Custom-built estate offers spectacular river views

Custom-built estate offers spectacular river views

This stunning, one-of-a-kind estate at 577 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach, sits on the 100 feet of water frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway and is custom built. It has a 200-foot dock with a 30-foot boat house. The home has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a 28 feet by 16 feet theater and game room, and a four-car oversized garage. A roomy lanai features travertine decking and a gas grill. The Pebbletec pool has a stone waterfall and the backyard offers a breathtaking view with mature oak trees that provide shade.

ADDRESS: 577 N. Beach Street, Ormond Beach

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 5,550 square feet

LOT SIZE: 1.03 acres

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 5

STORIES: 1

YEAR BUILT: 1994

PRICE: $1,690,000

CONTACT: Bill Navarra, Realty Pros Assured, 386-334-9991

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‘Pearls of Hope’ raises funds for area’s homeless students

DAYTONA BEACH — Food Brings Hope held its annual fundraising event, the Pearls of Hope gala, at the newly opened Mori Hosseini Student Union on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Friday.

Silent and live auctions gave guests the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Volusia County’s homeless and disadvantaged students through donations and purchases.

The grand opening for the university’s new $75 million, 178,000-square-foot student union building was held Oct. 25.

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Home offers room to roam with convenient access

The gorgeous home on 400 Leeway Trail in Ormond Beach sits on five acres of land with an adjoining five acres also available for sale. The four-bedroom, three-bath home has an oversized detached garage. Cherry and oak floors are featured throughout and a newly remodeled kitchen that boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a center island. There is a stone fireplace. A wraparound porch is perfect for relaxing, and the backyard is cleared and partially fenced in. The home offers seclusion but is still just minutes from shopping, restaurants and beaches.

ADDRESS: 400 Leeway Trail, Ormond Beach

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 2,854 square feet

LOT SIZE: 5 acres

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 3

STORIES: 1

YEAR BUILT: 1994

PRICE: $639,900

CONTACT: Bill Navarra, Realty Pros Assured, 386-334-9991

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Fully-furnished home offers elegant country living

BARBERVILLE — Turning onto the driveway at 340 Fox Hollow Farms is like turning back a page in time. The richly landscaped driveway opens up to an elegant French country estate with exquisite grounds.

Dennis Puckett, listing agent with Adams Cameron Realty, talked about the incredible property.

“The property is just breathtaking as you drive up,” said Dennis Puckett, listing agent with Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors. “There’s a private gate about a quarter-mile from the road, and from there you have a tree-lined drive with magnolia on one side and pear on the other.”

There is a private gate and a quarter of a mile down the road a driveway opens with two lighted columns. The property sits on 10.04 acres with two lakes, offering beautiful views from the home.

In the back and from the sides, you see the calm lakes backed by natural Florida woods. In  front, the professionally landscaped grounds are nothing less than picturesque. It’s the finest aspects of country living combined to one property.

The home opens to a foyer space with warm hardwood floors. To the left is a banister staircase that leads to the second floor; to the right, a glimpse of a beautiful formal living room. The dining room has a custom chandelier, chair rail and wallpaper. Dining is complete with natural lighting from the large picture windows.

The carpet is extra padded, Puckett said.

“Stepping into the home is like stepping onto a cloud,” he said. “Your feet just sink into the carpet.”

The living room has 22-foot-high ceilings and a gas fireplace. The windows in the front of the living room are full length, and fill the room with warm, bright light. In the rear of the living room are large sliders, which face the lakefront, providing an incredible view.

“The home was professionally decorated,” Puckett said.

The kitchen is fully-furnished with top-of-the-line appliances, double convection ovens, a large walk-in pantry, wood cabinets and granite countertops. There are extra features in the design, such as columns in the kitchen and under-counter lighting. The breakfast bar on the island provides counter-seating for four. Next to the kitchen is a breakfast nook which has French doors with lanai access.

The open floor plan in this area allows the rooms to flow into one another, and the kitchen area opens to the large family room, with has a gas fireplace, and French doors that open to the extra-large screened lanai.

“Every room on the bottom floor of the house has French doors that lead to the lanai,” Puckett said.

The master suite on the first floor includes a spacious carpeted bedroom, an anteroom with hardwood floors, and his-and-her bathrooms with tile floor and double walk-in closets. One of the bathrooms in the master suite has a walk-in shower, the other has a shower and tub.

