La Dolce Vita: Entertaining Harbour Island style


Contributing Editor

In 1994, developers Paul and Jerome Fletcher, along with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Benchmark Homes, presented the first home in Harbour Island to the public with the Jacksonville Symphony Designer Show house. NBC Today Host Willard Scott made a guest appearance live from the show house to viewers around the nation.

Today, Ponte Vedra’s reputation as a popular resort is well known. The beauty and mystique of this charming seaside community offers residents the ultimate boating lifestyle!

When you cross the bridge into Harbour Island, you are entering one of Ponte Vedra Beach’s most exclusive and unique neighborhoods.

Step inside 24578 Harbour View Drive and experience the marriage of luxury and comfort in this custom designed European inspired estate.

Launch your boat or yacht from your private 40-foot boat slip. See the beauty that surrounds you every day from the marsh to the waterway, just minutes to the beautiful Atlantic with five private oceanfront clubs. Feel the flow of the open floor plan from the soaring ceilings, Italian marble stone floors and generous living and dining areas. The craftsmanship is abundant in this 5,150 square-foot home with 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, library, three balconies, enclosed courtyard and elevator.

Harbour Island is the only location in Ponte Vedra Beach that has a deep-water marina for your boat. If you live on Roscoe Boulevard, the Intracoastal is tidal, which limits what size boat you may have. In contrast, living on Harbour Island you are just limited by your dock size (which is usually 40 ft.) The beautiful homes in Harbour Island are located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, the marina or on the marsh. Living on the water and marsh is the ultimate Florida entertaining experience.

According to an article in Boat Test, “in the U.S, entertaining ranks second on most owners’ list of reasons for having a boat.” Entertain friends and family inside your home with a gorgeous dining room. Designed by June Terry, this dining room is spacious, sophisticated and simply stunning! Open to the living/family room and adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room can accommodate a seated dinner for up to 16. The custom buffet/wine library incorporates the use of wrought iron doors that complement the gorgeous wrought iron chandelier.

Enter the chefs kitchen where all the culinary magic occurs. The five-burner Dacor grille is the perfect place to cook a gourmet dinner. The amazing energy in this room is reinforced by the Feng Shui properties that this space reveals. The phrase Feng Shui means wind and water. The Chinese believe that the arrangement of objects in your home and the placement of rooms in your home affect your health, happiness and success. The expansive windows in the kitchen’s gathering room overlook Cabbage Creek with soothing marsh and water views.

After dinner, retire to the master suite in the beautiful spa retreat. The master bathroom features custom cabinetry, with onyx countertops, a spa tub and a sensational shower. Before bedtime, tune in to the news of the day, with a glass of wine from your expansive seating area with spectacular views of the sun setting over the marsh.

La Dolce Vita! Enjoy the good life in Harbour Island. This home is represented by Berkshire HathawayHSFNR, listed By Janet Westling and Allison Ferebee, and is offered for $1,500,000.