Located in a secluded, but central, spot in the heart of Seaside, Pleasure Principal is a classic, old Florida cottage built around a large, inviting screened porch. The beach is just one block away down the lush sand path walkway between Pensacola and Odessa streets. Seaside’s westside pool is at the corner only steps away. The shops and restaurants of Seaside’s downtown are a five-minute walk or a one-minute bike ride. Pleasure Principal is a “dog-trot” house design, divided through the middle by a porch that opens the house up to salty gulf breezes and looks out to a sideyard overgrown with saw palmetto, muscadine vines, sand live oaks, gnarled sand pines, sago palms, beauty berry, and southern magnolias. The owner describes the sensibility and design of Pleasure Principal as “cracker Caribbean,” which was inspired by the clapboard, rural homesteads of north Florida melded with the exoticness of the island architecture of the West Indies. It’s not about fancy stuff, but the right stuff—dine on the porch, shower outdoors without being an exhibitionist, cool off under whirring ceiling fans, grill in the yard beneath a canopy of sand live oaks, gaze at constellations in the night sky from the tower high above Seaside. These are the kinds of beach experiences Pleasure Principal affords. The name is a twist on a psychology term popularized in the 60s—pleasure principle: the instinctive drive to seek pleasure and avoid pain, expressed by the id as a basic motivating force that reduces psychic tension. Principle is morphed to principal, so there’s a shift from idea or belief to leadership role or position of authority. You get the idea. And there is no better mantra for a perfect vacation than seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.
Pleasure Principal has two bedroom suites on the second floor. Each has a full bath, flat panel TV, and lots of privacy because the bedrooms are on opposite sides of the screened porch. The front bedroom has a queen bed, and opens to a private screened porch. The rear bedroom has a queen bed and a side niche with a desk. The tower, with dramatic views of the gulf, Seaside, and Watercolor, is accessed via a spiral stair adjacent to the rear bedroom. The living room below has a sleeper sofa that folds out to make a full bed. There’s a full bath across the screened porch on the first floor. So, when needed, the living room can function as a makeshift third bedroom, allowing the house to sleep a maximum of six people. The kitchen/dining area is located across the screened porch opposite the living room. The fully-equipped kitchen has a gas oven and cooktop, dishwasher, and microwave, and features a vintage, Old Florida ambiance with vinyl tile flooring, a ceramic countertop, and open shelving embellished with an eccentric collection of 1920s to 70s cookware and bric-a-brac. There are two large dining tables each of which sits six people, one in the kitchen, and the other on the screened porch. In addition to flat panel TVs, DVD players, VHS tape players, wi-fi, a stereo system you can plug your iPod or MP3 player into, there’s an ample supply of old-fashioned board games, jigsaw puzzles, lots of trashy pulp fiction for leisurely beach reading, a large movie library of VHS tapes, and the walls are covered with original art.
**This home does allow one small, non-shedding dog for a $150 pet fee added after the initial on-line booking**
**This cottage requires Sat-Sat rentals during our peak season**
**All Sandpiper managed properties now come with 2 complimentary bikes** Amenity passes are available for a fee of $27/day for 4 passes (additional passes are $5/day).**