Tales reminiscent of a message in a bottle, a postcard heralding the Islands of Rockport development found its way to Houstonians Marina and Bruce Jefferis. Fueled by Bruce’s passion for fly fishing, the couple had been coming to Rockport for many years and often talked about acquiring a vacation home. Being a beautiful day for a road trip, they decided to drive down and take a look at the new community. When they walked onto a premier point lot, with panoramic views of the Intracoastal Canal and ideal waterways for fishing, it was a moment that defined serendipity. They had discovered the ultimate setting for their coastal retreat.
Expertly capturing the Jefferis’ vision for their home, designer Michael Mahoney created plans for an artful rendition of southern coastal ambiance blended with period-style influences. Impeccably crafted by builder Mark Emery, the residence is brimming with distinctive appointments and rich architectural detailing. The Jefferis’ mission was to establish individual accommodations for their grown children and five grandchildren ranging from two infants to a six year old. The entire first level encompasses a living room with a walk-in bar for drinks and snacks, two guest suites in separate wings, a children’s bedroom, a morning room, and a large porch overlooking the pool area. The splendid design voices a resounding “come one, come all!”
A handsome staircase and an elevator ascend to a stunning Great Room entirely surrounded by breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Canal. A washed Pine wood cathedral ceiling adds a dash of drama, and custom dining room furniture was designed to accommodate intimate dinner parties for four or seating for a party of up to sixteen. A state-of-the-art kitchen boasts a custom island with an end cut Cherry wood countertop and a backsplash with vivid hues of earth, sea and sky. Loving all things vintage, the Jefferis added a delightful retro-style booth for casual dining. A wet bar is superbly equipped for entertaining and a formal powder room is ideally situated for guests. Private and serene, the exquisite master suite overlooks the waterfront and features a sumptuous luxury bath and an exit door to the veranda. In a separate wing, an additional guest suite bids welcome to family members or visitors. French doors in the Great Room open to a generous covered veranda with magnificent views of a lagoon-style canal, the Intracoastal, and a heart-shaped swimming pool with a spa and swim-up table with a bench. At the water’s edge, a conversation area with a fire pit signals beautiful evenings beneath the Texas skies.
The Jefferis have a second vacation home in the mountains of Colorado, but the easy access from Houston to Rockport is most appealing to their adult children and lively brood of grandchildren. With room for everyone and a resort-style atmosphere, the Jefferis have created an incomparable gathering place…a place for making memories….a place to experience the exciting and colorful lifestyle for which the Texas coast is famous.