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A Beachside Residence Worthy Of A Standing Ovation

For over 20 years Katherine McConvey has been clipping photographs of interior designs, assembling a book of ideas to draw from when the time was right to build the house she envisioned. But first, she had to find the right property. In early 2011 the CEO of Alloy Development discovered just what she was looking for: a double lot spanning 200 feet of oceanfront in the heart of Vero Beach.

For Love Of The Land

When Carol Twyman talks about how she and her husband, Jeff, ended up building a home in John’s Island, the sparkle in her eyes says there’s more to the story than square footage, bricks and mortar. After years of short seasonal stays in their riverfront home near the Environmental Learning Center, the Twymans decided it was time to either renovate or relocate. Jeff was in the process of selling Greenline Foods, a produce company he founded 25 years ago, and looking forward to pursuing other interests. Carol was anticipating spending more time with family and tending to her garden.

Letting In The Light

Like many of our community’s residents, Gerry and Lorraine Taube of New Hampshire and New York originally resided in the North. When looking for a place to retire, they visited different areas of Florida, including Palm Beach Gardens, and ultimately decided they wanted to be on the East Coast. After visiting and attending their son’s wedding at Windsor, they fell in love with Vero Beach and decided on an extended stay.

At Home On the Water

Like others who have chosen to call Vero Beach home, the couple from Chicago discovered our community by chance. Seeking an escape from the Windy City’s endless winters, they had looked at a number of sunny southern spots but none felt quite right.

It's Never Too Late To Dream

Peggotty Worthington Gilson, a resident of Windsor, evolved into an architect by a long and circuitous route. Her mother’s brother, John M. Johansen, was a member of the Harvard Five, a famous group of architects who studied under Walter Gropius at Harvard and designed modern houses in New Canaan, Conn., in the 1950s.

Green House By The Sea

“We restored the beach house not just because we wanted to live next to the ocean, but also out of a sense of legacy,” says the owner of a 1940s beach cottage. He continues, “A large Mediterranean house had been approved for the site and it would be a shame to have lost a simple beach house and a small piece of Vero Beach history to a 21st-century monstrosity.”

A Home Filled With Priceless Memories

One would be hard put to find a house on the barrier island that remotely resembles the aqua-colored one in Old Riomar. This rambling, multi-era “beach cottage” is perhaps best defined for what it has not: concrete block, drywall, irrigation and air conditioning. But most of what it does have is also distinctive, most notably the sash-weight windows and good heating.

Mystery Of The Mangroves

In the Florida Keys where I spent my youth, exotic plants and animals were commonplace. There were deer the size of poodles and land crabs as big as dinner plates. There were great white herons, short-tailed hawks and short-eared owls. There were sunburned trees with wood as hard as nails, and about as buoyant. The rich tapestry of oddball organisms would have given Darwin pause.

When Daughter Knows Best

Very few people have heard of Bayou West, and that’s one of the things that made it so appealing to Jim and Laurie Carney. A unique part of Vero Beach history dating back to the early 1970s, it’s a two-story apartment complex behind the Quail Valley River Club at the end of Riomar Drive. After 40 years, it was beginning to show its age, but when the Carneys decided to return to the seaside town where they had begun their married life they zeroed right in on it.