Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9

Sweeping waterfront views welcome visitors to this eclectically-furnished home

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24-25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

This five bedroom, six-bath New England-style cedar shake home, last seen on the 2011 tour, has evolved in the ensuing years, adding upgraded landscaping and interior reconfigurations to further enhance the setting on Beach Cove. A row of white rockers and red geraniums on the front porch set the tone for the warm and inviting classic coastal interior where sweeping waterfront views dominate nearly every room.

The homeowners have filled the home with an eclectic mix of family antiques and favorite collectibles, with hints of his Texas roots and recurring shades of her signature red.

A focus on fun starts with the trail of paw prints found in the Saltillo tile, which appear throughout the home. The tiles, which come from Mexico, are put into the sun to bake, and paw prints are sometimes unintentionally created by passing animals. Rather than discarding the imperfect tiles, they were incorporated into multiple rooms, where they became a favorite whimsical feature.

A light-filled sun porch offers a cozy spot for relaxed dining and family games while, just steps away from the expansive rear deck, a lower level beckons with bayfront recreational options that include the family boat, kayaks, a fire pit, hammock and picnic table.

This is one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Tickets, priced at $35, may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.