Coastal Oaks Cottage

Home of Denise & Richard Smith
112 Boardwalk (Watermark)

Richard and Denise Smith discovered Rockport in 1997 while buying cushions for their sailboat.  They began to visit pulling their pop-up camper.  Today, they are living here full time at 112 Boardwalk Avenue.  As you enter through the front door, you will immediately feel welcome to the great room that incorporates living, dining and kitchen spaces.  The ceilings are lofty, and the living room is accented with a fireplace made with ash wood and brick, and a mantle made of reclaimed barn-wood from the 1920’s created by Herb Lancaster of Aransas Pass.  The bar is a clever construction using 1950’s bead board and the top is a repurposed dining table leaf as are the feet.  There is a definite pattern of various fibers such as woods and woven reeds throughout the living area that give the environment a neat but cozy feel.  The furniture has a definite coastal look.  Outside the living area, there is a lovely front courtyard with a cleverly adapted deck that incorporates the trunks of the existing oak trees.  The furniture and accessories are cozy and inviting, and the chimenea looks like it would take the chill off a cool evening.  Inside and out, birds are a predominant theme in paintings, drawings, sculptures and accessories. Art and pottery from local artists and from Denise’s hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico enhance the decor.  They are all unique as a result of being thoughtfully chosen by Denise and Richard.  The master bedroom has a Colonial Caribbean feel, with a lofty canopy sleigh bed decorated with sheer draperies. The espresso bedroom furniture includes a dresser, night stands and an antique armoire. The master bath is efficient, but is also very roomy and the large walk in shower is decorated with a stone mosaic.  Another hall, decorated with art from San Juan, leads to several rooms somewhat hidden from the rest of the house, including a bedroom decorated with family photos on the dresser and a brightly colored quilt on the bed.  Off the same hall is a large combination office, playroom and grandkids’ bedroom with a flat screen television that is cleverly organized to house multiple activities and needs.  Another much larger yard in the back boasts the same attention to preserving existing trees with their trunks incorporated into the large back deck.  Close-by, a pergola covers a hot tub and the large yard features generous areas used for entertaining, making their “Coastal Oaks Cottage” a secluded gem by the bay!

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