After a day of splashing and sunning along the sugar-white sands of the Alys Beach shoreline, your skin warm and sunkissed, you pack up your beach bag and head home, into the charming seaside town of Alys Beach. Tree-lined sidewalks flank the timeless, white Bermudan architecture in this sustainable New Urbanist community where pools and fountains provide the calming sounds of trickling waters, and glimpses into breathtaking courtyards make you feel transported. You come to the sleek and classic façade of your home at 45 North Charles Street.
Enter the front door and you’re welcomed by a gorgeous courtyard with open loggias. A central pool with a sleek modernist fountain wall provides a pop of sun-dappled turquoise; while the surrounded covered areas of the courtyard offer a dining area, poolside lounging and a summer kitchen complete with grill.
“I love the pool and courtyard area and how the interior rooms — the kitchen, living room and master bedroom — all open onto the courtyard, allowing for indoor-outdoor living,” says Scenic Sotheby’s International Realtor C.J. Adams. This is undeniably the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco afternoon with the family or to host an evening dinner with friends.
The courtyard’s many charms are rivaled only by the exquisite interiors by acclaimed interior designer Betsy Brown. Her design for this modern beach villa is light and airy, equal parts timeless classic and deconstructed modern. Natural elements nod to the seaside landscape and intermingle with clean minimalist lines in the open, white-washed spaces. Full Venetian plaster walls and ceilings and cool grey limestone floors lay the backdrop for this light-filled modern retreat, which was designed by architect Gary Justiss.
“The attention to detail with the interior design and architecture are second to none. The talents of both Betsy Brown and Gary Justiss shine through in every room and surface,” says C.J. “Gary once described his architecture to me as ‘deliberate simplicity,’ and I think that this house is an excellent example of that. Every aspect of the design is deliberate and thought out in a manner that does not seem overdone or too ornate. It allows the home to live comfortably in a beautiful environment.”
The kitchen is anchored by a sizable island flanked with striking bar stools and pendant lights — both decidedly geometric yet simple and subdued in form. Striations in calming shades of grey appear in the Carrara marble countertops and backsplash at the kitchen range, which boasts not only a custom Venetian plaster hood, but also an enviable Wolf range. Sub-Zero appliances and smart storage complete the drool-worthy space, which flows into the dining area.
With its upholstered dining banquette and handsome Parsons side chairs illuminated by the eye-catching modern chandelier, the dining space is austere yet laid back. Whether it’s a mellow morning breakfast or a formal candlelit dinner, the circular dining table offers an intimacy, bringing family and friends together for food and fellowship.
The adjacent living room is elegant as it welcomes you to unwind in its cozy embrace. Plush, sizable sofas and chairs anchored by a gorgeous wooden coffee table lend texture and warmth to the crisp space; while a seagrass rug is a subtle nod to the sea. A fabulously large work of contemporary art and a pair of modernized butterfly chairs lend an edge to the classic look. A stately fireplace with a sharp limestone surround invites wintertime visitors to curl up by the fire after a brisk oceanside walk.
The master suite is a calming retreat, the perfect place to relax after an activity-filled day along 30A. A seating area with TV is the perfect spot to curl up to watch a ball game or your favorite Netflix series. A wall of opaque curtains offers optimal sleeping conditions by night, and by day, they open to reveal double-door access to the courtyard with its brilliant blue pool and bamboo accents, turning this bedroom into a tropical oasis. The en-suite master bath is a stunning ode to Carrara marble with the floors, shower, countertops and half of the walls outfitted in the gorgeous stone. A breathtaking freestanding tub is framed by a loggia-style arch, a beautiful vignette that serves as the focal point of the master bath. A long his-and-hers vanity spreads across the wall and is accented by chic white sconces, as natural light moves throughout the private space via a skylight above.
Upstairs, two additional en-suite bedrooms in this same understated yet elegant color palette offer a calming respite from the busyness of the beach. Also on the second floor, a rooftop sunning deck overlooks the courtyard below, but is walled off from street views, offering privacy and a sense of connection to the heart of the beach home.
One can only imagine all of the doors open to the al fresco courtyard at dusk as an ocean breeze wafts through. The outdoor lighting and candles provide a warm glow as the host serves appetizers and wine. Laughter and conversation waft from the indoor spaces into the courtyard, where the trickling fountain provides a soothing vibe. You hear distant sounds of the ocean and look up at the stars, thankful to call this your own little slice of heaven.
This fabulous Alys Beach home is on the market! Listed at $2,694,000 by C.J. Adams of Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, this exquisite turnkey home comes with all furniture and artwork, so it won’t stay on the market long. For more information and to tour the home, contact Scenic Sotheby’s International Realtor C.J. Adams at (205) 907-3823 or [email protected].
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