Palm Island Plantation home ‘lives in the moment’ – 32963 Features, Real Estate

Roger Long and Cynthia Schulz-Long moved into the two-story house at 121 Palm Island Lane in Palm Island Plantation in 2005.

“It’s a very traditional home,” says Cindy Schulz-Long, owner and realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “This is the house I’ve always wanted to live in. It has good bones and the floor plan is very practical.

“It’s a house that lives in the moment,” continues Schulz-Long.

Leah Muller designed the interior of the award-winning home, creating an elegant retreat infused with exotic tropical motifs – a nod to the elegant British West Indies style architecture that Palm Island Plantation is known for.

Detailed craftsmanship is abundant throughout. The British West Indies-inspired design combines quality construction with transitional exterior features utilizing shutters, exposed tail rafters, carriage-style garage doors and covered porches to create the ultimate in indoor-outdoor living, beautifully tailored to a subtropical climate.

“One of the most wonderful features is the Brazilian walnut floors,” Schulz-Long says, while noting the millwork including arches, custom moldings and wainscoting.

A thick hedge running the length of the property provides privacy for the tranquil setting.

Where the hedge splits, a driveway of brick pavers leads to a two-car garage and a front door where a covered entrance opens into an elegant lobby where guests can pause before heading to more formal spaces.

To the left of the entrance, hidden behind pocket doors, is a bookcase lined with built-ins and custom-designed cherry woodwork. Schulz-Long says they spent endless hours in the space reading and many nights enjoying cocktails with the French doors open to the outside and the gas fireplace providing warmth and ambiance.

A large formal dining room is located to the right of the main entrance, where Schulz-Long fondly remembers his family and friends.

She says she used to open the patio doors to the courtyard while entertaining or sipping coffee in the morning listening to the water trickle from the fountain.

Access to the garage and laundry room are conveniently located towards the front of the house near the dining room, with the butler’s pantry providing a transitional area between the dining room and the kitchen.

The kitchen and breakfast room are spacious, with an island delimiting the spaces. The farmhouse sink and granite countertops are offset by stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, gas cooktop, pot filler and Miele coffee maker, making the room functional and stylish.

The breakfast room has a nice view of the pool and the “secret garden,” notes Schulz-Long, pointing to the holding area behind the house. Only a few houses surround the private enclave, and she said the location of their house gives them the best view.

The Cambridge Great Room at the center of the house combines English elegance with an exotic tropical ambience. Thatched raffia wallpaper covers the inverted hipped ceiling, adding to the feeling of space. Intimate conversation areas allow guests to enjoy the pool view while others watch the television tucked into the built-in units through the east wall of the room.

The owner’s suite occupies the rear east wing of the house and is accessible through the large room.

“We have one of the best views through the bay window,” says Schulz-Long. “It feels like you’re practically in the pool.” A walk-in closet and a resplendent bathroom with a jetted tub, walk-in shower, toilet and bidet complete the sleek space.

Just off the butler’s pantry, a staircase leads to an open loft perfect for studying or a children’s playroom. On either side of the loft, two en-suite bedrooms with a shared balcony overlook the street — a great spot for people-watching, notes Schulz-Long.

“We are outdoors people,” she says. “The yard is one of the things that makes this house so desirable. It’s a big house with a great floor plan, but you have a yard like this. It’s so zen. The couple enjoyed the extra layer of privacy the reserve provides “You don’t even know you have neighbors.”

They spent many evenings cooking dinner in the summer kitchen and dining on the covered porch. “In the mountains, when the sun goes down, it’s called ‘alpenglow’. We call it ‘swampenglow’ here because when the sun goes down you can see the sun hitting the trees,” says Schulz-Long.

The couple loved their time at Palm Island Plantation but want to be closer to their children. “We had so many wonderful memories here,” says Schulz-Long. “The house was always perfect and just waiting for the next adventure we were going to have. I like this house. It was a wonderful place to experience life.

Palm Island Plantation abuts the historic Jungle Trail and is a short drive from the shops and restaurants of the charming seaside village of Vero Beach along Ocean Drive. Enjoy cultural events at the Riverside Theater or the Vero Beach Museum of Art at Riverside Park.

The 58-acre, ocean-to-river guarded community offers some of the finest Anglo-Caribbean architecture on the barrier island along with resort-like amenities, including a beach-side clubhouse with a heated pool, spa, and private cabanas; fitness center with swimming pool and hammams; and a Har-Tru tennis court. The River Cabana — with 12 boat ramps, deep-water mooring, and a deck on the river — offers easy access to the Indian River Lagoon.

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