HomeFed’s association with Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, two of the founders of the New Urbanism movement, extends back before the creation of the company. Before HomeFed Corporation was established, CEO Paul Borden worked with them on the design of Rosemary Beach®, a neo-traditional community located on northwest Florida’s gulf coast, between Panama City and Destin.
(Like HomeFed Corp, The Rosemary Beach Company, developer of Rosemary Beach, is affiliated with Leucadia National Corporation.)
The 107-acre Rosemary Beach community, featuring 2,300 feet of Gulf Coast beachfront, includes architecture inspired by the Dutch West Indies, Bermuda, New Orleans, Charleston and St. Augustine. The town center is the heart of the community and all homes are within a five-minute walk.
Rosemary Beach has received wide acclaim and has been featured in Metropolitan Home and Southern Accents magazines. In 1999, the Home & Garden TV Dream House was designed and built at Rosemary Beach.
The community has been beautifully described by Simmons B. Buntin, the founder and editor-in-chief of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments. With Ken Pirie, he is the author of the book Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (Planetizen Press, 2013). http://www.terrain.org/unsprawl/12/