Passing by a waterfront house at 1312 Mediterranean Drive, one would probably not notice that the beautiful house influenced by the Mediterranean revival is any different from others on the islands of Punta Gorda. But on closer inspection, there is a two-car garage at opposite ends of the structure and there are two entrance doors. He finally gets up, it’s a beautiful and deceptive two-story duplex.
Each side offers three bedrooms, one with two baths and a powder room and the other with three full bathrooms. The side-by-side homes are located at the end of a saltwater canal near Charlotte Harbor with a bridge to open water. The stunningly landscaped property has a dock and everything is for sale for $ 1,250,000 through BJ Jones of Michael Saunders & Company.
The property solved a problem for a family close to the North East who wanted to vacation together. Plus, parents were ready to retire in Florida and were looking for a convenient neighborhood setting. The couple’s three daughters and husbands joined with parents to build a house where parents could live all year round and have privacy, while the younger generation could come and go as work schedules allow. A duplex seemed the ideal concept.
The family bought the property in 2008 and contracted with Towles Corp. of SW Florida to design and build according to the family’s wish list. The result is a comfortable nearly 5,000 square foot home with plenty of outdoor entertainment options as well as water-view balconies, porches, and patios. The backyard, with its manicured green lawn and colorful plants, features wide cobbled paths and palm trees.
The two residences are almost mirror images of each other, although one side has more carpeting than tiling and the other has a more polished utility room with more storage space. Both sides have beautiful water views and an open concept floor plan with the kitchen opening to the dining room and both spaces opening to the outdoors. Natural light and outdoor options are plentiful in both residences.
New Hampshire resident Donna Pouliot is one of the girls involved in the project and has often occupied the vacation home. “My parents enjoyed their side of the house as a permanent home,” she said, “and the rest of us joined them in Florida whenever we could. Over the years, this has was a wonderful place to get together and enjoy the weather, the boating, the beauty of the place and the fact that we were minutes from the fishing village and all amenities. ”
Parents didn’t particularly want a swimming pool, so including one was not part of the original plan. “But we bought the land next door,” Pouliot said, “and there was still the intention to set up a pool, guesthouse, fire pit, and then fencing the property into one. nice big spa house.. But frankly we never got around to doing this and as my parents got older they wanted more amenities on site and they chose a retirement community with a full schedule of activities And as we used the property less and less, it became clear that we had to sell it and let another great family have fun owning a great vacation destination.
The duplex is sold turnkey and is ready to move into, although half is currently rented on a monthly basis. In addition, under a separate contract, the land next door is available. This means that an investor could expand the property’s resort possibilities and offer it for rent as a corporate retreat or family vacation rental or to parties looking for year-round residence in the property. a nice neighborhood by the water.
Contemporary-style kitchens in both units feature tiled floors, granite counters, black appliances, and beautiful wood cabinetry. There is seating in the kitchen bar and in the dining area which is part of the large open space. The sliders open onto the veranda. Some rooms have tray ceilings and recessed lighting. All bedrooms are upstairs. The owners suite opens to a private balcony and the spacious bathroom has an oversized walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, granite vanity unit and separate WC.
Each side of this duplex is so large and well designed that the experience is one of living in a single family home, not with shared walls. The area is peaceful, well laid out, and has sidewalks and nighttime lighting. The view of the canal is inviting. The last few months of COVID have seen a slight increase in family enclosures where loved ones have pooled their resources to find comfort and security in living together. There is every reason to believe that this attitude towards vacation ownership that encourages intergenerational community living will continue.