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Impressive Number of Visitors Gather Decorating Tips at the 2007 Coastal Living Idea Cottage


Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL—Featuring the latest construction products and most innovative decorating ideas, Coastal Living's 2007 Idea Cottage has attracted nearly 5,000 visitors—from over 30 states and several foreign countries. The inspiration continues as the idea cottage—located within Bon Secour Village—will be featured in the magazine's October issue, which hits newsstands September 25.

"We were honored to have been the first development in Alabama ever selected to host this event," said Bob McGrath, sales manager at Bon Secour Realty. "The thousands of people who have come to the project have all been impressed and surprised about the high quality of the home, the development and the Alabama Gulf Coast area."

With impressive views of the Intracoastal Waterway, this two-story home with Arcadian architecture covers 3,500 square feet and was built by John O. Freeman in association with architect Stephen Fuller of Stephen Fuller, Inc. and decorator Carol Murphy of Tracery Interiors.

The Idea Cottage is located within Bon Secour Village. This new Gulf Shores development is a 945-acre master-planned community designed by Andres Duany, who is known for his award-winning designs of Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Florida. The development with French Creole-inspired architecture will feature retail and restaurant space in addition to parks, walking trails, and a marina.

Don't miss the opportunity to tour this unique idea cottage, which will be open until October 31. The public is welcome every Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Proceeds from the $5.00 admission fee will be donated to the Academy of Arts and Sciences, an independent Gulf Shores school that currently serves 99 students in grades pre-school through sixth grade.

"Our technology and curriculum needs were very significant because of increased enrollment, expanding grade levels and added programs," said Dr. Linda Cate Dunahee, head of school for The Academy of Arts and Sciences. "These needs were financially overwhelming but the proceeds will allow us to upgrade our technology, provide professional development for the faculty and implement a new Instrumental Music program (violin, viola, and cello) for our upper grade level students. At this point, we have received over $20,000. This has been a true blessing for the Academy—one that will impact the success and achievement for our students and their future."

Located in Gulf Shores, the cottage is positioned on the north side of the Intracoastal Waterway. Turn west onto County Road 4, and then turn right onto West 28th Street. Bon Secour Village is about ¾ of a mile on the left.

On the waterway
On the Waterway –a ribbon of water, stretching from Wolf Bay to Mobile Bay, The Waterway slowly takes shape as Alabama's New Coast.

Long used by boaters for safe passage to calmer waters, the Waterway now brings new life along those once-quiet banks. New projects like the Wharf, Bama Bayou and Bon Secour Village join Homeport Marina, Lulus and Sunset Bay at Bon Secour as life grows to new proportions along the once sleepy banks of the Intracoastal Waterway. Beautiful new homes and condominiums are already in place with more on the way. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs, shopping and entertainment are being added every day.

On The Waterway is a product of the Waterway District, a cooperative of developers, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the Gulf Coast Chamber and the Convention and Visitors Bureau to help promote and protect the this wonderful addition to our areas lifestyle. Check back here for updates and information about The Waterway. Better yet, come visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and experience it all for yourself.

Waterway District Mission

    * To support the growth of new and innovative transportation programs along The Waterway and to our beaches
    * To inform the residents and potential visitors about The Waterway.
    * To create an ongoing program of events and promotions along The Waterway.
    * To entice new visitors and residents to our marketplace through destination resorts, attractions and entertainment previously unavailable in the area.
    * To expand the seasonality for the marketplace by dramatically expanding the visitor's options beyond our beautiful beaches.
    * To create a unique residential, retail and entertainment district for the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area



Click here to see photos taken on February 8, 2007

Coastal Living Idea House

July 29, 2005 Newspaper Report on Sales.



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