Berkshire Hathaway Home Services agent Chip Landers sells his own home every couple of years, and when he does, he prices it to move. “I like to get in and get out. I never get greedy. This house is very well priced, with a lot of added features.”
“Being in the business, I always pick homes with resale value in mind,” Landers said. “I tell my clients to do the same thing. You’re eventually going to have to sell it.”
His current residence at 1440 Bunker Court is in the award-winning “traditional neighborhood design” Pointe West development. There are four “villages” that put big porches out front and garages in the back, narrowing streets to give room for walkable alleys in back. Each village has a community pool, lovely landscaping, lakes and stroll-able sidewalks that create a bit of a Mayberry ambiance – updated of course.
Landers’ 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,200-square-foot home is located in the East Village.
Built in 2016, it sits on a 60-foot-by-140-foot lot and is listed for $299,900.
The neighbors are a mix of families, singles and retirees, Landers said. “The home is the perfect size for a retired couple looking to downsize who still want to spread out into extra rooms, who want 2,200 square feet, but not 3,000 or more. I turned the fourth bedroom into my man cave,” Landers said. “The house is also a good size for a family.”
Natural gas, a rarity in county developments, is on tap at Pointe West, although the second phase of the East Village, now under construction, will not have it.
“This house has gas cooking, water heater, gas dryer and barbeque. Clothes dry in a third of the time,” Landers said. “The community pool is gas heated, but lots of people put in their own pool and there is room for one here.”
Landers put in several upgrades with a contemporary aesthetic in mind. “DR Horton put a very nice package together and I customized it to make it a step above.”
All the ceilings have steel fans, the lighting fixtures were updated and many more were put in. Over-large ceramic tile was laid throughout the house, a crisp, bright look that’s easy to maintain and harbors no allergens. Bead board wainscoting was put in the kitchen, dining area and all the bedrooms for a richer look. The counters are granite in the kitchen and bathrooms, which have dark-wood cabinets with brushed nickel pulls.
The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, including a three-drawer refrigerator that keeps Italian ices and white wine at hand. Crown molding above the cabinets, a pantry and a desk area make it a joy to organize a feast. The breakfast bar overlooks a 27-foot by 15-foot open space “that can be anything you want,” Landers said. The breakfast nook is about 10 feet by 11 feet, which the Landers family uses as their regular dining room. These common rooms overlook the screened lanai, keeping the barbeque action close to the kitchen.
The oversize garage fits two cars with room for lots of storage. A door at the back leads to the laundry room, making de-sanding from the beach a snap.
The owner’s suite has a big walk-in closet and a tray ceiling. Landers redid the bathroom, taking out the puny shower and tub and installing a generous walk-in shower with marble and glass-tile. He also put in a closet, lined with bead board and fitted with wire shelving. A chandelier and vanity lights complete the high-tone look.
The yard is fenced, important for dog owners. New landscaping includes three palm trees along with other plants.
“I love the area,” Landers said, who has lived in several homes nearby. “The 58th Avenue and [state road] 60 intersection has become downtown Vero to a lot of people. You’ve got the mall, theater and Outback Steakhouse close by, but far enough away so there is no traffic noise. And the hospital has its own urgent care center on Pointe West property. Home Depot, Loew’s and Publix are also nearby.”
Pointe West offers a la carte levels of membership. All homeowners participate in the association, which is $155 a month and includes communal-property upkeep, yard maintenance and community-pool use. Membership to the Country Club is $45 a month and includes social events and a fine restaurant. The Golf Club has two levels of membership, “Associate” for $250 a month, with tee time after 11 a.m. and noon during the season. “Reciprocating” membership is $365 a month, with no tee-time rules and includes use of the Vero Beach Country Club’s golf course in the summer.
- Address: 1440 Bunker Court
- Neighborhood: Pointe West
- Year built: 2016
- Home size: 2,200 square feet
- Lot size: 60 feet by 140 feet, .19 acres
- Construction: Concrete block and stucco
- Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 2
- Additional features: Attached two-car garage, security system, fenced yard, screened lanai, natural gas appliances, granite counters, tile floors, wooden cabinets, wainscoting, all new lighting
- Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
- Listing agent/owner: Chip Landers, 772-473-7888
- Listing price: $299,900