VERO BEACH, FL/OCTOBER 2020– If you took all the best features of a hundred gorgeous homes and put them into one house, you would have the magnificently unique house at 111 Shores Drive. This 2-story, 4 bedroom and 4 full bath, one ½ bath home is listed by Sam Robbins, Broker Associate, Dale Sorensen Real Estate, for $1.75 million. Located in the coveted Shores neighborhood in Indian River Shores, the entire property is surrounded by stunning foliage including old oaks, swaying palm trees, Spanish moss and flowering orchids. But it’s the interior of this home that takes the breath of everyone who walks through the front doors.
Walking into this gorgeous manor is similar to walking into one in France or Germany. Elegant, carved woods, elegant sconces and chandeliers, thick cushiony rugs and room after room of stunning stained-glass windows are a few of the breath-taking features of this home. Just walking up the steps to the front door, one’s eyes are riveted to Flora, a goddess of sorts, on the large stained-glass window that greets you and implores you to come inside. In fact, the manor is named after her. Once you’ve entered be prepared to be almost overwhelmed with classic turn-of-the-century beauty, from the hand carved staircase that was rescued from a home in Indiana to the warm wood floors beneath you. There is a second beautiful wood staircase that was rescued from a home in Iowa.
The home was designed and built by retired oral surgeon Charles Infante. Charles spent 2 years traveling back and forth from Fort Lauderdale to Vero Beach, hiring tradesmen, seeking permits, and ordering materials. But the real story is one of a charming couple’s many trips around the US, attending auctions, finding salvagers that were selling antique doors, glass sconces and light shades, sideboards and butler boards. Charles and his wife Priscilla spent more than twenty years collecting items without knowing what house these items would fill. Somehow, when the house in Indian River Shores was complete, their collection fit perfectly and is an astounding testament to the couple’s design and decorating talents.
Many of the walls of the home were salvaged from the sixth floor of a department store in downtown Pittsburg. The formal living room highlight is a fireplace with a gorgeous oak surround that was shipped from New Orleans and purchased at an auction in New York. The beautiful French doors in the living area lead out to a brick paver pool deck, summer kitchen and outdoor dining space complete with custom motorized screens that make it easy to enclose the area. The pool and hot tub are open allowing for the warmth of the sun to glisten off the water.
A triple arch leads to the formal dining room showcasing a Lincrusta border and a ceiling that was created with eight salvaged doors. Leading into the kitchen from the family room/bar area are saloon doors that came from a turn of the century saloon in Maryland. Unique to the house are confessional doors used as pantry and closet doors. The kitchen is surprisingly fresh and modern with professional grade appliances. A custom designed chandelier came from a brownstone in New York while the sconces were once in an old railroad car. The kitchen cabinets with granite tops were custom made by a French-Canadian cabinet maker in Fort Lauderdale.
All 4 bedrooms have their own full baths with stained glass windows, marble countertops and sophisticated wallpaper. This home has an overabundance of closets and storage areas, including a secret area under one of the staircases. While there are two beautiful staircases, there is also an elevator to the second floor. His den includes doors that once were exterior doors of a home in Indiana, while her office at the landing of staircase number two, is bright and filled with light. A patio off the second floor looks over the pond and faces the early morning sun.
This home is filled with stained-glass windows which make colorful and bright rainbows throughout each room. A gorgeous stain glass work features a peacock, his spectacular tail feathers spread. There are beautiful examples of Fretwork, scrolled wood and metal, throughout the home. This home has to be viewed in person to truly appreciate its many outstanding features.
VERO BEACH, FL/OCTOBER 2020– Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) is excited to announce that Vista Florida Realty has merged with DSRE Brevard. The merger, which brings together two highly successful Brevard County brokerages, will give the companies a distinct advantage in the increasingly competitive world of real estate. Both companies specialize in selling new and resale homes, luxury construction, single family homes, condos and waterfront properties.
