Florida’s Melbourne Beach has been attracting out-of-towners since the late 1800s. Over the years, the barrier island town in coastal Brevard County has become a family-friendly bedroom community and vacation destination. One side of the community faces the Indian River Lagoon; the other, the Atlantic Ocean.
Taking full advantage of the panoramic views is this soaring contemporary listed at US $4.475 million, including furnishings. The beachfront home sits on more than an acre that includes 107 feet of waterfront.
Set back from the street at the end of a long, winding driveway, the residence is fronted by a stone motor court and courtyard. A winding staircase along the outside of a central tower leads to the entry.
Inside, the open-concept living space is surrounded by walls of windows that bring in natural light and look out on a raised wooden walkway that leads through lush vegetation to the beach. Sliding glass doors open to terrace space.
The house was redesigned and reconstructed in 2007 and remodeled three years ago.
The resulting kitchen is outfitted with pendant and recessed lighting, custom wood cabinetry and Thermador, Sub-Zero and U-Line appliances. A two-level island creates added food prep and dining space. The kitchen opens to a breakfast area and the formal dining room, which has windows on three sides.
The horizon line is simply uninterrupted ocean from the upper-level bedrooms. The primary suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, expansive walk-in closet and an ocean-facing balcony for a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms throughout the 5,237 square feet of living space.
There’s a lower-level family room, office and three-car garage. Stairs and an elevator access the three levels.
The free-form backyard swimming pool features a reef entry and a circular slide.
Attractions include beaches, parks, historic Melbourne Beach Pier and a sea turtle nesting site. A causeway connects the walkable and largely residential town to the mainland.