Florida Resort Style
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Imagine vacation destinations on the Mediterranean and the Caribbean; resorts along the Italian Coast or on a Greek island; the pristine style of Spain’s resort villas in Costa Azul or Blanca; or even the exotic arches and tile work of Morocco. Then imagine these styles blended and adjusted to Florida’s lifestyle and you have what we know as “Florida Resort”.
This style became especially prevalent when the concept of planned communities first originated with Seaside. When Seaside went into development, it rapidly gained national attention in the architectural community. It gained world-wide recognition when it was the setting for the movie “The Truman Show”. Although Seaside doesn’t show the design style of Florida Resort – choosing instead to focus on creating the atmosphere of an old-fashioned beach town – it set into motion the idea of creating a themed environment where buildings, roads, signage and landscaping were carefully planned to suit that theme. And where did architects and developers look to for their inspiration? They looked to the style of luxury provided by the most elite seaside resort destinations.
- Multiple floors– often three stories
- Deep balconies on each floor – often spanning the entire width of the house
- Courtyards and drives surfaced with pavers
- Stucco finishes in shades of white or soft pastels
- Stucco arches
- Tone-on-tone stucco trim
- Bahama or Plantation shutters
- Double or triple French doors with transoms overhead
- Often has tile roof