Vista Florida Realty was founded in 2014 by Grace Vista. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Vista has been a licensed realtor since 2004, earning her Broker’s license in 2014. As an accomplished agent, Vista has won numerous awards, including “Top Producer”, “Top Sales”, “Million-in-a-Month Sales”, and “Leading Edge Sales”. Deciding to merge with another company wasn’t an easy decision until she met with the DSRE team. “About a year ago, different larger companies started approaching me about the possibility of selling my company,” Vista said. “They watched us grow from a 3-agent firm in 2014 when we opened, to a thriving 28-agent brokerage a few years later. But I wasn’t interested in selling my company because I did not want to become a franchise and I also wanted to be able to keep providing the best possible service to our clients as well as my agents.”
Things changed when a DSRE broker approached Vista. “When Gary Scenti, a managing broker at Dale Sorensen Real Estate, asked me to meet with them, I thought why not? I respected the Sorensen brand and I thought, if nothing else, I can learn something from meeting with them. What I didn’t expect was that when I did meet with them, I was completely impressed not only by their strong brand and excellent marketing, but just as importantly, how nice everyone was who I met with. The Sorensen family and team really care about their agents, their customers, and their community. I learned they had strikingly similar life and business values that I hold dear to me. After several meetings it was clear that by merging my current company with theirs, I would not only be helping my agents grow, but I would also be giving our clients even more value. They also offered me the chance to collaborate and innovate with other like-minded managers and brokers working as a team, which is something I missed being the sole owner and manager of Vista Florida Realty. It was a win-win for everyone and I couldn’t see a downside.”
“Grace and her team embody the local, independent, boutique, high level service approach DSRE represents and her passion for marketing will only help enhance the company’s brand in Northern Brevard,” said Dale Sorensen, Jr., managing partner for DSRE. “Personally, having spent many, many hours working with Grace and our team on this merger, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her as well as her agents. Her passion for marketing and our company values align perfectly. Grace will be managing the Suntree and Cocoa Village offices working hand in hand with DSRE Brevard’s broker Gary Scenti, regional managing broker Jim Goldsmith and our regional office manager Katie Keltner and her assistant manager Debbie Ford. Our team brings a level of experience, knowledge and support unparalleled in our region as evidenced by our more than $800 million in closed sales in 2019. We welcome Grace and her entire team.” In the last 12 months, the firms have closed more than $800 million in Treasure and Space Coast real estate.
The merger combines the talents of almost 300 highly-skilled, licensed sales agents and support staff. DSRE was founded in Indian River County more than 42 years ago. They opened their first branch in Brevard County in 2014. “This merger represents a further progression into the Brevard County markets and our shared vision of professional and concierge services to our clients and customers,” said Scenti. “This will also allow Vista’s agents to take advantage of our cutting-edge technologies, innovative marketing techniques and powerful advertising tools that DSRE offers its agents, as well as the relationships with leading worldwide real estate affiliates, to address not only our local but national and global markets.”
Vista is excited about her agents’ futures. “I had said to my husband years ago that I would not ever consider selling my company, unless of course, it was to a really strong independent company with global marketing — like Dale Sorensen Real Estate. I got my wish. One thing we have all learned this year is that we must accept change and be flexible, to keep growing and moving forward. With my experience in marketing, selling real estate and training agents, now supported and strengthened with the outstanding marketing, knowledge and experience of Mr. Sorensen, Dale Sorensen Jr. and the DSRE management team, the future is even brighter for our agents, clients and all of us!”
VERO BEACH, FL/JULY 2020 ─ Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) is pleased to announce that sales associates John and Cindy Roberts has joined the company’s real estate team.
John and Cindy Roberts are turning their love for Vero Beach into a career that will enable them to share that passion with others.
The Roberts were raising their family in Washington D.C. when Cindy’s mother and siblings moved to Vero Beach. After years of visiting the quaint and charming community, they finally realized their dream and moved to Vero Beach in 2015. Nearly their entire family calls the area home now.
As full-time residents, they’ve learned everything they can about their community. As REALTORS®, they’re determined to make sure others learn too.
