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Going Bold

A couple’s spontaneous decision results in a dramatic cottage by the seashore

While strolling along the beach, Cathy and Steve Furnary saw a house that was just the right size. When they spotted the “for sale” sign, they knew it was meant to be theirs.

While strolling along the beach, Cathy and Steve Furnary saw a house that was just the right size. When they spotted the “for sale” sign, they knew it was meant to be theirs.

When Cathy and Steve Furnary received a call from friends living in John’s Island inviting them to come for a visit, the couple from Rye, New York, started packing their suitcases. Steve, an avid golfer, couldn’t wait to check out the private community’s three championship golf courses, while Cathy was looking forward to the warmer weather.

Not only was the golf better than advertised, so were the sunny skies, balmy breezes and friendly folks they met along the way. It didn’t take long for Cathy and Steve to fall in love with the John’s Island lifestyle and start thinking about having a place of their own there one day.

That day came a few years later when the couple decided to look at real estate listings, following up with an in-person tour of houses that held an initial appeal. Cathy would get excited, go back home and mentally start decorating the places she had seen and liked.

It soon became obvious that Steve wasn’t as excited about the idea of owning a house as she was, so Cathy wisely suggested they check out condominiums. “Back then condos were selling like hotcakes, and we found a three-bedroom townhouse overlooking the ocean. It gave us a presence, a place to come to and bring our family. It was just what we needed at the time,” she says.