Hilton Residence in Panama City Beach - Livable Art

Posted by Karrie Rose on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 8:18am.

Hilton residence in Panama City BeachAnyone who has driven along 30-A between Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach may have seen this home. Emerging behemoth-like amid a neighborhood of Seacrest luxury beach estates, is the Hilton Residence.

Most folks are curious about the history regarding this unique Seacrest home in Paradise by the Sea.


It all started in the early 90s when, after a lengthy search for the right designer, Panama City businessman, Charles Hilton and his wife, commissioned the reknowned Fresno architect, Arthur Dyson to create their beachfront dream home in Paradise by the Sea. Work began in 1999, and construction resumed for at least ten years.

Arthur Dyson Hilton residenceThe intended design was to integrate seamlessly into the surrounding dunes and oceanfront setting. The home would be a sanctuary, or refuge from everyday tensions and offer a soothing atmosphere.

At first glance, the exterior appears almost as a giant albatross with a flowing white roof that provides vital shade to the home interior.

Inside, the house has the appearance of an indoor amphitheater, with lightly tinted glass walls providing unobstructed ocean views. At night, one has a clear view of the stars from inside.

Shiny, metal front doors provide an interesting focal point, but are almost redundant amid the sea of blue-green tinted glass making up the exterior walls.

Interior of Hilton Residence in Seacrest FL

Hilton Home Fun Facts

Here are a few facts about the Hilton Home:

  • Occupying a total of four separate lots in Paradise by the Sea, the home has two separate addresses:
    • 89 Paradise by the Sea – Main House
      Located on Lots 1, 2, and 3 encompassing 1.972 acres
      Estimated main house square feet is 9,500sf

    • 287 Paradise by the Sea – Guest House
      Located on Lot 4 – 0.55 acres
      Estimate guest house square feet is 2,458sf
  • Constructed with tons of concrete and glass, rooms are suspended on concrete pods, at various heights
  • Remote controlled fabric panels provide additional protection from the sun's rays
  • The home has a completely open floor plan with only a few walls
  • There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms
  • Two stairways wind through the house, one around a glass-enclosed elevator, the other passes an atrium-like display of mature native palms
  • The top level of an indoor saltwater swimming pool, flows from one tier into the next, in a giant fountain-like stream
  • Outdoors, small thatched huts are peppered throughout the grounds, providing shade around the pool, sundeck and hot tub

Livable Art

A home such as this must have been an interesting challenge even for Arthur Dyson, who trained under the famous Frank Lloyd Wright, and brought over 40 years of architectural design experience to the table. The Hilton Residence is more than just a house, but really a piece of livable artwork in an incredible beach setting.

Images courtesy of www.arthurdyson.com

Karrie Rose
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