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The outside is creamy smooth sandstone and brick, built to withstand


the worst of our island woes but to also absorb the best island sun. One beholds both strength and delicacy all at once in stalwart construction and numerous arched and pictured windows. The foyer flooring appears to be antique, though it’s an illusion; green


and white floor tiles give the effect of a Roman bath, and they’re accented by a Roman chandelier filling the room with golden light. It’s four steps down into a sunken living room, dining room and kitchen,


providing an open air atmosphere to the east side of the first floor. Views of theAtlantic are framedout intenarchedwindows andtwo sets ofFrench doors in the living and dining areas. The most immediately noticeable amenity inside is a double gas fireplace with two antique mantels that were purchased by the original owner. The living room mantle is primarily slate with wood inlays. The dining room mantle is white marble, simple yet elegant. Tray ceilings and white moldings will catch the eye but are not so ornate as to try to compete with the view. Current owners have a dining room table that will seat eight, but the room is airy enough to gracefully allow for a spread for twelve. The kitchen area separates from the dining room only with an island. It features a granite top, sink, breakfast bar seating for four, and many


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cabinets for storage. Three hanging fixtures give the room a happy glow. The cooking area behind features six glass cabinets, two cupboards, a


chef’s stove, and an ample side-by-side refrigerator. The set of French doors off the living room are on a diagonal, creating


a triangular small porch facing south east where the after-beach sun would settle comfortably on shoulders. The French doors off the dining and kitchen area face north into a small manicured yard, fenced in for privacy. The living, dining and kitchen area features knotty pine flooring in a rich


cherry that absorbs the sun in the shapes of the arched windows. On the west side of the first floor is a guest suite, complete with private


bath. It could be used as an in-law suite or for friends and relatives who don’t climb stairs. The entrance way would take you to the living room, or to its left is


another dramatic feature akin to the fire place mantles in that it may be very old: In the wide stairway to the second floor is a stained glass window display that runs fifteen feet high and almost as wide. It features eight sections, all coordinated in greens, making it seem like a cousin to the Roman floor tiles. The master bedroom is at the top of the stairs, featuring three picture windows overlooking the beach, plus two sets of French doors leading to


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