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A Paradise by the Sea

Story courtesy of Rosemary Beach Realty | Photography by Alex Dossey, courtesy of Rosemary Beach Realty

As astounding as it might seem amid a pandemic and other tumultuous circumstances, the real estate market along Florida’s Gulf Coast continues to thrive. The area’s brokers, agents, and other industry professionals have worked tirelessly throughout 2020 and into the beginning of the new year to keep up with demand. Rosemary Beach Realty, a luxury real estate company based in the exclusive Northwest Florida community of Rosemary Beach, shattered a record in December when it brokered the most expensive residential home sale along Scenic Highway 30-A. This gorgeous Gulf-front estate at 88 Paradise by the Sea Court sold for $15.95 million. Jonathan Clark and Ashlee Mitchell of the Clark & Mitchell Group, together with broker Amanda Hampel, negotiated the sale of this off-market property in less than sixty days, and it’s not hard to see why it was such a desirable residence.

The four-story Gulf-front home in the gated community of Paradise by the Sea was masterfully planned by the architects from A BOHEME Design and constructed by EarthBuild, LLC. Encompassing 9,790 square feet, 88 Paradise by the Sea Court showcases eight bedrooms, nine-and-a-half bathrooms, over sixty feet of private beach, two private saltwater pools, a covered spa on the pool deck, a boccie ball court, and a two-car garage with a charming carriage house above.

“We loved working closely with the original owners on this home from conception through construction,” says architect Jonathan Hampel of A BOHEME Design. “Early in the design conversations, we settled on a style that we referred to as ‘modern classic.’ We maintained a very minimal material and color palette, which provided a clean canvas for Melanie Turner and her interior design team to introduce playful color throughout the furnishings. The homeowners requested a grand entrance and stairwell with hopes of catching a view of the Gulf upon entering the home. The lot is long and perpendicular to the beach, so we started by carving out an interior courtyard and set up a secondary view axis through the home, reinforced by a reflecting pool in the courtyard. We then designed a delicate, curved stair that appears to float within the hall to maintain an open view. The result was better than we could have imagined.” He adds that the trifecta of architecture, interiors by Melanie Turner of Atlanta, and landscape design by Kendall Horne are what made this home such a beautiful success.

“The collaboration between the owners and their interior designer resulted in a unique masterpiece that we were very proud to represent and showcase,” says Ashlee Mitchell. “The thoughtful details that were incorporated throughout were appreciated by all who had the opportunity to experience them.”

“The collaboration between the owners and their interior designer resulted in a unique masterpiece that we were very proud to represent and showcase.”

Shellstone flooring is placed throughout the interior and exterior of the ground floor, while ten-inch Belgian white oak plank flooring by Francois & Co. is showcased in the rest of the residence. Hurricane-rated Weather Shield windows and exterior doors, Marvin glass sliding doors, and custom mahogany entry doors by E. F. San Juan make a statement in nearly every room of the home, especially overlooking the dazzling Gulf of Mexico. The Youngstown, Florida, moulding and millwork company also supplied minimalistic baseboards and white oak beams that perfectly fit the modern classic design.

The chef’s kitchen, highlighted by a backsplash of handmade mosaic tile from Morocco, hosts a butler’s pantry, four Shaws porcelain sinks, a CornuFé 110 range by La Cornue, a custom-painted glass hood by Karpaty Cabinets, and SUB-ZERO, Wolf, and Miele appliances.

“We were extremely pleased with the immediate response and the amount of interest we received through our private marketing efforts for this spectacular property,” says Jonathan Clark. “We are really thrilled to have represented the owners to achieve this record-breaking sale.”

Amanda Hampel adds, “We utilized the momentum our brokerage achieved from the previous record-breaking sale of 181 Paradise by the Sea Boulevard to sell this off-market listing and set a new record on Scenic Highway 30-A.”

This residential closing marks the third record-breaking sale by Rosemary Beach Realty in the last three years.

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Since 1995, Rosemary Beach Realty has sold extraordinary luxury real estate along Scenic Highway 30-A in Northwest Florida. In addition to being the exclusive on-site real estate office in the renowned Rosemary Beach community, its seasoned real estate professionals also assist sellers and buyers from Panama City Beach to Destin. With just over twenty agents, Rosemary Beach Realty is a focused and dedicated team. Visit RosemaryBeachRealty.com to learn more or search properties today.



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