Saturday, October 4, 2008

Come have a visit to our town....

It was a grey, windy day...and I decided to take my camera, and bring you

on a bit of a tour of our little jewel of a town.

It's really a small city...but more of a town. Still has a kind of 50's vibe.

Old Florida.

We don't have any soaring high rises....we do have miles and miles

of, often uninhabited, beach.




...And some gorgeous hidden shops and restaurants

...many have been around for many, many decades. Which is a long time for Florida!







I think one of my favorite things...that I had never really seen before,

are the sandy, canopied winding streets.

The live oaks meet...and create a beautiful canopy on many of the sandy streets.

The birds shrills and music are so much more exagerated in the canopy.

The craggly, moss covered oaks have been stretching

and protecting for 100 years...





The homes are carefully built around these treasured oaks...



Both the old...and the new.

There were some amazing characters that have woven their personality

throughout this town...One of my favorites was Waldo Sexton...You can see his funky, original influence throughout the area...he was instrumental in developing our McKee Botanical Gardens....a gregarious, full of personality man of many talents...

Quirky and colorful.


There are many simple cottages, along the sandy roads...

The town also has it's share of Old mission style 1920's homes...
....and plain old Funky...with tons'o personality ...This little cottage is simply amazing inside...It has a guest house, that makes you feel you are

in the south sea islands! And it was once a simple ranch.

We have our share of newer homes, also. But many are built to share space with


those beautiful oaks...When done well, it is such a symbiotic relationship.



It has been really wonderful raising kids in such a relaxed, beautiful place.

Sandy toes...Salt air....Live oaks.

Small town values...

One day we will head to the mountains again...but today reminded me to

breathe...and enjoy the town we call home.

Thanks for coming along.

Living fairly simply inVero Beach, Florida.

39 comments:

sandra/tx said...

What a fun tour, Linda! What a beautiful setting.

Lisa said...

That was SO enjoyable. Beautiful architecture; beautiful trees (oh, those trees!); beautiful beach...

Yes, you are very lucky to live in such a great town!

Debbie said...

Thank you for posting such beautiful treasures of your home town. This did my heart good Linda.

I grew up in South Florida and this was truly a beautiful taste of home for me.

Even though we left several years ago, I believe I still have sand between my toes.

Kat said...

How wonderful to live in such a beautiful place! I loved the tour!

Stephanie said...

Thank YOU! There is just some magic the beach holds for me...

lucky lucky you...

French said...

Truly a beautiful place thanks for the tour maybe one day I will get there;) French

Zelda said...

I love your coconut !

CatHerder said...

So beautiful!!!!! Our summer is just about over here in Jersey...i can only look at your pics and my empty tiki bar outside and dream of summer!

Daisy Cottage said...

Good Morning Linda!
What a wonderful tour! Thank you! I haven't been to Vero in a long time - since my son had a baseball tournament there and I would love to go back.. the homes you shared are fantastic and you have such a pretty beach... I'm so happy that you call this pretty place home!!
xo,
Kim

Natalie said...

Oh, what a wonderful mix of homes. Thank you for sharing these. I've got to check out how far Vero Beach is from me because it sounds heavenly :).

Ivy Lane said...

Thank you for this wonderful tour of your town! I LOVE going to the beach..you are so lucky to be able to go anytime! The mix of homes is also refreshing. I am getting so tired of the newer developments with the "McMansions" that all look the same. I love the mix here. Also .. the fact that such care has been taken to keep all those beautiful oak trees intact!

Sigh...!!! What i'd give to hear the rustle of palm leaves in the wind right now! Happy Sunday!

Chris said...

What. a. tour. For about 2 minutes, I was on a beautiful vacation! Consider yourself blessed!

Joyce said...

Linda, Linda... I love taking your fun tours! I so now want to move to your town!! It is BEAUTIFUL!! I love, love all the homes and the trees!!
Thank you once again for sharing the beauty! Have a golden time in the mountains. Does this mean more imaginary tours for us?

Enjoy...

Eloise said...

Loved the tour! The old trees are gorgeous!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Aww. I am so glad you guys enjoyed the little tour.

Trust...we certainly have our share of builders cookie cutter gated neighborhoods . But the old ones remain...fairly untouched...and wonderfully authentic! To me, they are the true essence of our area.

Ana Balbinot said...

Muito obrigada por adicionar meu blog! (Thanks so much for add my blog!)Eu terei o maior prazer em ajudar você com o Português (It will be my pleasure help you with Portuguese)As eleições aqui já acabaram e quase todos os votos foram contados (Elections here are finished and almost all votes are counted). Tudo transcorreu bem e tranquilo.(It was everything all right and with tranquility)
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Obrigata Ana!! Muito!!

Cote de Texas said...

So beautiful! you are really lucky to live there. is that your house the one with the guesthouse?

Lisa said...

sooooo, this is where my next vacation will be, huh???
so gorgeous!
Lisa
coastal nest

karina said...

Beautiful photos and to me that is a dream place!!

restyled home said...

What a beautiful place you live, Linda! Sigh...it looks heavenly!

Please stop by my blog and check out the give-away I have going on. I'd love for you to take part. The prizes are great, and the odds are, too!

Linda

Mango Gal said...

These pictures are so beautiful! Last time I was in Vero Beach was when I went there a couple years back for some hurricane relief work, unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see the town. It looks so pretty, I definetly have to make a trip up there!

sealaura said...

Very beautiful tour. I love cool, grey days at the beach. Well, let's face it I love everyday at the beach. But on those grey days, it is nice to take in the air and have a nice walk especially in your town. Very inspiring as always.

Ann said...

The cottage looks so lovely. I heart the colorful tiles in its facade. The interiors of that one must really be interesting to see.

Maya said...

Absolutely lovely town. How could I miss it on my travels in Florida!

MIMILEE said...

WOW! What a fun tour and post, Linda!

Makes me want to become a Floridian....We just returned from a Beach trip and it was so wonderful, I really had thoughts of moving there!

Fun to fantasize about!

As a child I visited my uncle in St. Pete and one of those homes you featured looked just like his! Ah, sweet memories!

Visual Vamp said...

Hi darlin'
Hope you don't mind, but I tagged you today and added you to my blog roll.
If you care to play the quirky game, check out my blog.
xo xo

wendee said...

Wow! And you get to LIVE here?? Sigh. Simply stunning-what a gorgeous place to live! You are blessed!!

Amber said...

What an absolutely delightful tour w/ my morning coffee! You are one very lucky lady, indeed!

Allyson@House of Stephens said...

I found you from The Cottage Nest and I want to live where you are!

So that's what it's like to be on a vacation 365 days a year. How beautiful. You are blessed and I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Allyson

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful town you live in, Linda. I would love to visit there.

Hooked on Houses said...

What a great tour! I feel like I was right there with you. -Julia

Ms. Tee said...

What a beautiful town and place you live in, Linda! I love it. I love all the bright colors and funky art, too. We happen to be at the beach right now, with those same huge oaks right outside the window. :) Thanks for sharing it all!

Linda Lou said...

Great photos of your little town Linda, beautiful homes, beautiful oak trees! Looks peaceful and mellow, not at all like the big city!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Thanks for the gorgeous tour...almost as good as a holiday! Tracey x

Brilliant Asylum said...

Beautiful--the landscape reminds me a bit of coastal Georgia. I must visit someday.

farmhouse wares said...

So gorgeous. I love the fall in New England, but this looks so good.

pretty*practical said...

You live in paradise - it's so serene. Really enjoyed the tour.

Marti said...

At first glance I thought the oak trees were juniper trees

BEAUTIFUL

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