Vero Beach Real Estate News


White, black, and neutral colors had their fun, now these fresh new colors want a crack at your kitchen!
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Posted by Maria Caldarone on December 4th, 2019 10:45 AM
  How to Prepare for a Home Inspection

If home is empty, leave utilities on and pilot lights lit.
Make sure electrical sockets, light fixtures, switches and fans work.
Confirm smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operate.
Check that faucets and toilets run properly and don?t leak.
Clean stove and over so they won?t smoke and set off alarm when tested.
Verify doors and windows open and close and all hardware works.
Clear obstructions around furnace, water heaters and attic access.
Leave keys for outbuildings and exterior electrical boxes.
Remove brush and debris from exterior inspection points.
Gather documentation for renovations or repairs that have been made.
Provide sketch showing location of septic tank and well.
Remove or crate pets.
Plan to be away for three hours minimum.
Consider having home pre-inspected so you can fix problems before the official inspection.

Sources: Pillar to Post, GreatColoradoHomes.com, thebalance.com
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Posted by Maria Caldarone on December 3rd, 2019 9:13 AM

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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 25th, 2019 8:52 AM


Stepping into the courtyard at 1150 Carolina Circle SW in Indian River Club, it would be easy to stop right there and never step foot inside the main house. The heated saltwater pool and Jacuzzi beckon with the gentle sound of water moving. The summer kitchen begs to have the grill fired up, and the ample seating provides plenty places to kick up the feet and relax.

But there is so much more to this home – to start, the cabana/guest house adjacent to the pool is the perfect place for company to stay. You get your privacy – they get theirs.

For Robin Jones, the cabana has served as the place for her children to stay when they come home to visit, but it would also make a great in-law suite.

It’s also handy pool to have poolside – the full bath allows pool-users to change out of swimming suits without traipsing into the main house.

“Really, the outdoors is the central part of the house,” said Jones, who fell in love with Indian River Club at first sight.

Jones and her husband first came down to Vero Beach in April 2017. They played golf that Saturday at the club. On Sunday they looked at properties. And on Monday, they put in an offer.

“It spoke to both of us,” Jones said.

The main entry from the courtyard into the house opens into the formal living and dining rooms.

It has a “nice flow, I think,” Jones said.

Stepping into the spacious kitchen appointed with stainless-steel appliances and black-and-white granite counters, Jones smiled.

“This is where I live,” she said. The kitchen features a bar perfect for comfortable conversation while the host cooks and friends gather. A center island serves as a great spot to hand someone a cutting board and help out with the meal’s preparation.

Overhead is a unique feature –a frosted disc allows the natural sunlight to come in, muted.

Off the formal living room is a sunroom converted into a home office. It had previously been an open-air porch that prior owners enclosed. Jones took it a step farther and converted the space into an office.

The office has a door out into the yard and has a lovely view of the 12th hole of the golf course. Though it looks close, Jones said she’s not had any issues with the golfers hitting a ball at the house.

“It’d be a pretty bad shot if they hit my house,” she said.

Through the living and dining room is the guest wing – an area with two en suite bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, as well as the laundry/mud room leading out to the garage. One of the guest rooms has direct access to the pool.

The master bedroom is on the other side of the house, off the kitchen by way of a hallway that also leads to a bright and cheerful powder room.

The large master bedroom has wood-look tile flooring and the window has a remote-controlled shade. There are two walk-in closets and the en suite is separated from the bedroom with a pocket door.

The en suite features a water closet, a soaker tub, dual vanities and a glass-enclosed shower with an instant heater for the water.

“It’s an easy place to live,” Jones said – close to the beach, close to I-95, close to all that Vero Beach has to offer.

But now she’s looking for something different and has decided to buy in PGA Village Verano in Port St. Lucie. She says she will remain a member of Indian River Club and expects to return a couple times a week for “golf with the girls.”

Vital Statistics

  • Address: 1150 Carolina Circle SW
  • Neighborhood: Indian River Club
  • Lot size: 1/3-acre
  • Construction: Concrete block and stucco
  • Year built: 2002
  • Size: 3,274 square feet under air
  • Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 4.5
  • Additional features: Courtyard home located on 12th green; summer kitchen with wet bar; recently renovated heated saltwater pool with Jacuzzi; guest house/cabana; black-and-white granite counters; stainless steel appliances; wood-look tile and carpet throughout; remote controlled blinds and plantation shutters; golf cart garage; attached storage unit; two A/C units; wired for home security system.
  • Listing agency: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Listing agent: Beth Livers, 772-559-6958
  • Listing price: $699,000


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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 19th, 2019 9:26 AM
November-December Infographic
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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 12th, 2019 10:33 AM

Under Construction!
 


