South Walton’s thriving, creative beach community, where luxe living is an art form.

Casual, colorful and convivial, Gulf Place is a delightful place to call home. With its blend of beach accesses, shopping, dining and art galleries, the 25-acre community in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach fronts the Emerald Coast’s famous sugar-white sand and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Sitting pretty at the corner of 30A and 393, Gulf Place was designed to inspire a slower pace of life, one where residents stroll along palm-lined streets and wide sidewalks to cafe patios, green spaces, galleries, and boutiques. Carefully placed park benches invite easy conversation in front of a mesmerizing view, and nature trails reveal the beauty of South Walton. 

Why You’ll Love It 

  • Creative vibe with art galleries galore 
  • Gulley Amphitheater with live music and exciting events 
  • Ed Walline Regional Beach Access
  • Fantastic food and wine options 
  • Vibrant sense of community 

Everyday Life 

Gulf Place has a distinctive mix of full-time residents and vacationers who both value the finer things in life. They come together around the Gulf Place Town Center for art gallery openings, live music in the amphitheater, fun-filled days on the beach and meals of locally sourced cuisine. 


Homes here surround the village center, with a variety of views, from the Gulf to the turtle ponds to sparkling swimming pools. There are several accesses to one of the world’s most pristine beaches, just steps away. Friends and family are drawn outdoors, to walk or bike to the coffee shop or ice-cream stand, the powdery sand, an open-air concert or dreamy sunset viewing spots. Life is local, laid back and lovely.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Home to some of 30A’s most popular restaurants, Gulf Place has made a name for itself as a dining and shopping destination in South Walton. Whether it’s pizza on the beach or a more refined culinary experience, you’ll find it here. 


Start another day in paradise at Sunrise Coffee Co., with coffee, fruit smoothies, baked goods and even adult drinks. Chill with friends or squeeze in a little work on the welcoming patio using the free WiFi. Need some new beach gear? Pick up a custom beach chair, umbrella or even a table at Sunrise Chair Co., right in the coffee shop. Cool off with a treat from Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy, a smile-inducing, retro-style shop with the added bonus of a great arcade space. Fill up on ice cream, milkshakes and more.


Casual beach meals are easy when you pick up a pie at Pizza By the Sea, known for its fresh, creative pizzas and quick counter service. Try The Bleating Hearts, with garlic butter, bacon, spinach, artichoke hearts and goat cheese, or the spaghetti and meatball pizza, with, you guessed it, marinara, spaghetti and meatballs – all on a pizza crust. 


Later, indulge your foodie side at The Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House, where you can try hand-sliced applewood-smoked bacon for breakfast, award-winning pulled pork for lunch and fresh local grouper for dinner. Make it a third Thursday of the month and you’ll be able to start or end your evening with the South Walton Wine Walk at Gulf Place. Enjoy hand-selected wines, light appetizers, live music and giveaways while browsing the local shops for everything from jewelry to artwork. 


Known for its creative vibe, Gulf Place celebrates its artistic side at the Artists at Gulf Place, a hidden gem featuring colorful galleries filled with work by local masters. Browse jewelry, pottery, photography, painted vintage windows, sculptures and high-quality, recycled-poly outdoor furnishings. You’re sure tol find an extra special piece (or three) to personalize your home. Keep an eye out for pottery by Dwight Ward, whose pieces are defined by earthy tones and natural subjects, from dragonflies to fish. Treat yourself to a dazzling necklace or pair of earrings by Diane Taliaferro of Bluewater Jewelry, who uses Swarovski crystals, natural stones and lampwork beads in her pieces. 


Shop for paddleboards, boogie boards, beach cruiser bikes and electric bikes – or rent boards and bikes – at YOLO Board + Bike. Liven up your warm-weather wardrobe at SOHO Beach, known for its fun and funky women’s attire and accessories – sandy bare feet are welcome! Stock up on flip-flops, hats, bags, floats, beach toys and more at Coastal Paradise. And at Shunk Gulley Liquor, you can pick up all the libations you need for your next sunset cocktail party. 

Things to Do

Join friends for a live music performance at The Gulley Amphitheater, where you’ll also have art galleries, shops and eateries to keep you entertained. Centrally located at Gulf Place Village, the amphitheater invites you to relax on the lush green lawn during a free concert, toss a Frisbee around or sample delicious food and wine during a culinary soiree. While you’re here, stop into the award-winning Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar for classic coastal cuisine and genuine southern hospitality (there’s live music daily here, too, right in front of the sugar-white, sandy beach). 


The beach is just steps away from Gulf Place, with immediate access at Ed Walline. A bit farther east, Gulfview Heights Access offers parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables with shelter and lifeguards during peak season. 


Explore the area’s famous white-sand dunes and rare coastal dune lakes at nearby Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, with three miles of beach. Or, rent a bike at YOLO and explore scenic 30A’s many trails, including the beloved Timpoochee Trail, which runs from Dune Allen Beach to Inlet Beach. It’s 18.5 miles long in total, but you can ride any stretch and be assured of hitting multiple beaches along the way.  


Indulge in a lavish treatment at the Awakening Wellness day spa in Gulf Place, the perfect antidote to playing in the waves, long bike rides and afternoon hikes. They offer massage therapy, facials, body treatments, waxing and natural nail services. Or, freshen up your beach-ready pedi at Jade Nails & Spa, where you’ll also find rejuvenation facials, massages, acrylics, gel nails, eyelash extensions and more on the menu. 


Whether getting ready for a night on the town, or winding down after a relaxing day by the shore, Gulf Place has everything you need right at your fingertips.


Gulf Place Real Estate & Homes for Sale 


Gulf Place is a choice spot for those looking to make their permanent residence feel more like a vacation. Whether your luxurious primary home, a secondary home or an investment property, Gulf Place’s appeal remains the same: a place to relax, reconnect and call home in beautiful Northwest Florida. Gulf Place homes range from centrally located condos to lavish beachfront mansions. You’ll find 1,000-square-foot condos starting at $1 million all the way to luxurious 3,500-square-foot beachfront estates that can sell for up to $4 million.