When Russell and Judith Powell decided it was time to look for a “winter hideaway,” they started their search in Vero Beach. Familiar with the area because Russell’s cousins lived in Fort Pierce, they found what they were looking for in The Moorings and bought a condo.
It didn’t take them long to decide for certain The Moorings had everything they needed. Their next move was to buy a lot with plans to build – but when the house at 206 Spinnaker Dr. in the Anchor at The Moorings went on the market, they knew it was the perfect place for them to spend their winters.
The 3-bedroom, 4-bath, 4,000-square-foot waterfront house is located at the end of a street, which makes for a peaceful setting. There is a circular drive surrounded by lush vegetation and two-car, side-entry garage.
The layout flows beautifully for such a large home. Instead of spare and sprawling, the open spaces are cozy, taking advantage of natural light throughout the house, with everything revolving around the step-down, formal living room.
Polished travertine floors throughout the main areas of the house help to demarcate these spaces from the rooms that are carpeted.
Judith loves that everything is on one floor, making it easier to navigate and offering a more communal feel. Because the house is so spacious, there’s no feeling of anyone being underfoot.
The foyer opens directly into an intimate sitting area with a glass-faced wine room. There’s also a grand wet bar with a wine cooler and ice machine that opens into the living room from the kitchen, a gas fireplace with a spectacular coral stone face, and lovely river views.
The den and a guest bathroom are just off the foyer. They are ideally located adjacent to the hallway leading to the owner’s suite and a second en-suite bedroom. Doors close off this wing of the house for an added measure of privacy.
Views of the swimming pool and cove beyond create a soothing atmosphere in the owner’s suite.
With a coffee bar hidden behind a glass wall and a private seating area, there’s plenty of room to relax and enjoy your private sanctuary.
There are two large walk-in closets in the owner’s suite; one with an interior cedar closet and the other reached through one of the two en suite bathrooms. Each bathroom has a shower, toilet and sink so that both people have their own space.
You can access a walkup attic from the owner’s suite, something Judith notes is a real bonus for storing all your treasures.
The formal dining room, laundry room, guest suite, office and garage access are located on the opposite side of the house, with the kitchen and breakfast nook at the rear.
The gourmet kitchen has endless countertop space with an island and bar seating suitable for family snacking or as a centerpiece for large gatherings.
Judith says having such a large breakfast nook area, along with the bar seating and dining room, allows her to entertain with great ease.
A massive desk matching the granite-topped kitchen cabinets sits in the breakfast nook so you can manage the household at the heart of the activity.
The home has been pristinely kept, says Moorings Realty Sales Co. sales associate Judy Hargarten, noting a new roof and seawall cap.
Sliding glass doors open from the breakfast nook onto the pool deck, where there’s plenty of room to sit poolside, go for a swim or relax in the spa. There are both sunny and shaded seating areas. Additional lush landscaping provides a buffer around the fenced backyard.
The house is at the tip of the peninsular where Pirates Cove and Cutlass Cove meet before opening into Porpoise Bay. The location offers protection from storms along with quick access to the Indian River Lagoon – and a long view of the bay.
“My husband loved boating, which was easy from here. We could boat all the way down from New Jersey,” says Judith about the benefit of having a 40-foot dock with a boat lift at the edge of Porpoise Bay.
The home’s elevation and a hedge of mangroves allow you to enjoy the water views – which often include bottlenose dolphins, manatees, pelicans and a wide range of other creatures – while maintaining your privacy from neighbors across the water.
“The Moorings is a lovely community. We loved the golf,” says Judith, who now lives here full-time but is drawn to live closer to her family now that she has great-grandchildren to spoil.
Judith says living in the gated Anchor section of The Moorings gave her an added sense of security, something she and her husband were attracted to initially.
The Moorings Property Owners Association offers private beach access and patrolled security.
The Moorings Yacht & Country Club provides access to Pete Dye’s signature golf course within the community and Jim Fazio’s Hawk’s Nest championship course on the mainland; tennis, pickleball, and croquet courts; a state-of-the-art fitness center with pool and spa; and a yacht club, as well as fine and casual dining.