The build of “Discovery” is ahead of schedule!
 
The Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation
wanted to assist with this unique effort.
By funding the purchase of a 36 Passenger Pontoon Boat, Discovery,
FAU Harbor Branch can now have the flexibility to run even more tours and
the opportunity to engage even more people each year.
 
This expansion will broaden the reach and benefit the mission,
increasing the presence and accessibility of FAU Harbor Branch’s science
through public programs that highlight the significant role the Institute plays
in promoting a healthy environment.
 
Make your reservations now for a fun and educational experience aboard
Harbor Branch’s Discovery!
During this 1.5 hour excursion, an FAU Harbor Branch scientist
will discuss the wildlife encountered as well as the research the institute conducts
to better understand and protect the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem.
 
About the Indian River Lagoon
Designated as an aquatic preserve and Estuary of National Significance,
the lagoon is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America.
Spanning from 156 miles along Florida’s east coast,
it is home to more than 2,100 different species of plants
and more than 2,200 animal species, including 50 threatened or endangered species.
FAU Harbor Branch research includes studies on harmful algal blooms,
critical habitats like seagrass communities,
the health and ecology of sharks, rays, manatees and dolphins,
and real-time water quality information from the
Indian River Lagoon Observatory Network.

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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 7th, 2019 11:28 AM
The study, which looked only at taxes, praised Fla.’s lack of income tax, “reasonable” property tax, homestead exemption and “average” state and local tax rates.

Florida

  • State income tax: None
  • Average state and local sales tax: 7.05%
  • Average property tax: $1,041 per $100,000 in home value
  • Estate tax/Inheritance tax: No/No

The Sunshine State is very popular with retirees, not just because of its forgiving climate but also because it has no state income tax. Sales taxes, though, can go as high as 8.5%, depending on where you live. The average combined state and local tax rate is 7.05%, which is about average.

Property taxes are reasonable in Florida. The average annual property tax on a $400,000 home in the state is $4,166, which is also average. Florida residents ages 65 and older who meet certain income limits can also receive an extra homestead exemption of up to $50,000 from some city and county governments and/or an exemption equal to the assessed value of the property, as long as the real estate has a fair market value of less than $250,000, the homeowner has maintained permanent residence at the location for at least 25 years, and household income does not exceed $30,174 in 2019. Any widow or widower who is a Florida resident may claim an additional $500 exemption as well.

You don’t need to worry about estate or inheritance taxes in Florida, either.


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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 7th, 2019 10:49 AM

Imperial Beach, Ca. – October 31, 2019­ – The Navy SEAL Museum was honored to support a special request from the City of Imperial Beach, California. The San Diego County city recently commissioned a Navy SEAL canine statue to honor the service of military working dogs. The SEAL K-9 Memorial will be unveiled at Imperial Beach’s Veterans Park at 10:00 AM on November 9, Veterans Day Weekend.
 
The inspiration for the memorial came from a local San Diego Navy SEAL who worked with a trusted canine partner during his time in the Teams. The vision for the memorial was to create a life-size bronze statue of a military working dog to help convey their importance in SEAL Teams. It honors all military working dogs for their fierce and faithful service, represented by one canine, in particular, “Chopper.” 
 
Imperial Beach City Manager Andy Hall contacted the Navy SEAL Museum earlier this year for help with military working dog history and funding.
 
“We are very thankful for the willingness of the Navy SEAL Museum to help us erect a moment here in Imperial Beach to one of the first K-9 units of the Navy SEALs,” said Andy Hall, City Manager of the City of Imperial Beach.
 
Chopper served alongside his SEAL Handler, Trevor Maroshek, for several years in the Teams. Chopper passed in June of 2018, but not before a decorated career and life of ongoing service following retirement from active duty. Initially integrated into various tactical training activities, Chopper ultimately cumulated to combat service. He was instrumental in furthering the development of the SEAL’s Multipurpose Canine (MPC) Program as it is known today with specific training techniques and applications. 
 
