Villa Floramar: Fine architecture, endless ocean views

At 3766 Ocean Drive, right where the iconic street curves oceanward to run along the popular Conn Beach boardwalk, a broad, brick-paved drive leads though a gated entrance to reveal one of the finest oceanfront properties in Vero. This is Villa Floramar.

With a nearly 1-acre lot and 270 linear feet of oceanfront (far more than the usual frontage), this luxury beach cottage could be the perfect fit as a primary residence for a family or a couple – perhaps retirees – or as a second home; a world-class, away-from-it-all abode.

Villa Floramar offers a walk-to-everything location, close to restaurants, shops and cultural and recreational amenities, privacy, luxurious upgrades, well-planned features and second-to-none ocean view. The clean lines of the Mediterranean-inspired, single-story home follow the Atlantic horizon, the terra cotta-hued walls and red, barrel-tiled roof framed by pristine beach, sea and sky.

Lined by swaying palms, the driveway and well-tended lawn circle a sparkling fountain; and the song of the surf along the shore provides a soothing soundtrack. A trio of cast stone-columned arches extends across the long covered patio and the dark wood front door.

Inside, pale creamy gold marble flooring stretches throughout the wonderfully open interior, and the feeling of light and space is further enhanced by white walls and millwork, and soaring vaulted ceilings, white with dark wood beams.

Visitors are immediately greeted with the glorious ocean view through many large, clear windows overlooking the beach.

Living spaces are defined by the placement of the elegant furnishings, chosen specifically for this home, maintaining a palette dominated by crisp white and deep blue. The living room and combination dining area/family room offer considerable versatility, equally suited for day-to-day family activities and for lavish entertaining, with guests mingling throughout the house and spilling over to the pergola, pool deck and charming backyard.

The big pool and spacious stone-tiled pool deck are clean, elegant rectangles which extend north from the pergola, edged by the sturdy sea wall along the north and east sides. Entertaining for intimate gatherings or large celebrations is a (sea) breeze, flowing from inside to out, onto the spacious pool/sundeck and beneath the columned pergola.

Many see the kitchen as the heart of the home, and polished granite countertops, marble flooring and plentiful dark wood cabinetry make this kitchen a stand-out. GE appliances – fridge, smooth-top range, and dishwasher – are stainless steel. A deep, double stainless-steel sink sits beneath a wide window with a shoreline view that will make boring KP chores far less tedious. A broad granite-topped breakfast bar and counter space/pass-through overlooks the dining area and also affords excellent sea views.

The kitchen’s deep tray ceiling features a square of sky blue from which a dark wood fan/light is suspended. In the dining room is a handsome built-in breakfront, in the same style as the kitchen – granite top with dark wood cabinetry – accommodating dishware storage and display as well as party service. A door from the kitchen opens to the 2-bay attached garage, which also houses the washer and dryer.

A short hallway off the foyer leads to a pair of spacious guest suites, each with stylishly renovated bathroom and shower, tiled in shades of brown, cocoa and cream. Both sport sleek stand-alone vanities, one with clear, green glass top and green glass basin on an open wood and metal base; one with wide white porcelain basin atop a dark wood base.

A second door in one bathroom opens to the hallway so it can be used as a powder room when the homeowners entertain. The easternmost guest suite looks out upon the ocean, while the westernmost offers a pleasing view of the fountain and the elegant front gate.

Begin the day with the sunrise over the ocean within your own peaceful hide-away. The spacious, light-filled master suite offers spectacular ocean views; a bay window with window seat; and a long double closet with two pairs of frosted-glass French doors.

The master bath sports elegant granite countertops; a large glass-enclosed, walk-in shower with lovely cocoa-and-cream tile work; and a glowing marble floor with decorative chocolate inserts.

From this seaside haven, Ocean Drive is literally right out your front gate: head north for a morning or afternoon stroll (with or without the dog) along the boardwalk to the neighborhood park; or stroll south on the sidewalk, past beachside residences and right into Vero’s charming village by the sea with its fine restaurants, shops, salons, boutiques and beach parks. Also close by is Riverside Park, home to  the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Riverside Theatre (Equity), jogging trail, tennis and racquetball courts, and boat launch. The Vero Marina and a 5-acre dog park are nearby as well.

Villa Floramar is truly a one-of-a-kind gem on the Treasure Coast and it could be your own personal slice of paradise.

Vital Statistics

  • Address: 3766 Ocean Drive
  • Neighborhood: Veromar
  • Year built: 1956
  • Extensively renovated: 2004, 2005
  • Construction: Concrete block; stucco
  • Lot size: .95 acre
  • Ocean frontage: 270 feet
  • Home size: 1,813 square feet under air
  • Bedrooms: 3  •  Bathrooms: 3
  • Additional features: Sturdy seawall protection; attached, 2-bay garage; large pool; fenced yard; gated entrance; city sewer and water; barrel tile roof new in 2005; exterior lighting; recessed lighting throughout; furniture available
  • Listing agency:  Treasure Coast Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Listing agent:  Kimberly Thorpe, 772-532-5233
  • Listing price: $2,790,000 (substantially reduced)

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