February 13, 2017 / Property Spotlight

The Luxury Edition: Oceanfront Oasis in Vero Beach

From taking in the phenomenal view to hosting large gatherings, this home was made for big moments

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The home that entrepreneur Katherine McConvey has built for herself pulls off an impressive balancing act. Its size makes it ideal for large gatherings of family and friends, and, at the same time, there is a choice of living spaces that offer a feeling of intimacy and retreat. This flexibility—and the extraordinary ocean panorama—makes this a very special spot.

The main home is arranged around a double-height great room, with a vast expanse of glass connecting the space to the pool terrace and ocean views. Says McConvey, “We wanted a large compound to provide space for when we entertain and have family to stay. But we knew that most of the time it would just be two of us, so we also wanted the house to be warm and comfortable.”

This project was partly inspired by the qualities of the beachfront site itself, which sits within walking distance of the shores and stores of Vero Beach, Florida. The other impetus was McConvey’s creative partnership with architect Jared Della Valle at developer Alloy. The pair have collaborated for a decade, working on design-driven residential projects in New York and Florida. “But when we make houses for ourselves they are opportunities to do something really special,” says Della Valle. “This was designed to be Katherine’s dream home.”

"The view is outrageous, the light always makes you happy, and the oceanside pool is better than at any hotel I’ve been to."

The two-story house, on the market with Premier Estate Properties, Inc., an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, runs parallel to the ocean to make the most of the dramatic open vista afforded by its 200 feet of beach frontage. 

This flexibility of this home, and the extraordinary ocean panorama, makes this a very special spot.The home was designed by architect Erik Helgen, AIA, in collaboration with Alloy, and features chic, fully furnished interiors by Dorothee Junkin Design Studio. The double-height living room with a wall of glass facing the beach, stone replace, and eye-catching light installations by designer Sharon Marston, is a big moment. Almost all the rooms offer spectacular views out to the ocean or over the expansive lanai, terrace, and gardens.

Here, a wide choice of outdoor “rooms” include the pool terrace, the tiki hut by the beach, and the lanai—a generous verandah with an outdoor kitchen, a dining area, and a reside seating zone. For those days when the breeze comes in from the sea, an alternative pool and terrace nestle between the main home and the guesthouse, providing serene shelter.

“It wasn’t Katherine’s plan to sell it; she loves the house,” says Della Valle. “But the reception the house has received since we completed it in 2014 has been wonderful. So, she has now recognized that there is a broader audience for the house.” And McConvey already has plans to build a new resort home. The choice of architect is without question.

The spacious kitchen is a fully edged retreat in itself, with a breakfast island, relaxed dining area—as an alternative to the formal dining room—and free-flowing circulation to the outside space.Alongside a lavish master suite and three additional bedroom suites, the estate—set on 1.7 acres with a 200-foot stretch of beach frontage—has a three-bedroom guesthouse, two pools, a beachside tiki hut, and an array of terraces.The oceanfront lanai has a fireplace and full summer kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven overlooking an 80-foot-long infinity and wading pool with in-water seating. A wide choice of outdoor “rooms” include the pool terrace, the tiki hut by the beach, and the lanai.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA MOSS

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Dominic Bradbury
writes for House & Garden, Vogue, Living, and the Financial Times, and co-authored Vertical Living: Interior Experiences by Yoo with John Hitchcox (Thames & Hudson).

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