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Estate Section home a 'casual, comfy kind of place'

Posted On: 04-30-2015

Christine Davis

Special to the Daily News

Bob and Connie Dwyer had known they would need a big house when they moved to Palm Beach in 2001 and bought 880 S. Ocean Blvd. on the Estate Section’s oceanfront.

Their three daughters often came to visit, bringing the grandchildren with them, and the Monterey Colonial-style house had five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a powder room and 6,843 square feet of living space, inside and out. It fit them all perfectly.

“It’s a homey home, and good for us. It’s the kind of place that accommodates everyone when we had babies in cribs,” Connie Dwyer says. “Now we are up to 12 grandchildren, and, before they were in school, they all came down a lot; not so much now. That’s one of the reasons we are looking for something smaller.”

That means the Dwyers are dreaming other dreams. They still have their home in New Jersey, and they have a vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard, where the whole family gathers during the summer.

But Palm Beach is their primary residence, and Connie is thinking she might like “one of those cute Regencies.” So, they’ve listed their home with agent Jim McCann of the Corcoran Group for $11.9 million.

Old Florida look

Two houses north of the South County Road curve, the 1951-era home occupies a nearly half-acre lot. The house views the ocean, but the motor court and front door face Via Viscaya. Exterior architectural features include hanging balconies and shutters; the overall the look is reminiscent of Old Florida.

Two rooms downstairs — the living room and office — face east. The rest of the first-floor rooms open to the backyard and heated pool. A large opening in the living room leads to the loggia, and both the loggia and the foyer access the dining room. West of the dining room are the kitchen and two-car garage.

“Our house is all about family. It’s a casual, comfy kind of place. The loggia is a great TV family room for the kids, and we have the beautiful living room for the adults,” Connie says. “We did put a new kitchen in, and we’ve enjoyed that. It’s a good size and overlooks the pool. I love to cook, especially when the kids are all here. It’s a joy for me to just watch them having fun in the pool.”

The Dwyers merged the original kitchen and laundry area into one bigger room. They installed French doors leading to the pool area, a black-and-white-marble checkerboard-pattern floor, stainless-steel appliances, a teak top on the center island, Carrara marble countertops and a subway-tile backsplash.

Parquet floors downstairs

Floors in the foyer, living room and office are covered in parquet, while the loggia features white marble underfoot; the floors upstairs are hardwood.

Many of the rooms have moldings and windows fitted with plantation shutters. The living room features a fireplace and French doors that open to the front yard. The office, with its bay window, is attached to a full bathroom, so it can serve as a downstairs guest bedroom, too.

Upstairs, the master suite occupies in the home’s southeast corner, opposite a guest bedroom in the northeast corner. West of the stair landing area a family room and guest bedroom

Almost all these rooms have pool and garden views, as well as partial views of the sea.

Both master bathrooms have been renovated, accented with marble and blue glass tile, and the two guest bedrooms have their own bathrooms. The master bedroom and second-floor family room open to a large sun terrace, as well as private balconies

Two other guest bedrooms, a sitting room and a bathroom serve as guest quarters above the garage.

The Dwyers have installed impact-resistant glass windows and new landscaping. And across South Ocean Boulevard, their beach parcel includes a lawn, patio and an area covered by an awning.

“There’s nothing like being on the ocean,” Connie says. “We have enjoyed it and we’ll miss it. We’ve had a couple of cocktail parties over there, and it’s very pleasant. When the children are here, we take lunch or dinner over and the kids love being on the beach.”

 

 

Source: Christine Davis, April 30, 2015, Palm Beach Daily News

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