Returning for the fourth year, Beaches Town Center’s Annual Tour of Homes is just on the horizon. Featuring a carefully-curated collection of stunning beach homes, wander your way through charming beach bungalows, modern feats and eccentric abodes to see for yourself how the other half really lives. 
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254 East Coast 
Owners: Robyn & Stan McQuiston
After taking a medical sales job in Jacksonville, the McQuistons uprooted their Nashville lives and found themselves living in the middle of Atlantic Beach. An interior designer herself (she sold Carrie Underwood her first home), Robyn worked closely with Chris Lambertson, owner of Elite Homes, honing her design skills until deciding to branch out on her own.
A DIY-loving power couple with a passion for home renovation, 245 East Coast Drive seemed like the perfect fit. A charming historic beach cottage dating back to the 30s, they got to work on the home immediately. Taking lots of wasted space and twisting it to fit their lifestyle, they gutted and updated the outdated 70s kitchen, giving it a more modern, open feel. Unique pieces from EcoRelics were used to tie the space together, with intentionally-worn wooden accents placed to compliment the original design of the home.
300 5th street
Owners: Johanna & Owen Wingate
A little piece of history at the beach, Johanna and Owen Wingate’s 300 5th Street French Chateau-inspired stunner is set to be the location of the VIP-only after party for the 4th Annual Beaches Tour of Homes.
The home was originally built in 1934 by internationally-acclaimed singer Lawrence Haynes, whose friends included the likes of Oscar Hammerstein, Flo Ziegfeld and Winston Churchill. And though it’s undergone its fair share of restoration over the years, the home still boasts original beautiful arches, towers and french doors from its original design.
To view this stunning home, be sure to purchase your VIP ticket to gain access to the exclusive afterparty on 11/9 from 5:30 ‘til 8:30 p.m.
390 plaza
Owners: Tom & Julie Weber
Tom Weber, who builds golf courses, and his wife Julie, who works for Johnson & Johnson, are 23-year residents of Atlantic Beach working on building their third home in the area. Construction is expected to be completed in late September on this classic cracker style home, or “dogtrot”. “It’s basically three seperate structures connected by covered porches,” says Tom. “The dogtrot is designed to create airflow and provide some respite from the sun, heat and elements. What we love about our house is the interplay between the outdoor spaces and the interest of the structure. Unlike most homes where you are outside or you are inside, we have many spaces that are intrinsically entwined.” The couple lives with their kids, Wren and Leila and their dogs, Gunner and Esmerelda.
Unfortunately due to construction delays this home will not be on the 2019 Beaches Tour of Homes... stay tuned for details re: the 2020 Tour - this home will be featured then for sure!

Owners: Debbie & Darrell Sumner
Debbie Sumner and her husband, Darrell, have been living in their Atlantic Beach-area home since 2004. “We found that beach living and AB style was just what we were looking for. Atlantic Beach is pet-friendly, family oriented and neighbor friendly.” The Sumners have since renovated the kitchen, the first floor of the home and outdoor space to include an impressive dining deck with grill area, pool and paver patios. The couple have also added some renovations to the guest house, including a coffee bar. “If there’s one thing we enjoy most about living in this home, it’s the backyard- a quiet, tropical oasis.”
Owners: Julie & David Marco
Julie and David Marco have lived in Atlantic Beach for nearly 40 years. Their rental property at 384 First Street was originally a double lot before the Marcos enlisted Richard Skinner to design their home. “Richard Skinner designed the home and took some convincing since he normally designs on the ocean front- but we convinced him to build a small house off the ocean and he partnered with Chris Lambertson of Elite Homes and Robyn McQuiston Designs and built a one story low country design with a breezeway typical of old Florida and the Carolinas. They did an amazing job with historical floors, knobs, and special details throughout.” The 2000-square foot property also has a garage apartment. “The garage apartment is only 600 square feet and it’s the coolest place of all. We are keeping that space for ourselves.”
Owners: Elizabeth & Frank Guidone
Elizabeth and Frank Guidone purchased their Atlantic Beach home in 2015 from family friends, the Fechtals, who had owned the house since 1950. “We absolutely love Atlantic Beach. We have seen quite a change in 20 years and love what the town has become.” Built in 1912, the home carries a fascinating history. “Our friends used to rent it during the summers when it was a bed and breakfast. It was known as the Needlepoint Inn. We think it was originally built as a bed and breakfast with 14 rooms. Original room numbers are still on the bedroom doors. We have also heard it was a convalescent house for people with TB.” Shortly after purchasing their home, the Guidones renovated the kitchen, bathrooms and combined two of the bedrooms, leaving 12 bedrooms. They also added a two bedroom guest house in the back of the property.
Owners: Vicky & John Lane
Vicky, co-owner of Jacksonville Mom and her husband, John, owner of GiftedOwl technologies, moved into their home in 2016 when it was brand new. This coastal style home features white oak floors, a limestone fireplace and “light and bright” decor. “When we chose this floor plan, we did so knowing we wanted most of our living space on the first floor. The master and the two children’s bedrooms are all downstairs. We were lucky enough to be able to add on a huge playroom, extra bedroom, and bathroom upstairs.” The home had a pool and hottub constructed in 2018. The Lanes plan to add an outdoor kitchen soon.
