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Located in a secluded, but central, spot in the heart of Seaside, Pleasure Principal is a classic, old Florida cottage built around a large, inviting screened porch. The beach is just one block away down the lush sand path walkway between Pensacola and Odessa streets. Seaside’s westside pool is at the corner only steps away. The shops and restaurants of Seaside’s downtown are a five-minute walk or a one-minute bike ride. Pleasure Principal is a “dog-trot” house design, divided through the middle by a porch that opens the house up to salty gulf breezes and looks out to a sideyard overgrown with saw palmetto, muscadine vines, sand live oaks, gnarled sand pines, sago palms, beauty berry, and southern magnolias. The owner describes the sensibility and design of Pleasure Principal as “cracker Caribbean,” which was inspired by the clapboard, rural homesteads of north Florida melded with the exoticness of the island architecture of the West Indies. It’s not about fancy stuff, but the right stuff—dine on the porch, shower outdoors without being an exhibitionist, cool off under whirring ceiling fans, grill in the yard beneath a canopy of sand live oaks, gaze at constellations in the night sky from the tower high above Seaside. These are the kinds of beach experiences Pleasure Principal affords. The name is a twist on a psychology term popularized in the 60s—pleasure principle: the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force that reduces psychic tension. Principle is morphed to principal, so there’s a shift from idea or belief to leadership role or position of authority. You get the idea. And there is no better mantra for a perfect vacation than seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
Pleasure Principal has two bedroom suites on the second floor. Each has a full bath, flat panel TV, and lots of privacy because the bedrooms are on opposite sides of the screened porch. The front bedroom has a full bed, and opens to a private screened porch. The rear bedroom has a queen bed and a side niche with a desk. The tower, with dramatic views of the gulf, Seaside, and Watercolor, is accessed via a spiral stair adjacent to the rear bedroom. The living room below has a sleeper sofa that folds out to make a full bed. There’s a full bath across the screened porch on the first floor. So, when needed, the living room can function as a makeshift third bedroom, allowing the house to sleep a maximum of six people. The kitchen/dining area is located across the screened porch opposite the living room. The fully-equipped kitchen has ceramic tile counters, a gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher, and microwave. There are two large dining tables each of which sits six people, one in the kitchen, and the other on the screened porch. In addition to flat panel TVs, DVD players, VHS tape players, wi-fi, a stereo system you can plug your iPod or MP3 player into, there’s an ample supply of old-fashioned board games, jigsaw puzzles, lots of trashy pulp fiction for leisurely beach reading, a large movie library of VHS tapes, and the walls are covered with original art.
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About: I'm an author and photographer. I've done many photographic books, including one on Seaside and another on Rosemary Beach.
Why Seaside: I grew up in southwest Georgia about 120 miles from Seaside. My extended family has owned property in Walton County, Florida, where Seaside is located, since 1954. I came to this area of the gulf coast every summer as a child. My mother has memories of Panama City from the 1920s when there were no paved streets, potable water was sold daily from mule carts, and you needed a rowboat to cross St. Andrew's Bay to get to the beach. I have two daughters, Adrianne and Claire, who have spent every summer of their lives in Seaside. In many ways, this is where we're all from. It's our home.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: I enjoy the smell of salt in the air; the gulf breeze as it wafts through the open windows and doorways; grilling in the yard and taking the evening meal on the big dining table on the screened porch; going up to the tower at night, gazing up at the stars while listening to the pounding of the surf in the distance; playing scrabble on rainy afternoons; spending time with family and friends that's somehow better at the beach than anywhere else.