The first floor is completed with a laundry room with lots of cabinet space and outside access.

Upstairs there is a carpeted loft overlooking the living room, and two en-suite bathrooms.

There is plenty of parking in addition to a three-car attached garage, including patio parking for guests.

The back of the house is a natural wonderland. An extra-large screened lanai provides a summer kitchen area, and a relaxing country oasis with views of the lakes.

Puckett said you can often see wildlife such as rabbits, squirrels, turkeys, sandhill cranes and deer on the property. He added the lakes offer choice fishing .

Puckett has first-hand experience with the Pierson area; he grew up in the neighborhood and his grandmother lived on one of the lakes.

“Those lakes are excellent for fishing,” Puckett said. “When I was growing up I fished and swam in those lakes 300 days a year. The lakes are spring fed so they’re clear water. And, we caught some big fish, eight and nine pound bass.”

Space is another benefit of country living.

“It’s not like a subdivision,” Puckett said. “Homes in the area are situated on large parcels. There are no close-by neighbors.”

The windows are double-paned for energy efficiency. The home has a whole-home diesel generator.

“It’s really a beautiful home,” Puckett said “It’s a very high-end luxurious home that has been impeccably maintained”

ADDRESS: 340 Fox Hollow Farms, Barberville

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 3,632 square feet

LOT SIZE: 10.04 acres

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 6

STORIES: 2

YEAR BUILT: 1983

PRICE: $650,000

CONTACT: Dennis Puckett, Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors, 386-804-0953.

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Estate home offers plenty of room, perfect for family

This beautiful estate home is nestled in the Bulow Oaks area of Palm Coast. It features three bedrooms, three full baths and an office/den. The home boasts an open floor plan with a inviting living room with fireplace, and an architectural ceiling with recessed lighting. Large windows throughout the home offer plenty of natural light.  A spacious kitchen boasts a large island, ample cabinets plus a breakfast bar and nook, both opening to the family room.

ADDRESS: 5701 John Anderson Highway, Palm Coast

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 2,897 square feet

LOT SIZE: 11.3 acres

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 3 full, 1 half

STORIES: 1

YEAR BUILT: 1998

PRICE: $566,000

CONTACT: Carolyn Greene, Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors, 386-677-7966

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Tree-lined streets and just a short walk to the beach

This immaculate home is located in the Ocean Village subdivision of Ponce Inlet. The neighborhood features tree-lined streets and is just a short walk a no-drive section of the beach. The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and oversized two-car garage. A completely remodeled kitchen features maple cabinets, Brazilian granite countertops and back splash to the ceiling. A new air conditioner unit was installed in 2015 and all utilities are underground. 

ADDRESS: 82 Bushman Drive, Ponce Inlet

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 5,089 square feet

LOT SIZE: .25 acre

BEDROOMS: 3

BATHROOMS: 2

STORIES: 1

YEAR BUILT: 1986

PRICE: $549,900

CONTACT: Dwight Bailey, Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors, 386-677-7966

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Flagler Freedom Fest set for Saturday

Vietnam veterans are invited to take part in a lapel-pinning ceremony as part of the daylong festival at Flagler Executive Airport.

Vietnam veterans who served on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975 are invited to take part in a lapel-pinning ceremony as part of Saturday’s daylong Freedom Fest at the Flagler Executive Airport.

The ceremony will take place on the main stage at 3 p.m. at the airport on State Road 100, opposite Flagler Palm Coast High School, and is being staged by the Flagler County Veterans Advisory Council and the Marine Corps League, according to a media release from the county.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and admission to the event is free. There is free parking at the high school with shuttle service or $5 at the airport. There will be a food court, kids zone, and static and interactive exhibits.

Opening ceremonies are set for noon and will include a Warbirds Fly-by, the national anthem and a Skydiving American Flag. The day will continue with B-25 Bomber flight demonstrations, military formations, Flagler County’s FireFlight helicopter bucket drops and Skydive Palatka Wingsuit.

“We wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our Vietnam veterans and present each one with a lapel pin at the ceremony,” David Lyon, the county’s Veterans Services officer, said in the release.
 
Project Flag at 2:30 p.m. will attempt to set a world’s record for the number of people waving a flag. The honorary pinning of Vietnam Veterans will follow at 3 p.m.

Tribute bands will perform ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Boston music beginning at 4 p.m. There will be a special prayer and pledge, the national anthem and a salute to veterans at 7:45 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 8:45 p.m. 

