Spacious Sea Colony residence called ‘a hidden jewel’

Tucked among the live oaks and palms, the home at 4 W. Sea Colony Dr. in the Sea Colony subdivision is filled with peace and quiet, according to owners Willard and Paula Bright, who were drawn to what Bright refers to as a “hidden jewel.”

The quaint community consists of 28 door fronts – 16 lots on a single street on the west side of A1A and 12 condos on the east side says Willard Bright. “It’s very intimate. Everybody knows each other.”

The couple’s summery yellow house is a spot of sunshine among the lush green tropical foliage. A brick path leads to the front entry where dark, solid wood doors open into the foyer. To the right, a half wall creates an intimate setting for the formal dining room while allowing for a sense of openness.

High ceilings with transoms above doors provide plenty of natural light and draw the eye to the variety of ceiling treatments throughout the house. Extensive crown molding and curved archways with detailed accents add a sense of elegance.

The formal living room opens onto the patio through a set of sliders that pocket into the wall so that the room flows to the screened pool area and “makes the inside out. It’s a whole extra living space,” notes Berkshire Hathaway listing agent Debbie Bell.

The den and master suite are situated on the western side of the house, away from the hustle and bustle of guests and activity in the kitchen.

“It’s a very functional layout. There’s really no wasted space,” says Bright, noting that he can sneak off to the den if he wants to sit and read but not be too far away from the activity in the family room. “There’s enough space but you’re not remote from each other.”

Distressed wood floors add a luxurious feel to the generous master suite that adjoins the opulent bathroom. A garden tub grounds the circular space with his and her vanities, a walk-in shower and his and her walk-in closets.

On the opposite side of the split-plan house, a cook’s kitchen beckons for the family to gather. With high-end appliances and a walk-in pantry, there’s “more cabinet space than you can fill,” says Bright. Granite countertops and dark, wood cabinets enhance the family-centered area. Everyone can hang out together, with the family room and breakfast nook nearby.

The laundry room and garage are convenient as are the guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, ready for visits from family and friends. A door opens to the screened-in pool area from one of the bathrooms so guests can enter without trailing water throughout the house.

Lushly landscaped with eureka palms, the fenced backyard offers a private haven where the summer kitchen makes it stress-free to dine al fresco and then take a dip in the heated saltwater pool or relax in the spa.

Across the street is the community’s oceanside clubhouse. “The clubhouse is a real asset. We used it a lot,” says Bright, recalling walks on the beach with their dogs, sipping wine on the upper deck as they watched the ocean grow dark, and the pleasure of walking on the treadmill in the fitness center with an ocean view.

The clubhouse was renovated several years ago, and the second floor was designed with discreet seating areas so several groups can make use of the space at the same time. Outside, the balcony overlooks the ocean with tables and intimate seating areas from which early risers have a front-row seat for the spectacular sunrises.

“We have a very active social committee that organizes movie nights, a welcome back party and spring cookout. The clubhouse can be reserved for private events, and there’s even a full kitchen for catering,” explains Bright.

The second-floor guest suite at the clubhouse is another big plus. The one-bedroom unit with a pullout couch comfortably sleeps four and is available to residents for a minimal charge when guests are in town. A grill is available for cookouts along with storage lockers for residents to store their beach paraphernalia.

“This is a newer community and to have impact glass, concrete block, your own clubhouse on the beach without the upkeep and be in this price range is a real opportunity for somebody,” says Bell, who is hosting an Open House on Aug. 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sea Colony is one of the smallest of the north island neighborhoods. The guard-gated community includes an oceanfront clubhouse with pool, spa, tennis courts, fitness center, guest suite, and private beach access. It is only a few minutes away from Ocean Drive shopping and dining, the Vero Museum of Art and Riverside Theatre to the south, while the Environmental Learning Center and the Sebastian Inlet, with its world-class fishing, are close by to the north.

Vital Statistics

  • Address: 4 W Sea Colony Dr. in Sea Colony
  • Neighborhood: Sea Colony
  • Year built: 2006
  • Construction: Concrete block • Architecture: British West Indies
  • Lot size: 117 feet by 128 feet • Home size: 3,500 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 3 full baths and 1 half-bath
  • Pool: Saltwater pool and spa
  • Additional features: Gourmet kitchen; Wolf gas range and oven; Sub-Zero refrigerator; island; granite countertops; central vacuum; hardwood and tile flooring; den; impact glass; two-car garage; summer kitchen; screened lanai; fenced backyard; oceanfront clubhouse; beach access; tennis and fitness facility
  • Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
  • Listing agent: Debbie Bell, 772-473-7255
  • Listing price: $1,049,000

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