From Florida soil grow the roots of what may be the next generation of sustainable communities like Sky.
By Richard Banks Julia Starr Sanford and Bruce White are scheduled to break ground this spring on Sky, a prototype community in Calhoun County that pairs luxury with sustainable living.
The Land of Sky
Plans for Sky include the construction of more than 600 homes, all of which will be off the grid, using only energy produced on the property.
Located in rural Calhoun County, Sky currently encompasses a total of 571 acres of wetlands, woods, and grassy fields, more than half of which will be used as farmland or preserved as greenspace.
Sky's developers also plan to build an equestrian center, amphitheater, and 80-room lodge and conference center on the property.
"Life at Sky," says Julia, "inspires us to taste the fruits of the land and to preserve the natural resources that sustain it by digging deep in Southern soil for the connection to our past."
Gladiolas, which were once cultivated commercially on the Sky property, still thrive under the pines.
University of Florida students visited the Calhoun County property as part of a studio project to develop plans for idea houses and the Sky Institute.
Homes built at Sky will feature a variety of architectural elements, including "tree house" porches (seen here), louvered shutters, and durable stone walls.