With its clean lines, Robin’s Egg blue façade, lush lawn and swaying palms, the oceanside home at 9460 Doubloon Drive in Summerplace – the preferred community for those seeking an easy-breezy, laidback, toes-in-the-sand but still luxurious lifestyle – offers the ultimate in casual beachfront living.
This terrific 2-story residence with loft welcomes clear natural light and ocean breezes from all sides through an abundance of windows and sliders, and you can literally walk out your back door, down the long wooden walkway that stretches across a grassy back yard, over the sturdy seawall and right down onto the beach.
Inside, walls, vaulted ceiling, fans, stair railings and cabinetry are white, the flooring a sand-hued neutral, creating an unimpeded flow of light and color from sky, sea and shore between outside and inside.
The home’s floor plan – aka “upside down living” – features family room, bedroom, two full bathrooms, laundry and garage on the ground floor, with the kitchen, living room, master bedroom and porch on the second floor. There’s also a very flexible, spacious loft.
On the second level, the kitchen/living space is a roomy, light-filled area with a full glass slider wall opening onto a big balcony looking out on the blue Atlantic. Three white fans extend from the high, vaulted ceiling.
The kitchen features stainless-steel side-by-side fridge/freezer, built-in wall oven and microwave, sink, and lunch counter stools around the large island. Kitchen countertops glow in shades of brown granite. A pair of simple, graceful pendant lights illuminate the island. A double window above the sink brightens chores for whoever is assigned KP duty.
In the living room space that flows from the kitchen, there is plenty of room to set up seating in a variety of configurations, very likely focused on the ringside-seat ocean panorama through the glass oceanfront wall. With sliders open to the long balcony, you’ll have a substantial area for indoor-outdoor entertaining, complete with ocean breezes and the enchanting sounds of sounds of surf and seabirds.
Stairs from this covered balcony lead to the large, grassy fenced back yard and the wooden walkway, which widens into a railed deck before crossing the seawall and becoming a stairway down to the beach.
At the top of the stairs, through a wide pocket door just off the living room, is the master bedroom, a private haven with a glass slider wall on the ocean side opening out to the balcony. Here you have a front-row seat for magnificent Florida sunrises. Sipping a steaming mug of coffee as you greet the day from a cozy spot on your covered balcony is an experience that’s hard to beat.
If you need just a few more minutes before your feet hit the floor, merely raise your head off the pillow slightly, and the sunrise is yours. A pair of plantation-shuttered windows to the south flank the bed, and a 5-blade ceiling fan keeps the air moving.
The master bath is lovely and airy, all in white, with pale sand-hued tile floor and 2-basin vanity top. Plantation-shuttered windows offer light and privacy above the oval garden tub, adjacent to a glass corner shower. A narrow strip of deep blue tile provides a handsome accent, bisecting the white tile shower and tub surround.
A white spiral staircase leads up into the loft hideaway, another flexible space perfect for any number of uses – office, exercise room, storage, extra bunk space, game room, yoga or artist’s studio – you name it. A pair of dormers provides a stylish roofline outside and additional ambient light inside.
On the ground floor, the family room has plenty of space for all sorts of set-ups. Its current centerpiece is a handsome pool table. Natural light pours through double windows on two sides and a glass door, all sporting plantation shutters and offering wonderful seaside views. Off the living room is a third full bath, with glass front shower.
The ground floor also houses a cozy en suite bedroom; a laundry room with washer, dryer and sink with countertop and storage; and access to the two-bay garage.
Just north of the Wabasso Causeway, and fronting picturesque Wabasso Beach, Summerplace is about 10-minute drive north to the Sebastian Inlet, and only 15 minutes south to Vero’s charming beachside village, with its many shops, boutiques, resorts, fine restaurants and pubs, as well as the Municipal Marina, the Vero Beach Dog Park, and Riverside Park, home to the nationally renowned Riverside Theatre (Equity), the outstanding Vero Beach Museum of Art; a boat launch, walking trail, tennis and pickle ball courts; and a variety of festivals and events throughout the year.
- Address: 9460 Doubloon Dr.
- Neighborhood: Summerplace
- Home size: 2,067 square feet
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 3
- Garage: 2-car, attached garage
- Views: Sweeping beach and ocean vistas
- Additional features: Oceanfront deck; balconies; crisp, clean exterior; beautifully decorated interior; laundry room; loft; large, grassy, fenced backyard; paver driveway; seawall
- Listing agency: ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
- Listing agent: Janyne Kenworthy, 772-696-5110
- Listing price: $1,850,000