Paradise South

Home of Marina & Bruce Jefferis
1021 Grand Cayman Court (Islands of Rockport)

Paradise Found could be the name of Bruce and Marina Jefferis’ new custom home, actually named Paradise South. The couple looked a long time for the right property meeting two specific requirements: an endless waterfront view and a protected dock area for their fishing boats. They found paradise three years ago in The Islands of Rockport development, and quickly went to work to create their new home. The result is an open, airy house positioned to showcase the “forever” views of Redfish Bay, the barrier islands beyond, and sun and moon rises on the horizon. The view demands your attention upon first entering the front door, and continues upstairs with the open-design living/dining/kitchen areas. The couple have a strong sense of design and did not hire an interior designer, preferring to do it themselves. Natural surfaces prevail with a wood-panel vaulted ceiling, locally designed wood dining tables and butcher-block kitchen island, and large granite counters. A specially-designed “barn” door slides open to the pantry. Fishing is an important part of the Jefferis’ time in Rockport as shown by the large tackle room leading to the boat docks. Fish artwork by Jim Roberts, Fred Fisher, and Joey Blazek, purchased at the Rockport Art Festival, continue the theme on the stairway and walls. An eye-catching chrome-metal sculpture, Twisting Tarpon by Sean Guerrero, is mounted on the corner wall and seems to leap air-borne from the water below. A wide second-story veranda stretches across the back and invites you for one last view overlooking the free-form pool with spa, swim-up bar and table, outdoor kitchen and terraced entertainment area where a friendly Great Blue Heron often lingers.

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Photos by Stephen Fisher.