Anna and Dan Fuller have one of those marriages that bring out the talents of each as they work on projects together. She’s big-picture creative, he’s more of a detail-oriented executive type – a good combo when renovating a condo.
“We move every three to five years,” Anna said. “There are so many condos that need updating. We love doing it. It takes a little bit of vision and a whole lot of organization.”
Both are in the commercial real estate business, making them knowledgeable on location and market value, adding depth to their choice of which condo to live in and renovate.
Over the last two years they’ve renovated 1845 Tarpon Lane, unit 101, a ground-floor unit in Tarpon Island Club, which is located on a finger canal with deep boat dockage between the bridges.
“We’re the only three-bedroom, two-bath condo on the mainland, on the water, with a boat dock,” Anna said. “Grand Harbor is the next place, but it’s not on the water.”
The canal, one of three that run parallel to the lagoon, suffered no dock damage during the last hurricane. Nearby canals running perpendicular to the lagoon were more open to high winds and storm-surge waves, and many docks along those canals were damaged.
Tarpon Lane’s canal runs closest to the lagoon. It is lined with mangroves, with a higher berm beyond, an ecologically-friendly breakwater that prevents flooding. The docks are built high and are well maintained by the separate dock-condo association that charges $435 a year.
The Fullers’ boat lift is special. It’s a wooden platform, not just metal brackets, on a motorized pulley system. They store two kayaks and a canoe on the platform, but the space could be taken up by a larger boat. The previous owner had bad eyesight and wanted firmer footing during the launch process.
The platform has made it safer for their grandchildren to launch the canoe. “We don’t really want them on the lagoon with the wind,” Anna said. “They paddle up and down this canal and the other two. They have a ball.”
The dock is within steps of the covered back porch, “so you don’t have to load and unload stuff. The dock fee includes a big dock box for storing paddles and other equipment. You’re on the water in minutes.”
The condo was built in 1983, Anna said, “and these older condos are really built. Solid concrete all around; you don’t hear anything at all, even though you’re close to the 17th Street Bridge.”
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services listing agent Chip Landers noted “anything on the water now is basically old. [But you can spend money to upgrade] and get your money out, because of location, location, location. Not only are you on the water and close to the beach, you’re within walking distance to Miracle Mile. You can have dinner at Bonefish Grill.”
Anna said they’re also in a prime location to watch the Christmas boat parade and July 4th fireworks.
Noise on the inside of the condo was a primary concern of Anna’s as well. She researched the noise level the dishwasher, refrigerator and garbage disposal made, installing the quietest. “My grandson thought the old garbage disposal was a lion. He’d say, ‘turn it on, let me hear it roar.’”
Most of the appliances are the LG brand, which Anna loves for its engineering and detail. The refrigerator has three doors, one a chiller drawer she stocks with white wine. “The oven is not only convectional, but also infrared, which gives a grill effect without having a grill,” she said.
Storage was another consideration. The kitchen was totally ripped out, with the ceiling heightened to allow higher cabinets to be installed, with soft-close drawers and doors, making it impossible to bang them shut.
Even the space between the wall and refrigerator was maximized, a tall, narrow pull-out closet with pan racks inserted in the 10-inch space. Counters below the window were installed and lovely bone-colored granite counters complement the white cabinets. A light porcelain tile on the floor further brightened the kitchen.
The open-floor-plan living room and dining room look out onto the back yard and split the bedrooms, two guest bedrooms on one side and the master bedroom on the other.
The guest bathroom renovation included installation of a walk-in shower with stone-look tile. The counters are 42 inches high and granite. Two sinks speed up the morning rush and fine whisper-close cabinetry pleases the eye and hand.
The master bath was also totally redone, with two pristine white vessel sinks gleaming above marble counters. More soft-close cabinetry is beneath. The tiled walk-in shower and porcelain tile floors add to the feeling this room is not just for bathing, it’s for ablutions.
All the closets were gutted, with storage maximized. Ease of movement was enhanced by replacing solid doors with bi-fold doors. The side-by-side washer and dryer were replaced with stacked units, leaving room for hanging clothes, a hamper and folding area.
Inset lighting, new window treatments, and a score of other refinements made the home’s interior brighter, more utilitarian and streamline lovely.
The condo comes with a covered parking space out front, making it easy to transfer groceries from the car to the kitchen. “I think another advantage to being on the first floor – besides not having to negotiate stairs – is you don’t feel cooped in,” Anna said, opening up the sliding-glass doors to the outside.
The condo fee is $586 a month, which includes water, sewer, garbage, community pool, clubhouse and tennis courts – recently lined to also serve as pickleball courts as well. The building got a new metal roof a few months ago. “You just pay electric and cable,” Anna said.
The property is co-listed by Chip Landers and Mark Seeberg, who have an open house planned for this weekend, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, April 29.
- Address: 1845 Tarpon Lane, Unit 101
- Neighborhood: Tarpon Island Club, three-story condominiums
- Year built: 1983
- Home size: 1,700 sq. ft.
- Construction: Concrete block and reinforced concrete
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Additional features: First floor, remodeled, boat slip with platform boat lift, wood flooring, quartz and marble counters, quiet-close cabinets, LED lighting, new air conditioning, accordion shutters, all new appliances, covered parking space
- Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
- Listing agents: Co-listed by Chip Landers, 772-473-7888, and Mark Seeberg, 772-696-0651
- Listing price: $429,900