The house at 180 Oleander Way in John’s Island is straight out of a storybook. When Muffe and Taylor Metcalfe discovered the house, they immediately felt like they were in the English countryside, says Muffe, especially with the brilliant bougainvillea climbing the latticework walls, accentuating the charm of the house.
“I loved the charm and the elegance,” Muffe says of the house where she and Taylor married.
At the end of a cul-de-sac, the half-acre lot is sequestered in peace and quiet, with the sixth hole of the south course and a lake at the rear of the property, which offers plenty of privacy with beautiful views of the golf course and sunrise over the lake.
The shingle roof and pastoral setting make the “cottage” a well-known landmark for golfers when playing the South Course, says Cheryl Sangbush, Associate Broker at John’s Island Real Estate Company.
The house was designed by renowned island architect James Gibson, whose sense of flow and layout is as perfect today as it was when the house was built. The home features custom millwork, arches, custom built-ins, and other architectural details such as tray ceilings and wainscoting.
When the Metcalfes bought the house, they updated the kitchen and opened up the bathroom into the owner’s suite, but mostly embraced the quaint character of the house as it was.
The couple bought their home on John’s Island and got married there in front of the spectacular fireplace that occupies the central courtyard of the formal living room. Muffe dreamily remembers making her grand entrance from the upstairs owner’s suite onto Juliette’s balcony before gracefully descending the stairs. Both widowed, the couple say they were lucky to find love a second time.
As soon as you step through the enclosed courtyard, you can feel the embrace of the home’s comfortable yet understated elegance. Tumbled Carrara marble is offset by lush greenery, softening the home’s entryway.
The front door opens into a foyer, helping to define the interior space. On the right, a corridor serves the guest wing with its three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and access to the garage for two cars.
“When the grandkids arrive, it’s just wonderful to have everything their own,” says Muffe, noting that it allows complete privacy for their guests with separate access to outdoor spaces.
The library and a full bathroom are adjacent to the foyer. Dark wood paneling and grass wallpaper give the room a tropical feel. Access to a garden area and the pool beyond is through a pair of French doors.
The foyer opens to the dining room and the formal living room on the left. A half wall and steps down into the living room ensure that the rooms retain a sense of separation. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a barrel-vaulted ceiling add drama to the space.
The sunny kitchen, located just off the dining room with a breakfast nook and island seating offering various dining areas, has also been updated. The family room is an extension of the kitchen, so everyone can chat, catch the news, or enjoy a cup of coffee in the kitchen yard.
A staircase from the dining room leads to the upper level owner’s suite which enjoys stunning views of the golf course and lake. The updated bathroom is accessible through the walk-in closet or the bedroom. Two sinks, a walk-in shower and built-in drawers provide ample space for the couple to have their own space.
The vast backyard makes the most of the southern exposure. The screened porch, accessible through French doors in the living room, has an automated panel so you can keep things closed as you come and go.
Mature oak trees and lush hedges provide privacy around the pool so you can enjoy your breakfast in the shade, bask in the sun on lounge chairs, or swim without anyone watching.
Panoramic views of the lake and golf course provide hours of entertainment.
Whether watching golfers or sneaking a peek at ‘Rosie’ the Roseate Spoonbill, Muffe’s favorite local wildlife, the porch is a lovely place to sit in quiet contemplation. .
“You know winter is coming when the white pelicans come down,” Sangbush notes, pointing to the resident avians paddling the lake.
“John’s Island is a magical place. We all feel safe and comfortable being who we are,” says Muffe, noting that they have everything they could possibly want for an active lifestyle. “There’s so much to do, and it’s all here.”
An avid golfer, Taylor was thrilled to have three outstanding golf courses available to him as a JI resident. “You meet so many good people and you can be as involved as you want. It’s a place that has all the amenities you could possibly need,” he adds.
John’s Island Club is a private, nationally recognized, member-owned country club community located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. Facilities include restaurants, golf, tennis, pickleball, croquet, squash, and beach clubs. Residences in this established neighborhood are highly sought after due to the quality of the architecture and community and desirable lifestyle.
Pictures of Kaila Jones