This Ocean Drive estate celebrates 80 years of superiority, setting the bar high for the future of the renowned drive.
The small Saltillo tiles resemble a sophisticated red carpet, leading to a home of history and decades of high-class owners and guests. The green bronzed antique door knocker takes you back to the ‘30s, when the prestigious estate was born.
Enormous mature trees stretch their sprawling limbs across the property, much like a dedicated protector. These arms guard the privacy of this luxurious and historic premise. Owner Dr. Stanley Shoemaker designed the home to be “unlike Corpus Christi,” to feel like you’ve “disappeared to a tropical paradise.”
Sometimes an address says it all, and Ocean Drive certainly doesn’t need much explaining. This elite street has many of the Bend’s finest homes, and now there is a rare opportunity to own one of the most distinctive. Built in 1936, this Mediterranean-style estate sits on almost three quarters of an acre.
In 1977, Dr. Shoemaker bought the home as a one-story, 3 bedroom stucco residence. In 1983, he decided to expand the home and added a second and third story, the guest/pool house, and the pool! Then a few years later, he added yet another wing onto the main house. Like a fine wine, this home just keeps getting better with time.
And what better place to drink wine than in your very own cellar? Downstairs in the main house, there is a private wine cellar. The home sits at 20 feet above the water, the highest elevation on the Texas coast, which enabled the home to have a basement. There are less than half a dozen homes in the Coastal Bend that can boast having a basement. Hugged by wooden walls and the smell of a fresh wine cork, this is a subterranean bistro-style space straight out of Paris, perfect for romantic dinners.
Dinner parties are a dime a dozen in this residence, where guests would begin in the wine cellar with some cocktails, and perhaps a charcuterie board, while the chefs and wait staff prepared the main course upstairs. Then the dinner guests would come upstairs and dine in the formal dining room while the team then prepared the third floor library for dessert and after-dinner drinks! This progressive dinner party arrangement is just one of Dr. Shoemaker’s favorite memories in the home.
In 1997, Dr. Shoemaker decided that it was just too big of a home to have all to himself, so he began running it as the Ocean Drive Bed and Breakfast! The estate couldn’t scream “entertain” louder. The main house includes three suites: The Lone Star, Caribbean, and Capetown. Each comes with its own bathroom and living room. Expansive living, formal dining, chef’s kitchen, and a third floor eagles nest office/library are also a part of the main home. Balconies surround the home providing the sought after panoramic views of the Corpus Christi Bay and skyline. The guest house has two private entrance suites, The Marquesa and Key West suites, come fully appointed with living areas, full kitchens, two and a half baths, high ceilings, dry sauna, breakfast room, and attached garage with four additional parking spaces. That makes for 5 total handsome suites, and the home, itself, is adorned with memorabilia throughout. Signed and autographed photos of athletes and celebrities, safari keepsakes, historic reminders, and even dresses deck the halls and rooms. Between 1997 and 2009, the B&B played host to many celebrities as it was the perfect “off the map” escape. No one knew they were there.
For a time, Dr. Shoemaker lived there while it operated as the B&B. He says it was the “greatest lifestyle!” New sheets each day, food around the clock, it was like staying at the fanciest 5-star resort at your very own home!
The home isn’t the only appeal. The lushly landscaped grounds have a resort-sized heated pool and hot tub. Very few accommodations in the area offer the space and luxury in such a private and secure area providing first-class relaxation. The pool house, pool, and multiple patio areas make it a perfect choice for company parties, weddings, receptions, baptisms, family reunions, and any other type of event you can think of.
This magnificently established home is a true South Texas attraction!