A harmony of light, space and color are yours in the gorgeous golf course retreat at 420 Sabal Palm Road in John’s Island, one of the most exclusive and coveted residential communities on the east coast.
The spacious home sits beneath the shade of old oak trees and swaying palms. The well-designed tropical landscape enhances the curved drive and broad bricked walkway to the wide, columned porch and double mahogany door with half-moon transom window.
From the moment you step into the gallery foyer you’ll feel the home’s personality: warm, welcoming and elegant while not over-grand, perfect for family and entertaining. The color palette is understated, with whisper-soft hues, soft tans and creams. Pale marble floors, 8-foot doorways and soaring ceilings, and beautifully crafted millwork all add to the appealing ambiance of the main living spaces.
The home is well-sited on its large lot, with plenty of room in the front and back. Additionally, its design makes the most of Florida’s abundant sunlight, with many well-placed windows and French doors illuminating virtually the entire interior during daytime hours.
From the foyer, step into the great room, an impressive space beneath a lofty tray ceiling. A bank of French doors welcomes ambient light and opens to the lovely lanai and pool deck beyond. This truly “great” room includes a spacious seating area, anchored by a gas fireplace with custom millwork surround and flanked by artfully designed shelving. A formal dining area completes the layout.
Near the great room are the open island kitchen with bay breakfast nook, a game room (or informal dining area) and a sitting room. Through the sitting room are two large bedrooms glowing with natural light and a full bath. The inverted hip, tongue-and-groove bedroom ceilings are of tan/gray wood. The first bedroom could as easily serve as a den; the second is a stunning stormy ocean blue. Three pairs of French doors provide access from both bedrooms to their own covered, columned poolside porch.
This kitchen is a chef’s dream – a setup that could easily entice a PB&J-level cook to get more involved in the culinary arts, with high-end appliances, beautiful cream-colored, crown-molding topped glass-front cabinetry. The island and 2-level countertops are a flow of tan, cocoa and gray polished granite housing a 4-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher, sink (beneath a sunny window) and lunch bar. Opposite, a long wall of cabinets contains the double oven, small beverage fridge and wine cooler, and boasts a handsome, dark cherry-look wood butcher block countertop.
White plantation shutters throughout the home soften the plentiful natural light and, with the gentle natural hues of the walls, create a golden glow. Simple, elegant chandeliers and strategic recessed lighting maintain this pleasant glow when night falls.
Connecting the game room and the guest bedroom wing, the sitting room is especially airy and bright. It features another coffered ceiling with exquisite molding and dramatic recessed lighting. The wide entryway into the sitting room centers a full wall custom built-in with display shelves and low cabinets on either side and a shelf across the top.
At the opposite end of the kitchen wing is another en suite corner bedroom with walk-in closet; and a spacious laundry room (with garage access) and its own half bath.
The home’s opposite wing is given over to the fabulous master suite and two additional bedrooms. Just off the foyer gallery is double door entrance to a charming powder room and the master suite.
One guestroom is a delicate pale pink; the other a robust camel hue with contrasting white wainscoting.
Through double doors, you’ll enter a long hallway, the master bath on one side and a pair of walk-in closets on the other, one large and the other – twice as large. The master bath is a luxurious sanctuary in shades of cream and soft gold where you can escape, relax, pamper yourself and, literally, soak away the stress of the day, luxuriating in the big, beautiful, oval soaking tub, staged on marble as befits the star of the show.
One of the two separate vanities includes a dressing table. There is also a roomy glass shower with doors on both sides; and two water closets, one with bidet.
At the end of the hall is the piece de resistance, the 21-foot-2-inch by 18-foot-2 master bedroom, dressed in misty pale blue with stately white wainscoting and the home’s most eye-popping coffered ceiling design, a soaring artistic beauty. This divine retreat also has a lovely bay window, perfect as a comfy conversation space or a cozy nook for reading or daydreaming while enjoying the view.
Off the lanai, the pool deck provides ample space for seating and al fresco dining. There is a broad yard and an exceptional view of the lake and the golf course (5th hole). An artful scattering of graceful, slender palms offers privacy without obscuring the beautiful view.
John’s Island is but a short drive from Vero’s charming beachside village, with its plethora of fine restaurants, pubs and resorts, as well as the nationally respected Riverside Theatre (Equity) and the excellent Vero Beach Museum of Art.
- Address: 420 Sabal Palm Road
- Neighborhood: John’s Island Club
- Home size: 6,797 square feet
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 6.5
- Construction: Concrete block
- Lot size: 125 feet by 241 feet
- View: Golf course and lake
- Additional features: Beautiful landscaping and interior design; custom millwork throughout; gas fireplace; gourmet island kitchen; ceiling fans; a wealth of storage throughout; elegant architectural finishes; heated pool and spa; 2-bay garage
- Listing agency: John’s Island Real Estate Company
- Listing agents: Bob Gibb and Kristen Yoshitani, 772-231-0900
- Listing price: $3,425,000