When I think of Seaside, Florida, it always makes me feel sentimental, because it takes me back to 1996, when my husband and I were there on our honeymoon. (See last photograph, bottom of this page.) That part of the state’s west coast is such a pretty little spot, and I absolutely loved the cute and interesting clapboard cottages. All are painted either white or a Neapolitan-ice-cream pastel, and architectural details are borrowed from classic Charleston, Victorian, Antebellum, and Revival styles. (For photographs and information about the town, visit seasideflorida.com.)
There is something about a cottage by the sea, furnished completely in casual, beachy decor, that has always appealed to me. I’m not sure I’d want to live so informally year-round; but to have a special place like that to which we would periodically sneak away seems like a dreamy-wonderful idea.
This 1,814-square-foot house has a contract pending (852 Forest Street), so most likely someone is about to snap up a sweet place, just a short stroll from the Gulf of Mexico. Listed with Seaside Community Realty for $2,025,000, it has three bedrooms and two and one-half baths, and the ceilings are eleven feet on the first floor and twelve feet on the second.
Just so adorable! ~Janis Lyn Johnson
ABOVE: Photographs via Seaside Community Realty. BELOW: Photograph of me at Seaside, Florida, 1996, taken by my husband on our honeymoon. No, that was not my bicycle. I walked over and stood next to it for the photograph, because I thought it would look cute. (I haven’t ridden a bike since our first year of dating, back in 1985.) Notice it doesn’t have a lock on it? How perfectly wonderful was that!