Chopper is credited with saving the life of his handler and other Teammates during his service; he continued to contribute as a service dog for Maroshek, who suffered with PTSD after his retirement in 2012. As a result, this handler and canine team helped pave the way for future operators to have the same benefit with their dogs upon retirement. 
 
Lena Toritch of Young Fine Art Studio, Inc. created the statue in the image of Chopper. Conti and Son Monument Company is responsible for the stone base and installation, while Imperial Beach Trophies made the bronze plaque. 
 
“The Museum is pleased to have facilitated this project, “ said Rick Kaiser, Navy SEAL Museum Executive Director. “The memorial honors not only the life of Chopper and his invaluable role on the Teams, but also helps to raise further awareness of the importance of working dogs in the lives of their handlers post-military. “
 
The memorial unveiling will be held outdoors and be open to the public. Veterans Park is located at 1075 8th Street in Imperial Beach, CA, 91932.

About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat swimmers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities



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The Navy SEAL Museum
For further information, contact:

Elaine Ryan
Phone: (858) 245-8872

Rolf Snyder
Phone: (913) 244-4782
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Posted by Maria Caldarone on November 4th, 2019 8:23 AM
Fort Pierce, Fla. – October 25, 2019­ – The Navy SEAL Museum will host Medal of Honor Recipients Michael Thornton USN (SEAL) Ret. and Britt Slabinksi, USN (SEAL) Ret. at the 34th Annual Muster and Music Festival. The retired Naval Special Warfare operators will support RADM Kerry Metz, USN (SEAL) Ret., serving as the event’s keynote speaker.

The annual event takes place on Museum grounds and at Pepper Park. Open to the public, it is a special gathering, or “muster”, to honor veterans for their service to country.

“RADM Metz is the best of the best," said Museum Executive Director Rick Kaiser. “We are honored to have him return to the Navy SEAL Museum to support our veterans and Muster.”

The Muster falls on November 8 and 9 this year. The outdoor venue is free of charge, with discounted admission into the Museum of $10 for guests 13 and over, $5 for children 6 to 12. Visitors five-years-old and under and Museum members are always free. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.navysealmuseum.org/muster.

About Rear Admiral Kerry M. Metz
Rear Adm. Kerry Metz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Commissioned via the Aviation Officer Candidate School in October 1984 and after a very brief time in aviation, he was assigned to the surface fleet where he served on USS Enhance (MSO 437).

Transferring to Naval Special Warfare, he completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training with Class 149 in April 1988.

He served in both Naval Special Warfare and Joint Special Operations assignments. His service overseas includes multiple deployments to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Promoted to rear admiral in October 2011, he served first as the deputy commander and then as interim commander of Special Operations Command Central from September 2011 to July 2013. In his final assignment he served as the first commander of Special Operations Command North. 

About the Muster and Music Festival
Since 1985, the Navy SEAL Museum has opened its doors on Veteran’s Day to honor and acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the U.S. Military. Orchestrated and executed by a humble handful of staff and several dedicated volunteers, the Muster draws more than 10,000 guests each year, increasing visibility for the Museum’s mission, while helping to educate the public about the selfless warriors who preserve our freedom. Family-friendly and suitable for all ages, Muster is the perfect community outreach for the public to experience all the Museum has to offer–free of charge–through influential keynote speakers, live tactical demonstrations, canine deployments, and interaction with participating military personnel. 

About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat swimmers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits, while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities. 
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Posted by Maria Caldarone on October 28th, 2019 11:37 AM
Smirnoff Halloween Cocktail

Create a Spooky Signature Cocktail

This Smirnoff cocktail kinda looks like Nickelodeon slime but sounds it’s delicious. Pour 3 oz. grape juice over ice in a glass rimmed with purple sanding sugar and mix in 5 oz. green apple vodka.

Halloween Party Ideas

Set Up an Awesome Photo Backdrop

Personalize it with your own brand or logo!

Halloween Party Ideas

Add Some Haunting Lights

Set a truly spooky vibe!

Halloween Serving Tray

Serve Up Creepy Charcuterie

Halloween treats are amazing but there may come a time when you have to cater to a crowd with a palatte that doesn't include food with googly eyes stuck to it.

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Play Mysterious Music

One of the best ways to get your party off to a scary start is to play Halloween-inspired music.


Get even more fun Halloween party ideas here:
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/g23472909/halloween-party-ideas/





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Posted by Maria Caldarone on October 23rd, 2019 10:50 AM


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