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Festival Frenzy: Volusia County Fair and more arrives

The colorful carnival ride lights in the cool November air are almost a beacon for a weekend of festivals in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Those rides are here as part of the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show which runs through Nov. 11.

From the artists taking over downtown Daytona Beach this weekend for the Halifax Art Festival to the Fall Country Jamboree in Barberville, the area will be full of entertainment.

Also on the schedule is the Daytona Beach Festival of Magic and The News-Journal’s Food Wine & Brew Festival. For more events, check out GO386.

WHAT: The Volusia County Fair & Youth Show

WHERE: Volusia County Fair & Expo Center, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand

WHEN: Through Nov. 11, gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; midway opens one hour after fair opens

ADMISSION: $10 for those 13 and older; $7 for kids 6-12; free for children 5 and younger. Rides cost extra and specials take place throughout the fair

INFORMATION: volusiacountyfair.com

WHAT: The Halifax Art Festival

WHERE: Downtown Daytona Beach

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

ADMISSION: Free

INFORMATION: halifaxartfestival.com

WHAT: The News-Journal’s Food, Wine & Brew Festival

WHERE: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, 100 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach

WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Saturday

ADMISSION: $40

INFORMATION: foodwineandbrew2018.eventbrite.com

WHAT: Daytona Beach Festival of Magic shows

WHERE: News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St., Daytona Beach

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

ADMISSION: $20-$40

INFORMATION: daytonamagic.com

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LUNCH BUNCH: Neighbor’s is a place where kids dream to go

Being the next to last in a sibling group of five, 11-year-old Cadence was looking forward to an entire weekend of alone time with her grandmother, Features editor Cindy Casey. After a busy Saturday morning, they decided to stop off at Neighbor’s General Store and Ice Cream Parlor in Port Orange for lunch and a special treat of homemade ice cream.

What’s the place like?

As we walked in, Cadence stopped in her tracks. She looked all around, taking it all in – a general store and eatery bursting in colorful displays of candy, stuffed animals, wind socks and flags, wall placards and so much more.

“Oh Grandma, this is the kind of place kids dream about!”

The ice cream parlor looked like one from my childhood, although there was much more colorful fun displays that included a glass refrigerated case of 20-some homemade ice cream tubs and as many wide-mouth glass jars filled with every kind of topping a kid could imagine.

Cadance’s eyes were as big as saucers as she looked around.

“I know. First we have lunch,” she said.

So, what’s on the menu?

To my surprise, it was quite extensive. They had a variety of breakfast offerings from baked goods like bagels, muffins, scones and cinnamon rolls, homemade waffles, egg sandwiches, an acai bowl that comes loaded with fruit, traditional breakfasts and smoothies.

Lunches included everything from homemade tortilla nachos, chili cheese fries, soup of the day, tacos quesadillas, subs, pizza, a variety of offerings featuring Nathans hot dogs, salads and wraps and a kids’ menu.

What did you have?

With all those choices, Cadence decided on chicken tenders – the adult portion because she was “starving.” The difference between the adult portion and the children’s menu item is two tenders and lots more French fries. But these tenders were not your fast food variety. They are large pieces of crispy all white chicken, which come with a choice of dipping sauce. Needless to say, Cadence took half of the serving home.

I decided on the oven-roasted chicken bacon ranch sub that came stuffed with melted provolone cheese on a fresh baked toasted wheat roll with lettuce, tomato and Neighbor’s homemade ranch dressing. Each of their subs also comes with chips and dill pickle. Diners have the choice of upgrading to French fries instead of chips for $1.99 more.

For dessert, which was the real reason for Cadence’s luncheon treat, she chose the two-scoop cup with cotton candy and birthday cake homemade flavors. Her toppings were an assortment of colorful sprinkles.

If I were having dessert, I would have chosen The Bomb, which was featured in the counter display – one scoop of hard ice cream between two homemade cookies dusted in confectioner’s sugar. Hmmm … looked so good, but I resisted!

How much did it cost?

It all came to $32.98, including two fountain drinks, tax and tip.

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Volusia County Fair & Youth Show opens Thursday

The colorfully-lit rides, farm animals and fried food of the annual Volusia County Fair & Youth show open Thursday.

Running through Nov. 11, the festivities take place at 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Thursday’s gates open at 4 p.m. with free admission that night. Ride bracelets on Thursday cost $20.

