House Hunting ~ My Favorite

by Sherry
If you missed my first post on house hunting in South Florida you can find it here.
Today I’ll show you another model home we visited during our recent trip to Vero
Beach and Port St Lucie.
This floor plan was my favorite!
Our previous beach house had tiles that looked like wood except they had
an off white distressed look.   I loved the look and they were so easy to clean.
Unfortunately, that style has been discontinued.I don’t like these tiles with the white grout.  What do you think?

After a day of house hunting we felt a seafood dinner sounded perfect.
We ate on the deck and watched the seagulls just a few feet away.
We liked this area but still haven’t decided exactly where our next house will be.
I would appreciate any advise from other Floridians on selecting a new area to
call home.
So many decisions!
Thanks for visiting and have a great week.

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Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR August 11, 2013 - 7:28 pm

What a beautiful home, Sherry! That kitchen is gorgeous. We just got back from Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Naples. Naples was beautiful!

Barbara Anne August 11, 2013 - 7:30 pm

I really love deep, dark stains on wood floors.

Those light grout lines between the dark tile call too much attention to themselves. I think the light grout makes the rugs look like an afterthought, too. Does this home have that tile/grout combination throughout? I wonder if the grout could simply be colored so there is less contrast with the dark tiles? That would help a lot!

Happy hunting and pass the seafood, please!


FABBY'S LIVING August 11, 2013 - 7:43 pm

I love this gorgeous home Sherry! Great kitchen too, but don't particularly love those dark tiles, maybe there's a solution, who knows…otherwise, I love it! Happy house hunting and happy food hunting too, in the meantime, lol..

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} August 11, 2013 - 8:32 pm

That model sure is beautiful! My father lived in Hobe Sound for 20 years and he loved it, it's a really nice area. As for the grout, I think the whole grout thing is highly over-analyzed. I had to pick custom tile floor for three rooms in our house and then pick the grout color. I painstakingly chose coordinating grout only to find that it all turns a muted dark color eventually anyway, no matter what you do. In other words, I doubt that that really white grout will stay really white for very long!

fixitfaerie August 11, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Wow, nice house. I do agree with you about the tile and grout, not good. The kitchen is really nice and the family too. The enclosed pool and view are gorgeous. Happy hunting. Blessings Paula Lusk

Pinky at Designs by Pinky August 11, 2013 - 9:52 pm

I am so jealous that you are moving to Fl.!!!!!!!!! I would go in a heartbeat but not Joe. Hence our new house here:):) I love the west coast. As far as the flooring in this model, NOPE, don't like it at all. It really doesn't look like Fl. plus it just doesn't appeal to me. Neat house though!!! XO, Pinky

Pamela August 11, 2013 - 9:53 pm

It looks like a great floor plan! I love the open flow of it all Sherry. I am with you though I do not like how dark the tiles are with the lighter colored grout. It makes it too busy. Thanx for sharing at THT!

Debra Oliver August 11, 2013 - 9:53 pm

looks like you have a ton of wonderful options, fun seeing them furnished, love the pools!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions August 11, 2013 - 10:21 pm

It looks like a great lay-out, Sherry. I love that there is a window in the laundry room. Love the dining room, too. I agree, I think the tile would look better without white grout. With the white it looks like tile, whereas, if it wasn't white I think it would blend in with the floor more like real wood.

Phyllis @Around the House August 11, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Oh I wish I were there for a great seafood dinner, all the homes look so pretty…you'll know the one when you see it…phyllis

Zoe August 11, 2013 - 11:05 pm

If you're looking for a beautiful community with lots of friendly people, beautiful homes, and a quiet, small-town feel then Hobe Sound is the town for you. We moved here in 1998 from Osprey and just LOVE it! Hobe Sound is only miles away from all the big cities in Florida, but when you're here you feel like you're a world away from all of the hustle and bustle, which is so refreshing. Once you visit you'll love it as much as we do. Please let us know if you're coming and we'll show you around our beautiful Hobe Sound.

Karol and Ken

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest August 12, 2013 - 2:41 am

Wonderful options, don't care for the light grout but the house has AWESOME bones.

The kitchen is marvelous and so is that pool area, wow. And such a lovely view.

