Land of Sky: Sustainable Living Community
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.
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.
Gardens, both large and small, will play a central role at Sky.A NOTE TO OUR READERS
"The Land of Sky" is from the April 2008 issue of Florida Livings, a special section of Southern Living for our subscribers in Florida.