473 Defuniak St, SANTA ROSA BEACH


3 Beds
3 Baths
2,148 Sqft
.16 Acres
2 Garages

This Old Grayton Beach Cottage was built for and the construction was supervised by, the grandson of one of the founding fathers of Grayton Beach. At the time of construction, the owner was a charter boat captain, thus the nautical theme. The house was designed by an architect in Seaside to be respectful of and complementary to the cottage style in Grayton Beach. The style of the house is: modified shotgun.The front door is solid mahogany hung on 200-year-old solid brass bayonet hinges. The Cypress boards used for the trim, mantel, wainscoting and cabinets in the living room/kitchen were hand selected at the sawmill by the owner, then planed to order. Notice very few knots. The Cypress dining room table was custom built for that space.The fire place was hand built, is wood burning, draws perfectly and throws an impressive amount of heat. A nice treat after those winter days on the beach!

Behind the fireplace is a chart desk from a World War II Liberty Ship (Destroyer). The thin drawers held the charts and the glassed-in case contained the compass and sextant used for Navigation. This will stay with the house if the buyers would like it.

The kitchen includes a professional natural gas range with a commercial stainless-steel vent hood which is vented to the outside. A free-standing icemaker, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, disposal and a natural gas tankless water heater (Rinnai) is also provided. Operable hurricane shutters affixed to all of the windows.

The carriage house was added at a later date and the living quarters have been recently updated. It is run on it's own power grid and can be powered by a generator if the need arises. The range is propane. A Murphy bed and fold out sofa allow sleeping for 4. The lower level includes a tool room and an enclosed 2 car garage, a rarity in Grayton Beach. You will never run out of storage space. The pavers from the front parking pad back to the carriage house were recently added. The screened in porch is the place for a great afternoon nap on the swinging bed, which stays with the house. Friends visiting the house always comment on how beautiful the live oak trees are. People who live in condos really miss the vegetation.

An architect friend did a study for an observation deck either on the roof of the carriage house or free standing over the parking pad south of the garage. There are unobstructed views of the Gulf via the alley.

Outside showers are the best! The outside shower is strategically located for privacy. If you stand at the shower and look towards the street or the alley, you will notice carefully placed lattice privacy screens. The lot to the South has been vacant for longer than we have owned the house (bought in 2005. It is commonly believed by those in the area that the day will come when driving on the beach is no longer allowed. The close proximity to the sand makes walking to the beach a breeze. In fact, our kids usually prefer to walk.

The most important thing a potential buyer should know, and value, is this house has never been on the rental market. Always lovingly cared for, it is very solidly built and rated to withstand winds to 150 mph. The front porch is the best porch in America for "people watching" and the house is located smack dab in the center of cool! Plus, you can crawl home from the Red Bar, if necessary. It just doesn't get any better than living in the heart of Old Grayton Beach.

All measurements are estimates and buyers should verify that which they deem important. Sold partly furnished and AS IS. List of furnishings being left is in the document section as well as the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Plan.

Essential Information
MLS® #859396
Full Baths3
Square Footage2,148
Year Built1989
Sub-TypeDetached Single Family
StyleFlorida Cottage
Community Information
Address473 Defuniak St
AreaSouth Santa Rosa Beach
Zip Code32459
AmenitiesBeach, Fishing, Pets Allowed
Parking Spaces2
# of Garages2

Electric Available, Gas - Natural, Gas - Propane, Public Sewer Available, Public Water Available, Tap Fee Paid

HeatingHeat: Central Electric
CoolingA/C: Central Electric
# of Stories1
Interior Features

Fireplace, Floor Hardwood, Furnished - Some, Kitchen Island, Walls Wainscoting


Auto Garage Door Opn, Dishwasher, Dryer, Ice Machine, Microwave, Range Hood, Refrigerator, Washer

FoundationFoundation Off Grade

Foundation Off Grade, Siding Wood

Exterior Features

Deck Covered, Hurricane Shutters, Porch Screened

Lot Description

Interior, Level, Within 1/2 Mile Of Water

School Information
ElementaryVAN R. BUTLER
Additional Information
ZoningResidential Single Family
HOA Fees0.00
Listing Details
OfficeScott Provow Realty

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Listing information last updated on November 27th, 2020 at 5:00pm CST.