Timeless Florida Beach Home Remodeled For Generations To Come
Dock the boat, take a dip in the pool, play a round of tennis and watch the sunset at the beach,, say goodnight to your guests who walk down to the Pool house, and retire to your master bedroom warmed by an evening fire in the fireplace. That’s what a full day looks like at Wither’s Heights at Alligator Point.
We’ve been lucky to have been closely involved with bringing a timeless Florida Gulf Coast home that has served three generations of a single family back to life with a remodel that will last for generations to come. 1533/1531 Alligator Dr. has offered years of the Gulf Coast life to countless family members, friends, and vacationers from all over the world. For over 40 years this home designed and built to last for hundreds of years has offered sunrises, sunsets and hours of enjoyment to Gulf Coast fishermen, sunbathers, beach-combers and bird watchers. The home is located 35 minutes from the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee, and 30 minutes to historic Apalachicola on the highest point in Alligator Point, FL. The Army Corp of Engineers knew this in WWII when they constructed the first home on this property – “The Pool House” as we call it today – built in 1942 which served as a Post Office for the Amphibious Training Center for over 30,000 troops and later the second largest POW Camp in the State. Thankfully, the area that was once this vital part of history, is more comfortable and enjoyable to those who visit today.
For the Withers family, this was a home where 4 boys were raised and countless friends visited, including me, as young beach-goers from Tallahassee. These homes are just 1/10th of a mile to the Baypoint Marina where today you can launch or dry-dock your boat or rent a slip for ease of access to the Bay or Gulf of Mexico and even grab a bite to eat at the seasonal “Tiki-Bar” grill. The island life also includes 3 additional public boat launches are located on the Island as well as Bald Point State Park on the East end of the Island and a protected Bird Sanctuary on the West End.
For several years, the homes of this estate have been rented on VRBO and popular with visitors from across the world who have returned year after year. Many enjoy fishing and love the capacity that this home has for many people to gather – sleeping 12 or more in the main house and 6 or more in the pool house-cottage, it’s been very desirable for family or corporate retreats.
Now, it is time to pass this property to another family who desires their own family retreat or investment property to share with visitors.
In preparation for the sale, the owners have completely renovated and refurnished this home, brightening the ceiling, refurbishing the kitchen, appliances, re-finishing the original heart pine floors, replacing windows, doors and bathroom fixtures and tub/showers. New lighting and stylish ceiling fans made for indoor/outdoor use, new lighting and furnishings complete with bedding and new rugs give this classic home a modern, trendy beach feel.
The home retains much of its original character with a durable, natural cypress exterior, walk-around deck, views of the ocean from every room, a chef’s kitchen made for large crowds. The grounds include a full tennis court, splash pool, ample parking and a bayside boat dock with water and electric – a valuable asset to Gulf Coast fishermen and boating enthusiasts. Don’t miss this Estate. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history and a future full of memories to come on the Gulf Coast
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