Magnificent Indian River Shores Manor listed by Sam Robbins, Dale Sorensen Real Estate

Magnificent Indian River Shores Manor listed by Sam Robbins, Dale Sorensen Real Estate

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. 

View the listing at

https://www.realestateofverobeach.com/ListingDetails/111-Shores-Drive-Vero-Beach-FL-32963/236341.  For a private viewing of this estate, contact Sam Robbins at 772.643.5255, via email at sam@RealEstateOfVeroBeach.com.


Longstanding Viera/Suntree brokerage Vista Florida Realty LLC merges with Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

Longstanding Viera/Suntree brokerage Vista Florida Realty LLC merges with Dale Sorensen Real Estate, Inc

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!”


BREVARD COUNTY DALE SORENSEN REAL ESTATE AUGUST 2020 TOP PRODUCERS

CARPENTER | KESSEL HOMESELLING TEAM
INDIALANTIC OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings & Closed Sales
Highest Team

STEPHANIE MOSS DANDRIDGE
INDIALANTIC OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings & Closed Sales

JOSEPH & MAUREEN MIGNONE
SUNTREE OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings


IRC DALE SORENSEN REAL ESTATE AUGUST TOP PRODUCERS

TREY SMITH
A1A OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings

BARBARA McCARTHY
A1A OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of Closed Sales

RITA CURRY TEAM
CARDINAL OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of Closed Sales

JONATHAN ZISSEL
CARDINAL OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings

DAVID DECKER
DOWNTOWN OFFICE: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listing & Closed Sales

ASHLEIGH LOVELL TEAM
sebastian Office: Highest Dollar Volume of Closed Sales

JENNIFER MARTIN
Sebastian Office: Highest Dollar Volume of New Listings


Dale Sorensen Real Estate welcomes sales associates John and Cindy Roberts

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 jroberts@sorensenrealestate.com. Contact Cindy on her cell phone at 301.943.8125 or by email at croberts@sorensenrealestate.com.  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.


Dale Sorensen Real Estate welcomes sales associate Diana Sivadon

INDIALANTIC, FL/JUNE 2020 ─ Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) is pleased to announce that longtime sales associate Diana Sivadon has joined the company’s real estate team.  

Sivadon has been a licensed real estate sales agent for 6 years, but it is her previous careers that really give her clients an advantage when it comes to buying or selling a home.  

Sivadon moved to Melbourne in 1978 and lived there for more than 35 years.  Her husband was a local home builder and through him Sivadon became interested in the home building process, most especially, interior decorating.  She eventually majored in Interior Design and became expert in staging new homes for sale.  Working for a builder helped her to see that her true passion was helping others realize the “American dream” of buying a home, or working to make sure her homeowners’ listings sell for the highest price possible by promoting their most valuable asset and presenting it in the very best light. As an experienced decorator, she assists her customers in staging their homes before marketing it to the many buyers in Brevard or Indian River County.  With her experience in the home building process, and her knowledge of quality construction and materials, she makes sure that her customers are well informed before making such a large investment.

Certified as a New Home Builder Specialist, Sivadon specializes in new construction and resale residential, as well as luxury properties in both gated and non-gated communities.  As a 4 year resident of Vero Beach, Sivadon knows both Brevard and Indian River counties intimately and can match her customers with the community and home that best fits their personal and financial needs.  

Sivadon is dedicated to utilizing the many extensive marketing and advertising opportunities that Dale Sorensen Real Estate offers their agents and customers.  Their exclusive relationships with national and global real estate affiliates helps Sivadon to market her customers’ properties on a global level.  She takes advantage of the variety of advertising options including print and online to make sure her customers listings reach the broadest market. 

As a Vero Beach resident, Sivadon has become very involved in the community by serving on the Board of Directors of The Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach.  She is active in her church, Tabernacle Ministries, and uses her musical abilities in the church’s music program. 

Contact Diana Sivadon on her office phone at 321.723.9990; on her cell at 321.446.7673; via email at dsivadon@sorensenrealestate.com; or visit her at her office located at 436 Fifth Avenue, Indialantic, FL 32903.


DSRE sales agent Travis Steward represents nearly 50% of listings in Fairway Lakes at Duran

DSRE sales agent Travis Steward represents nearly 50% of listings in Fairway Lakes at Duran

INDIALANTIC, FL/JUNE 2020 – A little more than a year ago, Travis Steward represented 33% of the homes sold in Fairway Lakes at Duran.  Today, Steward continues that extraordinary success by currently representing nearly 50% of the available listings for sale in the community.  Considered an expert regarding Fairway Lakes homes, Steward has tremendous expertise and knowledge of the neighborhood and the real estate and marketing trends in the area. Steward has represented more than $6 million in real estate transactions in the community. 

