Riverfront Indian Bay home sits amid exquisite scenery

The beautiful home at 1411 East Camino del Rio sits on a nearly 1-acre lot on the elegantly landscaped tip of a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the scenic Indian River Lagoon.

Access to the 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 2,891-square-foot waterfront home is via a winding, oak-canopied lane that belies the house’s convenient location just a stone’s throw from the 17th Street Bridge.

Past a pair of square, lighted columns, the drive circles to the front entrance, and curves to the garage at the back, the lot landscaped generously with oak, palms and low tropical foliage.

Tall, simple glass doors, single-light windows and transom windows allow floods of ambient light to illuminate the interior, and present spectacular, unimpeded views of the sparkling river, beautiful sunsets and a delightful variety of wild neighbors, including dolphins, manatees, otters, herons and pelicans.

Step through the double French entry doors into the spacious and airy living room. You’ll find no white millwork here; rather, this home stands out with honey brown, custom cypress millwork that plays perfectly against the soaring ceilings, and warm, wonderfully appealing Mexican tile floors, which extend through most of the home.

Through the living room’s glass French door wall, the water-centric view is of the broad pool patio and slim river finger leading to the private boathouse. One entire wall houses a handsome built-in unit: creative display shelving above cabinet storage, flanking an extra-large TV alcove.

The living room transitions seamlessly into the dining space, then into a big, beautiful gourmet kitchen, which was completely remodeled in 2015 and made into an absolute chef’s delight.

There are two granite-topped islands, JennAir appliances, and handsome pecan cabinetry with user-friendly pull-outs galore – no stooping or kneeling required. There is recessed lighting, mini-subway tile backsplash in shades of brown, and a clever, attractive cooktop vent that slides out of sight until needed. A charming breakfast nook looks out upon the front entrance garden.

This section of the home also accommodates a full cabana bath, accessible from the pool and lanai; a roomy pantry; and laundry/utility room.

The front of this expansive wing is home to the huge master suite/retreat, decked out with the cypress millwork that defines this home’s special personality. The master bedroom, entered through double doors, is – big. And full of light, with three-pane picture windows on two sides. You need only lift your head ever-so-slightly off the pillow for a magnificent view of the river. Linger in bed for a second cup of morning coffee – don’t turn the news on just yet – and simply take in the natural beauty that is yours.

Past a pair of roomy walk-in closets is the master bath, a luxurious haven, creatively designed with Mexican tile floor and the same, wonderful reddish colored tile on the vanity tops, splash, shower and the large, jetted tub surround. Completing the master suit is a bright corner office/den, the white walls and ceiling dramatic against the cypress molding and dark wood-look ceiling fan. A wall-to-wall desk/computer station/worktop/drawer unit adds style and function.

On the other side of the home are a pair of sizeable, en suite guest bedrooms, one at each corner, also enjoying soft ambient light and soothing water views.

A summer kitchen features a gas grill with beautifully designed tile-work splash, and there’s a cozy spot for al fresco fining beneath the lanai.

An easy flow from the open interior out onto the lanai, emerald lawn, gardens and pool allows for all sorts of entertaining and/or relaxing opportunities. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible enjoying the wonderful variety of wildlife – what the owners call “our nature show, a private McKee.”

Indian Bay is a historic Vero neighborhood offering great privacy and exclusivity that is only minutes from the island’s charming Village by the Sea with its many shops, pubs, boutiques, resorts and top-notch dining opportunities. Nearby is oak-shaded Riverside Park, home to the nationally renowned Riverside Theatre (Equity); the highly respected Vero Beach Museum of Art; the town tennis center; and a variety of festivals throughout the season.

Vital Statistics

  • Address: 1411 East Camino Del Rio
  • Neighborhood: Indian Bay
  • Construction: Concrete block/stucco
  • Year built: 1994
  • Lot size: 0.9 acres
  • Home size: 2,891 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 4
  • View: Water views on three sides
  • Additional features: Open, split bedroom plan; Mexican tile flooring; custom cypress millwork; kitchen remodeled 2015; recessed and drop-down art lighting; 12-foot ceilings; jetted tub; walk-in closets; 8-foot, solid core interior doors; large office w/custom built-ins; ceiling fans; barrel tile roof; gas BBQ; outdoor shower; intracoastal access; private boathouse w/lift; heated pool, resurfaced in 2018; irrigation system; stamped concrete drive/motor court; 2-bay attached garage w/workbench/wall storage; well organized, easy-access hurricane panels; 2 AC units, 1 new 2019; 2 water heaters, 1 new 2019
  • Listing agency: Alex MacWilliam Real Estate
  • Listing agents: Cheryl Gerstner, 723-539-2100; Joey Beasock, 772-538-8192
  • Listing price: $1,850,000

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