Couple enjoys ‘fabulous water views’ and wildlife at Palm Beach home
The pool and patios are just adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. “This house is all about the fabulous water views,” Sandy Hutzler says. Photo by Andy Frame, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
A southern exposure, long views of the Intracoastal Waterway and daily visits by ibis and other waterbirds — no wonder homeowner Sandy Hutzler says Ibis Isle is a South Florida paradise for outdoor living.
For nearly 28 years, Hutzler has owned a mid-century-modern home at 2315 Ibis Isle Road with her husband, Albert “Jiggs” Hutzler, on the island subdivision near the Par 3 Golf Course.
“We love Ibis Isle because it’s so private. We bought an apartment first, and when we needed more room, we waited until a house on the south end came up for sale,” she says.
Appreciating the house as much as the location, the Hutzlers choose to keep intact the integrity of its original 1961-era architecture.
“We updated the bathrooms and put in a white-tile floor, but other than that, we left it as it was,” Sandy says. “We decorated it minimally, too, because this house is all about the fabulous water views and we wanted to keep that focal point.
“We did increase a side of the terrace because we eat outside at the water’s edge three times a day. We have a lovely back lawn, and ibis are here all the time. They sit with us while we eat. They are always around, and it’s so sweet. There’s a beautiful bird sanctuary near us and we also see osprey; and we even saw a bald eagle. We see dolphin, too.”
The Hutzlers enjoy the privacy of their lot, and they like walking over to the oceanfront golf course’s clubhouse for meals.
+ The mid-century modern home is at center, with the circular driveway. The Hutzlers enjoy the privacy of their lot. Photo by
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“It’s right on the beach,” Sandy Hutzler says.
But it’s time to sell, she says. They have family in Baltimore, where they plan to spend more time.
“We will miss our house terribly,” she adds.
Their five-bedroom, five-bath home — with 4,577 square feet of living space, inside and out — is listed for sale for $4.75 million with agent Joan Wenzel of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
On the southern tip of the small island, their 180-foot deep lot has 105 feet of water frontage. The entry, on the north side of the home, is faced with slate.
With all-white interiors, the entry leads to a foyer and hallway. The living room lies directly to the south, with three bedrooms to the east — they include the master suite in the southeast corner and one of the guest bedrooms, which is set up as a library.
On the west side of the house are the dining room and kitchen, a staff suite, the laundry area and two-car garage. A guest suite sits over the garage.
Features include picture windows and walls of sliding-glass doors in the east-facing rooms that take advantage of the views as well as built-in cabinetry in the living room, dining room and library.
Sandy Hutzler was a real estate agent for 32 years, starting out her career at Martha A. Gottfried Inc., which became part of Douglas Elliman in 2012. She readily points out selling points with a practiced eye — the pool and patios are just adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway; the second-floor guest suite provides great privacy for homeowners and their visitors; and the house has 15 closets.
The home is perfectly positioned for them to enjoy the annual holiday boat parade, and they see fireworks from Lake Worth, Lantana and West Palm Beach, she says.
In addition, the fishing is great.
“Our grandchildren have loved it. The first thing they do when they visit is set up their fishing rods and chairs on the water. They catch one fish after another. We make them throw them all back in.”