Relaxing on the deck

Intro the Beach House Compound
A Rare and Special Place
#1-The High Dunes House
#2-The Breezeway House
#3-The Perfect View Lot
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  First Floor Tour

A Tour of the High Dunes House' First Floor

The first floor welcomes you with a spacious Great Room that opens via 3 pairs of French doors to a huge wraparound screened porch. The Great Room is J-shaped and includes living room and dining areas, plus a large thoughfully-designed custom kitchen with upscale appliances. Behind the scenes are two first-floor bedrooms, each with private bath, plus a half-bath powder room.

The Living Room Area

The living room features a seating group of comfy sofa and chairs beneath a huge cyprus beam. A large game table is behind the sofa, and an antique game cabinet is to the side.

Behind the game table, two sets of custom built-in bookshelves rise from the floor up to the tall ceiling.

Light pours in from two pairs of windows and three pairs of French doors.

Even when the doors are closed, the two large Hunter Original ceiling fans can create a breeze.

Living Room-1

Living Room-2

The Custom Kitchen

The kitchen provides a very open space that is ideal for those who love to cook.

  • The custom cabinetry is simple by design, with the look and feel of a 1930's kitchen: white wooden cabinets, genuine beaded-board end panels, and nickel-plated bin pulls.
  • Deep green ceramic tile covers the countertops at the cook-preferred 39-inch countertop height.
  • A 4-foot pastry station provides a cool surface of Italian granite at the 35-inch "rolling height" preferred for working with pastry dough.
  • Two pantries, one of which opens to an outdoor "grill deck".
  • A full size SubZero refrigerator (all refrigerator space top-to-bottom) plus a standalone upright freezer in one of the pantries.
  • The central island contains a Dacor range configured with 4 gas burners plus an additional 2-burner space that accepts a variety of plug-in modules including a grill, a griddle, a wok, and large electric eye.
  • A pair of Dacor electric wall ovens, one of which has convection capability.
  • The island contains a microwave in an under-counter alcove.
  • A pair of Asko dishwashers flank the main Kohler sink.
  • An under-counter Scotsman ice-maker.
  • A matching under-counter Scotsman refrigerator (ideal for beverages).
  • A second Kohler sink (a smaller "bar sink") at the far end of the counter from the large Kohler kitchen sink.

The island's bar-height counter permits friends and family to sit on stools and chat with the cook without getting in the way. Similarly, the matched pair of Scotsman under-counter fridge and ice-maker beneath the bar-sink give guests easy access to drinks and ice without requiring them to invade the cook's work area to reach the main SubZero fridge.



The Dining Areas

At one end of the kitchen, a built-in custom booth nestles into a bay window alcove amid genuine, natural beaded-board.

At our direction, a master carpenter worked for days to get the contour of seat and backrest "just right", so that one can enjoy the booth for hours in complete comfort.

The booth easily accommodates four to six.

Nearby is an open area with a round dining table, suitable for four.

For Thanksgiving dinner, just a few minutes of rearrangement permits us to seat a group of 14 family and friends at an extended long table.

The Comfy Booth

Dining Table

The Wrap-around Screened Porch

The first floor screened porch is huge. By itself, it is larger than many beach houses.

To ensure that porch furniture and activity does not obscure views from inside the house, the porch itself sits about three feet lower than the main floor.

Nestled into the space behind a protective dune, the porch wraps around the house, giving panoramic views from the southeast to the southwest. Inspired by the extensive porches of Thomas Edison's home in southwest Florida, its sheer size provides plenty of room and an unmatched sense of open airiness.

Around the porch are two different sitting areas, each with wicker sofa and chairs. One of these seating groups gives a panoramic views. The other nestles in behind dune's live oaks for a cozy feeling.

A scattering of teak tables and chairs provide perfect spots for playing games or alfresco dining.

A large queen-size natural rope hammock and comfy hanging "sky chairs" provide other spots for enjoying lazy porch breezes.

Three pairs of 8-foot tall double French doors open up the indoor spaces to the screened porch.

The steps down from the house to the porch are designed to do double duty: they provide 20 feet of additional seating for casual conversation.

The Huge Porch-2

The Huge Porch-3

The Huge Porch-4

The Huge Porch-1

Bedroom #1

This bedroom opens off the kitchen, behind the main stairs. A second door opens to the hall leading to Bedroom #2 and the Powder Room.

It is the only room in the house that does not have a direct view of water. Instead, it looks out upon the backyard, down to the guest parking area at the bottom of the leeward side of the large dune, giving a bird's eye view of arriving guests.

Its private bath features ceramic tile, beaded board cabinetry and shelves, and a conventional tub-shower.

It is currently used as an office for our B&B business (please pardon the mess!). For residential use, it seems a perfect place for a media room with big screen TV, just steps away from the Great Room.

Bedroom #2

From the living room, a small hallway provides access to the bedroom #2. It is on the west side of the house, with views of the water through double windows in both its south- and west-facing walls.

Currently furnished with a queen-size wicker bed, it's perfect for guests who don't like to climb stairs to the upper floors. Its private bath features a large walk-in shower.

The Powder Room

Opening off the hallway leading from the Living Room to Bedroom #2, the half-bath Powder Room opens via a sliding "pocket door".

Bedroom #1
Bedroom #1 is now used as the B&B office. Please pardon the mess!

Bedroom #2
Bedroom #2 is ideal for guests who prefer not to climb stairs to floors above.

With breezy porches and a cool Great Room awaiting, the stroll up the boardwalk from the beach is a wonderful thing.

The Walk Back

This page is about the First Floor   within   The High Dunes House.

Here are links to other pages about the High Dunes House:

   Click here for the Intro page for The High Dunes House.

   Click here for the Second Floor.

   Click here for the Third Floor.

   Click here for the Lower Level.

   Click here for the Exterior Decks and Boardwalks.

Look below for links to the other parcels of The Beach Compound.


If you want to stop by and view the property, you are welcome to visit...
but, please, it is very important that you work with us to make arrangements in advance.

Please understand that we cannot accommodate unplanned drop-in visits.

Introduction to The Beach Compound
Overview of the Compound: A Rare and Special Place
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