When Steven and Lucia Fischer were ready to purchase a home in Florida, they were looking for “a place to land” that was peaceful and uncongested. Someplace with lots of “greenery and a lack of commotion,” explains Steven.
They discovered that at 200 E. Sea Colony Dr., Unit 3C in Sea Colony, recalls Lucia, noting that coming over the bridge reminded them of the time they spent in Martha’s Vineyard. “There was something magical about coming over the bridge – the water on the river, the lush island and then the ocean – like you’re landing somewhere very special.”
Sea Colony is a small, exclusive community with 16 single-family homes on the west side of A1A and 12 condos in a single building on the east side.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” continues Steven. “If you want privacy, you’ve got plenty of privacy. If you want interesting people, there are plenty of interesting people. You can live your life as you want and be comfortable doing it.”
After passing through a guarded gate, it’s a short drive past tennis and pickleball courts to reach the condominium building. Owners can drive right into their air-conditioned, two-car underground garage while guests enter through the elegant lobby before heading up via private elevator.
Noting architectural features and fine details throughout the building, listing agent Mary Frances Driscoll, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Realty, points out wainscoting, volume ceilings, marble floors and molding.
The elevator opens into a private foyer so guests can transition into the condominium without accessing the owner’s space unbidden.
Stepping through the set of double doors, the ocean’s call is like a siren, beckoning you to come closer. Heading that way, you pass through the formal dining room and breakfast nook into the living room with a gas fireplace at its center.
Noting the expansive view, Driscoll says “this is the perfect level to view the ocean.”
The condo’s open floor plan allows for plenty of interaction with guests enjoying the view as you work in the elegantly appointed gourmet kitchen. Granite countertops glisten as the sun streams through the wall of glass sliders.
The balcony is spacious enough for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets and the host grills the fish caught that morning while surf fishing.
The owner’s suite is located just off the living room, allowing for access to the oceanfront balcony. You can lie in bed and watch the sun as it greets the day with hues of fiery red and warm yellow against the ever-changing blues of the Atlantic Ocean. For those mornings you don’t want to rise with the sun, room darkening shades keep the brightness at bay.
“I’ll miss waking up in the morning and going out on that rail and saying, ‘Good morning Atlantic Ocean.’ It’s almost like you’re on a cruise,” shares Steven.
“It’s like seeing a painting every day. Every hour of the day, it changes. It’s quite remarkable. It’s different now than it was this morning and yesterday,” agrees Lucia.
A walk-in closet opens off the short hallway leading to the en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, jetted tub, dual sinks, water closet and bidet offering the owners a luxurious retreat.
The foyer is at the condominium’s center and creates a proper split plan with the guest wing off to the right. Two guest suites are centered around a family room and shared sunset balcony.
That way, guests can enjoy their own private space without disturbing the owners.
“At 2,832 square feet, this condo lives like a house,” says Driscoll, pointing out the high ceilings and infusion of natural light that permeates the space.
The laundry room, wet bar, powder room, storage and coat closets are centrally located to all condominium areas for convenience.
The Fischers fully enjoy the amenities at Sea Colony, from walking the beach to working out in the fitness center and then taking a dip in the community pool.
“We fell in love with this community because it’s so intimate. It’s great because you get to really meet and talk to people,” says Lucia, noting the variety of interesting people who live in Sea Colony.
The oceanside clubhouse is a gathering place for the residents. It’s designed with discreet seating areas so several groups can make use of the indoor space while others can rock along with the ocean breeze or enjoy cocktails from one of the high-top tables outside on the balcony.
Also in the clubhouse is a one-bedroom guest suite with a pullout couch. The suite comfortably sleeps four and is available to residents for a minimal charge for overflow guests. A grill is available for cookouts, along with storage lockers for residents to store their beach paraphernalia.
Sea Colony is one of the smallest of the north island neighborhoods. The guard-gated community includes an oceanfront clubhouse with a pool, spa, tennis and pickleball courts, fitness center, guest suite and private beach access. It’s just a few minutes’ ride to Ocean Drive shopping and dining, the Vero Museum of Art,and Riverside Theatre.