Suzanne Paul moved into her Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1977, and she has strived to maintain the house the way it was built 20 years earlier. She kept the open floor plan, exposed beams, natural wood and brickwork, and added stained-glass windows to brighten the great room.
“The house is unique, vintage, and its location on the St. Johns River is so convenient for boating,” Paul says.
Now the retired entrepreneur wants to move inland to enjoy her horses. Paul’s four-bedroom, three-bath split-level home with an attached garage is on the market for $574,900. The 1.1-acre property includes 101 feet of river frontage, a dock, dock house and a utility shed. The front porch opens into a wood-paneled foyer. The great room is beyond it, and that room soars to a beamed cathedral ceiling, brightened by clerestory windows. The natural-finished wood built-in entertainment center and floor-to-ceiling bookcase match the paneled walls.
Wood laminate covers the original terrazzo floor. Double sliding glass doors open to a brick sun deck and a waterfront terrazzo-floored veranda and wood deck with a hot tub. All enjoy “spectacular views,” Paul says, “especially the sunsets over the river.”
A massive brick chimney with a wood-burning fireplace forms one dining room wall. The adjacent kitchen peninsula includes a dining space, storage and a wet bar. Custom wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, including a Jenn-Air range with a grill, line two paneled walls.
The three bedrooms on the other side of the great room retain their original wood flooring, and each has a natural-wood built-in bookcase and a closet with shoe drawers. Spacious windows overlook the water from the master suite’s sitting area, which has a wood-burning fireplace.
Paul updated the master bath with a jetted garden tub, oversize glass shower stall, double vanity, linen closet and wood floor. It connects to a walk-in closet and dressing room. The two guest bedrooms share a full bath, also accessible from the great room.
On the lower level, Paul converted some of the space in her garage for recreation, with indoor/outdoor carpeting, closets, a laundry room and a full bath. “A mini-kitchen would make this a mother-in-law suite,” she says.
“This house has so many options and is so convenient for entertaining and boating,” Paul adds. “By boat we’re only 20 minutes to the ocean, five minutes to downtown.”
Now a widow, Paul and her husband often day-cruised or weekended on their 32-foot Bayliner — fishing, exploring the St. Johns River, heading to downtown Jacksonville for dinner. By road, downtown is about three miles away.
The lawn slopes to the concrete-bulkheaded waterfront. Wetlands extend into the river. Paul modified the original wooden dock by enclosing the slip, where the water is 12 feet deep, with a dock house. Fishing and shrimping are favorite pastimes, as is watching Jacksonville’s Fourth of July fireworks.
City water and sewer serve the property; the tropical shrubs, flowers in brick planters and the lawn are watered from an artesian well. The brick-and-frame house has a two-zone electric forced-air heat pump for climate control. Annual taxes are about $8,000.
John Clements, (904) 673-0678, of Watson Realty in Jacksonville, lists the property. watsonrealtycorp.com
This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue.