Beach Bonding

How a Dothan family’s North Lagoon bay home connects multiple generations

By Shannon McRae

Lots of people vacation at the beach with extended family and grandparents. But Candice and Steve Maddox went a step further. They bought a beach house next door to her parents’ bayfront home. “We had no intention of buying,” Candice says. “My parents were building their house, and while we were there looking at the progress, we noticed this house. “We kind of stalked it,” she laughs. “We checked it out and looked through the windows, because we just thought it was so pretty.” The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home on North Lagoon Drive in Panama City Beach, Fla., wasn’t for sale at the time—and the Maddoxes weren’t looking. They already owned a three-bedroom condo in a nearby development. Candice’s parents, who live in Panama City year-round, owned in the same complex, but they were planning to sell when their bay home was finished. “We were bummed they were leaving,” she says. The Maddoxes bought their condo near her parents, Angie and Tony Livingston, when their children (Anna-Claire, 21, Marlie Kate, 13, Tripp, 9, and Hadley, 7) were very young. They’d spent lots of summers together in Panama City. And while they were excited that her parents were building their home, they were going to miss having Nannie and Papa nearby.

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