boundaries of both architectural design and fortified construction, this idyllic home combines quality and artistic inspiration into a refined finished product that has no parallel in Northwest Florida.
Construction by Scott Barnes Development, design and finish selections by Erika Powell of Urban Grace Interiors and architectural rendering by Archiscapes and TS Adams Studio. The real estate broker was Blake Morar of Scenic Sotheby’s.
The WaterColor Beach Club is newly expanded and renovated with lots of new space for lounging, swimming, eating, and drinking on the edge of the Gulf, overlooking Grayton Beach State Park to the west. watercolorinn.com
The Clubs by Joe added a unique amenity for Club members – a private aircraft for trips in and out of Panama City Beaches International Airport.
More info – https://www.clubsbyjoe.com/airplane
The Perfect in South Walton Awards, now in its sixth year, are both nominated and voted on by the public, allowing both visitors and residents to recognize their favorite local restaurants, businesses and events in a variety of categories.
“The best part about the Perfect in South Walton Awards is that it creates another moment for our visitors and locals to remember the people and experiences that make South Walton special,” says Visit South Walton Director of Marketing and Communications David Demarest. “When they spend time thinking about their favorite memories, it won’t be long before they’re back to visit and support local business.”
Kurt Lischka, founder of SoWal.com, won the honor again for Best Beach Photographer. Kurt founded SoWal in 2003 as a platform to spread the word about the world’s most beautiful beaches and has shared thousands of South Walton photographs online and in print for several decades.
“It’s such an honor to win again and to have people vote for me makes it very special. South Walton has a lot of fans and I love sharing the beach with them every day,” Kurt said. “I’m dedicating the award to Moon Creek Studios’ employee Molly Parker who passed away last December. She was a huge part of our success and establishing our gallery in Grayton Beach. She was part of our SoWal family and is missed every day.”
Most homes in Rosemary Beach are based on island architecture with traditional features. Original town architect Richard Gibbs told me he only allowed natural materials like wood and metal because everything about the town should develop a patina. And for that I’m grateful, even if constant maintenance and replacement has to happen.
This cool modern home on the north side of Scenic 30A stands out among the typical Rosemary Beach homes. It’s sleek and modern and cool. 20 East Water Street is not typical, but it is still classic Rosemary Beach.
We have great events in South Walton and I have enjoyed documenting nearly all of them for more than a decade. The Harvest Wine & food Festival is relatively new and in a beautiful spot in WaterColor’s Cerulean Park.
I love spending time outdoors and could spend a whole lifetime taking photos of wildlife. It takes patience and most of the shots I get are just lucky since I don’t have as much time outdoors as I would like.
Coyotes, foxes, deer, turtles, raccoons, alligators, dolphin, rays, and even manatees can be spotted in SoWal. The easiest wildlife to spot are the birds that are everywhere all the time. Shore birds are fun to see and seem very unusual if you don’t live at the beach. Herons and pelicans are fascinating to watch as they interact with the environment. People say pelicans aren’t so pretty but watching them glide in formation inches over the waves is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see.
We have black bears and getting a photo of one in the dunes would be the ultimate South Walton wildlife pic in my book. If you’re lucky you’ll spot a bald eagle or tow, usually in the less developed areas and around our coastal dune lakes. The occasional alligator in the surf is also a wow moment! The bull gators get a little crazy in mating season and sometimes wander into the surf.
The owner designed his home in Seacrest with personal sketches and inspiration from decades of travel. Gracing the structure are amazing art pieces and artifacts from across the globe. Some of the home’s features were created to complement the art.
Construction by Arkon Group.