Unlike many typical beach houses, however, this home has a lavishly landscaped exterior, with an aesthetically coordinated and carefully cultivated assortment of terraced magnolia trees, oriental plants, bushes and flowers in front and a private garden in the back surrounding a wide, walled-in pavered patio that provides an ideal place to sit and relax outside. The landscaping, the owner notes, also requires minimal maintenance, as the plants it consists of are perennials.
Inside, the first-floor living and dining area consists of opulent and spacious yet very comfortable rooms of the sort that were popular in the 1920s when the house was originally built. “Everything meshes because the rooms are so big,” says the owner, who prior to this year, with its limitations on gatherings, held several large ones there, including a cocktail party with 150 guests. In addition, she says, “most of the bedrooms are actually suites,” complete with their own baths.
One of the most prominent and practical features of the interior is a humongous kitchen equipped with almost new, black stainless steel GE Profile appliances, as well as a center island with a polished granite countertop that can double as an extra kitchen table, an extraordinary number of cabinets and drawers (as well as a huge adjacent pantry), ceiling fans, an elegant backsplash and no fewer than three windows with both custom blinds and roll-up designer shades.