The military is an institutionbased on order, so it’s only fitting that this community on MacDill Airforce Base follows suit with its land plan, which has a clear hierarchy. The highest topographical point of the 151-acre parcel holds a formal park and parade ground, lined with large homes for officers of the highest distinction, including four-star generals and admirals assigned to the base. Outfitted in stucco and tile with classical columns and coffered ceilings, these premium residences are designed with heightened security features, offices for aides-de-camp, and catering kitchens for social functions.
From there, the neighborhood emanates out with proportionately smaller homes and duplex units for junior officers and enlisted families. Simpler in their detailing, these modest homes are clad in cementitious siding and metal roofs, with a combination of integrated and detached garages. Pocket parks, picnic pavilions, and tot lots provide friendly spots for socializing, as does a large community center with a fitness center, pool, and party space.
The military chain of command wasn’t the only force at play in this picturesque neighborhood blending coastal, Spanish colonial, and classical influences. The site’s location in a wave action floodplain dictated that all new homes be built to 11 ½ feet above sea level. Larger residences are elevated on crawl spaces, while duplexes are built on piers with tuck-under parking.