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Second Time Around

Leah Muller’s design team brings the light into a decades-old home

The existing character-grade honey alder wood cabinets, baseboard and crown molding exude warmth. Upholstered stools nestle up to the granite-top island where many a meal and snack are savored.

The existing character-grade honey alder wood cabinets, baseboard and crown molding exude warmth. Upholstered stools nestle up to the granite-top island where many a meal and snack are savored.

For Susan and Mike Neilson, timing has been everything. Three years ago they decided that Vero Beach was where they wanted to spend the winter months, so Susan started searching online for residential listings. It didn’t take long before she spied a house in the perfect location. With three bedrooms, three baths, living room, a large kitchen, family room and a pool, it was tailor-made for their lifestyle. The only problem was that by the time she and Mike could come down from their home in South Carolina, the house had sold. 

As luck would have it, it came back on the market 18 months later, and the couple just happened to be renting a condominium on Royal Palm Pointe. The Neilsons wasted no time in checking out what they hoped would be their future home. It was better than advertised. 

After the Neilsons made an offer they joined friends and headed out to the golf course for a friendly round of 18. Mike had no sooner made the perfect putt than his cell phone rang. It was the real estate agent saying their offer had been accepted. The house was theirs.

That’s the short version of a story that begins when Susan fell in love with our small seaside town. “The first time I knew about Vero was when my parents, who wintered in Stuart, would take me up to the Ocean Grill for dinner and we would drive around. I remembered how beautiful everything was, how friendly people were,” Susan recalls.