A MEDITERRANEAN STYLE HOME IN RIOMAR BAY

 

Every now and then a home has the ability to evoke a sense of peacefulness and tranquility the moment you enter the doors. The impeccably designed home at 750 Lake Drive in Vero Beach, Florida is just such a home, giving one the urge to simply take your shoes off, grab a favorite read and relax within the warm and inviting rooms, filled with beautiful and exceptional finishes and custom millwork and cabinetry.

Viewing the Mizner Mediterranean-style home from the expansive driveway, it’s abundantly clear that this home is one of a kind. Built by Chad Kelly of Kelly Construction & Development as a personal residence and to showcase the workmanship typical in houses built by the local contractor, the property is entered through gates onto a courtyard. The beautiful arched and wood trimmed front doors greet you as if with open arms. As you enter the living/dining area through six marble columns, the room is enhanced with a fireplace, also marble, flanked by a duet of built-in bookcases. The ambiance of the room is evident with its cross-beamed pecky cypress ceiling, sister chandeliers and marble floors. A set of three arched wood-trimmed French doors leading to the patio allows incoming sunlight to play on the textures of the room. The interior design is a testament to architect Gregory Anderson’s talents.

The centerpiece of the kitchen is the oversized furniture style island, it’s wood base contrasting nicely with the blond butcher-block counter top. The island features a copper vegetable sink with soft nickel finished spigot. The ceiling features wood beams with a wrought iron and copper chandelier over the kitchen table. Warm cherry wood cabinetry extends throughout the large kitchen, a perfect setting for the large farmhouse sink. Stunning craftsmanship has created a cove like area of rich wood protecting the Chef’s grade gas stove, oven and pot washer. The brick backsplash above the stove has decorative tiles and practically hidden cupboards, perfect for your spices and olive oils. The butler’s pantry continues the Mediterranean theme in it’s cabinets and backsplash. The fireplace services both the kitchen and the family room, acting as a divider for the two rooms. The ample family room features an arched pecky cypress ceiling with large beams and wood trimmed French doors leading to the outside. Both rooms also feature the marble with creamy swirls of brown and tan that perfectly match all the wood in the home.

A den is made more interesting with a combination coffered ceiling and textured grass cloth wallpaper. The creamy ivory built-ins include a wet bar with soft lighting, and bookcases. Glowing wood floors complete the look and feel of a cozy space for reading or watching TV. No home can be considered complete without a craft or sewing room, perfect for spurring those creations. This room makes completing any project easier with its custom built-ins. A wall of windows gives this room ample natural lighting.

The downstairs master suite, taking up the western wing of the home, is what peaceful nights and sweet dreams are made of. The creamy blue walls and white trim are a perfect contrast to the wood floors. One’s eyes are drawn to the sitting area and the large French windows that overlook the lush outdoor landscaping. The master bath is designed with old world luxury. Marble floors with granite accents set at interesting angles lead one to the free standing oval shaped pedestal tub with bathtub faucet and hand shower. His and hers vanities are divided by a large corner makeup vanity, all surrounded with the now familiar wood cabinetry and soft lighting.

Down the hallway are an additional bedroom, powder bath, laundry room and access to the garage.

An elegant, three-quarter turn marble staircase with brushed metal handrail leads to the second-floor and three additional bedrooms, all large yet cozy with their creamy pastel colored walls and tongue and groove ceilings. Each of these rooms have their own private baths. An upstairs laundry room makes this a perfect family home.

The guesthouse offers a quiet place to relax when visiting. The efficient kitchen area features a wet bar with small fridge and sitting area. The adjacent bedroom and bath are large enough to sleep guests comfortably. There’s a private garage for guests as well. Mexican shell stone floors and paving in the guesthouse lead to the main house’s pool and deck area.

The loggia and adjoining outdoor dining area, with summer kitchen and covered copper roof, are perfect for enjoying those balmy Florida nights, listening to soft breezes while drinking in the aroma of salt air. A glistening pool and spa are surrounded by lavish tropical landscaping, including privacy hedge and bushes and wispy foxtail palms. The deck area can easily accommodate numerous lounge chairs for those wonderful outdoor cocktail or pool parties so popular in this region.

Part of the charm of this wonderful home is the location in coveted Riomar Bay II, nestled on a canal on the Intra-Coastal Waterway’s Indian River Lagoon. A private dock with gated access gives boating and fishing access to the abundant wildlife that thrives within the Lagoon.

This 6,800+ square foot home, with a total of 6 bedrooms and 7 full and 2 half baths, has old world luxury and finishes but modern conveniences, combined harmoniously to create a “home” in the truest sense of the word.

 

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