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Private beach access as part of homeownership in a community is certainly a premium perk. But even better is direct access from your own backyard.

An oceanfront residence set at the south end of Florida’s Vero Beach barrier island enjoys both. Neighbors can reach the quiet stretch known as Floralton Beach through a dedicated path while public access is several miles away.

The owner of this 7,800-square-foot home can just take the long boardwalk, which steps down from the swimming pool area and crosses over low-lying vegetation before ending on the sand. The nearly 1-acre property spans 123 feet of beachfront.

The location has other benefits too, says Matilde Sorensen, who has the listing at Dale Sorensen Real Estate. “The neighborhood is very established, with access to the Moorings club.” The private Moorings Yacht & Country Club includes a championship golf course, tennis pickleball courts and a clubhouse, among other amenities.

Sheltered by tropical foliage, the residence is reached by way of a circular paver driveway that leads to a three-car garage and then passes under a hipped roof portico.

Designed by Edlund, Dritenbas, Binkley Architects and Associates and built by Proctor Construction Company, the home has an appealing geometric design utilizing a variety of wings, projections and rooflines. An additional 1,400 square feet of outdoor living space is under roof.

Inside, the 22-foot tall grand foyer reveals floor-to-ceiling windows, a winding staircase and pool views.

The first level contains one of the home’s two kitchens, a living area with a fireplace, library and four en-suite bedrooms, all of which open to wraparound deck space. The kitchenette has easy access to the pool for grabbing a snack or beverage.

Upstairs are living and dining rooms, an office and the dual-bathroom primary suite for a total of five bedrooms and seven bathrooms throughout. A balcony off the primary bedroom overlooks the 40-foot long swimming pool and spa.

The second-level kitchen has a center island, an adjoining breakfast nook with banquette seating and French doors leading to the deck. There’s also a semicircular wet bar with a sink.

A second staircase and elevator connect the two floors. In keeping with the home’s footprint, many of the interior walls are angled.

“This house is ideal for a large family, people who host or a vacation home,” says Sorensen. The asking price for 901 Reef Road is $7.3 million.

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