Hampstead, a small new community in Montgomery, was planned - and presumably financed - at a time when sales of 150 homes a year could be expected. It began however during the GFC and since then they've sold 70 lots - plus a few commercial properties, but more on that later.
A lot of us seem to like Rosemary Beach and I'm no exception. I'm not sure how much of this might be to do with the fact that we were hosted by town architects Ron Domin and Doug Bock on our first night there, and toured around by Doug (video coming soon) on our second visit because there's unquestionably something that's added to the experience of a place by the people you meet.
After the lead up on Alys, that it was the culmination of a twenty year journey towards personal privacy along this beachside strip that runs from Seaside to Rosemary Beach, I was prepared to be wowed. However, the reality was more exclusive magazine than a place I'd be comfortable to call home.
If your ideas about Seaside - the coastal town on the Florida Coast made famous by movie and magazine - have been informed by either The Truman Show or Eastern Airlines mag, then that's probably a pity, as it's definitely a place with a lot of subtle nuances that may take several days or visits to be apparent.
There aren't many contemporary homes in Seaside, but that's not because they aren't allowed to be there. What's interesting is that while the architectural code does allow for different expression, it hasn't, by and large, occurred.
How much of the year do you work to pay for your car? Do you know? In my case, it's not huge, but it's a cost that far outweighs the benefit really.
Have you thought much about what makes a great place? I have, partly through personal interest, and partly because my team at Talking Brand writes on the subject in the aptly named great places magazines for our clients, urban designers and town planners RobertsDay.