Sixth Edition
Welcome to the sixth edition of The Alys Journal. As the holidays approach, decorations have begun to appear. The trees are trimmed, and garlands hung, lights twinkle in our palms and along the corridors, and we look forward to being together as much as is possible this holiday season.

We also reflect on our blessings this year, in spite of the many trials of 2020. We are grateful for all of our friends and family here at Alys Beach. We are grateful to be in a place that has served as a respite for so many, a haven from the challenges, a place to breathe, to be in nature, and to continue creating special moments with our loved ones. We hope that this final Journal edition of 2020 helps to usher in the spirit of the season and, for those who are visiting us from afar via these words and images, we hope to transport you to our own version of white (sand) holidays and “Salute” to the year’s end.

“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”
- John Boswell (1947-1994; American Historian and Professor)

“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare
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$6,395,000 | North of 30A
$5,195,000 | North of 30A
It’s no secret that the demand for property in our area has been tremendous over the last several months. As we have shifted our working environments to limit exposure during the pandemic, many people have made home a higher priority and have upgraded, added a vacation home, or have chosen to relocate to their favorite place – the beach! Our Alys Beach sales offerings may be more limited at this time, but they still represent the highest quality in design, construction, and location.

In addition, this is perhaps one of the most exciting times to purchase here in Alys. Our much-anticipated, owner-exclusive Beach Club is currently open for a preview and will fully open at the start of the new season in March. The Beach Club offers exquisite Gulf views from the vantage points of its beautiful saltwater pool, spas and multiple levels of terraces, an incredible amenity accessible only by those who own property in Alys Beach. This exciting new addition to the Alys Beach portfolio joins Caliza Pool and Restaurant, ZUMA Wellness Center and the private beaches to offer homeowners a fully realized experience.

Enjoy perusing these current offerings, and please feel welcome to reach out to our Sales Office if you would like to know more.
The Alys Shoppe | Holiday Gift Guide

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Theresa

While stockings are hung with care, Santa’s little helpers are filling their carts with all of the precious details.

At the Alys Shoppe this time of year, you’ll find a thoughtful collection of elevated gifts and apparel. Designer clothing and accessories, the perfect logo clothing items, logo Yeti drink wear and sentimental favorites such as our Buttery ornaments and custom Arboleda scented candle are all great incentive to pop in while you’re in town. If you can’t be here with us in person, you can still share your love of Alys Beach with your loved ones by shopping the Alys Shoppe online.

The Alys Shoppe has lovely gift ideas for everyone on your list and our Shoppe team would love to help you find just the right thing for your special someone – and for you! Enjoy this gift guide, curated by the Alys Shoppe especially for our friends and neighbors.

  1. Gresham Jewelry-Maui Bracelets $35-$45
  2.  Linda Richards-Pom Hats and Handwarmers $85-$115
  3. Jaq Jaq Bird-Color It & Go Erasable Books $30
  4. Slumberkins-Snuggler and Book Bundle to help promote early emotional learning $45
  5. Samantha Holmes Alpaca-Knee Length Alpaca Socks $40
  6. Bene Handbags-Nott Handbag in Alligator Stamped Mint Green Italian Leather $695
  7. Swole Panda-Bamboo Scarves $45
  8. Swole Panda-Bamboo Socks $15
  9. Turkish T-Kilim Fleece Lined Throws $116
  10. Tom Ford- Tammy Frame (oversized), Autumn Frame (pink) $395-$445
  11. Krewe // Billy Reid-Troy Frame $275
  12. Alys Beach Logo Fleece Zip-up Hoodie $42
  13. Yeti-Alys Beach Drinkware $30-$42
The Alys Foundation | Holiday Programing

 “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie (Contemporary American Author)

Did you know that, while The Alys Foundation is responsible for funding the Alys Beach signature events and artwork, it also supports local nonprofits? Let us give you the lowdown on the Foundation so you know the important role it plays in our town and the larger community!

As St. Francis of Assisi said so simply and poignantly, “For it is in giving that we receive.” Service and charitable giving is at the core of The Alys Foundation’s mission, serving local charities and the South Walton community at large has been a primary focus from the onset, supported through events and private contributions. During this season of giving, we’re highlighting several of these local charities as opportunities for your GivingTuesday donations and holiday giving. #GivingTuesday2020 is a global generosity movement that will take place on December 1st.

  • Point Washington Medical Clinic encourages you to join their Circle of 100 or to donate to their GiveSmart Fundraising Campaign.
  • Food For Thought is running a campaign for Giving Tuesday 2020 with a goal to feed 200 families for the holidays. $40 will feed one family for a holiday meal – how many families can you feed?
  • Food For Thought is running a Stock the Sleigh Food Drive for the holiday season. This December 2nd – December 14th, FFT (132 Market Street, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459) will collect boxes of non-perishable food for this special holiday food drive. Contact support@fftfl.org with any questions, and visit their website for tips on the types of food items they’d love to receive.
  • Food For Thought is also encouraging the community to Sponsor A Family over the holidays to help bridge the gap of food insecurity while children are out of school for the holiday break.
  • The mission of the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center is to prevent child neglect and abuse, to protect children, and to restore childhoods of those who have suffered abuse. The Center opened in October of 2000 and has since provided services to more than 16,000 child abuse victims. In 2017, the Center partnered with Walton County Schools to provide child abuse prevention education for grades K-12. This GivingTuesday, you can participate in the Center’s mission by donating online, or via Venmo @EmeraldCoast-ChildrensAdvocacy.
  • The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center also offers several ways to assist families during the holiday season. Donors can participate in the 2020 Adopt-a-Family Program, which runs through December 16th. The Center matches donors with families and collects the unwrapped gifts, hosting a drive-thru Christmas party for the families. More information on the campaign’s needs and contacts for inquiries can be found on the Center’s website.
  • The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is launching its Under the Sea campaign on #GivingTuesday 2020 with the goal of raising $20,000 in funds for the 2021 Underwater Museum of Art deployment. Donations can be made on the CAA Facebook page and, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on December 1st, Facebook and PayPal will match the first $7 million in donations to all participating non-profits, so the earlier the donation, the greater the impact! The CAA will also be looking for donors to sponsor new sculptures for the Museum and the first five donors of $3,000 or more will be the first to select sculptures. Lastly, sharing the campaign to your social media contacts will help the CAA meet their goal! Please share and tag (#GivingTuesday, #ArtMatters, #SupportTheArts, #SaveTheArts, #WeAreTheCAA,#UMAFL, @UMAFL, @CulturalArtsAlliance).


