Alys Beach - 30A


Alys Beach

By: Kelly Layman | Posted Jun 6, 2018
Alys Beach Architecture

Alys Beach, Florida

Scenic Highway 30A’s most visually striking community features architecture influenced by the brilliant-white, traditional homes of Bermuda. When complete, the 158-acre resort town of Alys Beach will be twice the size of nearby Seaside and will consist of some 900 custom villas and courtyard homes.

As you enter Alys Beach, the first architectural features you’ll notice are the white “butteries” that stand like centurions at the property’s edge. Before refrigeration (and even before ice was manufactured), homeowners in Bermuda’s hot island climate often maintained butteries, which were unattached minaret-shaped structures designed to make, store and preserve butter, milk and other perishable foods.

But the four white butteries perched along 30A in Alys Beach preserve something quite different: Sixteen unique mosaic murals depicting scenes of the region’s history and heritage. Concetta Rothwell Morales, a highly talented and well-recognized mosaic muralist, created the murals. The butteries are open to the public.


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Kelly Layman is a Walton County resident who owns a state-certified sustainable Longleaf tree farm. Her current favorite plant is milkweed. For fun, she runs #LeMonarchHotelof30A in her back yard, which has attracted more than 200 Monarch caterpillar eggs so far in 2019. She protects them from wasps and lizards, feeds the caterpillars, then releases the butterflies when they “e-close” from a chrysalis. The entire process takes about 3-4 weeks each cycle.