America's Coolest Houses
Steven Brooke/Courtesy of Cottage Rental Agency
Maybe this is more like America’s cutest house. But Seaside, FL, 80 acres of faux-historic fantasy tightly configured into a fan-shaped expanse beside the Gulf of Mexico, is a work of genius, the original from which most of today’s New Urbanist–flavored development springs. While its sweetened aesthetic has been endlessly ridiculed—especially in The Truman Show—Seaside is actually a uniquely cool place.
Cuteness for Hire: Many of the development’s houses are available for vacation stays through Seaside’s Cottage Rental Agency. —Karrie Jacobs