Building in Alys Beach | Laying the Foundation

“May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.”  – Mary Anne Radmacher (Contemporary American Author and Artist)

To build a home in Alys Beach is to build legacy, invest in memory-making, family, community, balance, and abundance, A Life Defined.

While the natural beauty of Alys Beach is unparalleled, the exquisite architecture and community design is unmistakably unique. Designed by planning and architecture firm DPZ CoDesign (Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company), the elements that comprise Alys Beach are carefully choreographed to create a New Urbanist community built for relationships. A striking architectural language combines the harmonious forms of Bermudan architecture, and Moorish and Mediterranean details, with the gracious character of Antiguan- and Guatemalan-inspired courtyard living. The first community in the world to meet the prestigious standard of FORTIFIED…for Safer Living®, all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard.

Alys Beach architecture is a marrying of individual home design with the adherence to a carefully, thoroughly crafted Design Code that guides all aspects of new construction, modifications to existing buildings, and landscaping. This creates a harmony between creativity and consistency, allowing the original vision to unfold, a part of the process informed by Schematic Design Review by the Town Architects, Marieanne Khoury-Vogt and Erik Vogt of KVA, in tandem with the approved architect. Builders are also selected from a list of Approved Builder Program members, which ensures that your builder complies with the Design Code and Construction guidelines.

The Urban Code of Alys Beach encompasses the architectural and landscape design code as well as that for traffic flow and pedestrian versus vehicular thoroughfares (boulevard/30A, vehicular streets, lanes/alleys, pedestrian streets, pedestrian passages or “ped paths,” and parking). You will also find a select collection of building types within Alys Beach including:

  • Villa: A single-family dwelling on a larger lot that’s more rural in character.
  • House: A single-family dwelling on a large lot, shared with an ancillary building in the rear yard.
  • Compound: A single-family house which consists of a cluster of buildings around courtyards on a single lot. There is one primary building containing the central kitchen, dining, and living areas, and all structures are joined by perimeter walls.
  • Courtyard House: A building type that surrounds one or more private yards. This home type is designed to shield the private open space from a public realm.
  • Row House: A rear-yard or courtyard building type. A single-family dwelling with common walls on the side lot lines, the facades forming a continuous frontage line.
  • Live-Work/Flex Building: A mixed-use building type with dwellings above or behind commercial spaces.
  • Apartment/Condominium Building: A rear-yard residential building type accommodating multiple dwellings disposed above and beside each other, sharing a common entry/lobby.
  • Flex Building: A rear-yard, flexible commercial building type (commercial and office buildings)

Interior Design also falls within the parameters of Construction Guidelines including sustainability practices for materials and appliances selection. For custom homes built by Alys Beach Construction, the in-house interior design team offers custom interiors. Our in-house interior design team also guides the designs for communal spaces such as the lobbies of our condominium residences, as well as the semi-customized design process for homes built through the Somerset Program, which simplifies and expedites the building process with preset options for materials, product and interior furnishings selections.

The building process here in Alys Beach is a unique, multi-dimensional process, a venture into premium design, quality, and craftsmanship. The Design Code guides the overall vision of urban relationship with the architecture, common spaces including pocket parks and pedestrian paths, landscape and traffic patterns, private amenities and public commercial spaces, as well as the integration of public art and the engagement between the private and public realms. In our continuation of this series, we hope to continue to offer you a glimpse into the process and the opportunities as a foundational overview of building in Alys Beach.

In the News | Recent Media Coverage of Alys Beach

The October 30, 2020 issue of The Wall Street Journal featured a cover story in its MANSION section on the incredible volume in real estate sales along the Emerald Coast, including Alys Beach. The Emerald Coast Is Seeing Green’s title image is an aerial photograph of Alys Beach taken by photographer Kurt Lischka of Moon Creek Studios. Additionally, this article can be found on WSJ Online in an expanded format, accessible to subscribers: https://www.wsj.com/articles/florida-emerald-coast-homes-11603909322.

Ocean Home Magazine recognized Khoury Vogt Architects as one of the Top Coastal Architects of 2020. The October/November 2020 issue of the print magazine also features a KVA-designed home in a stunning home design profile.

Old House Journal Online profiled Caliza Courts in Alys Beach in their “House Tours” feature for November 2020.

Thank you for joining us for the Sixth Edition of The Alys Journal. We hope that your holidays are full of festivity and cheer. Whether you’re celebrating with us here in Alys Beach or afar, we hope that you’ve been able to take a moment to gather up with us and take in the beautiful, joyous celebration of this season along the shore. We lift our glasses to each of you to ring in a wonderful, healthy, prosperous New Year!

“It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.”   – Agnes M. Pharo (1904-1985, American Author)

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