7 Fun Facts about Seaside, FL
Built on 80 acres on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Seaside is located on South Walton County’s Hwy 30A. It is acclaimed worldwide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, offering a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walking distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 400 homes, the community offers 17 restaurants and eateries, and 37 shops, galleries and services. Here are some fun facts you might not know about the community.
- For the past 25 years, sunsets are celebrated on the roof deck of Bud & Alley’s Restaurant by ringing of a 300-pound steam engine bell. Guess the correct time of the sunset and have a drink on the house!
- By design, the yards in Seaside are not seeded with grass, but retain the natural vegetation. The benefits make for an environmentally friendly landscape: no herbicides and pesticides; no underground irrigation systems; no intrusive lawn mowers.
- No one has officially counted, but it is estimated that the cottages in Seaside come in about 300 different colors.
- No two houses on the same street have the same type of picket fence.
- Seaside served as the setting for the movie The Truman Show featuring Jim Carrey that was released in 1997. Revenue from the movie was reinvested in the town to build Seaside Neighborhood School, a charter school that serves students in sixth through ninth grade. The school ranks third in academic excellence among all middle schools in the state of Florida.
- Architect Scott Merrill created a series of “honeymoon cottages” in Seaside to be modeled after President Thomas Jefferson’s own honeymoon cottage – a modest building where Jefferson lived with his bride Martha while building Monticello. The 12 cottages have hosted thousands of newlyweds.
- The Seaside Post Office is one of the most photographed post offices in America.