WRITTEN BY: Amy Smith with Mary Helle
216 Georgia Ruth Dr., South Padre Island is a collaboration between a designer and builder that results in a relaxed living space that will after your perception of existence.
Hindsight can be 20/20 but in this case, it is even better. Not only do the builders and architects remember their best projects, but the designers, owners, and even the neighbors remember what went into the house to make it a home, and give it that quality endurance. It is a house that has stood the test of time and is even more valuable than when it was first built. We can look back and remember, ‘Oh yes, that type of construction, this type of material, that brand of tile, these design plans…yes, that’s what has lasted and looks even better now.’
This beautiful bay front town home was collaboration from start to finish with the owner, designer, and builder. Patrick Nuckols, Bay Area Construction solidly built the trio of town homes that take their place enduringly on Paradise Point in South Padre Island. Mary Helle, of Helle’s Fine Furnishings was the designer. From a design scope it was a complete job, from furnishing all interior and exterior appointments down to the choosing of the silverware that completes the classic theme. Because of the quality and beauty, it is irreplaceable and the noble combination gives the home its character.
As you walk into the courtyard of the property, you are met with a warm and welcoming feeling. The fountain greets you with a frolicking splash and as you step toward the custom wooden double entry doors. An antique iron washbasin balances out the walkway and lends to the western European ambience. The octagonal pavers beneath your feet draw your eye throughout the courtyard. When your vision is coupled with the pavers and the three storied façade of stucco that incorporates decorative cantera framing on the windows and doors, you are taken to another place; a place reminiscent of Europe or deep into Mexico where a more relaxed way of living alters your perception of existence into one of gentle and kind summer breezes, solid enduring structures and lasting beauty in surroundings.
When you enter the stately wooden front doors, you are welcomed to a grand entry with classic style reminiscent of a gorgeous mansion. A medallion tiled floor and a framed poem with the best wishes of dancing your way through life greet you. Harmoniously, this classic and enduring design behooves you the options of relaxing, ascending the grand staircase, or being lifted via elevator to your interior domicile destination.
The custom-made medallion on the floor is the focal center of the entry and is a stunning piece of artwork that inlays a feel of classy ritz that sets the tone for the rest of the home. A wall of custom cabinetry with art display corroborates the ritz and is juxtaposed from the elevator and stairway. The elevator walls sport a Kravet tree pattern wall covering that adds to the detailed interest.
The majestic iron and wood staircase is a wonder in itself with the banister leading one up in curved elegance to the main and third floors. The designer of home, Mary Helle of Helle’s Fine Furnishings, takes the cake and the credit for this amazing feature staircase. This is a visual and kinesthetic aesthetic of classy endeavor that besets this home with its grace. Fine shutters adorn the windows that illuminate the walls of the stairway making the walking of the stairs a pleasant thought-inducing journey. This staircase is so incredible. The hardwood stairs, the smooth banister, and the shuttered windows that escort one to the next level are an experience in themselves.
The second floor introduces the main attractions of billiards, a family area with a custom designed entertainment center, and the kitchen with dining onlooking the bay view terrace – all in one connected open space. The ceilings are covered in a raffia fabric that creates an immensely integrated effect. The walls are covered with some of the most luxurious coverings that create lush surroundings of depth and texture and give you a feel that you are on solid terrain, a place where you can settle and call home.
At the top of the stairs, one finds again the luxury of space with a landing of solid red oak flooring. To the right, a study with a regal reception bar is a complete vision of masculine romantic style done in a mix of deep reds and dark wood. This room is especially interesting because it has stunning burgundy ostrich fabric lining the walls and the ceilings are covered in a soft taupe suede fabric. To the left, the third floor master bedroom opens to a breathtaking veranda with awe-inspiring views of the bay. The master bath is truly luxurious and houses an amazing stone tile shower that makes one think of a castle with a view.
As described by Shirley Donahue of Sand Dollar Realty “Even with all these homey comforts, the principal attraction remains the views of the Laguna Madre Bay, best seen from the 3rd floor balcony – you just say ‘Whoa’.” Whether it is a glance or a gaze, one just can’t help but appreciate the bayside view. Incredible sunsets, tropical waters, and breezy island weather would make anyone want to dance. And, when you live on the bay, this can be the sunset lifestyle you always knew was possible.
Price is $1,400,000
Inquiries: Shirley Donahue, Realtor
Sand Dollar-Realty @ Isla Grand Beach Resort, 500 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX
(956)761-9111 / (956)433-1564 email: firstname.lastname@example.org