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Future Farmhouse and Houses

By: Liza Park
By: Liza Park

This 3,300 square feet farmhouse was built with horse stalls, dog kennels and a mud room, but it's not your grandfather's farmhouse.

"This one is a composition with Southern Living and Progressive Farmer Magazine and St. Joe Land, and they innovate all the latest things in construction," said Dick Urwick, house manager.

This "idea" house named "Planter's Retreat" features innovations such as glass walkways utilizing natural light. Sliding doors are used through out the home to close off areas and save space, and there’s a silo-shaped shower complete with a glass ceiling.

Volunteers with the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary are showing the house and receive a portion of the ticket proceeds.

"St. Joe and Southern Living, when they have an idea home, they're always looking for a charity to benefit from the proceeds, so it was a great partnership and somewhere along the way, some of our folks got together and decided it'd be a good match," explained Amy McDaniel, TMH Auxiliary Director.

This idea house is also a model home for St. Joe Company's newest development, "The White Fence Farms." The house manager says this pond will probably become a focal point for the new community with homes developed around the pond.

The house manager says the St. Joe Company is pursuing 61 building permits for White Fence Farms, and each home site must include three to 10 acres of land, but a house size requirement has not been established.

The idea house is located about eight miles east of downtown Tallahassee off Apalachee Parkway.


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