Tucked away in a quiet setting against a backdrop of tall pine trees and a serene dune lake, The Retreat is just what its name implies – an escape from everyday hustle and bustle in favor of peaceful natural beauty. This exclusive, gated community sits between Scenic Highway 30A and the Gulf of Mexico, with Draper Lake at its core. Draper Lake is a rare coastal dune lake, one of fifteen throughout South Walton, where freshwater lakes meet saltwater at the shore. Elsewhere, these are found only in Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest. The 28-acre lake is private-access and the surrounding nature preserves emphasize the secluded feeling. Panoramic views, quiet moments and easy access to outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding make The Retreat highly desirable.
Owners and guests enjoy exclusive amenities including a Gulf-front Beach Club, an uninterrupted stretch of private beach, a canoe launch and picnic pavilion on Draper Lake, as well as a children’s play fort. Fifteen of the 22 lake-front home sites in The Retreat overlook the stretch of protected beach front. The resulting view combines Draper Lake, white sand dunes and the area’s signature, emerald green water. Seven of the lake-front home sites allow docks to be built on Draper Lake. An additional beach access point over a narrow fingerling of Draper Lake meanders through the protected dunes to the beach. Outstretched boardwalks connect the neighborhood to the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Retreat occupies approximately 3,000 feet of beach front. Of that beach front, 2,000 feet are divided among 24 Gulf-front home sites, the Beach Club and three beach access points. The remaining 1,000 feet are permanently protected from development and can be enjoyed by all owners and their guests.
The Beach Club at The Retreat stands prominently at the end of Retreat Drive. It features a half-moon, infinity edge pool with fountain, hot tub, beach access, private restroom facilities, shaded dining areas and grills. Owners in The Retreat may reserve the Beach Club for private functions. The Beach Club also provides private storage lockers for all owners to stow beach and other outdoor gear.
The Retreat is known as one of the most luxurious communities on 30A, focused on quality, simplicity and natural beauty. Some of the finest architectural works on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast are showcased in The Retreat’s deliberate design. Homes in The Retreat adhere to architectural guidelines that specify a West Indies-inspired style and color palette. An approved list of architects and builders protects the sanctity and reputation of The Retreat as one of the finest communities along the beaches of South Walton. The Retreat offers a private, low-density environment with only 90 home sites on 90 acres, much of which is protected in nature preserve areas. Properties are rental-restricted, making it an ideal place for families and second-home owners.