Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10

Waterfront views of the Indian River Bay greet visitors to this new home

Editor’s note: This is the last 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. This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 28th annual.)


The owners of this home acquired the bay-front property in 2000 and moved the original cottage across the street a few years later. Construction on the new home did not begin until 2018. The original plan called for a three-story home with multiple guest rooms. That, however, was scaled back as unnecessary, resulting in a 2,900-square-foot, three-bedroom home that is designed to feel open and spacious.

The main design goal was to highlight the expansive views of Indian River Bay by maximizing the number of windows and capturing as much natural light as possible. As a result, almost every corner of the house, save the two guest rooms, has a waterfront view.

The interior is designed to be simple yet casually elegant, with rustic touches to warm the light-bathed spaces. Variable-width tongue-and-groove floors are intended to add character throughout the home. Crafted of 350-year-old red and white oak from reclaimed barn wood, the floors retain nail holes and gouges purposely left as testament to their age.

Remnants of that same reclaimed oak appear in the fireplace mantel, powder room vanity and a bathroom mirror frame, to create custom focal points. The master suite includes a sitting room and office, and commands wrap-around views of the bay, with a balcony for toasting the sunsets. A fire pit and private dock complete the waterfront escape.

Tickets for the tour, priced at $35, may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.