“We love the culture of Vero Beach,” said Cindy. “The fact that, nestled deep in the Live Oaks, are a world-renowned theater and museum of art, majestic churches, fine dining, funky little bars, unique shopping boutiques, historic landmarks, and the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Medical Center are all here in our small town means we don’t have to travel outside Vero to enrich our lives. With all those amenities, Vero’s natural beauty is still vigorously preserved by its residents. I wish I could tell you how many times we pinch ourselves because we actually live here. We love our Vero and we want others to experience that same joy.”
Their passion for their community and philanthropy led them to Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE). “DSRE is the industry leader and dominant presence in Vero Beach and beyond, not only in real estate, but also in community involvement,” John said. “We love belonging to an organization and being part of a team of people who are just as passionate about enriching Vero Beach and the surrounding area as they are about selling homes. It is also refreshing to be part of an organization that is both supremely professional and profoundly family oriented.”
John has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Human Relations from St. Joseph’s College. Cindy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Psychology from George Washington University. Both are members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
The Roberts family enjoys spending sunny days at the beach, going to car shows and collecting cars, cooking, and spending time with family.Contact John on his cell phone at 703.579.7614 or by email at email@example.com. Contact Cindy on her cell phone at 301.943.8125 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Roberts at 772.492.5300; or visit their offices located at 1961 14th Avenue in Historic Downtown Vero Beach, FL 32960.
VERO BEACH, FL/JULY 2020 ─ Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) is pleased to announce that sales associate Colleen Liebert has joined the company’s real estate team.
Colleen began her real estate career early in life. After 58 years in Kentucky, she moved to the Treasure Coast, landing in Vero Beach to enjoy her late husband’s retirement. Colleen’s background and experience have given her a deep understanding of all facets of real estate, from building brick and mortar properties to helping people find a dream home. Her story reads like a novel about a true hard-working, American family.
Colleen became very knowledgeable about residential real estate growing up in the family’s real estate business in Kentucky. Her grandfather built the first commercial strip center in Jefferson County in 1954. For years, Colleen did the accounting and office management for the operation and was licensed to sell real estate in 1974. Her husband began developing shopping centers for the business and she took over managing those properties, writing the leases, and dealing with the tenants. After the back to back deaths of her beloved husband and father, Colleen sold her shares of the business to her siblings in 2010 and retired. She decided to live out her husband’s dream of retiring in Vero Beach. Eventually, she again became involved in buying, managing and selling properties and obtained her Florida license in 2018. This 180-degree view of all aspects of real estate, from building and developing, to reading and managing rental agreements and contracts, to property management, means that she is able to aptly assist her customers as they transition throughout the real estate process. While licensed to sell real estate in Florida, she still maintains her broker’s license in Kentucky.
Colleen makes her customers’ properties a priority, using the many exclusive marketing and advertising tools provided by Dale Sorensen Real Estate to market their properties locally and globally. Using market research and local real estate trends, Colleen helps her customers to price their properties for sale in order to achieve the fastest sale at the highest price point.
Colleen loves living in Vero Beach where every day is paradise. “I love the charming, small town feel of Vero Beach, yet it has all the amenities you would find in a much a larger community,” Colleen said. “We enjoy first rate museums, art galleries, restaurants, shopping and more. Outdoor sports are varied here with boating, fishing, surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding at the top of the list. I love being able to help others learn about our wonderful community and find their dream home here, just like I did.”
She is a member of Impact 100, and is a former board member of the Children’s Home Society. Her passion though is an idea she has to buy or build a home for the area’s homeless women. “I know that the American dream is to own a home, but to these homeless women and children, just being able to sleep safely, in a bed, is a dream to them. I have goal to make this a reality for them, not just a dream.”
In her free time, Colleen enjoys cooking, boating and visiting her daughters and grandchildren. Contact Colleen on her cell phone at 502.551.2548; via email at email@example.com; or visit her at her office located at 1961 14th Avenue, in Historic Downtown Vero Beach, FL.