Draper Lake Coastal Village is a private gated neighborhood comprised of two magnificent wooded peninsulas separated by a tributary to Draper Lake. Draper Lake is one of several very special coastal dune lakes found along the Florida Panhandle. They are considered the Jewels of the Florida Emerald Coast. The lake fronts the Gulf of Mexico beach and is connected to the Gulf through a dune opening. The community land located within the first 100 feet from the lake’s edge is protected from development, providing pedestrian access to the water through winding nature and hiking trails. This plan was created in partnership with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company.
Draper Lake boasts a unique natural environment featuring a protected ecosystem harboring unique flora, fauna, and marine life, surrounding live oaks and pine forests, and an immediate proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. This single family residential community of 96 lots includes two community pools, boat houses that provide access to the coastal dune lake and the Gulf, and a 48 foot observation tower. Pedestrian trails provide a continuous link to the greenway system running through the property.
The site layout and architectural character of the new traditional Coastal Village for Draper Lake is designed in character with the building traditions of the historic Great Camps of the Adirondacks, the Chautauqua Assemblies, and other mountain/lake villages and retreats. The Regulating Plan and Architectural, Urban and Street standards regulate the layout and character of the buildings, circulation, and open space.
Draper Lake Coastal Village is 40 acres of residences, green space, and trails that embrace a rare coastal dune lake. There is a 100-foot buffer along the lakefront where no development is allowed, ensuring the conservation and enjoyment of the lake by all residents. The unique architecture of the houses, and the grouping of houses in a planned layout near the green spaces and overlooking the lake provides distinctiveness from other communities along scenic 30A in the panhandle of Florida.
The master design, in collaboration with Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, reflects their philosophy for modern urbanization – “We believe great places add to the sum of human happiness. DPZ designs economically and environmentally resilient communities that foster physical and social well-being.” Draper Lake Coastal Village – a place like no other!