Come for a vist or stay a while in the
Sebastian River area of Indian River County

on Florida's Treasure Coast

1924 Guest House:  With boat dock access to the St Sebastian River

Poolside Cabana
 
Riverside Cottage
 
Vintage Florida Bungalow
 
Several generations before you contemplated vacationing in the Sebastian River area, this charming home was already welcoming guests escaping the harsh winters and humid summers of Ohio and beyond.

Early in the 20th century, an Ohio industrialist by the name of “Goodrich” discovered a shady grove of live oak, red cedar, and Sabal palm trees perched above the banks of the St Sebastian River --not far from the spot where it meets the Indian River Lagoon-- while on a fishing and hunting expedition. We don’t know whether it was the natural beauty of the spot or the “spiritual energy” that many people still report feeling here that attracted him and his family. We only know that they chose this place to build a sprawling estate, featuring a carriage house, servants’ quarters, the county’s first privately owned swimming pool, and this guest house in addition to the main house.

Fast forward more than 80 years. This home has hosted many visitors and undergone many renovations and upgrades – the most recent at the beginning of 2009-- but it still retains the special look and feel that welcomed the Goodrich guests from the start, set in a uniquely beautiful, natural old-Florida setting. The original Goodrich estate has been parceled out over the years, but we have been fortunate enough to be able to reunite the guest house with the main house and poolside cabana house.

On entering the guest house, the first things you’re likely to notice are the beautifully refinished hardwood floors below, the coffered ceiling above, and a cozy fireplace straight ahead. The light-filled living room stretches across most of the front of the house. The fully functional kitchen is open to a sunny family room and eating area. Passing through the newly renovated bathroom with beautiful Dade pine beaded board and a freshly refurbished clawfoot tub, you’ll enter one of the bedrooms, featuring period furnishings and a spacious closet. Just off the living room you’ll find the master bedroom, again boasting family heirloom furniture as well as its own private bath with shower and whirlpool tub. As was the custom in the early 20th century, windows and doors are strategically positioned throughout the house to take greatest advantage of the sea breezes during the frequent periods of fine spring-like weather.

Of course our home features all the modern comforts you’d expect, as well--including wireless Internet access, cable TV, DVD player, local phone service, all the kitchen and laundry appliances you’re likely to need, a gas grill, and central heat and air conditioning. We’ve furnished it comfortably, casually, and stylishly with furnishings from the first half of the 20th century to stay true to the style and spirit of the home.

Outside, enjoy the peaceful natural setting while lounging beneath the beautiful century-old live oak. Listen to the soothing trickle of water across the sandy drive in the Goodrich fountain courtyard that connects the main house with the poolside cabana. Catch a glimpse of the glistening St Sebastian River through the wrought iron gates at the front of the fountain courtyard, or walk a few hundred feet down to the river to enjoy it up close. Bring your boat, or rent one at a nearby marina. Take advantage of the dock to moor your boat, fish, or just watch the sun set over the river. We are very fortunate to be located between a nature preserve on the opposite bank of the river, a county conservation area, and three county parks; with the Sebastian Inlet State Park and Pelican Island National Wildlife Preserve close by. The unspoiled and never-crowded beaches of the barrier islands are an easy 15-minute car ride away. If you are looking for bright lights, constant stimulation, and urban excitement, this is not the place for you; but if like us you love the peace and quiet and natural beauty that unspoiled Florida offers, you’ll love it here.

This home sleeps 4 to 6 people quite comfortably, but if you should need even more space, consider combining it with the Poolside Cabana directly opposite, the Riverside Cottage 4 doors down the street, or both! You will definitely be getting away from it all when you stay here, but if you should need a break from the peaceful relaxation, it’s an easy 20-minute drive to Vero Beach, an hour to Cocoa Beach and the Kennedy Space Center, or 90 minutes to Orlando or West Palm Beach.

Come for a visit here and you’ll see why we uprooted ourselves from Atlanta and rebooted our professional lives in 2002 so that we could live in this one-of-a-kind setting. If you’re looking for luxury accommodations, prepackaged predictability, or a gated resort that could be anywhere in the world... keep looking. But if you’re like us and love the natural charms of Florida that have enchanted out-of-town visitors for decades, spend a little time here. You’ll be glad you did.

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Historic Goodrich guest house

Century Oak

Living room, looking toward master bedroom

Comfortable and casual seating with plenty of natural sunlight

The fully functional kitchen is open and light-filled

The bright and cheerful family room is open to the kitchen

The original Dade County pine beadboard has been carefully and lovingly restored in this bathroom

A new terrazzo floor together with new and newly restored fixtures give this bathroom a fresh, clean look while maintaining the guest house's historic character

This bedroom with a large closet and comfortable period furnishings receives the morning sun

The master bedroom features a queen-size bed and an antique Victorian dresser

The private master bath features tropical colors and a relaxing whirlpool tub in addition to the shower

Original double French doors allow the master bedroom to be open to the living room or private and quiet, depending on your preference

Relax beneath the 100 year live oak in the Adirondack chairs

Glimpse the St Sebastian River though the Goodrich Gates and across the fountain courtyard

Relax on the colorful private rear deck

1924 Guest House Features

Amenities
Central heat and air conditioning
Private washer and dryer for your exclusive use
Ample off-street parking for 2-3 cars
Parking for RV (local ordinances require that the RV NOT BE OCCUPIED during your stay)
Parking for boat trailer
Linens provided
Beds
Queen bed in master bedroom
Double bed in 2nd bedroom
Folding beds and inflatable mattress are also available if needed
Entertainment
Cable TV
DVD player
Large jetted tub in master bath is big enough for two
Kitchen
Full Kitchen
Cooking utensils provided
Refrigerator
Dishwasher
Microwave
Drip coffee maker
Outdoor features
Spacious rear deck painted swimming-pool aqua
Docking for shallow draft boat at private boat dock
A small covered porch is on the front of the house
Lush private back yard
Shaded seating under a huge live oak tree
Gas BBQ grill
View / location
The St Sebastian River can be viewed through the arched entrance to the fountain courtyard, across the sandy drive from your home
Only 15 minutes from unspoiled beaches
1 mile by boat to the Indian River Lagoon
Communications
Wireless broadband Internet
Local telephone service
Suitability
Pet Friendly: pets allowed, subject to approval
Smoking not allowed inside our home
Activities (on site and nearby)
Golfing
Tennis
Shopping
Sightseeing
Restaurants
Kayaking
Canoeing
Sailing
Boating
Waterskiing
Parasailing
Jet Skiing
Shelling
Birdwatching
Swimming
Snorkeling/Diving
Surfing
Skydiving
Biking
Wildlife Viewing
Other activities
The restaurants and shops of Sebastian are nearby
Wider variety of shops and cinemas in Vero Beach or Melbourne, 20 minutes away
Other amenities
You will have full direct access to the river from the boat dock and shoreline
Comfortable casual furnishings
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