Spacious new home is the epitome of ‘Strand’ elegance


The Strand, a newer gated community in Indian River Shores, offers ocean-to-river access with a relaxed coastal vibe, providing residents with the best of Florida living.

Nestled between the lagoon and beach, a short stroll to the east takes you to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, accessible through a private, deeded access point. To the west, a secure gate opens onto the Historic Jungle Trail, a haven for walking, biking and exploring the native flora and fauna along the beautiful Indian River Lagoon.

Walking through 237 Strand Terrace, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty broker associate Kristine Gabor, who represents GHO Homes, notes the consistently high-end finishes in this new home, a hallmark of the Strand’s contemporary coastal architectural style.

A wide driveway lined with brick pavers provides plenty of space to park alongside the side-entry, three-car garage with an epoxy floor and built-in shelving for storage.

The covered entry with a quaint porch where you can sit and watch the sunset leads into the gallery, offering a functional and inviting space to welcome guests.

Frosted glass panes on the front doors allow diffused light to filter through without compromising privacy.

The home office, just off the gallery, has a closet, adding to the room’s flexibility as a fourth bedroom for overflow guests when needed. Gabor notes that this room could also be used as a music room, playroom or exercise space.

“The Sand Dollar Grande is our largest floorplan,” says Gabor of the open layout with the great room, dining room and kitchen opening onto the screened patio and pool.

Gabor points out that the sliders are pocket glass doors. “You have the ability to open it all the way up, making this space so much larger,” seamlessly connecting indoor and outdoor spaces.

A variety of notable features make it clear the house was designed for entertaining. With a powder room and a bar with a built-in beverage refrigerator just off the communal gathering areas, the layout is conducive to all sorts of company.

Clean lines and a clean palette complement the volume ceilings and transoms, which allow for lots of natural light throughout the house.

Wood-look tile throughout provides continuity and durable flooring that is easy to clean up after a day at the beach or when the kids trek through the house with wet feet from the pool.

In the kitchen, a large waterfall island breaks up the spaces, provides extra seating and has a prep area with a sink. JennAir appliances, including a 42-inch cabinet-front refrigerator, make food storage and preparation easy.

The dining room overlooks the pool through large windows, with sliders opening onto the covered patio.

Two ensuite guest bedrooms are located at the front of the house near the laundry room and garage hallway, which provides additional access points to come and go without disturbing the homeowners in their suite at the rear of the house.

A small foyer just off the great room provides additional privacy at the entrance to the primary suite, which has a seating area and access to the pool.

The elegant primary bathroom has dual sinks, a soaking tub, a water closet, a walk-in shower with custom tile, a shower seat and a large walk-in closet with space to create an inviting dressing room.

Outside, the saltwater pool is screened, so you can open the sliders anytime. With a covered area for dining and grilling, the weather is never an issue. Travertine pavers surround the pool, and there is plenty of room to enjoy the sun or sit in the shade.

“The fountain is a nice little water feature. The white noise outside has a nice calming effect when you’re sitting out there, or you can open the door and listen from inside,” says Gabor.

Strategically placed landscaping creates a barrier around the screened pool enclosure, so you can enjoy lounging poolside while sheltered from passersby on the large, corner lot.

As the island’s first natural gas community, GHO’s homes in The Strand have gas cooktops, tankless water heaters and dryer connections. In this home, there’s also a gas line for a pool heater, summer kitchen and generator.

Gabor notes that The Strand is a quiet neighborhood with excellent access to the beach and the Jungle Trail for those who enjoy walking along the river or swimming or surfing at the beach. A secure gate just across the street from 237 Strand Terrace provides access to the Jungle Trail, where expansion and renovation are underway at the historic Jones Pier site, adding to the allure of the trail.

The Strand is a 47-home, gated subdivision that offers deeded beach access and is conveniently located near the 510 bridge for access to mainland shopping. The Historic Jungle Trail and Environmental Learning Center are just around the corner, and it’s a short drive to shopping and dining in Vero’s famous island village and enjoying cultural events at Riverside Theatre or the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

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