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Life flows through St. Augustine home

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When Joel and Laurie Clingan-Darak expanded a 1969 ranch house on Salt Run in St. Augustine, Fla., they included expansive waterfront windows and many distinct seating areas. Finished in 2004, the stuccoed home and its deep-water dock are about a mile from St. Augustine Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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They have their 3,700-square-foot, two-story home with a heated in-ground swimming pool, a spa and a detached three-car garage/workshop on the market for $1,990,000. Their 0.33-acre property includes 102 feet of riprap-protected waterfront, the dock, a ramp, two floats and a boat lift.

Arched cypress gates in the stucco wall access the property from a cul de sac. The paver path leads through a veranda and over a koi pond to the arched cypress front door. Within, travertine tile flooring, natural wood beams, cypress doors and plastered walls in earth colors form a muted backdrop to spectacular views of Salt Run.

The heart of the home is the kitchen, which has burnished marble countertops, plastered walls and a tray ceiling. A local craftsman custom-built the mahogany cabinetry and the 11-foot solid maple-topped island.

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Another dining spot is in the atrium dining room, which has three waterfront walls of glass. Nearer the water are the pergola, veranda and the outdoor living room, which has a vaulted wood-beam ceiling.

The streetside family room with a fireplace and a beamed wood ceiling opens to a veranda and a free-form swimming pool surrounded by a patio of travertine pavers. On the water side the living room’s built-in banquette window seats offer easterly views across Salt Run. The great room has similar views through the atrium’s glass walls.

One spacious first-floor bedroom overlooks Salt Run. The other, which has a built-in bunk beneath the stairs, has views of the pool. The two bedrooms share a full bath with a hand-painted wall mural, stone vessel sink, travertine shower, an air-jetted tub and warmed towel bars.

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Upstairs the three-room master suite occupies the entire floor. The bedroom features plastered walls, a gas fireplace, a beamed wood cathedral ceiling and a private balcony with a commanding view of Salt Run, the dunes beyond and the nearby St. Augustine Lighthouse. The two walk-in closets are convenient to the bath, which has a jetted tub, a separate travertine shower and twin granite vanities with stone vessel sinks.

The flow of indoor and outdoor living areas extends from the streetside swimming pool and outdoor travertine shower to the waterfront spa and seating areas at each end of the dock.

The irrigated lawn slopes down to their dock, where two decks are popular at sunset and for Cape Canaveral launchings.

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The tile-roofed home has ceiling fans, central heat and air conditioning from an electric heat pump, and city water and sewer. The taxes, including a homeowner exemption, were $15,942 in 2012.

Downtown St. Augustine’s shops, restaurants, services and attractions are about 2 miles by road. Anastasia State Park’s sugar sands on the Atlantic Ocean are less than 2 miles away.

Irene Arriola, cell (904) 669-0691, of Irene Arriola Real Estate Inc. in St. Augustine (www.irenearriola.com, www.1hollylane.com) lists the property.

October 2013 issue