Owners: Beth & Michael Richardson
Beth Richardson and her husband Michael are retired officers in the U.S. Army. In 2016 they moved into their home in Atlantic Beach Country Club. “We have lived all over the world and we found this community to be special with its laid back, yet caring attitude.” The couple chose this floor plan, the Catalina, for its spacious foyer and outdoor space. They recently renovated the interior and backyard of the home- outside, they added a pool, firepit and did extensive re-landscaping. The Richardsons also completely re-renovated the kitchen, from the cabinets to the backspace. Additionally, the couple removed the original pantry to install a pull out pantry and 180 degree wine refrigerator.
Owners: Stephanie & Kirk Fisher
Stephanie and Kirk Fisher are empty nesters who have lived across the country but now call Atlantic Beach home. “We like the laid back friendly vibe here. There is a great sense of community- people are concerned about you. Stores and restaurants are concerned too and all want to help make things better- I love that.” The couple opted for personal and creative customization on their home- such as wood ceilings made with old fences- to incorporate into the beach-style architecture of their home. With a penchant for entertaining their guests, the Fishers wanted the house to invite people in and lead them to the beautiful backyard.”
2446 seminole
Owners: Paula Coughlin
Paula Coughlin works from home for a non-profit in military advocacy and teaches yoga. She’s lived in Atlantic Beach since 1995 and has raised her family at her current address since 2004. The original property has since been removed after a newer home was built in 2014. Paula wanted to showcase the natural palm and oak hammock on her property, which she says is integral to her home. “We live in a home designed to honor nature.” The 5,200 square foot home was designed by Atlantic Beach architect James Dupree and built by Rex Williams to showcase the tremendous natural view of the tree canopy of Hanna Park. The home boasts 11 foot ceilings, can sleep up to 15 people and is complemented by a natural backdrop, while in close proximity to area hot spots. “If we need a little fun, we take our bikes down the bike path to Beaches Town Center and have a great meal, and ride back, easy peasy. IF we come back tired, then the next best thing is to lie down and watch the trees at night for woodland creatures and listen to the frogs serenading you.”
Owners: Bill & Cindy Ebert
Bill Ebert, an architect, and his wife Cindy, a retired mortgage banker, have enjoyed living at the beaches for some time. “I have designed and lived in three different houses at the beaches- one in Neptune Beach and two in Atlantic Beach. Cindy and I previously lived in Oceanwalk before jointly designed our new house at the Atlantic Beach Country Club.” The home is tailored to the architectural style of the community while having contemporary interior design. Bill and Cindy also chose this home for its welcoming outdoor living spaces and view of the golf course.
Owners: Kathleen and Gerard Hines
Franza Interior designer
Kathleen Hines Franza first discovered the home of 519 Davis Street when one of her clients purchases it at auction, hiring her to remodel it so he could re-sell the property. “During the process, my husband and I fell in love with it and decided we would buy it. It turned out to be a very client-specific project, especially considering I was the client!” The couple undertook a complete remodel on the interior, but didn’t make many changes to the floor plan other than opening up some walls. “It was a small three-bedroom and one bath rancher with not much character but, since it was built in 1954 and there were other mid-century homes all around us, we were guided by that aesthetic. Plus, that’s my favorite architectural period and I knew just what I wanted to do.” In addition to expanding some rooms inside, the couple converted a screened porch into a living room, added a bathroom, closed in the car port and added a deck on the back with sliding doors to the inside.
Owner: Edward Jones
Edward Jones, real estate developer and owner of the courtyard, shoppes and offices at 200 First Street, was drawn to Neptune Beach for its charm and accessibility. “I like Neptune Beach because it’s a quaint little beachside community with a traditional neighborhood grid design that gives everyone access to the beach.” He purchased the property at 500 Ocean Front as a real estate investment to rent out, saying “any investment in real estate at the beach is a good investment - it also gives others and opportunity to enjoy our beaches.” This home boasts ample amenities and an ideal oceanfront location within walking distance of the Beaches Town Center, renovations on the master bed and bath and “a great pool.”
Owner: Peggy Cornelius
Peggy Cornelius, owner of Cornelious Construction, is a Jacksonville native who dreamed of moving to the Beaches as a child. “As an adult, I could hardly wait to move to Atlantic Beach and never planned to leave,” she says. She and her husband ended up settling in their Neptune Beach 1924-built home at 218 Bay Street. While the original owner is unknown, Peggy is the third owner of the rustic and historic property. The home predates the city of Neptune Beach, which temporarily halted plans for renovations due to zoning and expansion laws. “Our home is small, originally 775 square feet. We desperately needed another bathroom and two closets so we wanted to add 451 square and a terrace… however, we over-came those hurdles and now have 1,226 square feet.” Peggy says the home’s standout feature is the magnolia tree that is 85 feet in diameter. “It is the largest magnolia east of A1A in Neptune Beach.”
Owner: Carolyn Klucha
Carolyn Klucha lived in Fruit Cove for ten years before relocating to the beach in 2011. The home she shares with her fiance, Keith, had been on the market for five years before she found it. “It’s a duplex built in 2007 and we’re the first and only owners. It was originally listed when the market crashed so I got it for a steal.” Over the past eight years, Klucha has updated nearly every square inch of the house to her more modern taste. “It was originally a beach cottage but today, it’s contemporary, showcasing how a duplex can be whatever you make it.”

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