Riverwind courtyard residence is ‘close to everything’

The lushly landscaped home at 1149 Riverwind Circle is nestled deep inside the neighborhood, far removed from the hustle and bustle of Indian River Boulevard. At the same time, the 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2,662-square-foot house is mere minutes from the beach, shops and dining. And just down the road from Cleveland Clinic Indian River.

“It’s close to everything,” said owner Lois Kubal. “Everything is at your fingertips.”

Kubal and her husband built the house in 2006 with Darrell Winslow of Regatta Homes, opting for the Elizabeth model. Their’s is one of only three Elizabeth models in Riverwind.

“It’s never had a dent,” Kubal said, explaining that they decided to build new in Riverwind following the 2004 hurricanes. Since then, they’ve weathered a number of storms without sustaining a smidge of damage. “It’s a well-built house.”

Kubal’s family had lived in Ocean Ridge on the island prior to Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, but decided to move to the mainland after the storms. The back-to-back blows did not damage their island home but they went weeks without power.

When the Kubals decided to move to the mainland, they wanted something large enough for their family and friends. Riverwind offered the option for a substantial home in close proximity to the beach as well as to the hospital and downtown Vero. The subdivision’s community center provides a heated pool, fitness center and card room, along with a calendar of social events that includes monthly parties and regular coffee klatches.

As for 1149 Riverwind Circle, the courtyard home features a cabana/guest house with a kitchenette, perfect for extended family visits or as private living quarters for elderly parents.

When the Kubals’ daughter would visit with her husband and two sets of twins, the granddaughters would stay in the main house while their parents sought refuge in the cabana, Kubal said.

Entry to the main house is through the formal living and dining room, which leads to an expansive kitchen and family room. The kitchen is outfitted with stainless appliances and light-colored cabinetry that reflects the warm tones of the granite countertops.

“We wanted something really pretty,” Kubal said of the bold granite. “I’m an artist. I can’t stand the sprinkly little stuff.” Instead, the Kubals selected granite with defined veins and much character.

The kitchen’s peninsula plays host to tons of storage by way of pull-outs on the backside and cupboards on the front. There is a walk-thru to the dining room from the kitchen, allowing for elegant dining during holidays and family gatherings without treating guests to the mess in the kitchen.

The spacious family room adjacent to the kitchen can easily handle large pieces of furniture without interfering with the flow of the space. Glass sliders out to the pool disappear into pockets, opening the room all the more and providing lovely breezes that waft through the house.

The master suite is also quite large, easily handling king-size furniture. Large, though, is an understatement, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services listing agent Lucy Hendricks.

“The master is gigantic,” she said, leading the way to the room. The suite has plantation shutters, a door out to the pool, double walk-in closets and double vanities. The bath also features a water closet, jetted tub and glass-enclosed shower.

Elsewhere in the house are another bedroom and a “flex room” that was a bedroom but has been converted into Kubal’s art studio and laundry room.

She said the flex room could easily be reclaimed as a bedroom by reorienting the washer and dryer to the adjacent bathroom and walling in the closet.

A door leads to a small screened patio off the flex room – a patio Kubal has used as a “catio” for her 19-year-old feline. The door itself has a kitty panel, allowing for the senior creature to come and go as it pleases. Hendricks noted the door could swapped out if the next owners don’t have need for a panel.

“You’ve got a lot of opportunities to make this space you’re own,” Kubal said.

With her children grown, Kubal said it’s time for something smaller. She’s looking at moving elsewhere in Vero Beach and finding a condo or something similar.

“It’s just too big for me,” Kubal said of her well-loved Riverwind home.

Vital Statistics

  • Address: 1149 Riverwind Circle
  • Neighborhood: Riverwind
  • Lot size: 0.21 acres • Construction: Concrete block and stucco
  • Year built: 2006 • Model: Elizabeth
  • Builder: Darrell Winslow, Regatta Homes
  • Size: 2,662 square feet under air • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 4
  • Additional features: Courtyard home with pool; Cabana/guest house with kitchenette; tile floors; plantation shutters; impact aborhood away from Indian River Boulevard.
  • Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Listing agent: Lucy Hendricks, 772-559-8812
  • Listing price: $489,900

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