“There are currently only 7 available homes for sale in Fairway Lakes,” Steward said.  “I have 3 of the listings, including homes located at 3217 Lamanga Drive, 6576 Arroyo and 6536 Arroyo Drive. DSRE’s innovative advertising and marketing tools ensure that our listings receive global attention. The market has a shortage of homes available for sale right now and the demand for luxury homes is increasing; this is definitely a sellers’ market and I expect these properties to get a lot of attention.”

Fairway Lakes is an extraordinary private, gated community situated on the #1 rated golf course in Brevard County with beautiful lakefront and golf course view homes. Homes are priced at $500K – $1M+.  Duran, located in Viera, FL, is close to Viera’s Town Center in Brevard County.  The community has a total of 224 residences.You can contact Travis Steward at 321.872.9020, by email at tsteward@sorensenrealestate.com, or at the company’s office located at 3165 Suntree Blvd #102 in Rockledge.


Local Realtor® and family making masks, raising money for American Cancer Society

VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2020 – Local Realtor® Jennifer Bailey is known throughout the real estate community as a ball of fire with almost super-human energy.  Now she’s using her super power to help others, and she’s brought her family right along with her.

When Bailey, who works for Dale Sorensen Real Estate, started hearing the cries for masks, she decided to put her sewing skills to use.  Teaming up with her daughter, Felicia, and husband Steve, the family began designing and making masks and had sewn 315 as of April 20.  “Felicia tried to sew one of her fingers (she’s going to be fine), I’ve broken all my nails, have loads of new cuts and calluses, my thumb has a dent from the scissors and Steve who is the paracord cutter/burner/threader has burnt his fingers a bit…. but…. it’s worth every bit of it for all of us,” Bailey said with her typical humor.  “We are going to keep at it until we don’t need them anymore.” 

Because Bailey and her family really wanted to do something to help the community, she decided not to charge for the masks.  However, Bailey felt that they could have a double impact on the community by instead asking the people that get one to make a donation to the American Cancer Society, a cause near and dear to her heart. So far, they’ve raised over $1,000!  “People in our community are very generous and happy to give to such a deserving organization. Of course, we will donate masks to anyone even if they cannot afford to donate.”

That wasn’t the only project consuming this family’s life though.  Felicia and longtime fiancé, Gregory Cerna, were due to be married on April 18.  Due to the quarantine, the couple has had to postpone the planned celebration with friends and family, instead having an intimate ceremony at home.  “COViD-19 has forced them to postpone the big event until June, but they still wanted to have their day that they’ve planned for so long. They will have a full ceremony and reception when it’s safe to be in crowds again.”

The Bailey family is going to continue to make the masks and donate the proceeds but getting supplies is proving to be difficult.  “We have been through 1000 feet of cord so far. Thread, fabric, elastic, cord, ribbon, everything is very hard to get now.  We are back ordered on supplies, but we are not giving up.”

Bailey has been with Dale Sorensen Real Estate for more than a decade.  She is a licensed Florida Realtor® and the firm’s IT manager. 


Dale Sorensen Real Estate sales agent Lori Davis donates lunches to Indian River County 911 Dispatchers

VERO BEACH FL/APRIL 2020 – They’re the first voice that someone hears when they call for emergency response, but no-one ever sees them or knows their names.  They’re 911 Dispatchers and they’re reason that help arrives during an often times scary or critical situation.  On Wednesday, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Safety Dispatch Unit opened their doors to a surprise, and some much-deserved recognition, with a free lunch.

Dale Sorensen Real Estate (DSRE) agent Lori Davis organized the show of support and worked with Chef Scot Varricchio from the Citrus Grill to package and distribute twenty-four boxed lunches to the dispatchers. Davis paid for the lunches while DSRE provided each dispatcher with a coffee mug.  Included in the lunches were thank you notes written by children of friends and family members.

“I felt like I had to do something in these unsettling times.  When I heard about what these amazing ladies do on a daily basis, regardless of the Covid-19 situation, I jumped at the opportunity to show my gratitude,” said Davis.  “My first thought was to contact Chef Varricchio at Citrus Grill to prepare the lunches. His response was an immediate yes!  I knew I wasn’t the only one feeling this way and asked my best friends with school age children if they would write a thank you note to the 911 ladies as well.  I had an overwhelming response of twenty-four thank you notes in 24 hours!  This is a time where families, friends and neighbors are joining together to thank all those who make our lives better and safer.  I am proud to live in a community that is so giving and to work with a company like Dale Sorensen Real Estate that supports us in all that we do.”

The response from the 911 Dispatchers was heartfelt.  “I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing lunch and gifts you brought us today,” said Robyn Candarini, Administrator, Public Safety Dispatch Unit, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. “The food was delicious and we just loved the cups.”

Candarini added that the dispatchers were really touched by the cards that the children wrote. “We would love to do something for the children that wrote the cards, they were so precious and we were truly moved!”