For information and a full schedule, go to volusiacountyfair.com.

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Curious Coast: We asked, where are the Halloween decorations? This time, you answered

“We just wanted to create a place where families can come and get away from the crazy world and not have to worry about spending money.”

David and Brandy Schoolcraft’s Pine Creek Court yard is not just ready for Halloween, but filled with inflatable decorations, fog machines, laser lights and lighted walking paths, a tradition they have brought to Ormond Beach for the past four years.

“We wanted to do something that families can come out and enjoy,” Schoolcraft said. “We set up lighted walking paths so that families can walk around with their kids without tripping over all the cords.”

The Schoolcraft’s home is getting attention through the Curious Coast project, where readers ask questions and News-Journal reporters answer them. This story is a little different though. The tables were turned. This time the News-Journal asked readers to send us some spooky sites to see, and Halloween-loving readers delivered.

[YOUR PHOTOS: Halloween has gone to the dogs!]

The Schoolcraft display has inflatables from the popular Universal franchise “Minions,” a 6-foot-tall grim reaper, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, dragons, a cat and an assortment of ghosts and pumpkins. The display at 111 Pine Creek is up through Thursday for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the Halloween spirit.

“Everyone who sets things up wants to charge something for it,” Schoolcraft said. “We just wanted to create a place where families can come and get away from the crazy world and not have to worry about spending money.”

On Halloween night, Schoolcraft said that seven organizations — the Volusia County Sheriff, Ormond Beach Police Department, Kid City USA, Aaron’s Pest Control, Lowes Home Improvement, Rossmeyer Family/Holly Hill Unit Boys and Girls Club and FWH & Associates — will be setting up booths on the property to hand out information and candy to trick-or-treaters and their parents.

“The first year we did this we only had six inflatables,” Schoolcraft said. “The more people started coming we just made it bigger. It’s gotten way bigger than I anticipated.”

According to the Florida Retail Federation, consumers will spend $2.7 billion on Halloween decorations this year to welcome trick-or-treaters. The most popular candies this year include Snickers, Skittles, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, M&Ms and Starburst.

Over on Foxcroft Court in Ormond Beach, neighbors Shelley White and Jason Diaz have kicked the Halloween season into high gear, also with inflatables, homemade grave yards and spiderwebs.

“We have been doing this for the past 12 years at this house and we’ve been adding more and more over the years,” White said. “It’s fun and the inside of the house is just as decorated.”

White said the main drive for the decorations was for her four kids. Only her youngest daughter still lives at home but they keep it going for all the kids in the neighborhood.

“We stay here on Halloween and give out candy to the kids,” White said. “It’s really fun to see the kids get into it.”

This is the first year that Diaz has set up this many decorations at his Ormond Beach home. He moved three years ago from New York where he would set up massive displays.

“I saw my neighbor go all out last year and thought that I was at the right home,” said Diaz, father of four. “I have a nice enough lawn to do it so I went for it.”

Although passerby’s may think that’s it’s a competition, it’s not. Just a way for both of the families to set up something kids will enjoy.

“I just saw hers and thought that it would be okay to put all this up,” Diaz said. “My kids love helping me set it up.”

More places where the decorations are a scream:

1401 Providence Blvd., Deltona
2301 Montano St., Deltona
1 Pine Tree Drive, Palm Coast
26 Pine Cedar Drive, Palm Coast
3844 Calliope Ave., Port Orange
165 Costa Rica, Edgewater
249 Robbin Drive, Port Orange
1343 S. Dexter Drive, Port Orange
4 Heater Lane, Ormond Beach

What else would you like to know?

Ask us anything you like below (if you don’t see the forms, visit news-journalonline.com/curious-coast). Then vote in our weekly poll for the question that interests you the most, and we’ll be back with the next answer.

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Historical Daytona Beach home offers river views

One of the earliest Estate homes in Daytona Beach, this 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath pool home, referred to as Castillo Tropical, sits on just under an acre with 110 feet of Halifax River frontage. Chicago brick graces the majority of the home, along with pecky cypress beams in the living room and a trayed pecky cypress ceiling in the formal dining area.

ADDRESS: 2 Tropical Lane, Daytona Beach

TOTAL SQUARE FEET: 6,493

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 5 1/2

STORIES: 3

YEAR BUILT: 1922

PRICE: $1,450,000

CONTACT: Jonathan Gildon, Realty Pros Assured, 386-451-2412

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