Shelia Williamson August 12, 2013 - 2:45 am

Hi Sherry! That's looks like a pretty one. Good luck with your searching.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

Junkchiccottage August 12, 2013 - 3:00 am

I love the kitchen too. It is bright and open. I am not a fan of the dark floors especially in Florida. Something lighter would really open up the rooms to feel brighter. Great floor plan love this one too.

sweet violets August 12, 2013 - 3:50 am

Love that pool!!! Lot of drama going on with that tile, that will take some getting used to!!! But the layout is nice……

The Polka Dot Closet August 12, 2013 - 4:00 am

That is a gorgeous house! Where you planning on being by your son up Orlando way? I think I asked before, just never heard. Vero is a gorgeous area though


Leslie Harris August 12, 2013 - 6:10 am

Decisions, decisions. I choose the seafood dinner with lots of wine! And of course the view of the ocean. Seriously I'm so excited for you guys and I know you'll find the perfect home. I love seeing all these floor plans too.

Claudia August 12, 2013 - 6:29 am

Not a fan of the dark tile with white grout either…white grout is hard to keep clean and the dark tile will show everything. Sand, dust bunnies *I shutter. My OCD would kick in and everyone would see me with the dustmop all the time. Whew wears me out thinking about it.

Susan August 12, 2013 - 1:00 pm

You are right in my opinion, don't care for the lighter plan and kitchen are wonderful…not exactly a cottage! We prefer the West coast of Florida , in Naples, so not sure what is offered with East coast..but the upgrades seem pretty high! Wonder what the basic house looks like!
Good luck..anxious to see the choice!

Cynthia August 12, 2013 - 6:54 pm

What a gorgeous home and such a beautiful kitchen. I hope that you find the home of your dreams. Much happiness and luck in your search.


Deb mcK August 12, 2013 - 10:09 pm

My sister lives in the Winter Springs/Cassleberry area….nice. My husband has many relatives in the Ocala area and that is much more rural and only about 2 hours from Orlando.

mary August 13, 2013 - 2:13 am

I was born and raised in West Palm Beach and have lived here 63 yrs. That makes me a rare native. The further North one goes, i.e. Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Tequesta, Stuart, Vero, the less of a huge metropolitan city you'll find. The towns I mentioned are beautiful communities. It really comes down to your preference of a larger city life or smaller community life. If I had it to do over, I think I'd go for Jupiter or Tequesta.
Welcome to the Sunshine State.

Regina Maske August 13, 2013 - 4:58 am

I must be either a real odd ball or have no sense of style because I like those floors! ha. Definitely not for everyone, I know. I just think that any other color of grout would not make that particular flooring pop like the white grout does. I'm not saying I could have those floors because I probably couldn't but I think they're pretty. Good luck on the house hunting, may you find your dream home soon!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) August 13, 2013 - 10:36 am

Gorgeous home, I agree, not so sure about the white grout, but I do love the tile. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Kathleen Hunt August 13, 2013 - 6:33 pm

My pick would be the Port St Lucie area. I see that you made it through Jensen beach and Hutchinson Island at the dolphin bar. What a great place.
There is all kinds of events going on all over the area all the time. I love it there and have spent many months there. If you are still in the area, check out crawdaddy's it's the beast crab cake I have ever ate.

Vel Criste August 13, 2013 - 11:11 pm

Wow! gorgeous home, but I agree with you on the tiles with the white grout?!!! You'll go crazy cleaning up those grout eventually, if you decide on getting this one, you really have to do something with those floors!

Jeanne Baney August 14, 2013 - 3:24 am

I'm not a fan of white grout because of the problem of keeping the traffic areas as white as the edges. But outside of that I find no fault with the home! Love your gulls! I get such a kick out of Laughing Gulls!

Suzan Sweatman August 14, 2013 - 8:52 pm

I LOVE the home – but really am not crazy about the white grout – why would they do that LOL !!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia August 19, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Such a pretty tour! THanks for sharing.

mamaroses August 21, 2013 - 7:26 am

Very nicely done. I wouldn't have really liked the white grouted tiled floor before my stay here in Sweden. The building that we are renting in (much coveted and prestigeous) is a 19th century newly renovated one with similar floors. Interestingly, our traditional NC furniture and decor fits in very well.
You never know…just my opinion.
Thanks for the lovely pictures, tour and making it a wonderful morning for me here!

Jo Ann August 22, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Welcome to Florida! We live in Sebastian, 20 min north of Vero Beach. We're a pretty but sleepy little town without much shopping. Vero is beautiful and has many more ammenities. You had mentioned Pt St Lucie which is also nice, however much too crowded for me. We lived in Broward County for many years and I'm sooo over crowds and traffic. I think Vero is "middle ground" big enough but not too big and crowded. Good luck in your quest!!!

JunkStuffTreasures August 25, 2013 - 11:03 pm

Such a beautiful home. I love the large laundry room. Good luck making a difficult decision!


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