302 Ruskin Place in Seaside Florida – Stairway to Heaven

After twenty years, one of the most iconic residences in Seaside is available for purchase.

In the spirit of the Maison Citrohan and ideally located at the heart of Ruskin Place in Seaside, “Stairway to Heaven” is the consummate New Urban Townhouse. Widely admired, this three-story residence was conceived by internationally esteemed NYC architect Alexander Gorlin to be his personal haven.  Similar to Corbusier’s rebellions, Gorlin’s iconic gesture is an ongoing  comment about the emptiness of blindly mimicking historic styles while at the same time corroborating the strengths of Seaside’s Traditional New Urban Plan.

“Stairway to Heaven” is being offered fully furnished with signature pieces from Aida, Eames, Foscarini, Sakura, Alivar and the first floor art of Justin Lyons.

This amazing modern townhome is a must see. Call or text Craig 850.259.1788 or Tracy 850.259.4270 for a private showing.

302 Ruskin Place, Seaside Florida

Offered at $1,595,000
Built 1994
3 Bedrooms \ 2.5 Baths
1,894sf

Photos by Jack Gardner Photography

Aerial Photography by Fletcher Isacks Imagery

Interior Design by Tammy Massey Architecture & Interior Design

Stairway to Heaven – 302 Ruskin Video Tour

Cast in the “The Truman Show” and fronting on Ruskin Place’s promenade, remnants of Truman’s office building and Seaside’s magical “Fairy Forest” the “Rubeo Architects” sign prop from the 1996 movie still dazzles and fools visitors who confidently declare the first floor to be the current office of Seaside’s Town Architect.

In accordance with the Seaside Code’s intent, the open, inviting exterior stair promotes social interaction while evoking subliminal recollections of Italian hill town loggias and the very urban brownstone stoop.  Diagonal to the civilized and congenial Ruskin public, the two-story high glass walls of the living area forms a retractable screen with subtle shifting park panoramas or if you desire to close the two-story high sailcloth curtains, the space then becomes a thrilling private retreat.  As the basis for the residence’s double entendre label and from the Park entry vantage point, one can simultaneously see the five highly articulated and well crafted stairs that culminate in the “Stairway to Heaven”  –  the spiritual and physical pinnacle of Seaside.

Conscientiously constructed and meticulously maintained, “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the sturdiest and most precisely constructed buildings on the Gulf Coast.  Thoughtfully detailed, the house was principally built with stucco on reinforced concrete, steel, glass and stone.

The first floor is comprised of one large and one intimate room that share a bath and convenience bar.  The spaces can easily be transformed to accommodate various functions and needs.  The entire north wall of the first floor was recently painted in situ with an original work by Justin Lyons.  Red oak floors anchor the primary living areas on the second level.  New stainless steel appliances, plumbing fixtures, and Carrera countertops and backsplash have recently been installed.  The curved wall off the dining space seamlessly conceals the mirrored and tiled powder room.  Structurally intriguing, the oak and walled spiral stair leads to the third level bedroom suite which is also comprised of an organic bath, nautilus sunlit shower and private glass wall balcony which overlooks the Lyceum, Seaside, WaterColor and the Gulf of Mexico.  From the suite, the meditative single ascent takes you to the dramatic release of the roof terrace.  From this lofty perch, incredible moonlit and sunset views of the town, landscape, water and sky are a continuous delight.  For the adventurous extrovert, one more trek will take you to the top of the walk where there just may be a glimpse of heaven.