Land of Sky: Sustainable Living Community
The Sky Team
By Richard Banks
Julia Starr Sanford and Bruce White are scheduled to breakground this spring on Sky, a prototype community in Calhoun Countythat pairs luxury with sustainable living.
Plans for Sky include the construction of more than 600homes, all of which will be off the grid, using only energyproduced on the property.
Located in rural Calhoun County, Sky currently encompasses atotal of 571 acres of wetlands, woods, and grassy fields, more thanhalf of which will be used as farmland or preserved asgreenspace.
The Sky's the Limit
Sky's developers also plan to build an equestrian center,amphitheater, and 80-room lodge and conference center on theproperty.
A Greater Good
"Life at Sky," says Julia, "inspires us to taste the fruits ofthe land and to preserve the natural resources that sustain it bydigging deep in Southern soil for the connection to our past."
A Blooming Past
Gladiolas, which were once cultivated commercially on the Skyproperty, still thrive under the pines.
A Green Future
University of Florida students visited the Calhoun Countyproperty as part of a studio project to develop plans for ideahouses and the Sky Institute.
Homes built at Sky will feature a variety of architecturalelements, including "tree house" porches (seen here), louveredshutters, and durable stone walls.
Gardens of All Sizes
Gardens, both large and small, will play a central role atSky.A NOTE TO OUR READERS
"The Land of Sky" is from the April 2008 issue of FloridaLivings, a special section of Southern Living for our subscribers in Florida.